2017 EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW RESEARCH FORUM

THE NEUTRALITY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW: MYTH OR REALITY?

University of Granada, 30-31 March 2017

University of Granada, Hospital Real, Avenida del Hospicio, s/n, 18071, Granada

 

Thursday 30 March 2017

From 09.30 Registration
09.30-12.00 ESIL Interest Groups Sessions
12.30-13.30 Lunch (Board members and speakers)
13.45-14.00 Opening of Research Forum
14.00-15.00

Keynote speaker

Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki
Neutrality, Politics and Ethics: Dilemmas in International Law

15.00-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-17.00

Panel 1: The Notion of Neutrality in International Law

Chair: Massimo Iovane, Federico II University of Naples

Davith Roth-Isigkeit, Goethe-Universität
Towards a Practical Turn in International Legal Scholarship: The Grammar of International Law and the Promise of Neutrality 

Luíza Leão Soares Pereira, University of Cambridge
The myth of neutrality in international law-making: the case of “teachings of the most highly qualified publicists” as they are portrayed in mainstream literature 

Marnie Lloydd, The University of Melbourne
Volunteering for a cause: ‘Other’ Foreign Fighters under International Law

Discussant: Mario Prost, Keele University

17.00-17.30 Coffee Break
17.30-19.00

Panel 2: Multilateral Financial Assistance and Economic Sovereignty

Chair: Annamaria Viterbo, University of Torino

Giuseppe Bianco, University of Oslo - Université Panthéon-Sorbonne
How Neutral is the Law of Sovereign Debt Restructuring?

Dimitri Van den Meerssche, European University Institute
Redefining "Political Interference" by the World Bank - A History of Rule of Law Reform 

Michael Ioannidis, Goethe University of Frankfurt
Neutrality in Financial-Assistance Conditionality

Discussant: Luis Miguel Hinojosa Martínez, University of Granada

 

Friday 31 March 2017

09.00-10.30

Panel 3: (Non-)Recognition of Governments, Insurgents, Belligerents and Internal Conflicts.

Chair: Veronika Bilkova, Charles University

François Finck, College of Europe (Natolin)
Neutrality, objectivity and the values of the international community in the law and practice of State recognition

Işil Aral, University of Manchester
The Myth of the Cold War Dichotomy: Is 1991 Really a Turning Point for the Neutrality of International Law Regarding Democratic Governance?

Rajeesh Kumar, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
Impossible or Diluted Neutrality: The International Humanitarian Organizations in Internal Armed Conflicts

Discussant: Karel Wellens, Radboud University Nijmegen

10.30-10.50 Coffee break
10.50-12.20 Parallel sessions
 

Panel 4: Neutrality in Armed Conflicts

Chair: Christina Binder, University of Vienna

Monodji Mingar, l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration du Tchad, l’Université de N’Djamena & l’Université de Moundou
Forces de maintien de la paix : entre ingérence & indifférence

Nele Verlinden, University of Leuven & Luca Ferro, Ghent University
Neutrality during Armed Conflict: Illuminating the Myth, Interpreting the Reality

Parvathi Menon, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law
Debunking the Neutrality of Law in Times of War: The ICC and its Relationship with Weak States

Discussant: Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham

 

Panel 5: Political, Social and Environmental Conditionality under International Economic Law

Chair: André Nollkaemper, University of Amsterdam

Johanna Maria Jacobsson, IE University
The non-neutrality of international trade law on services: the expected unexpectedness

Anastasia Poulou, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich
Can social rights adjudication be neutral? Developing a democratic path to adjudicating social rights

Rhonda Ferguson, National University of Ireland Galway
Conditionality and Coercion in International Trade Law; the Implications for Sovereignty and Key Principles of International Law

Discussant: Anne Van Aaken, University of St. Gallen

12.20-12.30 Short break
12.30-14.00 Parallel sessions
 

Panel 6: International Human Rights Law as a Limit on States' Political Choices

Chair: Ana Salinas, University of Malaga

Leonie Huijbers, Utrecht University
Procedural-Type Review: A (More) Neutral Approach to Human Rights Protection by the European Court of Human Rights?

Machiko Kanetake, Utrecht University
Domestic Legislatures in International Law: Its Contested Neutrality before the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights

Michail Vagias, Hague University of Applied Sciences
Achieving justice by any means necessary? On amnesties, excess of jurisdiction and human rights absolutism

Discussant: Fulvio Palombino, University of Naples Federico II

 

Panel 7: The Neutrality of International Institutions and Courts

Chair: Pablo Martín, University of Granada

Daniel Toda Castán, German University for Administrative Sciences Speyer
Are international human rights courts breaking neutrality?

Noora Arajärvi, Humboldt University
The Rule of Law at the UN: Neither Universal nor Neutral?

Asier Garrido Muñoz, International Court of Justice
Assessments of Compliance by Third States with Basic Human Rights Standards: Neutrality Revisited by National Judges?

Discussant: Fay Pazartzis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

14.00-15.00 Lunch (for all registered participants)
15.00-16.30

Panel 8: The Contents and Boundaries of the Principle of Self-Determination under Present International Law

Chair: Christian Pippan, University of Graz

Panayotis M. Protopsaltis, Birmingham City University
The Depoliticisation of Development

Giulia Landi, University of Florence
Neutrality of international law towards secession: an old-fashioned story or the beginning of a new chapter?

Antal Berkes, University of Manchester
The policy of “status neutrality” – a mission impossible of international organizations with regard to self-proclaimed separatist entities

Discussant: Jan Klabbers, University of Helsinki

16.30 Closing session

SPONSORS

Euro-Arab Foundation
Research Project