The International Law Commission is a subsidiary organ of the United Nations General Assembly entrusted with the progressive development of international law and its codification. This talk argues that the Commission interprets international law, as part of its function, in numerous topics of its work, and that the Commission’s interpretative activity serves its long-lasting vision to reinforce international law by providing clarity and predictability as to its content thus convincing states to continue to use international law as a medium by which they regulate their affairs.


Dr. Danae Azaria is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws at University College London (UCL). She is the author of numerous publications on public international law, including the monograph, ‘Treaties on Transit of Energy via Pipelines and Countermeasures’ (OUP, OMIL, 2015), which received the Paul Guggenheim Prize in Public International Law (2016). Her research interests lie in general public international law, the law of treaties, state responsibility, international economic law and the law of the sea. Her recent research focuses on the work of International Law Commission, and the Sixth Committee. She frequently advises governments, international organisations and companies on issues of public international law.

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.
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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.