UCL Institute for Human Rights


Interpretivism and International Law

10 February 2011, 9:30 am–5:30 pm

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UCL Institute for Human Rights and the University of Bristol School of Law


Macfarlanes LLP, 20 Cursitor Street, EC4A 1LT, London

About the Symposia:

10 February 2011In the last 30 years interpretivism has developed as a general theory about the nature of law which stands as an alternative to legal positivism and traditional natural law theories. Although there is an existing literature on interpretivism in the context of national law and particular areas of international law, there has been no extended treatment of general international law from this perspective. At this colloquium a range of international lawyers and legal and political philosophers will be brought together to consider how this general theory might be applied to the study and analysis of international law.


Mattias Kumm (NYU), Nicos Stavropoulos (Oxford), Pavlos Eleftheriadis (Oxford), Sabina Appelt (UCL), Julian Rivers (Bristol), Emmanuel Voyiakis (Brunel), Patrick Capps (Bristol), George Letsas (UCL) and Saladin Meckled-Garcia (UCL)