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50th Anniversary of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

This event took place on the 23rd May 2019

Event Details

Time: 16.30-19.30 (registration from 16.00)
Event followed by a drinks reception

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

Since its adoption in 1969 the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties has made a significant contribution to the development of international law. This event will examine current issues in the application and the interpretation of the VCLT. The topics to be considered include: treaty interpretation; reservations; the role of treaties in international relations; and the relationship between treaties and domestic law. The event will include an opening address by David H Anderson who was a member of the British Delegation to the Vienna Conference on the Law of Treaties


Sir Franklin Berman KCMG QC, Essex Court Chambers


  • David H Anderson CMG, member of the British Delegation to the Vienna Conference on the Law of Treaties (1969)
  • Kirsten Schmalenbach, Universität Salzburg
  • Richard Gardiner, University College London
  • Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki
  • Jill Barrett, Queen Mary University of London
  • Danae Azaria, University College London
  • Jeremy Hill, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Event convened by Héctor Tejero Tobed, Research Assistant in Public International Law (BIICL) and Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law (BIICL),

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Pricing and Registration

BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £40
  • Concession - £25
  • Student - £15


  • Individual - £70
  • Concession - £45
  • Student - £25

Concession fees are applicable to academics, staff of government and NGOs.

Part of the Arthur Watts Public International Law seminar series sponsored by


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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 2.5 hours.

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