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Institute holds successful Annual Conference

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law's 2007 Annual Conference, which took place on 18 May, was attended by over 300 delegates and took as its theme, The Rule of Law and Post-Conflict States.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Sir Adam Roberts KCMG MS FA who spoke on the laws of war and human rights, and by the Attorney-General, the Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith of Allerton QC, who discussed the delivery of pro bono legal advice to States in post-conflict situations.

The main conference sessions covered a variety of topics based on the main theme, namely:

  • An End to Impunity? Contemporary Prospects for Prosecuting Crimes in Conflict;
  • Trade as an Instrument for Economic Development of Post-Conflict States: Case Studies of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine;
  • Reconstruction for Post-Conflict States: the Roles of the UN, EU and World Bank;
  • Exploitation of Natural Resources: The Role of Foreign Investment; and
  • Reconstruction and Development: Financial Issues and Market Reform.

For the full Conference programme and list of speakers, click here.

For a brief comment on Sir Adam's Keynote Address, published in the Daily Telegraph of 17 May, click here.

A number of book launches took place throughout the day, starting with Baderin and McCorquodale, ed. Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Action (Oxford University Press). At the end of the conference, Alexander Layton QC, Chair of the Institute's Board of Trustees, introduced three further books: Gillian Triggs and Anna Riddell, ed. Antarctica: Legal and Environmental for the Future, and George Alexander Walker, European Banking Law: Policy and Programme Construction, both published by BIICL, and P Marsden, ed. Trans-Atlantic Antitrust Research Handbook (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006)

The conference was an opportuntiy to bring together Institute members with the distinguished speakers and the Institute research staff, as well as welcoming approx 90 new members to the work of the Institute.

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