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

Date: 14th November 2019 - 15th November 2019

Time: 09:00 - 18:15

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

Co-organised in partnership with

Event Details

The conference 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
  • Justice Ambeng Kandakasi, Deputy Chief Justice, The National And Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea

Confirmed speakers and chairs:

  • Dr-Ing Katarina Adam, Professor, University of Applied Sciences, 
  • BerlinJulian Aguon, Principal, Blue Ocean Law, Guam
  • Dr Irene Antonopoulos, Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Kevin Bampton, Professor of Public Law and Head of the Law School, De Montfort University, Leicester
  • Sir Franklin Berman KCMG QC, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers, London
  • Dr David Capie, Professor, Victoria University of Wellington (Political Science)
  • Steven Finizio, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London
  • Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law, BIICL, London
  • Mathias Goldmann, VP of Finance and Co-Founder, Constellation, San Francisco
  • Manuel G√≥mez, Professor, Florida International University
  • Francis Greenway, Counsel, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London
  • Francoise Hendy, Chief Negotiator Trade, Barbados
  • Daphne Hong, Director-General, International Affairs Division, Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore
  • Noor Kadhim, Partner, Gardner Leader, London
  • Dr Judith Knieper, Legal Adviser, UNCITRAL
  • Dr Radhika Kumar, Economist, Commonwealth Secretariat
  • Amanda Lee, Arbitrator, FCIArb, London
  • Andrew Maclay, Partner, Forensic Risk Alliance, London
  • Brandon Malone, Chairman, Scottish Arbitration Centre, Edinburgh
  • Spyros Maniatis, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London
  • Dr Maja Menard, Attorney and Counsel to the Republic of Slovenia
  • Simon Milnes, Barrister, Twenty Essex, London
  • Allison Nortje, former diplomat and member of the foreign service of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
  • Milton Paiva, Professor, Polytechnic Institute of Democracy and Development, Cape Verde
  • Dr Nicole Pierce, De Montfort University and Deputy-Director, Institute of Small and Micro States
  • Martin Polaine, Barrister, Brooke Chambers, London
  • Dharshini Prasad, Senior Associate, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London
  • Dr Naren Prasad, Senior Economist, International Labour Organisation, Geneva
  • Daniel Stewart, Executive Director, Independent International Legal Advocates, New York
  • Robert Volterra, Professor, UCL, London
  • Dr Lauren Young, Policy Consultant and Professor, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

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

Pricing & Registration

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


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CPD Information

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


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