The Barbican in London will host the inaugural ‘London Conference on International Law’, from 3-4 October, 2019. This event is the first conference of this scale focused on public international law to be held in the city.
Under the theme of ‘Engaging with International Law’, international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders and other stakeholders, will come together to discuss and confront how states and international organisations, academics and practitioners, and members of the public engage with international law.
Panels and plenaries will address the most challenging current issues spanning the fields of environment, technology, conflict and security, transnational arbitration and dispute resolution, human rights and international criminal justice.
Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and member of the Steering Committee, commented: “Participants will consider the different ways individuals, organisations and countries seek to develop, change or restrict international law as they use it as a sword, a shield, a justificatory basis, an excuse, a language of cooperation, or a moral imperative.”
Sir Iain Macleod, legal adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and member of the Steering Committee, added: “As a global focus and hub for international law, London is the obvious place for an event like this. The Conference has already received a great deal of interest and support from the international legal community, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming an impressive line-up of prominent speakers and delegates to London for this event”.
The Barbican’s head of sales Jenny Waller said: “The Barbican is once again demonstrating why it is the right place for international organisations to gather, share knowledge and hold events with far reaching consequences and legacy.
“The London Conference on International Law will gather together leading legal minds, politicians and experts at an event that will help understand and shape the future of international law and the whole Barbican team is proud to be a part of that process.”