Centre for International Law: Soft Law Roundtable

29 November 2022, 1.00 PM - 29 November 2022, 3.00 PM

Lady Hale Moot Court Room, 8-10 Berkely Square

The idea that law is distinct and ought to be distinguishable from other norms is a central tenet of international legal theory and practice. However, in reality, things are complicated and boundaries are blurred. In particular, the paradoxical notion of ‘soft law’ – non-binding rules, standards, and mechanisms nonetheless depicted in legal form – plays an influential role in contemporary global governance. 
The Centre for International Law is organising a ‘roundtable’ event where a number of Centre members will discuss how ‘soft law’ plays a role in their fields of research and debate the nature, utility, and implications of this paradoxical bundle of norms.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Kathryn Allinson
  • Dr Yeliz Budak
  • Dr Phil Burton
  • Dr Manoj Dias-Abey
  • Dr Lee McConnell
  • Dr Greg Messenger
  • Chris Gray
Their contributions will cover diverse fields of international law and practice including human rights, refugee law, trade law, and international labour law. The contributions are intended to build on the ideas that you are studying in class and illustrate how these dynamics play out at the cutting edge of research.
The roundtable will take place on Tuesday 29 November (1-3pm) in the Lady Hale Moot Court Room. It is 'in-person' only and you can reserve a spot through the Eventbrite!


Contact information

For further information, please contact the Centre Executive Assistant Mei Mei Cheung via law-research-exec@bristol.ac.uk.

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