The PIL group and the convenor of the IDS course of the BCL/MJur (Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos) organised again this year a trip to The Hague for IDS students of the BCL/MJur. The students visited the International Court of Justice, where they sat in the hearings of the cases brought by the Marshall Islands against India and the UK, in the Great Hall of Justice. The Oxford team met with ICJ Judges Greenwood and Crawford, and with Registrar Couvreur, who discussed the working of the Court, the role of the Judges and Registrar, and various legal issues. The team also met briefly with Counsel for the Marshall Islands, Professors Chinkin and Palchetti.
The Oxford team was invited in the UK team's chambers, where they discussed the UK line of defence on jurisdiction and admissibility with UK agent (and FCO Legal Adviser) Iain Macleod, as well as with Counsel for the UK Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC, Professor Guglielmo Verdirame, and Jessica Wells. They also visited the Permanent Court of Arbitration, and met with Legal Officers of the PCA. At dinner, they were joined by Associate Legal Officers of the ICJ along with interns undertaking the University Traineeship at the Court.