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Awarding inspiration

Watch the video of the conversation with Nico Krisch on the occasion of the ceremony of the Max-Planck-Cambridge Prize of International Law

In 2018 the Max Planck Society established the Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law (MaxCamPIL), a research prize awarded jointly by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge. The MaxCamPIL aims at highlighting the relevance of fundamental research in the field of international law in a phase of reconfiguration of the global …

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Conference “Cynical International Law?”

Program and Registration for Engaged Listeners

The joint conference of the Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law (Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtswissenschaftler*innen – AjV) and the German Society of International Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht – DGIR) on the topic of Cynical International Law? Abuse and Circumvention in Public International and European Law 6 – 7 September 2019, Freie Universität Berlin has published its conference program and is now open for registration for engaged …

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Provoking the Single Story

A Report of the MPIL/JHIL-Conference “Politics and the Histories of International Law”

Telling a history of international law is every time a mode of echoing oneself in the present. The danger of a single storyand its oppressive force to identities and peoples that are misrepresented or not represented in it have been stressed in recent years by many scholars, but not only them. It was perhaps most remarkably and famously spelled out by the Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in a TED …

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Conference Announcement and CfP: Cynical International Law?

A joint conference by AjV and DGIR, supported by Völkerrechtsblog

Völkerrechtsblog is proud to announce its support of a joint conference of the Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law (Arbeitskreis junger Völkerrechtswissenschaftler*innen – AjV) and the German Society of International Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht – DGIR) on the topic of

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It could have been worse

A Historian’s Impression of the Conference “Contingency in International Law: How International law could have been”

Both historians and jurists are intrigued by the future: historians – despite their habitual claims to the contrary – wish to say something meaningful about the future by studying the past, whereas jurists make and render law in order to establish justice, lawfulness, and ultimately peace. Yet, while historians at times reject the “learning from the past” paradigm, fearing an oversimplification of history, the papers presented at the conference on …

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Grenzenloses Recht. Dem Völkerrechtshistoriker Jörg Fisch zum 70. Geburtstag

Wie universal kann ein eurozentrisch geprägtes Völkerrecht sein? Und wie lässt sich vermeiden, dass faktische Ungleichheit eine internationale Rechtsordnung sprengt, die seit der Dekolonisierung als Recht zwischen Gleichen ausgestaltet ist? Mit diesen Fragen hat sich der Zürcher Historiker Jörg Fisch schon in seiner 1984 veröffentlichten Bielefelder Habilitationsschrift „Die europäische Expansion und das Völkerrecht“ befasst – einer bahnbrechenden Studie über „die Auseinandersetzungen um den Status der überseeischen Gebiete vom 15. Jahrhundert …

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International Law – So 90s?

On periodization and the 1990s as crystallization point for contemporary International Law

The international legal order finds itself in turmoil. The crises in Ukraine and Syria, the questioning of the authority of the ECtHR, the opposition against the ICC by African states and the rise of global terrorism can all be interpreted as crisis symptoms justifying the need for a (re-)assessment of the current state and future of International Law.  

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Internationales Strafrecht in Subsahara-Afrika

Termin: Montag, 16. November 2015, 11.00 Uhr Podiumsdiskussion, Einlass 10.30 Uhr Ort: Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Markgrafenstraße 28, 10117 Berlin Das angespannte Verhältnis zwischen dem Internationalen Strafgerichtshof (IStGH) und Afrika steht der internationalen Justiz im Wege. Afrikanische Staaten fühlen sich seit Jahren gezielt vom IStGH verfolgt und drohen, dem Gericht die Unterstützung zu entziehen. Auf der Strecke bleibt die Gerechtigkeit für die Opfer. Es liegt an den afrikanischen Staaten, die …

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AjV-Workshop: International Law and Domestic Law-Making Processes

University of Basel, Law Faculty, 4 September 2015

Conference Report When do domestic legislators legislate because of international law? When do national parliaments act as opposition in international law? More generally, how can the complex interplay between domestic legislatures and international law be analysed from different perspectives (normative and empirical)? These (and other) issues were discussed at the international conference on “International Law and Domestic Law-Making Processes”. The conference was held at the Law Faculty of the University …

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