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.

Past lectures:

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

Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, 'The European Court of Human Rights Facing Europe in Crisis', European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, 16 October 2015

Speech (translation)

Fausto Pocar, 'Freedom of Movement and the Migration Issue in the European Context',  Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, 5 October 2015

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

Lecture presentation

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


Serge Sur, 'La paix et la sécurité internationales selon la Charte des Nations Unies: virtualités et pratiques', University of Geneva, 25 November 2014

Hilary Charlesworth, 'Rituals and Ritualism in the International Human Rights System', London School of Economics and Political Science, 21 October 2014

Rosalyn Higgins,  ‘Rules, Choices, and International Law’, Inaugural Memorial Lecture for Professor Vojin Dimitrijević, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, 6 October 2014

Interview with Helen Keller, 'Human Rights Protection: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights', University of Oslo, PluriCourts, 8 September 2014


Dianne Otto, 'Feminist Encounters with International Human Rights Law', Melbourne Law School, 9 May 2014

Ruti Teitel, ‘Judging and Judgment in the 21st Century: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge from Africa’s Leaders’, New York Law School, 19 February 2014

Lecture flyer


Marise Cremona, 'Constitutional Foundations of EU External Relations', University of Granada, 28 November 2013

Vera Gowlland-Debbas, 'The Evolution of the Charter Concept of Collective Security', University of Geneva, 26 November 2013

Anne Peters, 'La transparence comme principe du droit international public', Université Panthéon-Assas, 21 November 2013

Lecture Handout


James Crawford, 'Individual and Collective Responsibility of States for Acts of International Organizations', T.M.C. Asser Institute, 19 September 2013

Information about the lecture

Philip Allott, 'The True Nature of International Law', Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 8 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'.

Discourse Theory and International Law: An Interview with Jürgen Habermas, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, February 2013 (questions by Armin von Bogdandy)

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

Anne Orford, 'Histories of International Law and Empire', University Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne), 23 January 2013
Abstract (PDF)

International Law and Contemporary Challenges: Which Role for the ICJ?
An Interview with Bruno Simma, former Judge at the International Court of Justice - 10 September 2012 - University of Oslo

Armin Von Bogdandy, 'Sovereign Debt Restructuring as Exercises of Public Authority', Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 2 March 2012

 David Kennedy, 'Governance and the Return of Political Economy', American University in Cairo, 12 February 2012

Daniel Goldhagen, 'Worse than War', University of Basel, 26 October 2011