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Join BIICL at this anticipated special event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice.

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17:30-19:30, followed by reception - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 26-28 Tudor Street EC4Y 0BQ

This special event will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Court of Justice, which began its operation in 1946. The event will focus on the advisory function of the Court in order to assess how it balances its dual role as an organ of the UN and a judicial body.

Speakers will discuss, among others, Legal Consequences for States of the Continued Presence of South Africa in Namibia (South West Africa) notwithstanding Security Council Resolution 276 (1970), Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (2004), and Accordance With International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in Respect of Kosovo (2010).

The discussion will cover the Court's approach to politically contentious requests for advisory opinions, the role of advisory opinions in dispute settlement, and whether requests for advisory opinions invite the Court to be more than a judicial body.


Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC, Former President of the ICJ and Former President of BIICL


Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC, 20 Essex Street
Andrew Cayley CMG QC, Temple Garden Chambers
Judge James Crawford AC SC FBA, ICJ
Ben Juratowitch, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood CMG QC, ICJ
Professor Vaughan Lowe QC, Essex Court Chambers
Amy Sander, Essex Court Chambers
Samuel Wordsworth QC, Essex Court Chambers

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Event convened by Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law (BIICL) and Professor Robert McCorquodale, Institute Director (BIICL).