On April 12-13, over 160 international lawyers gathered in Oxford for the Annual Conference of the International Law Association (British Branch).The theme of the conference was “The Changing Nature of Global Governance: International Institutions in the International Legal Order”. The conference, organised by Dapo Akande and Antonios Tzanakopoulos with assistance from the Oxford Public International Law team, featured 12 different panels with speakers from all around the word addressing a wide range of topics in international law. Speakers included leading academics, legal counsel from international institutions, practitioners from private practice and research students. The keynote lecture, which also served as the inaugural Oxford Global Justice Lecture was delivered by Patricia O’Brien, United Nations Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs and UN Legal Counsel.

Papers examined the role of international institutions in making, developing, interpreting, applying and enforcing international law. Speakers addressed a wide variety of international institutions. The discussion was not restricted to traditional intergovernmental organisations but there was detailed consideration of  an expanded range of formal and informal institutions of global governance, including international judicial and quasi-judicial organs, hybrid organisations composed of public and private parties.

More photos from the conference are available on the Law Faculty's Flickr pages.



(l-r): Dapo Akande; President of the ILA British Branch Jeremy Carver; Professor Alan Boyle of the University of Edinburgh; Professor Dan Sarooshi

the audience


 Edward Kwakwa, Legal Adviser of the World Intellectual Property Organisation

Professor Theodore Christakis of the University of Grenoble

(l-r): Dr Lisa Clarke; Professor Eliza Ruozzi; Dr Christoph Good; Mr Antoine Schnegg; Dr Martins Paparinskis

 Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill