Launch of the Manchester International Law Centre

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Jean d’Aspremont and Iain Scobbie are pleased to announce the establishment of the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC).

Roughly twenty researchers are currently associated with MILC and we hope to grow at a steady pace over the next few years.  We have a number of current and planned projects.  One of the most significant is the re-launch of the prestigious Melland Schill public lectures in international law after a 40 year interregnum.  In her will Miss Olive B. Schill left a bequest to the University of Manchester in memory of her brother, Edward Melland Schill, who was killed during the 1914—1918 war.  The income generated by this bequest was initially used to host and publish a series of public lectures dealing with international law.  From 1961—1974, Professor Ben Wortley organised a series of distinguished lecturers, including Professors Quincy Wright, Robbie Jennings, and Dan O’Connell, and Sir Ian Sinclair.  On Professor Wortley’s retirement, his successor, Professor Gillian White, decided to replace the lectures with a monograph series, published by Manchester University Press.  This included equally distinguished authors, such as General AVP Rogers, and Professors Anthony Carty, Hilary Charlesworth, Christine Chinkin, Vaughan Lowe, Robin Churchill, and Leslie Green.  We hope to breathe new life into this monograph series, and to republish some of the classic lectures which still retain interest and relevance

The initial lecture in the revived Melland Schill lecture series will be delivered in Manchester on October 15th by Professor John Dugard when he will discuss contemporary developments in Statehood.

In the autumn we will also introduce four new masters programmes in international law, and we are currently working on the creation of a database of international law documents.  In collaboration with Lancaster Law School, we are also in the process of organising a series of public lectures on the impact of the First World War on international law for the coming academic year.  In 2018, we shall host the annual meeting of the European Society of International Law.

Our areas of research include all major topics of international law.  Although we already have some partners, we welcome new opportunities for partnership and co-operation.  Please visit our webpage or follow us on twitter (@MILC2014) for more information.

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