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Public International Law in the Courts of the United Kingdom

Event Details

Time: 17:30-19:30 (Registration from 17.00)

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Issues of public international law are increasingly being raised in British Courts, highlighting, amongst other things, questions about jurisdiction, the respective roles of the Executive and the courts, and the interaction between international and domestic public law.

This event will look at recent cases and how they are likely to influence current and future developments. Building on their experience and fields of expertise, the panellists will engage with developments in UK courts on issues around human rights and the justiciability of UK military actions abroad, sources of law with a focus on customary international law, State immunity and international sanctions.


  • Professor Robert McCorquodale, BIICL Director


  • Shaheed Fatima QC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Richard Hermer QC, Matrix Chambers
  • Maya Lester QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Dr Philippa Webb, King's College London and 20 Essex Street
  • Graham Coop, Volterra Fietta

This event is convened by Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci, Research Fellow in Public International Law, and Lise Smit, Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights

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This event is part of the 2017 Arthur Watts Public International Law seminar series, sponsored by:

CPD Information

This event is worth the equivalent of 2 CPD hours.

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