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Jurisdiction in International Law Workshop

29 November 2017

Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Venue: Collette Bowe Room, Queens Building , Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS

This event hosted by the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) and is a work in progress workshop involving a number of contributors to Allen, Costelloe, Fitzmaurice, Gragl, Guntrip (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

The Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law is intended as an authoritative guide to the rapidly developing field of jurisdiction in international law. It seeks to provide a comprehensive analysis of historical, contemporary, and emerging issues in the area of State jurisdiction. The principal aim of this book is to interrogate this intricate, but under-developed, area of law which is beset by normative conflicts. Recent developments have threatened the traditional conception of State jurisdiction. For example, the need to respond to global phenomena has meant that established exclusive conceptions of jurisdiction are being supplanted by extra-territorial interpretations of authority. This shift has major ramifications for the international legal rules concerning jurisdiction, which have functioned on the assumption that States possess exclusive authority within certain areas and that international law merely performs the modest task of resolving co-ordination problems, when they arise. However, it is increasingly becoming apparent – from an array of international instruments and institutional initiatives in discrete areas; the decisions of a host of international and national judicial bodies and through the work of scholars in a range of fields – that orthodox approaches to State jurisdiction are unable to cope with contemporary global conditions and new phenomena are defying categorization in this respect. Against this background, the Handbook will focus on the ways in which international law responds to the jurisdictional challenges that currently confront it. It will endeavour to do this by examining the topic of jurisdiction in a holistic manner and by interrogating the cross-over points and interactions between a variety of distinct facets (e.g. public international law/private international law, general/special regimes, theory/practice). These approaches will be undertaken with a view to offering fresh insights into the practical and theoretical function of jurisdiction in modern international law.


09.30: Welcome & Introduction

09.30-11.00 Panel 1

  • Chair: Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice (QMUL)
  • The Challenges for State Jurisdiction in International Law, Professor Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht)
  • Bases of Jurisdiction and Other Sources of Law, Dr Tom Grant (Cambridge)
  • Navigating Diffuse Jurisdictions: Intra-State Aspects, Professor Helen Quane (Swansea).

11.00-11.30: Coffee Break

11.30- 13.00 Panel 2

  • Chair: Dr Paul Gragl (QMUL)
  • Human Rights, Professor Wouter Vandehole (Antwerp)
  • The Relationship between Concepts of ‘Jurisdiction’ in Human Rights Law and General International Law, Dr Ralph Wilde (UCL)
  • Immanuel Kant and Jurisdiction in International Law Dr Stephan Wittich (Vienna).

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Panel 3

  • Chair: Dr Edward Guntrip (Sussex)
  • The Similarities between Private International Law and Jurisdiction in Public International Law, Dr Uta Kohl (Aberystwyth)
  • Private law regulation and private interests in public international law jurisdiction, Dr Alex Mills (UCL)
  • WTO and Jurisdiction, Dr Joanna Gomula (Cambridge).

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.30: Panel 4

  • Chair: Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax (QMUL)
  • International Criminal Jurisdiction Professor Kirsten Schmalenbach (Salzburg)
  • Jurisdiction and State Responsibility, Dr Kimberley Trapp (UCL)
  • Jurisdiction in the Context of International Territorial Administration, Dr James Summers (Lancaster).

17.30: Drinks Reception (all attendees) and Dinner (for speakers).


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