Interpretation of CIL: Methods, Interpretative Choices and the Role of Coherence (Online Conference)
We are happy to announce that the 2-3 December 2021 conference, co-organised with the PluriCourts Centre and the University of Groningen’s Department of Transboundary Legal Studies, will take place in an online format via Zoom.
Free registration for the Conference Zoom: DAY 1 HERE / DAY 2 HERE
***Given the newly announced COVID-19 regulations, the conference will now be completely online***
Substance of the Conference
This conference addresses the methods international judges from all branches of international law use to interpret rules of customary international law (CIL).
The methods applied to interpret CIL are varied and contested. International courts and tribunals (ICs) have often engaged in interpretation of CIL, using such means as teleological or systemic interpretation. Too little has been done to systematically explore these and other methods.
The conference has three main themes: i) methods of interpretation of customary international law; ii) variation of interpretative choices across international courts and tribunals; and iii) coherence as an approach or goal in the context of interpretation of customary international law. Participants are invited from several legal professions – scholars, judges and lawyers – including senior and junior researchers.
More information about the conference can be found here.
Schedule *Amsterdam Time Zone (CET) (UTC+01:00)
|DAY 1: THURSDAY DECEMBER 2nd|
|09:00-09:30||Opening of the Conference|
|09:30-10:15||Keynote Speech: Judge Liu Daqun (IRMCT)|
|10:15-10:30||Coffee Break & Networking|
|10:30-12:00||Panel 1: Reflections on the Interpretation of CIL|
Chair: Panos Merkouris (University of Groningen)
Pauline Westerman (University of Groningen): The Illusion of Gold-Digging: Interpretation of State Practice
Eleni Micha (University of Athens): Custom Dynamics and the Interpretation Exercise
Craig Eggett (Maastricht University): ‘General Principles of Law’ and the Interpretation of Custom
|12:30-14:00||Panel 2: Patterns in CIL Interpretation Across International Courts and Tribunals|
Chair: Serena Forlati (University of Ferrara)
William Worster (The Hague University of Applied Sciences): The Application of Logic and Reason in CIL Interpretation
Steven Wheatley (Lancaster University): The Function of Time in CIL Interpretation
Silviana Cocan (University of Montreal): Judicial Dialogue between International Courts as a Method of Interpretation of Customary International Human Rights Law
|14:00-14:15||Coffee Break & Networking|
|14:15-15:45||Panel 3: CIL Interpretation in the Case Law of International Courts and Tribunals|
Chair: Noora Arajärvi (Hertie School of Governance and Université Paris Nanterre)
Neha Jain (European University Institute): Managerial Custom: Assertion, Avoidance, and Backstop in the Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Tribunals
Paula Baldini Miranda da Cruz (Leiden University): The Interpretation of ‘direction and control’ in ARSIWA Art. 8 in the Investor State Arbitration: The Case of State Owned Enterprises
Tamás Molnár (EU Fundamental Rights Agency): The Court of Justice of the EU and CIL Interpretation: Close Encounters of a Third Kind?
|DAY 2: FRIDAY DECEMBER 3rd|
|09:00-10:30||Panel 4: Controversies and Issues in CIL Interpretation by International Courts|
Chair: Geir Ulfstein (University of Oslo)
Raphael Oidtmann (University of Mannheim): Reconciling Conflicting Norms of CIL – Towards a Mode of Practical Concordance at the ICJ
Ezgi Yildiz & Umut Yüksel (The Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva): How Inconsistent Takes on Custom Shape State Practice
Leoni Ayoub (Maastricht University Alumnus): Judicial Effectiveness or Judicial Ambiguity: Is CIL an Instrument for Judicial Activism in Excess?
|10:30-10:45||Coffee Break & Networking|
|10:45-12:15||Panel 5: CIL Interpretation and Coherence|
Chair: Freya Baetens (University of Oslo)
Charalampos Giannakopoulos (Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore): Coherence and (Practical) Legal Reasoning: Goal, Method, or Both?
Henrique Marcos (Maastricht University): Abandoning Foundationalist Dreams: Coherence in Customary International Law
Harlan Grant Cohen (University of Georgia): The Court-Custom Paradox
|12:15-13:30||Discussion & Closing of the Conference|
The conference is sponsored by the TRICI-law project and by the PluriCourts Centre.
The Conference is co-organised by the ERC project on ‘The Rules of Interpretation of Customary International Law’ (TRICI-Law project, University of Groningen), the PluriCourts Centre on the legitimacy of the global judiciary, at the University of Oslo and the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the University of Groningen. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No. 759728). PluriCourts is funded by the Research Council of Norway, project number 223274.