School of Law

Structural Challenges Facing International Organisations: Re-Assessing the League of Nations

11 April 2013 - 12 April 2013

Time: 3:30 - 5:30pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

The School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, the School of Law, University of Glasgow and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland are pleased to invite you to a two day conference.

15:00 -19:30 on Thursday 11 April 2013 and 09:00 - 17:30 on Friday 12 April 2013

How to Book

This event is free to attend but registration is essential. Visit Eventbrite to book your place.



Thursday 11 April 2013

  • 15.30 Opening Remarks
    His Excellency Under-Secretary of State of State Dr Maciej Szpunar, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland
    Professor Morag Shiach, Vice-Principal and Executive Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London

    General Introduction
    Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary, University of London
    Professor Christian J Tams, University of Glasgow
  • 16.00 Universality versus Coherence
    Presentation: Dr Thomas Grant, University of Cambridge
    Comments: Professor Roman Kwiecien, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

    – Discussion and coffee break –
  • 18.00 Keynote Address: Lessons from the League of Nations
    Stephen Mathias, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, New York

    – Discussion, to be followed by a reception –

Friday 12 April 2013

  • 09.00 The Role of Law in the International Order of the League
    Presentation: Professor Stephan Wittich, University of Vienna
    Comments: Ms Katherine del Mar, London

    – Discussion and coffee break –
  • 11.00 The Relevance of ‘Functional’ Cooperation
    Presentation: Professor Mark Toufayan, University of Ottawa
    Comments: Professor Thomas Bruha, University of Hamburg

    – Discussion and lunch break –
  • 14.00 The Organisation’s Capacity for Reform and Adaptation
    Presentation: Professor Cezary Mik, Warsaw
    Comments: Professor Duncan French, Head of the Lincoln Law School, University of Lincoln

    – Discussion and coffee break –
  • 15.30 Concluding Remarks
    Professor Christian J Tams, University of Glasgow
    Professor Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of Department of Law, Queen Mary


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