Dialogues between International and Public Law

30 June 2016 - 10:00am to 1 July 2016 - 6:00pm
Woburn House Conference Centre,
20-24 Tavistock Square
WC1H 9HQ London
United Kingdom


This two-day conference will bring together for the first time leading academic and practising lawyers to pool knowledge and share perspectives on the changing relationship between public international law and domestic public law in different jurisdictions.

Organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Melbourne Law School (MLS), this event will allow a constructive dialogue on how national public law and public international law and practice should and must co-exist, combining theory with case studies and the experience of practitioners.

Event concept

An initiative of this kind is badly needed. It is trite that 21st century globalisation is characterised by an interpenetration of domestic public law and international law. It is also characterised by shifting boundaries between public and private spheres of activity at both the international and national levels. The concept of 'global constitutionalism' is used by some in an attempt to capture the implications of these developments for one or both spheres but does not do them justice. Terms of this kind draw attention to the reality of some significant change but mask disagreement over its extent, nature and consequences. Generalisation has inhibited a deeper understanding of what really is going on in this complex and diverse terrain. Focussed dialogue between public lawyers and international lawyers is needed to pool knowledge and share perspectives and to examine how, in present conditions, the two bodies of law and practice can and should co-exist. This event is designed to provide the impetus for a more informed debate which connects theory and doctrine with practice, drawing on the insights that case studies provide.


Speakers for this unique conference are drawn from international academia, law firms, public administration and the judiciary. The following individuals have agreed to speak:

  • Professor Dapo Akande, Oxford University
  • Jill Barrett, BIICL
  • Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC, BIICL
  • Professor Dr Armin von Bogdandy, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg; and University of Frankfurt
  • The Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton QC, One Essex Court
  • N. Jansen Calamita, BIICL
  • Professor Michael Crommelin, Melbourne Law School
  • Tim Eicke QC, Essex Court Chambers
  • Professor David Feldman QC, Cambridge University
  • Dr Veronica Fikfak, Cambridge University
  • Lord Peter Goldsmith QC PC, Debevoise Plimpton and former UK Attorney General
  • Dr Jarrod Hepburn, Melbourne Law School
  • Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG QC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Ben Juratowitch, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Aimee-Jane Lee, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Professor Robert McCorquodale, BIICL
  • Alistair McGlone, international environmental law consultant
  • Professor Dawn Oliver, University College London
  • Professor Thomas Poole. London School of Economics
  • Sir Bernard Rix, 20 Essex Street
  • Professor Dan Sarooshi, Oxford University and Essex Court Chambers
  • Professor Cheryl Saunders, Melbourne Law School
  • Professor Gerry Simpson, London School of Economics and Melbourne Law School
  • Dr Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Oxford University
  • Dr Jason Varuhas, Melbourne Law School
  • Douglas Wilson, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Registration and Pricing

BIICL Members:

Individual - £57
Full-time Academic - £57
Full-time Student - £57


Individual - £95
Full-time Academic - £95
Full-time Student - £95
N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.

You may also book for one day at the following prices:

Day 1 (£36 members/£60 non-members)
Day 2 (£27 members/£45 non-members)

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