This list contains events – in Europe and overseas – that may be of interest for the members of the ESIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals.

14 December 2018 – Università degli studi del Sannio – ‘Provisional Measures issued by International Courts and Tribunals’

On December 14, 2018, the Università Degli Studi del Sannio and the Università Degli Studi di Napoli Federico II will hold a conference on “Provisional Measures Issued by International Courts and Tribunals,” in Benevento. The program is here.



5 November 2018 – 17.00 – T. M. C. Asser Instituut – ‘Persuasion in Practice Before International Courts and Tribunals’ 

As part of their Hague Courts Dialogue Series, the Asser Institute is organizing a conversation on Persuasion in Practice Before International Courts and Tribunals with Sir Christopher Greenwood and Dr. Gérardine Goh Escolar. More information here. Registration at

8-9 November 2018 – Max Planck Institute Luxembourg – ‘Sociological Perspectives on International Tribunals’

The workshop will focus on sociological aspects of practices by international tribunals. Speakers will discuss diverse socio-cultural issues involved in the operation and impact of international tribunals as: the interactions between formal procedural rules and informal norms; the formal and social functions of tribunals; the symbolic aspects of tribunals’ proceedings and their decisions; the legal cultures (national and international ones) of international adjudication; the socio-cultural factors influencing the diffusion of procedural rules across international tribunals; and the production of knowledge and cognitive aspects of the work of such tribunals. Programme available here.

London Trade Conference on Dispute Settlement in Free Trade Agreements

King’s College London, in cooperation with the ESIL Interest Groups on International Courts and Tribunals and International Economic Law as well as SIEL, hosts a Conference on (State-to-State) Dispute Resolution in Free Trade Agreements on 26 / 27 May 2017 in London. For more information and registration for the conference go here.


Interest Group Meeting at ESIL Annual Conference

Interest group meeting at ESIL Annual Conference
Time and place: Sep. 7, 2016 01:00 PM – 04:00 PM, University of Latvia, Rm. 8, 2nd floor

The meeting will focus on updates of activities and ideas for the future. There will be an election of new conveners. Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Dr. Holger Hestermeyer, and Professor Serena Forlati have jointly put forward their candidacy and released a platform (PDF).


  • Welcome
  • Information about the activities of the interest group
  • Discussion about future activities of the interest group
  • Poster presentations
  • Election of conveners of the interest group

We are open for allowing students as observers within the space available.


In order to be listed as a member of this IG, you need to ensure:

  • You have paid your ESIL membership fee for this year
  • You have created an online ESIL membership account
  • You have ticked the box next to this IG in the list of groups

The conveners of the Interest Group receive automatically-generated updated lists of IG members on the 7th day of each month.

The Environment in Court

The Colloquium of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy of Environmental Law (IUCNAEL) will take place in Oslo, Norway. It is hosted by PluriCourts and will discuss both domestic and international courts’ role in environmental disputes.

Time and place: June 20, 2016 – June 25, 2016, Oslo, Norway

View the event website including the call for abstracts.

PhD Summer School: Courts and Contexts

iCourts – Danish Centre of Excellence on International Courts and PluriCourts jointly organize a high-level summer school for doctoral students for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context.

Time and place: June 20, 2016 – June 24, 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

The course set-up

The iCourts/PluriCourts PhD summer school is based on the principle of participant contributions to the knowledge community. This means that students who sign up for the summer school are expected to contribute to discussions and to participate in the exercises that are part of the learning program.

All faculty of the iCourts/PluriCourts summer school are experienced and leading researchers from Europe and the United States.

Confirmed lecturers

Professor Mikael Rask Madsen, iCourts, University of Copenhagen; DK
Professor Andreas Føllesdal, PluriCourts, University of Oslo, NO
Professor Larry Helfer, Duke University School of Law, US
Professor Ron Levi, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, CA
Professor Cesare Romano, Loyola Law School, US
Reader in Law, Dr. Karen McAuliffe, Universtiy of Birmingham, UK
Ass. Professor Yonatan Lupu, Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University, US.

Joint ESIL and ASIL IG Seminar: Regional Approaches to International Adjudication

The second joint seminar by the ESIL interest group on international courts and tribunals and the ASIL interest group on international courts and tribunals will take place during the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. The exact time and date will be determined several weeks in advance of the Annual Meeting. Members of both interest groups are invited to submit papers. Read the call for papers.

Time and place: Mar. 30, 2016 – Apr. 3, 2016, Washington DC, USA

The works-in-progress session is dedicated to original and on-going research on the theme of “Regional Approaches to International Adjudication.” Members of either interest group, at any level of their careers, are invited to submit abstracts describing unpublished works on this topic. Relevant topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • To what extent do regional approaches to international adjudication exist? What characterizes these approaches?
  • How and why might different geographical regions differ in their commitment to international adjudication as a method of dispute resolution, and in their willingness to submit to the jurisdiction of international courts? What is the significance of these differences for legitimacy and effectiveness?
  • How and why might courts with similar subject matter jurisdiction differ in the development of procedures and substantive law? What is the significance of these differences for legitimacy and effectiveness?
  • To what extent is dialogue among regional courts affecting adjudication or practices in these courts?
  • To what extent do regional courts interact with international courts, and strive to follow their jurisprudence and coordinate their respective exercise of jurisdiction?

Reforms in UN Treaty Bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Mutual Lessons?

This Conference to be held in Oslo, Norway, will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) aiming at finding mutual learning experiences.

Time and place: Feb. 29, 2016 – Mar. 1, 2016, Oslo, Norway

Visit the event website.

ESIL Annual Conference 2015: The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway. It is hosted by the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo.

Time and place: Sep. 10, 2015 09:00 AM – Sep. 12, 2015 02:00 PM, Law faculty, University of Oslo

View the event website including the Calls for contributions (papers, panels and posters) here.

Joint ESIL/ASIL Interest Groups on International Courts and Tribunals Meeting

The ESIL ICTIG and the ASIL ICTIG will have their first joint Meeting in Oslo on the occasion of the ESIL Annual Conference. The session will include both an opportunity to examine works-in-progress, as well as a chance to brainstorm about future joint endeavours between both groups.

Time and place: Sep. 9, 2015 01:00 PM – 03:15 PM, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law

Final program of the meeting (pdf)

The legitimacy of international courts and tribunals

PluriCourts, together with University of Copenhagen Centre of Excellence for International Courts – iCourts, is organizing a combined workshop and PhD course on the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals.

Time and place: Nov. 24, 2014 09:00 AM – Nov. 25, 2014 06:00 PM, Oslo

PluriCourts, together with University of Copenhagen Centre of Excellence for International Courts – iCourts, is organizing a combined workshop and PhD course on the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals in Oslo, 24‑25 November 2014.

The post 1989 expansion in number and impact of international courts and tribunals (ICs) has led to increased concern about their ‘legitimacy’. Such concerns take several forms, ranging from complaints about their lack of effectiveness to how they are tools of the powers that be – or that their independence from the states that set them up has come back to haunt their creators. What are we to make of such concerns about the legitimacy of ICs? This combined workshop and PhD course explores, assesses and applies different perspectives and standards of legitimacy: Rule of law standards, Accountability – democratic and otherwise, Output and effects – including human rights, Societal acceptance and compliance, and how these and other legitimacy aspects fit together. The workshop brings such considerations to bear on ICs in four different sectors: human rights, investment, trade, and international criminal law.

Call for papers

We invite for full or draft papers that address the following aspects of legitimacy of ICs: (1) rule of law standards; (2) accountability; (3) output and effects; (4) societal acceptance and compliance; and (5) conceptual issues of legitimacy within the sectors human rights, investment, trade, and international criminal law. The deadline for abstracts is 15 September 2014.

Read the full call for papers (pdf)

The Conference website.

ESIL Lecture with Judge Helen Keller

Time and place: Sep. 8, 2014 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM, University of Oslo

International law expert Helen Keller was appointed Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Switzerland in 2011. Judge Helen Keller was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (2008-2011), a visiting researcher at the ECtHR in Strasbourg (2009) and is a professor of law at Zurich University. She has also been a research fellow at the European Law Research Centre at Havard Law School and at the European University Institute in Florence.

Event website.

The Legitimate Role(s) of Human Rights Courts in Environmental Disputes

An international symposium organised by Prof. Christina Voigt (PluriCourts, University of Oslo) will bring together scholars and human rights judges to discuss how environmental concerns can legitimately be addressed by human rights Courts.

Time and place: Sep. 8, 2014 – Sep. 9, 2014, University of Oslo

Recently, an increasing number of cases concerning environmental issues are being heard before international human rights courts and tribunals. Matters concern the effects of environmental degradation and pollution, climate change, indigenous peoples environmental rights, an independent right to a healthy environment – just to name a few. This phenomenon raises the question whether human rights courts are the right venue for such cases.

The symposium will inquire the following questions in the context of legitimacy of human rights courts and tribunals when hearing “environmental cases” in the context of human rights protection.

  • Do environmental cases require a special expertise and, if so, do human rights courts/judges have such expertise?
  • Are rules on jurisdiction, procedures, evidence etc. adequate when confronted with the complexities of environmental issues?
  • What is the role of environmental law before human rights courts and tribunals?
  • Are human rights courts effective “instruments” for environmental protection?
  • Are human rights courts more suitable for protection of some environmental problems than other, for example local rather than global challenges?
  • What are the legitimate roles, functions and effects of human rights courts in cases concerning environmental issues?

Confirmed speakers

  • Dinah Shelton, George Washington University
  • Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh
  • Margrette May Macaulay, former Judge, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  • Helen Keller, Judge, European Court of Human Rights

View the event website here.

Interest Group meeting at the ESIL 2014 conference

The IG on international Courts and tribunals will have its inaugural Meeting at the ESIL Annual Conference 2014 in Vienna

Time and place: Sep. 3, 2014 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM, University of Vienna, Faculty of Law, lecture room 13

We plan to map existing research in the field and the need for further research, as well as discussing future activities of the group. We will have some short prepared comments on existing research and needs for research:

  • Armin von Bogdandy on the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals
    Yuval Shany on effectiveness
  • Fulvio Palombino on the relationship between international and national courts
  • Geir Ulfstein on the different functions of international courts

We would be interested in hearing about other research activities and plans relating to international courts and tribunals by members of the interest group, before we discuss the future work of the group.

The Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals

The Conference is organised by Professor Cecilia Bailliet (PluriCourts, University of Oslo).

Time and place: Aug. 28, 2014 09:00 AM – Aug. 29, 2014 05:00 PM, Oslo

The conference will assess the legitimacy of the International Criminal Tribunals, and pursue identification of lessons learned from comparative studies of the tribunals.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Larry May, W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt Law School
  • Charles Jalloh, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Diane Marie Amann, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law; Special Adviser on Children in Armed Conflict, International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor.

The Long-Term Future of the European Court of Human Rights

This conference organised by PluriCourts under the auspices of the Council of Europe will bring together scholars, international and national judges, governmental experts, parliamentarians and representatives of the civil society.

Time and place: Apr. 7, 2014 09:00 AM – Apr. 8, 2014 01:00 PM, Oslo

Link to the Conference on the long-term future of the European Court of Human Rights.