Focusing on providing an insight on the practicalities of international litigation, the talk will address questions including (a) who are the advocates and how are they chosen? (b) what is effective advocacy? (c) how does advocacy differ between the ICJ and arbitral tribunals? (d) how do you support advocates as a junior member of the team?


Amy Sander is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers, specialising in public international law (which she taught at Cambridge University). She is recommended in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in public international law. Amy was appointed Junior Counsel to the Crown (the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel) in 2014.  She has appeared before the ICJ in four cases and is currently counsel in a fifth case (Kenya v Somalia). She is a board member of the YPILG and from 2008 to 2014, Amy was an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports.


The PIL Discussion Group hosts a weekly speaker event and light lunch and is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford. Topics involve contemporary and challenging issues in international law. Speakers include distinguished international law practitioners, academics, and legal advisers from around the world.
The group typically meets each Thursday during Oxford terms in The Old Library, All Souls College, with lunch commencing at 12:30. The speaker will commence at 12:45 and speak for about forty minutes, allowing about twenty five minutes for questions and discussion. The meeting should conclude before 2:00. Practitioners, academics and students from within and outside the University of Oxford are all welcome. No RSVP is necessary. Join the PIL Email List to receive information about the PIL Discussion Group meetings, as well as other PIL@Oxford news.
To join the Public International Law Discussion Group email list, which offers details of all events and other relevant information, send a message to: pil-subscribe@maillist.ox.ac.uk . (You do not need to write any text in the body of the message, or even put anything in the Subject: line unless your mailer insists on it.) You will be sent a confirmation request, and once you reply to that, a message confirming your subscription will follow. Alternatively, you can send an email to Jenny Hassan to be added to the PIL mailing list.
Convenors of the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group are Talita de Souza Dias and Daniel Kaasik.
The discussion group's meetings are part of the programme of the British Branch of the International Law Association and are supported by the Law Faculty and Oxford University Press.