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Public International Law Discussion Group (Part II)

Lectures on international law issues by eminent scholars, practitioners and judges of national and international courts. The lecture series is brought to you by the Public International Law Discussion Group, part of the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford, and is supported by the British Branch of the International Law Association and Oxford University Press. Further details of this series can be found on the Public International Law at Oxford website.

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# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Addressing key challenges to the prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment The absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment is under considerable pressure. Natasa Mavronicola 23 Oct 2018
2 Why punish perpetrators of mass atrocities? Reflections on peace, punishment and the ICC Ever since the trial against the major war criminals of World War II before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg the institution of 'punishment' has been an integral part of the international legal system. Florian Jeßberger 16 Oct 2018
3 The Trump Administration and International Law: Will It Get Better or Worse? The talk will review the Trump administration’s record in international and national security law over the last 18 months, and will address challenges ahead, including the administration’s counter-terrorism policies and approach to international agreement John Bellinger III 12 Jun 2018
4 Advancing the Rule of Law as part of the International Landscape The 21st century has seen significant progress and recent regression in terms of entrenchment of the rule of law. These developments have occurred not only in the domestic context but also within the international sphere. Kimberly Prost 22 May 2018
5 Successes and Challenges in the Fight against Impunity Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Twenty years after the adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the ICC is thought to be in crisis. Olympia Bekou 27 Apr 2018
6 Creative Commons In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey Professor Akhavan will speak about his recent book In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, the 2017 CBC Massey Lectures which became the best-selling non-fiction book in Canada. Payam Akhavan 09 Mar 2018
7 Draft Principles on Shared Responsibility A presentation of the new principles of shared responsibility in international law Ilias Plakokefalos, Jean D'Aspremont 06 Mar 2018
8 Creative Commons Arbitral Authority to Address Corruption - Part B Arbitrators have many powers – express, implied, and those inherent in the very process of arbitration. Disputes that involve corruption put into question the breadth of those powers. Andrea Bjorklund 28 Feb 2018
9 Creative Commons Arbitral Authority to Address Corruption - Part A Arbitrators have many powers – express, implied, and those inherent in the very process of arbitration. Disputes that involve corruption put into question the breadth of those powers. Andrea Bjorklund 28 Feb 2018
10 Interaction between Hard Law and Soft Law in United Nations Law-Making From a law-making perspective 'soft-law' is simply a convenient description for a variety of non-binding, normatively worded instruments used in contemporary international relations by states and international organisations. Alan Boyle 28 Feb 2018
11 The International Law Commission as an Interpreter of International Law The International Law Commission is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly entrusted with the progressive development of international law and its codification. Danai Azaria 06 Feb 2018
12 Proving International Crimes International criminal tribunals face an enormous task when they seek to analyse the thousands of pages of evidence that are presented in the course of their trials... Yvonne McDermott Rees (Swansea University) 23 Jan 2018
13 The Oxford Guidance on the Law Relating to Humanitarian Relief Operations in Armed Conflict The provision of life-saving assistance to people affected by armed conflict lies at the heart of humanitarian actors’ operations... Dapo Akande, Emanuela-Chiara Gillard 05 Dec 2017
14 Planetary Defence: Asteroids, Nuclear Weapons and International Law This paper examines issues related to the question of 'planetary defence', in the sense of responding to an asteroid - or any other type of Near-Earth Object (NEO) - were such a body to be detected as being on a collision-course with the Earth and predict James Green 28 Nov 2017
15 Creative Commons Corruption: A new Public International Law norm? Corruption has become a hot topic in Public International Law in recent years. Samantha Rowe, Ciara Murphy 21 Nov 2017
16 Human Rights at Sea: Establishing the Rule of Law at Sea in a post-Grotian Era From the early 17th to the mid-20th century (the Grotian Era), the oceans were regarded as a minimally regulated ‘free’ space. Steven Haines 14 Nov 2017
17 International Law and the Sustainable Development Goals – shaping the rules for our common future The UN Conference on Sustainable Development - or Rio+20 - took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 Markus Gehring 07 Nov 2017
18 Transnational Conflicts: A New Kind of War? Dr Ziv Bohrer, assistant professor at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, gives a talk for the Public International Law Discussion Group. Please note, the recording for this podcast ended before the end, we apologise for the inconvenience. Ziv Boher 31 Oct 2017
19 International Law and Sea Level Rise: the work of the ILA Committee David Freestone gives a talk for the public international law seminar series. Please note, the recording of this podcast ended before the end. We apologise for the inconvenience. David Freestone 31 Oct 2017
20 Oxford Annual Global Justice Lecture 2017 - Reflections on Peace and Justice in the 21st Century: A perspective from the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court The 2017 lecture, delivered by Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court at 5.00pm on Thursday 12 Oct 2017. Fatou Bensouda 20 Oct 2017
21 Immunity from Execution of Military and Cultural Goods Recent years have seen numerous attempts to seize State assets held outside a State's national territory to satisfy debts owed by the State to private persons. Matthew Happold 07 Jun 2017
22 Behavioral Economics and Global Public Goods and Global Commons Professor van Aaken's main research areas are international law with a special focus on international economic law and its interaction with other areas of international law, (international) legal theory, (behavioural) law and economics. Anne van Aaken 04 May 2017
23 Advocacy before the International Court of Justice Advocacy is the art of persuasion on behalf of a person or cause. Benjamin Samson, Kate Parlett 14 Mar 2017
24 The Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention: Relevance and Evolution of the Convention in the Light of 60 Years of Practice In 2011, the ICRC embarked on a multi-year project aimed at updating its commentaries on the Geneva Conventions (the “Pictet Commentaries”) and their Additional Protocols I and II. Jean-Marie Henckaerts 28 Feb 2017
25 Historic Titles and Historic Rights in the Law of the Sea in the Light of the South China Sea Arbitration Historic titles and historic rights have been a complicated issue in the law of the sea both conceptually and practically. Sophia Kopela, University of Lancaster 07 Feb 2017
26 Under the Radar: Fair and Equitable Benefit-sharing and the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Related to Natural Resources This article critically assesses the increasing cross-fertilization between international environmental law and international human rights law... Elisa Morgera 06 Feb 2017
27 Courting Failure: When are International Criminal Courts likely to be believed by Local Audiences? Can we reliably predict whether the populations affected by mass atrocities will believe in the accounts of the facts and criminal responsibility that are produced by international criminal tribunals? Drawing on research in social psychology and on a seri Marko Milanovic 23 Nov 2016
28 The International Regulation of Offshore Energy Installations In this talk, we will attempt to discuss points of interest, taking also into consideration the role offshore installations may or may not play in the determination of judicial proceedings before international courts and tribunals. Maria Gavouneli 15 Nov 2016
29 Creative Commons Reading the Rome Statute - As an Organic Instrument (This was a joint session with OTJR) Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, Judge of the International Criminal Court and President of the Trial Division Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji 09 Nov 2016
30 Creative Commons The Systemic Qualities of the International Legal Order Dr Gleider Hernandez, Reader in Public International Law, University of Durham, October 2016 Gleider Hernandez 31 Oct 2016
31 Challenges in the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict Rob McLaughlin, Australian National University - October 2015 Rob McLaughlin 25 Oct 2016
32 Creative Commons Toward Inclusive Global Governance: What Role for International Law? Professor Eyal Benvenisti, Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge Eyal Benvenisti 25 Oct 2016
33 Creative Commons People on the Move in an Era of Climate Change: Obstacles and Opportunities Professor Jane McAdam, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee, University of New South Wales & Asad Rehman, Friends of the Earth Climate Campaign - June 2016 Jane McAdam, Asad Rehman 21 Oct 2016
34 Creative Commons The Syrian Refugee Crisis and International Law Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford & Blackstone Chambers - May 2016 Guy Goodwin-Gill 21 Oct 2016
35 The Diffusion of International Law into the Global Market Dr Markos Karavias, University of Amsterdam - May 2016 Markos Karavias 21 Oct 2016
36 Creative Commons Justification and Excuse in the Law of State Responsibility: A Distinction of Pure Academic Interest? Dr Federica Padeu, University of Cambridge - April 2016 Federica Paddeu 21 Oct 2016
37 Assistance in Disasters: The Overlap between IHL and Disaster Law Professor Sarah Williams, University of New South Wales - March 2016 Sarah Williams 21 Oct 2016
38 Interpretation of Customary International Law: The Rules of the Game Dr Panos Merkouris, University of Groningen - January 2016 Panos Merkouris 21 Oct 2016
39 Creative Commons Iran's Nuclear Program and International Law, November 2015 Dan Joyner, University of Alabama School of Law - November 2015 Dan Joyner 21 Oct 2016
40 Creative Commons Why have we Criminalised Agressive War? Tom Dannenbaum, University College London, November 2015 Tom Dannenbaum 21 Oct 2016
41 Creative Commons The Law Applied by International Administrative Tribunals: From Autonomy to Hierarchy? Yaraslau Kryvoi, University of West London - 5 February 2015 Yaraslau Kryvoi 21 Oct 2016
42 Creative Commons International Law and Foreign Relations Law: Complements or Substitutes Paul Stephen, University of Virginia - October 2015 Paul Stephen 21 Oct 2016
43 The UN at 70: Contributions of the United Nations and other International Organizations at Geneva - October 2015 Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel Miguel de Serpa Soares 21 Oct 2016