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CEILA Annual Lecture 2023-24 with Professor Jan Klabbers

When: Monday, February 12, 2024, 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Room 2.10, Second Floor, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Speaker: Professor Jan Klabbers

The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) is pleased to invite Professor Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki) to deliver this year's Annual Lecture on 'Opening Up the Law of International Organizations' at the School of Law, Queen Mary University of London.


International organizations (such as the World Health Organization or the International Telecommunication Union) are usually conceptualized as creatures set up by states to do things for those states. While this is not inaccurate, it misses an important part of the picture: states have few interests of themselves, and usually act as conduits for the interests of others, whether companies, private citizens, or civil society organizations. Bringing these into the fold, it may be assumed, must have ramifications for the way in which international organization lawyers approach their objects of study. Drawing on his current ERC-sponsored project (PRIVIGO: International Organizations between Mission and Market), Jan Klabbers will address the various ways in which international organizations interact and intersect with the private sector and some of the consequences this has for the study of the law of international organizations.

Speaker Bio

Jan Klabbers is professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki. Recent publications include International Law (4th edn., CUP 2023), The Cambridge Companion to International Organizations Law (ed., CUP 2022) and Virtue in Global Governance: Judgment and Discretion (CUP 2022).

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