UCL Faculty of Laws


Curriculum Vitae. A Prequel

10 December 2015, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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Current Legal Problems 2016-17


UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Speaker: Professor Roger O’Keefe (University College London)
Chair: His Excellency Judge James Crawford AC (International Court of Justice)
Admission: Free
Accreditation: This event is accredited with 1 CPD hour with the SRA and BSB
Series: Current Legal Problems 2015-16

About the lecture

In his inaugural lecture, Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law at UCL, teases out some recurrent international legal problems through the story of the life and opinions of D. H. G. H.-G. Salamander, lesser highly qualified publicist and minor poet.

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About the speaker

Roger O’Keefe has been Professor of Public International Law at UCL since September 2014. Prior to this, he taught for fifteen years at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Law, Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and a Fellow of Magdalene College.

He has published widely on topics of general interest in public international law, such as the sources of international law, the law of treaties, the relationship between international and domestic law, statehood and admission to the United Nations, title to territory, jurisdiction and immunities, and state responsibility, as well on topics in the specialist subfields of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international cultural heritage law.

His latest book, International Criminal Law (Oxford University Press), appeared in the summer of 2015, and follows The Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict (Cambridge University Press, 2006, paperback reissue 2011) and The United Nations Convention on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and Their Property: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2013, co-edited with Christian J. Tams).

In 2004, he was awarded the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for his article ‘Universal Jurisdiction: Clarifying the Basic Concept’, and in 2009 he was a member and the co-rapporteur of the African Union-European Union Technical Ad hoc Expert Group on the Principle of Universal Jurisdiction.

He is a visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, and has taught courses in public international law at the Hague Academy of International Law and the Xiamen Academy of International Law, as well at universities in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Spain.

Professor O’Keefe is a member of the Conseil scientifique of the Revue Belge de Droit International, the peer review committees of the German Yearbook of International Law and Spanish Yearbook of International Law, the advisory boards of the Hungarian Yearbook of International and European Law, the Journal of Philosophy of International Law and the monograph series Cultural Heritage Law and Policy(Oxford University Press), and the editorial board of the monograph series Philosophy, Public Policy, and Transnational Law (Palgrave-Macmillan).

About the Current Legal Problems

The Current Legal Problems annual lecture series was established over sixty years ago. The lectures are public, delivered on a weekly basis and chaired by members of the judiciary.

The Current Legal Problems (CLP) annual volume is published on behalf of UCL Laws by Oxford University Press, and features scholarly articles that offer a critical analysis of important current legal issues.

It covers all areas of legal scholarship and features a wide range of methodological approaches to law. With its emphasis on contemporary developments, CLP is a major point of reference for legal scholarship.