News & events 2021

Luca Ferro
Lecture by Martti Koskenniemi

On 31 March 2021, Martti Koskenniemi will give a public lecture as part of the 2020-21 'Seminar: Foreign Chair' lecture series at Ghent University.  The title of the lecture is 'Global Governance and International Law: Dealing with the Backlash' and will take place from 18.00-19.30. On 2 April 2021, Prof. Koskenniemi will also take part in a closed seminar (from 12.00-14.00) with (post-)doctoral researchers as part of the 2020-2021 International Order & Justice lecture series at Ghent University (Volume III). Both events will take place online.

Martti Koskenniemi is Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki, and Director of Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights. He is also a member of the Institut de Droit International and a Fellow of the British Academy. Prof. Koskenniemi is also a member of advisory bodies at the Institute of Global Law and Policy (Harvard University) and Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Law (Heidelberg). He served as a member of the Finnish diplomatic service from 1978-1994, lastly as Director of the Division of International Law, and was a member of the International Law Commission (UN) in 2002-2006. His main publications include “From Apology to Utopia; The Structure of International Legal Argument” (1989/2005), “The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 1870-1960” (2001) and “The Politics of International Law (2011)”. He is currently finalizing work on his new book “To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth: Legal Imagination and International Power 1300–1870” (2021) which will focus on the history of international legal thought from the late medieval period to the 19th century.

For the public lecture, please register before Tuesday 30 March 2021 by e-mail to Febe Inghelbrecht. For the (post-)doctoral seminar, please register by e-mail to Kristien Ballegeer

Luca Ferro
lecture by William Schabas

On 2 March 2021, William Schabas will give a public lecture (from 10.00-11.30) as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The title of the lecture is 'Developments in the international law of genocide' Professor Schabas will also take part in a closed seminar (from 12.30-13.30) with (post-)doctoral researchers.

Professor Schabas is professor of international law at Middlesex University in London. He is also, among other appointments, professor of international human law and human rights at Leiden University, emeritus professor of human rights law at the National University of Ireland Galway and honorary chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He is the author of more than twenty books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law and more than 350 articles in academic journals, principally in the field of international human rights law and international criminal law. Professor Schabas is a 'door tenant' at the chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London and has practised at the international level, appearing before the International Court of Justice, most recently in The Gambia v Myanmar case, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.

For all practical information, see the Lecture Series and Specialist Course flyers!

Seminar: The ICC's territorial jurisdiction in Palestine


On 5 February 2021, the the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber decided that the ICC has jurisdiction in respect of the situation in Palestine. In an attempt to explore this decision, GRILI invites you to a digital lunch seminar on Thursday 4 March 2021, from 12:30 to 01:30 pm. Two experts will discuss the ICC's stance on the issue of territorial jurisdiction. 

Attendance is free of charge. To register and receive a Teams Invitation, please send an e-mail to the GRILI Secretariat:

Dr. Giulia Pinzauti is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University. Prior to joining Leiden's Grotius Centre, she served as an associate legal officer at the International Court of Justice (2015-2016) and in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (2012-2014).



Dr. Daphne Richemond-Barak is Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy and Head of the International Law Desk at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, IDC Herzliya.