Lettre du Président
Dear ESIL members and other jurists interested in international law,
Welcome to the website of the European Society of International Law. Here you will find information about our numerous activities and fields of interest. This Society is open to the world and members come from more than one hundred countries. We hope that you will find looking at our website a valuable and enjoyable experience.
The 14th ESIL Annual Conference was held at the University of Manchester (13-15 September 2018). On that occasion, seven members were elected to join the Board for the next four years: Christina Binder (Bundeswehr University Munich), Paolo Farah (West Virginia University), Gleider Hernandez (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), Photini Pazartzis (National & Kapodistrian University of Athens), Evelyne Schmid (Université de Lausanne), Ramses Wessel (University of Twente) and Ganna Yudkivska (Judge at the European Court of Human Rights). In addition, Pål Wrange has been coopted to the Board as the head of the organizing team of the 2020 ESIL Annual Conference that will take place in Stockholm and Joanne Scott has been coopted as the person responsible for liaison with the European University Institute. Our Society can be proud of this geographical diversity and of the fact that for the first time in its existence women are in the majority on the Board.
The 2019 ESIL Research Forum was held at Göttingen University (3-5 April 2019) with a record attendance in terms of the number of participants and the number of ESIL Interest Group workshops. The organizing team lead by Peter-Tobias Stoll did an excellent job. The synergies and challenges between the international and the domestic notions of the rule of law generated stimulating debates on state of the art legal and political problems impinging on many countries, and in particular on Europe.
The vigour of the 15 Interest Groups is one of ESIL’s main contributions to the scientific debate and the groups provide a forum for networking and for the exchange of ideas with colleagues working in the same field of international law. Many members are involved in the activities of these groups, which are a constant source of innovation and stimulation for the Society.
Besides the Annual Conference (the next in Athens on 12-14 September 2019) and the yearly Research Forum (the next in Catania in April 2020), ESIL organizes and sponsors numerous events throughout Europe and beyond. You can find information about all the events on this website together with information about all the other ESIL activities (publications, ESIL Lectures, prizes, grants, and so on).
Previous Presidents and previous Board members have built a complex and well-functioning machine and we benefit from the work that has already been done. To keep things going is a great challenge and an exciting task, but it is also this Board’s aim to develop new initiatives. We aim to reinforce our relationship with other international law societies and to find ways to expand membership, particularly in countries on the periphery of Europe. The Society should look for means to promote core European values (democracy, rule of law, human rights) without getting involved in politics and we should continue to open up our Society to the new generation of researchers and to practitioners.
Many other ideas for the further development of the Society will come from our members. You are always welcome to make suggestions to the Board: all the members of the Board are open to new ideas that can benefit ESIL and its members. Please contact us at any time.
I am looking forward to meeting you at a future ESIL event,
Luis M. Hinojosa-Martínez
President, European Society of International Law (ESIL)