Centre for International Courts & Tribunals

Centre for International Courts & Tribunals


Lecture Series 2007-08:
Annual Lecture with Baker & McKenzie LLP 2014
Investment Treaty Arbitration: An International Lawyer's Perspective
14 May 2014 Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf
International Court of Justice
About the speaker: Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is Juris Doctor from Somali National University and holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute (1980). Prior to his doctorate, he completed post-graduate studies in international law at the University of Florence (Italy). From 1975 to 1980, Dr Yusuf served as Somalia’s delegate to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He was Lecturer at the Somali National University from 1974 to 1981 and at the University of Geneva from 1981 to 1983. He has also been guest professor and lecturer at a number of universities and institutes in Switzerland, Italy, Greece and France. From 1987 to 1992, Dr Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf was Chief of the Legal Policies Service of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) before becoming its Representative and Head of its New York Office from 1992 to 1994. From 1994 to 2001, he served as Legal Advisor (up to 1998), then Assistant Director for African Affairs to United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. From March 2001 to January 2009, Dr Yusuf was Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). As of February 6, 2009, he had been a judge at the International Court of Justice. In 2011, Judge Yusuf gained a seat in the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice. Dr Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is Founder and General Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law and a member of the Institut de droit international (Geneva). He is also one of the founders of the African Foundation for International Law and Chairman of its Executive Committee. In addition, Judge Yusuf has authored several books and numerous articles on various aspects of international law as well as articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers on current Northeast African and Somali affairs. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Asian Yearbook of International Law, and a member of the Thessaloniki Institute of Public International Law and International Relations curatorium. Dr Yusuf is fluent in Somali, English, French, Arabic, and Italian.
Annual Lecture with Baker & McKenzie LLP 2013
Investment Treaty Arbitration: An International Lawyer's Perspective
6 June 2013 Professor Brigitte Stern
University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
About this lecture: This lecture assesses investment treaty arbitration through the eyes of a public international lawyer, and the lens of public international law. Contrary to a purely “commercial” approach to the resolution of disputes between foreign investors and States – which tend to proceed on the basis that both actors are to be treated as similar economic entities acting in the same playing field – this perspective offers the necessary and invaluable contribution of public international law. Such law takes into account the public nature of these disputes, and the specificities and functions of sovereign States, on questions such as interpretation, attribution and the consequences of the application of general principles of international law.
Annual Lecture with Middle Temple and Baker & McKenzie LLP 2012
Investment Arbitration: Cautionary Tales for Commercial Arbitrators
11 June 2012

Professor Hans van Houtte
FCIArb. (Belgium), President of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal (The Hague) and Professor at Leuven University
About this lecture: In this lecture Professor van Houtte will touch upon the differences between the commercial arbitration between private parties and investment treaty arbitration, thus furthering the understanding of the specifics of each of these types of arbitration. He will identify critical areas in which the commercial arbitrator, who intends to cross into investment treaty arbitration territory, may wish to tread carefully.

Inaugural Annual Lecture with Baker & McKenzie LLP 2011
13 June 2011
Professor Vaughan Lowe QC
Chichele Professor of Public International Law and a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford and Essex Court Chambers (London).
About this Lecture: The Function of Law in the International Community - to take the title of Hersch Lauterpacht's classic study - is to establish a framework for international dealings. But what is the function of litigation in the international community? Development of the law? The peaceful settlement of disputes? Or something different? And how does the function of the international litigation relate to the function of law?
Venue: The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London
Lecture Series 2007-08:
9 October 2007

Professor Campbell McLachlan QC
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Bankside Chambers (Auckland) and Essex Court Chambers (London); Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
The Relationship Between Investment Treaty Law And General International Law
Keeton Room, Bentham House)

3 December 2007
Professor Cesare Romano
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Professor Daniel Terris
Brandeis University
The International Judge
(Keeton Room, Bentham House)
5 February 2008
Dr Chester Brown
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
A Common Law of International Adjudication
(Keeton Room, Bentham House)
4 March 2008

Dr. Nikolaos Lavranos
Center for International Law, University of Amsterdam
Regulating Competing Jurisdictions Among International Courts And Tribunals

(Keeton Room, Faculty of Laws, UCL)


Lecture Series 2004-05:
9 November 2004
Mr Ibrahima Kane
Legal Officer for Africa, Interights
Protecting Human Rights in Africa: Can the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Meet the Challenge?
(Keeton Room, Bentham House)
30 November 2004
Professor Joel Paul
Hastings College of Law, University of California
American Justice: The War on Terror and the Rights of Prisoners
(Moot Court Room, Bentham House)
9 December 2004

Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
Independence of the International Judiciary
(Keeton Room, Bentham House)


Lecture Series 2003-2004:
21 October 2003 Professor Paul Schiff Berman
University of Connecticut
The Rise, Fall, and Puzzling Persistence of Transnational Jurisdiction
Keeton Room, Bentham House
14 January 2004 Alan Perry
Kendall Freeman
The Loewen Award and the Function of Foreign Investment Arbitration
Keeton Room, Bentham House
28 January 2004 Professor Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Visiting Professor, UCL/ former Deputy Legal Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
The International Criminal Court: Challenges and Prospects
Keeton Room, Bentham House
11 February 2004 Professor Bart Brown
Chicago-Kent School of Law/Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, Cambridge University
The Complementary Jurisdiction of the ICC and the Balance between State Responsibility and Individual Criminal Responsibility

Keeton Room, Bentham House
6 May 2004 Professor Francisco Orrego Vicuna
University of Santiago, Chile
What future ICSID?

Keeton Room, Bentham House
26 May 2004 Professor David Kennedy
Harvard Law School
The Dark Side of International Adjudication
Keeton Room, Bentham House

Past Lecture Series:
9 October 2002 Professor Georges Abi-Saab
Member, Appellate Body, WTO; former Judge, ICTY
The Function of the International Judge
Followed by reception to launch Centre on International Courts and Tribunals
30 October 2002 Allan Rosas, Judge
European Court of Justice
The European Court of Justice - Neither International nor Domestic
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4 December 2002 Michael Wood
Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The United Kingdom and the Settlement of Disputes by International Courts and Tribunals
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5 February 2003 Chidi Odinkalu
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30 April 2003 Patricia Sellars
Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia
Midlife Prosecutorial Challenges at the ICTY
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4 June 2003 Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
University of Geneva
The Development of International Environmental Law and Judicial Legislation: Where is the Boundary?
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