ESIL Lectures available on our website!

The ESIL Lecture Series hosts broadcasts of presentations on international law topics held at partner institutions, enabling the presentation to reach a wider audience of ESIL members and non-members alike. 

ESIL Lectures are available on our website, below, as well as on our Youtube Channel.

To propose an ESIL Lecture, please read the Guidelines for the ESIL Lecture Series.

ESIL Lectures Committee: Philippa Webb and Fulvio Palombino.


Forthcoming ESIL lectures:


Past lectures:


SPEAKER: Ekaterina Trendafilova
LECTURE: The Kosovo Specialist Chambers as a New Model of Transitional Justice in the Balkan Region
VENUE: University of Sofia                                                              DATE: 24 April 2018


SPEAKER: Veronika Fikfak
LECTURE: Monetising Human Rights: Studying the European Court of Human Rights' approach to damages.
VENUE: King’s College London                                                       DATE: 13 April 2018 

ESIL Lecture - Veronika Fikfak

SPEAKER: Attila Tanzi
LECTURE: The Prevention And Settlement Of Hydroelectric Industry Related Disputes Under International Law: A Multi-Layered Approach
VENUE: Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London       DATE: 5 April 2018

ESIL Lecture - Attila Tanzi


SPEAKERLorenzo Gradoni
LECTURE: Position and Agency of the WTO Dispute Settlement System in the Fragmented World of International Adjudication
VENUE: University of Naples Federico II                                         DATE: 28 February 2018

ESIL Lecture - Lorenzo Gradoni


SPEAKER: Olivier de Frouville

LECTURE: Le Rôle de la Société Civile dans les Organisations Internationales : Théorie(s) et Pratique(s)
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                     DATE: 31 October 2017


Olivier de Frouville


SPEAKER: Morten Kjaerum
LECTURE: The duty to engage – the recipe for trust in a world of angst.
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                 DATE: 4 October 2017

ESIL Lecture Morten Kjaerum


SPEAKER: Erika de Wet, University of Pretoria

LECTURE: "Military Intervention by Invitation in the 21st Century"
VENUE: Université de Genève                                                                   DATE: 20 February 2017

ESIL Lecture: Erika de Wet

SPEAKER: Jean-Marc Sorel, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
LECTURE: “Le foisonnement et la variété des organismes dans la régulation financière internationale
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                     DATE: 25 October 2016

ESIL LECTURE: Jean-Marc Sorel

SPEAKERChristian Tomuschat, Humboldt University (Berlin)
LECTURE: "Syria - Challenge to the International System for the Protection of Human Rights"
VENUEBelgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                   DATE: 4 October 2016

ESIL LECTURE: Christian Tomuschat

SPEAKERFionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota Law School 
LECTURE: "The Gendered Landscape of International, Regional and Local Approaches to Peacemaking"
VENUE: Ulster University, Northern Ireland                                                        DATE27 June 2016

ESIL LECTURE: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin


SPEAKERJames Hathaway, University of Michigan Law School
LECTURE"Fixing the Refugee System"
VENUEUniversity of Amsterdam School of Law                                               DATE: 13 May 2016         

ESIL LECTURE: James Hathaway, 'Fixing the Refugee System'

Lecture with slides (VIDEO) 

SPEAKER: Christine Bell, Edinburgh Law School 
LECTURE: "The Role of Human Rights in Peace Settlements – A Twenty-Five Year History: Northern Ireland’s Past and Current Struggles in Global Perspective"
VENUE: Queen’s University of Belfast                       DATE: 23 November 2015                               

ESIL LECTURE: Christine Bell

SPEAKER: Niels Blokker, Leiden University, NL
LECTURE: "Who Is Governing International Courts and Tribunals? On the Need for an Institutional Law Approach"
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                DATE: 17 November 2015

ESIL LECTURE: Niels Blokker

SPEAKER: Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, European Court of Human Rights
LECTURE: "The European Court of Human Rights Facing Europe in Crisis"
VENUE: European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg                       DATE: 16 October 2015

ESIL LECTURE: Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos

Speech (translation)


SPEAKER: Fausto Pocar, University of Milan

LECTURE: "Freedom of Movement and the Migration Issue in the European Context"
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                          DATE: 5 October 2015

ESIL LECTURE: Fausto Pocar


SPEAKER: Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University
LECTURE: "Le rôle de l’Organe d’appel dans la construction du droit international économique"
VENUE: Centre de droit international et transnational (CDIT) de la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval (Canada)                                                                                      DATE: 17 September 2015

ESIL LECTURE: Giorgio Sacerdoti

Lecture presentation

SPEAKER: Gary Born, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
LECTURE: "BITs, BATs, and Buts: Reflections on International Dispute Resolution"
VENUE: University of Nottingham School of Law                                         DATE: 25 March 2015

Gary Born delivers ESIL lecture at University of Nottingham



SPEAKER: Serge Sur, Université Panthéon-Assas - Paris 2
LECTURE: "La paix et la sécurité internationales selon la Charte des Nations Unies: virtualités et pratiques"
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                               DATE: 25 November 2014 



SPEAKER: Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University
LECTURE: "Rituals and Ritualism in the International Human Rights System"
VENUE: London School of Economics and Political Science                              DATE: 21 October 2014


ESIL LECTURE: Hilary Charlesworth

SPEAKER: Rosalyn Higgins, former President of the International Court of Justice
LECTURE: "Rules, Choices, and International Law", Inaugural Memorial Lecture for Professor Vojin Dimitrijević
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                          DATE: 6 October 2014

ESIL LECTURE: Rosalyn Higgins



SPEAKER: Interview with Helen Keller, European Court of Human Rights
LECTURE: 'Human Rights Protection: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights'
VENUE: University of Oslo, PluriCourts                                                            DATE: 8 September 2014

ESIL LECTURE: Helen Keller



SPEAKER: Dianne Otto, Melbourne Law School 
LECTURE: 'Feminist Encounters with International Human Rights Law'
VENUE: Melbourne Law School                                                                                    DATE:9 May 2014




SPEAKER: Ruti Teitel, New York Law School  
LECTURE: Judging and Judgment in the 21st Century: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge from Africa’s Leaders’
VENUE: New York Law School                                                                          DATE: 19 February 2014

Lecture flyer



SPEAKER: Marise Cremona, European University Institute
LECTURE: 'Constitutional Foundations of EU External Relations'
VENUE: University of Granada                                                                        DATE: 28 November 2013 

ESIL LECTURE: Marise Cremona



SPEAKER: Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
LECTURE: 'The Evolution of the Charter Concept of Collective Security'
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                         DATE: 26 November 2013 

ESIL Lecture: Vera Gowlland-Debbas



SPEAKER: Anne Peters, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law 
LECTURE: 'La transparence comme principe du droit international public'
VENUE: Université Panthéon-Assas                                                                DATE: 21 November 2013

Lecture Handout

ESIL Lecture: Anne Peters


SPEAKER: James Crawford, University of Cambridge  
LECTURE: 'Individual and Collective Responsibility of States for Acts of International Organizations'
VENUE: T.M.C. Asser Institute                                                                        DATE: 19 September 2013

Information about the lecture

James Crawford: Individual and Collective Responsibility of States for Acts of Int'l Organizations


SPEAKER: Philip Allott, University of Cambridge  
LECTURE: 'The True Nature of International Law'
VENUE: Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge           DATE8 March 2013

Lecture Handout (PDF)


Philip Allott - The True Nature of International Law


'We are witnessing the dawn of a new human world. What will be the role of law in the making and managing of the new human world? The conceptual structure of International Law that we have inherited from the 18th century is no longer appropriate. We must imagine the conceptual structure of a new kind of International Law for a new kind of human world. The time is near when International Law is at last recognised as true law within an international society that recognises itself as a true society, that is to say, the society of all human beings and all human societies'.


SPEAKER: An Interview with Jürgen Habermas (questions by Armin von Bogdandy)
LECTURE: 'Discourse Theory and International Law'
VENUE: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law  DATE: February 2013


Text of the Interview (Audio/video not available for this event)


SPEAKER: Anne Orford, University of Melbourne
LECTURE: 'Histories of International Law and Empire'
VENUE: University Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne)                                                DATE: 23 January 2013

Abstract (PDF)

Anne Orford - Histories of International Law and Empire


SPEAKER: Interview with Bruno Simma, former Judge at the International Court of Justice
LECTURE: International Law and Contemporary Challenges: Which Role for the ICJ?
VENUE: University of Oslo                                                                              DATE: 10 September 2012

ESIL Lecture Series - Interview with Bruno Simma


SPEAKER: Armin Von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
LECTURE: 'Sovereign Debt Restructuring as Exercises of Public Authority'
VENUE:  Universidad Autonoma de Madrid                                                              DATE: 2 March 2012

ESIL Lecture - Armin Von Bogdandy on 'Sovereign Debt Restructuring as Exercises of Public Authority'


SPEAKER: David Kennedy, Harvard Law School
LECTURE: 'Governance and the Return of Political Economy'
VENUE: American University in Cairo                                                                DATE: 12 February 2012

ESIL Lecture Series - David Kennedy on "Governance and the Return of Political Economy"


SPEAKER: Daniel Goldhagen, Harvard University
LECTURE: 'Worse than War'
VENUE: University of Basel                                                                                 DATE: 26 October 2011

ESIL Lecture Series - Daniel Goldhagen's "Worse than War"