Iain Scobbie


Iain Scobbie is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Manchester, Co-Director of the Manchester International Law Centre, and Visiting Professor of International Law at SOAS, University of London, where he was previously the Sir Joseph Hotung Research Professor in Law, Human Rights, and Peace Building in the Middle East. He studied at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge, and at the Australian National University.

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Sir Elihu Lauterpacht: A Celebration of His Life and Work

A memorial symposium celebrating the life and work of Sir Eli Lauterpacht was held at the Faculty of Law in Cambridge on Friday, October 13, 2017, followed the next day by a memorial service in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge.  Both were extremely well attended, with about 200 people at the symposium and more at the memorial…

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Celebrating Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC LLD, 13 July1928–8 February 2017: When Death Becomes Really Personal

I had just returned from work on 9 February when I received a text message from my good friend and colleague Jean d’Aspremont. He asked if I had heard the “sad news about Eli Lauterpacht”. Jean did not need to be explicit. I knew that Eli had been ill for some time. I knew that Jean was telling…

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Strange Angel: Some Reflections on War

The philosopher and cultural critic Walter Benjamin owned a print, Angelus novus, by Paul Klee. In his essay, Theses on the philosophy of history, Benjamin’s Ninth Thesis recalled that it depicted: An angel…who looks as though he were about to distance himself from something which he is staring at. His eyes…

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