International Order and Justice Lecture Series

Target group

The Specialist Course is aimed in the first place at doctoral researchers affiliated to Ghent Law School as well as at doctoral researchers from other law faculties. It will be of interest to researchers working in the broader international legal domain, but also, for instance, to researchers working in other fields of law, such as legal history or law & economics. Furthermore, the topics of the lectures have a cross-disciplinary appeal, and may be of interest to researchers from other faculties, chiefly researchers in the history departments, as well as polemologists and international relations scholars.

Level

All PhD students

Organising Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters (KULeuven)

Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Tom Ruys (Ghent University)
  • Dr. Frederik Dhondt (Ghent University)
  • Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters (KULeuven)
  • Prof. Dr. Pierre d'Argent, (Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve)
  • Prof. Dr. Muriel Saillard, (Université de Lille 2)

Content

As part of the International Order and Justice Lecture Series, eight experts with recognized expertise and a close affinity with the deep roots of international law and its place in the international community will each deliver a public lecture on topics ranging from the law of the sea, and international fact-finding missions, to reparation of damages after war. Particular attention is paid to the interaction between law and politics, the historical roots of international law, and the evolution of its place in the international community. The public lectures – which are divided evenly over the first and second semester – are moreover combined with closed interactive sessions, organized exclusively for doctoral researchers. The gist of these sessions is that, each time, two (and exceptionally more) researchers will give a presentation relating to a recent publication, a publication under preparation, or on ongoing research, and which specifically comes within the expertise of one of the invited speakers, who will act as respondent. The closed sessions thus offer a unique opportunity for doctoral students to get first-hand feedback from an established legal scholar in their domain, and will allow for other doctoral researchers to participate in the ensuing debate and to interact with highly reputed academics and practitioners.

Doctoral researchers wishing to present during one of the interactive sessions are invited to submit a short proposal (abstract of no more than 300 words) to the organizers (see contact details) and specify the session during which they would like to do so. Presentations must not overlap with the topics of the parallel public lectures, but should generally relate to the broader expertise of the external guests.

Programme  -  Poster

  • Tuesday 31 October 2017  from 12h30-14h00 and 14h30-16h00 (Venue see flyer)

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Erik Franckx (Vrije Universiteit Brussel): The UN Convention for the Law of the Sea and the sramble for the Arctic

  • Wednesday 22 + Thursday 23 November 2017 from 10h00-11h30 and 17h00-18h30 (Venue see flyer)

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Anne van Aaken (University of St Gallen): Behavioural economics and international law

  • Thursday 7 December 2017 from 10h00-12h00 and 13h30-15h00 (Venue see flyer)

Seminar + lecture by H.E. Judge James Crawford (International Court of Justice): Public policy v. property protection - an international law perspective (keynote lecture in the context of the faculty's Freedom Under Pressure conference

  • Monday 11 + Tuesday 12 December 2017 from 16h00-17h30 and 16h00-17h30 (Venue see flyer)

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Anne Orford (University of Melbourne): Civil War, Intervention, and the Transformation of International Law

  • Monday 19 February 2018 from 10h00-11h30 and 13h00-14h30 (Venue see flyer)

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Stephen Neff (University of Edinburgh): The Standard of Civilization in International Law

  • Tuesday 6 March 2018 -  (Venue see flyer) -  Time schedule has changed:  the open lecture will take place at 9.30 a.m. (Pleitlokaal). The closed seminar for PhD students will be held at 12.00 on the same day. Sandwiches will be provided.
    There is no need to register again on the event manager. If you have practical questions, please do not hesitate to contact by email.

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Larissa van den Herik (Leiden University): Fact-finding and inquiry in International Law

  • Tuesday 20 March 2018 from 9h30-11h00 and 12h30-14h00 (Venue see flyer)
    (This seminar was originally planned on 13 March but has been postponed with 1 week). There is no need to register again on the event manager, all registrations will be valid on the 20th.
    If you have practical questions, please do not hesitate to contact by email.

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Hans Van Houtte (President Iran-US Claims Tribunal): Reparation of damages after war

  • Monday 19 March 2018 from 10h00-11h30 and 13h00-14h30 (Venue see flyer)

Seminar + lecture by Prof. Dr. Georg Nolte (UN International Law Commission/Humboldt University Berlin): The International Law Commission after 70 years: Its Role and Challenges

Registration and information

Flyer Lecture series

Please follow the registration link: https://webapps.ugent.be/eventManager/events/orderjustice

Registration fee

The registration fee for the full lecture series is €120; a single session (public lecture + corresponding interactive session) comes at €25. A reduced registration fee of €50 and €15 resp. applies for the following categories: doctoral students enrolled at KU Leuven or VUB, members of the International Law Association and members of the Belgian Society of International Law. Participation in the Specialist Course will be free of charge for doctoral researchers and students of Ghent University.

Preparation

Prior to each of the public lectures and closed sessions, the organizers will circulate a number of reading materials, i.e., articles or book chapters authored by the international experts concerned, which enrolled doctoral researchers will be required to read in advance of the sessions, so as to stimulate the discussions.

Evaluation criteria (doctoral training programme)

Presence and active participation (min. 15 contact hours).