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Teaching International Law

Call for Proposals

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 groups, governments, and international organisations. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, that reflections and collaborations on the practice of teaching international law remain relatively rare.

In recent decades, notable contributions concerning international legal pedagogy include: comparative analyses of how different national communities of international lawyers construct their understanding of international law, regional and national reflections on the teaching of international law, critical perspectives on the politics of teaching international law, as well as reflections on the professionalisation of international legal education, teaching techniques, and the use of new technologies for teaching international law. Initiatives such as the European Society of International Law's Teaching Corner, a bottom-up exchange of educational and pedagogical teaching materials, also signal a growing appetite for collaboration in this area.

Against this background, a group of international law teachers have formed an Organising Committee to convene a British Institute of International and Comparative Law Conference on 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. Reflections may focus on general courses of international law or more specialised courses - including courses concerning particular branches of international law (e.g. environmental law, investment law, trade law, human rights law, humanitarian law, or international criminal law) or cross-cutting themes (e.g. non-state actors, inequality, technology).

The detailed call for proposals is available here

The Organising Committee

Organising Committee Conveners

  • Jean-Pierre Gauci (British Institute of International and Comparative Law)
  • Barrie Sander (Fundação Getúlio Vargas)

Organising Committee Members:

  • Antony Anghie (National University of Singapore)
  • Irene Antonopoulos (De Montfort University)
  • Felicity Attard (University of Malta)
  • Morten Bergsmo (CILRAP)
  • Ayelet Berman (National University of Singapore)
  • Yassin Brunger (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Petra Butler (Institute of Small and Micro States)
  • Alejandro Chehtman (University Torcuato Di Tella)
  • Jean d'Aspremont (University of Manchester; Sciences Po)
  • Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli (King's College London)
  • Luis Eslava (University of Kent)
  • Babatunde Fagbayibo (University of South Africa)
  • Christopher Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Douglas Guilfoyle (UNSW Canberra)
  • Ezequiel Heffes (Geneva Call)
  • Gleider Hernandez (KU Leuven; Open Universiteit)
  • Peter Hilpold (University of Innsbruck)
  • Meltem Ineli-Ciger (Suleyman Demirel University)
  • Eleni Karageorgiou (University of Lund) Alexa Koenig (UC Berkeley School of Law)
  • Lucas Lixinski (UNSW Sydney)
  • Itamar Mann (University of Haifa; GLAN)
  • Heidi Matthews (Osgoode Hall Law School)
  • Robert McCorquodale (University of Nottingham)
  • Frédéric Mégret (University of McGill)
  • Francisco Quintana (University of Cambridge)
  • Jason Rudall (University of Leiden)
  • Evelyne Schmid (University of Lausanne)
  • Christine Schwöbel-Patel (University of Warwick)
  • Mohammad Shahabuddin (University of Birmingham)
  • Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics)
  • Sahib Singh (Erik Castrén Institute)
  • Immi Tallgren (University of Helsinki)
  • Ntina Tzouvala (University of Melbourne)
  • Justina Uriburu (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
  • Maria Varaki (King's College London)
  • Fabia Veçoso (University of Melbourne)
  • Patricia Vella de Fremeux (University of Malta)

Date and Venue

The conference will be held on 7 and 8 September 2020 at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law at Charles Clore House, 17, Russell Square, London.

Instructions for Submissions

Applicants are invited to send their abstracts and a 200-word bio to by 15 April 2020 with 'Teaching IL Conference' in the subject line. If you wish to discuss topics or ideas informally, please feel free to contact Decisions on the proposals will be communicated by 31 May 2020.

Please note that because of limited funding, we are not able to cover travel or accommodation costs of selected panellists.

The detailed call for proposals is available here .

Remote Participation

 Due to the seriousness of the climate crisis and considerations of inclusiveness (including: visas, health issues, care obligations), BIICL will provide support for participants to present remotely if desired.


Deadline for abstract submissions: 15 April 2020
Participants informed of selection: 31 May 2020
Deadline for submitting draft reflections: 21 August 2020
Conference: 7 and 8 September 2020

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