Centre for International and Public Law
The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) was established in 2004 to promote excellence in the research and teaching of public law and international law. The aim is to contribute to the critical understanding of the role of national and international institutions in promoting human rights, justice and the rule of law. The Centre runs a number of events throughout the year for academics, practitioners and students. Lord Bill Brett launched the seminar series on 11 May 2004, giving a talk entitled "The Report of the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalisation".
"Laws and institutions no matter how efficient and well-arranged must be reformed or abolished if they are unjust." — John Rawls
Alexandra Xanthaki reminded international policy makers, civil servants, and lawyers that indigenous peoples of the Arctic must be ensured Free, Prior and Informed Consent. In an event organised by BIICL on the Arctic, Xanthaki stressed the importance of including indigenous rights in the discussions and indigenous representatives in policy making.
Dr Peter Petkoff convened an event with the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the UN Headquarters in New York during the UN General Assembly. The event was hosted by the UK Mission in the UN and was chaired by Ambassador Peter Wilson CMG.
At the European Society of International Law tenth anniversary conference, the Society announced the creation of a new interest group on the history of international law. Those interested in becoming members should contact Ignacio de la Rasilla and Randall Lesaffer. The interest group's website is here: http://esilhil.blogspot.be/