The Fourth Annual UCL and Baker & McKenzie LLP
Lecture on International Law and Litigation
in collaboration with the Centre for International Courts & Tribunals
From opposition to acquiescence:
The evolving attitude of African States towards judicial settlement of disputes
Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf
International Court of Justice
Professor Philippe Sands QC
UCL / Matrix Chambers
14 May 2014
Lecture begins at 6pm, followed by a reception
Cruciform Lecture Theatre
UCL Central Campus
About the Speaker:
Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is Juris Doctor from Somali National University and holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute (1980). Prior to his doctorate, he completed post-graduate studies in international law at the University of Florence (Italy).
From 1975 to 1980, Dr Yusuf served as Somalia’s delegate to the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. He was Lecturer at the Somali National University from 1974 to 1981 and at the University of Geneva from 1981 to 1983. He has also been guest professor and lecturer at a number of universities and institutes in Switzerland, Italy, Greece and France.
From 1987 to 1992, Dr Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf was Chief of the Legal Policies Service of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) before becoming its Representative and Head of its New York Office from 1992 to 1994. From 1994 to 2001, he served as Legal Advisor (up to 1998), then Assistant Director for African Affairs to United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. From March 2001 to January 2009, Dr Yusuf was Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). As of February 6, 2009, he had been a judge at the International Court of Justice. In 2011, Judge Yusuf gained a seat in the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice.
Dr Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf is Founder and General Editor of the African Yearbook of International Law and a member of the Institut de droit international (Geneva). He is also one of the founders of the African Foundation for International Law and Chairman of its Executive Committee. In addition, Judge Yusuf has authored several books and numerous articles on various aspects of international law as well as articles and op-ed pieces in newspapers on current Northeast African and Somali affairs. He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the Asian Yearbook of International Law, and a member of the Thessaloniki Institute of Public International Law and International Relations curatorium.
Dr Yusuf is fluent in Somali, English, French, Arabic, and Italian.
About Baker & McKenzie:
London is home to the Firm's largest office where Baker & McKenzie has been well established since opening in 1961. With more than 400 legal professionals, we have a substantial presence in the legal and business community.
We deliver high-quality solutions across a broad range of practices and global advice in conjunction with our 75 international offices. Our client base consists primarily of multinational corporates, based in the UK and elsewhere, and financial institutions.
We advise on a wide variety of international and domestic disputes and dispute avoidance techniques for some of the world's major companies. An important and growing part of this practice relates to the management of country risk, investment disputes and public international law. We are recognised by legal commentators for our 'intelligent, commercial and pragmatic' approach to dispute avoidance and resolution.
We advise our clients on disputes involving fraud, banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, IT, employment, investigations, media, public law, product liability, trusts, projects, insurance and reinsurance and international trade. Our international arbitration practice is larger than that of most, if not all, our competitors, with over 200 arbitration practitioners worldwide.
Our London-based dispute resolution lawyers are part of the Firm's Global Dispute Resolution Group which comprises over 700 lawyers. We have disputes lawyers in all of the world's chief financial centres, and we are an established presence in the key emerging markets of Eastern Europe, Latin America and China.
About UCL CICT:
The Centre on International Courts and Tribunals was established at the Faculty of Laws, University College London (UCL), in 2002. It serves as the London home of the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT), which was established in 1997 by FIELD in London and the Center on International Cooperation at New York University.
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