ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

vrijdag 24 april 2015

CONFERENCE: International Law and Time (Graduate Institute, Geneva, 12-13 June 2015)

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The Department of International Law at the Graduate Institute (Geneva) has announced the programme for its upcoming conference on International Law and Time, previously signalled on this blog.

Day 1:

Friday, 12 June 2015

09.00 – 10.00 | Registration and Coffee

10.00 – 10.15 | Welcome

Klara Polackova van der Ploeg, Luca Pasquet and León Castellanos Jankiewicz, conference conveners
The Graduate Institute, International Law Department

10:15 – 12:00 | Opening Roundtable: Time in International Law and International Law Overtime
Roundtable Chair: Andrea Bianchi, Head of the International Law Department

Zachary Douglas QC, Marcelo Kohen, Nico Krisch, Joost Pauwelyn
The Graduate Institute, International Law Department

12.00 – 13.30 | Lunch (provided)

13.30 – 15.00 | Panel 1 - Attributing Meaning to Time: Visions of History and Future

Human Rights in Time & Being
Juhana Mikael Salojärvi, University of Helsinki

Digressing towards Justice: International Criminal Law’s Narrative of Moral Transit Through Violence
Timothy Waters, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law

International Lawyers 'of the South' in 'Abject Times'
Adil Khan, The Graduate Institute

15.00 – 15.30 | Coffee Break and Refreshments

15.30 – 17.00 | Panel 2 – Role of Time in the Creation of Norms

How to Create Instant and Universal International Law: the 1856 Declaration of Paris and its Legacy
Jan Martin Lemnitzer, University of Oxford

‘Incrementalism’ and the Development of Normative Frameworks of Protection for Displaced Persons
Rob Grace, Harvard University, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research

Different Time-Horizons in the Interplay between Domestic and International Law and Governance
Tommaso Soave, The Graduate Institute & Shashank Kumar, WTO

17.00 – 17.30 | Coffee Break and Refreshments

17.30 – 19.00 | Panel 3 Time and the Operation of International Law Norms

Time and the Law of State Responsibility: Emerging Concepts of “Continuing Breach” and Related Issues in Contemporary International Jurisprudence
Rob Howse, New York University & Barry Appleton, Appleton & Associates

Temporal Considerations in Treaty Interpretation: Do Treaties Endure, Perdure or Exdure?
Panos Merkouris, University of Groningen

China, Confucian Time and International Law: A Normative and Behavioral Account
Matthias Vanhullebusch, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, KoGuan Law School

20.00 – 22.00 | Dinner (provided)
Hotel Royal, Salon Gustave Ador
41 Rue de Lausanne, Geneva 1201
Day 2:

Saturday, 13 June 2015

09.30 – 11.00 | Panel 4 - International Law between Change and Stability

International Law, Perception, and the Problem of Time
Gregory Messenger, University of Oxford

International Environmental Law: The Challenge of Resilience
Jaye Ellis, McGill University

Human Rights as Chronometers of Time and Change
Martin Waehlisch, American University of Beirut (TBC)

11.00 – 11.30 | Coffee Break and Refreshments

11.30 – 13.00 |  Panel 5 – Continuity, Discontinuity, Recurrence

The ‘Minimum Standard of Treatment’: The Fascinating Story behind Emergence, the Disappearance and the Resurrection of a Concept
Patrick Dumberry, University of Ottawa

The International Public Corporation Today – Ever More Relevant?
Dotse Tsikata, University of California, Davis / African Development Bank

Mediating Time in International Law: Peace Agreements between Rupture and Continuity
Philipp Kastner, University of Western Australia

Self-determination as Ideology: The Cold War, the End of Empire, and the Making of UN General Assembly Resolution 1514 (14 December 1960)
Victor Kattan, National University of Singapore

13.00 – 14.30 | Lunch (provided)

14.30 – 16.00 | Panel 6 – Dealing with the Past: Legacy, Retroactivity and Beyond

Re-Constructing History through Courts: Narratives of Legacy in International Criminal Justice
Carsten Stahn, Leiden University, Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies

Croatie v. Serbie: date critique aux fins d’examiner la compétence et problèmes de rétroactivité dans le règlement judiciaire des différends
Lorenzo Palestini, The Graduate Institute

Some Considerations on Presentism and Historcism in International Law
Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff, The Graduate Institute

16.00 – 16.30 | Coffee Break and Refreshments

16.30 – 17.00 | Wrap-up
León Castellanos Jankiewicz, Klara Polackova van der Ploeg, Luca Pasquet, conference conveners

17.00 | Good–Bye Drink 

A PDF version can be found here.
Further details on the conference website.