Lectures and seminars

Join us for a range of lectures and seminars about international law and legal theory. All events are free to attend but registration maybe required.

2017/18 lectures and seminars

The Red Demiurge Reconsidered

  • Panel Discussion and Q&A about Russian-Western Foreign Relations
  • Date: Friday 16 March 2018
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The Human Rights Council: How it works

  • Presentation by Dr Maria Smirnova 
  • Date: Friday 16 March 2018
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Extractive industries, climate change, and the Russian Arctic: global strategies and local adaptations

  • Talk by Dr Elena Cirkovic
  • Date: Tuesday 14 March 2018
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Natural Rights in the History of International Law: Moral, Religious or Political?

  • Talk by Professor Monica Garcia-Salmones Rovira
  • Date: Monday 26 February 2018
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Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe?

  • Talk by Professor Mikael Rask Madsen
  • Date: Friday 23 February 2018

Heterodox Views of Corporate Law - The Enlightened Sovereign Control Paradigm

  • Talk by Dr Vincenzo Bavoso
  • Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018
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The Writing on the Wall: Rethinking the International Law of Occupation

  • Lecture by Professor Aeyal Gross
  • Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018
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The UN International Law Commission: Lessons from the topic Immunity of State Officials Annual Melland Schill Lecture

  • Lecture by Sir Michael Wood
  • Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
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The Politics of Belonging in International Legal Thought

  • Lecture by Sahib Singh (University of Helsinki)
  • Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017
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Democratic Governance and International Law: 25 Years Later

  • Confirmed keynote speakers include Catherine Dupré (University of Exeter), Steven Wheatley (University of Lancaster), Russell Buchan (University of Sheffield), Christian Pippan (University of Graz), and the Workshop will conclude with a presentation by Brad Roth (Wayne State University)
  • Date: Friday 3 - Saturday 4 November 2017
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European Society of International Law 

Beyond the state sovereignty paradigm: the case of overlapping responsibilities involving non-sovereign actors 

  • Lecture by Dr Ralph Wilde (University College London)
  • Date: Tuesday31 October 2017
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Reimagining Finance in the 21st Century: The Role of Banking Under a Digital Fiat Currency Regime

  • Lecture by Rohan Grey
  • Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
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China and the Death of American Comparative Law

  • Lecture by Professor Jedidiah Kroncke (FGV São Paulo Law)
  • Date: Wednesday 20 September 2017
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Revisiting the 1945 Pan-African Congress in Manchester

  • Lecture by Christopher Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
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Past lectures and seminars

Below are some of the previous events our international law team have hosted.

2016/17 lectures and seminars

EU Economic Sanctions from the International Law Perspective

  • Lecture by Professor Matthew Happold (University of Luxembourg)
  • Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
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Environmental Rights in Marine Spaces

  • Lecture by Professor Richard Barnes (University of Hull)
  • Date: 28 March 2017, 5.30pm - 7pm
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Energy Installations at Sea

  • Lecture by Professor Maria Gavouneli (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
  • Date: 3 March 2017
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The WTO Law in international (dis)order

  • Lecture by Mr. Victor do Prado (Director of the Council and Trade Negotiations Committee Division in the WTO)
  • Date: 28 November 2016
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Baseball Arbitration to Resolve International Law Disputes: Nudging States to 'Step Up to the Plate'

  • Lecture by Professor Joost Pauwelyn (Graduate Institute, Geneva and Georgetown Law)
  • Date: 17 November 2016
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State Theory, State Order, State System - Jus Gentium and the Constitution of Public Power

  • Lecture by Professor Nehal Bhuta (EUI)
  • Date: 5 October 2016
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2015/16 lectures and seminars

The cultural element in international law

The second in the revived annual Melland Schill lecture series.

  • Date: 5 May 2016
  • Speaker: Judge Hanqin Xue of the International Court of Justice

Lecture by the UN Rapporteur on the Right to Education

  • Date: 21 April 2016
  • Speaker: Dr Kishore Singh

Human rights bodies: How they work and how they think

  • Date: 8 December 2015
  • Speakers: Carina Calabria, Loredana Tassone, Sara De Vido

Iran's nuclear program and International Law

  • Date: 24 November 2015
  • Speaker: Professor Dan Joiner, University of Alabama

International Law and the First World War (2015/16 series in collaboration with the University of Lancaster)

This special 2015/16 lecture series was run in collaboration with the University of Lancaster. 

Lectures featured in the series:

30 March 2016

  • Speaker: Dr Catriona Drew, University of London

24 February 2016

  • Speaker: Prof Christian Tams, University of Glasgow, Senior Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Duisburg)
  • Topic: New Rules for a New World Order? Reflections on International Law after the Great War

11 November 2015

  • Speaker: Dr Mirko Sossai, University of Roma TRE
  • Topic: A Law Professor at the Supreme Command:  Enrico Catellani and Italy's claims for war reparations

20 May 2015

  • Speaker: Dr Stephen Neff, University of Edinburgh

22 April 2015

  • Speaker: Prof Steven Haines, University of Greenwich

4 March 2015

  • Speaker: Prof Charles Garraway, University of Essex
  • Topic: The Indian Army in Mesopotamia - Forgotten prisoners, forgotten army, forgotten war

2014/15 lectures and seminars

Have recent regulations spelt the death of fractional reserve banking?

  • Date: 12 May 2015
  • Speaker: Professor Emilios Avgouleas, University of Edinburgh

Identification of customary international law

Seminar in conjunction with the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations International Law Commission.

Melland Schill Lecture Series relaunch

The relaunch of this prestigious lecture series in memory of Edward Melland Schiil:

  • Date: 15 October 2014
  • Speaker: Professor John Dugard, Universiteit Leiden
  • Topic: Are existing states sacrosanct

2013/14 lectures and seminars

Debate on international law, natural law and TWAIL

  • Date: May 2014
  • Speakers: Dr John Haskell and Dr Geoff Gordon

Debate on international law, cyber warfare and cyber espionage

  • Date: February 2014
  • Speakers: Professor Nicholas and Dr Russell Buchan

Climate change and international law

  • Date: February 2014
  • Speaker: Dr Alejandra Torres

The idea of autonomy in international law

  • Date: December 2013
  • Speaker: Dr Richard Collins

Shared responsibility in international law – a philosophical perspective

  • Date: October 2013
  • Speaker: Dr Roland Pierik