The ESIL Lecture Series hosts broadcasts of presentations on international law topics held at partner institutions, allowing the presentation to reach a wider audience of ESIL members and non-members alike.

ESIL Lectures are available on our website, below, and on our Youtube Channel.

To propose an ESIL Lecture, please read the ESIL Conference Series Guidelines.

ESIL Lecture Series Committee: Veronika Fikfak and Inga Martinkute


Forthcoming ESIL Lectures:


Past Lectures:

SPEAKER: Ms. Jelena Pejić

LECTURE: International humanitarian law against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine

VENUE: Aero Klub, Belgrade          DATE: 5 October 2022

SPEAKER: Prof. Jean d’Aspremont

LECTURE: The Discourse on Customary International Law

VENUE: University of Graz          DATE: 30 September 2022

SPEAKER: Prof. Jan Wouters

LECTURE: Enhancing the Rule of Law in Europe and in the World: Mission Impossible?

VENUE: University of Granada          DATE: 18 March 2022

: Prof. Pierre Bodeau-Livinec

LECTURE: Responsibility, Liability, Accountability. Les incertitudes de la responsabilité des organisations internationales

VENUE: University of Geneva          DATE: 14 December 2021


SPEAKER: Prof. Mariano Aznar Gómez

LECTURE: Maritime Claims and Underwater Archaeology. When History Meets Politics

VENUE: University of Helsinki, Center for European Studies          DATE: 25 November 2021


SPEAKER: Prof. Concepción Escobar Hernández
LECTURE: Immunity of State officials from criminal jurisdiction
VENUE: University of Deusto           DATE: 20 September 2021

SPEAKER: Catharine Titi
LECTURE: Nationality and Representation on the International Bench
VENUE: Online                                   DATE: 25 November 2020

SPEAKER: Robin Geiß
LECTURE: Disruptive Military Technologies
VENUE: Geneva Academy               DATE: 26 February 2020

SPEAKER: Anastasios Gourgourinis
LECTURE: Attribution of Lawful Conduct to the State for the Purposes of International Responsibility
VENUE: Athens Mediation & Arbitration Organization                                                DATE: 31 May 2019


SPEAKER: Giovanni Distefano
LECTURE: Le pacte Briand-Kellog à l’heure de ses 90 ans – La consécration d’une idée révolutionnaire
VENUE: University of  Geneva                                                               DATE: 27 November 2018

SPEAKER: Christian J. Tams
LECTURE: The Centenary of a ”Great Experiment”: The League of Nations and its Legacy
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                DATE: 23 October 2018

SPEAKER: José Manuel Sobrino Heredia
LECTURE: Coexistence de l’activité de pêche avec les industries gazières, pétrolières et minières sous-marines
VENUE: University of Nantes                                                               DATE: 16 October 2018

SPEAKER: Manfred Nowak
LECTURE: The need to fight for human rights: Vojin Dimitrijevic memorial lecture
VENUE: Belgrade Center for Human Rights                                      DATE: 5 October 2018

SPEAKER: Ekaterina Trendafilova
LECTURE: The Kosovo Specialist Chambers as a New Model of Transitional Justice in the Balkan Region
VENUE: University of Sofia                                                                   DATE: 24 April 2018

SPEAKER: Veronika Fikfak
LECTURE: Monetising Human Rights
VENUE: King’s College London                                                       DATE: 13 April 2018


SPEAKER: Attila Tanzi
LECTURE: The Prevention And Settlement Of Hydroelectric Industry Related Disputes Under International Law: A Multi-Layered Approach
VENUE: Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London       DATE: 5 April 2018


SPEAKERLorenzo Gradoni
LECTURE: Position and Agency of the WTO Dispute Settlement System in the Fragmented World of International Adjudication
VENUE: University of Naples Federico II                                         DATE: 28 February 2018


SPEAKER: Olivier de Frouville

LECTURE: Le Rôle de la Société Civile dans les Organisations Internationales : Théorie(s) et Pratique(s)
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                     DATE: 31 October 2017



SPEAKER: Morten Kjaerum
LECTURE: The duty to engage – the recipe for trust in a world of angst.
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                 DATE: 4 October 2017


SPEAKER: Erika de Wet, University of Pretoria

LECTURE: Military Intervention by Invitation in the 21st Century
VENUE: Université de Genève                                                                   DATE: 20 February 2017


SPEAKER: Jean-Marc Sorel, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
LECTURE: “Le foisonnement et la variété des organismes dans la régulation financière internationale
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                     DATE: 25 October 2016


SPEAKERChristian Tomuschat, Humboldt University (Berlin)
LECTURE: “Syria – Challenge to the International System for the Protection of Human Rights
VENUEBelgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                   DATE: 4 October 2016

SPEAKERFionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota Law School
LECTURE:The Gendered Landscape of International, Regional and Local Approaches to Peacemaking
VENUE: Ulster University, Northern Ireland                                                        DATE27 June 2016


SPEAKERJames Hathaway, University of Michigan Law School
LECTUREFixing the Refugee System
VENUEUniversity of Amsterdam School of Law                                               DATE: 13 May 2016         

Lecture with slides (VIDEO) 

SPEAKER: Christine Bell, Edinburgh Law School
LECTURE: “The Role of Human Rights in Peace Settlements – A Twenty-Five Year History: Northern Ireland’s Past and Current Struggles in Global Perspective
VENUE: Queen’s University of Belfast                       DATE: 23 November 2015                               

SPEAKER: Niels Blokker, Leiden University, NL
LECTURE: “Who Is Governing International Courts and Tribunals? On the Need for an Institutional Law Approach
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                DATE: 17 November 2015

SPEAKER: Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, European Court of Human Rights
LECTURE: The European Court of Human Rights Facing Europe in Crisis
VENUE: European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg                       DATE: 16 October 2015


Speech (translation)


SPEAKER: Fausto Pocar, University of Milan

LECTURE: “Freedom of Movement and the Migration Issue in the European Context
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                          DATE: 5 October 2015



SPEAKER: Giorgio Sacerdoti, Bocconi University
LECTURE: “Le rôle de l’Organe d’appel dans la construction du droit international économique
VENUE: Centre de droit international et transnational (CDIT) de la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval (Canada)                                                                                      DATE: 17 September 2015


Lecture presentation

SPEAKER: Gary Born, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
LECTURE: “BITs, BATs, and Buts: Reflections on International Dispute Resolution
VENUE: University of Nottingham School of Law                                         DATE: 25 March 2015



SPEAKER: Serge Sur, Université Panthéon-Assas – Paris 2
LECTURE: “La paix et la sécurité internationales selon la Charte des Nations Unies: virtualités et pratiques
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                               DATE: 25 November 2014 


SPEAKER: Hilary Charlesworth, Australian National University
LECTURE: “Rituals and Ritualism in the International Human Rights System
VENUE: London School of Economics and Political Science                              DATE: 21 October 2014


SPEAKER: Rosalyn Higgins, former President of the International Court of Justice
LECTURE: “Rules, Choices, and International Law”, Inaugural Memorial Lecture for Professor Vojin Dimitrijević
VENUE: Belgrade Centre for Human Rights                                                          DATE: 6 October 2014



SPEAKER: Interview with Helen Keller, European Court of Human Rights
LECTURE: ‘Human Rights Protection: The Role of the European Court of Human Rights’
VENUE: University of Oslo, PluriCourts                                                            DATE: 8 September 2014


SPEAKER: Dianne Otto, Melbourne Law School 
LECTURE: ‘Feminist Encounters with International Human Rights Law’
VENUE: Melbourne Law School                                                                                    DATE:9 May 2014



SPEAKER: Ruti Teitel, New York Law School  
LECTURE: Judging and Judgment in the 21st Century: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge from Africa’s Leaders’
VENUE: New York Law School                                                                          DATE: 19 February 2014

Lecture flyer


SPEAKER: Marise Cremona, European University Institute
LECTURE: ‘Constitutional Foundations of EU External Relations’
VENUE: University of Granada                                                                        DATE: 28 November 2013 




SPEAKER: Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
LECTURE: ‘The Evolution of the Charter Concept of Collective Security’
VENUE: University of Geneva                                                                         DATE: 26 November 2013 



SPEAKER: Anne Peters, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
LECTURE: ‘La transparence comme principe du droit international public’
VENUE: Université Panthéon-Assas                                                                DATE: 21 November 2013

Lecture Handout


SPEAKER: James Crawford, University of Cambridge  
LECTURE: ‘Individual and Collective Responsibility of States for Acts of International Organizations’
VENUE: T.M.C. Asser Institute                                                                        DATE: 19 September 2013

Information about the lecture



SPEAKER: Philip Allott, University of Cambridge  
LECTURE: ‘The True Nature of International Law’
VENUE: Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge           DATE8 March 2013

Lecture Handout (PDF)


‘We are witnessing the dawn of a new human world. What will be the role of law in the making and managing of the new human world? The conceptual structure of International Law that we have inherited from the 18th century is no longer appropriate. We must imagine the conceptual structure of a new kind of International Law for a new kind of human world. The time is near when International Law is at last recognised as true law within an international society that recognises itself as a true society, that is to say, the society of all human beings and all human societies‘.


SPEAKER: An Interview with Jürgen Habermas (questions by Armin von Bogdandy)
LECTURE: ‘Discourse Theory and International Law’
VENUE: Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law  DATE: February 2013


Text of the Interview (Audio/video not available for this event)


SPEAKER: Anne Orford, University of Melbourne
LECTURE: ‘Histories of International Law and Empire’
VENUE: University Paris 1 (Panthéon Sorbonne)                                                DATE: 23 January 2013

Abstract (PDF)




SPEAKER: Interview with Bruno Simma, former Judge at the International Court of Justice
LECTURE: International Law and Contemporary Challenges: Which Role for the ICJ?
VENUE: University of Oslo                                                                              DATE: 10 September 2012



SPEAKER: Armin Von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
LECTURE: ‘Sovereign Debt Restructuring as Exercises of Public Authority’
VENUE:  Universidad Autonoma de Madrid                                                              DATE: 2 March 2012



SPEAKER: David Kennedy, Harvard Law School
LECTURE: ‘Governance and the Return of Political Economy’
VENUE: American University in Cairo                                                                DATE: 12 February 2012


SPEAKER: Daniel Goldhagen, Harvard University
LECTURE: ‘Worse than War’
VENUE: University of Basel                                                                                 DATE: 26 October 2011