The Dorset Fellowship was first established in 2005 through the generous support of the Dorset Foundation. The Foundation's longstanding funding has allowed successive Dorset Fellows at BIICL to develop and sustain a programme of work addressing a wide range of very topical and pressing public international law issues, ranging from climate change and human trafficking to war crimes.
The Dorset fellowship has also allowed the establishment of the Centre for International Law and expand its areas of focus. Ongoing research topics fall under the broad areas of:
- Business & Human Rights
- Climate Change & Environment
- Courts & Tribunals
- Cultural Heritage
- Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law
- Investment & Trade
- Law of the Sea
- Ukraine International Law Response
The team led by the Dorset Senior Research Fellow is advised and supported in their role by a Public International Law Advisory Panel of distinguished academics and practitioners, including a Judge of the International Court of Justice, a Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, and members of the International Law Commission, among others.
The Dorset Fellowship is currently held by two researchers within the Centre for International Law:
Newsletters and Events
The Centre for International Law now also has a dedicated newsletter which is published on a quarterly basis. Our latest newsletter can be accessed here.
In addition to its flagship event, the Harry Weinrebe Annual Memorial lecture, the Dorset Fellows regularly organise public events and workshops throughout the year. Our events attract hundreds of participants, and most are available to watch later on BIICL's YouTube channel.