PIL Research Seminars



Public International Law Research Seminars

The Public International Law Research Seminars are at the heart of PIL@Oxford research.

These seminars are open to Oxford research (MPhil and DPhil) students and Faculty members working in international law, as well as to visiting scholars. The seminars offer an opportunity for members of the Oxford PIL research community to present their work - at various stages - to fellow students and academics in a friendly and informal atmosphere. If students have a PIL component in their research, but are not currently on the Research Seminar mailing list, please contact the PIL Research Assistant (details below) .

The PIL Research Seminars are currently held in The Dorfman Centre, St. Peter's College, and online via Zoom. Joining instructions are sent by email to all those on the Research Seminar mailing list.

These seminars are held weekly during term time, on Wednesday mornings from 09.30 to 10.30am. Each week a researcher makes a brief presentation on the subject of their research and the topic is then opened for discussion. This is one of the liveliest and most searching forums for discussion of international law in the University, and it is an excellent way of keeping up-to-date in the subject and honing analytical and presentation skills.

Schedule for Trinity Term 2023

Week 1: 26 April 2023
Li-Yen Peng – The Emergence and Application of Customary International Law of Human Rights

Week 2: 3 May 2023
Xiaotian Yu – State-State Dispute Settlement under International Investment Agreements: a Neglected Means of Contracting Parties’ Exercise of Interpretative Authority?

Week 3: 10 May 2023
Lara Ibrahim – Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations in the Context of Climate Change: The Influence of International Environmental Law

Week 4: 17 May 2023
Anna Ventouratou – General Defences in International Adjudication

Week 5: 24 May 2023
Tsvetelina van Bentham – Mistakes and malfunctions in armed conflict 

Week 6: 31 May 2023
Alyssa Glass – Domestic courts as agents in the development of international climate change law with respect to corporations

Week 7: 7 June 2023
Yue Cao – The Conception of Economic Coercion under the Principle of Non-intervention

Week 8: 14 June 2023
Visiting Navy and Foreign Office Lawyer presentations – Topics TBC

Further information about the PIL Research Seminars

If you would like more information about the PIL Research Seminars, or to join the PIL Research Seminar mailing list, please contact the PIL Research Assistant in the first instance:

PIL Research Assistant: Ayako Hatano (ayako.hatano@law.ox.ac.uk).

Senior Faculty Member: Professor Lavanya Rajamani.