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Withdrawal from International Agreements: Issues and Challenges

Event Details

Time: 17:30-19:30 (Registration from 17:00)
Event followed by a drinks reception

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

Around the world, issues of withdrawal from and termination of international agreements have taken centre stage with withdrawals and threats thereof occurring in different contexts across legal fields. Some key examples include the decision in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (Brexit), the withdrawal of Burundi, South Africa, and the Gambia from (and the decisions to re-join) the International Criminal Court, the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement and the Iran Deal, and the termination of various bilateral investment and trade agreements.

Issues of withdrawal, and the obligations of parties to those treaties during and after such withdrawal or termination are regulated in part by the provisions of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and have increasingly been raised as questions before international Courts and Tribunals as well as in wider legal and policy debate. This panel discussion will seek to unpack and analyse some of these questions and the implications for international law and international relations moving forward.


Alice Lacourt, Commonwealth Secretariat


  • Shehzad Charania, Attorney General's Office
  • Giorgio Francesco Mandelli, Volterra Fietta
  • Markus Gehring, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and University of Cambridge
  • Maya Lester QC, Brick Court Chambers
  • Panos Koutrakos, City University London; Monckton Chambers

Event convened by Jean-Pierre Gauci, Associate Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law.

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Part of the Arthur Watts public international Law seminar series

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This event offers the equivalent of 2 hours.

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