Call for engaged listeners: Max Planck Trialogue on the Law of Peace and War Vol. IV Intervention by Invitation


Call for engaged Listeners

Deadline: 1 October 2018

8 – 9 November 2018 Heidelberg

The MPIL announces the fourth w orkshop of the Max Planck Trialogues o n the Law o f Peace and War which will deal with the doctrine o f ‘intervention by invitation’ . Recent conflicts, especially in Libya, Ukraine and in Syria, have challenged the established understanding and demand scholarly reflection. What are c onditions and limits under which a state may invite foreign military intervention? Has the old focus on the criterion of effective territorial control been loosened? Which role do legitimacy concerns play and according to which criteria can legitimacy be a ssessed? Which role does the international recognition of a government play , and to which extent do international organizations, above all the UN, have a say in determining the entity that is allowed to invite foreign intervention? Under which conditions c an a state lose its capacity to invite foreign intervention? These and other questions will be tackled by the three authors of the Trialogue and further invited experts.

In the workshop the three authors of the Trialogue book will present their take on the problems as well as their answers to the questions raised. The authors are : Olivier Corten , Gregory Fox , and Dino Kritsiotis .

The following experts have confirmed their participation in the workshop: Veronika Bílková , Theodore Christakis , Erika de Wet , Eliav Lieblich , Inger Österdahl , Achilles Skordas , Antonello Tancredi , Larissa van den Herik , Sir Michael Wood.

Dates : 8 November 201 8 ( 1. 00 p.m. ) – 9 November 201 8 ( 1 p.m. )

Venue : Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Im Neuenheimer Feld 535 , 69120 Heidelberg , Germany .

If you are interested in participating in the audience (not as a speaker), and thus contribute to the dis c ussions, send an application with a cv including a list of relevant publications (if applicable) to


The deadline for applications as engaged listeners is 1 October 2017 .

Participation is free of charge, but at your own expense; the Max Planck Institute cannot contribute to your travel and accommodation costs.

Anne Peters and Christian Marxsen

The workshop is part of the preparation of the fourth volume of the Max Planck Trialogues on the Law of Peace and War. The Max Planck Trialogues, published with Cambridge University Press, are a new format of academic publishing in which three scholars co – author a book and tackle one and the same topic of th e ius contra bellum, ius in bello, or ius post bellum from their distinct perspectives. The authors are selected so as to represent different theoretical, geographical, or practical backgrounds and each of them contributes a chapter of 80 pages. The crucia l idea of the Trialogues is to acknowledge the existing diversity of opinions and approaches in a field and to engage them with each other. Ultimately, the Trialogue shall lead to a book that provides the academic debate with new impulses.

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