UCL Faculty of Laws


State Silence led by Dr Danae Azaria celebrates first year milestone by launching website

17 November 2021

The State Silence project is celebrating its first year milestone by launching its website and announcing its first annual lecture.

A screenshot of the homepage for the State Silence website with the following text: "Silence of States in International Law Setting up a new research agenda in the discipline of international law that reveals, considers and deconstructs the role of State"

The State Silence project, generously funded by the European Research Council, was launched in September 2020 and is celebrating its first year milestone by launching its website www.statesilence.org and announcing its first annual lecture.

Led by Dr Danae Azaria, Associate Professor at UCL Laws, the team comprises of Ms Celine Chausse, Mr Roel Walravens and Ms Paula Nuno Balmaceda. More team members, including PhD candidates will be recruited this academic year.

Research on the case law of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is now completed which has identified 68 (out of 164) and 13 (out of 29) decisions respectively where State silence was relevant in the reasoning of the ICJ and ITLOS. A working taxonomy of State silences has been prepared and two articles published that reflect aspects of Dr Azaria’s early research on State Silence: one in the European Journal of International Law and one forthcoming in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

Dr Azaria has presented her work on State Silence at two events around the world including the prestigious ABILA International Law Weekend last month. She will chair the first public lecture of the State Silence Project on 9 December 2021 to be delivered by Professor Jutta Brunnée, Dean of Toronto Law School, followed by the first workshop entitled ‘State Silence Across International Law’ which will take place on 10-11 December 2021.


State Silence Project website

Register to attend the first public lecture - Stability and Change in International Law: The Role of Practices of Legality