Announcements: GRILI Conference on International Immunities; GoJIL New Issue; Chatham House Event on Freedom of Expression; Colloquium on Maritime Disputes Settlement

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1. GRILI Conference on ‘International Immunities: Law in a State of Flux?’. On 15-16 December 2016, the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI) at Ghent University will be hosting an international two-day conference entitled ‘International Immunities: Law in a State of Flux?’ The aim of the conference – organized in partnership with the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), and Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) – is to take stock of recent evolutions pertaining to international immunities and to offer a comprehensive tour d’horizon of outstanding challenges and controversies. The conference will bring together distinguished scholars as well as practitioners, civil servants and other experts (e.g. ICC, ILC, EU, Foreign Affairs), to broach the various issues at stake. Presentations will be grouped into four clusters: jurisdictional immunities, immunity from execution, immunities in the international legal order, and immunities of the armed forces / in armed conflict. The conference will also feature a roundtable on the immunities of foreign officials, during which the ILC Special Rapporteur Concepción Escobar Hernández will present her views and engage with expert respondents. The conference will conclude with a keynote lecture by Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert of the ICC. Detailed information can be found here.

2. GoJIL New Issue. The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) has recently released the first issue of its seventh volume. The 7.1 edition is a special issue on the exercise of International Public Authority. It emerges from a fruitful collaboration with scholars who participated in workshops on this topic at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. The new edition features an article by Matthias Goldmann and Mona Sonnen. Further contributions are from Tim Staal, Pedro A. Villarreal, Biel Company and Clemens A. Feinäugle. The journal’s latest issue can be accessed at

3. Chatham House Event – Challenges to Freedom of Expression. The International Law Programme at Chatham House will be hosting a meeting on ‘Challenges to Freedom of Expression’ on 20 July 2016 at Chatham House. For further details and to enquire about registering see here.

4. Public International Law Colloquium on Maritime Disputes Settlement.  The Chinese Society of International Law and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) will jointly host a Public International Law Colloquium on Maritime Disputes Settlement on 15 – 16 July 2016 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The Colloquium will focus on topics including: territorial sovereignty, maritime entitlement and the application of international law; the law and practice with respect to archipelago and islands; applicability of compulsory procedures under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: preconditions, limitations and exceptions; and, historic rights in international law. Currently, many prominent international law experts, including incumbent and former ICJ judges, ITLOS judges, ILC members, leading scholars and practitioners at the forefront have confirmed to speak on this Colloquium. More information can be found here.
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