ESIL Lectures

The ESIL Lecture Series hosts broadcasts of presentations on international law topics held at partner institutions, enabling the presentation to reach a wider audience of ESIL members and non-members alike. ESIL Lectures are available on our website, below, as well as on our  Youtube Channel.

To propose an ESIL Lecture, please read the Guidelines for the ESIL Lecture Series.


Forthcoming ESIL lectures:

SPEAKER: James Hathaway, University of Michigan Law School
LECTUREFixing the Refugee System
VENUE: University of Amsterdam School of Law                                                    DATE: 13 May 2016

SPEAKER: Fionnuala Ni Aolain, University of Minnesota Law School 
The Gendered Landscape of International, Regional and Local Approaches to Peacemaking
: Ulster University, Northern Ireland                                                            DATE: 27 June 2016
: 15 May 2016

Past lectures:

SPEAKER: Christine Bell, Edinburgh Law School 
LECTURE: ‘The Role of Human Rights in Peace Settlements – A Twenty-Five Year History: Northern Ireland’s Past and Current Struggles in Global Perspective’
VENUE: Queen’s University of Belfast                              DATE: 23 November 2015                               


SPEAKER: Niels Blokker, Leiden University, NL

LECTURE: ‘Who Is Governing International Courts and Tribunals? On the Need for an Institutional Law Approach’ 
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                          DATE: 17 November 2015


SPEAKER: Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, European Court of Human Rights

LECTURE: 'The European Court of Human Rights Facing Europe in Crisis'
European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg                                      DATE: 16 October 2015

Speech (translation)


SPEAKER: Fausto Pocar, University of Milan

LECTURE: 'Freedom of Movement and the Migration Issue in the European Context'
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                          DATE: 5 October 2015


SPEAKER: Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University

LECTURE: ‘Le rôle de l’Organe d’appel dans la construction du droit international économique’ 
VENUE: Centre de droit international et transnational (CDIT) de la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval (Canada)                                                                                                          DATE: 17 September 2015

Lecture presentation


SPEAKER: Gary Born, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

LECTURE: 'BITs, BATs, and Buts: Reflections on International Dispute Resolution'
VENUE: University of Nottingham School of Law                                                   DATE: 25 March 2015


SPEAKER: Serge Sur, Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2

LECTURE: 'La paix et la sécurité internationales selon la Charte des Nations Unies: virtualités et pratiques'
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                          DATE: 25 November 2014


SPEAKER: Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University

LECTURE: 'Rituals and Ritualism in the International Human Rights System'
VENUE: London School of Economics and Political Science                              DATE: 21 October 2014


SPEAKER: Rosalyn Higgins, former President of the International Court of Justice

LECTURE: ‘Rules, Choices, and International Law’, Inaugural Memorial Lecture for Professor Vojin Dimitrijević'
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                          DATE: 6 October 2014


SPEAKER: Interview with Helen Keller, European Court of Human Rights

LECTURE: 'Human Rights Protection: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights'
VENUE: University of Oslo, PluriCourts                                                            DATE: 8 September 2014


SPEAKER: Dianne Otto, Melbourne Law School 

LECTURE: 'Feminist Encounters with International Human Rights Law'
VENUE: Melbourne Law School                                                                                    DATE:9 May 2014


SPEAKER: Ruti Teitel, New York Law School  

LECTURE: Judging and Judgment in the 21st Century: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge from Africa’s Leaders’
VENUE: New York Law School                                                                          DATE: 19 February 2014

Lecture flyer


SPEAKER: Marise Cremona, European University Institute

LECTURE: 'Constitutional Foundations of EU External Relations'
VENUE: University of Granada                                                                        DATE: 28 November 2013 


SPEAKER: Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

LECTURE: 'The Evolution of the Charter Concept of Collective Security'
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                         DATE: 26 November 2013 


SPEAKER: Anne Peters, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law 

LECTURE: 'La transparence comme principe du droit international public'
VENUE: Université Panthéon-Assas                                                                DATE: 21 November 2013

Lecture Handout


SPEAKER: James Crawford, University of Cambridge  

LECTURE: 'Individual and Collective Responsibility of States for Acts of International Organizations'
VENUE: T.M.C. Asser Institute                                                                        DATE: 19 September 2013

Information about the lecture


SPEAKER: Philip Allott, University of Cambridge  

LECTURE: 'The True Nature of International Law'
VENUE: Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge           DATE8 March 2013

Lecture Handout (PDF)

'We are witnessing the dawn of a new human world. What will be the role of law in the making and managing of the new human world? The conceptual structure of International Law that we have inherited from the 18th century is no longer appropriate. We must imagine the conceptual structure of a new kind of International Law for a new kind of human world. The time is near when International Law is at last recognised as true law within an international society that recognises itself as a true society, that is to say, the society of all human beings and all human societies'.


SPEAKER: An Interview with Jürgen Habermas (questions by Armin von Bogdandy)

LECTURE: 'Discourse Theory and International Law'
VENUE: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law  DATE: February 2013

Text of the Interview (Audio/video not available for this event)


SPEAKER: Anne Orford, University of Melbourne

LECTURE: 'Histories of International Law and Empire'
VENUE: University Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne)                                                DATE: 23 January 2013

Abstract (PDF)


SPEAKER: Interview with Bruno Simma, former Judge at the International Court of Justice

LECTURE: International Law and Contemporary Challenges: Which Role for the ICJ?
VENUE: University of Oslo                                                                              DATE: 10 September 2012


SPEAKER: Armin Von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

LECTURE: 'Sovereign Debt Restructuring as Exercises of Public Authority'
VENUE:  Universidad Autonoma de Madrid                                                              DATE: 2 March 2012


SPEAKER: David Kennedy, Harvard Law School

LECTURE: 'Governance and the Return of Political Economy'
VENUE: American University in Cairo                                                                DATE: 12 February 2012


SPEAKER: Daniel Goldhagen, Harvard University

LECTURE: 'Worse than War'
VENUE: University of Basel                                                                                 DATE: 26 October 2011