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Teaching International Law Webinar Series

Date: 8 January - 23 April 2021

Time: 11:00 - 12:45 and 13:30 - 15:15 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Event Details

The practice of teaching international law is conducted in a wide range of contexts across the world by a host of different actors - including scholars, practitioners, civil society groups, governments, and international organisations. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, that reflections and collaborations on the practice of teaching international law remain relatively rare.

In recent decades, notable contributions concerning international legal pedagogy include: comparative analyses of how different national communities of international lawyers construct their understanding of international law, regional and national reflections on the teaching of international law, critical perspectives on the politics of teaching international law, as well as reflections on the professionalisation of international legal education, teaching techniques, and the use of new technologies for teaching international law.

This series composed of 10 webinars over 5 sessions will explore some of these issues and developments. Bringing together teachers of international law from across the globe, and who apply a range of techniques and approaches to their teaching, the series is sure to inform and inspire.

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In this webinar series, BIICL is bringing together over 50 scholars and practitioners from around the world to share their experiences and critically reflect on current practices of teaching international law. The aim is to foster reflection and discussion amongst the plurality of actors that teach international law across different contexts, traditions, and perspectives. View the Programme below or download as a PDF here.

This webinar series is convened by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training, BIICL and Dr Barrie Sander, Assistant Professor of International Justice, Leiden University - Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs.

If you missed any of the webinars you can access recordings of each session here

Central Issues from the Periphery

Day 1 | Friday 8 January 2021 | 11.00 - 12.45 (UK time)

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Chair: Jason Rudall, Assistant Professor, University of Leiden

Jason Beckett, Assistant Professor, Department of Law, American University in Cairo
'Harry Potter and the Gluttonous Machine: Reflections on Teaching IHRL as PIL in a "Developing State'

Vera Honuskova, Senior Lecturer, Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Charles University
'International Migration Law Courses: A Laboratory of Teaching Methods for International Law'

Dunia Zongwe, Associate Professor, Department of Legal Studies, Walter Sisulu University
'Teachers of International Economic Law in Africa Must Beat Their Own Drums'

Ling Chen, Doctoral Candidate, Faculty of Law, McGill University
'Climate Law's International Preference and Its Implications for Teaching and Learning'

Teaching International Law in Asia

Day 1 | Friday 8 January 2021 | 13.30 - 15.15 (UK time)

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Chair: Antony Anghie, Professor, National University of Singapore and University of Utah

Imogen Canavan
Country Manager for Asia, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law
'Teaching International Law to Cross-border Female Lawyers from Afghanistan and Pakistan'

Chinmayi Sharma
Visiting Faculty, National Law School of India University, Legal Lead and Registrar, Centre for Online Dispute Resolution
'International Law and the Indian Classroom: TWAIL Approaches in Pedagogy'

Jenny Domino
Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists
'Dispatches from Another World: Translating International Accountability in Myanmar and the Philippines'

Otto Spijkers
Professor of International Law, China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University
Zhang Fan
Lecturer of International Law, China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies (CIBOS), Wuhan University
'Online Teaching in the Time of Corona'

Tools and Techniques in Teaching International Law

Day 2 | Friday 29 January 2021 | 11.00 - 12.45 (UK time) 

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Chair: Evelyne Schmid, Associate Professor, University of Lausanne

Rigmor Argren
Lecturer, University of Örebro
'Using Virtual Reality in ILAC Teaching'

Amrita Mukherjee
Director, LL.M. International Law, School of Law, University of Leeds
'Reading Groups on International Law: The Role of Co-Creation in Decolonising the Curriculum'

Ralph Janik
External Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
'Homer Simpson in the Classroom: Using Popcultural References When Teaching International Law'

James Summers
Senior Lecturer, Law School, Lancaster University
'The Limits on Writing an International Law Textbook'

Teaching IHL in Crisis: A Strategic Response for Troubled Times?

(Panel discussion organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross)

Day 2 | Friday 29 January 2021 | 13.30 - 15.15 (UK time)

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Chair: Etienne Kuster, Legal Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross

Samer Mousa
University of Palestine
"Teaching IHL in crisis, constraints and solutions"

Muhammad Osama Siddique
Law & Policy Research Network / Institute of Development & Economic Alternatives
"Addressing the perception gap, when teaching IHL"

Vasilka Sancin
University of Ljubljana
"Contextualizing IHL teaching to stimulate interest"

Nelly Kamunde
Kenyatta University:
"Maintaining IHL courses throughout the Covid-19 crisis and beyond"

The Promises and Perils of the Pedagogy of International Law in the Philippine State of Exception

Day 3 | Friday 19 February 2021 | 11.00 - 12.45 (UK time)

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Chair: Irene Antonopoulos, Senior Lecturer, Royal Holloway, University of London

Melissa Loja (Discussant)
Consultant on International Law and International Energy Law

Romel Regalado Bagares
Professorial Lecturer, Lyceum Philippines, University College of Law
'Between History and Pedagogy: Hard Lessons from Philippine Territorial Limits' Postcolonial Discontents'

Jose Duke S. Bagulaya
Ph.D. Student, University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law
'Teaching the State of Exception through Literature in the Context of the Global South: A Reading of Ruth Firmeza's Gera'

Alizedney M. Ditucalan
Dean, Mindanao State University College of Law
'Critiquing Modern Philippine Competition Law, Teaching International Legal History'

John Paolo Roberto A Villasor
Dean, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos School of Law
'Institutional Academic Freedom and the LLM Requirement in Teaching International Law in the Philippines: A Conspectus for Philippine Legal Education'

Rodel A. Taton
Dean, the Graduate School of Law of the San Sebastian College-Recoletos
'Between Pragmatism and Potential: Lessons on Teaching International Law in the Philippines through the San Sebastian College-Recoletos LLM Program Consortium'

Critical Perspectives on Teaching International Law

Day 3 | Friday 19 February 2021 | 13.30 - 15.15 (UK time)

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Chair: Gerry Simpson, Professor, London School of Economics

Henry Jones
Assistant Professor in Law, Law School, Durham University
Aoife O'Donoghue
Professor of International Law and Global Governance, Law School, Durham University
'Decolonisation, Anachronism, and the Use of History: Teaching the History of International Law in Interesting Times'

Khadeija E. Mahgoub
Assistant Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Khartoum and Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University 
'Cultural Interactions with the Pedagogy of International Law: Possible Opportunities and Challenges'

Nicola Palmer
Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, King's College London
'Teaching Transnational and International Criminal Law as a Critical Project'

Philipp Kastner
Senior Lecturer, Law School, University of Western Australia
'Teaching International Criminal Law: Decentering the Law and the Teacher'

New Directions in Core Subjects of International Law Teaching

Day 4 | Friday 12 March 2021 | 11.00 - 12.45 (UK time)

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Chair: Ezequiel Heffes, Thematic Legal Adviser, Geneva Call

Emily Paddon Rhoads
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College
Rebecca Sutton, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Edinburgh Law School
'Emotions, Character and IHL Pedagogy: Practitioner Training in Humanitarian Protection'

Vidya Kumar
Associate Professor, Law School, University of Leicester
'The Revolutionary and Utopic Place of International Labour Law in Public International Law'

Lynsey Mitchell
Early Career Researcher and Lecturer in Law, Abertay University
'The Gender of International Human Rights Law? Uncovering Legal Academics' Views on Reproductive Rights in Legal Education'

George R. Wilkes
Visiting Fellow, King's College London, Founding Director the Project on Religion and Ethics in the Making of War and Peace, University of Edinburgh
Magnus Lindén
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Lund University
'Should Militaries Teach IHL and Ethics Together? Comparing the Attitudes of Educators Internationally'

The International Law Teacher

Day 4 | Friday 12 March 2021 | 13.30 - 15.15 (UK time)

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Chair: Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli, Senior Lecturer in Law, King's College London

Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott
Consultant, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law
'Social Class and How We Teach International Law'

Yusra Suedi
Researcher, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva
'Humanizing the Teaching of International Law'

Kyle Rapp
Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science and International Relations, University of Southern California
'Subject or Skill? Teaching (and Learning) International Law in International Relations'

Ana Luísa Bernardino
Ph.D. Candidate and LL.M. Programme Manager, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
'Going by the Book: Why International Lawyers Are Not Allowed to Know'

Ahmed Raza Memon
Lecturer in Law, University of Kent
Eric Leofledd
Lecturer in Law, Law School, University of Kent
'From Podcast to Utopia: Hope and Doubt Behind Knowledge Production in International Legal Academia'

Teaching International Law in the Arab World: Critical Perspectives and Pedagogies

Day 5 | Friday 23 April 2021 | 11.00 - 12.45 (UK time)

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Chair: Ntina Tzouvala, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Law

Alia Algazzar 
Associate Professor of International Law, School of Law, the Arab Academy
'Would Changing the Teaching of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the Arab Region Change the World?'

Dina Hadad
Associate Professor in International Law, Kuwait International Law School
'International Law in the Middle East: Pedagogies of 'Presence' and 'Absences'

Mando Rachovista
Assistant Professor of International Law, University of Groningen
'Teaching and (Un)learning International Law in Qatar'

Ata R. Hindi
Research Fellow in International Law, Institute of Law, Birzeit University
'Teaching International Law: Palestine, the Arab World, Third World, and Minorities'

Decolonising the Teaching of International Law

Day 5 | Friday 23 April 2021 | 13.30 - 15.15 (UK time)

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Chair: Maria Varaki, Lecturer in International Law, King's College London

Udoka Ndidiamaka Owie
Associate Professor, Baze University
'A Personal Reflection on Teaching International Law in Nigeria'

Karolina Aksamitowska
Ph.D. Candidate in Law, Hilary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University
'In Search for the "Common Ground" - Teaching International Humanitarian Law to Armed Non-State Actors with the Aid of the Ancient African Rules of Warfare'

Giovanna Maria Frisso
Lecturer, University of Lincoln
'Teaching International Public Law in Brazil: Challenges to the Articulation of a Situated Knowledge'

Priyasha Saksena
Lecturer, School of Law, University of Leeds
'Teaching International Law through the Prism of Global Events'

CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 15 CPD hours.


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