Sir Arthur Watts (1931-2007) was one of the most highly regarded - and widely liked - British international lawyers of his time. He moved from a varied and adventurous career in the Foreign Office into a strikingly successful international practice at the Bar, where he was sought after as counsel by other states and where he advised more than two dozen governments. He sat frequently as an Arbitrator both in inter-State disputes and in international commercial proceedings.
Sir Arthur Watts was a long-standing member of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL). He served on its Governing Council from 1987 and was keenly supportive of the Institute's leading role in stimulating debate, as well as its ability to provide authoritative practical research and to help set legal standards internationally. As an active member of the international law section of its Advisory Board.
Given its extensive legacy of achievement in the area, the British Institute for International and Comparative Law seeks to honour Sir Arthur Watts' memory with the establishment of a Senior Research Fellowship in Public International Law in his name.
This will help to secure further the place of public international law as a core element of the Institute's work.
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