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Conference: Small States, International Law and the Realisation of Rights

Date: 14th November 2019 - 15th November 2019

Time: 09:00 - 18:00

Venue: WilmerHale, 49 Park Lane, LONDON, W1K 1PS

Event Details

The two-day Conference will address the international legal order and economics of international dispute resolution as they relate to Small and Micro States. It will examine how Small States influence international law and global decision-making, including a review of the common challenges faced and a comparative assessment of the different approaches to international law. It will also consider the particular financial vulnerability of Small States and the economic issues they face when confronted with international disputes. Speakers and delegates will discuss possible strategies and solutions to address these issues.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr Anne Gallagher, Director-General, Commonwealth Foundation, London
  • Deputy Chief Justice Ambeng Kandakasi, The National And Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea


  •  Julian Aguon, Principal, Blue Ocean Law, Guam
  • Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers, London
  • Dr David Capie, Director of the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont, Advisor, Public International Law Advisory Group, Paris
  • Jean-Paul Fabri, Managing Director, ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence, Malta
  • Steven Finizio, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London
  • Francoise Hendy, Chief Negotiator Trade, Barbados
  • Noor Kadhim, Partner, Gardner Leader, London
  • Dr Judith Knieper, Legal Adviser, UNCITRAL
  • Dr Spyros Maniatis, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London
  • Dharshini Prasad, Senior Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London
  • Dr Naran Prasad, Senior Economist, International Labour Organisation
  • Daniel Stewart, Executive Director, Independent International Legal Advocates, New York
  • Robert Volterra, Professor, UCL, London
  • Dr Lauren Young, Policy Consultant, Member Board of Directors, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

  Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Pricing & Registration

Free to attend, however advance online registration is required here.

Event organised by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci (BIICL), Prof Petra Butler (ISMS) and Steven Finizio (Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (WilmerHale LLP)

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 12 CPD hours (TBC).


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