On 14 October 2020, Philippe Gautier will give a public lecture (from 13.00 to 14.30) as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The title of the lecture is 'The ICJ and the peaceful settlement of disputes between States: New Challenges'. Mr Gautier will also take part in a closed seminar (from 15.00 and 16.30) with (post-)doctoral researchers.
Philippe Gautier, of Belgian nationality, was appointed to the post of ICJ Registrar on 22 May 2019. He was the Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) since 2001, having served as Deputy-Registrar of the same Tribunal from 1997 to 2001. Prior to that, he had held the positions of Deputy Director, Head of the Law of the Sea/Antarctica Office (1991-1995), and Director, Head of the Treaties Division (1995-1997), at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Gautier is a member of various scientific and learned bodies, extraordinary professor at the Université catholique de Louvain and a visiting professor at various other universities, where he lectures on several aspects of international law, in particular the law of the sea. He is also the author of numerous publications. The Registrar assists the Court in the exercise of its judicial functions and is responsible for diplomatic relations between the Court and States. He is also responsible for all the departments and divisions of the Registry.
On 22 October 2020, Jean-Marie Henckaerts will give a public lecture (from 14.00 to 15.45) as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The lecture is entitled 'Treaties over time: interpreting the Geneva Conventions 70 years after their adoption'. Mr Henckaerts will also take part in a closed seminar (from 12.00 to 13.30) with (post-)doctoral researchers.
Jean-Marie Henckaerts, of Belgian nationality, is head of the ICRC project to update the Commentaries on the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977. The first milestone of this project was reached in 2016 when the updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention was released online and published in print by Cambridge University Press. The second milestone was the online publication of the updated Commentary on the Second Geneva Convention in May 2017. Prior to this, he was the head of the ICRC’s project on customary international humanitarian law. He is a co-author of the ICRC study on the subject. He has published numerous books and articles on international law, international humanitarian law and human rights law.
On 19 November 2020, Ambassador Marja Lehto will give a public lecture (from 11.00 to 12.30) as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The lecture is entitled 'Environmental protection and armed conflict - a framework of international law and practice'. Ambassador Lehto will also take part in a closed seminar (from 12.45 to 14.15) with (post-)doctoral researchers.
Marja Lehto from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs was appointed Special Rapporteur of the UN International Law Commission (ILC) in 2017 and has continued the work started four years prior on defining the principles of environmental protection in armed conflicts. Last year, the ILC adopted on first reading 28 draft principles, which were discussed at the UN General Assembly on 30 October–5 November 2019. Ambassador Lehto was also elected to the Council of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) International Institute of Humanitarian Law on 6 September 2019. She has written extensively on a variety of international law topics, including international terrorism, criminal justice and women and development, and has participated in numerous international negotiations and conferences, including the conferences leading to the establishment of the International Criminal Court.
On 2 December 2020, Judge Kimberly Prost will give a public lecture (from 13.00 to 14.30) as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The title of the lecture is 'Standing at the intersection of law and politics - The role of the Ombudsperson to the Security Council ISIL (Da’esh) and Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee'. Judge Prost will also take part in a closed seminar (from 11.00 to 12.30) with (post-)doctoral researchers.
Prior to her election as judge of the ICC as of 11 March 2018, for a term of nine years, Judge Prost served as Chef de Cabinet for the President of the International Criminal Court for a two year term. Before joining the Court, she was appointed in 2010 as the first Ombudsperson for the Security Council Al Qaida Sanctions Committee. In July 2006, she was appointed to sit as an ad litem judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on a multi-accused trial (Popovic et al) related to events at Srebrenica and Zepa. Earlier in her career, Judge Prost worked for the Canadian Department of Justice for 18 years. She participated in negotiating over 40 extradition/mutual legal assistance treaties and was a member of the Canadian delegation for negotiating the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the UN Conventions against Transnational Organized Crime and Corruption.
On 15 February 2021, Judge Geert De Baere will give a public lecture as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The title of the lecture is 'The EU as an "Autonomous Legal Order" and the Relationship with International Law'. On 16 February 2021, Judge De Baere will also take part in a closed seminar with (post-)doctoral researchers.
Judge De Baere, of Belgian nationality, is a judge at the General Court of the EU, part-time Associate Professor of International Law and EU Law at the Faculty of Law, and Senior Member of the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies. He studied law at the University of Antwerp and at King’s College, Cambridge (LL.M, Ph.D.). In 2005, he was a visiting research fellow at Columbia Law School. From 2007 to 2009, he worked as a Legal Secretary in the chambers of Advocate General Sharpston at the Court of Justice of the EU, while being a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Antwerp. From 2016 to 2017, he was a Legal Secretary in the chambers of Judge Prechal at the Court of Justice of the EU. He was appointed as a judge at the EU Court (period: 15 September 2017 till 31 August 2022). Together with Prof. Tom Ruys (GRILI) and others, he has co-authored the recent textbook International Law: A European Perspective (Hart Publishing 2019).
On 2 March 2021, William Schabas will give a public lecture as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). Professor Schabas will also take part in a closed seminar 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.
On 22 April 2021, Hélène Ruiz-Fabri will give a public lecture as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). Mr Gautier will also take part in a closed seminar with (post-)doctoral researchers.
Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri has degrees in law and political science and a Doctorate from the University of Bordeaux. Before becoming Director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law in 2014, she was professor at the Sorbonne Law School (University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) of which she has been Dean for four years. She has published extensively in the fields of WTO Law and International Dispute Resolution, and in Constitutional Law. She also has expertise at the Council of Europe (as a legal consultant on the ratification and the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights in East European countries), at the French administration and at the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (as a legal consultant on the cultural diversity).
On 28 May 2021, Andrea Bianchi will give a public lecture (from 09.30 to 11.00) as part of the 2020-21 International Order & Justice Lecture Series at Ghent University (Volume III). The title of the lecture is 'Knowledge Production in International Law'. A day earlier, so on 27 May 2021, Prof. Bianchi will also give a crash course on international legal theory to (post-)doctoral researchers.
Andrea Bianchi is a Full Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva since 2002. His publications address topics that range from international legal theory and treaty interpretation, human rights and international humanitarian law, terrorism and counterterrorism, to the law of jurisdiction and jurisdictional immunities, state responsibility, non-state actors, and the law of treaties. Prof. Bianchi has been a Visiting Professor at King’s College London, the University of Vienna Faculty of Law, the Catholic University in Milan and the University of Paris 1 (La Sorbonne). He has consulted for international organizations on matters related to security and human rights; and for multinational corporations on business and human rights issues. In 2015 he appeared as counsel before the European Court of Human Rights Grand Chamber in the Al-Dulimi case. Between 2010 and 2014 he served as a designated member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Terrorism. He co-chaired (with Michael Wood) the working group on the use of force that led to the Leiden Policy Recommendations on Counterterrorism and International Law (2010). In 2001 he was among the founders of the European Society of International Law in which Executive Council he sat until 2010.