Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice from Queen Mary’s School of Law has been elected to the Institut de Droit International, one of the most prestigious distinctions for scholars specialising in private and public international law.
8 October 2019
Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice holds a chair of public international law at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London. She specialises in international environmental law; the law of treaties; and indigenous peoples and has published widely in this area.
Professor Fitzmaurice has delivered a variety of international lectures including one on the International Protection of the Environment at The Hague Academy of International Law. Between 2013 and 2015 she was involved in a multi-stakeholder project funded by the EU Commission on environmental crime and she continues to teach a variety of modules at Queen Mary.
Professor Fitzmaurice said: “It is a big honour to be elected as a member of the Institut de Droit International. In particular this means a lot to me as I was voted for by my peers. I look forward to continuing to work alongside them in this most prestigious law society.”
Founded in Ghent, Belgium, in 1873, the Institut de Droit International is a learned society which aims to promote the progress of international law and peace.
To date, the organisation has almost 130 members among eminent academics and scholars of private as well as public international law from around the world.
In principle, the Institute meets every two years. Between Sessions, Scientific Commissions study themes chosen by the plenary Assembly. The latter receives the work of the Commissions, examines them attentively and if appropriate adopts Resolutions of a normative character.
These Resolutions are then brought to the attention of governmental authorities, international organisations as well as the scientific community in order to contribute to the development of international law.
In 1904 the Institute of International Law was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of its action in favour of arbitration among states, a peaceful means of settling disputes.
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