SHARES Seminar: Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law, Amsterdam, 30 and 31 May 2013

The Research Project on Shared Responsibility in International Law (SHARES) will organise a seminar on Distribution of Responsibilities in International Law in Amsterdam on 30 and 31 May 2013.

This Seminar will consider extra-legal perspectives on how responsibility is to be distributed when multiple wrongdoing actors contribute to a harmful outcome. The relevant principles of international law leave open many questions. Should the responsibility of all actors be based on their individual contribution to such harms? Are there grounds for differentiation? Or should all actors be held responsible in an equal amount, or should they, if no differentiation can be made, be held responsible collectively?

While various grounds have been advanced to distribute responsibilities in other disciplines, such grounds have only to a limited extent been linked to the international legal discourse. In view of the increasing relevance of questions of distribution of responsibilities and of the paucity of international law on this point, there is much reason for a fundamental inquiry into the bases and justifications for apportionment of responsibilities. Such an inquiry could support an articulation of critique of present international law, and provide a basis for reform. At the seminar, 13 contributions by leading experts from various disciplines will be discussed.

Only limited seats are available. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to:

For more information and the preliminary programme see here.

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