John G. Merrills Memorial Conference

The full programme of the conference can be found here

Venue: Moot Court, Bartolomé House, Winter St, University of Sheffield

The Sheffield Centre for International and European Law at the University of Sheffield, with the support of the Society of Legal Scholars, is delighted to invite you to a one-day conference with leading academics and practitioners. The conference takes stock of the expansion of the system of international dispute settlement (IDS) and the risks of fragmentation stemming from the multiplication of IDS institutions with overlapping competences. It explores opportunities for the development of IDS in new fields such as cyber law and space law. In the face of the resurgence of isolationism and protectionism, it also questions whether existing IDS mechanisms have the legitimacy to deal with issues involving public interests, such as health, environment, and human rights.

Keynote Speech
International Dispute Settlement: A bright or depressing future?
Sir Michael Wood, UN International Law Commission and Twenty Essex Chambers

The Mosaic of International Dispute Settlement
Tarcisio Gazzini, University of East Anglia
Richard Collins, University College Dublin
Lorna McGregor, University of Essex
Kimberley Trapp, University College London
New Opportunities in International Dispute Settlement
Therese O'Donnell, University of Strathclyde
Karine Bannelier-Christakis, Université Grenoble Alpes
George D. Kyriakopoulos, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Eric De Brabandere, Leiden University
The Legitimacy of the Current System of International Dispute Settlement and Possible Reforms
Nigel D. White, University of Nottingham
Danae Azaria, University College London
Sir Malcolm D. Evans, University of Bristol
Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary University of London
The Conference is free of charge. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at