Inaugural hybrid (Lund/online) workshop: 9-10 January 2025

Author conferences in Marseille, Istanbul and The Hague: 2025-2026

Discussed and dismissed, celebrated and critiqued, the Case of the S.S. “Lotus” has inspired controversial debates ever since it was decided by Max Huber’s presidential casting vote in 1927. As we approach the centenary of the Lotus Case in 2027, we invite reflections on the legacy of the decision and the principle it stands for. Our aim is to discuss the historical significance of the case, assess the impact it had on the theory and practice of international law and to consider its contemporary significance.

Subject to the availability of funding, the organisers would like to hold these Lotus-related conversations at the three places most closely associated with the ship: Marseille (the homeport), Istanbul (the site of the Turkish proceedings triggering the PCIJ case) and The Hague (the seat of the PCIJ). The specific dates for these workshops will be agreed upon among the participants following the inaugural workshop on 9-10 January.

The organisers are aiming to publish the papers presented at these workshops / conferences either as an edited collection or as a special journal issue. The detailed arrangements in this regard will be communicated to the participants of the inaugural workshop as soon as they become available.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by 4 October 2024 to Valentin Jeutner at: For the inaugural workshop (Lund/online), accepted participants are asked to prepare short working papers (ca. 1000-2000 words) setting out initial ideas / proposed approaches to questions related to the Lotus Case.

If you would like to join the Lotus-project’s email list and receive updates about further events planned in connection with the anniversary, please let us know by e-mailing:

Please find further details here.