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Monday, 8 January 2024

Professor Eyal Benvenisti is to step down as Director of the Lauterpacht Centre from the beginning of the upcoming Lent Term 2024. Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran will take on directorship of the Centre and will be supported by Professor Surabhi Ranganathan, who will continue in her role as Deputy Director.

Professor Benvenisti took on the role of Centre Director in January 2016 overseeing a busy 8-year period of growth for the Centre with a wide variety of lectures and events and ever-increasing numbers of visiting academics and students from around the world. His friendly and approachable nature and willingness to help the next generation of international lawyers with his guidance and knowledge of international law was appreciated by colleagues and visitors alike. We look forward to thanking him for all his work and celebrating his accomplishments later in the year.

“It has been an absolute honour and special privilege to be at the helm of such a unique and indeed unparalleled Centre of excellence in international law. I have been truly fortunate to work with such knowledgeable and wonderful colleagues. Thank you all very much for your friendship and invaluable support during my time here.  

I want to thank our dedicated and immensely capable and pleasant administrative team, Karen, Vanessa, Sarah and Zar, who have been a constant source of help. I wish to thank Surabhi and Sandy for sharing the burden so willingly and for their always thoughtful advice. I know that the two of them, with the help of everybody else, will lead the Centre to reach new heights.” - Professor Eyal Benvenisti.