Term Lectures

During the University term, the Centre holds Lunchtime Lectures on topical issues in international law given by leading academics and practitioners. Unless otherwise stated, lectures take place from 1pm–2pm with a sandwich lunch provided at the Centre from 12:30pm.

Where available, audio and video files of lectures are accessible within individual lecture profiles and via the University Streaming Media Service.

The Centre's lectures are kindly sponsored by Cambridge University Press.


LCIL Friday Lecture 'TTIP and the post-Bali WTO: Toward a New World Trade Order?' by Professor David A. Gantz

Friday, 28 November 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Should two economic super-powers (the European Union and the United States) enter into a comprehensive trade agreement—the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership—that agreement will have a potentially significant impact on the parties’ other trading partners and on the WTO’s membership more generally. The TTIP carries the considerable allure of expanding an economic partnership that accounts for almost 50% of global output, a trillion dollars in annual trade (about the same as NAFTA), $4 trillion in investment and 13 million jobs.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Science and international environmental law: a meeting of minds, or two disciplines worlds apart?' by Jolyon Thomson

Friday, 21 November 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:   Looking at international processes for the use of science in international environmental law, Jolyon Thomson will consider the significance of scientific data in treaty development and will ask which of the two disciplines is playing catch up.

Jolyon Thomson is a Deputy Director and Head of the International and EU legal team in Defra Legal Advisers in the UK Government.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Kenya and the international criminal court: Insights for gravity, complementarity, and ‘positive complementarity’ by Chandra Lekha Sriram

Friday, 14 November 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  In March 2013, Kenyans went to the polls to vote for president. Given the violence which followed disputed elections in late 2007, resulting in charges of crimes against humanity being brought at the International Criminal Court against two contenders for top office, the international community watched closely. The elections were relatively peaceful, and disputes over the election results this time resulted in litigation that reached the Supreme Court, rather than significant violence in the streets.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'The Principle of Due Diligence: A Core Principle of International Human Rights Law?' by Lorna McGregor

Friday, 7 November 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  In a series of recent cases in regional human rights courts, the principle of due diligence appears to have finally overcome the restraints of the Osman case to become a principle capable of preventing and protecting individuals and groups in positions of vulnerability from abuse and discrimination by third parties. The principle is also frequently advanced when examining states' obligations for the acts of corporations although less frequently in relation to third states.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'The Power of Process: Procedural Fairness in Security Council Decision-making' by Dr Devika Hovell

Friday, 31 October 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Dr Hovell will discuss the problem with formalist approaches to the development of a procedural framework for Security Council sanctions decision-making. By examining the values underlying due process protections, it becomes clear that the preferred procedural framework for sanctions decision-making is not the court-based process that many lawyers advocate.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'International Law's Objects' by Dr Jessie Hohmann

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  The legitimacy and authority of international law have traditionally been considered in terms of its normative and regulatory frameworks, its subject areas, subjects and politics. Cases, treaties, and volumes of academic writing are the legal sources through which most of us working in international law relate to the subject and, at times, we might feel these texts are our major project and output.

Yet international law has a rich existence in the world. International law is often developed, conveyed and authorised through objects or images.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'The Changing Structure of International Law and Its Normative Consequences: International IP Law as an Example' by Dr Holger Hestermeyer

Friday, 17 October 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Much like international law as a whole, international intellectual property law has undergone significant structural changes since its inception. The presentation will conceptualize these changes as a fundamental paradigm shift: an initially sparsely regulated field with minimal obligations focusing on non-discrimination has turned into a densely regulated area of international law. The development of international IP law thus to some extent mirrors the development of international law as a whole, albeit with an accelarated time frame.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'The internationalization of energy law' by Professor Catherine Redgwell

Friday, 10 October 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  The importance of international law in the field of energy has continued to grow over the last decades.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Big Brother's Little Helpers: Corporate Responsibility under Human Rights Law and Intelligence Gathering' by Dr Yael Ronen

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Following the revelations on the extent of intelligence gathering through internet service providers, this lecture concerns the responsibility under international human rights law of internet and communication companies involved in disclosure of personal data to government authorities. Received doctrine provides that corporations are not legally responsible under international law, and that the primary responsibility for enforcing their compliance with the latter lies with governments.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'International Law and the Global Green Economy' by Dr Markus Gehring

Friday, 2 May 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  As argued in the 2011 UN Green Economy Report, States face an important opportunity to move from current resource depleting, polluting and wasteful forms of economic growth to a different, low-carbon, sustainable green economy. New markets and industries are emerging, for clean renewable energy, environmental goods and services, local organic agriculture, sustainable transportation and construction, and payment for ecosystem services. International economic law is evolving rapidly, and holds the potential to foster rather than frustrate this shift.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Rights for others: the slow home-coming of human rights in the Netherlands' by Professor Barbara Oomen

Friday, 25 April 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  One of the most striking elements of contemporary human rights discourse is their 'home-coming' in countries which traditionally considered these rights to be foreign policy concern. This process only takes place slowly. Generally, in a country like the Netherlands, human rights still have surprising little meaning as a discursive frame for addressing social and political issues. During this lecture, the reasons for this will be explored, as will the conditions under which this home-coming does take place.

LCIL Evening Lecture 'The Contribution of Ad Hoc Criminal Tribunals to International Accountability' by President Theodor Meron

Thursday, 3 April 2014 - 5:30pm

Lecture summary:  Today, there is a general expectation that individuals who commit serious crimes during armed conflicts have a realistic prospect of facing criminal liability—on either an international or domestic level—for their actions, regardless of their rank or role within a government or military. There is, in short, an expectation of accountability, rather than impunity.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'The Role and Limits of International Law in Settling the South China Sea Dispute' by Professor Tai Ikeshima

Friday, 14 March 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  The recent rise of China as a maritime power in the Pacific Ocean and its surrounding waters has attracted the attention of the world, particularly as the rise to power relates to the dispute over the islands in the South China Sea and China’s maritime interests there. This lecture will examine the nine-dashed line, the issue of historic rights and historic waters, and some other related topics in light of the role and limits of international law as a mechanism used to settle such disputes.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Who may exercise the International Residual Responsibility to Protect?' by Professor Ademola Abass

Friday, 7 March 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: My talk seeks to examine the whole question about the exercise of the residual responsibility to protect. Under the doctrine of responsibility to protect (R2P), the international community is charged with the responsibility to protect people from avoidable harms once the territorial State is unable or unwilling to protect its people. Since this responsibility is secondary, it is referred to either as remedial or residual. There is a growing doctrinal debate about who bears this responsibility on behalf of the international community.

LCIL Evening Lecture 'Private International Law before the International Court of Justice' by Professor Benedetta Ubertazzi

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 - 5:00pm

Lecture summary:  This paper analyses the relationship between the International Court of Justice and private international law, highlighting the importance of this Court for the development of private international law, whilst at the same time demonstrating the relevance of private international law to reach public international law aims.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Stability and Change in Times of Fragmentation. The Limits of Pacta sunt Servanda revisited' by Professor Christina Binder

Friday, 28 February 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: Stability versus change is one of the fundamental debates of the law of treaties. The limits of pacta sunt servanda – under which conditions a state may derogate from treaty obligations when circumstances change – appears as a constant throughout the history of international law. This presentation examines the limits of pacta sunt servanda in times of fragmentation.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Transformative Occupation and Creeping Unilateralism' by Professor Gregory H. Fox

Friday, 21 February 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  The 2003 occupation of Iraq ignited an important debate among scholars over the merits of "transformative occupation." An occupier has traditionally been precluded from making substantial changes in the legal or political infrastructure of the state it controls. But the Iraq experience led some to claim that this conservationist principle had been largely ignored in practice.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Sanctions: current issues of implementation and enforcement' by Penelope Nevill

Friday, 14 February 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  The success of UN and EU sanctions measures depends on States implementing and enforcing sanctions within their jurisdiction through their national legal systems and extraterritorially within the limits allowed by international law.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Claims under Customary International Law in Investment Arbitration' by Dr Kate Parlett

Friday, 7 February 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: There is little controversy that customary international law has a subsidiary role to play in investment arbitration, and in particular when the investment claim is based on a treaty. However, the extent to which customary international law may be used to broaden the scope of an investment tribunal (constituted under a treaty or a contract), as a basis for a claim (for example, for expropriation) remains controversial, as recent investment tribunal decisions demonstrate.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Splendid fragmentation? The emergence of preferential trade agreements and the future of the world economic order' by Professor Peter-Tobias Stoll

Friday, 31 January 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Particularly after the European Union gave up its reluctance in late 2006 and became active in this regard, a huge number of free trade agreements have been concluded or are negotiated around the world, including some "mega" deals – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP) and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP).

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties' by Dr Marko Milanovic

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  This talk will examine how human right treaties apply to states’ conduct outside their borders. In doing so it will look at the meaning of the concept of jurisdiction in human rights treaties, and at the policy considerations that underlie and shape the often-conflicting case law of international human rights courts.

LCIL Friday Lecture 'Backlash: The Undeclared War against Human Rights' by Professor Susan Marks

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: If once you had to turn in the United Kingdom to specialist sections of the progressive press to read about issues of human rights, today you are as likely to read about them on the front pages of the conservative press. And what you will read on those front pages is mostly pretty bilious. So are we witnessing some kind of backlash against human rights? Have human rights become something which conservatives love to hate?

LCIL Friday lecture '2013 in review, a panel discussion' - in LG18, Faculty of Law

Friday, 6 December 2013 - 1:00pm

Panel members:

Judge van den Wyngaert
and
Professor Christoph Schreuer and

Chair:

Professor Marc Weller

(Please note: Professor Hugh Thirlway is unable to participate in the review)

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Nationality laws and the prevention of statelessness in Sudan and South Sudan' by Bilqees Esmail

Friday, 29 November 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Bilqees Esmail will deliver a lecture on the topic of statelessness in international law. She will focus on the legal issues that arose upon the independence of South Sudan in 2011, following one of Africa’s longest civil wars. In particular, she will explore how the decisions taken by both governments with respect to their nationality laws were shaped by years of conflict. The lecture will explore the following questions: How does a government decide on who becomes the national of a newly created state?

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Theorising International Environmental Law' by Stephen Humphreys

Friday, 22 November 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  International environmental law raises a paradox. As the body of international law dealing with the 'natural world', it might be expected to comprise a cornerstone of the international legal system. What, after all, is more fundamental to the constitution of the world than the human relation to nature? And yet what is most immediately evident about international environmental law is how little it does, in fact, regulate.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Complementarity in the line of fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan' by Sarah Nouwen

Friday, 15 November 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Of the many expectations attending the creation of the first permanent International Criminal Court, the greatest has been that the principle of complementarity would catalyse national investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related crimes and lead to the reform of domestic justice systems.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Facts, Evidence and Causation: Practice of the ICJ' by Robert Volterra

Friday, 8 November 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  Every professional litigator knows that cases are won - and lost - on the facts. This is no less true for cases before international courts and tribunals. Robert will examine the Court's approach to facts by reference to different procedures related to evidence and causation used by the Court in a number of such cases, including cases in which he has been involved.

 

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Recent Developments in the Administration of Justice in International Organisations' by Dr Olufemi Elias

Friday, 1 November 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: International administrative law, or the law of the international civil service, has been the focus of increased attention in recent years. The role and contribution of international administrative tribunals to the development of the law continue to be an important part of discussions of good governance and accountability of international organizations. Much of the discussion has focused on the design of the justice mechanisms of international organizations, exemplified by the overhaul of the internal justice system of the United Nations in 2009.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'The Devil and the Holy Water: Will Human Rights Tame War or Will War Corrupt Human Rights?' by Guglielmo Verdirame

Friday, 25 October 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: Few would nowadays question that, as a matter of positive law, human rights law applies to armed conflict. Once confined to human rights courts, this principle is now settled in the jurisprudence of a wide range of international and domestic courts. Law of armed conflict specialists however remain concerned about the suitability of human rights law to regulate war.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Gender Justice and Legitimacy at the International Criminal Court' by Professor Louise Chappell

Friday, 18 October 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: The gender justice provisions of the ICC's Rome Statute provide better recognition, representation and redress for victims of sexual and gender-based violence than any prior instrument of international criminal law. These provisions have helped draw attention to an often marginalized constituency under international law. However, both in their design and interpretation these provisions have also triggered a contentious gender politics at the ICC, leading some of its other constituents to question the Court's impartiality and legitimacy.

LCIL Friday Lecture: 'Research as Curiosity' by Professor Jan Klabbers

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary:  For all the talk about the relevance of research, it is rarely realized that in international law, different kinds of research vie for prominence and may be seen to promote different agendas. This lecture aims to take stock of the various kinds of research that can be identified, asks what drives these different kinds, and whether some are more laudable than others.

LCIL evening lecture: 'International Law as Smart Power' by Professor Harold Koh

Tuesday, 28 May 2013 - 5:00pm

Professor Harold Koh will be giving an informal talk entitled 'International Law as Smart Power' at the Lauterpacht Centre on Tuesday 28 May. The lecture will start a 5pm and be followed by a drinks reception.

'How Does Customary International Law Change? The Case of State Immunity' by Pierre-Hugues Verdier

Friday, 10 May 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: Customary international law (CIL) is a widely accepted source of international law, but it is poorly understood from a social science standpoint and has eluded systematic empirical analysis. In recent years, scholars have proposed theories under which CIL rules are described as cooperative equilibria in a repeated multilateral prisoners' dilemmas sustained by reciprocity, retaliation and reputation.

'Too Much History: The Growth of the ius contra bellum' by Professor Randall Lesaffer

Friday, 3 May 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: Traditional narratives present the history of international use of force law in terms of a stark contradiction between the jus ad bellum of the 19th and early 20th century and the jus contra bellum as enshrined in the Pact of Paris (1928) and the UN Charter (1945). Historical surveys of the evolution of use of force law in the early 20th century often read as the story of a progressive restriction of the right to use force through consecutive, key texts.

'The International Lawyer and Social Media' by Professor Sarah Joseph

Friday, 26 April 2013 - 1:00pm

Sarah Joseph is Professor and Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. Her research focuses on many aspects of human rights, including companies and human rights, trade and human rights, the UN and human rights, human rights and terrorism, and, lately, the media (including social media) and human rights.

'Making States Pay Up! - The ICJ and State Immunity' by Lady Fox CMG QC

Friday, 15 March 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture Summary: In this lecture, entitled Making states pay up! - is the ICJ right to accept that a State's immunity from enforcement in respect of its property 'is distinct from and goes further than its immunity from adjudication'? Lady Fox will examine aspects of State immunity post 2012, with particular reference to para. 113 of the 2012 Judgment in the Jurisdicational Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy) case in the International Court of Justice.

'The True Nature of International Law' by Professor Philip Allott

Friday, 8 March 2013 - 1:00pm

Professor Philip Allott is a barrister and a long-standing member of the Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. From 1960 to 1973, he was a Legal Adviser in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a member of HM Diplomatic Service. From 1965 to 1968, he was the Legal Adviser, British Military Government, Berlin. From 1972 to 1973, he was the first Legal Counsellor in the UK Permanent Representation to the European Communities, Brussels, at the time when the UK became a member of the European Communities.

'Reducing Genocide to Law - Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate Crime' by Dr Payam Akhavan

Friday, 22 February 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: Could the prevailing view that genocide is the ultimate crime be wrong? Is it possible that it is actually on an equal footing with war crimes and crimes against humanity? Is the power of the word genocide derived from something other than jurisprudence? And why should a hierarchical abstraction assume such importance in conferring meaning on suffering and injustice? Could reducing a reality that is beyond reason and words into a fixed category undermine the very progress and justice that such labelling purports to achieve?

'Credit Rating Agencies: Using Indicators to Measure Transnational Governance Responses to the Global Financial Crisis' by Professor Mary Footer

Friday, 15 February 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: Our global society is populated by a variety of indicators, ranging from composite governance indicators, supported by the UN, which measure everything from human population growth to foreign direct investment, to commercial country risk indexes designed to rank laws and regulations, institutions and the performance of governments. Such indicators potentially exercise an important form of power in transnational economic governance.

'International Law in Domestic Courts - Beyond the Term «Part»' by Dr Veronika Fikfak

Friday, 8 February 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture summary: The talk will focus on a forthcoming article which puts under question the idea that judicial function in relation to international law is triggered automatically and only by actions of other branches which incorporate international law into domestic. Instead, it argues that domestic courts have extensive powers in defining their role vis-à-vis international law and influence the relationship between domestic and international law.

'The ICC's Role in Promoting International Justice: A Comparison of the Sudan, Kenya and Libya Situations'

Friday, 1 February 2013 - 1:00pm

Speakers: Mr Karim Khan QC, Temple Garden Chambers, London (Chambers profile); and  Mr Rodney Dixon, Temple Garden Chambers, London (Chambers profile)

Date: Friday 1 February 2013

Time: 1pm with sandwiches from 12.30pm

'Amity, Enmity and Identity' by Mr Rory Brown, Barrister, 9 Stone Buildings

Friday, 25 January 2013 - 1:00pm

Lecture Summary: The roles played by amity, enmity and identity in the British-American response to terrorism as a way of to attempting to understand their contribution to the philosophy and phenomenology of international law. The discussion will touch upon the important and conflicting visions presented by Samuel Huntington and Martha Nussbaum as well as other contemporary philosophers relevant to international jurisprudence.

'General Custom in a Complex and Diverse Legal System' - ILC Panel Discussion

Friday, 18 January 2013 - 1:00pm

ILC panel discussion featuring:

Professor Concepción Escobar Hernández, Legal Adviser, Spain
Professor Georg Nolte, Humboldt University of Berlin
Mr Sam Wordsworth, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers
Sir Michael Wood, Barrister, 20 Essex St Chambers, former FCO Legal Adviser (chair)

'International Law: The Year in Review 2012' - In LG19, Faculty of Law

Friday, 30 November 2012 - 1:20pm

Professor Marc Weller, is the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. He has served as legal advisor in a wide range of peace-processes, ranging from Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia in Europe, to Sudan and Somalia in Africa, and Burma, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the Asia/Pacific region. During the period of the Arab Spring of 2011-12, he served as Senior Mediation Expert in the Department of Political Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, supporting peace negotiations and transitions in the Middle East and North Africa.

2012 Lauterpacht Lectures: Q&A Session - Jurisdiction and Admissibility in International Courts and Tribunals

Friday, 2 March 2012 - 1:00pm

A Q&A session on the 2012 Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures by Professor Yuval Shany, Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Sir Hersch Lauterpacht Lecture is a series of annual lectures given in Cambridge to commemorate the unique contribution to the development of international law of Sir Hersch Lauterpacht.

Lauterpacht Centre - Lecture Programme and Information »
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