UCL Faculty of Laws


Online | Stability and Change in International Law: The Role of Practices of Legality

09 December 2021, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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This lecture has been co-organised by the International Law Association (British Branch) and the State Silence Project

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Speaker: Professor Jutta Brunnee (Dean, University Professor & James M. Tory Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto)
Chair: Dr Danae Azaria (Associate Professor, UCL Faculty of Laws; Director, State Silence project, ERC Starting Grant)

About the lecture

Building on the “interactional law” framework developed elsewhere, the lecture will suggest that a particular approach to managing stability and change is inherent in legality, in international as in domestic law. The lecture will focus on practices of legality, that is actions and argumentation that adhere to distinctive markers of legality, and show that both stability and change in law are dynamically sustained. Indeed, even the absence of verbal and/or physical acts - state silence - can be part of these dynamics. The lens of practices of legality sheds light on the legal significance of state conduct, including silence, and illuminates its role in promoting stability or change in law.

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