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Ethics in the "International Bar"

Temple Garden Seminar Series in International Adjudication

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About the event

While there is no universally accepted code on ethical requirements in proceedings before international courts and tribunals, ethical conduct in the "International Bar" is one of the most important issues in contemporary international adjudication. Many international courts (such as the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and the ad-hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda) have adopted rules that regulate the behaviour of prosecutors, counsels and judges. Similarly, several professional associations (such as the International Bar Association, the International Law Association and the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) have adopted non-binding codes of conduct for litigants and judges.

This seminar focused on the need to uphold the highest ethical standards in international adjudication. In addition, it identified gaps in the existing documents and mechanisms for the maintenance of professional integrity in the "International Bar" and suggested improvements.

Keynote speaker:

  • Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea


  • Dr Arman Sarvarian, University of Surrey
  • José María Alonso, Baker & McKenzie (Madrid)


  • Rodney Dixon QC, Temple Garden Chambers

Event convened by Dr Andraz Zidar, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law

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