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Annual Grotius Lecture & Dinner 2017

Date: 26th June 2017

Time: 17:30 - 21:30

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, LONDON, WC2A 1PL

Event Details

Time: 17:30-21:30 (Registration from 17:00)

Venue: The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL

Annual Grotius Lecture (17:30-18:30) - 1 CPD hour

Is International Human Rights Law Under Threat?

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, will deliver this year's Annual Grotius Lecture on Monday 26 June at the Law Society. The title of the lecture will be 'Is International Human Rights Law Under Threat?'.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein assumed his functions as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1 September 2014. He is the seventh individual to lead the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the first Asian, Muslim and Arab to do so.

A veteran multilateral diplomat, Zeid was previously Jordan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, a post he held from September 2010 until July 2014, and which he also held from 2000 to 2007. From 2007 to 2010 he was Jordan's Ambassador to the United States of America. He served as Jordan's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, with the rank of Ambassador, from 1996 to 2000. In January 2014, he was President of the UN Security Council and chaired the Security Council's 1533 and 1521 committees with regard to two sanctions regimes regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia.

Zeid holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Cambridge University (Christ's College). On 14 June 2008, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the Southern California Institute of Law for his work on international justice. In 1989, he also received his commission as an officer in the Jordanian desert police (the successor to the Arab Legion) and saw service with them until 1994.

The lecture will be chaired by the Right Honourable The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC, President of BIICL. Lord Phillips is the immediate past President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom. He is a long-term BIICL member, and has been involved in BIICL activities, including its Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

There will be a drinks reception and networking after the Lecture, followed by the Annual Grotius Dinner.

Annual Grotius Dinner (19:15-21:30)

We are delighted to welcome Sir Franklin Berman KMCG QC, Essex Court Chambers and retiring Chair of BIICL's Board of Trustees as the speaker for the Annual Grotius Dinner.

The dinner will include the presentation of the BIICL 'Supporter of the Year' Award. Established in 2012, the Award recognises major support given to the Institute by an organisation or individual.

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Pricing and Registration

Prices for the Grotius lecture and dinner combined


  • £70 (incl VAT)


  • Individual - £100 (incl VAT)
  • Full-time Academic - £90 (incl VAT)
  • Full-time Student - £80 (incl VAT)

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 1 CPD hour.


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