The Stockholm Centre for International Law and Justice (SCILJ) was established in February 2012 to revive the tradition of an earlier centre for international law (Stockholm Institute of International Law Studies), established in 1955.

The Board of the Centre is chaired by Ambassador Dr. Hans Corell (Former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and the Legal Counsel of the United Nations) to be followed in 2022 by Ambassador Dr. Marie Jacobsson (Principal Legal Adviser on International Law at the Swedish Ministry for Affairs, former member of the International Law Commission). The board represents international law scholarship, international relations scholarship, private and public practice, diplomacy and international civil society. 

The Centre is a small but dynamic environment for study and research in international law. The Centre has five senior scholars and 10-15 doctoral students. It has an international advisory board with twelve prominent members. The Centre also has a well-established international network for academic cooperation and exchanges and it collaborates at the national level with a number of other academic institutions.

The Centre usually hosts around twenty public events per year. It also organizes an annual retreat for Swedish and invited foreign doctoral students in international law with an international guest researcher (Martti Koskenniemi, Anne Orford, David Kennedy, Sundhya Pahuja and Tanja Aalberts). The biannual Hilding Eek Memorial Lecture was established in 2013, and has welcomed Peter Tomka, Hans Blix, Christine Chinkin and Rüdiger Wolfrum, and the fifth lecture will be held by Hans Corell. In addition, the SCILJ organises weekly brown-bag lunches for its researchers and specially invited participants