UCL Faculty of Laws


International Tribunals in Interesting Times: A Fireside Chat with Elias and Lim

28 January 2020, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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UCL Laws (Moot Court)
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens

Speakers: Olufemi Elias (UN), Chin Leng Lim (CUHK)
Chair: Martins Paparinskis (UCL)

About the talk

In 1998, Elias and Lim published The Paradox of Consensualism in International Law. In it, they explored the nature of the international legal order at a time when the arch of history seemed to be inexorably bending towards greater international judicialization. Building on their wealth of experience in academia and practice of international law in the intervening two decades, Elias and Lim propose to reflect upon the same foundational questions in the opening month of the new decade, at a time that is very different from the 1990s but no less interesting for international courts and tribunals.

About the speakers

Olufemi Elias is United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. Prior to that, he was the the Legal Adviser and a Director at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, and has served as Executive Secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal. He is an Associate Member of the Institut de Droit International. He has served as the Secretary-General of the African Association of International Law and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. He is a Visiting Professor in international law at Queen Mary University of London.

Chin Leng Lim is the Choh-ming Li Professor of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and practises from Keating Chambers, London. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and a Visiting Professor at King’s College London. Chin was for many years Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong and served on both Court and Senate. He was also recently the Lionel Astor Sheridan Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore. His latest books include Lim, Ho and Paparinskis, International Investment Law & Arbitration (Cambridge, 2018), with a Foreword by Gaillard, and the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to International Arbitration, with a Foreword by Lord Neuberger.