International Human Rights Law & Diplomacy
Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, Ph.D (Cantab), will provide an insight into the ways in which international human rights law functions in a real-world context across cultural, religious, and geopolitical divides. He will explain how power, diplomacy, tactics, and processes operate within the human rights system from the perspective of a non-Western insider with extensive diplomatic experience in the field. His contextual approach aims at drawing out some of the key issues in understanding the applicability of and compliance with IHRL obligations. The research for this topic, which has now been published as a book, was conducted when he was a research visitor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and a visiting fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford in 2018.
Kriangsak is a judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He has served as a member of the UN International Law Commission (2012-2016), responsible for the ILC's topic 'Obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare)'; Chairman of the UN General Assembly's Sixth Committee's Working Group on the Administration of Justice at the United Nations; and President of the 25th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, among others. A career Thai lawyer diplomat until the commencement of his judgeship at the Tribunal in October 2017, Kriangsak has served as Director-General of the Department of International Organizations, and, subsequently, Thailand's Ambassador to Iran, Australia, and the Russian Federation. He has taught courses in international law at the University of New South Wales, National University of Singapore, Duke University's Asia-America Institute of Transnational Law, and the University of Hamburg. His publications include 'International Criminal Law' (OUP 2001), 'Public International Law of Cyberspace' (Springer 2017), 'The Obligation to Extradite or Prosecute' (OUP 2018), 'International Human Rights Law and Diplomacy' (Edward Elgar Publishing 2020), 'The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea' (OUP, January 2021), and 'The Rohingya's Quest for Justice: Can International Law Help?' (in progress).
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The speaker will commence at 12:45 and should conclude before 2:00 pm. All are welcome. Convenors of the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group: Tsvetelina van Benthem and Xiaotian (Kris) Yu
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 PIL Discussion Group hosts a weekly speaker event and is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford. Please note that for Michaelmas Term, this series will be held remotely. 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. 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.
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