CIL Seminar: "The World in a Court: On the Glocalization of International Law"

2 November 2023, 1.00 PM - 2 November 2023, 2.00 PM

Esmé Shirlow

2.13 Wills Memorial Building/ Hybrid

The Centre for International Law will be hosting Esmé Shirlow, Associate Professor at the Australian National University's Collage of Law on Thursday 2nd November 2023 to present a talk entitled: "The World in a Court: On the Glocalization of International Law".  

Esmé Shirlow is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University’s College of Law where she teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international dispute settlement, and international investment law and arbitration. Esmé is currently a Visiting Academic at the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies. She is the General Editor of the Australian Year Book of International Law and an Associate Editor with the ICSID Review and Kluwer Arbitration Blog. She is Vice-President (Australia) of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, and Co-Chair of the Society’s International Economic Law Interest Group. Esmé is admitted as a solicitor in the Australian Capital Territory and maintains a practice in the field of international law advising parties to investment treaty claims and in proceedings before the International Court of Justice. Prior to joining the ANU, she worked in the Australian Government’s Office of International Law.

The International Court of Justice, also known as the “World Court,” is the oldest and only international court with general subject-matter jurisdiction of unlimited geographical scope. It is also a court with a strong organizational culture that is shaped by a small club of insiders. This presentation will draw from an ongoing collaborative project, with Associate Professor Florian Grisel (Oxford), to present data drawn from a series of interviews with these insiders which suggests that the Court’s organizational culture provides a local backbone for the global development of international law. The presentation will explore how, by providing a point of overlap between (competing) legal traditions, languages, and professional groups, the World Court contributes to the ‘glocalization’ of international law.

This event is open to University of Bristol staff, students and members of the public. If you are external and wish to attend this event, please email Paige Spicer to ensure the joining link is sent to you.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Centre Executive Assistant, Paige Spicer


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