International Organisations, Non-State Actors, Customary International Law
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International Organisations, Non-State Actors, Customary International Law

International Organisations, Non-State Actors, Customary International Law

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The Role of International Organizations and Non-State Actors in the Formation of Customary International Law

Although customary international law has long been on the agenda of international legal scholars, it is uncontested that debates on custom have been reinvigorated by the work of the International Law Commission on the topic. Under the rapporteurship of Sir Michael Wood, the work of the Commission has fuelled much interest within and outside academic circles. As the work of the International Law Commission reaches the stage of consultation with States and other actors, the Commission will welcome additional comments on its draft conclusions and commentaries.

In this context, the Manchester International Law Centre with the support of the ESIL International Organizations Interest Group is organising a workshop with a view to generating new reflections on the role of international organizations and non-State actors in the formation of customary international law. The workshop will bring together experts and young career scholars with an interest in the field. The full programme can be found below.

A limited number of places remain available for interested scholars and practitioners who are willing to participate in the discussions. We advise those interested in participating to book their places as soon as possible through Eventbrite.


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

WELCOME (12:00 - 13:20)

12:00. Registration

12:45. Welcome by Jean d’Aspremont (MILC) and Sufyan Droubi (MILC, USP)

13:00. Introduction by Iain Scobbie (MILC)


PANEL I: THE INTERNATIONAL LAW COMMISSION AND FORMATION OF CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW (13:20 - 15:00).

Chair: Iain Scobbie

13:20. Michael Wood (ILC): title to be confirmed

13:40. Niels Blokker (Leiden U): Is the ILC taking international organizations seriously?

14:00. Luiza L. S. Pereira (U Cambridge): ILC materials: Legal Nature and Place Within the Draft Conclusions

14:20. Rossana Deplano (U Leicester): The Riddle of International Custom

14:40.Debate


COFFEE-BREAK (15:00 - 15:20)


PANEL II: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND FORMATION OF CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW (15:20 - 17:20)

Chair: Jean d'Aspremont

15:20. Gregory Fox (Wayne State U) and Kristen Boon (Seton Hall U): The Security Council and the Law of Internal Law Conflict

15:40. Sufyan Droubi (USP, MILC): The UN and Institutionalization of Customary International Law

16:00. Kasey Mccall-Smith (U Edinburgh): UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies and State Engagement

16:20. Thomas W. Worster (The Hague University): The Contribution to Customary International Law by Territories under International Administration.

16:40. Jan Wouters (KU Leuven): The Contribution of the EU to Customary International Law

17:00. Debate


COFFEE-BREAK (17:20 - 17:40)


SPECIAL PANEL: INSTITUTIONS AND SOURCES. ESIL INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS INTEREST GROUP (17:40 - 19:00)

Chair: Catherine Brölmann

17:40. Introduction by Philip Burton

17:50. Richard Collins

18:00. To be confirmed

18:10. Mariela Apostolaki

18:20. Comments by Catherine Brölmann and Jean d’Aspremont

18:30. Debate

18:40. Concluding remarks


DINNER (Closed) (20:00)

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2017

WELCOME (09:00 - 09:20)


PANEL III: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND FORMATION OF CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW (9:20 - 11:00)

Chair: Richard Collins

09:20. Catherine Brölmann (U Amsterdam): The Juridical Will of International Organizations

09:40. Nikolaos Voulgaris (European Public Law Organization): International Organizations as Autonomous Contributors

10:00. Lorenzo Gasbarri (U Helsinki): The Formation of Customary International Law by the Means of Objective Regimes

10:20. Marusa Veber (Ljubljana U): The Making of Customary International Law through Countermeasures

10:40. Debate


COFFEE-BREAK (11:00 - 11:20)


PANEL IV: NON-STATE ACTORS AND FORMATION OF CUSTOMARY INTERNATIONAL LAW (11:20 - 13:00)

Chair: Vassilis Tzevelekos

11:20. Iris Mueller (ICRC): Title to be confirmed

11:40. Tomoko Yamashita (Kyoto U): Investors in the Formation of CIL

12:00. Agata Kleczkowska (Polish Academy of Sciences): Practice of Armed NSA and the Formation of CIL

12:20. Antal Berkes (MILC): The Contribution of De Facto Regimes to the Formation of CIL

12:40. Debate


CONCLUSION (13:00 -14:00)

13:00 - 13:20. Concluding remarks by Jean d’Aspremont (MILC)

13:20 - 14:00. Farewell and Snacks


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