Professor Maurice Mendelson QCis a practising barrister (Queen's Counsel) at Blackstone Chambers, London, specializing in public international law. He has represented and advised numerous governments, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, multinational corporations, and individuals. His work involves litigation (e.g. in the International Court of Justice, European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights, international arbitral tribunals and national courts), transactions, advice and expert evidence in foreign courts and international tribunals. He has been in practice since 1971; until 2001 he also held the Chair of International Law at University College, London University and he is the author of numerous articles on many different aspects of public international law. Amongst other honours, he has been elected a Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, a member of the American Law Institute, and appointed an Officer of the Ordre de la Valeur of Cameroon.

The Public International Law Discussion Group at the University of Oxford is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford. The PIL Discussion Group hosts a weekly speaker event and light lunch at All Souls College, 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 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.

The group typically meets each Thursday during Oxford terms in the Old Library, 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.

Podcasts available for this series can be found on  http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/themes/pil/media.php.