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Reform and International Law (Annual BIICL/SLS Workshop)

Date: Monday 5 December 2022

Time: 17.00 - 20.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online

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Event Details

International law is both a motivator and product of reforms around the globe. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars will convene a workshop to discuss 'reform' in international law. This workshop will examine the scope and process of reform in international law. Some of the general questions to be considered include:

  1. What are the factors (e.g. - crises) that inspire and push reforms in international law?
  2. Who are the players that are and/or should be involved in reforming the international system?
  3. What are the risks of reforming or not reforming the existing system?
  4. Is incremental reform sufficient or is a system transformation required?

Event convened by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law (BIICL) in collaboration with Dr Alexander Gilder and Dr Arman Sarvarian, International Law Section of the Society of Legal Scholars. 

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  • Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Dr Alexander Gilder, University of Reading


The following presentations will be delivered and discussed at the workshop. They have been identified through an open call for papers

  • ECOWAS Subregion and the Influence of The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Transnational Labour Mobility
    Christiana Essie Sagay, PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa
  • We are not living up to our obligations": understanding the role and use of UN CEDAW Committee report findings in UK Parliament business proceedings to reform abortion law in Northern Ireland                                   Leah Rea, PhD Researcher, Ulster University
  • The State of International Law: Chaos or Unity.                                                    Oriola Oyewole, Senior research fellow at Lex Lata Centre for International Law and Constitutionalism
  • The Ukraine War: making the case for reform by prosecuting aggression
    William Henderson, Lecturer in Law, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Atrocity crimes adjudication and interstate disputes: reforming or building upon state responsibility in international law
    Sahar Sadoughi, PhD Candidate, City University of London
  • Is the Global Human Rights Sanctions an Emerging Institutionalized Human Rights Enforcement Mechanism
    Yifan Jia, PhD Candidate and visiting lecturer, King's College London

Pricing and Registration

 This event is free to attend but pre-registration is required

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 3 CPD hours.


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