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The London Conference on International Law 2022

Date: 10 - 11 October 2022

Time: TBC

Venue: QE II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE


Conference Details

BIICL is proud to be once again a co-convenor of the London Conference on International Law. In 2019 the inaugural London Conference on International Law brought together international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders, and other stakeholders to see how States and all other actors engage with international law.

2022 marks the return of the London Conference with the theme: States in Emergency, International Law at a Time of Reckoning. The 2022 London Conference on International Law will thus examine the opportunities and challenges that crises and emergencies present, as well as address the following questions:

  • What is the role of international law in dealing with crises and emergencies?
  • What is the impact of crises and emergencies on the international legal order?
  • Is international law fit for purpose when faced with crises and emergencies?
  • Do crises and emergencies help shape a more responsive international law?

Conference Themes:

  • Addressing the Climate Emergency: From COPs to Courts
  • Legal and Political Reactions to Crises: the Role of Sanctions
  • International Settlement of Disputes in a Time of Crises
  • Ethical Challenges to the Legal Profession in Situations of Emergency
  • Protection of Human Rights during Crises
  • Threats at and to the Sea and Legal Responses in Emergency
  • Cyberwarfare and other Challenges to the Law of Armed Conflict
  • Human and Collective Security
  • International Criminal Law and the Politics of Impunity
  • International Economic Law in an enduring period of Economic Crisis
  • Formation and Development of International Law in Times of Emergency
  • ISDS and International Investment Law responding to Crises

Conference Speakers include:

  • Sarah H. Cleveland, Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School
  • Rt Hon Michael Ellis KC MP, HM Attorney General for England and Wales
  • Judge Yuji Iwasawa, Judge of the International Court of Justice
  • Karim A. A. Khan KC, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
  • Professor Christine Chinkin, Executive Chair of the International Law Association
  • Miguel de Serpa Soares, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel, United Nations
  • Professor Dapo Akande, Professor of Public International Law, University of Oxford
  • Rt Hon Lady Arden of Heswall DBE, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • Judge Liesbeth Lijnzaad, Judge of International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Professor Philippe Sands KC, Professor of public understanding of law at University College London, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
  • Judge Tomas Heidar, Vice-President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  • Professor Diane Desierto, Professor of International Law and Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame Law School, USA
  • Professor Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Sir Michael Wood, International Law Commission
  • Professor Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law, University of Oxford
  • Professor Alina Miron, Professor of International Law, University of Angers
  • Rt Hon Lord Carnwath of Notting Hill, former Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

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