Postgraduate International Law Conference 3 – 4 July in WMB
1 July 2014
The first postgraduate law conference ‘Conflict of Legal Norms and Interests: European and International Perspectives’ will host around 30 speakers, who are research students and early career researchers in Universities across the UK, Europe and the US.
Theme of the conference
The key idea is that international law develops in distinct legal orders. Trade rules develop separately from environmental law, EU law from national legal orders, human rights from investment law, community rules from international law, counter- terrorism responses from human rights. These orders are autonomous to the extent that they have different regulatory domains and aims, law-making procedures and arbitrators, represent different groups of actors and comprise different legal epistemic communities. Very often however, conflicts arise between the norms or interests of two legal orders, challenging the autonomy of the latter.
The conference aims to explore how these conflicts arise and which legal or extra- legal methods are employed by the relevant actors, such as arbitration tribunals, international organisations and states, to resolve them. Both theoretical and practical approaches are relevant to investigate the effects of norm collisions on the separate legal orders and the development of the international legal system more general. Is international law fragmented, threatening the coherence and effectiveness of the international legal order? Or has this pluralism resulted in the constitutionalisation of the international legal order?
The presentations explore the following legal areas:
• collective security
• human rights
• international criminal law
• international investment law
• international commercial law
• refugee law
• constitutionalisation of the EU legal order and EU external relations
The keynote address will be given by Professor Malcolm Evans OBE, Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol and Chair of the United Nations Sub-Committee for the Prevention of Torture.
The conference is organised by Sofia Galani and Lisa Mardikian and is funded by the School of Law.
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