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Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Campbell McLachlan, 21st June 2017

Watch the video of the lecture on "Acts of State and the Principle of Legality in International Affairs - The law’s response to withdrawal from international adjudication" here.

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KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 10

Working Paper No. 10, "Protection of Foreign Investment in India and International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline?" by Aniruddha Rajput has been published.

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KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 9

Working Paper No. 9, "The Rule of Law in the 2030 Agenda Law: Rise or Decline?" by Noora Arajärvi has been published.

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The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?


The Research Group examines the role of international law in a changing global order. Can we, under the current significantly changing conditions, still observe an increasing juridification of international relations based on a universal understanding of values, or are we, to the contrary, rather facing a tendency towards an informalization or a reformalization of international law, or even an erosion of international legal norms? Would it be appropriate to revisit classical elements of international law in order to react to structural changes, which may give rise to a more polycentric or non-polar world order? Or are we simply observing a slump in the development towards an international rule of law based on a universal understanding of values?

The Research Group brings together international lawyers and political scientists from five institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region: Freie Universität Berlin, Hertie School of Governance, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universität Potsdam and Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin). An important pillar of the Research Group consists of the fellow programme for international researchers who visit the Research Group for periods up to two years. Individual research projects pursued benefit from dense interdisciplinary exchanges among senior scholars, practitioners, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students from diverse academic backgrounds.

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