Centre for International Law celebration for Professor Sir Malcolm Evans

15 December 2022, 5.00 PM - 15 December 2022, 6.30 PM

Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building

On 15 December, the Centre for International Law is hosting an event to celebrate Professor Sir Malcolm Evans' time and career at the University of Bristol.

Sir Malcolm Evans, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Bristol, will be leaving us at the end of this year to become Principal of Regents Park College, Oxford. Malcolm was Head of the School of Law from 2003-2005 and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law from 2005-2009.

His many achievements from his time at Bristol include becoming a member of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture in 2009 and serving as its Chair from 2011-2020. From 2002 - 2013 he was a member of the OSCE ODIHR Advisory Council on the Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Since 2010, Malcolm has been a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group and in 2015 he was appointed as a Member of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales. He is also General Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and Co-Editor in Chief of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion.

Malcolm was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2016 New Year Honours, for services to torture prevention and religious freedom, having previously been awarded the OBE in 2004.

A distinguished panel will be joining us to celebrate and discuss the many highlights of Professor Sir Malcolm Evans' career, including Professor Phoebe Okowa, Professor Achilles Skordas, Professor Ahmed Shaheed and Professor Robert McCorquodale.


Professor Phoebe Okowa is Professor of Public International Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Educated at the University of Nairobi and Oxford, she previously taught at the University of Bristol and has held visiting appointments at the University of Lille and Stockholm. In 2017, she was nominated by the Government of Kenya to the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In 2021 she was elected to the International Law Commission for a period of five years, becoming the first African woman to serve as a member of the commission.

Professor Achilles Skordas is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg. He studied, and later taught, law at the University of Athens-Greece, and was awarded a PhD by the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main. Professor Skordas has since held Professorial positions at the University of Bristol (2008-2020) and the University of Copenhagen (2016-2018). He has acted as advisor to the Greek Parliament on international legal affairs, including Migration and Refugee Law and Policy.

Professor Ahmed Shaheed is Professor of International Human Rights Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He directs the Human Rights Centre's Religion and Equality Project, Freedom of Religion or Belief for All in Uzbekistan Project and the Essex Summer School on Human Rights Research and Practice. He serves as an adviser to the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and is a member of the Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief convened by the Office for Democratic Insitutions and Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief from 2016 to 2022 having previously served as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran from 2011 to 2016.

Professor Robert McCorquodale began as a commercial litigation lawyer in Sydney and London and then became an academic at Cambridge, ANU and the University of Nottingham. He combines this with being a barrister at Brick Court Chambers, London. He has been head of two law schools and was the director of for 10 years of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), one of the world's leading independent applied legal research bodies. In August 2022, Robert was appointed to the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Reserve your seat via Eventbrite. We do hope you can join us for this celebratory event.

Contact information

For queries, contact Centre Administrator Mei Mei Cheung law-research-exec@bristol.ac.uk 

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