Please find the full programme in the ESIL201 brochure.

Please note: Sweden is in the Central European Time zone (CET). Daylight saving time (CEST) is observed, including at the time of the conference.

Wednesday 8 September 2021

10.00-18.00 Registration (Aula Magna, lobby)

11.00-18.00 Pre-conference workshops with Interest groups (South House)

Detailed programme for pre-conference workshops available here.

11.00 – 13.00: Interest Groups (lunch and coffee at convenience, possibly offered by organisers)

13.00 – 14.30: Interest Groups 

14.30 – 15.00: Coffee break

15.00 – 18.00: Interest Groups

18.15 – 19.15 Meeting, IG convenors and ESIL Board (Aula Magna, Mezzaninen)

Thursday 9 September 2021

09.00-18.00 Registration (Aula Magna, lobby)

10.00-11.00 Welcome (Auditorium, left)

  • HRH Crown Princess Victoria
  • Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President, Stockholm University
  • Jessika Van Der Sluijs, Dean, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University
  • Photini Pazartzis, President, European Society of International Law
  • Hans Corell, Chair of SCILJ, former Legal Counsel of the United Nations
  • Pål Wrange, Director of SCILJ and convenor of the organising committee

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.30 Keynote conversation: The Politics of Global Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki)
  • Sarah Nouwen (European University Institute)

12.30-13.45 Lunch sponsored by Gernandt & Danielsson and White & Case

12.45-13.40 A Stockholm side-event: The Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in the European Union (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Steffen Hindelang (Uppsala University)
  • Crina Baltag (Stockholm University)
  • Johan Sidklev (Roschier, Attorneys Ltd., Stockholm)

12.45-13.45 Mentoring event (Bergsmannen, upper level)

This meeting is open for conference participants who have registered for this event; please see here.

13.45-15.00 Fora 1-2

Forum 1: The Deformalisation of International Law (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Jean d’Aspremont (Sciences Po, University of Manchester)
  • Enzo Cannizzaro (Università Sapienza di Roma)
  • Conception Escobar Hernandez (member of the International Law Commission)
  • Anna Leander (Graduate Institute, Geneva)

Forum 2: Lawmaking by Non-State Actors (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Jens Bartelson (Lund university)
  • Annyssa Bellal (Geneva Academy)
  • Nadia Bernaz (Wageningen University)
  • René Provost (McGill University)

15.00-15.45 Coffee

15.00-15.40 Meeting with editors of international law journals (Auditorium, left)

The meeting is open for all conference participants. Further details TBA.

15.45-17.00 Agorae 1-3

Agora 1: The Order of the Oceans and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Vasilka Sancin (University of Ljubljana)
  • Gregor Novak (Yale Law School): Reading the Waves: Continuity and Change in Ocean Lawmaking
  • Maria Esther Salamanca (University of Valladolid): Developments in the Deep Seabed Mining Regime by the International Seabed Authority
  • Pierre Thévenin (University of Tartu): Back to the Future: Lessons from the Law of the Sea Negotiations (1967-1982), a Defense of Inefficiency and Complexity in International Lawmaking

Agora 2: Sustainable Development and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Virginie Barral (Goldsmiths University of London)
  • Jaye Ellis (McGill University): International law in the Era of Metrics: Injecting Normativity into the SDGs
  • Jason Rudall (Leiden University): The SDGs and their Impact on International Law: a Systems Theory Perspective
  • Eva van der Zee (Hamburg University): How to Achieve a Smart-Mix of Public and Private Due Diligence Requirements Under the SDGs? Insights from Motivational Crowding Theory’

Agora 3: International Security and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium 6, South House)

  • Moderator: Gregor Noll (University of Gothenburg)
  • Tsvetelina van Benthem (University of Oxford): Lawmaking at the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
  • Johanna Friman (Åbo Akademi University): The Dark Lawmaking of Human Security
  • Doreen Lustig (Tel Aviv University): Revisiting the Lawmaking of the Laws of War, 1856–1874

17.15-18.30 Fora 3-4

Forum 3: The Changing Local Implementation of International Law (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Basak Çali (Hertie School of Governance/Koc University)
  • Ana Salinas (University of Malaga)
  • Veronika Fikfak (University of Copenhagen)
  • Shaheed Fatima  Q.C. (Blackstone Chambers, London)

Forum 4: International Lawmaking from Below (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Andre Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam)
  • Balakrishnan Rajagopal (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Giedre Jokubauskaite (University of Glasgow)          
  • Raffaela Kunz (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Public International Law)

18.30 Transport to reception (outside the lower entrance to the A building in the South House)

19.00 Reception at the Museum of Modern Art sponsored by Mannheimer Swartling

Friday 10 September 2021

08.00-09.00  Breakfast Meeting: ESIL Board with new members sponsored by Eleven International Publishing (Bergsmannen, only onsite)

09.00-18.00 Registration (Aula Magna, lobby)

09.00-10.15 Agorae 4-6

Agora 4: The Rights of Individuals and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen (University of Copenhagen)
  • Freya Baetens (Oslo University): Must the Age of the Individual End? The Push for Collective Rights in International Lawmaking
  • Frederick Cowell (Birkbeck College, University of London): Universal Periodic Review as a Form of Lawmaking: Understanding Dialogic Processes and Human Rights Law
  • Nina Reiners (University of Potsdam): Transnational Lawmaking Coalitions for Human Rights

Agora 5: The Global Economy and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Lukasz Gruszczynski (Kozminski University)
  • Holger Hestermeyer (King’s College London): Striving for Flexibility – MoUs and Informal Lawmaking in International Economic Law
  • Stefanie Schacherer (National University of Singapore): Regulatory Integration Through Mega-regionals – New Challenges for Global Economic Governance
  • Catharine Titi (University Paris II Panthéon-Assas): UNCITRAL Working Group III and the New Multilateralism: A View from the Negotiating FloorImpact on the State-Centered System of International Criminal Justice

Agora 6: Trans-/International Crimes and Changes in Lawmaking ( Auditorium 6, South House)

  • Moderator: Gentian Zyberi (University of Oslo)
  • Florian Jeßberger (Humboldt-University, Berlin) and Leonie Steinl (Humboldt-University, Berlin): New Kids on the Block: Strategic Litigation Networks and their Impact on the State-Centered System of International Criminal Justice
  • Patryk Labuda (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy): The Hybridization and Decentralization of (International) Criminal Justice in Africa
  • Fulvia Staiano (Giustino Fortunato University and IRISS – CNR): The Exercise of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction over Transnational Crimes in the Light of General Principles of International Law

10.15-10.45 Coffee

10.45-12.00 Fora 5-6

Forum 5: Legitimacy and Rationality in International Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Marie Jacobsson (Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs)
  • Eyal Benvenisti (University of Cambridge)
  • Sergio Dellavalle (University of Turin)
  • Isobel Roele (Queen Mary University)

Forum 6: How to Study how International Law Works? Telescope or Microscope, or Both? (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Nikolas Rajkovic (Tilburg University)
  • Ian Hurd (Northwestern University)
  • Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde)
  • TBA

12.00-13.15 Lunch sponsored by The Swedish Institute of International Law in Uppsala

12.15-13.10 Meeting of editors and publishers (Auditorium, right)

This is a business meeting.

13.15-14.30 Agorae 7-9

Agora 7: Cyber Space and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Vera Rusinova (HSE University)
  • Gustavo Prieto (Ghent University): Blockchain Digital Infrastructures and Changes in the International Lawmaking: Finding Balance Between Control, Privacy and Innovation
  • Gavin Sullivan (Edinburgh Law School): Infra-legalities: Global Security Infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence and International Law
  • Anna Sophia Tiedeke (Leibniz-Institute for Media Research / Hans-Bredow-Institut): Self-statification of Private Actors – The Solution to the Legitimacy Vacuum in Cyberspace?

Agora 8: International Institutions and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Niels Blokker (University of Leiden)
  • Hannah Birkenkoetter (Humboldt University, Berlin): The United Nations at 75: Revisiting International Lawmaking Through the World Organization and the Importance of UN Civil Service
  • Negar Mansouri (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva): Global Daedalus: International Bureaucracies, Supra-functional Authority and Worldmaking Practices
  • Margherita Melillo (Georgetown University): The Shift Towards Soft ‘Technical’ Lawmaking and the Empowerment of ‘Expert’ Civil Society Organizations: the Case of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Agora 9: National Parliaments and Changes in Lawmaking Domestic Implementation ( Auditorium 6, South House )

  • Moderator: Giuseppe Nesi (University of Trento)
  • Matthew Saul (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences): Shaping Legislative Processes from Strasbourg
  • Lena Riemer (Freie Universität Berlin) and Sabrina Schäfer (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin): A Letter from the ’Bundestag’ – or how the Global Compact on Migration Shed New Light on Parliamentary Participation in Informal International Lawmaking
  • Larissa Van den Herik (Leiden University): The Dutch Advisory Culture as a Model of Interaction Between Academia, National Parliaments and the Government

14.30-15.00 Coffee

15.00-16.15 James Crawford: the Lawyer and the Scholar we Remember (Auditorium, left)

  • Photini Pazartzis (President of ESIL): Introductory remarks
  • Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (Université de Genève)
  • Alain Pellet (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Peter Tomka (International Court of Justice)
  • Kaj Hobér (Uppsala University): Concluding reflections

16.15-17.15 ESIL General Assembly (only for ESIL members) (Auditorium, left)

17.15-18.30 Fora 7-8

Forum 7: Technology and Changes in Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Daria Boklan (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
  • Nicholas Ashford (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Delphine Dogot (Université Catholique de Lille)
  • Fleur Johns (University of South Wales)

Forum 8: Current Events: Lawmaking in a Post-pandemic world — is Covid a Gamechanger? (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Anne van Aaken (University of Hamburg)
  • Gian Luca Burci (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
  • Diane Desierto (Notre Dame)
  • Bryan Mercurio (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Martin Scheinin (University of Oxford)

18.30 Transport to dinner

19.00 Dinner at the Vasa Museum sponsored by Vinge

Saturday 11 September 2021

09.00-13.00 Registration (Aula Magna, lobby)

09.00-10.15 Agorae 10-12

Agora 10: Subnational International Lawmaking (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Janne Nijman (Asser Institute)
  • Maša Kovič Dine (University of Ljubljana): Can Cities Contribute to International Climate Change Lawmaking?
  • Natalie Jones (University of Cambridge): The Participation of Indigenous Peoples in International Lawmaking
  • Laura Prat (King’s College London): Local Referenda in Latin America: Transnational Direct Democracy as a Radical Counter Power against Increasing Inequalities

Agora 11: The Making of International Biomedical Law (Auditorium, right)

  • Moderator: Carlos Esposito (University Autonoma of Madrid)
  • Chamu Kuppuswamy (Hertfordshire Law School) and Jessica Almqvist (Lund University): International Organisations as ‘Makers or Breakers’ of Biomedical Law
  • Ludovica Poli (University of Turin): Conflicting or Converging Role of Scientific Knowledge and Human Rights in the Development of International Biolaw
  • Rumiana Yotova (University of Cambridge): Making International Biolaw in the Face of Scientific Uncertainty

Agora 12: Nature, Past, Present and Future of Law of the Sea Scholarship ( Auditorium 6, South House)

  • Moderator: André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam)
  • Richard Barnes (University of Lincoln): The Present (Nature) of Law of the Sea Scholarship
  • Miguel García García-Revillo (University of Córdoba): The Future (Nature) of Law of the Sea Scholarship
  • Irini Papanicolopulu (Università di Milano-Bicocca): The Past (Nature) of Law of the Sea Scholarship

10.15-10.45 Coffee

10.45-11.25 Conversation with the ESIL book prize winners 2020 and 2021 (Auditorium, left)

11.30-13.00 Concluding Panel: Global Law as the End of International Law? (Auditorium, left)

  • Moderator: Jonas Ebbesson (Stockholm University)
  • Andrea Leiter (University of Amsterdam)
  • Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva)
  • Anne Orford (University of Melbourne)
  • Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria)

13.00-13.30 Conclusion (Auditorium, left)

  • SCILJ (organizers)
  • Photini Pazartzis, President, European Society of International Law
  • Presentation of the 17th Annual Conference of ESIL in Utrecht

13.30-14.30 Lunch (sandwiches)