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Marcos Zunino

Biography Dr Marcos Zunino is Research Fellow in Judicial Independence and Constitutional Transitions. His current work at BIICL looks into the judiciary in the context of transitional justice and constitutional change. His areas of research include transitional justice, human rights, constitutional law, international criminal law and public international law. He is the author of Justice Framed: A Genealogy of Transitional Justice as well as of a number of journal articles and book chapters.…

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Constantinos Yiallourides

Biography Dr Constantinos Yiallourides is Research Leader in Law of the Sea at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) where he leads the Institute's Watts Programme of research, training, and events in the law of the sea and global ocean governance. He is also Lecturer in International Law at Macquarie University, School of Law, Sydney. He was previously lecturer in international law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, post-doctoral researcher in energy law…

Climate Change+2

Anthony Wenton

Biography Anthony Wenton is Research Fellow in Public International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a public international law generalist with particular research interests in jus ad bellum; international human rights law; self-determination; democratic governance; international criminal law and transitional justice; immunities; and rule of law capacity building. Previously, Anthony was the acting Managing Editor of BIICL's flagship publication, the…

Climate Change+1

Jan van Zyl Smit

Biography Dr Jan van Zyl Smit is Deputy Director of the Bingham Centre of the Rule of Law, supporting the Director and assisting with the co-ordination of the Centre's research and events programme. Jan's research is mainly in the areas of constitutional and administrative law and much of it focuses on court systems and judiciary. He is the author of The Appointment, Tenure and Removal of Judges under Commonwealth Principle s (2015), a comparative study of the judicial frameworks of Commonwealth…

Rule of Law

Maria Tymofienko

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Courts and Tribunals+1

John Trajer

Biography John Trajer is a Research Fellow in Anti-Trafficking Law and Policy at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). In this role, he is working on a project that assesses the impact of access to legal advice on people with lived experiences of modern slavery. John holds a BA from the University of Oxford, a joint MA from the universities of Göttingen and Groningen, and an LLM from the European University Institute. He has also acquired professional experience…

Human Rights and IHL+2

Fulya Teomete Yalabik

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Collective Redress+1

Hector Tejero Tobed

Biography Héctor is a Research Assistant in Public International Law, and joined BIICL in October 2018. He assists and conducts research on various issues on Public International Law. Prior to joining BIICL, Héctor completed a LL.M in Public International Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and was a Legal Intern at REDRESS, where he focused on the Inter-American system for the protection of human rights. Formerly, he has been involved in cooperation projects…

Business and Human Rights+1

Vincent Smith

Biography Dr Vincent Smith teaches at ESCP Business School (London and Paris) where he is an assistant professor, having been on the faculty as since 2015. His teaching at ESCP focuses on commercial law and governance. He also consults as a solicitor on regulatory (competition), commercial and EU law, having practised in both London and in Brussels. Before joining ESCP Vincent was a partner in private practice specialising in competition and collective redress matters. He has carried this…

Collective Redress+1

Lise Smit

Biography Lise Smit is Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights, and joined BIICL in March 2015. She conducts research on corporate human rights due diligence and other aspects of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Prior to joining the Institute, Lise was a practicing advocate at the Cape Town Bar in South Africa. She has worked on business and human rights issues for the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the UN Global Compact Office.…

Business and Human Rights+1

Amrit Singh

Biography Amrit Singh has been a practising human rights lawyer for the last two decades. Her work focuses on using legal tools to resist contemporary authoritarianism around the world. More specifically, her current research focuses on judicial impartiality viewed in international and comparative perspective. She previously served as Director of the Accountability Division at the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) in New York. During her tenure at OSJI, she authored several human rights…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Elke Selter

Biography Dr. Elke Selter is a Research Fellow in Cultural Heritage. She joined BIICL in 2021, working on the international politics, heritage, repatriation and reparations, a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Prior to joining BIICL, Elke has worked for over 15 years with various agencies of the United Nations. Most of these, she worked in conflict and disaster-affected places where she advised governments on cultural policies and international conventions, and managed programs on heritage…

Cultural Heritage

Sara Razai

Biography Dr Sara Razai joined the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in 2020 as a Research Fellow for the the research project Special Processes for the Reassessment and Removal of Judges in the Context of Constitutional Transitions   funded by the UK AHRC. An expert in empirical research on the judiciary, her research has fed into policy-making and she has provided different actors and stakeholders with policy recommendations and programmatic responses at national and international…

Rule of Law

Nigel Pleming KC

Nigel Pleming KC has a distinguished legal career spanning over 50 years. Nigel was called to the Bar in 1971 and appointed a King's Counsel in 1992. He practises mainly in England and Wales, but also in Hong Kong, Belize and the Caribbean. He has been recommended as a leading silk in the Legal 500 since 2000 in the specialties of Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Environment, Immigration and Value Added Tax. Nigel has been nominated by The Lawyer magazine for…

Climate Change

Irene Pietropaoli

Biography Dr Irene Pietropaoli is a Senior Fellow in Business and Human Rights and joined BIICL in October 2018. She conducts research on corporate human rights due diligence, other aspects of implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights, and legislation on modern slavery in supply chain. Irene is also leading BIICL's work on Artificial Intelligence  and its links with business and human rights. Prior to joining BIICL, Irene worked with international organisations…

AI and Data Worlds+3

Nicole A. Pierce

Biography Dr Nicole A. Pierce (BA, JD, MBA, LLM, PhD) is a Senior Lecturer in International Trade Law and Private International Law at the Faculty of Business and Law (BAL) on the LLB program at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Prior to joining De Montfort she was a Teaching Fellow for the MSc program in IP Law and dissertation Supervisor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London. She also was an Associate Lecturer on the LLB program in Business…

International Litigation+1

Ellis Paterson

Biography Ellis Paterson joined the Bingham Centre as a Research Assistant in the Rule of Law in October 2018. She is currently working towards her LL.M. in Public Law at the London School of Economics. Upon graduating from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Laws in 2015, she moved to Tokyo, where she taught English for two years. She returned to the UK to pursue her academic and research studies and has since been involved with various voluntary organisations committed to access…

Rule of Law

Roy Andrew Partain

Biography Professor Roy Andrew Partain holds a personal chair in international and comparative law and in mathematical analysis of law in the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK). His research on economic models of climate change and their impact on climate policy, on the economic analysis of environmental law, on the use of game theory and mechanism design to achieve regulatory goals, particularly for reducing atmospheric carbon, are globally recognized. His articles…

Climate Change+1

Lucy Moxham

Biography Lucy Moxham joined the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law at BIICL in January 2012. She is a Senior Research Fellow in the Rule of Law and leads the Bingham Centre's programme of work on Government and the Rule of Law. At the Bingham Centre, Lucy has worked extensively on Rule of Law and human rights issues, including as part of the RECONNECT research project on 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law' (www.reconnect-europe.eu), which has received…

European Law+2

Noemi Magugliani

Biography Dr. Noemi Magugliani is a Research Fellow in Anti-trafficking Law and Policy at BIICL. Noemi holds a PhD in Law from the National University of Ireland Galway, where they conducted research that focussed on trafficked adult men, gendered constructions of vulnerability, and access to protection. Noemi also holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Policy from University College Cork and a BA in International Relations from the University of Milan. Beyond their work at the…

Human Rights and IHL+2

Liza Lovdahl Gormsen

Biography Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen joined BIICL on 1 September 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow and the director of the Competition Law Forum. Her role at BIICL is to lead the Competition Law Forum, host events for its members and get the Forum involved in national and international competition policy debates and be engaged in competition law research. Liza is a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, appointed by the UK Competition and Markets Authority. She is a…

AI and Data Worlds+2

David Llewelyn

Biography Professor David Llewelyn joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2020. Professor Llewelyn is a Professor of Law at King's College London and a partner and Head of Intellectual Property at international law firm White & Case in its London office. He is also External Director of the IP Academy Singapore and Honorary Professor in Intellectual Property Law at Hong Kong University. After a period as a NATO Fellow in 1979, Professor Llewelyn spent nearly two years as a Research…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Tomas Llanos

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Competition Law

Katie Lines

Biography  Katie Lines is the Research Leader for the Independent Commission on UK Public Health Emergency Powers  with the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Katie's previous work at the Bingham Centre has included scrutinising proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and working on the Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation Projec t, the aim of which is a systematic analysis of all Government Bills to assess whether they comply with Rule of Law principles. Katie worked…

COVID-19+1

Chin Leng Lim

Professor Chin Lim joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2019. He is the Choh-Ming Li Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, practises as an international member of Keating Chambers, London, and is also a Visiting Professor at King's College, London. He has been a tenured full professor and senior administrator at both of Hong Kong's traditional universities since 2007 and served on a trade and industry committee which advises Hong Kong's Commerce Secretary. Chin was…

Hong Kong

Eva Lein

Biography Eva is Professor at the University of Lausanne and Director of the Comparative Law Center at BIICL. Her fields of expertise are private international law, international dispute resolution and comparative law with a special focus on contract law and, more recently, digitalisation. She has also been a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London and at Queen Mary, Institute in Paris, a Visiting Professor at different institutions, including the University Paris I (Sorbonne),…

Arbitration+4

Yarik Kryvoi

Professor Yarik Kryvoi is the Senior Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum. Prof Kryvoi's expertise is primarily in the areas of international dispute resolution, including investor-state arbitration and international commercial arbitration, international administrative law and international public law.  In addition to his role at the BIICL, he is a visiting professor at a London-based university and teaches arbitration at the Chartered Institute…

Arbitration+5

Jeff King

Biography Professor Jeff King joined the UCL Laws as a Senior Lecturer in 2011, and has been Professor of Law since 2016. He is currently Director of Research at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and was between 2019-2021 a Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. Jeff's research interests include UK and comparative public law (including international law), constitutional theory and socio-legal studies. Within these, he is particularly interested in the…

Rule of Law

Ndanga Kamau

Ndanga Kamau joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2022. She is founder of Ndanga Kamau Law, an international law practice based in The Hague. Her practice spans international dispute settlement, public international law, and private international law. She sits as arbitrator and acts as counsel in international disputes. She also advises clients on investment law, public international law and dispute avoidance, prevention, and resolution. In addition to her practice, she is a vice president…

Centre for International law

Aleksander Kalisz

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Arbitration+1

Munhee Jung

Biography Munhee Jung has worked in the South Korean government and now is a Senior Deputy Director of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MoTIE). Before joining the MoTIE in 2017, she worked for the Ministry of Environment for ten years. Having witnessed the rapid economic development of South Korea, largely derived from the merits of free trade, and having experiences in policymaking to deliver a circular economy, Munhee developed an interest in the relationship between open trade…

Investment and Trade

Murray Hunt

Biography Murray Hunt is the Director of the Bingham Centre and Director of the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre. He has a lifelong interest in the ways and means by which the values a society considers fundamental attain and keep a special normative status, how that special status can be reconciled with a commitment to representative democracy, and how to get practitioners and theorists to talk to each other about these questions so that practice is informed by theory,…

Rule of Law

Alina Holzhausen

Biography Alina Holzhausen is a Research Assistant in Environmental and Climate Change Law at BIICL. She is also a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, researching climate change litigation and human rights. Alina graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a German diploma in law and holds a Maîtrise in International Law (University of Bordeaux) and an LLM in International Law and International Relations (University of Aberdeen). She practised law at the German Parliament…

Climate Change+2

Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet

Biography Mathilde Hautereau-Boutonnet is Private Law professor at Aix-Marseille University and researcher in Environmental Law. Her research focuses in the role of the private actors and instruments in the protection of the environment, the place of the judge in this challenge but also the originality of certain litigations, such as climate change litigations in a Comparative Law perspective. She has recently published a book concerning the role of the civil Code for the Environnement (Le…

Climate Change

Kristin Hausler

Biography Kristin Hausler is the Dorset Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for International Law. Since joining the Institute in 2007, she has developed and led several research projects on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law, areas in which she also provides training at the Institute. Her most recent projects focused on cultural heritage  protection, in particular in situations of conflicts. Currently, she is leading…

Centre for International law+4

Ingrid Gubbay

Biography Ingrid Gubbay is the European head of Human Rights and environmental law based at the London office of the law firm Hausfeld. She has been a litigator for 24 years and practicing at Hausfeld for the past thirteen years. Ingrid is a member of the International Law Association (Australian branch) and undertakes a mix of international and domestic human rights and climate related cases, and high-level policy and advocacy work in these areas. She has won awards for her ground-breaking…

Climate Change+1

Sofia Gonzalez De Aguinaga

Biography Dr Sofia Gonzalez is a Research Fellow in Business, ESG & Modern Slavery and joined BIICL in February 2022. She leads the research work strand on Business and Modern Slavery of the Bingham Centre for the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC). She is also developing a relevant research programme on Modern Slavery and businesses' ESG responsibilities for the Bingham Centre's Business Network. Before joining BIICL she worked as a consultant for the Walk…

Modern Slavery

Jean-Pierre Gauci

Biography Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci is Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training at BIICL. Recruited in 2014 as a research coordinator for the British Influences on International Law Project, his role was extended to that of research fellow in August 2015 and associate senior research fellow in 2017. Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in Law from King's College London with research that focused on trafficking based asylum claims. He also holds a Doctor of Laws…

Climate Change+7

Oliver Garner

Biography Dr. Oliver Garner is  Research Leader in European Rule of Law at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, and an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws and a Doctorate in Laws from the European University Institute (EUI). His Ph.D. research analysed withdrawal and opt-outs from the European Union. His work has been published in the Cambridge Yearbook…

Brexit+2

Rosana Garciandia

Biography Dr Rosana Garciandia is Research Fellow in Labour Exploitation and Human Rights at BIICL. She conducts research on the international law response to human rights challenges, including labour exploitation and all contemporary forms of slavery. Her focus is on the responsibility of States and businesses, and on the potential of existing human rights mechanisms to protect victims from abuses. Rosana is also a Visiting Lecturer in Public International Law at King's College London. Prior…

Human Rights and IHL+3

Mark Findlay

Biography  Mark Findlay is the author of 29 monographs and collections and over 150 refereed articles and book chapters.  He has held Chairs in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Ireland.  At the University of the South Pacific he was the Foundation Professor of Law and established the Law School in Vanuatu.  For over 20 years he was at the University of Sydney as the Chair in Criminal Justice, the Director of the Institute of Criminology and acting as Head of…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Duncan Fairgrieve

Biography Duncan Fairgrieve is Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law and Director of the Product Liability Forum  at the Institute. He is also Professor of Comparative Law at Université de Paris Dauphine in France. Duncan Fairgrieve is a leading comparative lawyer, with research interests spanning both comparative private and public law, with specific focus on three specific areas, comparative administrative law (with a particular interest in state liability), comparative law of…

Centre for Comparative Law+4

Annie Duncan

Biography Annie Duncan is a Research Assistant on the determinants of Anti-Trafficking Law and Policy. She is completing an MSc in Migration, Mobility & Development Studies at SOAS, University of London. With a particular focus on trafficking, her research interests cover migration, conflict, international development, poverty alleviation, and gender. She holds an MA in Translation & Interpreting Studies, a BA in Social Inquiry, and a BA in International Studies. Person - Contact…

Migration

Andrew Dickinson

Biography Professor Andrew Dickson joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2021. Andrew Dickinson is Professor of Law at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of St Catherine's College. After studying law in Oxford (MA and BCL; St Edmund Hall), Andrew attended the College of Law in Chester before qualifying as a solicitor with Clifford Chance in London. From 2011-2013, he was Professor of Private International Law at the University of Sydney. Professor Dickinson's principal area of…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Tufyal Choudhury

Biography Tufyal Choudhury is a Senior Research Fellow on National Security and the Rule of Law at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is supporting the Independent Commission on UK Counter-Terrorism Law and Policy. He is also an Associate Professor at Durham Law School and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Canadian Terrorism, Security and Society Research Network. His work focuses on issues of human rights and counterterrorism,…

Rule of Law

Claire Bright

Biography Dr Claire Bright is an Associate Research Fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, as well as an Assistant Professor in Private Law at Nova Law School in Lisbon. She specialises in Business and Human Rights. Claire regularly organizes events and delivers short courses and trainings in the field. Her work to date has resulted in a number of peer reviewed publications in English, French, Italian and Spanish, including in the following journals: International…

Business and Human Rights

Adrian Briggs KC

Biography Professor Adrian Briggs KC joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2021. He is Professor of Private International Law at the University of Oxford. His main interest has always been in private international law, and within that, in questions of civil jurisdiction and the effect of foreign judgments. He spent 15 years as one of the editors of Dicey, Morris and Collins, The Conflict of Laws, but his own perspective on the subject, in its increasingly European guise, was published…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Constance Bonze

Constance Bonzé joined BIICL as a Researcher for the Centre for Comparative Law in 2017. An expert in legal and empirical research on Private International Law and Comparative Law, she worked on studies for the European Commission: the State of Collective Redress in the EU (2017) and the Rome II Regulation (2021). She also co-authored research projects on Judicial Cooperation after Brexit (2019) and on the New International Commercial Courts (2020). Current research projects include a cooperation…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Julinda Beqiraj

Biography Dr. Julinda Beqiraj is the Maurice Wohl Senior Research Fellow in European Law. She works on a number of projects, including one on the role of the rule of law in the context of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and one on barriers and solutions to access to justice across jurisdictions. She is also involved in the organization of Bingham Centre events on these issues. Julinda also works as an expert consultant for the Council of Europe, Commission on the Efficiency of Justice…

European Law+3

Chiann Bao

Biography Chiann Bao joined BIICL as Honorary Senior Fellow in 2019. She practises as an independent arbitrator and mediator and has previously practice as counsel at international law firms in Hong Kong and New York. Chiann is a Vice President of the International Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration and Chair of the ICC Commission Task Force on ADR. Between 2010 and 2018, she served as Secretary General and then Council Member of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In these…

Hong Kong+1

Alexandros Bakos

Biography Alexandros joined BIICL as a Researcher in International Economic Law (with a focus on International Investment Law) in September 2022. He is a PhD candidate in International Investment Law at City, University of London. His focus is on security issues in International Investment Arbitration (and in International Law more generally), with a particular emphasis on economic sanctions (the topic of his PhD thesis). Alexandros is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant at City, where he teaches…

Arbitration+1

Christine Bakker

Biography Christine holds a PhD in public international law from the European University Institute, Florence, and her main areas of research are human rights law including children's rights, international environmental law and climate change. She has published widely in these fields and has recently co-edited, with Ivano Alogna and Jean-Pierre Gauci, the edited volume Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives (Brill Publ., 2021). She also carried out research for the Unicef Innocenti…

Climate Change+1

Iris Anastasiadou

Biography Iris Anastasiadou joined BIICL as a Researcher in Public International Law and Migration in January 2020. She is participating in the Migrants at Sea Project, as well as the Integration of Migrants in Medium/Small Cities and Rural areas in Europe. She is also participating in the team to address current pandemic developments Iris holds an LLM from University College London (UCL) and an LLB from the University of York. Her master's thesis focused on cyber-attacks and the rules governing…

Law of the Sea+1

Ivano Alogna

Biography Dr Ivano Alogna is Research Leader in Environmental and Climate Change Law at BIICL and leads its rapidly developing environmental and climate change law programme. He is an Associated Member of the Sorbonne Research Institute in International and European Law (IREDIES), Sorbonne Law School, a member of the European Law Institute (ELI) project on "Ecocide", and is currently a Glasgow Law Fellow at the University of Glasgow, School of Law. Ivano is a member of the World Commission…

Climate Change+3

Climate Change Law (online participation)

TRAINING Climate Change Law (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline This course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners,…

Climate Change+2

Climate Change Law (in person participation)

EVENTS Climate Change Law (in person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners,…

Climate Change+2

Short Course: Climate Change Law (Hybrid)

TRAINING Short Course: Climate Change Law (Hybrid) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners, the…

Climate Change+2

Short Course: International Labour Law

TRAINING Short Course: International Labour Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline International Labour Law is a constantly evolving field of law and one which has a direct impact on governments, businesses, civil society organisations and workers. It influences the way in which…

Business and Human Rights+3

Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law

TRAINING Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline This course will offer an introduction to cultural heritage as an international legal concept. It will include discussions of the key threats to cultural heritage at present, including…

Cultural Heritage+1

Short Course: Energy Law

TRAINING Short Course: Energy Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline Energy law is front and centre to many of today's global crises, yet few understand it deeply enough to be confident in their professional work. The world is facing an array of critical energy law problems, from…

Climate Change+3

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

TRAINING Short Course: Public International Law in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The…

Business and Human Rights+8

Short Course: Climate Change Litigation

TRAINING Short Course: Climate Change Litigation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline Climate Change Litigation is an increasingly critical component of climate governance at the local, national, regional and global levels, exerting pressure on the executive and legislative branches…

Climate Change+3

Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law

TRAINING Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This course offers a unique overview of International Migration and Refugee Law, linking theory and practice to allow participants to gain a meaningful understanding of the law and of…

Law of the Sea+1

Short Course: WTO Law

TRAINING Short Course: WTO Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline The training course in WTO Law offers an in-depth dynamic and applied knowledge of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, covering both the institutional and substantive law of the World Trade…

Investment and Trade+1

Short Course: Shipping and Aviation Law

TRAINING Short Course: Shipping and Aviation Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Outline The course offers an overview of air transport regulation from the birth of international civil aviation with the conclusion of the Chicago Convention to date. It looks at the economic regulation…

Aviation Law+2

Short Course: Law of the Sea

TRAINING Short Course: Law of the Sea Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. How do States establish their maritime boundaries? What are the States'…

Climate Change+3

Short Course: Climate Change Law

TRAINING Short Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This virtual course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners, the…

Climate Change+2

Public International Law in Practice (in person participation)

TRAINING Public International Law in Practice (in person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Outline The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The programme…

Business and Human Rights+7

Public International Law in Practice (online participation)

TRAINING Public International Law in Practice (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Outline The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The programme…

Business and Human Rights+7

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice (Hybrid)

EVENTS Short Course: Public International Law in Practice (Hybrid) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Outline The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The programme…

Business and Human Rights+7

Short Course: Foundations of Public International Law

TRAINING Short Course: Foundations of Public International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Outline This short course provides participants with an in depth understanding of the basic tenets of public international law. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of international law experts from…

Business and Human Rights+7

Basel Winter Arbitration School 2023

EVENTS Basel Winter Arbitration School 2023 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Basel Winter Arbitration School will take place on 5-10 February 2023 at the Law Faculty of the University of Basel in Switzerland. It will also be possible to attend the school in an online format.…

Arbitration+1

HRDD Forum: Forced Labour Import Ban Developments

EVENTS HRDD Forum: Forced Labour Import Ban Developments Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details In September 2022, the EU Commission proposed a regulation to ban from the EU market products that were produced with forced labour. US customs authorities had already been implementing import…

Business and Human Rights+2

The Form of Legislation and the Rule of Law

EVENTS The Form of Legislation and the Rule of Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details Quality in legislation is not in the eye of the drafter who prepares it, nor the politician who creates it, nor even in the eye of the legislator who enacts it. Beauty is in the eye of the…

Rule of Law

Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration (in-person participation)

EVENTS Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration (in-person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with: Event Details BIICL and White & Case are delighted to present our 2023 comprehensive empirical study on provisional measures in investment treaty arbitration. It builds…

Arbitration+1

Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration (2023 Study Launch)

EVENTS Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration (2023 Study Launch) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with: Event Details BIICL and White & Case are delighted to present our 2023 comprehensive empirical study on provisional measures in investment treaty arbitration. It builds…

Arbitration+1

Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration (online participation)

EVENTS Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with: Event Details BIICL and White & Case are delighted to present our 2023 comprehensive empirical study on provisional measures in investment treaty arbitration. It builds…

Arbitration+1

Sustainability, Competition Law and Greenwashing

EVENTS Sustainability, competition law and greenwashing Sustainability, Competition Law and Greenwashing Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details There is no doubt that sustainability is a high priority both nationally and internationally. In December 2019, the European Commission published 'The European…

Competition Law

Cultural Heritage Governance: Who Should Participate?

EVENTS Cultural Heritage Governance: Who Should Participate? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details This year, the International Law Association adopted recommendations pertaining to Participation in Global Cultural Heritage Governance. This was the culmination of four years of work led by Dr Jakubowski…

Cultural Heritage+1

This House believes that the approach of the Multilateral Investment Court to appointment of judges will not appropriately balance interests of States and investors

EVENTS Young ITF Debate: This House believes that the approach of the Multilateral Investment Court to appointment of judges will not appropriately balance interests of States and investors Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details The proposed Multilateral Investment Court will appoint…

Arbitration+1

Keynote speech by Sarah Cardell at BIICL roundtable

Ensuring digital market outcomes that benefit people, businesses and the wider UK economy At the recent BIICL/Linklaters Tech Antitrust Roundtable Sarah Cardell, Interim Chief Executive of the competition and Markets Authority (CMA), delivered the keynote speech focusing on three key issues: First, the particular characteristics of digital markets that bring many considerable benefits but also present risks and challenges to people and businesses if left unchecked; Second, a taxonomy of potential…

Competition Law

Reform and International Law (Annual BIICL/SLS Workshop)

EVENTEVENT Reform and International Law (Annual BIICL/SLS Workshop) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-Organised with  Event Details International law is both a motivator and product of reforms around the globe. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the International Law Section…

Centre for International law+5

EAPIL-BIICL Seminar on the Rome II Regulation

EVENTS EAPIL-BIICL Seminar on the Rome II Regulation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with EAPIL Event Details  A joint seminar hosted by the European Association of Private International Law (EAPIL) and the  British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL). The Seminar…

AI and Data Worlds+5

Intensive Course: Law of the Sea

EVENTS Intensive Course: Law of the Sea Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. How do States establish their maritime boundaries? What are the States'…

Law of the Sea+1

Intensive Course: Law of the Sea - Hybrid (online participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Law of the Sea - Hybrid (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. How do States establish their maritime…

Law of the Sea+1

44th Annual FA Mann Lecture: Foreign Relations Law Revisited

EVENTS 44th Annual FA Mann Lecture: Foreign Relations Law Revisited Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details This event is the  forty-fourth of a series of annual lectures in honour of the late Dr F A Mann QC (Hon) (1907-1991) arranged by his former partners in Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and given…

Centre for Comparative Law

The Virtual Kaplan Lecture 2022

EVENTS The Virtual Kaplan Lecture 2022 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The Kaplan Lecture 2022 will be delivered by Robert Spano, President of the European Court of Human Rights on the topic  Investor State Arbitration - A New Frontier Speaker Robert Spano, President of the European Court…

Arbitration

4th Annual BIICL/Linklaters Tech Antitrust Roundtable

EVENTS 4th Annual BIICL/Linklaters Tech Antitrust Roundtable Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The BIICL / Linklaters roundtable, now in its fourth year, brings together leading officials, academics, economists, and senior business leaders from the digital sector and disrupted corporates for…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Surveying European Developments in Product Liability

EVENTS Surveying European Developments in Product Liability Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details This in-person event will be bring together European experts to take a look at developments in products cases, including from the perspective of Collective Redress, with a group of distinguished…

Collective Redress+1

Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics: Developing a Comparative Toolbox for Corporate Climate Litigation

EVENTS Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics: Developing a Comparative Toolbox for Corporate Climate Litigation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details BIICL is delighted to launch a new landmark international research project on corporate climate litigation. More than…

Business and Human Rights+1

Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS

The ubiquity of investor-state dispute settlement (both in terms of the number of states and investors participating in this mechanism and the number of proceedings initiated) raise much more than purely investment treaty questions. For instance, they also address potential interactions with other regimes and also issues of systemic coherence and integrity (such as the abuse of the system by groups of companies bringing formally different claims, but actually deriving from the same set of…

Arbitration+1

The Review of the Arbitration Act 1996: How do we maintain English arbitration law as state of the art?

EVENTS The Review of the Arbitration Act 1996: How do we maintain English arbitration law as state of the art? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with  Event Details The Law Commission has recently reviewed the Arbitration Act 1996 to ensure that it continues to promote the UK as a leading…

Arbitration+5

Are States Still Masters of their Treaties? The Role of Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice in Treaty Interpretation

EVENTS Are States Still Masters of their Treaties? The Role of Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice in Treaty Interpretation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: Event Details States are often said to be the "Masters of their Treaties." However, recent decisions of arbitral tribunals in…

Arbitration+1

Are States Still Masters of their Treaties? The Role of Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice in Treaty Interpretation (Online Participation)

EVENTS Are States Still Masters of their Treaties? The Role of Subsequent Agreements and Subsequent Practice in Treaty Interpretation (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: Event Details States are often said to be the "Masters of their Treaties." However, recent decisions of…

Arbitration+1

A Global Toolbox for Corporate Climate Litigation

New Landmark Research Project announced  The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) today announces the launch of a landmark new research project on climate litigation within the corporate world. Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics  will produce a toolbox for NGOs, government bodies, local communities, other affected groups and individuals around the world, and those representing them. It aims to trigger a significant impact of international…

Climate Change+2

Short Course: International Labour Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Labour Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details International Labour Law is a constantly evolving field of law and one which has a direct impact on governments, businesses, civil society organisations and workers. It influences the way in which governments…

Business and Human Rights+3

Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law

TRAINING Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Outline This Course will offer an introduction to cultural heritage as an international legal concept. It will include discussions of the key threats to cultural heritage at present, including trafficking, armed…

Cultural Heritage+1

A model law with the key elements for an EU Regulation to prohibit the import and export of products made or transported with forced labour

This research was commissioned by Anti-Slavery International, the European Center for Constitutional Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. The legal analysis and drafting were conducted by Dr Irene Pietropaoli, Lise Smit, and Dr Julinda Beqiraj, of BIICL. The legal analysis and drafting were co-funded by the Greens/EFA Group and Freedom Fund. In September 2022, the European Commission published a Proposal for a Regulation on prohibiting products made with…

Business and Human Rights+2

Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution - Hybrid (online participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution - Hybrid (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Transnational Dispute Management    Event Details Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial lawyer and knowledge in this…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution - Hybrid (in person participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution - Hybrid                                    (in person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Transnational Dispute Management Event Details…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

Is the concept of Legitimate Expectations Spiraling Out of Control?

On 13 September 2022, the Second Young Investment Treaty Forum Debate took place in the offices of Allen & Overy in London. The House's motion was that the concept of legitimate expectations in investment arbitration is spiraling out of control. The event was held under the Chatham House rules, and the arguments advanced by the speakers did not represent their personal views or those of their respective organizations or clients. Arguments that the doctrine of legitimate expectations…

Arbitration+1

Supplying governments amidst modern slavery provisions in public procurement.

This is an accompanying piece to a Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC) Policy Brief on the Effectiveness of public procurement measures in addressing modern slavery. The Modern Slavery PEC is led by the Bingham Centre and Dr Sofia Gonzalez de Aguinaga is one of the authors of the Brief. Here she discusses the impact of public procurement modern slavery measures on business. Businesses are increasingly facing regulations to tackle modern slavery…

Business and Human Rights+1

Short Course: International Trade, Investment and Business Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Trade, Investment and Business Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Transnational Dispute Management Course Details This course has been developed to provide participants with a solid overview of the range of topics relevant to international business today. It…

Business and Human Rights+2

Intensive Course: Climate Change Litigation - Hybrid (online participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Climate Change Litigation - Hybrid (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Details  Climate Change Litigation is an increasingly critical component of climate governance at the local, national, regional and global levels, exerting pressure on the executive…

Climate Change+2

Intensive Course: Climate Change Litigation - Hybrid (in person participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Climate Change Litigation - Hybrid (in person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL) Course Details Climate Change Litigation is an increasingly critical component of climate governance at the local, national, regional and global…

Climate Change+2

International Commercial Courts: The Future of Transnational Adjudication

EVENTS International Commercial Courts: The Future of Transnational Adjudication Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by Event Details This online book launch and panel discussion will offer a comprehensive and comparative analysis of the role played by international commercial courts in the field…

Comparative Law

Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Details This course offers a unique overview of International Migration and Refugee Law, linking theory and practice to allow participants to gain a meaningful understanding of the law and of the challenges…

Migration+1

Some Observations on the Agreement between Lebanon and Israel on the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone

Written by Professor Constantinos Yiallourides, Dr Nicholas A. Ioannides and Professor Roy Andrew Partain  Introduction On 11 October 2022, Lebanon and Israel reached a historic agreement to delimit the two countries' territorial seas and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea ('the Agreement'). The Agreement is ground-breaking for several reasons. First, it is the first maritime boundary agreement reached between countries that have no diplomatic relations.…

Law of the Sea

Climate Change and Inequality: Insights from Research (In person participation)

EVENTS Climate Change and Inequality: Insights from Research (In person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details At this event, speakers will share insights from their research around climate change and inequality. The discussion will focus on the existing research - and lack thereof…

Business and Human Rights+2

Climate Change and Inequality: Insights from Research (online participation)

EVENTS Climate Change and Inequality: Insights from Research (online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details At this event, speakers will share insights from their research around climate change and inequality. The discussion will focus on the existing research - and lack thereof - around…

Business and Human Rights+2

The effect of sanctions on investment arbitration

Illustration: Daily Mail These remarks were delivered at the 12th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference organised by the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic on 20 October 2022. Following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the effect of sanctions on arbitration has become an increasingly important topic. Within weeks of the invasion, the European Union, United States, United Kingdom, Japan and other states imposed sweeping sanctions to support peace and the territorial integrity…

Arbitration+2

Trade, Investment and Small States

EVENTS Trade, Investment and Small States Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with: Event Details Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS) and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) are delighted to invite you to a two-day…

Investment and Trade

Jeff King announced as new Director of Research of the Bingham Centre

Jeff King, Professor of Law at UCL Laws, has been announced as the new Director of Research at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Jeff King of UCL Laws as its new Director of Research. Professor King is an outstanding Rule of Law scholar and practitioner whose career has bridged the divide between Rule of Law theory and practice. As a comparative public lawyer and constitutional…

Governance

Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics - Core Group

Core Group  Global Perspectives on Corporate climate Legal Tactics    The Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics research team is supported by a Core Group of experts in corporate climate litigation and related areas, from around the world. These experts are drawn from science, the judiciary, legal practice, and academia. Professor Dr Mads ANDENAS KC Professor Dr Mads ANDENAS KC, Professor of Law, University…

Climate Change+1

Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS (In Person Participation)

EVENTS Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media sponsor Photographs from the event EVENTS Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS Event Details On 14 October 2022, the Investment…

Arbitration+1

Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS (Online Participation)

EVENTS Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS (Online Participation) save the date) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Sponsor Photographs from the event EVENTS Thirty Eighth ITF Public Conference: Complex Arbitration Proceedings in ISDS Event Details…

Arbitration+2

The Impact on Business of Governments' Climate Commitments

EVENTS The Impact on Business of Governments' Climate Commitments Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details We can now say with credibility that we have kept 1.5 degrees alive. But its pulse is weak and it will only survive if we keep our promises and translate commitments into rapid action.   -…

Climate Change+1

Short Course: Energy Law

EVENTS Short Course: Energy Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL)    Event Details Energy law is front and centre to many of today's global crises, yet few understand it deeply enough to be confident in their professional work. The world is facing…

Climate Change+3

Global Perspectives on Corporate Climate Legal Tactics

Research project examining the unique aspects of climate litigation across the corporate world leading to the production of a toolbox for the effective implementation of climate law. With research from 17 different legal systems, the project will analyse and compare best practices from those jurisdictions and provide recommendations to relevant stakeholders in order to facilitate continuous improvement in the implementation of climate change law. The toolbox will contain an inventory…

Business and Human Rights+2

The 2022 UNESCO MONDIACULT Declaration: Anything New for Restitution?

Picture: People worshipping at Angkor Wat, Cambodia, taken as part of our ongoing Leverhulme project  At the end of September 2022, delegates from 150 countries gathered at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development - MONDIACULT 2022 - in Mexico City. There, a Declaration for Culture (the 'Declaration') was adopted by the Ministers of Culture of the Member States of UNESCO, which established culture as a 'global public good', a term which emphasizes…

Cultural Heritage

HRDD Forum Annual Conference: Human Rights Due Diligence, Price and Remuneration

EVENTS HRDD Forum Annual Conference: Human Rights Due Diligence, Price and Remuneration Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Purchasing practices, pricing and remuneration are often at the heart of human rights harms in global value chains. Yet price and remuneration are not often…

Business and Human Rights

What next for the International Law Commission? (In Person Participation)

EVENTS What next for the International Law Commission? (In Person Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Image Mathias P.R. Reding Supported by Event Details At the 32nd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly held in November 2021, 18 new members were elected to the International Law Commission…

Centre for International law+1

What next for the International Law Commission? (Online Participation)

EVENTS What next for the International Law Commission? (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Image Mathias P.R. Reding Supported by Event Details At the 32nd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly held in November 2021, 18 new members were elected to the International Law Commission…

Centre for International law+1

Competition Policy 2022

EVENTS Competition Policy 2022 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Evolving competition policy in challenging times Amid the uncertainty of rapidly shifting politico-economic pressures, new legislation, initiatives and frameworks are driving the evolution of competition policy and enforcement approaches across…

Competition Law

UNCITRAL investor-state dispute settlement reform group makes progress despite disagreements

Earlier this month I had the honour of participating in the 43rd session of the UNCITRAL Working Group III Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform, which took place in Vienna. The session demonstrated that although the group is making progress, on a number of issues disagreements persist between various states. This brief summary highlights some highlights of the session, which will be discussed in more detail in the next edition of the Annual ISDS Review. The session focused on a range of…

Arbitration+1

Short Course: WTO Law

EVENTS Short Course: WTO Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Transnational Dispute Management    Course Outline The training course in WTO Law offers an in-depth dynamic and applied knowledge of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, covering both the institutional…

Investment and Trade+1

Identification of adults with lived experiences of modern slavery in the UK

Research project examining how to improve the identification of adult survivors of modern slavery Despite the numbers of people identified as 'potential victims of modern slavery' growing year on year, there is room for improvement. In 2021, 12,727 people were referred to the UK's National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the highest number of referrals since the NRM began. In the same year, the Home Office received 3,190 reports of adult potential victims via the 'Duty to Notify' process -…

Human Rights and IHL+2

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

EVENTS Short Course: Public International Law in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details  The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The…

Business and Human Rights+7

Revised ICSID Arbitration Rules: Key Changes (In Person Participation)

EVENTS Revised ICSID Arbitration Rules: Key Changes (In Person Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 1st July 2022, the new ICSID Rules came into effect. This has marked an end of a nearly six-year long process that ICSID launched to modernise, simplify, and streamline the rules…

Arbitration+2

Revised ICSID Arbitration Rules: Key Changes (Online Participation)

EVENTS Revised ICSID Arbitration Rules: Key Changes (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 1st July 2022, the new ICSID Rules came into effect. This has marked an end of a nearly six-year long process that ICSID launched to modernise, simplify, and streamline the rules while…

Arbitration+3

Short Course: Climate Change Law

EVENTS Short Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Featured by Oil, Gas & Energy Law (OGEL)    Course Details This virtual course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished…

Climate Change+2

Young ITF Debate on Legitimate Expectations

EVENTS Young ITF Debate on Legitimate Expectations Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details It is now rare to find an investment dispute which does not include a claim of a breach of legitimate expectations. Such claims have been successful in a wide variety of circumstances leading to…

Arbitration+2

Modern Disputes Management and Arbitration for Competitive Economies

EVENTS Modern Disputes Management and Arbitration for Competitive Economies Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with Istanbul Arbitration Association Webinar Details Join BIICL, the Istanbul Arbitration Association and a panel of global experts who will discuss ways in which modern dispute…

Arbitration

What is next for human rights due diligence?

Calls for HRDD laws are growing globally, with 'failure to prevent' model already in the UK anti-bribery legislation. How can they effectively address modern slavery in business supply chains? We want laws to improve our lives, to be effective, and we expect an efficient use of limited government's resources. But extensive research, including one commissioned by the Modern Slavery PEC and carried out by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights,…

Business and Human Rights

Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

The 'Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts' Project assesses the links and sequencing of specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons and which have led to sustained and comprehensive anti-trafficking efforts. It sought to do so through a review of available literature, a quantitative analysis of existing data sets, a series of over 50 interviews with stakeholders at the international and regional…

Human Rights and IHL+1

BIICL/SLS Annual Workshop 2022

Call for Papers Announced for the 31st Annual BIICL/ SLS Workshop  Today BIICL and SLS announced a call for papers for the annual BIICL/SLS workshop. This year the workshop will examine the scope and process of reform in international law. Workshop themes will include: What are the factors (e.g. - crises) that inspire and push reforms in international law? Who are the players that are and/or should be involved in reforming the international system? What are the risks of reforming or not…

International Law

BIICL- CQIPS CQUT Conference 2022: Integrated Development of Intellectual Property Laws in Countries Along the Belt and Road Initiative

EVENTS BIICL- CQIPS CQUT Conference 2022: Integrated Development of Intellectual Property Laws in Countries Along the Belt and Road Initiative Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Conference Details What are the latest development of IP law in countries along the Belt and Road Initiative? What are the impacts…

Intellectual Property

BIICL offers first executive education with world-renowned business school ESCP

BIICL is offering its first ever executive education with Paris-based business school ESCP, one of the most highly ranked management schools worldwide and in the UK. The online course, entitled "Integrating Human Rights into Business", will allow participants to build capacity for implementing respect for human rights into business activities. It will consist of four elective certificate courses, each two weeks and 12 hours in duration, made up of live and asynchronous content. Course participants…

Business and Human Rights+1

22nd BIICL Annual WTO Conference

EVENTS 22nd BIICL Annual WTO Conference  Climate Change: Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA) Approaches and the WTO Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored By Conference Details Why are Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA) Approaches being considered by an increasing number of countries? What are the factors…

Business and Human Rights+3

Returning stolen idols to the community: A challenge for heritage law

When artifacts that unlawfully ended up in foreign collections are returned to their source country, they often end up in a major museum, removed from the communities where they originated from. The Leverhulme-funded Beyond Restitution project has looked at how Nepal is choosing a very different approach: one in which the museums are happy to empty their storages by returning idols to their communities of origin. By doing so, the Nepalese authorities have started implementing a specific…

Cultural Heritage

Former BIICL Director joins UN working group on business and human rights

Robert McCorquodale appointed to UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights BIICL is delighted that the United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed former BIICL Director Professor Robert McCorquodale to be a member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. This is an expert body of 5 people from around the globe, appointed for 6 years each, who seek to provide guidance and clarification in this field for companies, states and civil society. They can also take some complaints…

Business and Human Rights

Access to Justice in Products Cases

EVENTS PLF Meeting: Access to Justice in Products Cases Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The topic of the round-table seminar was access to justice in products cases. Professor Rachael Mulheron (Queen Mary University of London) and Sarah Moore (Hausfeld) launched the discussion,…

Product Liability Law

Global Governance at a Crossroads: Finding Solutions to Challenges Facing the Multilateral Trade System

EVENTS Global Governance at a Crossroads:  Finding Solutions to Challenges Facing the Multilateral Trade System Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The 12th session of the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place on 12-17 June 2022 at WTO headquarters in Geneva, after being…

Business and Human Rights+3

Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic

EVENTS Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Book Launch with Talk Please join us to launch the Routledge Handbook of Law and the COVID-19 Pandemic, with a talk by Adam Wagner, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers and leading authority on the law relating to COVID-19 in the UK, along…

COVID-19+1

The Climate Case against Total in France: Lessons Learned and Future Prospects

EVENTS The Climate Case against Total in France:  Lessons Learned and Future Prospects Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Climate litigation is developing in a large number of countries around the world. Alongside lawsuits against states, there are more and more lawsuits against companies.…

Business and Human Rights+4

61st Leiden-London Meeting 2022

EVENTS 61st Leiden-London Meeting 2022: Interdependence, cooperation and strategic autonomy: A (legal) view from the EU Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Swings and developments in the foreign policy of world powers have accelerated the awareness of the need for the EU to clarify…

Brexit+1

We need the Rule of law

Too often the rule of law is seen as an abstract concept strictly for lawyers and politicians, but it plays a huge role in each of our lives. And so we would think that it is naturally in the interests of world governments to protect it. Nothing could be further from the truth; the World Justice Project recently found that most of the human population live in a place that is less rule-of-law-compliant than before the pandemic. Over 4 billion people are denied the opportunity to escape…

Rule of Law

Intensive Course: Foundations of Public International Law

EVENTS Intensive Course: Foundations of Public International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details  This short course provides participants with an in depth understanding of the basic tenets of public international law. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of international…

Business and Human Rights+7

Intensive Course: Foundations of Public International Law (Online participation)

EVENTS Intensive Course: Foundations of Public International Law (Online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This short course provides participants with an in depth understanding of the basic tenets of public international law. Bringing together a distinguished cohort…

Business and Human Rights+7

Collective Redress: Claiming, Defending and Judging

EVENTS Collective Redress: Claiming, Defending and Judging Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Aston University Law school Event Details An afternoon conference taking a comparative look at collective redress from the point of view…

Collective Redress

Short Course: Law of the Sea

EVENTS Short Course: Law of the Sea Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Details This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. How do States establish their maritime boundaries? What are the States'…

Law of the Sea+1

Implementation of the DMA – How will things unfold?

EVENTS Implementation of the DMA - How will things unfold? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by  Event Details Regulation of digital markets in Europe is imminent given approval of the Digital Markets Act (DMA) by the European Council and Parliament with just six-month deadline for entry…

Competition Law

Law and Change: Smart Cities and Sustainability

EVENTS Law and Change: Smart Cities and Sustainability Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with Event Details The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is collaborating with the Center for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG) of the Singapore Management University on a series…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Inter-state communications before UN human rights treaty bodies: awakening and potential

Inter-state communications before UN human rights treaty bodies were incorporated into UN human rights treaties or optional protocols decades ago, but only three inter-state communications have ever been initiated. This occurred in 2018 before the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Palestine v Israel, Qatar v UAE, Qatar v Saudi Arabia) and has been seen as the awakening of this mechanism and as a new opportunity to enhance State responsibility for human rights violations.…

Courts and Tribunals+1

The Role of Cultural Heritage in Strengthening Climate Resilience

Kristin Hausler and Alina Holzhausen are currently working on a project jointly with the Institute of Small and Micro States (ISMS) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) entitled: Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) within Climate Laws and Policies of Pacific Small Island States: Towards a more resilient and inclusive approach to foster Stability and The Rule of Law. Given that intangible cultural heritage law has an impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation,…

Climate Change+1

Determinants of Anti-trafficking Efforts

EVENTS Determinants of Anti-trafficking Efforts Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details  This event is the culmination of a two and a half year research project undertaken at BIICL, which analysed the determinants of anti-trafficking efforts. Determinants are understood as factors shaping governments'…

COVID-19+3

Collective Redress: Emerging Practice and Everyday Use

EVENTS Collective Redress: Emerging Practice and Everyday Use Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Aston University Law school Event Details In light of the rise in high-profile collective claims, this event will consider the evolving…

Collective Redress

Collective HRDD Engagement and Competition Law

EVENTS Collective HRDD Engagement and Competition Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details At this session, we will consider how companies that engage with peers in their industry on the implementation of human rights due diligence might in so doing run competition law risks. While…

Business and Human Rights+1

The International and Comparative Conference on the Legislation and Practice of Individual Insolvency (In person participation)

EVENTS The International and Comparative Conference on the Legislation and Practice of Individual Insolvency (In person participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by  Event Details China, the second largest economy in the world, enacted its 'Enterprise Bankruptcy Law' in 2006, a law…

Business and Human Rights+3

The International and Comparative Conference on the Legislation and Practice of Individual Insolvency (Online participation)

EVENTS The International and Comparative Conference on the Legislation and Practice of Individual Insolvency (Online participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-Organisers Event Details China, the second largest economy in the world, enacted its 'Enterprise Bankruptcy Law' in 2006, a law that covered…

Business and Human Rights+3

Harry Weinrebe Annual lecture: Right to a Fair Trial

EVENTS The Annual Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture: Defending the Right to a Fair Trial Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location                    Supported by The Dorset Foundation and sponsored by Event Details Although it has long been enshrined in international…

Courts and Tribunals+2

National Security Regime and FDI (In Person Participation)

EVENTS National Security Regime and FDI (In Person Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by Event Details In 2021, the United Kingdom adopted the National Security and Investment Act (NSI Act), which allows the government to scrutinise and intervene in certain acquisitions made by anyone,…

Arbitration+2

National Security Regime and FDI (Online Participation)

EVENTS National Security Regime and FDI (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with  Event Details In 2021, the United Kingdom adopted the National Security and Investment Act (NSI Act), which allows the government to scrutinise and intervene in certain acquisitions made…

Comparative Law+2

Short Course: European Rule of Law Toolbox

EVENTS Short Course: European Rule of Law Toolbox Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details The course offers an in-depth and practical approach to the mechanisms established by the European Union and the Council of Europe to promote and defend the Rule of Law as a foundational value. Bringing…

European Law+1

Reframing Jurisdiction: Revising the Grounds or a New Scheme?

EVENTS Reframing Jurisdiction: Revising the Grounds or a New Scheme? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Jurisdiction rules play a pivotal role in cross-border litigation. Uncertainties in their application, with resulting increased costs, time, money and use of judicial resources may be harmful…

Brexit+2

Young ITF Launch Debate: Amicus briefs and ISDS legitimacy crisis (In Person Participation)

EVENTS Young ITF Launch Debate: Amicus briefs and ISDS legitimacy crisis (In Person Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details On 5 May 2022, Young ITF will host its launch event. The main aim of the Young ITF is to provide young professionals around the world with opportunities…

Arbitration+1

Young ITF Launch Debate: Amicus briefs and ISDS legitimacy crisis (Online Participation)

EVENTS Young ITF Launch Debate: Amicus briefs and ISDS legitimacy crisis (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: Event Details On 5 May 2022, Young ITF will host its launch event. The main aim of the Young ITF is to provide young professionals around the world with opportunities…

Arbitration+1

Lessons for a 'Post-Pandemic' Future

EVENTS Lessons for a 'Post-Pandemic' Future Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location  This Event is sponsored by Organised by  Webinar   The COVID-19 pandemic not only ravaged human bodies but also had profound and possibly enduring effects on the health of political and legal systems, economies…

COVID-19+2

Inter-state Complaints in International Human Rights Law

The possibility to complain about human rights violations before supra-national bodies is an essential element towards the effective implementation of international human rights law. Beyond the possibility of individuals bringing complaints before United Nations ('UN') Treaty Bodies or regional human rights courts, various human rights treaties and regional human rights conventions establish inter-state complaint mechanisms. Inter-State cases have not been the most utilized mechanism…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Thirty Seventh ITF Public Conference: Overlapping Treaty Regimes in International Investment Law (Online Participation)

EVENTS Thirty Seventh ITF Public Conference: Overlapping Treaty Regimes in International Investment Law (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Partner Event Details On 22 April 2022, the Investment Treaty Forum brings together senior practitioners, arbitrators, academics and other…

Arbitration+2

Displacement in and from Ukraine: Risks, Responses, and Legal Dimensions

Events  Displacement in and from Ukraine: Risks, Responses, and Legal Dimensions Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, displacement within and from Ukraine continues unabated. This event seeks to unpack and critically engage with some…

Human Rights and IHL+2

Human rights responsibilities of multinational enterprises and States in the Cuban tourism sector

The tourism and hospitality sector has been key to the development of the Cuban economy for decades. It is one of the essential economic pillars in the Cuban system, and one where foreign multinational corporations operate in partnership with State-owned companies to provide their services. As in many other geographical contexts, the Cuban tourism and hospitality sector has been associated with risks of labour exploitation, discrimination, and other human rights concerns. This report…

Business and Human Rights+3

Business, Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence

EVENTS Business, Human Rights and Artificial Intelligence Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details Artificial Intelligence (AI)'s rapid development portends the potential for machines to act and make decisions independently, potentially transforming society. The AI and big data models…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Trafficked persons on trial in the United Kingdom: Court of Appeal provides new guidance on abuse of process and available defences

Section 45 of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act (MSA) established a statutory basis for the principle of non-punishment of trafficked persons, understood as the principle according to which a trafficked person shall not be punished for unlawful acts committed as a result of their trafficking experience. Despite its narrow construction, it is an important protection for trafficked persons - as recognised in European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) judgment in VCL and AN v UK, which found…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Economic Sanctions Against Russia and their Compatibility with WTO Law: Questions and Answers

1. What are the benefits and duties deriving from Russia's WTO membership? Russia became a WTO member in 2012. The Most Favoured Nation (MFN) clause embodied in different WTO agreements (notably the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and others) entitles Russia, as a WTO member, to benefit from the same regulatory and tariff treatment accorded to products of other WTO members, regarding both imports and exports. Similarly, as regards services, under the General Agreement on Trade…

Investment and Trade+1

New projects announced to address COVID-19 challenges

UK-Japanese social science and humanities projects to address the challenges presented by the global pandemic. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to be working on two new projects focused on supporting global efforts to manage the effects of the pandemic. COVID-19 and the law: protection and recovery for vulnerable groups  An interdisciplinary study on medical research and development: rescuing intellectual property rights in pandemic emergencies…

Comparative Law+2

Business and Human Rights: Forum non conveniens and the mystery of the assumed host state jurisdiction

This is a presentation that was delivered by Lise Smit during the March 2022 conference on the topic of the "Impacts of Business and Human Rights on Public International Law" on the occasion of Robert McCorquodale's retirement from the University of Nottingham. The concept of forum non conveniens is of relevance again now since the UK left the EU, insofar as the Brussels I Recast Regulation no longer applies to claims brought in UK courts. (The Brussels I Recast Regulation establishes jurisdiction…

Business and Human Rights

ICLQ Annual Lecture 2022 (In Person Participation)

EVENTS ICLQ Annual Lecture 2022 (In Person Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details This year's ICLQ Annual Lecture will be given by Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner and Dr Michelle Rourke and is based on their article 'Arguments Against the Inequitable Distribution of Vaccines…

Human Rights and IHL+1

ICLQ Annual Lecture 2022 (Online Participation)

EVENTS ICLQ Annual Lecture 2022 (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored By: Event Details This year's ICLQ Annual Lecture will be given by Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner and Dr Michelle Rourke and is based on their article 'Arguments Against the Inequitable Distribution of Vaccines…

Human Rights and IHL+1

New article published by Guy Beringer in City A.M

Guy Beringer, Co-Chairman of the Bingham Development Board considers how the emergence of economic sanctions creates new challenges for government, business and the law. The emergence of economic sanctions as a potential deterrent weapon for dealing with rogue states gives rise to new challenges for government, business and the law. This will require new thinking and co-ordinated planning. It will also require better understanding of the rationale for rule of law principles in market economies.…

Comparative Law+3

BIICL and CEDR launch new podcast series

BIICL is proud to partner with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) on a new podcast series on smarter approaches to dispute resolution. This series brings together BIICL's 'Breathing Space Series' which aims to help safeguard commercial activity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and CEDR's vision of 'Better conflicts, better outcomes leading to a better world'. While looking at issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series will also look at evolving attitudes…

Centre for Comparative Law+3

Merger control and the CMA role in the post-Brexit world

EVENTS Merger control and the CMA role in the post-Brexit world Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details We have seen a number of major deals assessed by the CMA in parallel with the EU Commission, US DOJ/FTC and other competition authorities globally. The panel will discuss the approach…

Brexit+1

Part 2: Responsible Exit from Russia: Business and Human Rights in a Global Governance Gap

This is a two-part blog series. In Part 1 Dr Irene Pietropaoli discusses whether foreign companies have a responsibility under international law to leave Russia. In Part 2, Dr. Irene Pietrapaoli and Dr. Daniel Aguirre discuss responsible exits from Russia. Hundreds of multinational companies have left Russia since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. While this voluntary divestment - most are not subject to sanctions - may be an effective economic weapon in response…

Business and Human Rights+3

Destruction of Ukrainian cultural heritage vis-a-vis military necessity and lasting peace

Almost four weeks into the Russian invasion, important Ukrainian heritage sites have suffered destruction or damage, including the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Philharmonic in Kharkiv, as well as the museum of local history in Ivankiv, where the losses have included works by the celebrated Ukrainian folk artist, Maria Prymachenko. Plenty more is at risk, including Ukraine's seven World Heritage Sites designated pursuant to the World Heritage Convention (1972) and…

Cultural Heritage+2

HRDD in the Public Sector and Public Procurement

EVENTS HRDD in the Public Sector and Public Procurement Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details During the pandemic, concerns were raised about national health authorities sourcing PPE allegedly produced through forced labour. These reports coincided with questions around revising the…

Business and Human Rights+1

Addressing lack of access to legal advice for survivors of modern slavery

Adequate, timely, and effective access to quality legal assistance remains a critical concern for people with lived experience of modern slavery, despite recognition of the transformative impact of legal advice on access to protection and recovery. BIICL's project, in partnership with Unseen UK, seeks to assess the impacts on access to protection and recovery of the inability for people with lived experiences of modern slavery to access adequate and timely legal advice. Share…

Human Rights and IHL+1

70 Years of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly

2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of BIICL's flagship publication, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly. As we enter this milestone year, it is a source of great satisfaction and pride to see the Journal thriving as strongly as ever. We hold fast to our core aims, as articulated by Lord Denning in the first issue of the ICLQ back in 1952: 'first, to handle current questions so as to be of service to all those who have to do with these fields of law ... secondly, to…

ICLQ

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and International Law: Questions and Answers

Authors: Prof. Yarik Kryvoi (YK), Kristin Hausler (KH), Iris Anastasiadou (IA), Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci (JPG), Dr Noemi Magugliani (NM), Dr Irene Pietropaoli (IP), Dr Berenika Drazewska (BD) In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has prepared a list of relevant questions and answers, which the general public may have. In addition to answers prepared by BIICL's experts in the relevant…

Business and Human Rights+4

Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities: Conference Report

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the University of Copenhagen Centre for Private Governance (CEPRI) held the conference 'Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities' on 25 and 26 October 2021. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) expect business enterprises to undertake human rights due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for their adverse human rights impacts, and apply to "all internationally recognised…

Business and Human Rights

Revisiting: We, the Robots

EVENTS Revisiting: We, the Robots Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location A.I. and the Limits of the Law Should we regulate artificial intelligence? Can we? From self-driving cars and high-speed trading to algorithmic decision-making, the way we live, work, and play is increasingly dependent on machine learning…

AI and Data Worlds

Part 1: Do foreign companies have a responsibility under international law to leave Russia?

This is a two-part blog series. In Part 1 Dr Irene Pietropaoli discusses whether foreign companies have a responsibility under international law to leave Russia. In Part 2, Dr. Irene Pietrapaoli and Dr. Daniel Aguirre discuss responsible exits from Russia. Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24th February, over 300 multinational companies have decided to leave Russia or suspend their operations there. Do they have an obligation under international law to do so? Foreign companies have…

Business and Human Rights+3

How does international law protect Ukrainian cultural heritage in war? Is it protected differently than other civilian objects?

In line with the principle of distinction, the cornerstone of international humanitarian law, attacks may only be directed against military objectives; thus, in principle, all civilian objects enjoy protection during hostilities. Objects and sites of cultural, religious or historical importance benefit from additional protection on the basis of treaty and customary international law. While the Geneva Conventions of 1949 do not include a specific provision for cultural property, Article 53 of…

Cultural Heritage+1

Short Course: Business and Human Rights

EVENTS Short Course: Business and Human Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human Rights…

Business and Human Rights+1

Reforming the Product Liability Directive

EVENTS PLF Meeting: Reforming the Product Liability Directive Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details At this event, Mark Beamish, Legal and Policy Officer in DG GROW at the Commission gave us an update on the reform of the Product Liability Directive. This was then followed by a focus…

Product Liability Law

Short Course: Climate Change Law

EVENTS Short Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This online course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners, the course…

Climate Change+2

Law and Change: Smart Cities, Platform Economy and the Vulnerable

EVENTS Law and Change: Smart Cities, Platform Economy and the Vulnerable Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with Law and Change Series The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is collaborating with the Center for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG) of the Singapore Management…

AI and Data Worlds+4

Short Course: Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property

EVENTS Short Course: Pharmaceuticals and Intellectual Property Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This is a wide-ranging course offering diverse legal and interdisciplinary perspectives exploring the nexus between global public health and intellectual property. Although the business…

COVID-19+4

Platform for Organising by Workers for Empowerment and Recognition (GLP-POWER)

BIICL is delighted to be joining forces with Solidar Suisse and Pragya in a project aimed to assess and promote new and innovative modes of organising for marginalized informal/precarious workers in Asia. GLP-Power seeks to enhance workers' agency and effective bargaining, increase the visibility of workers' causes, and support regional solidarity and inclusion while overcoming the impediments and restricted democratic space in their environments. Project - Tags The…

Human Rights and IHL+2

Short Course: Artificial Intelligence, Law and Ethics

EVENTS Short Course: Artificial Intelligence, Law and Ethics Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location This course is delivered in partnership with Course Details This course provides participants with an understanding of the legal, regulatory and ethical issues arising in the context of artificial intelligence; an…

AI and Data Worlds+3

The new European Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence

Today, on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, the European Commission released its highly anticipated Draft Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, also known as the mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence Directive (mHREDD). This is a historic moment for the field of business and human rights, ESG and the strive towards sustainable and responsible business conduct that upholds respect for human rights, decent work and environmental standards throughout the entire…

Business and Human Rights+1

Short Course: Energy and Natural Resources Law

EVENTS Short Course: Energy and Natural Resources Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details Bringing together a distinguished team of experts from academia, research and industry, the course provides a well-rounded account of the principal legal and regulatory issues in the energy and…

Climate Change+3

Trends in Climate Change and Environmental Litigation in Selected EBRD Countries of Operation

BIICL is delighted to be undertaking a project for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on trends in climate change and environmental litigation. The project will design capacity building measures informed by research carried out by the BIICL team. The project involves analysis at both the international and domestic level. It will first map out existing instruments at the international level, and then, identify and analyse developments at the domestic level three…

Climate Change

Historic new European Sustainability Due Diligence law follows pioneering BIICL study

European Commission launches new Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence following BIICL-led study Today, on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, the European Commission released its highly anticipated Draft Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence, also known as the mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence Directive (mHREDD). This is a historic moment for the field of business and human rights, ESG and the strive towards sustainable and responsible business…

Business and Human Rights+1

The CJEU Judgement on the Budget Conditionality Regulation: Unleashing EU Rule of Law Enforcement?

EVENTS The CJEU Judgement on the Budget Conditionality Regulation: Unleashing EU Rule of Law Enforcement? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) has announced that it will deliver judgment on 16 February in the joint cases C-156/21 and C-157/21 of Hungary and Poland…

European Law+1

Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward (Online Participation)

EVENTS Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward (Online Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location  Organised in collaboration with: Event Details Climate change litigation has upsurged over the last decade as a global phenomenon encompassing…

Climate Change+1

Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward (In Person Participation)

EVENTS Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward (In Person Participation) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in collaboration with: Event Details Climate change litigation has upsurged over the last decade as a global phenomenon encompassing…

Climate Change+1

Beyond The UK Supreme Court judgment on the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Reflections on the Continuing Human Rights Journey in Scotland

EVENTS Beyond The UK Supreme Court judgment on the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill: Reflections on the Continuing Human Rights Journey in Scotland Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has been ratified by 196 countries around…

Courts and Tribunals+3

Basel Winter Arbitration School

EVENTS Basel Winter Arbitration School Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Basel Winter Arbitration School will take place on 6 - 11 February 2022 at the Law Faculty of the University of Basel, Switzerland's oldest university. It will also be possible to attend the school…

Arbitration+1

VI FIAMC Moscow Pre-Moot 2022

EVENTS VI FIAMC Moscow Pre-Moot 2022 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Photo by Olia Nayda on Unsplash Event Details Since 2017, the Russian Institute of Modern Arbitration has been holding FIAMC Moscow Pre-Moot in Russia. Teams from universities of Russia, Belarus, France, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, India,…

Arbitration

COVID-19 and the law: protection and recovery for vulnerable groups

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)  and the University of Kyoto  announce a three year project beginning February 2022 which aims to investigate the new legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on the protection of vulnerable groups. The project is funded by the UK Research and Innovation fund (UKRI).  Share LinksProject - Tags COVID-19 has triggered an unprecedented global health and economic crisis,…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Nigel Pleming QC appointed Honorary Senior Fellow

BIICL is pleased to announce that it has appointed Nigel Pleming QC as an Honorary Senior Fellow Nigel Pleming QC has a distinguished legal career spanning over 50 years. Nigel was called to the Bar in 1971 and appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1992. He practises mainly in England and Wales, but also in Hong Kong, Belize and the Caribbean. He has been recommended as a leading silk in the Legal 500 since 2000 in the specialties of Administrative and Public Law, Civil Liberties and Human Rights,…

Climate Change

Parliamentary Scrutiny, Evidence and the Rule of Law: lessons from the pandemic and beyond

EVENTS Parliamentary Scrutiny, Evidence and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the pandemic and beyond Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details What information and evidence does Parliament need to enable it to oversee government law-making? Is Parliament currently provided with sufficient information and,…

COVID-19+1

Migrant Crossings in the Channel: Non-Assistance, Securitisation, and Accountability Under International Law

On Wednesday, 24 October 2021, 27 people lost their lives in the maritime area between the UK and France. A survivor provided a reconstruction of that night's events. Although several calls were made to both the French and the British Coastguards from the boat in distress, no rescue operation was promptly launched nor completed. Instead, French authorities continued to argue that the boat was in British waters, while British authorities consistently denied it. The result was that no authority…

Human Rights and IHL+1

BIICL and CARICOM announce new project

CARICOM Project to Harmonize Company and Insolvency Laws BIICL is delighted to be working with Dr Nicole Pierce, Deputy Director of the Institute of Small and Micro States  on a new research project aiming to provide assistance to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states (Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) to harmonize company,…

International Litigation

Professor Duncan Fairgrieve appointed honorary QC

It has been announced today that Professor Duncan Fairgrieve  has been appointed Honorary Queen's Counsel by HM Queen for his academic work, including both his work on comparative law and also during the pandemic in respect of emergency medicines and Covid-19 vaccines. BIICL congratulates Professor Fairgrieve on this well deserved honour. Read the government announcement. 

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and International Investments – Key Findings Revealed

On 16 December 2021, I had the privilege of co-chairing with Vladimir Kozin (UNODC) an event featuring key recommendations of the forthcoming report on corruption and foreign direct investments and corruption and investor-state dispute settlement. This blog summarises key developments, which led to these findings and the document itself. Resolution 8/9 (2019) of State Parties to The United Nations Convention Against Corruption With over 180 State parties, the United Nations Convention against…

Arbitration+1

Taking Stock of Work of the Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and International Investments

EVENTS Taking Stock of Work of the Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and International Investments Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in partnership with  Event Details The expert level side event on Taking Stock of Work of the Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and International Investments…

Arbitration+2

2021 BIICL WTO Conference COVID-19 and World Trade: Resilience and Building Back Better

EVENTS 2021 BIICL WTO Conference COVID-19 and World Trade: Resilience and Building Back Better Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Conference Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce its prestigious WTO Conference. Established in 2000,…

Centre for International law+1

The Rule of Law and the Future of Democracy

EVENTS The Rule of Law and the Future of Democracy Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 9 December at 6.00pm, the British Academy and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law will co-host a livestreamed discussion on The Rule of Law and the Future of Democracy. The event has been prompted by Sir…

Rule of Law

Corporate Accountability and Liability Mechanisms for Climate Change: Event Report

The question as to how companies should be addressing their impacts on climate change has never been as urgent. The recent decision in the Netherlands in Milieudefensie v Royal Dutch Shell  is another example of legal and societal expectations that companies should take proactive steps towards reducing and even eliminating their contributions to the various factors that fuel climate change. These concerns have not only surfaced in litigation around the world, but also in other methods…

Business and Human Rights+2

The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation

Climate change litigation is rapidly spreading, with more than 1800 cases filed so far around the globe. Increasingly, climate science has been playing a crucial role in these cases, providing supporting evidence and helping to address issues such as 'attribution' and 'risk assessment'. At the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in November 2021, science has been included as an integral part of the 'Glasgow Climate Pact' as the Parties recognised 'the importance of the best available…

Climate Change+1

Unintended consequences of the DMA –fragmentation across the EU

EVENTS Unintended consequences of the DMA - fragmentation across the EU Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Sponsor Event Details There are fast moving developments of tech regulation in both the EU and the UK. The former with its proposed DMA regulation and the latter with BEIS' recent consultation on…

AI and Data Worlds+1

HRDD Forum: Criminal liability for corporate human rights harms

EVENTS HRDD Forum: Criminal liability for corporate human rights harms Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Recent high profile cases have drawn renewed attention to long-standing questions regarding criminal liability for corporate human rights harms. At this discussion, speakers will…

Business and Human Rights

The London-Leiden Conference 2021: The Future for European Youth

EVENTS The London-Leiden Conference 2021: The Future for European Youth Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location   Event Details Following Brexit, young people in the UK and Europe will be the first European generation since the 1970s who are not able to benefit fully from free movement to and from the…

Brexit+1

The Virtual Kaplan Lecture 2021: Arbitrating financial disputes - are they different and what lies ahead?

EVENTS The Virtual Kaplan Lecture 2021: Arbitrating financial disputes - are they different and what lies ahead?  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Kaplan Lecture 2021 will be delivered by Sir William Blair on the topic  Arbitrating financial disputes - are they different…

Arbitration+1

The Duty of States to Cooperate in International Law: 30th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop

EVENTS The Duty of States to Cooperate in International Law: 30th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised with the Society of Legal Scholars  Event Details This year's annual BIICL/SLS Workshop on the Theory of International Law will focus on the duty of States to cooperate…

Climate Change+3

Convergence and divergence in global data protection law

EVENTS Convergence and divergence in global data protection law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by    Event Details There is strong evidence for a growing convergence in the world's data protection laws. Significant new data protection legislation has recently been adopted in major…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Convergence and divergence in global data protection law (in person)

EVENTS Convergence and divergence in global data protection law (in person) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by     Event Details There is strong evidence for a growing convergence in the world's data protection laws. Significant new data protection legislation has recently been adopted…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Can regulation promote innovation and competition, while guarding against harms online?

EVENTS Can regulation promote innovation and competition, while guarding against harms online? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organisers    Event Details The event explores the synergies and tensions that might arise between promoting competition, innovation, and public policy objectives online.…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Annual Conference on Business, Human Rights and Sustainability

EVENTS Annual Conference on Business, Human Rights and Sustainability Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The NOVA Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment is organising its First Annual Conference on Business, Human Rights and Sustainability organised in partnership with PLMJ ,…

Business and Human Rights+1

FA Mann Project Workshop

EVENTS FA Mann Project Workshop Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details  BIICL is working with the Humboldt University Berlin in a project on the renown lawyer Frederick Alexander ("Francis") Mann (1907-1991). The project uses the extensive corpus of his documents, bequeathed to the Humboldt University,…

Centre for Comparative Law

Competition policy 2021

PARTNER EVENT Competition policy conference 2021 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsors Understanding the role that competition policy plays in building back better The 2021 'Competition policy' conference at Chatham House assesses trends in anti-trust enforcement and market regulation in the context of…

Competition Law

43rd FA Mann Lecture: International Law before United Kingdom Courts - A Quiet Revolution

EVENTS 43rd FA Mann Lecture: International Law before United Kingdom Courts - A Quiet Revolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by Event Details   The forty-third of a series of lectures in honour of the late Dr F A Mann QC (Hon) (1907-1991) arranged by his former partners in Herbert…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Short Course: Aviation Law

EVENTS Short Course: Aviation Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Details The course offers an overview of air transport regulation from the birth of international civil aviation with the conclusion of the Chicago Convention to date. It looks at the economic regulation of air transport,…

Aviation Law+2

Culture, Art, Cultural Identity and Small States

EVENTS Culture, Art, Cultural Identity and Small States Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by Conference Outline Small states are not just small versions of large states-they are culturally and politically different from large ones. Small states have an astonishing cultural diversity and often develop…

Centre for International law+2

3rd Annual BIICL/Linklaters Tech Antitrust Roundtable

EVENTS 3rd Annual BIICL/Linklaters Tech Antitrust Roundtable Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Regulators' interest in, and appetite to, regulate competition in the digital space show no sign of abating, with 2021 being a bumper year for both digital regulation and merger control.…

Competition Law

The Achievements of International Law

EVENTS The Achievements of International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details At this event, an eminent group of speakers will discuss some key examples of the achievements of international law, with the aim of exploring both what it has achieved and also its limits. Speakers: Sir…

International Law

Rescuing Intellectual Property Rights in Pandemic Emergencies from the "Tragedy of Anticommons"

An Interdisciplinary Study on Medical Research and Development: Rescuing Intellectual Property Rights in Pandemic Emergencies from the "Tragedy of Anticommons" is a three year project which will examine how aspects of private law, commercial law, and intellectual property law might be reformed to better enable a rapid policy response in the face of an emerging pandemic. The project involves legal scholars from the University of Aberdeen, BIICL, Kobe University, Hokkaido University, Nihon…

Comparative Law+3

Short Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution

EVENTS Short Course: Cross Border Dispute Resolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This two-day programme is focused on current developments and strategies in cross-border dispute resolution. Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial…

Comparative Law+2

The Politics and Policymaking of Encryption

EVENTS The Politics and Policymaking of Encryption Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location This event is sponsored by the Jones Day Foundation and co-hosted by Prospect and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. Event Details End-to-end encryption of online messages is prized by tech giants, but governments…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Cultural Heritage Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline  This Course will offer an introduction to cultural heritage as an international legal concept. It will include discussions of the key threats to cultural heritage at present, including…

Cultural Heritage+1

Mobilising the Rule of Law in Climate Change

EVENTS Mobilising the Rule of Law in Climate Change Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with Event Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), global law firm Hausfeld and the University of Glasgow School of Law co-host a live and virtual COP26 event 'Mobilising…

Climate Change+1

A Commentary on the Dispute Concerning the Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v Kenya)

On 12 October 2021, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its long-awaited judgment in the case of Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v Kenya) on the location of the maritime boundary between Somalia and Kenya. Kenya refused to participate in the oral proceedings on the merits, as discussed here and here. Nonetheless, the Court was satisfied that it had all the necessary information about Kenya's views, including arguments advanced by Kenya in previous phases…

Law of the Sea

2nd Annual Africa Arbitration Day

SAVE THE DATE 2nd Annual Africa Arbitration Day Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location        Event Details BIICL in cooperation with Queen Mary University of London and Babcock University are organising the second African Arbitration Day, an authoritative conference…

Arbitration+2

Call for Papers: Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward

Events Climate Change Litigation in Europe: Comparative & Sectoral Perspectives and the Way Forward (Call for Papers) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in collaboration with: Call for Papers The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and Hasselt University will convene…

Climate Change+1

Judicial, quasi-judicial and specialised non-judicial bodies as determinants of anti-trafficking efforts

This blog post builds on a presentation Dr Noemi Magugliani and Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci delivered at the PluriCourts Research Conference on Compliance Mechanisms on 28 October 2021. It presents initial findings on the topic from the Determinants of Anti-trafficking Efforts Project. In the last two decades, the international community has increasingly turned its attention towards the phenomenon of trafficking in human beings. Since the adoption of the 2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and…

Migration

Short Course: Trade Marks and Designs

EVENTS Short Course: Trade Marks and Designs Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This virtual course provides participants with an understanding of the main principles and rules governing trade mark and design law at the international, regional (European Union), and national level.…

AI and Data Worlds+3

Short Course: Business and Human Rights

EVENTS Short Course: Business and Human Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human Rights…

Business and Human Rights+1

BIICL Comparative Arbitration Workshop

EVENTS BIICL Comparative Arbitration Workshop  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Part of the Annual Hong Kong Arbitration Week   Event Details The BIICL Comparative Arbitration Workshop brings together practitioners, academics and policy-makers to discuss international arbitration from a comparative…

Arbitration+1

Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities

EVENTS Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by  Event Details The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) expect business enterprises to undertake human rights due diligence to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for…

Business and Human Rights

Thirty Sixth ITF Public Conference: Time Limits in International Investment Law (online)

EVENTSVENTS Thirty Sixth ITF Public Conference: Time Limits in International Investment Law (online) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                                                   Media…

Arbitration+1

Thirty Sixth ITF Public Conference Time Limits in International Investment Law (in person)

EVENTS Thirty Sixth ITF Public Conference: Time Limits in International Investment Law (in person) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                                                 Media…

Arbitration+1

Law and Change: Social Media

EVENTS Law and Change: Social Media Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is collaborating with the Center for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG) of the Singapore Management University on a series of webinars on 'Law…

AI and Data Worlds+4

The Role of Multilateral Development Banks in the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage

On 21 October 2020, BIICL published a Working Paper on the role of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) in the protection of intangible cultural heritage, in line with sustainable development.  Beyond considering the main international legal and policy instruments relevant to the protection of ICH in the context of infrastructure construction projects, this Working Paper undertakes a comparative analysis of of the sustainability policies of seven leading MDBs and an examination…

Cultural Heritage

Short Course: Copyright and Data

EVENTS Short Course: Copyright and Data Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline This online course provides participants with an understanding of the main principles and rules governing copyright law at the international, regional (European Union), and national level. It also allows them…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

EVENTS Short Course: Public International Law in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The programme focuses…

Business and Human Rights+9

Study on the Rome II Regulation Published

Publication of the European Commission Study on the Rome II Regulation We are pleased to announce that the Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations has now been published by the European Commission. BIICL (in consortium with Civic Consulting ) was selected by the European Commission (DG Justice and Consumers) to conduct the Study supporting the preparation of a report on the application of the Rome II Regulation on the law applicable…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Short Course: Climate Change Law

EVENTS Short Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Course Details This online course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners,…

Climate Change+2

Centre for International Law Announcement

New Members added to the International Law Advisory Panel The Centre for International Law is guided by the Public International Law Advisory Panel (PILAP), which is chaired by Paul McKell (Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office) and comprises prominent academics, practitioners and government officials. The Institute is pleased to announce that the following new members have been appointed to the PILAP: Professor Michael Addo, University of Notre Dame  Sean Aughey, Essex Court Chambers, …

Centre for International law

Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Migration and Refugee Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details This course offers a unique overview of International Migration and Refugee Law, linking theory and practice to allow participants to gain a meaningful understanding of the law and…

Migration+1

Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law

EVENTS Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: Event Details The possibility to complain about the violation of human rights before a supra-national body is an essential element towards the effective implementation of international human rights…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations

Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations In reply to the EU Commission's Request for service number JUST/2019/JCOO/FW/CIVI/0167, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) in consortium with Civic Consulting  carried out a Study to support the preparation of a report on the application of Regulation (EC) No. 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations ("Rome II Regulation"), hereafter,…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Short Course: International Trade Law

EVENTS Short Course: International Trade Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Outline The training course in International Trade Law offers an in-depth dynamic and applied knowledge of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, covering both the institutional and substantive…

Investment and Trade+1

State responsibility: Where are we and where to next?

EVENTS State responsibility: Where are we and where to next? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: Event Details It has been 20 years since the International Law Commission completed its work on state responsibility, culminating in the United Nations General Assembly deciding to take note of the…

Arbitration+3

Annual Grotius Lecture 2021: What is to become of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body system?

EVENTS Annual Grotius Lecture 2021: What is to become of the UN Human Rights Treaty Body system? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The UN human rights treaty system has grown piecemeal over many years. For over 20 years it has been the focus of many 'reform' or 'strengthening' processes,…

Human Rights and IHL

Corporate Accountability and Liability Mechanisms for Climate Change: Developments and Comparative Models

EVENTS Corporate Accountability and Liability Mechanisms for Climate Change: Developments and Comparative Models Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The question as to how companies should be addressing their impacts on climate change has never been as urgent. The recent decision in…

Business and Human Rights+2

Corporate Accountability and Liability Mechanisms for Climate Change: Practitioners’ Workshop

EVENTS Corporate Accountability and Liability Mechanisms for Climate Change: Practitioners' Workshop Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The question as to how companies should be addressing their impacts on climate change has never been as urgent. The recent decision in the Netherlands…

Business and Human Rights+2

International and Comparative Law Quarterly reports improved Impact Factor Score

We are delighted to announce that the International & Comparative Law Quarterly's 2-year Impact Factor score has increased significantly in the 2020 Clarivate Journal Citation Reports - from 1.565 to 1.932. The ICLQ is now ranked as the top law journal for European law and for comparative law and is in second place for international law generally. Impact Factor is calculated based on the number of citations made to papers published in the journal within the two preceding years (2018 and…

ICLQ

Short Course: Law of the Sea

EVENTS Short Course: Law of the Sea Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This course offers an overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of law of the sea scholars, the course is designed…

Law of the Sea+1

Lord Neuberger to succeed Lord Phillips as the new President of BIICL

BIICL is delighted to announce that Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury has been appointed as the President of the Institute, succeeding Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers who has served in that office since 2016. Lord Neuberger was President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court between 2012 and 2017. He is an active BIICL member and has supported a range of BIICL activities including chairing the BIICL 60+ Appeal and participating in a number of BIICL events and has provided great support to BIICL…

Governance

Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia (in-person)

SAVE THE DATE Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia (in-person) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details In recent years, International Commercial Courts have been established across Europe and in Asia. Now that these courts have been dealing with international cases for a…

Arbitration+3

Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia

EVENTS Taking Stock: International Commercial Courts in Europe and Asia  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details In recent years, International Commercial Courts have been established across Europe and in Asia. Now that these courts have been dealing with international cases for a while, it is…

Arbitration+3

ITF Meeting: Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Dispute Resolution (online)

EVENTS Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Dispute Resolution (online) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details On 14 September 2021, BIICL and Withers LLP will launch a report on Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and dispute resolution. The report presents findings of a months-long research…

Arbitration+1

ITF Meeting: Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Dispute Resolution (in-person)

EVENTS Sovereign Wealth Funds and International Dispute Resolution (in-person) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 14 September 2021, BIICL and Withers LLP will launch a report on Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and dispute resolution. The report presents findings of a months-long research project…

Arbitration+1

BIICL publishes new study on sovereign wealth funds and dispute resolution

The BIICL Investment Treaty Forum in partnership with Withers is delighted to announce the publication of our study on "Sovereign Wealth Funds: Transnational Regulation and Dispute Resolution" With assets under management worth over USD 10 trillion and about 7.8% of all listed equities worldwide under their control, SWFs are among the world's most powerful economic actors. The 20 largest SWFs own 89% of these assets. Despite their significance, the topic of SWFs and dispute resolution has…

Arbitration+1

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Transnational Regulation and Dispute Resolution

With assets under management worth over USD 10 trillion and about 7.8% of all listed equities worldwide under their control, SWFs are among the world's most powerful economic actors. The 20 largest SWFs own 89% of these assets. Despite their significance, the topic of SWFs and dispute resolution has not until now received the comprehensive consideration and analysis that its importance merits. This joint Report of the BIICL and Withers fills this gap by examining the structure and dispute…

Arbitration+3

HRDD Forum: Covid-19 and Value Chains: Three recent studies

EVENTS HRDD Forum: Covid-19 and Value Chains: Three recent studies Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details At this thematic session, speakers will present their recent findings on the impact of Covid-19 in value chains, all the way from the agricultural fields, through the garment supply…

Business and Human Rights+4

The future of Judiciaries in Europe and Beyond

EVENTS The future of Judiciaries in Europe and Beyond Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by  Event Details Can - and should - there be a universal blueprint on how to run an effective judiciary anywhere in the world? Internationally, there are series of institutional attributes and practices…

Courts and Tribunals

A New Pro-competition Regime in Digital Markets

EVENTS A New Pro-competition Regime in Digital Markets Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 20 July 2021 the UK government launched a consultation setting out its vision for transforming the UK's competition regime to better tackle the challenges of the 21st century. This consultation is the…

Competition Law

The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation: International Workshop

Event Report The Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA, Pisa), the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL, London), and the Center for Climate Change Studies and Sustainable Actions (3CSA, Pisa/Pavia) co-organised an international workshop on "The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation" on 14-15 July 2021. The workshop was integrated in the Seasonal School on Climate Change and International Law: Interdisciplinary Perspectives held from 12 to 16…

Centre for International law+3

Our Future in the Balance: The Role of Courts and Tribunals

International Virtual Summit 7 - 8 July 2021 Event Report The British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and global law firm Hausfeld partnered to host 'Our Future in the Balance: The Role of Courts and Tribunals in Meeting the Climate Crisis' , a landmark two-day international virtual summit exploring the role of courts and tribunals in global climate governance with a focus on the separation of powers in climate litigation. This event was held at a critical…

Centre for International law+2

Young ITF

Young ITF Introduction Established in 2021, Young ITF is a learning, discussion and networking forum for junior practitioners, postgraduate students, civil servants and academics interested in international economic law. It works under the patronage of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and its Investment Treaty Forum. Main aims of Young ITF Young ITF aims to provide junior professionals in London and elsewhere around the globe with opportunities to…

Arbitration+1

Law-making in Illiberal Regimes

EVENTS Law-making in Illiberal Regimes Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in collaboration with the journal  Theory and Practice of Legislation Event Details There has been a global rise in what may be termed illiberal regimes - that is to say, states and governments which reject some aspects…

Rule of Law

New empirical study on annulment in investor-State arbitration

BIICL and Baker Botts LLP launch comprehensive empirical study on annulment which sheds light on decision-making in investor-state disputes under the ICSID Convention Today BIICL and Baker Botts LLP are pleased to announce the publication of a comprehensive empirical study on annulment in investor-State arbitration under the Rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. Co-authored by Yarik Kryvoi of BIICL, Johannes Koepp and Jack Biggs of Baker Botts, the study…

Arbitration+1

The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation

EVENTS The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location This international workshop is jointly organised by Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (SSSA), BIICL and the Center for Climate Change Studies and Sustainable Actions (3CSA) Event Details Six years after the…

Climate Change+1

Empirical Study: Annulment in ICSID Arbitration

This study examines over 150 annulment decisions rendered by ICSID ad hoc committees and offers a unique insight into how the ICSID system deals with annulment. It provides a detailed examination of the entire universe of publicly available annulment awards. In particular, it builds on the Updated Background Paper on Annulment for the Administrative Council of ICSID published by ICSID in May 2016.  This report examines the trends and practices of annulment committees on key issues…

Arbitration+3

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Trade, and the Rule of Law

EVENTS Artificial Intelligence (AI), Trade, and the Rule of Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    The Asia-Pacific Europe Law Institutes Alliance (APELIA) conference 2021 We have been captivated by Alpha-Go, experiencing driverless cars, considered smart contracts, tempted by crypto currencies,…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Our Future in the Balance: The Role of Courts and Tribunals in Meeting the Climate Crisis

EVENTS Our Future in the Balance: The Role of Courts and Tribunals in Meeting the Climate Crisis Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In partnership with: Event Details The global life-threatening effects of climate change pose an 'imperative' that all nations must independently and cooperatively address with…

Climate Change+1

Covid-19 Vaccine Injury Compensation Schemes: Comparative Perspectives

EVENTS Covid-19 Vaccine Injury Compensation Schemes: Comparative Perspectives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in partnership with: Event Details This event will examine critically the provision made for the small numbers of those who have suffered adverse reactions after administration of one of…

COVID-19+1

The Non-Punishment Principle in Trafficking In Persons

BIICL is delighted to be working with the International Bar Association (IBA) on a new research project on the application of the non-punishment principle in law and practice across different jurisdictions.  The overall goal of the project is to provide concrete recommendations towards improving the legislative provision and practical implementation of the non-punishment principle. The project will also develop a pilot multi-disciplinary program to build the capacity of lawyers…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law

EVENTS Inter-State Complaints in International Human Rights Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The possibility to complain about the violation of human rights before a supra-national body is an essential element towards the effective implementation of international human rights law. Beyond…

Business and Human Rights+9

COVID-19 - Test for the World’s Legal Systems

Study by The International and Comparative Law Research Center  The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not only become a global health and economic challenge but has also raised the questions of the sufficiency of emergency regulations at the international and national levels and the selection of the most effective response measures. The results of this research can be used to improve existing regulation, introduce the best approaches and practices for the prevention and response to emergencies,…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

Inclusivity and the law: do we need to prohibit class discrimination?

Abstract   This article argues that national, regional and international human rights and equality laws have proven insufficient protection against discrimination on the basis of class, birth and social origin. It demonstrates that class is still an important area of discrimination, but that class remains largely invisible to law. It provides evidence that class discrimination is no more difficult to define than disability, gender, and age and the other forms of prohibited discriminations.…

Human Rights and IHL

Webinar Series: Business, Human Rights and the Environment in Europe

EVENTS Webinar Series: Business, Human Rights and the Environment in Europe: Connecting the Dots Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location       Series Overview With the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Nova Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment (NOVA…

Business and Human Rights+2

The Asia-Pacific Europe Law Institutes Alliance (APELIA) Conference 2021 Call for Papers

Call for Papers The Asia-Pacific Europe Law Institutes Alliance (APELIA) Conference 2021 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Introduction The Asia-Pacific Europe Law Institutes Alliance (APELIA) was founded by 18 prestigious law schools and legal research institutions cross the Asia-Pacific and Europe in 2019.…

AI and Data Worlds+3

Data for investor action on modern slavery

Report laying groundwork for developing data solutions for investors to help address modern slavery. This report, entitled Data for Investor Action on Modern Slavery: A Landscape Analysis, was developed by Florian Ostmann and Alex Harris from the Alan Turing Institute and Nyasha Weinberg, Irene Pietropaoli and Lise Smit from the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law. The outputs of the project include a full report, brief Research Summary and a catalogue of data resources on modern slavery…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Data for Investor action on Modern Slavery

EVENTS Data for investor action on modern slavery Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details There is increasing recognition of the important role of investors when it comes to addressing modern slavery risks in business supply chains and the private sector more generally. Investors' information needs…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Human Rights Responsibilities of Multi-National Enterprises Working in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector in Cuba

Companies, including foreign companies, operating in the tourism and hospitality sector in Cuba have the responsibility to respect the human rights of workers. This includes the duty to set up policies and due diligence processes to assess the risk of labour exploitation in their supply chains, to identify exploitation cases, and to take steps to ensure access to remedy for those workers whose rights may have been abused. States where those companies are domiciled also have obligations…

Business and Human Rights+3

HRDD Forum: Forum non conveniens and access to remedy in UK courts post-Brexit

EVENTS Forum non conveniens and access to remedy in UK courts post-Brexit Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details Since Brexit, the Brussels I Recast Regulation no longer applies to UK courts. The Regulation overcomes the forum non conveniens doctrine by establishing the jurisdiction…

Brexit+2

When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees

Policy Notes Theme 6: Advocating for improved protection responses  When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees A Roadmap for Advocacy, Policy Development, and Programming Protection in Mixed Movements along the Central and Western Mediterranean Routes 2021 is an edited volume that presents key recommendations from more than 40 researchers, protection actors, policy-makers and people with a displacement experience from North, West, East and the Horn of Africa as well as Europe…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Damages Claims for Mass Data Breaches: Uk and European Perspectives

EVENTS Damages Claims for Mass Data Breaches: UK and European Perspectives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: Event Details In light of the recent hearing before the UK Supreme Court in the case of Lloyd v Google, this event will look across the Channel in order to assess the developing European…

AI and Data Worlds+2

The Rule of Law and Authoritarian Ascendance: the Nature and Scale of the Threat, and the Legal, Policy and Societal Responses to It

EVENTS The Rule of Law and Authoritarian Ascendance: the Nature and Scale of the Threat, and the Legal, Policy and Societal Responses to It Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by  Event Details The rise of authoritarian or authoritarian-leaning governments and political parties is a trend affecting…

Rule of Law

Private or Public Adjudication? Procedure, Substance and Legitimacy

Private or Public Adjudication? Procedure, Substance and Legitimacy Author: Yarik Kryvoi Leiden Journal of International Law , Volume 34 , Issue 3 , September 2021 , pp. 681 - 703 This article identifies the essential differences between public and private adjudication and their implications for the legitimacy and efficiency of dispute resolution institutions, as well as the rule of law. Public adjudication comes at a significant cost for the taxpayers but helps secure a consistent body…

Arbitration+1

BIICL publishes new study on costs, damages and duration in investor-state arbitration

The BIICL Investment Treaty Forum in partnership with Allen and Overy is delighted to announce the publication of our empirical study on "Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration" The study examines over 400 ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICSID annulment decisions rendered in investor-state arbitrations and builds on earlier empirical studies conducted by Allen & Overy. It gives an evidence-based account of how much investment arbitral proceedings cost, how tribunals allocate those…

Arbitration+1

Empirical Study: Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration

This study examines over 400 investor-State cases conducted under ICSID, UNCITRAL and other arbitration rules, and over 70 ICSID annulment decisions, giving a comprehensive account of how long ISDS proceedings last, how much they cost, how tribunals allocate those costs as well as the amounts of damages awarded.  It offers an empirical insight into the current position of costs incurred by parties in investor-State arbitrations and also changes in tribunals' practice in fixing and…

Arbitration+3

Corporate Due Diligence and Climate Change

This blog post is based on the intervention of Ivano Alogna in the webinar on Corporate Due Diligence and the Green Deal organised by the Nova Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment with the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in partnership with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Portuguese Ombudsman (Provedor de Justiça), the Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, and NOVA 4 The Globe on…

Business and Human Rights+2

Virtual Course: International Trade Law

EVENTS Virtual Course: International Trade Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The training course in International Trade Law offers an in-depth dynamic and applied knowledge of the regulatory framework of the multilateral trading system, covering both the institutional and substantive…

Investment and Trade

Non-Retroactivity as a General Principle of Law

Non-Retroactivity as a General Principle of Law Kryvoi, Y. and Matos, S., 2021. Non-Retroactivity as a General Principle of Law. Utrecht Law Review, 17(1), pp.46-58. Authors: Yarik Kryvoi; Shaun Matos This article examines the principle of non-retroactive application of law, which prohibits the application of law to events that took place before the law was introduced. The application of this principle has become particularly controversial as states adopt stricter regulations to tackle…

Arbitration+1

Contesting automated decision making in legal practice: Views from practitioners and researchers

Rapid summary report from an expert workshop: 'Contesting AI Explanations in the UK', 6 May 2021       Authors: King's College London and BIICL Is UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) policy too speculative? Have we underestimated relevant tech change as something generating legal problems now, rather than ethical dilemmas in the future? King's College London's Dickson Poon School of Law and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) have been collaborating…

AI and Data Worlds

Class action certification: The implications of the Supreme Court’s Merricks Judgment

EVENTS Class action certification: The implications of the Supreme Court's Merricks Judgment Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with:  Event Details The panel will focus the recent developments in relation to class actions in the UK, discuss recent high profile litigations and take stock of…

Competition Law

BIICL supports UN Office on Drugs and Crime to set up expert meeting

Inaugural Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and Foreign investments Senior Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum Professor Yarik Kryvoi  played a key role in convening the first high-level Expert Group Meeting on Corruption and Foreign investments organised by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the UN Conference on Trade and Development on 18-19 May 2021. The event brought together over 140 experts from States, intergovernmental organisations,…

Investment and Trade

ITF Meeting: Damages, Costs and Duration of Investment Treaty Arbitration

EVENTS ITF Meeting: Damages, Costs and Duration of Investment Treaty Arbitration Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In collaboration with:    Event Details On 14 May 2021, Allen & Overy and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law launched a joint report on "Damages, Costs and…

Arbitration+2

International Criminal Responsibility: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives

EVENTS International Criminal Responsibility: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details This webinar will focus on individual criminal responsibility in international law, including the interpretation of the intricacies of Article 25 of the…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Webinar Series: Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic

EVENTS  Webinar Series: Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Hosted by the Verfassungsblog and supported by Democracy Reporting International, RECONNECT and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law    Event Details  Marking the conclusion of the…

COVID-19+1

PLF Event: Applying Product Liability rules to online platforms

EVENTS PLF Event: Applying Product Liability rules to online platforms Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This seminar will examine this topical theme by reviewing the emerging US case law finding platforms / online marketplaces strictly liable in products cases (such as the Bolger…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and Landmark Chambers co-organised a webinar series on 'Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law'. The series approached climate-induced rising sea level as a global problem and the possible implications arising from it from the lens of international law and climate justice.  Four separate webinars were held examining the topic from different legal dimensions. The following reports…

Centre for International law+4

BIICL Guidelines – Constructive resolution of business legal disputes post COVID-19

Small businesses are the backbone of the UK economy and key to economic recovery post COVID-19 and Brexit. Yet many of them struggle to obtain payment on time, or sometimes at all, and end up facing a difficult choice: to pursue payment by the often slow process of going to court, with the outlay of cost and valuable management time and effort, and the risk of damaging important commercial relationships, or to walk away from money that is rightly theirs. COVID-19 has increased these difficulties…

Comparative Law+2

BIICL looks for new Trustees

BIICL is seeking expressions of interest for new members of our Board of Trustees Since 2018 our Director, Professor Spyros Maniatis, has been leading a strategy of international growth and development of new income streams to create a truly global, sustainable future for the Institute. As a number of Trustees reach the end of their terms of office, we are recruiting for up to ten new forward-looking members who will bring expertise and energy to the development and delivery of this strategy.…

Governance

Class, Intersectionality, the Right to Housing and the Avoidable Tragedy of Grenfell

The avoidable tragedy of Grenfell Tower starkly raises the issues of class and intersectionality, an area which has, until now, received insufficient analysis. This chapter excavates, inter alia, three issues surrounding class, intersectionality and the Grenfell Tower tragedy: the nature of class as a concept; its implications in constituting a ground of discrimination under the Equality Act 2010; and its relationship with intersectionality. The reasons behind the insufficient attention…

Comparative Law+5

BIICL expands Breathing Space initiative by publishing guidelines in seven languages

BIICL is proud to announce the expansion of the Breathing Space initiative as Concept Note 3 the BIICL Guidelines are translated into seven additional languages Concept Note 3 is a set of guidelines published in September 2020 by a group of leading commercial lawyers which set out practical ways in which corporates might be encouraged to adopt a more conciliatory approach to COVID-19 related contractual disputes without prejudicing or altering parties' legal rights. Helen Dodds, former Global…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives

This ground-breaking volume provides analyses from experts around the globe on the part played by national and international law, through legislation and the courts, in advancing efforts to tackle climate change, and what needs to be done in the future.  Published under the auspices of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the volume builds on an event convened at BIICL, which brought together academics, legal practitioners and NGO representatives. The…

Centre for International law+3

Empirical Study: Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration

The BIICL Investment Treaty Forum in partnership with Allen and Overy is delighted to announce the publication of our empirical study on "Costs, Damages and Duration in Investor-State Arbitration" The study analysed over 400 ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICSID annulment decisions rendered in investor-state arbitrations and builds on earlier empirical studies conducted by Allen & Overy.  It gives an evidence-based account of how much investment arbitral proceedings cost, how tribunals allocate…

Arbitration+3

Thirty Fifth ITF Public Conference: Evidence in Investor-State Arbitration

EVENTS Thirty Fifth ITF Public Conference: Evidence in Investor-State Arbitration Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by:                                     Media Partner: Event Details…

Arbitration+2

Swiss-UK Bilateral Relations outside EU Membership

EVENTS Swiss-UK Bilateral Relations outside EU Membership Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Brexit has led to a new triangle of legal relations in Europe outside of EU membership: UK-EU; Swiss-EU; and UK-Swiss. The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020. After 47 years of a…

AI and Data Worlds+5

Breathing Space- Concept Notes on the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts

The Breathing Space Concept note arose out of a meeting on 7 April 2020 hosted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, attended by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Sir David Edward, Sir William Blair, Professor Spyros Maniatis, Professor Malik Dahlan and Keith Ruddock. It was felt that in the emergency situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, a universal challenge, a debate should happen as a matter of priority on the necessary…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

The legal implications of the proposed German Supply Chain Act (Lieferkettengesetz)

EVENTS HRDD Forum: The legal implications of the proposed German Supply Chain Act (Lieferkettengesetz) Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details  In March 2021, a German bill on mandatory human rights due diligence in supply chains was passed by the Federal Cabinet. The Lieferkettengesetz…

Business and Human Rights

BIICL comments on Draft Policy on cultural heritage of the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC

Comments Submitted on the Draft Policy on Cultural Heritage of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court On 16 April 2021, a diverse group of experts, including practicing attorneys, law professors and scholars, archaeologists, and other professionals with extensive expertise and experience in cultural heritage law, ICL and IHL submitted comments to the ICC Office of the Prosecutor's Draft Policy on Cultural Heritage.  In summary, the Comments emphasized the importance…

Cultural Heritage

Teaching International Law Webinar Series

EVENTS Teaching International Law Webinar Series Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location        Event Details The practice of teaching international law is conducted in a wide range of contexts across the world by a host of different actors - including scholars, practitioners, civil society…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: Conversation with European Commission Vice President Schinas

EVENTS EU Pact on Migration and Asylum: Conversation with European Commission Vice President Schinas Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Image courtesy of European Parliament    Event Details This event will involve a conversation between Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President for Promoting our European…

European Law+2

Law and Change in a Pandemic World

EVENTS Law and Change in a Pandemic World Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in Cooperation with  Event Details This event marks the start of a series on "Law and Change" initiated by BIICL in cooperation with Singapore Management University (SMU). The first seminar looks mainly at how the pandemic…

Centre for Comparative Law+3

ICLQ Annual Lecture 2021

EVENTS ICLQ Annual Lecture 2021 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details  The Annual ICLQ Lecture this year will be based on the paper 'Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of Legal Personality'by Professor Simon Chesterman, Dean of the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore. The…

International Law

A conversation with Sir Nicholas Green: Reflections on the changing competition law environment

EVENTS A conversation with Sir Nicholas Green: Reflections on the changing competition law environment Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sir Nicholas is the first lawyer with extensive experience in the fields of competition and EU law to become Chair of the Law Commission. He is of course also a member of…

Competition Law

Short Course: Climate Change Law

EVENTS Virtual Short Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details This online course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners,…

Climate Change+2

Short Course: Business and Human Rights

EVENTS Short Course: Business and Human Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Course Details Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human Rights…

Business and Human Rights+1

Part 1: The Great Vaccination Passports Debate: “ID Cards on Steroids” or the Rational Way Forward?

This is a two-part blog series. In Part 1, Prof. Lilian Edwards discusses if there is a case for vaccine passports at all. In Part 2, Dr. Irene Pietrapaoli discusses the legal and practical detail of such schemes if it is decided to proceed. The UK Government recently consulted on setting up a "COVID-Status certification scheme" (CSCS), looking "to consider the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects of a potential certification scheme, and what limits, if any, should…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Part 2: Getting Digital Health Passports Right? Legal, Ethical and Equality Considerations

This is a two-part blog series. In Part 1 Prof. Lilian Edwards discusses if there is a case for vaccine passports at all. In Part 2, Dr. Irene Pietrapaoli discusses the legal and practical detail of such schemes if it is decided to proceed. The UK Government has just closed a public consultation on a 'COVID-Status certification scheme' (CSCS). We submitted our response where we make the following arguments. The Government should consider before commissioning new technologies…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Appointment and Removal of ISDS Arbitrators: Practical Problems and Prospects for Reform

EVENTS Appointment and Removal of ISDS Arbitrators: Practical Problems and Prospects for Reform Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Image courtesy of ICSID         Sponsored By:                                   …

Arbitration+2

BIICL/Linklaters Antitrust Roundtable: Digital disruption in financial services

EVENTS BIICL/Linklaters Antitrust Roundtable: Digital disruption in financial services Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored By: Event Details Competition objectives have helped to shape regulatory intervention in financial services for a number of years, facilitating entry by a range of digital innovators,…

Competition Law

Webinar Series: Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law

EVENTS Webinar Series: Rising Sea Levels: Promoting Climate Justice through International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by      Series Overview Low-lying coastal regions and island nations, are directly susceptible to threats posed by global warming and concomitant rise…

Climate Change+2

Protests During Lockdown (England): A Rule of Law Analysis

Executive Summary This report analyses the law governing protests during lockdown from a Rule of Law perspective. It ends by considering how far the right to protest will be protected by the new lockdown regulations, which are due to come into force on 29th March 2021 and will be debated by both Houses of Parliament on 25th March 2021 (The Public Health (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/364) (the "New Regulations")). This report is intended to assist…

COVID-19+1

Sustainability Considerations in Competition Enforcement

WEBINAR Sustainability Considerations in Competition Enforcement Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The twin crises of climate change and Covid-19 have brought home the urgent need for greater collaboration between businesses to achieve desirable social and political objectives. If…

Competition Law

Coronavirus, Hotel Quarantine Regulations (England) - A Rule of Law Analysis

Executive Summary The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/150) ("the Regulations") were made on 12 February 2021, and came into force at 4am on 15 February 2021. The Regulations amend four existing sets of regulations governing international travel. The most notable change made by the Regulations is the introduction of a system of hotel quarantine for travellers who have visited or passed through a "red list" county…

COVID-19+1

The importance of civil liability for a corporate human rights duty

Image courtesy of Sosialistisk Ungdom (SU)  Transcript of the intervention of Lise Smit in the webinar on Corporate Due Diligence and Civil Liability on 28 January 2021 organised by the Nova Centre on Business, Human Rights and the Environment with the support of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union in partnership with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Portuguese Ombudsman (Provedor de Justiça), the Teaching Business and Human…

Business and Human Rights+1

Latest Developments in the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law

EVENTS Latest Developments in the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The question of whether and to what extent human rights obligations apply extraterritorially, notably in situations of armed conflict, continues to be hugely contested.…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Is the definition of a Gatekeeper in the DMA the right one?

EVENTS Is the definition of a Gatekeeper in the DMA the right one? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details With the internet revolution and the growing impact of the digital economy, we have seen the decline of some gatekeepers and the rise of other gatekeepers. With the forthcoming DMA…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Short Course: Law of the Sea

COURSE Short Course: Law of the Sea Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Course Details This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of law of the sea scholars,…

Law of the Sea+1

New Report from the Modern Slavery PEC

Analysing the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act's Transparency in Supply Chains measures. Today the Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre will launch its report 'Analysing the effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act's Transparency in Supply Chains measures' The report, produced by the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights  and the Bingham Centre, analyses how effective the Modern Slavery Act has been in holding UK businesses accountable for modern slavery in their supply…

Modern Slavery

ICLQ 2020 Early Career Prize Winner Announced

Javier García Olmedo named ICLQ Early Career Prize winner for 2020 Today BIICL announced that Javier García Olmedo,  has been awarded this year's International and Comparative Law Quarterly Early Career Prize for his article 'Recalibrating the International Investment Regime Through Narrowed Jurisdiction' which appeared in Volume 69 Issue 2 of the Journal. The ICLQ Early Career Prize is awarded annually to the best article by an early career scholar and is generously supported by Cambridge…

ICLQ+1

Effectiveness of Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act

Report analysing how effective section 54 has been in holding UK businesses accountable for modern slavery in their supply chains. Executive summary In 2015, the Government of the United Kingdom (Government) introduced section 54 (section 54) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA). Section 54 requires businesses with a certain annual turnover to publish a 'slavery and human trafficking statement' (MSA statement) every year. In the express intention of the lawmakers, the MSA statement would…

Business and Human Rights+1

VBER Modernisation

WEBINAR VBER Modernisation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Since the adoption of the current VBER and Vertical Guidelines, there have been a number of market developments, notably the growth of online sales and of new market players such as online platforms. The purpose of the current Commission's…

Competition Law

Industrial Policy and Competition Enforcement

EVENTS Industrial Policy and Competition Enforcement Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised With Event Details In March 2020, the Commission presented a new strategy to help Europe's industry lead. The strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical…

Competition Law

Contesting AI Explanations in the UK

EVENTS Contesting AI explanations in the UK Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by BIICL and Event Details Legal explanations of artificial intelligence (AI) are shaping its future. The General Data Protection Regulation includes a 'right to explanation' that secures a limited opening of the algorithmic…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic

EVENTS Power and the COVID-19 Pandemic Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Hosted by the Verfassungsblog and supported by Democracy Reporting International, RECONNECT and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law  Event Details One year on how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the law and the way…

COVID-19+2

UK and International Experience in the Admission, Regulation and Operation of Arbitral Institutions

UK and International Experience in the Admission, Regulation and Operation of Arbitral Institutions Great Britain China Centre Author: Yarik Kryvoi States increasingly compete for arbitration users because it helps them to offload the courts, create business opportunities for domestic lawyers and serviced related to law (experts, interpreters, witnesses, conference organizers, hospitality industry). Foreign law firms also actively set up branches of their firms in what they perceive as…

Arbitration+1

New Honorary Senior Fellows Appointed

The Centre for Comparative Law is delighted to have appointed two new Honorary Senior Fellows  Professor Andrew Dickinson  and Professor Adrian Briggs , both from the University of Oxford will support the work of the centre. The director of the Centre for Comparative Law offered a warm welcome to both.

Centre for Comparative Law

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

EVENTS Short Course: Public International Law in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Details The Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The…

Arbitration+6

Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation

BIICL is currently undertaking a project entitled 'Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation', which seeks to offer a longer-term view on restitution through an analysis of past experiences. Whilst so far research has focused on the legal framework applicable to de-accessioning museum objects and the processes adopted to address restitution claims, this project studies the impact of restitution once objects have changed hands. Therefore, it seeks…

Cultural Heritage

The Representative Actions Directive - a class action for Europe?

After many years of discussion, the EU Representative Actions Directive was finally promulgated in early December last year. The European institutions have had a long-standing interest in consumer redress & group actions dating back to at least 1980s. The first concrete result of that was the Injunctions Directive passed in 1998, which though solely a regulatory measure, was nonetheless very significant development as the first EU legislation covering in a general way on civil procedural…

Collective Redress+3

Government Messaging on Exercising during Lockdown - A Rule of Law Analysis

Executive Summary The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 currently require every person who lives in England to stay at home, unless they have a reasonable excuse for being outside the place where they are living. The Regulations specify that taking exercise outdoors is a reasonable excuse, with some restrictions. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 currently require every person who…

COVID-19+1

The Representative Actions Directive – a class action for Europe?

EVENTS The Representative Actions Directive - a class action for Europe? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This webinar will examine the recently-adopted EU Representative Actions Directive and consider its impact on cross-border and domestic collective redress actions across Europe.…

Collective Redress+5

BIICL Undertakes New Project on the Restitution of Cultural Objects

BIICL is undertaking a project 'Beyond Restitution: Exploring the Story of Cultural Objects After Their Repatriation', which will seek to offer a longer-term view on restitution through an analysis of past experiences. Whilst so far research has focused on the legal framework applicable to de-accessioning museum objects and the processes adopted to address restitution claims, this project will study the impact of restitution once objects have changed hands. Therefore, it will seek to inform…

Centre for International law+1

Launch of Empirical Study on Annulment in Investor-State Disputes

EVENTS Launch of Empirical Study on Annulment in Investor-State Disputes Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details On 28 January 2021 BIICL and Baker Botts will present the first comprehensive empirical study on annulment in investment treaty arbitration. The study examines hundreds of…

Arbitration+1

Reimagining the law video presentations Michael Olatokun

28 January 2021 Decolonise the legal curriculum RTL 19 Jan 28 Michael Olatokun - Decolonizing the Legal Curriculum I wish that the contribution of African thinkers to the Rule of Law, human rights and democracy was more prominent in my legal education. Without leading black thinkers in the textbooks it is hard to imagine becoming one myself. Michael Abiodun Olatokun FRSA The Bingham Centre, BIICL

Reimagining the Law

Empirical Study: Annulment in ICSID Arbitration

BIICL and Baker Botts are pleased to present this comprehensive empirical study on annulment in investor-State arbitration under the auspices of ICSID This report examines the trends and practices of annulment committees on key issues such as the success rate of annulment applications, the most frequently invoked annulment grounds, the length and costs of annulments proceedings. It also provides an in-depth analysis on how tribunals approach the specific annulment grounds under Article…

Arbitration+3

HRDD Forum: Human Rights Due Diligence in Contracts

EVENTS HRDD Forum: Human Rights Due Diligence in Contracts Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details Company surveys show that contractual clauses are the most frequently used mechanism for supply chain human rights due diligence. Yet supplier surveys show that contractual obligations,…

Business and Human Rights

Reimagining the law video presentations Jeremy Gilley

27 January 2021 Making SDG 16 Real RTL 19 Jan 27 Making SDG16 real - Jeremy Gilley We can, today, assess our laws against the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and in particular Goal 16 - for Peace, Justice and the Rule of Law. Let's commission a report from the Bingham Centre on the extent to which SDG 16 is reflected in the everyday law-making processes of democratic states.Jeremy Gilley Peace One Day.

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the law video presentations Andrew Wells

26 January 2021 Support not stigma RTL 19 Jan 26 Andrew Wells - Support not stigma Much has been said about the level of stress and mental ill-health amongst lawyers. Why don't we make mental health awareness a compulsory topic in legal education, create a forum for practitioners to share their experiences of mental ill health and recovery, and work to create a culture of support, not stigma, at all levels of our profession?Andrew Wells Herbert Smith Freehills

Reimagining the Law

Competition Enforcement after Brexit: Agreements, Unilateral Conduct and State Aid

EVENTS Competition Enforcement after Brexit: Agreements, Unilateral Conduct and State Aid Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details There are major transitional issues around Brexit, especially concerning cases that will be under investigation when the UK leaves the EU and situations…

Brexit+1

Civil Remedies and Human Rights in Flux

On 22-26 October 2020, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford) hosted an online roundtable to discuss challenges and opportunities for using civil claims against state and non-state actors as a mechanism for human rights accountability ("Roundtable"). This Roundtable was part of the research project funded by the Oak Foundation to conduct a comparative study of civil liability for human rights violations across several jurisdictions in the Global…

Business and Human Rights+1

Reimagining the law video presentations Dame Elizabeth Gloster

21 January 2021 Brand management and the law RTL 21 Jan 21 Brand Management and the Law Dame Elizabeth Gloster Every trading contract has a governing law which is the Intel Inside of a trading nation- a hidden magnet drawing investment. Other countries spend daily to replace English law with their alternative. We need a UK legal brand to sustain inward investment and to maintain our financial and insurance industries.Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE PC One Essex Court Chambers

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the law video presentations Christine O'Neill

20 January 2021 Access to Justice RTL Access to Justice Christine O'Neill The use of virtual platforms for participating in and observing court proceedings should be expanded to enable much wider public access, reduce unnecessary waiting times and costs for users and increase public knowledge and understanding of the work of justice systems.Christine O'Neill Brodies LLP

Reimagining the Law

Forum on Investor-State Mediation - recordings

Forum on Investor-State Mediation: Recordings On 8-9 December 2020, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), in cooperation with the ISDS Mediation Working Group, organised a conference on Investor-State Mediation. The event was conveyed by Prof. Yarik Kryvoi of BIICL, Wolf von Kumberg of IDR London and Prof. Malik R. Dahlan of BIICL and Queen Mary University London. It brought together participants from the investor-state…

Arbitration+1

Reimagining the law video presentations Lord Neuberger

19 January 2021  Freedom of Expression RTL 19 Jan 21 Freedom of Expression - Lord Neuberger In an era of no-platforming we need to remind people of the importance of freedom of expression and that as Stephen Sedley so accurately said, "Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having"The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury One Essex Court Chambers

Reimagining the Law

Investor-State Mediation: Trends, Risks and Opportunities

On 8-9 December 2020, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), in cooperation with the ISDS Mediation Working Group, organised a conference on Investor-State Mediation. The event was conveyed by Prof. Yarik Kryvoi of BIICL, Wolf von Kumberg of IDR London and Prof. Malik R. Dahlan of BIICL and Queen Mary University London. It brought together participants from the investor-state mediation community, including mediation practitioners,…

Arbitration+1

What does human rights due diligence for climate change impacts look like?

The collected presentations of the BIICL webinar series "Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts" is now available here. BIICL held the webinar series 'Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts' from 10 September to 1 October 2020. This topic came to our attention as requiring further consideration when we were leading a study for the European Commission  on regulatory options for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence. The study showed that…

Business and Human Rights+2

Webinar Series: Episode 5: Business and Human Rights Developments in Greece

Webinar Series: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe Series Episode 5: Business and Human Rights Developments in Greece Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Jointly organised by BIICL and Nova School of Law Concept Various jurisdictions across the world have adopted National Action Plans…

Business and Human Rights

Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts: Webinar Series Report

This report has been updated on 14 January 2021 The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) held the webinar series 'Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts' from 10th September to 1st October 2020, as part of the newly established BIICL Human Rights Due Diligence Forum. Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are multiplying across Europe, and increasingly include climate change impacts within their scope. As a result, companies,…

Business and Human Rights+2

Emissions Trading: International Law and Dispute Resolution

On 18 November 2020, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), along with Three Crowns LLP, co-hosted a conference on Emissions Trading: International Law and Dispute Resolution. Professor Yarik Kryvoi opened the conference and introduced the speakers. The chair of the panel was Kathryn Khamsi of Three Crowns LLP. The other panellists were William Acworth of the International Carbon Action Partnership, Lisa DeMarco of DeMarco Allan LLP…

Arbitration+3

Views across the channel on digital regulation

As the slogan 'get Brexit done' became somehow a -forced- reality on January 1st, it is tempting and timely to comment on three themes, having chosen three out of many, on two recent developments: The proposal for a Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the European Union (EU) and the recommendations issued by the Digital Markets Taskforce (DMT recommendations) in the United Kingdom (UK). As a general overview, the proposal for a DMA seems to show that the European Commission (Commission) is trying…

AI and Data Worlds+3

Resource Pack: Force majeure and hardship in commercial contracts cross-border and comparative perspectives

RESOURCE PACK Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives     Webinar Details On 8 April 2020 this webinar examined the legal consequences of a party's inability to perform a contract due to events outside their control, by comparing and contrasting a series of different juridictions including the US, France and the UK. An analysis was made of the issue of force majeure / and hardship…

Comparative Law+4

Recording: Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection

RECORDING Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection Event details As states face difficult choices to protect public health and keep their economies afloat, their treatment of foreign investors in this crisis is yet to be tested by investor-state tribunals. The pandemic led governments around the world to take unpopular and often unprecedented measures such as regulating prices and imposing export…

Arbitration+3

Recording: Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Government response to the pandemic

RECORDING Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes Event details 23 Member States of the European Union signed on 5 May 2020 agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. This agreement implements the 2018 judgment of the European Court of Justice, in which the Court found that intra-EU BITs violate the EU Treaties. The termination agreement implements the March…

Arbitration+3

BIICL Trustee Nominated for International Law Commission

UK announces Professor Dapo Akande as candidate for the International Law Commission 2021 Members of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will probably have seen that the United Kingdom has announced Professor Dapo Akande as its candidate for the election to the International Law Commission in 2021. Professor Akande will be well known our members and friends as one of our Trustees and even more so because of his work across the field of international law, both as an…

Governance

Sensible Tech Regulation in the UK

EVENTS Sensible Tech Regulation in the UK Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details This webinar considers the regulatory tech landscape in the UK. Where are we coming from and where we are going to? The European Digital Services Act package is due out in December, but UK tech regulation…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Webinar Series: Episode 4: Business and Human Rights Developments in Switzerland

Webinar Series: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe Episode 4: Business and Human Rights Developments in Switzerland Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Jointly organised by Nova School of Law and BIICL    Concept Various jurisdictions across the world have adopted National Action…

Business and Human Rights

Competition Enforcement after Brexit: Merger Enforcement

EVENTS Competition Enforcement after Brexit: Merger Enforcement Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co hosted with  Event Details What has been regarded as one of the main risks that Brexit poses to antitrust enforcement is its potential for neglect. As the CMA has discretion to prioritise its antitrust…

Competition Law

Reimagining International Courts and Tribunals Round Up

Reimagining International Courts and Tribunals Round Up Eagerness, however welcome, to create new international courts, tribunals, and monitoring bodies is damaging if it outruns the capacity to ensure their adequate composition and administration. The remedy: more realism in internal but also external expectations, backed by proper financing, and commitment to depoliticising elections, but re-politicising support for outcomes.  Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC    Reduce the distance…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Making a case for Digital Utilities

Oscar Wilde once said that 'as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all'. Notions from the past may be viewed as outdated from the perspective of a new generation. Understandings evolve for different reasons, among others, fuelled by rapid technological changes and the fundamental importance of innovation in the case of the digital economy. This may be the case of the utilities sector traditionally understood as telecoms, gas, electricity, transportation, postal…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture: Inclusivity and the Law

EVENTS Annual Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture: Inclusivity and the Law: Do We Need to Prohibit Class Discrimination? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This year, the Harry Weinrebe Memorial Lecture will celebrate Human Rights Day by highlighting the key cross-cutting human right:…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Reimagining Treaty Bodies

Reimagining Treaty Bodies  10 December    The domestic influence of treaty bodies' jurisprudence should be strengthened. This could be accomplished by increasing the visibility of their work, including access to their jurisprudence, enhancing human rights education globally, comparatively interpreting human rights, pressuring governments to honour their international legal obligations, and effectively implementing human rights treaties domestically.  Dr Leena Grover …

Courts and Tribunals+1

Both Winning Articles of Prestigious Law of the Sea Prize Published in ICLQ

The Association Internationale du Droit de la Mer has announced the joint winners of its prestigious Daniel Vignes prize, awarded biennially since 2016. We are delighted that both winning papers were published in the ICLQ, and offer our congratulations to Nicholas Ioannides and Massimo Lando. Nicholas A. Ioannides: "The Legal Framework Governing Hydrocarbon Activities in Undelimited Maritime Areas" (2019) 68 ICLQ 345 Massimo Lando: "Judicial Uncertainties Concerning Territorial Sea Delimitation…

ICLQ

Product Liability Forum | Compensation Schemes for COVID-19 vaccines: UK, comparative and international perspectives.

EVENTS Product Liability Forum | Compensation Schemes for COVID-19 vaccines: UK, comparative and international perspectives. Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details This seminar will focus on the topic of compensation for potential adverse events caused by CV-19 vaccines. There have been…

Comparative Law+2

Reimagining Regional Human Rights Courts 9 December

Reimagining Regional Human Rights Courts  9 December Rethinking Enforcement of International Refugee Law In the face of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, enforcement of the global legal framework for refugee protection must be reimagined. Perhaps what is needed is a specialized international mechanism that: 1). holds States accountable; while 2). Incentivizing them to protect refugees as a global public good. Professor Hannah Garry Reimagining the ECtHR as a Climate Court…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Forum on Investor-State Mediation

EVENTS Forum on Investor-State Mediation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Partner: Read the event summary  |  Watch the recordings of the presentations  Event Details On 8-9 December 2020, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative…

Arbitration+3

Reimagining the International Court of Justice 8 December

Reimagining the International Court of Justice 8 December [No!] Salvation does not lie in the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court but in the patient learning by States of the virtues of settling disputes by judicial means. It is not major and politically sensitive disputes that should be submitted to the Court, but the "lambda" disputes that poison bilateral relations [without threatening international peace and security]. Alain Pellet The ICJ should work with two chambers (having identical…

Courts and Tribunals+1

National implementation of human rights: Global survey of State implementation systems and processes

New study into implementation of human rights commitments It was announced today that The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, at BIICL, the Universal Rights Group, the University of Bristol and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are starting a new project to conduct, for the first time, a global survey to understand the systems and processes that States have put in place to implement their international human rights commitments. The project will focus on decisions and recommendations emanating…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Reimagining the International Court of Justice 7 December

Reimagining the International Court of Justice 7 December Geographical distribution in the election of judges ensures that the ICJ reflects the diverse post-colonial membership of the UN; but the bench is still far from achieving gender balance. The composition of the self-constituted ICJ bar is even less inclusive, with a notable absence of both women and persons of colour, replicating the same historical inequities that we claim to challenge through the legitimacy of international law.…

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Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court Friday 4th December

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court Friday 4th December There is mistrust between the ICC and Assembly of States Parties, as confirmed by an expert review. There no longer exists a shared understanding over the Court's purpose and mandate. The Court and States need a fresh dialogue, reimagining an ICC Shehzad Charania MBE I would like to reimagine the ICC as having the power to try corporations/legal entities alongside individuals. Corporate…

Courts and Tribunals+1

AI & Data Worlds Events and publications

AI & Data Worlds Events and Publications  AI and Data worlds Activities The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has a wide ranging programme of events and publications many of which examine the key issues around the use of AI and consider its  implications. Events  09 October 2017 Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Rule of Law  18 May 2020 COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance:…

AI and Data Worlds

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court Thursday 3rd December

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court Thursday 3rd December    Any future ad hoc international(ised) tribunal or investigative commission collecting evidence on its behalf, must fully comply with all procedural laws of the State where the crimes were alleged. Avoiding this obligation may superficially facilitate rapid evidence collection, but ultimately leads to wasted resources, delays in proceedings and substantial unfairness. Geoff Roberts…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Reviewing the Review: What Needs to Change at the International Criminal Court?

On the 20th of November 2020, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) hosted a webinar titled: 'Reviewing the Review: What Needs to Change at the International Criminal Court?'. Chaired by Shehzad Charania MBE, the webinar examined the Independent Expert Review (IER) of the International Criminal Court (ICC), a review which had been commissioned by the ICC Assembly of States Parties (ASP) and which submitted its report on the 30th of September 2020. The overall mandate…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court | 2 December

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court Wednesday 2nd December International criminal lawyers should abandon the inflexibility with which they identify as "Prosecutors", or "Defence counsel" or "Chambers", and move around within the system. Walking a trial in another person's shoes may reduce combativeness between parties, and build the mutual respect and collegiality that makes trials more efficient. Kate Gibson General Assembly and Security Council…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court | 1 December

Reimagining International criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court  Tuesday 1st December A broad network to enforce accountability is emerging with UN-backed international and hybrid tribunals, fact-finding missions, and the new 'mechanisms'. These should all be required to join forces through a single highly specialised hub (for HR, finance, procurement, witness protection, forensics...), allowing each to focus on its own specific mandate. Dr Guido Acquaviva Many said…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic

EVENTS Breathing Space - Guidelines for the resolution of disputes in the 2020 pandemic Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details BIICL's "Breathing Space" series considers how the legal and business communities might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to foster economic recovery.…

AI and Data Worlds+9

Sensible Tech Regulation in the EU

EVENTS Sensible Tech Regulation in the EU Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The discussion is no longer focusing on whether or not Europe should have regulation relating to the functioning of online markets, but rather what is it going to look like. The European Commission is grouping…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Cool Britannia: On the UK’s pragmatic approach to regulate Big Tech

(i) The UK and regulatory pragmatism Cool Britannia is not exactly in vogue nowadays. There may be, however, reasons to be optimistic about a potential cool approach taken by the British authorities on digital regulation. The traditional pragmatism perhaps intrinsically linked to the British common law legal system may reflect a different stance on markets requiring some form of State intervention in the form of regulation but at the same time a degree of flexibility. This could be the case…

AI and Data Worlds+1

29th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law

Online 29th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law:  Celebrating the 'Historical Turn': International Law in Global Histories Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in collaboration with the Society of Legal scholars       Event details Over the last two decades,…

Centre for International law+2

When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants: Legal Implications

EVENTS When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants: Legal Implications Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location This event is part of the Maritime Search and Rescue: Responsibilities and Implications Project funded by: Event Details The past 2 decades have seen growing numbers of migrants, and would-be asylum seekers,…

Migration

BIICL publishes new report: When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees

BIICL is delighted to launch a new report: When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees: A Mapping of Legal Considerations.  The report, which is the main output of a Mirpuri Foundation funded research project, explores the law around search and rescue particularly from the perspective of private vessels. It does so by undertaking a systemic analysis of how the UNGP's Second Pillar principles apply in the rescue context and by highlighting the commercial implications of search and…

Migration

When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees: A Mapping of Legal Considerations

BIICL is delighted to launch a new report entitled: When Private Vessels Rescue Migrants and Refugees: A Mapping of Legal Considerations. The report, which is the main output of a Mirpuri Foundation funded research project, explores the law around search and rescue particularly from the perspective of private vessels. The report is organised as follows: Setting the context The Obligation to Rescue Human Rights Responsibilities Commercial Implications Recommendations Publication…

Migration

Prof. Yarik Kryvoi delivers presentation at UNCTAD's Virtual IIA Conference 2020

On Monday, 23 November Prof. Yarik Kryvoi contributed to the UNCTAD's Virtual IIA Conference 2020: 'IIA Reform in Times of COVID-19' In his five minute presentation Prof. Yarik Kryvoi gave an overview of several projects relevant to the reform of international investment agreements that the Investment Treaty Forum is currently working on or have just completed. This included projects on corruption and FDI, corporate restructuring and ISDS, as well as tackling inequalities in international…

Arbitration+1

Sensible Tech Regulation in the EU

This blog discusses the ongoing deliberations surrounding the EU Digital Services Act ('DSA') and Digital Markets Act ('DMA') and the implications for innovation following the initiatives from the European Commission (the 'Commission'). This goes to the core of the tensions we are trying to address in thinking about a regulatory system. These regulatory initiatives and impact on innovation were debated during two round table discussion hosted on 13 October and 5 November 2020 with speakers…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Reviewing the Review: What Needs to Change at the International Criminal Court?

EVENTS Reviewing the Review: What Needs to Change at the International Criminal Court? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details On 30 September 2020, the Independent Expert Review (IER) of the International Criminal Court submitted its final report assessing the work of the Court, a review which had…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Emissions Trading: International Law and Dispute Resolution

EVENTS Emissions Trading: International Law and Dispute Resolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the main presentations (discussions were not recorded) Emissions Trading: International Law and Dispute Resolution In collaboration with:       Read the event summary …

Arbitration+3

The Limits of State Regulatory Powers: 34th ITF Public Conference Summary

On 10-11 September 2020, the Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) organised a conference on State Regulatory Powers and Their Limits. The conference gathered representatives of states, experienced practitioners, and academics working on these matters. Prof Yarik Kryvoi opened the conference and highlighted the importance of reassessing regulatory powers of states, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit. He introduced…

Arbitration+1

Human Rights and Small States: Challenges, Resilience, and Advocacy

EVENTS Human Rights and Small States: Challenges, Resilience, and Advocacy Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event partners      Event Details Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, the Institute of Small and Micro States(ISMS), and BIICL will host a two-day conference on human rights as…

Climate Change+2

Book Launch: Business, Human Rights and Transitional Justice

EVENTS Book Launch: Business, Human Rights and Transitional Justice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Detail The Oxford Business and Human Rights Network and the Oxford Transitional Justice Research host the  launch of  'Business, Human Rights and Transitional Justice' (Routledge, 2020) …

Business and Human Rights

The UK, European Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Seventy Years of the ECHR and Twenty Years of the HRA - A Time for Celebration?

WEBINAR The UK, European Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Seventy Years of the ECHR and Twenty Years of the HRA - A Time for Celebration? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with  Event Details This webinar is being held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the European Convention on Human…

Courts and Tribunals+3

COVID-19 Vaccine Briefing

Briefing paper calls for bespoke compensation scheme to be created for possible adverse effects caused by a COVID-19 vaccine BIICL Senior Research Fellow in Comparative Law & Director, Product Liability Forum Professor Duncan Fairgrieve is part of the interdisciplinary project on Covid-19 vaccines which also includes researchers from the University of Manchester and Oxford University. The group today publish a briefing paper arguing in favour of a new UK national compensation scheme for…

COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccines: in favour of a bespoke compensation scheme for adverse effects A briefing paper

COVID-19 vaccines: in favour of a bespoke compensation scheme for adverse effects is a briefing paper on behalf of a group of specialists drawn from different disciplines setting out the arguments in favour of a bespoke compensatory scheme for adverse effects to a COVID-19 vaccine(s). The paper outlines their view that a no-fault compensation scheme could play a valuable role in relation to the acceptability of emergency COVID-19 vaccines. Publication - Download…

COVID-19

Competition Policy in a Changing Political Landscape

PARTNER EVENTs Competition Policy in a Changing Political Landscape Time for a reset? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Competition policy and regulation has relatively clearly defined goals, including the enhancement of consumer welfare and the pursuit of market efficiency. In the…

Competition Law

Webinar Series: Episode 3: Business and Human Rights Developments in Italy

Webinar Series: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe Episode 3: Business and Human Rights Developments in Italy Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Jointly organised by Nova School of Law and BIICL Concept Various jurisdictions across the world have adopted National Action Plans in Business…

Business and Human Rights

Webinar Series: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe

Webinar Series:: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Jointly organised by Nova School of Law and BIICL Concept Various jurisdictions across the world have adopted National Action Plans in Business and Human Rights and have enacted legislations or…

Business and Human Rights

BIICL Statement on Amendments to the UK Internal Market Bill

BIICL welcomes amendments made to the UK Internal Market Bill The British Institute of International and Comparative Law welcomes amendments made to the UK Internal Market Bill on Monday 9 November by the House of Lords that have removed a proposed power for Ministers to legislate "notwithstanding" international law. The proposed power amounted to a repudiatory breach of international obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement, a treaty which the UK freely entered into earlier this year. Compliance…

International Law+2

BIICL Annual WTO Conference

BIICL Annual WTO Conferences Share LinksThe prestigious BIICL Annual WTO Conference brings together leading academics and practitioners to explore emerging ideas and the most recent developments in the field of international trade law. The first conference was held in the year 2000 under the leadership of Prof. John Jackson and Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG QC, former British Advocate General at the European Court of Justice. For many years, the conference was scheduled to coincide…

Investment and Trade

The Virtual Kaplan Lecture 2020: Omnipotence Fantasies

PARTNER EVENT The Virtual Kaplan Lecture 2020: Omnipotence Fantasies Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The Kaplan Lecture 2020 will be delivered by Jan Paulssson on the topic 'Omnipotence Fantasies' About the Speaker Jan Paulsson, a founding partner of Three Crowns LLP, has practiced exclusively…

Arbitration

SIDRA-BIICL Webinar: Implications of China’s Doctrine of Strict State Immunity on Belt & Road Disputes

SIDRA-BIICL Webinar: Implications of China's Doctrine of Strict State Immunity on Belt & Road Disputes Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details SIDRA and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) are pleased to jointly present this webinar on state immunity. The doctrine…

BIICL Global+2

Disrupting the disrupters – antitrust strikes back

ONLINE ROUNDTABLE Disrupting the disrupters - antitrust strikes back Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The digital economy has been a key focus for antitrust authorities and governments globally in recent years, but 2020 marks a step change where we are beginning to see thousands of pages of…

Competition Law

Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations: A Rule of Law Analysis

Executive Summary This Report provides Rule of Law criteria to assist MPs in their scrutiny of the newest coronavirus national lockdown Regulations for England. The Regulations ought to be necessary and proportionate to restrict the transmission of coronavirus. The Regulations satisfy the Rule of Law criteria that they are time-limited. As part of the requirement to be proportionate, the Regulations ought to have a scientific basis, and if the science is not followed, there ought to be…

COVID-19+1

The Rule of Law in the technological age

EVENTS The Rule of Law in the technological age Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with:      Event Details We are living in an age of profound technological advancements, where artificial intelligence (AI) - the development of systems that simulate human intelligence - has increasing…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Short Course: Business and Human Rights

EVENTS Short Course: Business and Human Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human Rights…

Business and Human Rights+1

Day 2: The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference

EVENTS Day 2: The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                      Event Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce its prestigious WTO…

Investment and Trade

Day 1: The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference

EVENTS Day 1: The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                         Event Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce its prestigious…

Investment and Trade

The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference

EVENTS The 2020 BIICL Annual WTO Conference Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by           Event Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to announce its prestigious WTO Conference. Established in 2000, the WTO Conference…

Investment and Trade

Improving racial justice and equality through education

EVENTS Improving racial justice and equality through education Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Equality is a key component of the Rule of Law. Despite this, a series of recent commissions, reviews and inquiries have made clear that the lived experience of many black Britons is…

Rule of Law

Virtual Course: Climate Change Law

ONLINE Virtual Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Details This online course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners, the course is designed…

Climate Change+2

Trade, Tech, and Artificial Intelligence: Exporting British Values?

EVENTS Trade, Tech, and Artificial Intelligence: Exporting British Values? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in conjunction with  Event details The UK industrial strategy sets out grand challenges to put UK business at the forefront of the industries of the future. It has set Artificial Intelligence…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Webinar Series: Episode 2: Business and Human Rights Developments in Spain

Webinar Series: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe Series Episode 2: Business and Human Rights Developments in Spain Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Jointly organised by BIICL and Nova School of Law Concept Various jurisdictions across the world have adopted National Action Plans in…

Business and Human Rights

European Commission Digital Services Act

ONLINE European Commission Digital Services Act Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The European Commission has announced a Digital Services Act package to strengthen the Single Market for digital services and foster innovation and competitiveness of the European online environment.…

Competition Law

18th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act

EVENTS 18th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in conjunction with Event details BIICL in cooperation with Simmons & Simmons is organising the 18th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act, an authoritative update on recent developments and topics of interest…

Arbitration

Short Course: Climate Change Law

EVENTS Short Course: Climate Change Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event details This two-day short course offers a comprehensive overview of climate change law and the legal responses to the current climate crisis. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of scholars and practitioners,…

Climate Change+1

Human Trafficking and COVID-19: What Next?

Introduction    COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life. Anti-trafficking efforts are no exception. Earlier this summer BIICL hosted a webinar entitled 'Human Trafficking and COVID-19: What Next?'.   The discussion, chaired by Silvia Scarpa, brought together leading anti-trafficking experts: Marika McAdam, Ryzsard Piotrowicz, Parosha Chandran and Tomoya Obokata.  This blog contains 5 key take away points from the event Publication - Download…

COVID-19+1

Virtual Course: Business and Human Rights

ONLINE Virtual Course: Business and Human Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Course Details Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human Rights…

Business and Human Rights+1

Safeguarding London’s Standing in International Dispute Resolution: The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Practice

EVENTS Safeguarding London's Standing in International Dispute Resolution: The Rule of Law and Judicial Independence in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In collaboration with    Event Details Baroness Hale of Richmond, former President of the UK Supreme Court in conversation with Razia…

Rule of Law

Law and Change

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is touted as the remedy for many of the economic, social, political and cultural contentions in an epoch where social demographics are unbalance, economic growth is slowing, labour markets are fragile, and global trade is wracked with protectionism.  The arrival of the pandemic has heightened calls for AI and big data to help innovate economies out of the worst. This transition presents significant challenges for the ecosystems of law firms, and the requirements…

BIICL Global+2

Refugee Rights Across Regions: A Comparative Overview of Legislative Good Practices in Latin America and the EU

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has identified a number of legislative good practices in Latin American asylum and refugee laws. At the same time, academics and policy-makers have long called for cross-regional comparative analyses of policies and laws to allow different regions to learn from each other's best practices. In this article, we compare refugee legislations of Latin American countries with European Union protection standards based on…

Migration

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Episode 4: Meeting the Standard: What Does Adequate Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Look Like in Practice?

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts Episode 4: Meeting the Standard: What Does Adequate Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Look Like in Practice? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Concept Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence…

Business and Human Rights+1

Response to DHSC Open Consultation: Changes to Human Medicine Regulations to support the rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines

Summary This publication is a response to the UK Government consultation in respect of the proposals to modify the Human Medicine Regulations 2012 ("the Regulations") in order to support the rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. This is a submission to the UK Government consultation on behalf of a group of specialists drawn from different disciplines setting out their views on the proposed changes. Pr. Duncan Fairgrieve, British Institute of International and Comparative Law. Dr Peter Feldschreiber,…

COVID-19

State Aid and Tax Rulings webinar

EVENTS State Aid and Tax Rulings webinar Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details In 2016 the European Commission decided that 2 tax rulings of the Irish tax authorities endorsing the methods used by two Apple group companies (ASI and AOE) that were incorporated in Ireland to determine their chargeable…

Competition Law

BIICL submission to Government Consultation: COVID-19 Vaccines

BIICL Researchers participate in submission to Government Consultation on COVID-19 Vaccines In the context of the anticipated roll-out of COVID-19 Vaccines, the UK Government is considering making changes to the Human Medicine Regulations in order to grant a temporary authorisation to CV-19 vaccines without going through the full safety process found in the normal medicine licensing rules. A group of specialists, including Prof. Duncan Fairgrieve, have commented on these proposals in a submission…

COVID-19

Virtual Course: Public International Law in Practice

ONLINE Virtual Course: Public International Law in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Details The  Public International Law in Practice course offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The programme…

Arbitration+6

Business and Human Rights Developments in Belgium, Luxembourg and Portugal

EVENTS HRDD Forum: Business and Human Rights developments in Belgium, Luxembourg and Portugal Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details In this session, experts will present findings from recent studies on the business and human rights landscapes of Belgium, Luxembourg and Portugal. These…

Business and Human Rights

Concept Note 3 on the Effect of the 2020 Pandemic on Commercial Contracts

Concept Note 3 is a continuation of BIICL's "Breathing Space" series, which considers how the legal and business communities might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to foster economic recovery. The Concept Note 3  proposes a set of practical guidelines which might be adopted to encourage a more conciliatory approach to contractual disputes that may arise, and which seek to avoid and/or minimise protracted legal disputes, without prejudicing or altering parties' legal rights. The…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

Concept Note 2 on the effect of the 2020 pandemic on commercial contracts - September 2020 Update

Following the introduction of the initial concept note BIICL has released and updated version of Concept Note 2. Concept Note 2  shows in detail which steps should be taken to minimise the risk of a deluge of disputes and to increase the prospect of constructive outcomes. Concept Note 2 argues, among other things, that the best policy approach in the case of many contracts is for the law: To support negotiated solutions to make viable contracts blighted by the pandemic work; To bring…

Comparative Law+1

“Breathing Space” Concept Note 3 On guidelines for the resolution of disputes following the 2020 pandemic

This Concept Note is a continuation of BIICL's "Breathing Space" series, which considers how the legal and business communities might respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to foster economic recovery.  Concept Note 2 looked more closely at the private law response to the pandemic, specifically in the context of contractual disputes, and how existing legal principles may be applied in the context of COVID-19 related disputes, as well as how existing dispute resolution mechanisms…

Comparative Law+1

Parliamentary Scrutiny of Coronavirus Lockdown Regulations: A Rule of Law Analysis

Executive Summary Six months after the enactment of the Coronavirus Act 2020, lockdown regulations continue to be made under the emergency procedure. This means that they are made and come into force straight away, with the only parliamentary requirement that they be approved within 28 days. The legal justification is that, by reason of urgency, it is necessary to make them without prior parliamentary approval. It is unclear whether, six months in, and given our greater knowledge about…

COVID-19+1

BIICL Releases Updated Concept Note

Extending the Breathing space concept BIICL has released an updated version of Concept Note 2 Concept Note 2 shows in detail which steps should be taken to minimise the risk of a deluge of disputes and to increase the prospect of constructive outcomes. Concept Note 2 argues, among other things, that the best policy approach in the case of many contracts is for the law: To support negotiated solutions to make viable contracts blighted by the pandemic work; To bring contracts made unviable…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Episode 3: Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Laws: What are their Implications Regarding Corporate Climate Change impacts?

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts Episode 3: Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Laws: What are their Implications Regarding Corporate Climate Change Impacts? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Concept Developments around mandatory human rights due…

Business and Human Rights+1

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice

EVENTS Short Course: Public International Law in Practice Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event details Short Course Public International Law in Practice offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The…

Arbitration+5

Peace Day 2020 Live Global Digital Experience

ONLINE   Peace One Day Live Global Digital Experience  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Supported by The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Event Details This full-day online experience celebrating peace will be a global event, bringing together artists, thought leaders and international speakers.…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation

WEBINAR Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill QC In conversation with Razia Iqbal Event Details In navigating the unprecedented events of the past six months, the work of the CPS has remained firmly rooted…

Rule of Law

Short Course: Law of the Sea

EVENTS Short Course: Law of the Sea Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event details This day-long workshop offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of law of the sea scholars,…

Law of the Sea+1

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Episode 2: The (intended) impact of climate change litigation on corporate due diligence

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts Episode 2: The (intended) impact of climate change litigation on corporate due diligence Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Concept Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are multiplying across…

Business and Human Rights+1

EU Vice President Heidi Hautala Speaks at BIICL Webinar

Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe The webinar series on Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe kicked off on the 15th of September 2020. It is jointly organised by Nova School of Law and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. The keynote speech was delivered by the Vice-president of the European Parliament, Heidi Hautala. In recent years, much of the attention in the business and human rights field has focused overwhelmingly…

Business and Human Rights

Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises: Protecting Rights and Saving Lives

WEBINAR Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises: Protecting Rights and Saving Lives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details Governments around the world have limited individual freedoms to control the spread of COVID-19, preserve health systems and protect human lives. To safeguard the rule of law, these…

COVID-19+1

Webinar Series: Episode 1: Business and Human Rights Developments in Portugal

Webinar Series: Business and Human Rights Developments in Southern Europe  Episode 1: Business and Human Rights Developments in Portugal Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Jointly organised by Nova School of Law and BIICL Concept Various jurisdictions across the world have adopted National Action Plans…

Business and Human Rights

What Does The Rule of Law Mean For My Online Life?

EVENTS What Does The Rule of Law Mean For My Online Life? Who Targets Me and What Does It Mean For My Rights? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Bingham Centre and the City of London are excited to be teaming up to run an event on technology, democracy and the Rule of Law. Whilst…

Rule of Law

Thirty Fourth ITF Public Conference: State Regulatory Powers and their Limits

EVENTS Thirty Fourth ITF Public Conference: State Regulatory Powers and their Limits Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Read the conference summary      Event Details This online conference will address limits of state regulatory powers under international law. The speakers will…

Investment and Trade

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Episode 1: Corporate Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts: The Status Quo

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts Episode 1: Corporate Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts: The Status Quo Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location       Concept Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are multiplying across…

Business and Human Rights+1

HRDD Forum Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts

Webinar Series: Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Concept Developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are multiplying across Europe, and increasingly include climate change impacts within their scope. As a result, companies,…

Business and Human Rights+1

Virtual Course: Law of the Sea

ONLINE Virtual Course:  Law of the Sea  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Course Details  This course offers an informative overview of the international law of the sea and current challenges facing the world's oceans and seas. Bringing together a distinguished cohort of law of the sea scholars,…

Law of the Sea+1

Inaugural Africa Arbitration Day

EVENTS Inaugural Africa Arbitration Day Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised in cooperation with: School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London and Babcock University   Sponsored by: Event Details: The British Institute of International and Comparative…

Arbitration+2

BIICL scholar calls to address inequalities in investor-state dispute settlement

Director of the Investment Treaty Forum Prof Yarik Kryvoi released a study in which he analyses inequalities in international investment law and proposes concrete solutions how to tackle them. This paper puts the system of international investment law into its historical context, examines economic data as well as most recent statements of states on inequalities in international investment law. It examines inequalities between foreign investors and states, between developed and developing…

Arbitration+1

Three Dimensions of Inequality in International Investment Law

This paper puts the system of international investment law into its historical context, examines economic data as well as most recent statements of states on inequalities in international investment law. It examines inequalities between foreign investors and states, between developed and developing states as well as between foreign and domestic investors. It shows that each dimension of inequality has its own raison d'etre and proposes ways to tackle them in the context of today's political…

Investment and Trade

Part I: Some Observations on the Agreement between Greece and Egypt on the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone

Introduction Greece and Egypt signed an agreement for the delimitation of the two countries' maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea on 7 August 2020. The Greek Foreign Minister said that this was a 'historic day': the two states had reached an 'exemplary agreement' that 'reconfirms and enshrines the effect and the right of islands to a continental shelf and EEZ' in conformity with international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Egyptian Foreign…

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Part II: Some Observations on the Agreement between Greece and Egypt on the Delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone

Where to from here? The Greece-Turkey maritime boundary dispute The dispute over the maritime boundary between Greece and Turkey has been ongoing since 1974. As I wrote elsewhere, 'bilateral consultations and negotiations have been unable to prevent occasional flare-ups and, as tensions remain significantly high, it may not be long before one of the not infrequent confrontations spirals out of control'. Only a few days after the signing of the Greece-Egypt Agreement, Greece and Turkey…

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Reimagining Environmental Law 21 August 2020

Global Governance and Future Trends Strengthening global governance Governance at global regional and national level is lacking, there is a lack of coherence, even in matters of global common interests. The EU, ASEAN, and other regional organisations can play a crucial role in tackling environmental issues, facilitating the implementation of MEAs, mobilizing stakeholders, and sharing experiences. The time is opportune to call upon regional organisations to strengthen global governance and…

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Reimagining Environmental Law 20 August 2020

Environmental Impact Assessment and Management of Environmental Risks A repository of environmental data and analysis Tens of thousands of environmental impact assessments are issued every year in compliance with national laws. These assessments are prepared at great expense and contain a wealth of unique observational data and other information. However, they are typically utilized for the subject project and then forgotten. A searchable database should be created of all these documents…

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Reimagining Environmental Law 19 August 2020

Climate Change and Pollution Control    Mapping environmental factors Maps of flood vulnerability, species abundance, water supply, and other environmental factors reflect current and historical conditions. However, all these conditions are changing as a result of climate change, and the future will be much different from the past. Advanced computing enables projections with much greater geographic granularity than in the past. This would be extremely useful to land and infrastructure…

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Reimagining Environmental Law 18 August 2020

Market-Based Instruments and Green Economy     Making polluters stop their pollution Environmental law presently reflects the data-constrained mid-20th century world and thus relies heavily on pollution control mandates rather than economic incentives. Building on 21st Century information technologies, we can today end externalities by carefully tracking emissions and making polluters stop their pollution — or pay fully for the harm they cause.   Professor Daniel C Esty,…

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Reimagining Environmental Law 17 August 2020

Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement    Environmental law - a toothless tiger? More than perhaps any other area of law in recent years, environmental looks like a toothless tiger. This is not due to a lack of law, or the inactivity of enforcement agents. Instead it is the disconnect between enforcement sanctions and corporate deterrence that has challenged law's relevance in protecting the environment. Stiffer penalties are not the answer but rather the radical application of…

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BIICL wins funding for new Rule of Law, Legitimacy and COVID-19 Control Technologies project

BIICL is delighted to be announced this week as one of the funding winners of the 2020 Call for Proposals by The Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (IEAI). The project : Rule of Law, Legitimacy and Effective COVID-19 Control Technologies, aims to produce a systematic overview of challenges posed by specific mobile applications that can be continuously updated and accessible to policy makers, together with a methodology to assess publicly contentious control technologies against…

AI and Data Worlds+3

Emergency Products and COVID-19

BIICL is undertaking a project to assess the impact of COVID-19 on emergency products in the medical sphere. This is a topical theme engaging important public health considerations, and involving the analysis of the law and regulation of products such as ventilators, medicines, medical devices, vaccines and related health products. A Product Liability Forum event was organised on this theme on 4 May 2020. Speakers included Pr. Geraint Howells, Marcus Pilgerstorfer QC, Dr Peter Feldschreiber,…

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Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Law: Reimagining the New Roots of Environmental Law

WEBINAR Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Law: Reimagining the New Roots of Environmental Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The world faces environmental challenges of unprecedented scale and urgency, from biodiversity degradation to global warming, pollution, soil erosion, water…

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Part 3: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

WEBINAR Part 3: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In Partnership with Webinar Series Details This event is the third in a series of three webinars States around the world have struggled to come up with the best legislative response to the coronavirus pandemic. Although…

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Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Covid-19

PARTNER EVENT Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Covid-19 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The celebrated former Supreme Court judge, Jonathan Sumption, used last year's Reith lectures to warn that "law's expanding Empire" was encroaching onto contentious fields where things are better…

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Protecting Education in Conflict

EVENTS Protecting Education in Conflict Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details Education is not only an important end in itself; it enables access to other human rights, to meaningful participation in society, and to the promotion of universal respect for the dignity of all. This is…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Toppled Statues and Monuments: Perspectives on the Global Movement Confronting Heritage

EVENTS: Toppled Statues and Monuments: Perspectives on the Global Movement Confronting Heritage Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Watch the recording  Toppled Statues and Monuments: Perspectives on the Global Movement Confronting Heritage Event Details On the 7th of June 2020, the statue of Edward Colston,…

Cultural Heritage+1

Part 2: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

EVENTS Part 2: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In Partnership with: The Theory and Practice of Legislation    Webinar Series Details This event is the second in a series of three webinars States around the world have struggled to come up with the best…

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Human Trafficking and COVID-19: What Next?

WEBINAR Human Trafficking and COVID-19: What Next? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location   140720 recording of Human Trafficking and COVID-19: What Next? Event Details COVID-19 has impacted all areas of life and human trafficking is no exception. Early research and data indicate that COVID has a strong…

COVID-19+2

CLF Meeting: Digital Online Platforms and Digital Advertising

WEBINAR CLF Meeting: Digital Online Platforms and Digital Advertising Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised With  Event Details The CMA's market study final report into online platforms funded by digital advertising is due to be published by 2nd July 2020. The CMA's interim report last December…

Competition Law

Reimagining the Law 3 July 2020

Phase One of Reimagining the Law initiative comes to an end today with one final submission.  We would like to thank all the contributors who provided the 124 ideas featured on the website during the month of June. Walking virtual corridors COVID-19 closed borders, but disasters occur, elections are held, judgments delivered. Charities and organisations divert funds, walk virtual corridors using Instagram and Teams, provide e-resources, manage crises remotely too. We must re-evaluate…

Reimagining the Law

Black Lives Matter "On the Buses": Laws Mandating Face Coverings on Public Transport

The Black Lives Matter movement has forced us to re-appraise what in the past we may have taken for granted. The 1970s British sitcom "On The Buses" was popular at the time, but to our eyes now seems sexist and racist. We need to take a hard look at current practices to examine if they are fair and respect equality and diversity. The Rule of Law requires equality before the law. The Venice Commission Checklist  on the Rule of Law reiterates this requirement of equal treatment…

COVID-19+1

Coronavirus, Face Coverings on Public Transport Regulations: A Rule of Law Analysis

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 prohibit the use of public transport unless a person is wearing a face covering. This basic policy is sound, rational and to be welcomed. However, there are several Rule of Law concerns. Sound law-making procedures are not being followed because of the continued use of the 'urgent procedure' to make a law which bypasses normal parliamentary scrutiny. The one day turnaround between…

COVID-19+1

Submission on the Issue of the Applicable Law in the Revised Draft of the Business and Human Rights

The report of the fifth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG) stated: that the Chair-Rapporteur invite and encourage regional and political groups, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society organizations and all other relevant stakeholders, as appropriate, to organize consultations at all levels, including in particular at the…

Business and Human Rights

Europe Consultation on Revised Draft of the Proposed Business and Human Rights Treaty

CONSULTATION Europe Consultation on Revised Draft of the Proposed Business and Human Rights Treaty Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details  In June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council established an open-ended intergovernmental working group 'to elaborate an international legally…

Business and Human Rights

The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crisis

The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, in partnership with the Global Health Academy of the University of Edinburgh and the Advocates for International Development's ROLE UK Programme, has developed a seminal paper on The Rule of Law in Times of Health Crises. The authors, Dr Julinda Beqiraj , Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci and Nyasha Weinberg at the Bingham Centre and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and Dr Luciana Brondi of the Global Health Academy, examine…

COVID-19+1

Part 1: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus

WEBINAR Part 1: Global Legislative Responses to Coronavirus Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location In Partnership with:  The Theory and Practice of Legislation Webinar Series Details This event is the first in a series of three webinars States around the world have struggled to come up with the best legislative…

COVID-19+1

Reimagining the Law 30 June 2020

1. Reduce the number of long hearings Why do we not carry out surveys to see how useful long hearings are at least in some fields - e.g. children cases? Put the papers in front of a judge for one or two days reading and a decision, and see how often the result is significantly different after a wearing and expensive 12-day hearing. For 50 cases (a pretty reasonable sample) it would cost 100 judge-days maximum (as the 12-day trials would happen anyway). The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury…

Reimagining the Law

Virtual Justice in France, UK & US: Status & Challenges of Remote Hearings & Trials

WEBINAR Virtual Justice in France, UK & US: Status & Challenges of Remote Hearings & Trials Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar Virtual Justice in France, UK & US: Status & Challenges of Remote Hearings & Trials Organised in partnership with: Event Details The…

AI and Data Worlds+6

Reimagining the Law 29 June 2020

1. Better trials We should stop trying to avoid hearing cases - especially civil and family - and start trying to do them better. What can best be done on paper, what remotely and what face to face? How best to find the truth? Think flexibly and put the judge in charge! Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC FBA  2. The shape of the law: its accessibility to the user I. Legislation should not only produce the desired legal effect but also be drafted so as to communicate with the user. II. On…

Reimagining the Law

Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19

EVENTS Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar 260620 Collaborative Resolution of Disputes and COVID-19 recording Event Details The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has recently published two Concept Notes on…

Centre for Comparative Law+2

Reimagining the Law 26 June 2020

1. Automated decision making We currently have a range of complaint redress systems, in specific sectors. Post COVID, private and public institutions will increasingly adopt algorithmic or automated decision making. These will give rise to complaints requiring specialist skills beyond sectoral or data knowledge. We need a bespoke system to provide redress for complaints about algorithmic decision making staffed by specialists who can test algorithms' compliance with ethically aligned design…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 25 June 2020

1. Overcoming a destructive legacy At this moment of existential public health, environmental, human rights and socio-economic crisis, it would be useful to critique, innovate and transform international law and governance to overcome the harsh and destructive legacy of empire and colonialism and reconstitute a global governance regime founded on inclusion, solidarity and sustainability. Oonagh Fitzgerald 2. The state as guardian not claims processor Public bodies making decisions about claims…

Reimagining the Law

COVID-19: Impacts on Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking

BIICL is undertaking a project assessing the impacts of COVID-19 on efforts to combat human trafficking around the world. The aims of the project are twofold: to take stock of the gaps COVID-19 has created in anti-human trafficking law and policy, and to propose solutions for how those gaps can be filled in the coming months and years. While early research suggests that COVID-19 will greatly exacerbate vulnerability to human trafficking, financial and other resources allocated to anti-trafficking…

COVID-19+1

Myanmar: Recent Developments in International Law

WEBINAR Myanmar: Recent Developments in International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar Myanmar: Recent Developments in International Law Event details On 23 January 2020, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Myanmar to take immediate measures to prevent the genocide…

Courts and Tribunals

Reimagining the Law 24 June 2020

1. Financial Services Simplify financial services regulation for retail investors by replacing the already much attenuated principle of caveat emptor with caveat vendor, perhaps by imposing a fiduciary standard upon all links of the investment chain, thereby mitigating the consequences of asymmetry of information at the heart of most financial services problems. Howard Jacobs 2.Law firms working collaboratively Rivals, VW and Ford, will share technology and platforms for the next generation…

Reimagining the Law

Joint Development of Seabed Resources in Areas of Overlapping Maritime Claims: An Analysis of Precedents in State Practice

Abstract The known or suspected presence of offshore hydrocarbons not only has prompted coastal states to elaborate expansive claims of maritime jurisdiction but it has also been influential in the efforts of some states to preclude one another from carrying out economic activities, such as oil exploration and exploitation, in the areas of overlapping claims. In the absence of clear and defined boundaries, possible state responses can range from protracted negotiations to unilaterally…

Law of the Sea

Reimagining the Law 23 June 2020

1. Juries Juries should be required to supply written reasons for their verdicts, so that those involved in a case - and an appellate court - can understand the process by which a decision has been reached; see which evidence has been accepted or rejected; and identify whether any material error has occurred. Secret Barrister 2. Let us watch our language and lift our heads. The language of supplicant victims is often applied to international law and international judicial institutions. We…

Reimagining the Law

Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Regulation - A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones

WEBINAR Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Regulation - A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Regulation - A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones       Event Details This is the third…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Reimagining the Law 22 June 2020

1. Legal Aid The civil legal aid system should be decentralised and administered regionally. It should no longer fund by reference to individual cases but should mainly fund organisations and develop their capacity and skills. It should ignore time spent on cases but should measure the benefits of its work to the public. Guy Beringer 2.Due Diligence Act Enact a Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence Act, which requires companies to demonstrate clearly what actions they are taking, enables…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 19 June 2020

1. Appointing Auditors Audit legislation has special requirements for listed companies, but they need strengthening. To remove the conflict between the interest of the auditor in being re-appointed and his duty to perform his task without fear or favour, auditors of these entities should be appointed by the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority, who should also have power to remove them. Bill Knight 2.The legal behemoth Over the last couple of decades, the law has become unmanageable,…

Reimagining the Law

Directions in Legal Education 2020

PARTNER EVENT Directions in Legal Education 2020 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The third conference on teaching & learning in law organized by CUHK LAW. Panels include: Students as Producers; Women in Law; Professionalism and Employability; Law & Technology; Diversity in Legal Education;…

Training

Reimagining the Law 18 June 2020

1. A diverse curriculum Why are the British Empire and transatlantic slavery non-statutory elements of the National Curriculum? Without understanding oppression in our history we are unable to understand it today. Michael Abiodun Olatokun FRSA 2. Law as accountable to the public - Cameras in courtrooms across UK - All trials on weblink and some on a dedicated TV channel(s) - Some with commentary and analysis - Public accountability and understanding enhanced, especially sentencing - Open justice…

Reimagining the Law

Competition Act Exclusion Orders

WEBINAR Competition Act Exclusion Orders Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details This webinar considers the recent Competition Act Exclusion Orders, as it has been recognised universally that cooperation is necessary in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also recognised…

Competition Law

Reimagining the Law 17 June 2020

1. Marginalisation of minority voices Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, told the Today programme it was "unfortunate that a proper democratic decision hadn't been reached about what to do with the statue" in Bristol. No. Attributing the statue's continued presence to misfortune ignores the context in which it remained: the systematic marginalisation of minority voices. Dr Lawrence McNamara 2. Right To Know Increasingly public services are outsourced. Yet FOI doesn't always permit access to…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 16 June 2020

1. Access to the legal profession Covid-19 is disrupting educational progression and will increase the attainment gap for students in disadvantaged situations. Inclusion initiatives aimed at increasing access to the profession should be remodelled, using new tools to reach out virtually to provide work experience, mentoring and support. Christine O'Neill 2. Ethnic Diversity at Board level Given the continued lack of progress in improving ethnic diversity on Boards, is it not time to impose…

Reimagining the Law

HRDD Forum: How to measure the 'effectiveness' of corporate human rights regulation

EVENTS HRDD Forum: How to measure the 'effectiveness' of corporate human rights regulation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event details On 29 April 2020 the European Commission announced a legislative initiative on mandatory due diligence for human rights and environmental impacts, based…

Business and Human Rights

Reimagining the Law 15 June 2020

As June 15th is the anniversary of the Magna Carta, today's ideas focus on contemporary Rule of Law challenges. 1. Make meaningful the Rule of Law's promise of equal protection Magna Carta stands for Equality Before the Law, but ensuring the law protects everyone equally is the Cinderella of Rule of Law principles. To earn the confidence of BAME communities that the Rule of Law is for them, all relevant recommendations should be urgently implemented, starting with Windrush, Lammy, Grenfell…

Reimagining the Law

COVID-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law Seminar

EVENTS COVID-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law Seminar Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by the Chinese University of Hong Kong Supported By the British Institute of International and Comparative Law Event Details The Covid-19 health crisis has implicated discussions about the Sino-US…

BIICL Global+2

Reimagining the Law 12 June 2020

1. London - premier centre for international dispute resolution? London is a thriving hub for dispute resolution between parties from all over the world. Countries like Singapore have sought to emulate London through adopting a very co-ordinated approach. To maintain and enhance its position as a premier centre for international dispute resolution, should London adopt a more cohesive approach? Paula Hodges QC 2. The virtual hearing-A shift away from the art of oral advocacy or a new skillset?…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 11 June 2020

1. The law is a male construct All legal systems should address the gendered nature of law and the inescapable underlying problem that law is a male construct. It was made from a male perspective and drew upon male experience. We still have women facing double sexual standards; courts failing to deal adequately with domestic violence and rape; women's evidence being given less value or requiring corroboration. Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, QC 2. Cuts in legal aid The cuts in legal aid for…

Reimagining the Law

Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes

On 5 May 2020, 23 EU Member States signed an agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties between EU Members (Termination Agreement). The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) hosted a webinar on 1 June 2020 to discuss legal and practical consequences of the Termination Agreement. The webinar featured presentations from representatives of the European Commission, an EU member state, academia and practitioners. This blog post summarizes…

Arbitration+2

POSTPONED: Short Course: Legal Practice in the Digital Age: An Introduction to Data Literacy

EVENTS POSTPONED: Short Course: Legal Practice in the Digital Age: An Introduction to Data Literacy Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details "By 2030, and possibly much sooner, our courts around the world will have been transformed by technologies that have not yet been invented...Today,…

AI and Data Worlds

Reimagining the Law 10 June 2020

1. Stemming the tide Democratic accountability and the rule of law is being weakened by extensive use of secondary legislation, particularly in relation to Covid-19 and Brexit. Parliament has been unable to effect proper scrutiny or stem the tide. Can the judges help without being accused of engaging in politics? Lord Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd KT PC 2. Controlling legal costs of lawyers to assist with access to justice. Many individuals cannot afford a lawyer for personal matters,…

Reimagining the Law

The Ratline: on international crimes and justice

WEBINAR The Ratline: on international crimes and justice  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar  Recording: The Ratline: on international crimes and justice     Event Details Rebecca Abrams talks to Philippe Sands, author of The Ratline With the publication of Philippe…

Courts and Tribunals+2

Reimagining the Law 9 June 2020

1. Criminal Justice System The criminal justice system provides the glue which holds our society together; it provides a mechanism for maintaining minimum standards of behaviour to which everyone must adhere with realistic prospect of sanction for those who do not. That system is in jeopardy. It must be sufficiently valued and funded. Sir Brian Leveson PC Video interviewing of suspects should become the standard. Those not under arrest should be interviewed from their solicitor's office. Those…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 8 June 2020

1. Transparency The Ministry of Justice and HMCTS should adopt a comprehensive published information strategy and a manual with processes and definitions, making clear what is public and what is not. A standard data structure and format for judgments should be adopted. There should be a centralised public database of reporting restrictions. Sir Ross Cranston QC & Jules Winterton 2. Mass production for human consumption The law must now extend its care and concern and, increasingly, its…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 5 June 2020

A Quintet of Parliamentary Reforms 1. House of Lords Reform (Removal of Hereditary Privilege) Act An Act to amend the House of Lords Act 1999 by ending the by-elections which allow 90 hereditary peers in the House of Lords to be replaced, on death or retirement, by other hereditary peers. 2. House of Lords (Removal of Clerical Privilege) Act An Act to end the entitlement of 26 Church of England Bishops to sit in the House of Lords. 3. House of Lords (Cross-Bench Appointments) Act An Act creating…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 4 June 2020

1. Give furlough money to a good cause Is it morally justifiable for City law firms with average partner profits of well over £1m a year to take large amounts of government money in an effort to support those profits in the short term? Many firms have said that they will not furlough staff as they do not believe this is an appropriate use of taxpayers' cash.  Matthew Rhodes 2. Where's the Guidance? A recurring feature of today's regulatory landscape is legislative provision for Ministers…

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law 3 June 2020

1. The spirit of the law How do we restore the centrality of law to people's lives? Can we do this in a way that more appreciate that it is the spirit of the law which matters rather the letter of the law which some, particularly the elite, use to further their own interests or purposes Lord Thomas, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd KT PC 2. Access to justice The use of virtual platforms for participating in and observing court proceedings should be expanded to enable much wider public access, reduce…

Reimagining the Law

Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy: A Business and Human Rights Approach

WEBINAR Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy: A Business and Human Rights Approach Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar Artificial Intelligence and Data Economy: A Business and Human Rights Approach    Event Details This is the second webinar in our series on 'Artificial…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Reimagining the Law 2 June 2020

1. Trial by jury? Defendants should have an extra right- namely, to choose trial by a judge instead of a jury. I have addressed hundreds of juries and believe they usually reach a fair decision, but if prejudice is likely (e.g. by the media against defendants from a particular race or religion), or if the case is likely to be quickly dismissed, why not give defendants this option? It exists in Australia and Canada without damaging respect for trial by jury. Geoffrey Robertson QC Why should…

Reimagining the Law

Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes

WEBINAR Termination of Intra-EU BITs: Legal and Practical Consequences for Pending and Future Disputes Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location  Media Partner Event details 23 Member States of the European Union signed on 5 May 2020 agreement for the termination of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties. This…

Arbitration+3

Reimagining the Law 1 June 2020

1. Freedom of Expression In an era of no-platforming we need to remind people of the importance of freedom of expression and that as Stephen Sedley so accurately said, "Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having" The Rt Hon Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury 2. Global Platform for Online Court Hearings To overcome the access to justice problem (less than 50% of the world's citizens have access to courts) - the UK should develop a standard plug-and-play platform for the conduct, worldwide,…

Reimagining the Law

BIIICL Launches Reimagining The Law

What would you change about the law if you could?  Today BIICL launches a new initiative. Responding to the question what would you change about the law if you could? A range of legal professionals - from practising lawyers to former judges, academics and legal commentators  - have been invited to reimagine an area of the law or of our justice system, and share their thoughts with us. Each day we will be publishing five new ideas under the heading Reimagining The Law  Read…

Reimagining the Law

BIICL Publishes Concept Note 2

"Breathing space" Concept Note 2 on the effect of the 2020 pandemic on commercial contracts Following its recent call for Breathing Space, BIICL has released Concept Note 2  which shows in detail which steps should be taken to minimise the risk of a deluge of disputes and to increase the prospect of constructive outcomes. Concept Note 2 argues, among other things, that the best policy approach in the case of many contracts is for the law: To support negotiated solutions…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

COM study on the Rome II Regulation

European Commission Study on the Rome II Regulation The Study on the Rome II Regulation (EC) 864/2007 on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations, conducted by Prof. Eva Lein, Dr. Sara Migliorini and Constance Bonzé, was published in October 2021 Read the Study   Share LinksProject - Tags The Study conducts a legal analysis and assessment of the practical experiences and problems of interpretation in the application of the Rome II Regulation for…

AI and Data Worlds+2

Sovereign Wealth Funds: Transnational Regulation and Dispute Resolution

The BIICL Investment Treaty Forum in partnership with Withers is delighted to announce the publication of our empirical study on "Sovereign Wealth Funds: Transnational Regulation and Dispute Resolution" With assets under management worth over USD 10 trillion and about 7.8% of all listed equities worldwide under their control, SWFs are among the world's most powerful economic actors. The 20 largest SWFs own 89% of these assets. Despite their significance, the topic of SWFs and dispute…

Arbitration+3

Ideas and Perspectives for a Climate Emergency Bill

On 2nd April 2020 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law convened a webinar entitled 'Ideas and Perspectives for a Climate Emergency Bill: Developing a Toolkit for Legislators to Tackle Climate Change'. The webinar was convened in collaboration with Landmark Chambers and Rights Community Action. The event discussed legal developments in the field of climate change from a comparative perspective, emphasising the legislative solutions developed in the UK, France and…

Centre for International law+1

Investor Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action

EVENTS Investor Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event details As part of the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Alan Turing Institute are working on a project focused on how to ensure…

Rule of Law

POSTPONED: From Spoliated Art Restitution to Colonial Loot Repatriation: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward

EVENTS POSTPONED From Spoliated Art Restitution to Colonial Loot Repatriation: Lessons Learnt and Ways Forward Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                   Event Details This event will explore the challenges associated with the claims for…

Cultural Heritage

COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Governance. A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones

Webinar COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance: A Conversation with Lord Tim Clement-Jones Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the webinar  COVID-19, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Governance. A Conversation with Lord Clement-Jones Read the Joint Committee of Human Rights' report on the…

AI and Data Worlds+1

Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union

   This written evidence has been re-published on the Bingham Centre website with the kind permission of the House of Commons Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union. Executive Summary The key tasks that the Joint Committee and the Specialised Committees need to execute before the end of the transition period are determining the criteria for the functioning of the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, implementing the citizens' rights provisions of the…

European Law

Brexit, Delegated Powers and Delegated Legislation: a Rule of Law Analysis of Parliamentary Scrutiny

Brexit has reopened long running debates over the impact of delegated powers and delegated legislation on Parliament's role in the legislative process. The legislative process in Parliament enables parliamentarians to hold the government to account for proposed changes to the statute book, to amend bills and to decide whether a government bill should be enacted. The government's reliance on delegated powers and delegated legislation to deliver Brexit has raised concerns that parliamentarians…

Brexit+2

Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection

WEBINAR Government response to the pandemic: balancing public health and investment protection Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Media Sponsor Event details As states face difficult choices to protect public health and keep their economies afloat, their treatment of foreign investors in this crisis is yet…

Arbitration+3

Law firms and chambers seminar: Regulatory options for human rights due diligence in the EU and UK: Presentation of two BIICL studies

EVENTS Law firms and chambers seminar: Regulatory options for human rights due diligence in the EU and UK: Presentation of two BIICL studies Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details During 2019, calls for mandatory human rights due diligence laws multiplied across Europe, and businesses…

Business and Human Rights

Rule of Law in Times of Health Crisis

The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law at BIICL will develop a consultancy paper on 'Rule of Law in Times of Health Crisis' on behalf of the A4ID Rule of Law Expertise Programme (ROLE UK). The ROLE UK programme focusses on building long-term partnerships between the UK legal sector and legal actors in developing countries to strengthen the rule of law and facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the paper is to clarify the link between…

COVID-19+1

Business seminar: Presentation of two BIICL studies on human rights due diligence regulatory options in the UK and EU

Events Business seminar: Presentation of two BIICL studies on human rights due diligence regulatory options in the UK and EU Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event details During 2019, calls for mandatory human rights due diligence laws multiplied across Europe, and businesses are increasingly…

Business and Human Rights

PLF Webinar on Product Liability and Emergency Products

EVENTS PLF Webinar on Product Liability and Emergency Products Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The objective of this webinar is to discuss the current regulatory and liability responses to the manufacture of products in the current crisis, including medicines, vaccines, PPE, and…

COVID-19+1

Unity and Diversity in National Understandings of the Rule of Law in the EU (Reconnect deliverable 7.1)

The working paper aims to show that the rule of law is not only one amongst the few overarching constitutional principles that can together be regarded as undergirding all legal systems in Europe, but it is also a constitutional principle whose core meaning is consensual and well-defined.  The paper submits that there is now a broad legal consensus in Europe on the core meaning of this principle, its minimum components, and how it relates to other key values such as democracy and…

European Law

Parliament must legislate on the government’s plans for contact tracing apps

On 4 May the Joint Committee on Human Rights took evidence from the Information Commissioner, academics and the CEO of NHSX on the risks to the right to privacy (Article 8 ECHR) if a contact tracing app is introduced to track and slow the spread of the coronavirus. This is helpful scrutiny of the government's plans. Yet if the government goes ahead with its proposed contact-tracing application it is essential that the processing of large amounts of personal data by the state, even if…

COVID-19

New blog: EU Foreign Direct Investment Screening, Economic Crimes and ISDS

On 30 April 2020, I spoke at a webinar on the interaction between public international law and the EU Investment screening mechanism organised by Maastricht University and the University of Southern Denmark, which was a part of the Common European Law on Investment Screening (CELIS) project. In 2019, the European Union established a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments in Regulation 2019/452. This regulation comes into force the provisions of the Regulation are set to…

Investment and Trade

Meaning and Scope of the EU Rule of Law (Reconnect deliverable 7.2)

The Working Paper addresses the key questions surrounding the meaning and scope of the EU rule of law: primarily whether, and the extent to which, supranational understandings of the rule of law differ, if at all, from the national understandings. The paper also examines the European minimum standards of the rule of law, and whether the EU has promoted or applied different understandings for instrumental reasons. The paper concludes that the rule of law can and should be considered…

European Law

BIICL-led due diligence study basis for European legislative initiative

European Commission will launch a legislative initiative to consider the introduction of mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence Yesterday, on 29 April, EC Commissioner Didier Reynders (DG Justice and Consumers) presented the BIICL-led study on due diligence requirements through the supply chain. During the presentation, it was announced that the European Commission will launch a legislative initiative to consider the introduction of mandatory human rights and environmental…

Business and Human Rights

The U.K. Races to Catch Up on COVID-19

The United Kingdom (U.K.) responded differently than other countries at the start of the coronavirus crisis. The government's initial policy, in hindsight, appears ill thought-through and has already faced growing criticism. The U.K. subsequently took a more orthodox approach—adopting social distancing measures, restricting movement, and ultimately implementing a nationwide lockdown. Read more   Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication -…

COVID-19

UK accession to the 2007 Lugano Convention

On 8 April 2020, the United Kingdom deposited a request for re-accession to the 2007 Lugano Convention as an individual member. According to Art. 72 of the Convention, the UK accession requires the unanimous consent of all contracting parties. While Switzerland, Norway and Iceland have already announced their support, the European Union and Denmark (which is an individual member due to its special status in EU civil justice cooperation) still have to give their explicit consent. The accession…

Brexit+3

BIICL Publishes Concept Note 1

Breathing space - a Concept Note on the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts BIICL has today published a Concept Note on the effects of the pandemic on commercial contracts and legal consideration in mitigating mass defaults. Read the press release  Read more about the Breathing Space Project 

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Coronavirus Amendment Regulations: The Government's dubious response to the 'out out' defence

Maintaining public confidence in the Government's response to the pandemic matters. Trust will drain away if we are not given the full story about amendments to the coronavirus legislation restricting osur movements. The Rule of Law requires full disclosure. The comedian Micky Flanagan has a routine about being 'out out' . The central gag is that he only went 'out' to do a bit of shopping, but was waylaid by a friend and ended up in a nightclub for the evening. But he wasn't properly…

COVID-19

Gian Luca Burci and Philippe Sands Event Report Published

"COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?" If you missed the fascinating discussion between Philippe Sand and Gian Luca Burci at BIICL on the 16th of April there is now a report of the event available. Read the report and download a recording of the webinar here 

COVID-19

Integration of migrants in middle and small cities and in rural areas in Europe

This report on the 'Integration of migrants in middle and small cities and in rural areas in Europe', authored by Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow Jean-Pierre Gauci, was commissioned by the 'Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs of the European Committee of the Regions (CIVEX). This report explores the context in which, and the structures through which, integration measures are implemented and the nature of the actions being undertaken by medium…

Migration

Covid-19: When is a rule not a rule?

There has been some confusion over the extent of the Government's legal powers in the Covid-19 lockdown, and the precise status of a "rule". There is a difference between regulation and legislation. Voermans argues that legislation is the constitutionally authoritative form in which law is made by the state. Regulation is much broader and means any public intervention in a market or in society. Legislation means banning  smoking in enclosed public spaces. Regulation includes the…

COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19 product risks: should Government focus on the manufacturer or the patient?

It was revealed recently that the Government has agreed to cover the legal liabilities of companies developing medical equipment at speed in the fight against COVID-19. In a letter in April 2020 to the Public Accounts Parliamentary Select Committee, Government Minister Michael Gove MP, revealed that the highly unusual step had been taken of indemnifying certain companies which are manufacturing medical equipment such as ventilators against legal risk in case the product causes injury…

COVID-19+1

COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?

The  webinar: 'COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?' held on 16 April 2020 featured a conversation between the award-winning author and international lawyer Philippe Sands QC, and the international health law expert and WHO former legal counsel Gian Luca Burci to explore what may have gone wrong, the lessons to be learned, and future institutional and legal changes needed Project Report This post-event report provides a summary of the discussion…

COVID-19

Parliament reopening will help the Government defeat COVID-19

Parliament's work in scrutinising Government is never more important than in a crisis. Emergencies sound the hour of the executive, where it plays an essential role in coordinating and delivering urgent support; this has certainly been the case with COVID-19, with Ministers granted additional powers to mobilise a rapid response to the lethal danger posed by the virus. While it is clear that special measures are required to cope with this extraordinary situation, it is essential to the Rule…

COVID-19

Extended Deadline: Call for Papers for Teaching International Law Webinar Series

Deadline Extended! BIICL is delighted to be convening a webinar series entitled Teaching International Law. The Organising Committee invites all those engaging with the teaching of international law from around the world to share their experiences and critically reflect on current practices of teaching international law. The aim is to foster reflection and discussion amongst the plurality of actors that teach international law across different contexts, traditions, and perspectives. The deadline…

Training

COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it?

EVENTS COVID-19 and International Law: What went wrong and what can we learn from it? Philippe Sands in conversation with Gian Luca Burci Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event details The adverse effects of the novel COVID-19 pandemic are felt globally, raising questions about the state of international…

COVID-19

Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives

WEBINAR Force Majeure and Hardship in Commercial Contracts: Cross-border and Comparative Perspectives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details The objective of this webinar is to examine the legal consequences of a party's inability to perform a contract due to events outside their…

Comparative Law+4

ISDS FAQ

International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution (Online Course)  Frequently Asked Questions There's no link to pay by card. I do not have a PayPal account, how can I pay? You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay. You can also pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Simply click on pay by PayPal button and then click on 'Pay by Debit or Credit Card'. You can pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. I…

Investment and Trade

Ideas and Perspectives for a Climate Emergency Bill: Developing a Toolkit for Legislators to Tackle Climate Change

WEBINAREE Ideas and Perspectives for a Climate Emergency Bill: Developing a Toolkit for Legislators to Tackle Climate Change Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Recording of the Webinar Webinar: Ideas and Perspectives for a Climate Emergency Bill Sponsored by  Event details In May 2019 the UK parliament…

Climate Change

BIICL Global Development

BIICL establishes partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU) BIICL has now extended its presence in Asia, establishing a partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU). With the Centre for AI and Data Governance, the Centre for Cross Border Commercial Law in Asia, and the Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy, the SMU Law School has significant research commitments in compatible fields of research interest as those which BIICL is prioritising. Professor David…

AI and Data Worlds+2

HRDD Forum: Damage control or opportunity for change?

EVENTS HRDD Forum: Damage control or opportunity for change?: Working with companies after the identification of human rights impacts Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event details As expectations on business to undertake human rights due diligence are mounting, companies, advisers and other…

Business and Human Rights

European Parliament in-depth analysis on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Protection Legislation

This In-Depth Analysis on "Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Protection Legislation", authored by Bert Keirsbilck, Evelyne Terryn, Anaïs Michel (KU Leuven) and Ivano Alogna (BIICL), was commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), in order to provide the Members of the European Parliament with evidence and recommendations for the own-initiative report entitled "Towards a more sustainable…

Climate Change+2

European Parliament in-depth analysis on Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Protection Legislation

This In-Depth Analysis on "Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Protection Legislation", authored by Bert Keirsbilck, Evelyne Terryn, Anaïs Michel (KU Leuven) and Ivano Alogna (BIICL), was commissioned by Policy Department A at the request of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), in order to provide the Members of the European Parliament with evidence and recommendations for the own-initiative report entitled "Towards a more sustainable…

Business and Human Rights+3

New Online Training Course on International Investment Law

Today BIICL begins offering a new online course in international investment law and dispute resolution The course developed by Professor Kryvoi,  Senior Research Fellow in International Economic Law and Director of the Investment Treaty Forum, will enable participants to understand the theory and practice of international investment law and dispute resolution. Participants will develop their own critical appreciation of history and nature of international investment law, the main substantive…

Investment and Trade

Hungary's Coronavirus legislative response: indeterminate powers for an indeterminate period

The UK's legislative response to Covid-19 has been enacted in great haste, and its impact on the Rule of Law will no doubt continue to be debated in the months to come. However, it is clear that the Coronavirus Act 2020 contains some important Rule of Law safeguards. It has a sunset clause , meaning it will expire after 2 years. It allows Parliament the possibility to review  the Act after 6 months. The Secretary of State must lay reports  before Parliament every 2 months…

COVID-19

POSTPONED: Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation

EVENTS POSTPONED: Prosecuting in the public interest: Independence without isolation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event details We are delighted to announce that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Max Hill QC, will deliver a keynote speech on prosecutorial independence on Thursday 26…

Rule of Law

Online Course: International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution

International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution (Online Course) International Investment Law and Dispute Resolution (course trailer) Course details  This course covers the history and the rationale of protection of foreign direct investments, applicable law, the key principles of international investment law and investor-state dispute settlement. Total guided learning time: approximately 18 hours. The course is led by Professor Yarik Kryvoi. Professor…

Investment and Trade

POSTPONED: International and Comparative Law Quarterly Publishing Workshop in association with Cambridge University Press

EVENTS POSTPONED: International and Comparative Law Quarterly Publishing Workshop in association with Cambridge University Press Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by                 Event Details This workshop is aimed at those starting out in an academic…

ICLQ

Coronavirus Bill: A Rule of Law Analysis (Supplementary Report - House of Lords)

The Coronavirus Bill is a response to a genuine public health emergency and contains the most sweeping powers ever taken by the UK Government outside of wartime.  There is absolutely no doubt that the Government needs to take swift and bold measures to protect citizens, and that some of these measures will unavoidably impinge upon personal liberties in a drastic way. The role of Parliament in scrutinising these measures is even more important during an emergency. Neither law nor…

COVID-19+1

Empirical Study: Corporate Restructuring and Investment Treaty Protections

BIICL and Baker McKenzie present the first comprehensive empirical study on corporate restructuring and investment treaty protections. The study examines all publicly available decisions of investor-state tribunals dealing with issues of corporate structuring and restructuring. Facilitating the consistency and correctness of decisions remains an important concern for states including with regards to divergent interpretations relating to jurisdiction and admissibility. The UNCITRAL working…

Arbitration+3

BIICL and Baker McKenzie Announce New Study

New Empirical Study: Corporate Restructuring and Investment Treaty Protections Today BIICL and Baker McKenzie published the first comprehensive empirical study on corporate restructuring and investment treaty protections. The study examines all publicly available decisions of investor-state tribunals dealing with issues of corporate structuring and restructuring. Facilitating the consistency and correctness of decisions remains an important concern for states including with regards to divergent…

Arbitration+1

Empirical Study: Corporate Restructuring and Investment Treaty Protections

BIICL and Baker McKenzie present the first comprehensive empirical study on corporate restructuring and investment treaty protections. The study examines all publicly available decisions of investor-state tribunals dealing with issues of corporate structuring and restructuring. Facilitating the consistency and correctness of decisions remains an important concern for states including with regards to divergent interpretations relating to jurisdiction and admissibility. The UNCITRAL working…

Arbitration+1

Rule of Law Monitoring of Legislation - Coronavirus Bill

The Coronavirus Bill is a response to a genuine public health emergency and contains the most sweeping powers ever taken by the UK Government outside of wartime.  There is absolutely no doubt that the Government needs to take swift and bold measures to protect citizens, and that some of these measures will unavoidably impinge upon personal liberties in a drastic way. The role of Parliament in scrutinising these measures is even more important during an emergency. Neither law nor…

COVID-19+1

New Blog: The Future of the United Kingdom Investment Policy after Brexit

On 25 February 2020, BIICL convened an Investment Treaty Forum event to discuss the investment policy of the United Kingdom following its exit from the European Union. The UK is getting ready to deliver on the ambitious promise to conclude new trade agreements with various countries around the world. Although the European Union rules did not prevent the United Kingdom from concluding its own international investment agreements consistent with EU law, the British government preferred…

Courts and Tribunals+1

Does law fall silent in the war against Covid-19?

The UK's Prime Minister yesterday joined other international leaders in declaring "war " on the invisible enemy, Covid-19. In a public emergency, the Government is quite right to use emergency powers to protect the public.  Coronavirus is a genuine public health emergency, not a legal or political crisis. The primary focus of the Government's response is, rightly, on public health, medical evidence and scientific research. Lawyers are not doctors and aren't qualified to give medical advice…

COVID-19

Expert Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action

EVENTS Expert Roundtable: Modern Slavery Data for Investor Action Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and the Alan Turing Institute are working on a project focused on how to ensure investors and asset managers have access to high-quality, accurate…

Rule of Law

BIICL Coronavirus Update

In the context of the coronavirus outbreak, BIICL staff have been recommended to work from home until further notice, taking the health and welfare of our workforce and community is the best approach at this point.We aim to host some of our events online; others will be postponed until it is safe to re-schedule. Otherwise we will continue to deliver our work as normally as possible. We will post updates on the re-scheduling of events as it develops on the event webpage and here as a news item.…

COVID-19

The EU-UK Future Relationship and the Rule of Law

Executive Summary The EU and the UK have begun negotiating their future relationship. The two sides disagree over the structure of the agreement(s), the legal form of any commitments to maintain common standards, and dispute resolution. Each of these disagreements highlights the unprecedented nature of these negotiations: this is the first time the EU has negotiated an international agreement with a state after it has withdrawn from the EU through Article 50 TEU . The condensed timetable…

Brexit+2

Climate Change Event Report published

The Event Climate Change Litigation: Comparative and International Perspectives' held on 16 January 2020 event discussed legal developments in the field of climate change from a comparative and international perspective. The event was comprised of two panels, the first on 'Climate Change Litigation before Domestic Courts', and the second on 'Climate Change Litigation at the International Level'. The panellists included academics and legal practitioners, many of whom were, or are currently,…

Climate Change

Foreign Investment Policy in Asia: Liberalization, Facilitation and Screening

EVENTS Foreign Investment Policy in Asia: Liberalization, Facilitation and Screening Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with: Dhurakij Pundit University and Nagoya University  Event Details This event co-organised with Dhurakij Pundit University and Nagoya University will…

Arbitration+2

Zimbabwe - Living on the edge

The Mike Campbell Foundation and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Presents: "Zimbabwe - Living on the edge" Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by the Bingham Centre and the Mike Campbell Foundation Event Details Living on the edge, without rule of law, is unimaginable to most people in the…

Rule of Law

Divergence and alignment: The Rule of Law implications of the future relationship with the EU

EVENTS Divergence and alignment: The Rule of Law implications of the future relationship with the EU Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details On Tuesday 25 February the EU published their negotiating directives for the future relationship following adoption by the Member States in…

Brexit+2

Human Rights Education 4 All: A Roundtable

EVENTS Human Rights Education 4 All: A Roundtable Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details On March 9th 2020 the Bingham Centre will host a meeting of the Human Rights Education 4 All Alliance. The Group has been working on producing consultation responses to government inquiries,…

Rule of Law

Climate Change Litigation: Comparative and International Perspectives

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law held the event 'Climate Change Litigation: Comparative and International Perspectives' on 16 January 2020, as part of the Arthur Watts Seminar Series in Public International Law funded by Volterra Fietta. The event discussed legal developments in the field of climate change from a comparative and international perspective. It was comprised of two panels, the first on 'Climate Change Litigation before Domestic Courts', and the…

Climate Change

Human Rights Due Diligence Forum Events

HRDD Forum Events Events and conferences  The Forum is a membership-based group, bringing together some of the most expert and experienced lawyers working in the field. The Forum organises around 3-4 Roundtables a year involving thematic discussions on business and human rights related topics as they relate to legal practitioners. On occasion, external speakers may be invited to present on certain topics. In addition to the member-only events, there will be one public…

Business and Human Rights

Corporate Restructuring: Managing Investment Risks through Treaty Protections

EVENTS Corporate Restructuring: Managing Investment Risks through Treaty Protections Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in conjunction with Event details BIICL, in conjunction with Baker McKenzie, is delighted to present the first comprehensive empirical study on the permissibility of strategic…

Investment and Trade

BIICL Trustee joins Royal Society of Edinburgh

    BIICL offers its congratulations to our trustee, Professor Malik Dahlan from Queen Mary's Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) who was this week named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The new Fellows of the society comprise leading thinkers and experts from Scotland and around the world, whose work has had a significant impact on the country. Professor Malik Dahlan is one of 64 new Fellows  by the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and was nominated for…

Governance

Bringing claims for mass data-breaches

EVENTS Bringing claims for mass data-breaches Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details In light of increasingly high-profile cases concerning remedies for data breaches, this event will consider the different perspectives on accountability for mass data-breaches. Convened by the British…

Collective Redress+3

ICLQ Annual Lecture 2020

EVENTS ICLQ Annual Lecture 2020 Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details The Annual ICLQ Lecture this year will be based on the paper 'Modern Slavery: Uncovering and Bridging the Gap'  by Professor Philippa Webb and Dr Rosana Garciandia, both of King's College London. The article examines…

ICLQ

The Correspondence of Frederick Alexander Mann (1907–1991)

F.A. Mann (1907-1991), a German born and educated lawyer, fled racial persecution in 1933, took home in London and became one of the best known solicitors and legal scholars of his generation.  The present stock-taking of his voluminous surviving correspondence shows Mann as a prolific networker and provides fascinating insights behind the scenes on how judges and legislators make law, and how legal practitioners and academics shape this development. Mann's testimony as contemporary…

Arbitration+5

New empirical research on Intellectual Property litigation and launch of Platform regulation project

EVENTS AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre: New empirical research on Intellectual Property litigation and Platform regulation Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Organised by Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC)  This conference is co-hosted by BIICL and CREATe, the UK Copyright and…

AI and Data Worlds

UK Investment Protection Policy Post-Brexit

EVENTS UK Investment Protection Policy Post-Brexit Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with Event details Following its official exit from the European Union on 31 January 2020, the UK is gearing up to launch an aggressive trade negotiation strategy with State partners around the…

Investment and Trade

European Commission study on due diligence in supply chains published

Today a study for the European Commission by BIICL, Civic Consulting and LSE Consulting was published by the European Commission. The study focused on due diligence requirements to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for abuses of human rights, including the rights of the child and fundamental freedoms, serious bodily injury or health risks, environmental damage, including with respect to climate. Through desk research, country analyses, interviews and surveys the study identifies Market…

Business and Human Rights

European Commission study on due diligence in supply chains

This study for the European Commission focuses on due diligence requirements to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for abuses of human rights, including the rights of the child and fundamental freedoms, serious bodily injury or health risks, environmental damage, including with respect to climate. The study was conducted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (lead), Civic Consulting  and LSE Consulting. Through desk research, country analyses, interviews…

Business and Human Rights

Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Where are we and where to next?

EVENTS Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction: Where are we and where to next? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with Event Details    On the 24 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly decided to convene an Intergovernmental Conference to develop the text…

Climate Change+1

Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East

EVENTS Law, Culture and Human Rights in Asia and the Middle East Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by          Event Details The 4th Annual International Conference of the Asian Yearbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, jointly organised by the British Institute for International and Comparative…

Cultural Heritage+1

A UK failure to prevent mechanism for corporate human rights harms: Is it legally feasible?

EVENTS A UK failure to prevent mechanism for corporate human rights harms: Is it legally feasible? e? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details In March 2017, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights released a report on business and human rights in which it proposed the introduction of a…

Business and Human Rights

New BIICL Report Looks at Preventing Human Rights Harms

Report explores the legal feasibility of introducing a corporate duty to prevent human rights harms. Today BIICL in partnership with Hogan Lovells and Quinn Emmanuel launches a new report entitled 'A UK Failure to Prevent Mechanism for Corporate Human Rights Harms'.  Key findings include: The majority of companies surveyed indicated that existing law does not provide business with sufficient legal certainty about which procedures are required to avoid legal risks for human rights abuses.…

Business and Human Rights

A UK Failure to Prevent Mechanism for Corporate Human Rights Harms

As developments around mandatory human rights due diligence laws are taking place rapidly across Europe, this report considers the legal feasibility of introducing into UK law a corporate duty to prevent human rights harms. In 2010, the UK Bribery Act introduced an offence if a company fails to prevent bribery. In 2017, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights proposed that this model could be used for corporate human rights abuses. The report considers whether and how the legal elements…

Business and Human Rights

Rule of Law Measurement: Uses and Users

EVENTS Rule of Law Measurement: Uses and Users Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location        Event Details Hosted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in collaboration with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford this event is focused on thinking about how better…

Rule of Law

Short Course: Business and Human Rights

EVENTS Short Course: Business and Human Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location       Event Details Business and human rights is an area of international human rights law in continuous development at the international and national levels. On successful completion of BIICL's Business and Human…

Business and Human Rights

BIICL launches new MOOC: Citizenship and the Rule of Law

Today BIICL and the Bingham Centre are proud to announce the launch of an exciting course: 'Citizenship and the Rule of Law' This six-week course communicates our expertise in human rights, rule of law and international law through video lectures, articles, assessments and discussion forums. The initiative is aimed at lawyers, campaigners and students interested in learning more about the practical requirements of the Rule of Law and its application to everyday situations. The course is the…

Training

Is the rule of law too vague a notion to be monitored and enforced by the EU against backsliding Member States?

EVENTS Is the rule of law too vague a notion to be monitored and enforced by the EU against backsliding Member States? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with  Event Details The rule of law is considered as a driver of legitimacy in the EU and the Member States. However, its…

European Law+1

Arbitration & Asia: Opportunities & Challenges

EVENTS Arbitration & Asia: Opportunities and Challenges Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location BIICL is a proud supporting organisation of this event co-organised by Fandga Partners and Three Crowns LLP and hosted by 39 Essex Chambers. Event Details As Asia's prominence in international dispute…

Arbitration+1

New Publication: Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict

Today we are pleased to announce the release of the second edition of Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict: An International Law Handbook. The publication is the result of the collaborative project between BIICL and Education Above All Foundation (EAA) through its Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC)   programme. The second edition, fully updated with the recent legal developments and relevant case-law, provides a comprehensive overview of current…

Human Rights and IHL

Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict: An International Law Handbook (Second Edition).

Protecting Education in Insecurity and Armed Conflict: An International Law Handbook (Second Edition).  This Handbook is a practical and comprehensive guide to the relevant provisions of international law that protect education in situations of insecurity and armed conflict. Published in January 2020 this is the Second Edition of the Handbook, with the first one having been published in 2012. The Handbook was authored by BIICL, in cooperation with Protect Education in Insecurity…

Centre for International law+1

Course: Comparative Business Law

EVENTS Course: Comparative Business Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with: Event Details BIICL is working with ESCP Europe Business School on this 30 hour course on Comparative Business Law. Taught by BIICL and ESCP staff and legal practitioners, the course provides an excellent…

Arbitration+2

Understanding Assignments: English, comparative and private international law

EVENTS Understanding Assignments: English, Comparative and Private International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The law of equitable assignment within English law simulates the effects of what would be termed 'assignment' in Civilian jurisdictions. Based on the work…

Comparative Law

BIICL / IADC Meeting: Toxic Torts & Emerging risks

EVENTS BIICL/IADC Meeting: Toxic Torts & Emerging risks Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised by the IADC and the BIICL Product Liability Forum  Event Details This seminar will focus on current litigation & regulatory patterns in respect of toxic torts and related risks around…

Product Liability Law

Climate Change Litigation: Comparative and International Perspectives

EVENTS Climate Change Litigation: Comparative and International Perspectives Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Part of the Arthur Watts Seminar Series Sponsored by Event Details Climate change litigation is increasingly being used as a tool to pressure governments to adopt more ambitious climate policies based…

Climate Change

Bilingualism in law in practice: the experience of Belarus and the United Kingdom

EVENTS Bilingualism in law in practice: the experience of Belarus and the United Kingdom Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by: The British Embassy in Minsk Co-organised in partnership with: The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Event details Both the United Kingdom and Belarus have more than…

Cultural Heritage

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill and the Rule of Law

The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (WAB) is a Bill of paramount constitutional importance. The aim of this report is to examine a number of Rule of Law issues raised by the WAB. This report uses the Rule of Law checklist adopted by the Venice Commission in 2016 to inform its analysis of the WAB. These Rule of Law standards provide a guide to the core elements of the Rule of Law, for which consensus can be found amongst the 47 States of the Council of Europe. The Venice Commission's…

Brexit+2

The United Nations Convention against Corruption and International Investment Law

EVENTSed Nations Convention against Corruption and International Investment Law The United Nations Convention against Corruption and International Investment Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with Event Details With over 180 State parties the United Nations Convention against…

Investment and Trade

New Security Threats and the Future of Economic Globalization

A multi-year project with the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University (Japan)  to explore New Security Threats and the Future of Economic Globalization. This inter-disciplinary (law and political science) research project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  will explore the increasing tension between economic globalization and security issues. Share LinksProject - Tags It will examine whether the current trade…

AI and Data Worlds+1

BIICL to Explore New Security Threats and the Future of Economic Globalization

Today BIICL announced a new multi-year project with the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University (Japan) to explore New Security Threats and the Future of Economic Globalization. The inter-disciplinary (law and political science) research project funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science  will explore the increasing tension between economic globalization and security issues. It will examine whether the current trade and investment liberalisation…

Investment and Trade

International Law, Force and Coercion in the South China Sea

L Buszynski and D T Hai (eds) THE SOUTH CHINA SEA: FROM A REGIONAL MARITIME DISPUTE TO GEO-STRATEGIC COMPETITION (Routledge Security in Asia Pacific Series 2019) pp.169-182). This chapter combines an examination of international jurisprudence and state practice in addressing three separate legal issues that have arisen in the context of disputes over territory with a special focus on the South China Sea: (1) the applicability of the rules on the use of force to territorial disputes; (2)…

Law of the Sea

HRDD Fourm: The interaction between investment disputes and human rights due diligence

EVENTS HRDD Forum: The interaction between investment disputes and human rights due diligence Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location       Event Details Following recent regulatory decisions aimed at reaching climate change targets, states such as the Netherlands, Germany and the EU are facing investment…

Business and Human Rights

International Commercial Arbitration- The View from the Commonwealth Ecosystem

EVENTS International Commercial Arbitration - The View from the Commonwealth Ecosystem Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with          Media Partner Event Details The Commonwealth study into international commercial arbitration provides the rare opportunity…

Arbitration

Blog: The interaction between investment disputes and human rights due diligence

On 4 December 2019, the newly-established Human Rights Due Diligence Forum of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law convened its first meeting. The topic was the interaction between investment disputes and human rights due diligence. The main focus of the meeting was on the implications of newly adopted or proposed laws on human rights due diligence. Such laws essentially place the responsibility of prevention of human rights violations on multinational enterprises,…

Business and Human Rights+1

ICLQ Announces 2020 Annual Lecture and Young Scholar Prize Winner

ICLQ Announces 2020 Annual Lecture and Young Scholar Prize Winner Each year the Editorial Board of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly selects one of the best papers of the previous 12 months for presentation at BIICL in London as a lecture. We are delighted to announce that the Annual ICLQ Lecture this year will be given by Professor Philippa Webb and Dr Rosana Garciandia, both of Kings College London, based on their article published in Vol 68(3)   "State Responsibility…

ICLQ

Empirical study: Provisional measures in investor‑state arbitration

BIICL and White & Case complete a research project on provisional measures in investment arbitration. On 27 November BIICL and White & Case presented the first comprehensive empirical study on provisional measures in investment treaty arbitration. The study examines over a hundred decisions and orders rendered by ICSID, UNCITRAL and other investor-state tribunals. It offers a unique insight into how international tribunals treat applications for provisional measures. Over the…

Arbitration+1

Short Course: Public International Law in Practice (November 2019)

EVENTS Short Course: Public International Law in Practice  Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details Short Course Public International Law in Practice offers a dynamic introduction into applied public international law from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.…

Arbitration+6

ITF Meeting: Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration

EVENTS ITF Meeting: Provisional Measures in Investor-State Arbitration Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location  Co-organised in partnership with: Event Details BIICL, in conjunction with White & Case, is delighted to present the first comprehensive empirical study on provisional measures in investment treaty arbitration. The…

Arbitration

Empirical Study: Provisional measures in investor‑state arbitration

BIICL and White & Case complete a research project on provisional measures in investment arbitration On 27 November BIICL and White & Case presented the first comprehensive empirical study on provisional measures in investment treaty arbitration. The study examines over a hundred decisions and orders rendered by ICSID, UNCITRAL and other investor-state tribunals. It offers a unique insight into how international tribunals treat applications for provisional measures. Over the past…

Arbitration

42nd FA Mann Lecture: Preserving the Rule of Law in the Age of Trump

EVENTS 42nd FA Mann Lecture: Preserving the rule of law in the age of Trump Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details Chair Sir Christopher Greenwood GBE CMG QC Speaker Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School Professor Koh will be speaking on the topic…

Rule of Law

Offshore methane hydrates in Japan: Research Report published

Dr Constantinos Yiallourides has recently completed a 14 months-long research project in Tokyo, Japan. The project examined the potential prospects and benefits from the commercial development of offshore methane hydrates in Japan and whether existing legal frameworks are sufficiently robust to address the foreseeable environmental risks posed by methane hydrate exploration and exploitation operations in Japan and beyond.  The project investigated how methane hydrates fit within Japan's…

Climate Change+1

Is antitrust still fit for purpose in a digital age?

EVENTS Is antitrust still fit for purpose in a digital age? Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details The digital space is top of mind for antitrust authorities globally and one central question is whether existing antitrust law and enforcement practice remains fit for purpose. The roundtable…

Competition Law

Fisheries after Brexit

EVENTS Fisheries after Brexit Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details As a result of Brexit, a new fisheries regime or regimes governing the UK exclusive economic area will need to be devised in the context of a UK constitutional arrangement whereby fisheries management has been transferred to the four devolved…

Brexit+1

Small States, International Law and the Realisation of Rights

EVENTS Conference: Small States, International Law and the Realisation of Rights Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised in partnership with Event Details The conference will examine how Small States influence international law and global decision-making, including a review of the common challenges faced and a comparative…

International Litigation

Short Course: Cross-border Dispute Resolution

EVENTS Short Course: Cross-border Dispute Resolution Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details This three-day programme is focused on current developments and strategies in cross-border dispute resolution. Cross-border dispute resolution is a part of the practice of almost every commercial…

Comparative Law+1

Challenges of Arbitration in Asia

EVENTS Challenges of Arbitration in Asia Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details This event focuses on recent developments of arbitration in Asia. Weixia Gu, University of Hong Kong, will highlight current issues that arise in arbitration from an Asian perspective, and present an inter-jurisdiction…

Arbitration

Blog: Counterclaims in investor-state disputes: time for the system to change?

At a packed BIICL event on 6 November 2020, we discussed counterclaims in investor-state disputes. DLA Piper and the Investment Treaty Forum brought together an excellent panel to discuss the complexities of asserting counterclaims, including jurisdictional, substantive and enforcement aspects of it: Michael Ostrove, David Herlihy, Alison Macdonald and Dainis Pudelis from the State Chancellery of the Republic of Latvia. Although I was not one of the event's main speakers, I have been…

Arbitration+1

ITF Meeting: Counterclaims in Investor-State Arbitration

EVENTS ITF Meeting: Counterclaims in Investor-State Arbitration Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with: Event Details As the system of investor-state disputes is criticised by some as biased in favour of investors. One aspect of this bias is that many investment treaties only place obligations on the host State to…

Arbitration

'The future of Europe' conference (Bucharest)

EVENTS 'The future of Europe' conference (Bucharest) former recently taking measures to protect judges from political influence. Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details Rule of Law backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe remains worrisome. Recently, the Venice Commission expressed serious…

European Law+1

Blog: Appointment of International Judges and Arbitrators: Perspectives from Different Institutions

On 18 October 2019, we put together a joint BIICL/University of Liverpool event on the appointment of international judges and arbitrators. The idea was to look at common trends and divergences between various international courts and tribunals with a particular focus on legitimacy and the rule of law. Diversity as legitimacy I presented my views on the split between the public and private adjudication and how it may undermine the legitimacy of various institutions. For instance, the…

Arbitration+1

Appointment of International Judges and Arbitrators: Legality, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law

EVENTS Appointment of International Judges and Arbitrators: Legality, Legitimacy and the Rule of Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Co-organised with International Law and Human Rights Unit  Event Details The backgrounds and professional qualifications of judges have become salient and contested issues…

Arbitration+1

Blog: Valuation of damages in investment disputes - conference takeaways

On 18 October 2019, we organised a conference on the valuation of damages in international investment law. This topic is far from being theoretical as slight differences in the methodology of calculation of damages can lead to giant differences in sums awarded. For example, in the controversial Tethyan v. Pakistan case earlier this year, Pakistan was ordered to pay nearly US$6 billion as compensation when one of its provinces denied a mining licence. The ICSID tribunal used a "modern…

Investment and Trade

Thirty Third ITF Public Conference: Valuation of Damages in International Investment Law

EVENTS Thirty Third ITF Public Conference: Valuation of Damages in International Investment Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Lunch sponsored by                                          Media Sponsor Event Details…

Investment and Trade

PLF Meeting: Domestic Appliances and Product Liability

EVENTS PLF Meeting: Domestic Appliances and Product Liability Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Speakers include: Pierre Chalançon, APPLiA (Home Appliance Europe ) and Vorwerk & Co, who will discuss the current regulatory & litigation environment for white goods, as well as the impact…

Comparative Law

State Aid and Tax – Two ECJ landmark rulings

EVENTS State Aid and Tax - Two landmark rulings from the General Court Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location      Event Details On September 24 the General Court announced the decisions on the appeals brought by the Netherlands and Luxembourg governments regarding the Commission's decisions on Starbucks and Fiat. The…

Competition Law

No Deal Brexit, Business and the Rule of Law

The profound changes that would accompany a No Deal Brexit will transform the legal environment in which business operates, from changing the terms of trade relationships in Europe, to the structure of regulation and the content of laws.  This paper explores the consequences for the Rule of Law for Business from these changes, by drawing on the perspectives of experts from the Bingham Centre's business network and other Brexit experts. Our interviews revealed that the search for…

Brexit+2

External Event: The London Conference on International Law

EVENTS External Event: The London Conference on International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location    Event Details The London Conference on International Law will bring together international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders, and other stakeholders to see how States…

International Law+1

Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

The outputs of this project are available here. BIICL is delighted to be undertaking a large scale project on determinants of anti-trafficking policies around the world. The overall goal of the project is to improve national governments' anti-trafficking efforts.  It will assess the links and sequencing of specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons and which have led to sustained and comprehensive…

Human Rights and IHL+1

New Project launch: Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

BIICL is delighted to announce the launch of a new project entitled: Determinants of Anti-Trafficking Efforts.  The project, which is funded by the United States Government, assesses the links and sequencing of specific factors that have yielded improved political will and capacity in national governments to address trafficking in persons and which have led to sustained and comprehensive anti-trafficking efforts. It seeks to answer the practical question asked by anti-trafficking actors…

Migration

Offshore Methane Hydrates in Japan: Prospects, Challenges and the Law

Offshore Methane Hydrates in Japan: Prospects, Challenges and the Law Working Paper, September 2019 Authors: Constantinos Yiallourides & Roy Andrew Partain Report Summary This report provides a background to the science and engineering of Japan's offshore methane hydrates, on the place of the natural gas produced from those hydrates in Japan's overall energy policies, and how Japan might best legally prepare for the onset of natural gas production from those offshore hydrate assets.…

Climate Change+1

Representing Interests of States in International Courts and Tribunals

EVENTS Representing Interests of States in International Courts and Tribunals Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location       Event Details This joint event of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Belarusian State University will focus on complexities of representing the…

Investment and Trade

ISDS@Singapore Public Conference: Dimensions of Legitimacy in Investor-State Dispute Settlement

EVENTS ISDS@Singapore Public Conference: Dimensions of Legitimacy in Investor-State Dispute Settlement Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details The landscape of investor-State dispute settlement is changing. In 2017, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law conferred a broad mandate on Working Group III to…

Investment and Trade

Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture

EVENTS Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture g Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location     Event Details The Sixth Annual Bingham Lecture: 'Process of Discovery: What Brexit has taught us (so far) about Parliament, Politics and the UK Constitution' Delivered by The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons    …

Brexit+1

UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: Human Rights Due Diligence and Corporate Liability

EVENTS UNGPs in Legal Practice Roundtable Series: Human Rights Due Diligence and Corporate Liability Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Event Details In the sixth roundtable of our UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Legal Practice Roundtable series, we will explore the links between human rights due diligence…

Business and Human Rights

New workshop report: The Human Right to Access and Enjoy Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom

On the 31st of May 2018, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted a workshop  on the human right to access to, and enjoyment of, cultural heritage in the United Kingdom (UK), which was moderated by Kristin Hausler (Dorset Senior Fellow). This workshop was organised as part of HEURIGHT, a research project on Cultural Heritage in the European Union, in relation to which an edited volume was published by Brill Nijhoff in 2019. While there is no right to cultural…

Cultural Heritage

The Human Right to Access and Enjoy Cultural Heritage in the United Kingdom

On the 31 May 2018, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law hosted a workshop on the human right to access to, and enjoyment of, cultural heritage in the United Kingdom (UK), which was moderated by Kristin Hausler (Dorset Senior Fellow). This workshop was organised as part of HEURIGHT, a research project on Cultural Heritage in the European Union, in relation to which an edited volume was published by Brill Nijhoff in 2019. While there is no right to cultural…

Cultural Heritage

The EU Engagement in International Migration Policies

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM): The EU Engagement in International Migration Policies' Book chapter in R Wessel and J Odermatt, Research Handbook on the European Union and International Organizations (Edgar Elgar 2019) Over the years, the European Union has developed relationships with other international institutions, mainly as a result of its increasingly active role as a global actor and the transfer of competences…

European Law+2

Migrant integration survey

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Migration

GCM Ind: Obj 10:Prevent, combat and eradicate trafficking in persons in the context of Int Migration

Blog post written by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci and Francesca Romana Partipilo (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) and forms part of a series of blog posts examining the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Read the Blog 

Migration

Can Regulatory Freedom Justify Indirect Expropriation in Investment Arbitration?

Can Regulatory Freedom Justify Indirect Expropriation in Investment Arbitration? Blog by Yarik Kryvoi, and Lizaveta Trakhalina Kluwer Arbitration Blog 10/08/19 Read the Blog 

Arbitration

Solidarity "A La Carte": The EU's Response to Boat Migration

Solidarity "A La Carte": The EU's Response to Boat Migration Blog by Jean-Pierre Gauci Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law Eleni Karageorgiou,Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Law at Lund University and Researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Opionio Juris 09/08/19 Read the Blog 

Migration

BIICL Announce Hong Kong Partnership

BIICL is delighted to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Under the MoU, BIICL and CUHK will cooperate in knowledge creation and exchange in various fields of law, such as international and comparative law. In addition, both parties will co-organise events and develop professional training and continuing professional development across the legal, governmental and non-governmental communities in Hong Kong and Asia.…

BIICL Global+1

BIICL Trustee announced as president of the Supreme Court

Lord Reed to succeed Baroness Hale It was announced today that the Rt Hon Lord Reed will succeed Baroness Hale of Richmond as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, alongside three additional appointments as Justices. The Queen has been pleased to confer a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Lord Reed upon his appointment as the President of the Supreme Court in recognition of the contribution that he has made to law and justice reform. Lord Reed will replace Lady Hale…

Governance

GCM Indicators: Objective 9: Strengthen the transational response to smuggling of migrants

GCM Indicators: Objective 9: Strengthen the transational response to smuggling of migrants Blog post written by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci and Francesca Romana Partipilo (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) and forms part of a series of blog posts examining the implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Read the blog 

Migration

International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections

Time: 14.15-18.15 (registration from 14.00) Venue: Chinese University of Hong Kong, Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower12, Harcourt Road, Hong Kong In collaboration with The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are hosting an inaugural seminar to celebrate the launch of BIICL's first Asian based office. 14:15 Opening remarks by Professor Christopher Gane, Dean of Law, CUHK 14:30 Speech by Professor Rocky Tuan, Vice-Chancellor,…

Hong Kong

Centre for International Law

Centre for International Law International law, with its set of rules established through treaty or custom, is the key to stable international relations, collective security, and sustainable development. When international law is not respected, growing insecurity and inequalities, as well as attacks on the rule of law, become the norm. Following decades of efforts to expand the reach and content of international law through multilateralism, international law is now challenged…

International Law

Competition Law Forum

Competition Law Forum Overview The Competition Law Forum is a centre of excellence for European competition and antitrust policy and law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. It provides a forum in which the practical application of competition policy is considered by lawyers, economists, senior business managers, public servants, public affairs professionals, consumer bodies and other specialist practitioners.  The Forum identifies areas requiring…

Competition Law

Assistance to States in Investment Treaty Matters

Assistance to States in Investment Treaty Matters   The Investment Treaty Forum is pleased to facilitate assistance to States when reforming their domestic laws and international treaties, negotiating international agreements or when faced with an investment dispute. Given that the Forum has been established with a view to facilitating discussion amongst lawyers, policy advisers, academics, government officials and other specialist practitioners, it is in a strong position…

Arbitration+1

Herbert Smith Freehills Project Series

New Specialist Commercial Courts - Changing Dispute Resolution post Brexit? (2019/2020) Overview With support of Herbert Smith Freehills, the Center of Comparative Law is working on the project "New Specialist Commercial Courts - Changing Dispute Resolution post Brexit?" The project looks at the newly established Commercial Courts (CCs) in Europe and their possible impact on the European market for litigation. Legislative initiatives to create Commercial Courts have been put forward in…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Prime Minister announces new Modern Slavery Centre to be led by the Bingham Centre

Prime Minister announces new Modern Slavery Centre to be led by the Bingham Centre The Prime Minister has today announced the investment of £10 million of public funding from UK Research and Innovation's Strategic Priorities Fund to create an ambitious new Policy and Evidence Centre on Modern Slavery and Human Rights. The Centre's job will be to bring about a step change in our understanding of modern slavery and to transform the effectiveness of the legal and policy framework which is designed…

Human Rights and IHL

The Right to Cultural Heritage - Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union (HEURIGHT14).

In June 2015, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, BIICL was awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a three-year project on 'The Right to Cultural Heritage - Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union' (HEURIGHT). This project investigates how human rights guarantees in relation to cultural heritage are being understood and implemented within the EU and by the EU as part of its external action. It focuses…

Cultural Heritage

The 58th London-Leiden Conference: The European Union and International Law

Time: 09.30-17.30 (registration from 09.00) Venue: King's College London, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG Sponsored by Now in its 58th year, this year's London-Leiden conference will discuss the role of the European Union in the broader international law framework. Article 3(5) of the Treaty on the European Union, requires the Union to contribute to the strict observance and development of international law. In this conference, we will explore whether and how the European Union is…

European Law

CLF Lunch seminar on digital platforms and other pressing antitrust issues

Time: 12:00-13:30 (registration from 11:30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP On the antitrust field, platform power continues to be in the spotlight. The Bundeskartellamt's decision against Facebook and the European Commission's interventions against Google brings some interesting views on how to deal with cases within the digital space. How will political change in Europe - if any - affect trans-Atlantic views…

Competition Law

European State Aid and Tax Rulings

European State Aid and Tax Rulings This book investigates whether the European Commission (EC) has the mandate to legislate on direct taxation in sovereign states and ultimately questions whether the EC's enforcement action in recent tax ruling cases, in the area of state aid, respects the rule of law. Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

Competition Law

Excellent ICLQ Performance in 2018 Impact Factor

Our journal, The International and Comparative Law Quarterly, is now the top-ranked peer-reviewed international law journal according to Journal Citation Reports (Web of Science Group, 2019) 2018 2-year Impact Factors announced yesterday. The ICLQ is now placed 30th out of all 148 law journals in the Journal Citation Reports. According to the reports, in International law only the student-reviewed Harvard Journal of International Law ranks more highly than the ICLQ. Impact Factor is a measure…

ICLQ

ITF Debate on Regulatory Freedom and Indirect Expropriation in Investment Arbitration

Listen to the audio recording ITF Debate on Regulatory Freedom and Indirect Expropriation in Investment ArbitrationThis ITF meeting will feature a debate of the scope, relationship and method for delineating between regulatory freedom and indirect expropriation and ways for resolving this in practice - considering important issues such as the intent and effects of State actions. It will also include the launch of Dr Aniruddha Rajput's book entitled "Regulatory Freedom and Indirect Expropriation…

Investment and Trade

PLF meeting: New Regulatory Landscape for Products post-Brexit

Time: 17:00-19:30 Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP The event is run jointly with the MHRA and the Public Law Project, and will bring together leading experts to examine the recent products-related Statutory Instruments and their impact on the regulation of products post-Brexit in spheres such as medicines (Human Medicines (EU Exit Regulations) 2019), chemicals (REACH etc (Amendment etc) (EU Exit) Regulations…

Brexit+1

Current issues and common challenges for the protection of human rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas

Time: 10.00-18.30 (registration from 09.30) Followed by a reception Venue: Travers Smith LLP, 2-3 Hosier Lane, London EC1A 9LX Sponsored by THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED This one-day conference will consider current issues and common challenges facing the three regional court systems in Europe, Africa and the Americas: the European Court of Human Rights; the African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples' Rights; and the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights. The event will…

Courts and Tribunals

Highlights from the 2019 annual ICN meeting in Cartagena and the direction for the ICN in 2020

Time: 14:30-17:30 (registration from 14:00) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP In collaboration with the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the Competition Law Forum (CLF) will bring together CMA officials, UK NGAs, EU NGAs and businesses to consider the questions from this year's annual ICN meeting in Cartagena. The ICN direction for 2020 will also be discussed. Speakers Tony Penny, Assistant Director, International,…

International Law

Annual Grotius Lecture 2019

Time: 17.30-19.00 (registration from 17.00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 78AH. Sponsored by: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED 2019 marks centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919, which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time. It is, therefore, fitting that this year's lecture is entitled "Women's Rights Worldwide" and will be delivered by Baroness Hale of Richmond, the current - and first woman…

Human Rights and IHL+1

Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law invite submissions

Today BIICL announces a call for submissions to the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (AYBHRHL) volume V to be published in 2021 on the subject of Culture and Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Middle East, addressing culture and cultural heritage in times of peace and armed conflicts in the region. The authors of papers being included in the yearbook will be invited to be present their paper at the 2020 conference to be held on 14th February 2020. More details about the conference…

Human Rights and IHL

Facebook’s Anticompetitive Lean in Strategies

Abstract Facebook is under fire on several fronts and with good reason. Regulators strive to make sense of and address a plethora of seemingly unrelated issues that arise from the operation of its platform. These range from antitrust, privacy violations, dissemination of harmful content and speech, deception and polarisation to political manipulation. This paper identifies Facebook's unrestricted and excessive data collection as a unifying theme that requires immediate antitrust action.…

Competition Law

Draft Report: Reform of the European Court of Human Rights

On the 21st of May, BIICL hosted a seminar on Reform of the ECtHR: would closer co-operation with national senior courts help? The draft report presented at the seminar can be accessed here. Its authors are now seeking views and comment on its content and its central proposal: the adoption of a rule of procedure or practice by national senior courts which requires those courts, in any judgment rejecting a claim based on the Convention, to include a succinct statement of the reasons for dismissing…

Courts and Tribunals

28th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law

EVENTS 28th Annual SLS/BIICL Workshop on Theory in International Law Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Spaces beyond Sovereignty: International Law Outside of Territorial Jurisdiction 4th December 2017, the UN General Assembly decided to convene an intergovernmental conference to negotiate a treaty on the conservation and sustainable…

European Law

Cultural Heritage in the European Union

Cultural Heritage in the European Union Edited by Andrzej Jakubowski, Kristin Hausler and Francesca Fiorentini Cultural Heritage in the European Union provides a critical analysis of the laws and policies which address cultural heritage throughout Europe, considering them in light of the current challenges faced by the Union. The volume examines the matrix of organisational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage both in the Union and its Members States, as well as…

Cultural Heritage

ICLQ Annual Lecture 2019 - Judicial Review in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy

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 The Annual ICLQ Lecture this year will be based on the paper 'Judicial Review in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy' by Professor Panos Koutrakos of City University. The paper examines the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in relation to judicial review of the Common…

ICLQ

ICLQ announces winner of 2018 Young Scholar Prize

ICLQ announces winner of 2018 Young Scholar Prize The Editorial Board of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly is pleased to announce that the 2018 Young Scholar Prize will be awarded to Dr Barrie Sander of the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro for his article 'History on Trial: Historical Narrative Pluralism within and beyond International Criminal Courts' published in Volume 67 Part 3. The Prize is awarded annually to the best article by a scholar aged 35 or under at the…

ICLQ

Thirty Second ITF Public Conference: State Responsibility in Investment Law

Time: 09:00-17:00 (Registration from 08:30) Venue: BMA House, Tavistock Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 9JP THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED The event will bring together arbitrators, leading practitioners and academics working in the area of international investment law to discuss issues related to State responsibility, including: circumstances precluding wrongfulness force majeure, distress and necessity fundamental change of circumstances attribution for the conduct of different branches of…

Investment and Trade

16th Annual BIICL International Mergers and Antitrust Conference

Time: 14:00-18:10 (Registration 13:30) Followed by a drinks reception Venue: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall , London, SW1Y 5ED The digital economy continues to deliver huge opportunities for business and consumers, but challenges for authorities charged with promoting competitive markets and protecting consumers. Our panel of experts will discuss the implications of recent influential reports for all stakeholders active on digital markets and companies looking to digitise their businesses.…

Competition Law

The Belt & Road Initiative and Global Dispute Resolution London Forum

Time: 14.15-18.00 (Registration from 13.45) Followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED In advance of the of 2019 London International Disputes Week, BIICL, in cooperation with the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), is delighted to co-organise 'The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Dispute Resolution' London Forum. The…

Arbitration

Blog: Zuckerberg is right: third party standards must govern online speech

While some lawmakers and privacy advocates have criticized Mark Zuckerberg's recent call for greater government oversight, deeming it PR-driven and self-serving, the proposal he outlined goes a long way toward reforming an issue of enormous significance in the tech space. He advocates for third-party content standards, which would sharply reduce Facebook and other companies' power to decide what constitutes protected speech.Freedom of speech, guaranteed under the First Amendment of the Constitution,…

Business and Human Rights

Online advertising, human rights and the Rule of Law (New York)

Time: 18.00-19.30 (Registration from 17.30) Venue: Cantor Boardroom 11-75, New York University Stern School of Business, Henry Kaufman Management Center (KMC), 44 West 4th Street, New York 10012 This discussion will consider the human rights implications of current online advertising practices, and how advertisers, internet platforms, and advertising companies can be expected to address these risks. Advertisers face potential reputational risks when brands are associated with hateful or harmful…

Business and Human Rights

17th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act

Time: 14.00-18:15 (Registration from 13:30) Venue: Simmons & Simmons LLP, CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker Street, London EC2Y 9SS Event Papers Keynote lecture by Sir Rupert Jackson Judicial Decisions Summaries - December 2017 to February 2019 BIICL in cooperation with Simmons & Simmons is organising the 17th Annual Review of the Arbitration Act. The event will be held on Tuesday 26 March 2019 and will bring together judges, leading practitioners and academics working in the area of international…

Arbitration

UK Business and Human Rights Scholars Network meeting

Time: 12.00-17.30 (Registration from 11.30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP UK Business and Human Rights' Scholars Network is a multi-disciplinary initiative led by the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. It brings together scholars interested in all areas of business and human rights from any discipline. The goal of the Network is to create space and opportunities for scholars researching, teaching and…

Business and Human Rights

Is Corporate Accountability Possible in Capitalism?

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 The speakers on the panel will discuss the demand for corporate accountability in a context where more and more areas of life are organised by, and mediated through corporations, for profit. This increased corporate presence has led to areas of friction where the demand for 'corporate accountability' seeks to address the balance between…

Business and Human Rights

How to tackle Rule of Law backsliding in the EU?

Time: 9.30-11.30 CET (registration with coffee opens at 9.00) Venue: Info Point Europa - Schuman, Rond-point Schuman / Schuman Plein, Rue Archimède, 1 - B-1000 Brussels, Belgium There have been important developments and decisions taken in the past few months with respect to the Rule of Law in the European Union (EU). This includes, for example, the European Commission's proposal on the protection of the Union's budget in case of generalised deficiencies as regards the Rule of Law, which would…

European Law+1

The ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Chagos Islands

Time: 17.30-18.30 (Registration from 17.00) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP This event will discuss the most recent decision of the International Court of Justice. On the 25th of February, the Court delivered its Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. The Court found that the separation of the Chagos islands from the British colony of Mauritius…

Law of the Sea

Brexit Votes Explained UK in a Changing Europe and Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law report

The report sets out what affects MPs' influence and shows that there could be no deal if members of parliament continue to vote against everything. Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

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CLF lunchtime seminar: The importance of economic effects

Time: 12.30-14.00 (Registration and a sandwich lunch from 12 noon) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP Roger P. Alford and Jeffrey M. Wilder will be discussing the importance of economic effects in antitrust. Christian Ahlborn, Partner at Linklaters, will provide comments to their presentation. Speakers Roger P. Alford, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice…

Competition Law

BCLP & BIICL Conference - Competition in Financial Services

Time: 15.00-18.00 (Registration from 14.30) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: The Auditorium, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA This conference will see a diverse range of panellists from industry, private practice, economists and regulators, discuss the key competition issues affecting the financial services sector in 2019, including: Topic I - Antitrust enforcement against individuals Topic II - Retail markets - vulnerability and switching…

Competition Law

ITF Meeting: Renewing the Relationship between Treaties and Customary International Law

Time: 18.00-19.30 (Registration from 17.30) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: Withers LLP, 20 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7AN    View the photographs of the event Listen to the audio recording  Podcast: Renewing the Relationship between Treaties and Customary International Law    BIICL Investment Treaty Forum in cooperation with Withers is organising a seminar on the relationship between treaties and custom in international investment law. This event will bring together…

Investment and Trade

Blog: Access to Legal Remedies for Victims of Corporate Human Rights Abuses in Third Countries

Ensuring effective access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses in third countries is a key part of both the State's duty to protect human rights and the business responsibility to respect human rights, as recognised under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.A recent study by Axel Marx, Claire Bright and Jan Wouters was conducted for the European Parliament on "Access to legal remedies for victims of corporate human rights abuses". The study mapped…

Business and Human Rights

Maritime Disputes and Disputed Seabed Resources in the African Continent

   This chapter provides an overview of some of the most significant maritime boundary disputes in Africa, both past and ongoing, and the interplay between these disputes and the exploration and exploitation of seabed resources. It discusses how the exploration and exploitation of disputed seabed resources have fueled maritime disputes and how African States have attempted to resolve their differences. Particular focus is paid to cases where the disputing parties were able to…

Law of the Sea

Resolving the Brexit impasse UK in a Changing Europe and Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law report

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered. In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has completed…

Brexit+2

ITF Meeting: Annulment in International Investment Law

Time: 18.00-20.30 (Registration from 17.30) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: Baker Botts LLP, 41 Lothbury, London EC4M 7AN    View the photographs from the event Listen to the audio recording Audio Recording 020619:Annulment in International Investment Law BIICL Investment Treaty Forum in cooperation with Baker Botts is organising a seminar on the law governing the annulment of arbitral awards in international investment law. This event will bring together leading…

Arbitration+1

International-level dispute resolution for mass claims / human rights claims

Time: 16.30-19.15 (Registration from 16.00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP The event is a panel discussion on international-level dispute resolution for mass claims / human rights claims. The event was prompted by the publication of Prof Maya Steinitz's book, The Case for an International Court of Civil Justice, which is about the resolution of transnational mass tort claims. …

International Litigation

The Framework of Judicial Cooperation after Brexit - Civil and Commercial Matters

This research topic relates to post Brexit perspectives of judicial cooperation in a wider Europe. It assesses the legislative gap following the UK's exit from civil justice cooperation and potential ways to fill it in order to ensure an efficient cross-border enforcement of judgments. This includes a discussion of the Lugano and 2005 Hague Convention regimes as well as the new Hague Judgments Convention which has now been adopted. Share LinksProject - Tags

International Litigation

The Framework of Judicial Cooperation after Brexit Civil and Commercial Matters

The Framework of Judicial Cooperation after Brexit Civil and Commercial Matters Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

International Litigation

PLF Meeting: Is the Product Liability Directive Fit for Purpose: the Challenges of New Technology

Time: 17:15-19:30 (Registration from 16:45) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP This event will bring together domestic & international speakers to consider the challenges posed by new technology to the PLD. This was a central issue in the European Commission's recent Fifth Report on the Directive, as raised by the preceding public consultation which illustrated that there were concerns about whether the Directive…

Comparative Law+1

Blog: Civil society and corporate lawyers should work together on human rights due diligence

Current trends suggest the law could drive corporate action on human rights In the current legal framework, direct corporate legal obligations for human rights are rare. As a result, claimants and their legal representatives have found creative ways to bring human rights claims through other avenues such as tort, consumer claims and statutory provisions. However, we are seeing some examples of corporate legal obligations for human rights developing, centred around the standard of human rights…

Business and Human Rights

The UNGPs and Legal Accountability in Corporate Groups

Time: 14.00-16.00 (Registration from 13.30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP In the fourth roundtable of our UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Legal Practice Roundtable series, we will explore various developments around corporate group liability for human rights impacts. We will consider attribution through the "identification" versus enterprise or "corporate culture" methods, how…

Business and Human Rights

Under Fire: Cultural Heritage and Armed Groups

Time: 17.30-19.00 (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 THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED Cultural heritage is often at risk of damage or destruction in situations of armed conflicts. Certain armed groups have sometimes intentionally destroyed cultural monuments, as an attempt to erase diversity or remove the links communities have with their past. In addition…

Cultural Heritage

Reimagining the Law

Reimagining the Law Reimagining the Law: Video Presentations In 2020, academics, former judges, practitioners and commentators were invited to come up with ways in which some aspect of the law or our justice system might be reimagined, in just 50 words. There was an overwhelming response and up to five suggestions a day appeared on the website during the month of June.  Six of the contributors have been invited to expand on their item in short videos which re posted below…

Reimagining the Law

Rome II at 10: Looking back and ahead

Time: 16.30-19.15 (Registration from 16.00) Event followed by a drinks reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP It's time to celebrate 10 years since Rome II came into force. Its application over the last 10 years has given rise to numerous interesting legal and practical issues as the Courts have started to grapple with applying a novel legal regime. Specialist practitioners and academics from the UK and Europe…

International Litigation

Seven Brexit endgame scenarios – a guide to the parliamentary process of withdrawal from the European Union

Seven Brexit endgame scenarios - a guide to the parliamentary process of withdrawal from the European Union Project Report This report is a guide to seven of the different possible parliamentary scenarios that might occur between now and exit day. This report explains how each of these scenarios could play out, and highlights the problems each faces. These hurdles come both from within the UK and from the rules created by the EU. This report explains how procedure will affect the politics,…

Brexit+2

The Path of Investor-State Disputes: From Compensation Commissions to Arbitral Institutions

The Path of Investor-State Disputes: From Compensation Commissions to Arbitral Institutions ICSID Review - Foreign Investment Law Journal, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp. 743-765 (2018) Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

Arbitration+1

European Commission study on due diligence in supply chains

This study for the European Commission focuses on due diligence requirements to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for abuses of human rights, including the rights of the child and fundamental freedoms, serious bodily injury or health risks, environmental damage, including with respect to climate. The study was conducted by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (lead), Civic Consulting and LSE Consulting. Through desk research, country analyses, interviews…

Business and Human Rights

Offshore Methane Hydrates in Japan: Prospects, Challenges and the Law

   On 19 March 2013, Japan became the first-ever country to announce successful continuous-flow production of methane gas from a solid methane hydrate layer located under the seabed in ultra-deep waters, establishing the technical feasibility of this novel natural resource and of its novel extraction technology. Methane hydrates are a unique natural resource that could provide both a tremendous amount of natural gas and fresh water. For example, one cubic meter of hydrate produces…

Climate Change

BIICL acts as the UK Hub of the European Law Institute

ELI UK Hub BIICL acts as the UK Hub of the European Law Institute. The UK Hub will be officially launched in autumn 2020. It aims at encouraging UK based ELI Members to participate in various ELI projects and to organise events in cooperation with the European Law Institute. The European Law Institute Founded in June 2011 as an entirely independent organisation, the European Law Institute (ELI) aims to improve the quality of European law, understood in the broadest sense. It seeks to…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

F.A. Mann (1907-1991) and his Contribution to English, German, European, and International Law

BIICL cooperates with the Humboldt University Berlin in a project on the renown lawyer Frederick Alexander ("Francis") Mann (1907-1991).  This three-year, interdisciplinary project explores, documents, and critically assesses the considerable impact of Frederick Alexander ("Francis") Mann on the development of English, German, European, and International Law in the 20th century. The project will use the extensive corpus of his documents, bequeathed to the Humboldt University, to…

Centre for Comparative Law

Justice for Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises

This project is led by Prof Petra Butler, Victoria University of Wellington in cooperation with various institutions, including BIICL (Prof Eva Lein). Recent research indicates that the current default system of international dispute resolution, by litigation in national courts, is not satisfactory for Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises ("MSMEs"). MSMEs generally respond to this dissatisfaction with either artificially restrict their cross-border trade or expose themselves to unacceptable…

Centre for Comparative Law+1

Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law (RECONNECT)

BIICL is one of 18 partner organisations participating in a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project, 'Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law' (RECONNECT). This four-year multidisciplinary project focuses on strengthening the EU's legitimacy throughout Europe and seeks to assist the EU in becoming more attuned to the expectations of its citizens. BIICL has a multifaceted role in RECONNECT. Along with the University of Leuven, we are co-leading the Communication,…

European Law

The EU and the Proliferation of Integration Principles under the Lisbon Treaty, Routledge, 2019.

Animal Welfare by Julinda Beqiraj  in The EU and the Proliferation of Integration Principles under the Lisbon Treaty, Routledge, 2019. Edited by Francesca Ippolito, Maria Eugenia Bartoloni and Massimo Condinanzi  Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

European Law

Blog: Governments can help make business more diligent on human rights

In the last few months, a host of new initiatives and regulations have been announced around mandatory transparency and mandatory due diligence for companies On 29 November 2018, the Australian Parliament approved the Modern Slavery Act, which will require companies headquartered or with operations in Australia to submit a 'Modern Slavery Statement'. By virtue of the AUD$100 million threshold, the Australian Act will apply to fewer companies than the UK Modern Slavery Act, but it imposes…

Business and Human Rights

A talk with officials who helped write and negotiate the proposed new EU regulation on FDI

Time: 14.00-15.30 CET (Registration from 13.30) Venue: Fipra International, Rue de la Loi 227, 1040 Brussels The Competition Law Forum (CLF) launches the first of its Rapid Response seminars in Brussels with experts from the European Commission and Parliament, who worked on the trilogue that hammered out a pan-European framework for screening foreign direct investments into the EU. The final language of the Regulation establishing the EU screening framework, which now needs to be formally…

Competition Law

Brexit, Rights and Devolution

Time: 10:00-16:00 (Registration open from 09:30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP Click here to read a report of the event, compiled by Dr Tobias Lock (Edinburgh University) and Bingham Centre research assistant Ellis Paterson. Click here to read a report of the event, compiled by Dr Tobias Lock (Edinburgh University) and Bingham Centre research assistant Ellis Paterson. This one-day conference follows three…

Brexit

Trade (Law) in an Age of Trump and Brexit

Time: 17:30-19:00 (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 This event will analyse the implications of Brexit and the Trump Administration on international trade law. Building on speakers' expertise, the panel will examine questions such as the future UK trade relationship with the EU and third states, the US-China 'trade wars' and the practical implications…

Brexit+1

Implementing Brexit - A Rule of Law Perspective

Time: 12:00 - 14:00 CET Venue: European Parliament, Rue Wiertz, Room 5B001 Brussels, Belgium To mark human rights week, we will be holding an event to discuss EU citizens in the UK, data privacy and the protection of personal data and dispute resolution after Brexit from the perspective of the Rule of Law. Our panellists will be discussing the Rule of Law implications of the proposed Withdrawal Agreement. A light lunch will be served. Co-hosted by: Molly Scott Cato MEP Alyn Smith MEP Catherine…

Brexit

The Forgotten Conflict: Seeking Accountability in Yemen

Time: 17:30-19:00 (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      The intervention by Kristin Hausler at UNOG in September 2018 on the destruction of cultural heritage in Yemen can be accessed here.    This event will address the alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law perpetrated…

Cultural Heritage

ICSID Arbitration Reform: Mapping Concerns of Users and How to Address Them

ICSID Arbitration Reform: Mapping Concerns of Users and How to Address Them This paper summarises key practical concerns of some members of the Investment Treaty Forum related to ICSID arbitration, as well as a wider community of experts, how the ICSID reform proposals address these concerns and makes suggestions for further improvement. The paper looks at key concerns of ICSID arbitration users such as timely appointment of arbitrators and challenges to it, over-committed arbitrators…

Arbitration+1

GCM Commentary: Objective 9: Strengthen the transnational response to smuggling of migrants

Migrant smuggling is defined in the Smuggling Protocol (art.3) as: "The procurement, in order to obtain, directly or indirectly, a financial or other material benefit, of the illegal entry of a person into a State Party of which the person is not a national or a permanent resident".IntroductionObjective 9 of the UN Global Compact for Migration addresses the issue of migrant smuggling. The new objective highlights some important issues, including the need to differentiate between trafficking…

Migration

Investment Promotion and Protection in the Canada-UK Trade Relationship

A new investment agreement between Canada and the UK constitutes a crucial opportunity to include innovative provisions from recent international agreements and to explore new possibilities to construct a more legitimate regime. In order to support evidence-based decision-making in the negotiation of such an agreement, a comprehensive review of the range of opportunities must be provided. What are the provisions that can be included in an investment agreement between the two states to…

Arbitration+1

Administrative Reform of the Competition and Markets Authority following Brexit

Administrative Reform of the Competition and Markets Authority following BrexitIntroductionAmong the multi-dimensional changes Brexit will trigger, an administrative reform is inevitable. The scope of timing of this reform, justifies the prediction that the changes to the largest branch of the UK government will be wide-ranging and fast-paced. Despite that, the debate on administrative challenges in the UK post-Brexit has been largely neglected. Although the Department for Business, Energy…

Competition Law

ICSID-SIA-BIICL Conference on Proposed Revision of ICSID Rules

Time: 09:15-16:05 (Registration from 08:45) Venue: One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ On 13 November 2018, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the School of International Arbitration (SIA) of Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) are organising a full-day conference to discuss the proposed revision of ICSID Arbitration Rules. The conference will gather in London representatives…

Investment and Trade

Media Professionals and International Humanitarian Law

In November 2018 the British Red Cross launched the field guide and handbook Media Professionals and Armed Conflict: Protection and Responsibilities Under International Humanitarian Law (IHL) these publications will provide information to members of the media about their legal position under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The handbook and field guide were the result of a project begun in September 2012, by BIICL and commissioned by the British Red Cross, undertaking research into…

Human Rights and IHL

Blog: ICSID Arbitration Reform: Mapping Concerns of Users and How to Address Them

ICSID Arbitration Reform: Mapping Concerns of Users and How to Address Them Blog featured in the Kluwer Arbitration Blog Read the blog  

Arbitration+1

Media Professionals and Armed Conflict Handbook and Field Guide

In November 2018 the British Red Cross launched the field guide and handbook Media Professionals and Armed Conflict: Protection and Responsibilities Under International Humanitarian Law (IHL)  These publications provide information to members of the media about their legal position under International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The handbook and field guide were the result of a project begun in September 2012, by BIICL and commissioned by the British Red Cross, undertaking research into…

Human Rights and IHL

Legitimate Expectations in International Investment Law

Time: 17:30-19:00 (Registration from 17:00) Venue: International Energy Charter, Boulevard de la Woluwe B-1200 Brussels, Belgium     Listen to the audio recording   Legitimate Expectations in International Investment Law - podcastOn 8 November 2018, the BIICL Investment Treaty Forum and the Energy Charter Secretariat, are hosting a roundtable in Brussels, to discuss the application of the legitimate expectations concept in international investment law. The rapid proliferation…

Investment and Trade

Maritime Search and Rescue: Responsibilities and Implications for Private Vessels

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has just launched a new project looking at the responsibilities of and implications for private vessels of maritime search and rescue of migrants and refugees. The project is led by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci and funded by the Mirpuri Foundation.  Recent years have seen growing numbers of migrants, and would-be asylum seekers, embarking on perilous sea crossings to flee violence, conflict or persecution. Private vessels and NGO…

Migration

Thirty First ITF Public Conference: Human Rights in International Investment Law

Time: 09:00-17:00 (Registration from 08:30) Venue: The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH As international investment tribunals increasingly confront non-investment obligations, academics and practitioners in the field of international investment law find it challenging to understand the legal and ethical responsibilities of foreign investments in the area of human rights. Investment tribunals typically do not include experts on international human rights law. Moreover,…

Investment and Trade

Culture under fire: armed non-state actors and cultural heritage in wartime

Culture under fire: armed non-state actors and cultural heritage in wartime This report presents the findings of a pioneering, twoyear study conducted by Geneva Call on cultural heritage and armed non-State actors (ANSAs). It represents the most comprehensive research available on this topic to date. The report centres around three case studies—Iraq, Mali and Syria—and is based on information obtained through desk and field research, as well as interviews with leading specialized…

Cultural Heritage+1

The Rule of Law Implications of the Withdrawal Agreement, the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

As the UK stands poised to leave the European Union at the end of March 2019, this meeting has been convened to assist parliamentarians in grappling with the large number of complex political and constitutional questions that must be navigated in order to ensure that Brexit is compatible with principles of the Rule of Law. The meeting will focus on the impact of the Brexit Agreements on citizens' rights, the role of the courts and Parliament, common rulebooks and Northern Ireland. The expert…

European Law

UK Government Digital Competition Expert Panel Public responses to call for evidence from individuals

UK Government Digital Competition Expert Panel - Public responses to call for evidence from individuals Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen responding to the following questions 1. What are the emerging benefits and harms from digital markets such as social media, e-commerce, search, and online advertising tending towards only one or a small number of big firms? 2. What are the emerging benefits and harms of the same small number of digital firms becoming present across a broad range of digital markets?…

Competition Law

Report Launch Event: 'The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory'

Time: 18.00 - 20.00 (Registration from 17.30) Event followed by a reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP Keynote Speaker: Sir Michael Wood Sir Michael is a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations and is a senior fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. This event formally launched the report 'The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes…

Law of the Sea

The Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration: A Preliminary Rule of Law Analysis

This report identifies a number of Rule of Law issues that can inform the scrutiny of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Political Declaration on the Future Relationship and the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill in Parliament. The Rule of Law, a central principle of the UK's uncodified constitution, provides a set of minimum standards that can inform both the process and substance of Brexit. The final six months before exit day are unlikely to provide ideal conditions for effective parliamentary…

Brexit+2

A "failure to prevent" adverse human rights impacts mechanism project

In March 2017, the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights released a report on business and human rights in which it proposed the introduction of a "failure to prevent" mechanism for corporate human rights abuses.  BIICL, with support from international law firms Hogan Lovells  and Quinn Emanuel, conducted a study into the feasibility and options of such a "failure to prevent" mechanism. The study explored what such a mechanism could look like, whether it would be criminal…

Business and Human Rights

The Brexit endgame: a guide to the parliamentary process of withdrawal from the European Union

The Brexit endgame: a guide to the parliamentary process of withdrawal from the European Union Project Report In this exhaustive report, Matt Bevington, Jack Simson Caird and Alan Wager have gone to great lengths to meticulously examine the nooks and crannies of parliamentary procedure to give an insight into how this process might work. Leaving to one side the vicissitudes of party politics, which, frankly, merit a report in their own right, they lay bare the complexities of the parliamentary…

Brexit+2

Partnerships for Practice: Making the Global Compact on Migration Work

Time: 11:00-17:00 (Registration open from 10:30) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP Read the Workshop Report In September 2018, the United Nations General Assembly is expected to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). That step will finish a process that started in September 2016 with the New York Declaration, which committed to protecting 'the safety, dignity and human rights…

Migration

Blog: Bribery, Corruption, and Fraud in Investor-State Disputes

Blog: Bribery, Corruption, and Fraud in Investor-State Disputes: How Should Tribunals Approach Economic Crimes? Blog featured in the Kluwer Arbitration Blog Read More 

Arbitration+1

Podcast: Cultural Heritage post-Brexit

Podcast: Cultural Heritage post-Brexit  Podcast: Cultural Heritage post-Brexit

Brexit+1

Podcast: Brexit and Environmental Law

Podcast: Brexit and Environmental Law  Podcast: Brexit and Environmental Law

Brexit+2

Podcast: The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Podcast: The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018  By Maya Lester QC, Brick Court Chambers Podcast: The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Brexit

The Human Rights of Smuggled Migrants and Trafficked Persons

The Human Rights of Smuggled Migrants and Trafficked Persons in the UN Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees On 19 September 2016, the UNGA adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants through which States committed to developing two compacts: one on refugees and one on safe, orderly and regular migration. The Zero Drafts of the compacts were published on 31 January 2018 and 5 February 2018, respectively. The move towards the discussion and adoption of the global…

Migration

Stumbling Towards the UK’s New Administrative Settlement: A Study of Competition Law Enforcement After Brexit

Stumbling Towards the UK's New Administrative Settlement: A Study of Competition Law Enforcement After Brexit While there has been much talk of the role of parliaments and courts in the Brexit process, far less—indeed very little—has been said about the challenges facing the largest part of the UK government: the administrative branch. Whatever results from the UK's negotiations with the EU, Brexit will likely necessitate wide-ranging and fast-paced administrative reform in the UK.…

Competition Law

Economic Crimes in International Investment Law

Economic Crimes in International Investment Law The protection of foreign investment by treaties often clashes with the State's sovereign right to investigate economic crimes committed by investors. This article examines the different approaches taken by tribunals to questions concerning admissibility and jurisdiction, applicable law, the standard of review, the burden and standard of proof and deference to actions taken by domestic courts and regulators related to economic crimes. It…

Arbitration+1

57th Leiden-London Meeting: Agencies, Accountability and Association: Legal issues of agencies in the EU legal order and in relations with neighbouring States

Venue: Europa Institute, University of Leiden, Netherlands Time: Full day conference The Europa Instituut of the University of Leiden and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law annually organise a conference to discuss current developments in European Union Law. This year will be the fifty-seventh Leiden-London Meeting; it will take place in Leiden on Saturday 30th June 2018. In the EU system of governance, administrative powers are increasingly granted to bodies other…

European Law

Brexit and the Irish Border: What are the Rule of Law Implications?

Time: 18:00-19:30 (Registration 17:30) Followed by a drinks reception Venue: Bindmans LLP, 236 Grays Inn Rd, London WC1X 8HB The UK-EU agreement of December 2017 saw an undertaking that both parties would avoid a "hard border" in Ireland following Brexit. To achieve this in the event of the UK leaving the customs union and the single market, UK Government papers have explored the use of modern technology as an alternative to traditional border posts with passport checks and goods inspection.…

Brexit

Blog: Legal Pathways to Protection

In this week's first blog post, one of us noted that migration as such is not a crisis, nor is the arrival of people in the EU. The language of crisis is political and helps, firstly, to sustain the narrative that the majority of migrants come to Europe (which is far from true). Secondly, it helps to justify a complex set of migration management practices aimed at preventing people from reaching and entering the EU. In distinction, we argue that the problem is not that people move in search…

Migration

Doors open for First Hearing of International Chamber at Paris Court of Appeal

Doors open for First Hearing of International Chamber at Paris Court of Appeal Written by Duncan Fairgrieve (BIICL;Université de Paris Dauphine) and Solenn Le Tutour (avocat, Barreau de Paris) Read More 

Comparative Law

The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered. In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) completed…

Law of the Sea

The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered. In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) completed…

Environmental Law+1

Collective Redress in the EU, Central & South East Europe

Time: 17:30-19:00 (Registration open from 17:00) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP This seminar takes the recent developments at an EU level in respect of Collective Redress mechanisms as the context for examining the development of mechanisms for resolving mass disputes in the regions of Central Europe and South East Europe. Leading speakers will discuss whether existing collective redress procedures provide…

Collective Redress+1

When national law conflicts with international human rights standards

The first research supported by the Bingham Centre's Business Network examines how companies can adhere to international human rights standards, as described in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, when faced with contradictory domestic laws or practices. The research brought together the international legal framework, existing guidance for specific issues or sectors, and practical examples for businesses. The research methodology included semi-structured conversations…

Business and Human Rights

Cultural Heritage and the Security Council: Why Resolution 2347 matters

Blog: Cultural Heritage and the Security Council: Why Resolution 2347 matters    This piece considers how the UN Security Council gradually established cultural heritage protection as a key element in the maintenance of international peace and security, including through its combat against terrorism financing. Considering the wider context of escalated attacks against cultural heritage in armed conflict, it analyses Resolution 2347 in parallel with other key documents adopted…

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The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

Time: 09:30-18.00 (Registration from 09:00) Venue: Goodenough House, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB NOW FULLY BOOKED This event will analyse and discuss the legal obligations of States in regard to disputed land territories, be it continental or island. The event will offer four panels featuring international law experts and members of BIICL's largescale research project on Territorial Disputes In particular, the event will examine the most important primary rules regulating the threat…

Law of the Sea

Islands, Sovereignty and the Right to Return

Islands, Sovereignty and the Right to Return: An Analysis of the Chagos Islands ICJ Advisory Opinion RequestDid the UK act illegally in splitting off the Chagos Islands from Mauritius prior to its independence in 1968? On 22 June 2017 Mauritius successfully petitioned the UN to ask the International Court of Justice to consider this question, against the UK's wishes, but the outcome is rather uncertain. This contribution explains why. Read More

Law of the Sea

Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union

Time: 09:10-14:00 (Registration from 08:45am) Venue: Instutite of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, 72 Nowy Świat, Warsaw On 13 March 2018, the Research Team of the project HEURIGHT - The Right to Cultural Heritage - Its Protection and Enforcement through Cooperation in the European Union is organizing an international seminar, entitled "Cultural Heritage, Cultural Rights and the European Union". The core aim of this event is to present the research findings of…

Cultural Heritage

Complexity's Embrace The International Law Implications of Brexit

Complexity's Embrace                                                                                      The International Law Implications of Brexit Edited by Oonagh E. Fitzgerald and Eva Lein In Complexity's Embrace, international law practitioners and academics from…

Brexit+2

Legal Pathways to Protection

Between October 2017 and March 2018, BIICL Associate Senior Research Fellow Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, in collaboration with King's College London colleagues Dr Leonie Ansems de Vries and Dr Henry Redwood implemented a research initiative on Legal Pathways to Protection. The initiative included an expert workshop at King's College London on 27 October 2017. and the development of a Policy brief entitled: Legal Pathways to Protection: Towards the Provision of Safe, Legal and Accessible Routes…

Migration

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill, A Rule of Law Analysis of Clauses 1 - 6

This Report sets out the Bingham Centre's Rule of Law analysis of clauses 1 to 6 of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, to inform the House of Lords Committee Stage consideration of those clauses. The Bill's purpose is to protect the Rule of Law as the UK withdraws from the EU. It repeals the European Communities Act ("ECA"), the legal basis for EU law having effect and supremacy in UK law, with effect from the date of the UK's exit. However, it aims to ensure legal continuity, certainty and stability…

Brexit+1

Submission to Brexit: competition and State aid

Brexit: competition and State aid A review by the UK government published February 2018 and incuding a submission by BIICL  Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

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FAQ: Brexit and Environmental Law

FAQ: Brexit and Environmental Law Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

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Brexit and Environmental Law:The Rocky Road Ahead

Brexit and Environmental Law:The Rocky Road Ahead Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

Climate Change

Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains

After a successful research project with Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016, entitled 'Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence', BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright undertook a follow-up project in 2017/18, which analysed managing human rights issues in supply chains. As part of this project, BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright co-hosted a session at the 2017 Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, with support from Hogan Lovells and Foley Hoag. The session focused on "Human rights remedies…

Business and Human Rights

Remedies for Damage Caused by Vaccines: A Comparative Study of Four European Legal Systems

Remedies for Damage Caused by Vaccines: A Comparative Study of Four European Legal Systems By Leonora Rajneri , Jean-Sébastien Borghetti , Duncan Fairgrieve , Peter Rott , European Review of Private Law , 2018 Issue 1, pp. 57-95 Abstract: The most important public health consideration of vaccination. This study explores the approach to vaccine damage cases in four different European countries (France, Germany, Italy and the UK), examining the variety of different mechanisms for providing…

Comparative Law

Brexit, Brexatom, the Environment and Future International Relations

Brexit, Brexatom, the Environment and Future International Relations Publication - Download PDF Share Links Publication - Tags

Climate Change

Brexit and International Environmental Law

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered. In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has completed…

Brexit+2

Protecting and Preserving the Marine Environment in Disputed Areas

Protecting and Preserving the Marine Environment in Dispu