Programme overview

The Research Forum Brochure (including the Programme) can be downloaded here.

Watch the video of the Opening Ceremony here.

Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam
09:00 - 12:30 Room: A101 ESIL Board Meeting (ESIL Board Members only)
13:00 - 16:00 Workshops of ESIL Interest Groups
  Room: D118A International Business and Human Rights Interest Group
  Room: A009 International Economic Law Interest Group IEL IG Meeting – Programme
  Law of the Sea Interest Group LAWSEA IG Meeting – Agenda
  Room: A118C Migration and Refugee Law Interest Group MigRefLaw IG Meeting – Agenda
Venue: Aula, University of Amsterdam
15:30 - 16:30 Arrival & Registration (Registration applies to Research Forum participants only)
16:30 - 17:00 Welcome Addresses
17:00 - 18:30 Keynote Addresses and Introductory Discussion Moderator: Jean d’Aspremont, University of Manchester, University of Amsterdam
  • Andreas Paulus, German Constitutional Court, University of Göttingen
The Domestic Judge and International Law – A Crisis of Identity? Scientific Reason and the Discipline of International Law
18:30 - 19:30 Reception
Venue: Felix Meritis
09:00 - 09:30 Room: Reception Area Arrival & Registration (Registration from 09:00 to 17:00)
09:30 - 11:00 Parallel Panels 1-3
  Room: Shaffyzaal Panel 1: The International Lawyer as Legal Adviser Moderator: Niels Blokker, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
  • Matthew Windsor, University of Cambridge

Consigliere or Conscience? International Legal Advisers to Government and Competing Loyalties

  • Sarah McCosker, International Committee of the Red Cross; Former Principal Legal Officer, Attorney-General’s Department, Australia

The Intersecting Professions of the International Law Adviser and Diplomat in a Rising Asia

  • Daphna Shraga, Hebrew and Tel-Aviv Universities, Former Principal Legal Officer, UNOLA

The Role of the Legal Adviser of the UN – The Legal Counsel

  Room: Teekenzaal Panel 2: The International Lawyer as Peacemaker (Part I) Moderator: Carlos Espósito, Autónoma University of Madrid
  • Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, University of St Andrews

We’re All Doing This in Good Faith After All: Lessons from the Lives of International Lawyers in Palestine and the Constitution of a Community

  • Cindy Daase, Free University of Berlin

Making the Client’s Peace? International Lawyers Offering Pro Bono Services in Intra-State Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings – Implications of the Solicitor-Client Relationship

  • Victor Kattan, UNDP, Palestinian Negotiations Support Project

The Role of Legal Adviser: A ‘Third World’ Perspective from Palestine

  • Michal Saliternik, Tel Aviv University

International Lawyers as Peacemakers

  Room: Koepelzaal Panel 3: The Identity of International Law Moderator: Andrea Bianchi, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • Alexandra Bohm & Richard Collins, University of Sheffield

Doing’ International Law as a Professional Practice: The Bounds of Legal Autonomy

  • Sahib Singh, University of Cambridge

Identifying Threats to the Discipline of International Law

11:00 - 11:30 Rooms: Foyer & Patio & Zuilenzaal Break
11:30 - 13:00 Parallel Panels 4-7
  Room: Shaffyzaal Panel 4: The International Lawyer as Legal Counsel Moderator: Marco Bronckers, VVGB Avocats, Brussels
  • Arman Sarvarian, University of Surrey

Common Ethical Standards for Counsel before International Courts and Tribunals

  • James Fry, University of Hong Kong

Exploring the Potential Problems Associated with Switching between International Adjudicator and Counsel

  • Georgios Petrochilos, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Law Firms in Inter-State Litigation

  • Cecily Rose, University of Cambridge & Shashank Kumar, National Law University, Jodhpur

Diversity and the Field of Public International Law: A Study of the Nationality and Gender of Counsel Appearing Before the ICJ

  Room: Kremlin Panel 5: Les Professions du Ius in Bello Moderator: Karine Bannelier-Christakis, Université de Grenoble
  • Svetlana Zasova, Conseiller Juridique, Ministère français de la Défense

Théorie et Pratiques Contradictoires: Les Enjeux Pour l’Unité du Droit des Conflits Armés

  • Jérôme de Hemptinne, Juriste sénior au Tribunal spécial pour le Liban

Les fonctions du juge pénal international et le  développement du droit international humanitaire

  • Hirad Abtahi, Conseiller juridique, Chef de l’Unité de la Présidence de la Cour pénale internationale chargée des questions juridiques et de l’exécution des décisions

Qualifier juridiquement les faits de crimes contre l’humanité plutôt que de crimes de guerre. Une étude de cas de la CPI.

  Room: Teekenzaal Panel 6: The Turn to Biography in International Law Moderator: Lauri Mälksoo, University of Tartu
  • Helmut Philipp Aust, Humbolt University of Berlin

From Diplomat to Academic Activist: André Mandelstam and the History of Human Rights

  • John Haskell, Mississippi College School of Law

An Anti-Biography: Francis Lieber and the Development of Anglo-American Approaches to Modern International Law

  • Matthias Lippold, University of Göttingen

Philip C. Jessup: From an Activist Academic to an Academic Activist – A Modern Law of Nations Revisited

  Room: Koepelzaal Panel 7: The Aristocracies of International Law and Democratic Narratives: Tensions and Ambiguities Moderator: Christian Tams, University of Glasgow
  • Dov Jacobs, Leiden University

Flying to Neverland: The Aristocracy of International Scholars and the Disconnect with Reality

  • Sarah Nouwen, University of Cambridge

Professional Selectivity: NGOs and International Law

  • Yannick Radi, Leiden University

The Profession of International Adjudicators: Virtues and Perils of an Aristocracy

13:00 - 14:30 Rooms: Foyer & Patio Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Room: Sterrenzaal International Law Journals Editor’s Meeting (closed meeting)
14:30 - 16:00 Parallel Panels 8-11
  Room: Koepelzaal Panel 8: The International Lawyer as Scholar Moderator: Jürgen Bast, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Gleider Hernández, University of Durham

Strategies of Justification and the International Legal Academic

  • Akbar Rasulov, University of Cambridge

New Approaches to International Law: A Critical Sociology

  • Santiago Villalpando, Legal Officer, United Nations

The ‘Invisible College of International Lawyers’ Forty Years Later

  Room: Shaffyzaal Panel 9: The Dynamics of International Judicial Law-Making Moderator: Nico Krisch, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • Susan Franck, Washington and Lee University

The Role of the International Legal Profession in Investment Treaty Arbitration

  • Jorge Viñuales, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Domestic and International Judicial Legitimacy

  • Michael Waibel, University of Cambridge

Are Arbitrators Political?

  Room: Kremlin Panel 10: International Law as a Practice Moderator: Tanja Aalberts, VU University Amsterdam
  • Janina Dill, University of Oxford

Practicing International Humanitarian Law: Efficiency, Necessity and Individual Liability

  • Nikolas Rajkovic, European University Institute

Power, the Lawyer and the Will to Legality: Toward a Critical Sociology of International Law/Power

  • Frédéric Mégret, McGill University

Logics of Practicality and the Construction of the Field of International Criminal Justice

  Room: Teekenzaal Panel 11: The International Lawyer as Peacemaker (Part II) Moderator: Warner ten Kate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, former UN Advisor to the Juba Peace Talks
  • Barney Afako, Independent Legal Advisor to Peace Processes and Immigration Judge

Conflicting Opinions: International Lawyers in the Juba Peace Process

  • Kasaija Phillip Apuuli, Makerere University, Kampala

The Government of Uganda, the ICC Arrest Warrants for the LRA Leaders and the Juba Peace Talks

  • Pål Wrange, Stockholm University

The Implementation of Juba – Shared Vocabularies, Different Approaches

16:00 - 16:30 Rooms: Foyer & Patio & Zuilenzaal Break
16:30 - 18:00 Semi-Plenaries 1-2
  Room: Concertzaal Semi-Plenary 1: International Lawyers’ Oscillations of Roles Moderator: Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands The Transition from Advisor to Judge Academia and Practice in International Law – A Personal Experience
  • Discussant: Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Appeals Chamber, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  Room: Shaffyzaal Semi-Plenary 2: International Law as Discipline Moderator: Nikolas Rajkovic, European University Institute Discipline, Analogical Thought, International Law The Practice of Legality: Stability and Change in International Law
18:15 - 19:15 From Felix Meritis to Koepelkerk Boat Tour
Venue: Koepelkerk
19:30 - 22:30 Gala Dinner
Venue: Felix Meritis
08:30 - 09:30 Room: Sterrenzaal Breakfast Meeting Conveners ESIL Interest Groups
09:00 - 09:30 Room: Reception Area Arrival & Registration (Registration from 09:00 to 14:00)
09:30 - 11:00 Parallel Panels 12-15
  Room: Shaffyzaal Panel 12: The International Lawyer as Judge or Arbitrator Moderator: Pieter Jan Kuijper, University of Amsterdam
  • Ioana Cismas, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Whose Belief: the Plaintiff’s or the Judge’s? Strategies to Preserve the Impartiality of Judicial Decisions in Cases Relating to Religion

  • Chiara Giorgetti, University of Richmond

Do We Need To Change the Rules Relating to Challenging International Investment Arbitrators?

  • Hege Elisabeth Kjos, University of Amsterdam

Knowing the Law: A Power or a Duty? The Role of Arbitrators and Counsel in Ascertaining the Applicable Law in Investor-State Arbitration

  Room: Teekenzaal Panel 13: The International Lawyer in the Domestic Legal Order Moderator: Kenneth Keith, International Court of Justice
  • René Fernando Urueña Hernández, Los Andes University, Bogotá

Bringing International Law Home: Pluralism and the Anxiety of Certainty as Professional Experiences

  • Sharon Weill, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian and Human Rights

National Judges and International Law: To Be (An Independent) Judge Or Not To Be?

  • Yael Ronen, Sha’arei Mishpat, Hebrew University

The Legal Discourse of Judges in Military Courts of the Occupying Power

  Room: Koepelzaal Panel 14: Regulating Defence Counsel before International Criminal Tribunals Moderator: Michiel Pestman, Lawyer at Böhler Advocaten
  • Richard Harvey, Garden Court Chambers

Who Needs a Lawyer Anyway? The Right to Self-Representation and the Role of Standby Counsel in International Criminal Trials

  • Colleen M. Rohan, Defense Counsel before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Ethical Obligations of Defense Lawyers in International Criminal Proceedings

  • Gentian Zyberi, University of Oslo

Navigating the Occasional Tensions Arising between Effective and Efficient Legal Counseling and Respecting the Formal Rules of the Tribunals: What Compass to Use?

  Room: Kremlin Panel 15: The International Environmental Lawyers Situated between Natural Scientific Knowledge and Economic Constraints Moderator: Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh
  • Caroline Foster, Auckland University

The Role of the International Lawyer and the Structural Tensions in an Era of Transnationalism

  • Tracy Hester, University of Houston

Framing, Fault and Feasibility: How the Developing Science of Climate Attribution Will Shape International Climate Change Law

  • Cymie Payne, Rutgers University

Mastering the Evidence: Improving Fact Finding by International Courts

11:00 - 11:45 Rooms: Foyer & Patio & Zuilenzaal Break
  Room: Concertzaal ESIL General Assembly (ESIL Members only)
11:45 - 13:15 Semi-Plenaries 3-4
  Room: Shaffyzaal Semi-Plenary 3: Research as Profession Moderator: Jörg Kammerhofer, University of Freiburg On International Legal Research and the Quest for Immanent Moral Order International Legal Theory as Practice of International Law
  Room: Concertzaal Semi-Plenary 4: Practicing International Law in the 21st Century Moderator: Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University Milan, Eversheds LLP The International Law Bar International Law in Domestic Courts
  • Discussant: Yves Dezalay, Directeur de recherches émérite au Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris
13:15 - 14:00 Rooms: Foyer & Patio Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Room: Concertzaal Studying International Law as a Profession: Concluding Reflections
15:15 - 15:30 Room: Concertzaal Closure: The International Legal Profession as a Research Agenda
16:00 - 19:00 Room: Sterrenzaal ESIL Board Meeting - continued (ESIL Board Members only)