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Twenty-Third Conference on Theory and International Law: Sovereignty in the 21st Century

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British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

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Organised by The Society of Legal Scholars International Law Section and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law


  • Dr Grietje Baars (City University)
  • Paul Eden (University of Sussex)
  • Prof. Pavlos Eleftheriadis (University of Oxford)
  • Dr Myriam Feinberg (Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London)
  • Alexander Green (University College London)
  • Prof. Matthew Happold (University of Luxembourg)
  • Dr Ricardo Pereira (University of Westminster)
  • Prof. Marc Weller (University of Cambridge)
  • Prof. Steven Wheatley (Lancaster University)
  • Dr Claus Zimmermann (Sidley Austin LLP)
  • Dr Andraz Zidar (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)

Sovereignty is one of the core constructs of international law and international relations. Notwithstanding its historical importance as a key component in the relations between states, debates about the nature of sovereignty and its legal aspects abound. These debates have intensified in recent years. The rise of international human rights law has challenged the basic tenets of the classical conceptualisation of state sovereignty. The rise of international organisations, multinational corporations and grassroots social movements also pose questions about the role of sovereignty in international law. The growing numbers of ethnic conflicts raise questions about the circumstances in which state sovereignty can be over-ridden. The changing nature of interaction and interdependence in an increasingly complex world paradoxically simultaneously encourages debates about both the diminution of sovereignty as well as presenting new frontiers for the exercise of sovereignty.

This conference will address aspects of both the theoretical and practical dimensions of sovereignty in the 21st century. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The future of the concept of permanent sovereignty over natural resources;
  • The future of the anthropomorphic conceptualisation of the state in the context of the debates concerning statehood and recognition;
  • International law and the value of statehood;
  • State power and corporate sovereignty;
  • Monetary sovereignty; and
  • Counterterrorism, international organisations and state sovereignty.

This conference will be of interest to academics, students and practitioners in the fields of international law, international relations, political science and diplomacy, civil liberties and human rights law. All those with an interest in current affairs will find much of interest in the subject matter of the conference and will be most welcome.

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Individual £70

Full-time Academic £55

Full-time Student £25


Individual £120

Full-time Academic £95

Full-time Student £45

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