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Appointment of International Judges and Arbitrators: Legality, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law

Event Details

The backgrounds and professional qualifications of judges have become salient and contested issues for many courts around the world. International tribunals are no exception to this tendency.

Judges on international tribunals have sometimes been criticised for lacking sufficient expertise or experience. Such challenges raise both practical and theoretical questions: what sort of profile is needed for judges on international tribunals? How helpful is legal practice experience? Do scholarly academic and judicial backgrounds make distinct contributions to a tribunal's capacity? Should judicial selection processes be reformed to maximize diversity of various kinds?

This panel will bring together academics and practitioners for a lively discussion to consider these questions from a variety of perspectives.


The Rt. Hon. Dame Elizabeth Gloster, PC, One Essex Court


  • Helen Mulvein, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, University of Liverpool Law School
  • Prof Yarik Kryvoi, British Institute for International and Comparative Law
  • Dr Alex Schwartz, The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law

Event convened by Prof Yarik Kryvoi, Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum.

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Pricing & Registration

Free to attend for BIICL members, ITF members and faculty staff of the University of Liverpool. ITF members and faculty staff of the University of Liverpool wishing to attend should register by emailing the Events team.

For other attendees the following fees are applicable:

Please note that Concession fees are applicable to academics, students, staff of government and NGOs.  

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1.5 CPD hours.


If you have any queries, please contact the Events team

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Alternatively you can email BIICL Marketing Manager, Carmel Brown in advance of the event that you are attending.

Event Cancellation Policy

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