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The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law was delighted to host the 4th Biennial Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), which took place in Cambridge on 2 - 4 September 2010.  The conference saw over 350 international law experts gather in Cambridge to appraise the performance and direction of international law and international institutions from the end of the cold war to 2010 and beyond.  The conference theme of 'International Law 1989-2010: A Performance Appraisal' looked at how international law had evolved over the 20 years following the fall of the Berlin War and assessed the work of international lawyers over that period.

The conference was structured in two plenary sessions, twelve Agorae sessions, for which speakers were selected following a competitive call for papers, and nine Fora sessions, for which speakers had been invited.  Andrew Hurrell, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University, gave the keynote speech and Judge Xue Hanqin (ICJ), Sir Daniel Bethlehem (former Lauterpacht Centre Director) and Professor Jutta Brunnée commented on his address, which paved the way for a most successful event.

A copy of the conference programme is available as a PDF file (6.5MB)