The European Society of International Law Series publishes high-quality volumes on the themes of ESIL Annual Conferences and ESIL joint events. The volumes include chapters that are based on selected papers presented at ESIL events. The chapters may have been revised to fit the theme and focus of the volume, and may have been complemented by additional chapters that address topics that were not fully explored during the events but that are essential for a full coverage of the theme. Volumes in the Series will be subject to a double-blind review process by a high-level editorial board in cooperation with the Series editors, and will be published by Oxford University Press.

For further information, please contact Anne van Aaken.

Volumes in the ESIL Series



Volume 2: The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law, edited by Anne van Aaken and Iulia Motoc (2018)

Description: This book explores the interaction, including the problems arising in the context of human rights, between the European Convention on Human Rights and general international law. It contributes to ongoing debates on the fragmentation and convergence of international law from the perspective of international judges as well as academics. Some of the chapters suggest reconciling methods and convergence while others stress the danger of fragmentation. The focus is on specific topics which have posed special problems, namely sources, interpretation, jurisdiction, state responsibility and immunity.

Contributors: Anne van Aaken, Hasan Bakirci, Samantha Besson, Antonio Augusto Cancado Trindade, James Crawford, Isil Karakas, Amalia Keene, Marko Milanovic, Iulia Motoc, Angelika Nußberger, Riccardo Pavoni, Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, Guido Raimondi, Anja Seibert-Fohr, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, Geir Ulfstein, Johann Justus Vasel, Ganna Yudkivska, Ineta Ziemele.



Volume 1: The Judicialization of International Law. A Mixed Blessing?edited by Andreas Follesdal and Geir Ulfstein (2018)

Description: The influence of international courts is ubiquitous, covering areas from the law of the sea to international criminal law. This judicialization of international law is often lauded for bringing effective global governance, upholding the rule of law, and protecting the right of individuals. Yet at what point does the omnipresence of the international judiciary shackle national sovereign freedom? And can the lack of political accountability be justified? Follesdal and Ulfstein bring together the crème de la crème of the legal academic world to ask the big questions for the international judiciary: whether they are there for mere dispute settlement or to set precedent, and how far they can enforce international obligations without impacting on democratic self-determination.

Contributors: Daniel Behn, Marco Benatar, Jochen von Bernstorff, Niels Blokker, David Caron, Jeffrey Dunoff, Erik Franckx, Christiane Gerstetter, Malcolm Langford, Kjersti Lohne, Alain Pellet, Jerneja Penca, Mark Pollack, Philippe Sands, Esme Shirlow, Dominika Svarc


Series Editors:


Başak Çalı is Professor of International Law at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and Director of Centre for Global Public Law, Koç University, Istanbul. Her principal research interests are human rights in international law, comparative human rights law, international legal theory and domestic reception of international law. She is the author of ‘Authority of International Law: Obedience, Respect and Rebuttal (OUP, 2015) and editor of International Law for International Relations (OUP 2010). Personal profile


Carlos Espósito is Professor of Public International Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Carlos was Vice President of the European Society of International Law (2011- 2014). Former Counselor and Deputy Legal Advisor at the International Law Department of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2001-2004). He has published extensively on general international law, including numerous articles in journals and reviews, and seven books as author or editor. He has blogged at, an international law blog in Spanish, since 2008. Carlos studied law at the University of Buenos Aires, and earned his doctorate from the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1995. Personal profile

André Nollkaemper is Dean and Professor of Public International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. He is also external Legal Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Between 2014 and 2017 he was President of the European Society of International Law.  Personal profile

Yuval Shany is the Hersch Lauterpacht Chair in International Law and former Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, as the Academic Chair of the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University, and as a Vice President for Research at the Israel Democracy Institute. Prof. Shany received his LL.B. cum laude from the Hebrew University, LL.M. from New York University and Ph.D. in international law from the University of London. His principal research interests are international courts and tribunals, international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international regulation of cyberspace. Personal profile


Anne van Aaken (Dr. iur. and MA Economics)  is an Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law at the University of Hamburg, and has been a guest professor at several universities in the United States (NYU and Columbia), Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. She was Vice-President of the European Association of Law and Economics and Vice-President of the European Society of International Law. Personal profile

Editorial Board Members

Philip Alston is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor, School of Law, New York University.  His scholarship has focused primarily on international human rights law.  From 1996 to 2007 he was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law, and it was in that capacity that he convened the meeting in May 2001 that led to the launching of the European Society of International Law. Personal profile

Andrea Bianchi has been a Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute in Geneva since 2002. His research interests range from international law theory to treaty interpretation, jurisdictional immunities and counterterrorism. He has recently authored “International Law Theories: An Inquiry Into Different Ways of Thinking” (OUP, 2016).  Personal profile

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is Professor of International Law and International Organization at the University of Geneva. She has published widely in various areas covering, inter alia, international economic law, international environmental law and dispute settlement. She was President of ESIL between 2012 and 2014 and has been a member of its board. She is also a member of the editorial boards such as AJIL, EJIL, IOLR. Personal profile

Jutta Brunnée is Professor of Law and Metcalf Chair in Environmental Law at the University of Toronto. She is co-author of “International Climate Change Law” (OUP, 2017), and of “Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account” (CUP, 2010). Professor Brunnée has authored numerous articles on topics of international environmental law and international law, and is co-editor of the “Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law” (OUP, 2007).  She served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law (2006-16) and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2013. In 2019, she will deliver a course at the Hague Academy of International Law. Personal profile

Monica García-Salmones Rovira is Adjunct Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki and Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. Her research and teaching focus on international legal theory, history and philosophy of international law. Her publications include “The Project of Positivism in International Law”, winner of the ESIL Book Prize 2015.  Personal profile

Georg Nolte is Professor of International Law at Humboldt University Berlin (since 2008). He is a Member of the International Law Commission (since 2007, Chair in 2017) and an Asso­ciate Member of the Institut de Droit International. His recent pub­lica­tions in­clu­de “Treaties and Subsequent Practice”, OUP 2013 (ed.), and “The Charter of the Uni­ted Nations: A Com­mentary”, OUP 2012, (co.-ed. with Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan and Andreas Paulus). From 2013-2017 he was President of the German Society of International Law. Personal profile

Nilufer Oral is a member of the law faculty at the Istanbul Bilgi University.  She is a member of the International Law Commission (2017-2021) and a Distinguished Senior Scholar with the Law of the Sea Institute at the University of California Berkeley.  She has lectured at the United Nations Regional Courses in International Law and the Rhodes Academy for the Law of the Sea. Dr. Oral served as Chair of the IUCN Academy on Environmental Law and is a member of the Steering Committee of IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.  Dr. Oral is the Series editor for the International Straits of the Worldpublications (Brill). She has numerous publications on the law of the sea and international law. Personal profile

Armin von Bogdandy is director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and Professor in Frankfurt/Main. He has been President of the OECD Nuclear Energy Tribunal as well as a member of the German Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat) and the Scientific Committee of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. He is the recipient of the Leibniz Prize. Personal profile

Michael Waibel is a University Senior Lecturer and Co-Deputy Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and a Fellow of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge. He holds law degrees from the Universität Wien and Harvard Law School, and an economics degree from the LSE. His main research interests are public international law, international economic law with a focus on finance and the settlement of international disputes. Personal profile