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Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Sir Franklin Berman, 25 June 2018

Watch the video of the lecture "Authority in International Law" here.

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KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 17

Working Paper No. 17, “The Functions of Law and Their Challenges: The Differentiated Functionality of International Law“ by Dana Burchardt has been published.

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Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Sir Franklin Berman, 25 June 2018

Watch the video of the lecture "Authority in International Law" here.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 17

Working Paper No. 17, “The Functions of Law and Their Challenges: The Differentiated Functionality of International Law“ by Dana Burchardt has been published.


Latest contribution by KFG fellow Balingene Kahombo

‘Bemba’s acquittal by the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court: Why is it so controversial?’


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Sir Franklin Berman

On 25 June 2018, the Research Group hosted a Thomas Franck Lecture by Sir Franklin Berman on "Authority in International Law".


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 16

Working Paper No. 16, “International Rule of Law Through International Investment Law - Strengths, Challenges and Opportunities“ by Velimir Zivkovic has been published.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 15

Working Paper No. 15, "Sentenza 238/2014 of the Italian Constitutional Court and the International Rule of Law" by Heike Krieger and Andreas Zimmermann has been published.


Video of Panel Discussion "Recht und Sicherheit Global - Politische und völkerrechtliche Aspekte einer Mitgliedschaft Deutschlands im UN-Sicherheitsrat", 04 June 2018

Watch the video of the panel discussion "Recht und Sicherheit Global - Politische und völkerrechtliche Aspekte einer Mitgliedschaft Deutschlands im UN-Sicherheitsrat" here.


Public Event: "Human Rights in Crisis - Challenged human rights protection as sign of a transformation of international law?"

The discussion will take place on Saturday, 9 June 2018, from 7.30 pm to 9 pm Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, room 2014 A (east wing, 1st floor).


KFG Working Paper Series No. 13

Working Paper No. 13, "Certiorari Through the Backdoor? - The Judgment by the European Court of Human Rights in Burmych and Others v. Ukraine in Perspective" by Geir Ulfstein and Andreas Zimmermann has been published.


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Andrew Hurrell

On 15 May 2018, Prof. Andrew Hurrell joined the Research Group as a new senior fellow.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 12

Working Paper No. 12, "Bringing States to Justice for Crimes against Humanity – The Compromissory Clause in the ILC Draft Convention on Crimes against Humanity" by Andreas Zimmermann and Felix Boos has been published.


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Terje Einarsen, 23 April 2018

Watch the video of the lecture "Decline of International Refugee Law?" here.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Terje Einarsen

On 23 April 2018, the Research Group hosted a Thomas Franck Lecture by Professor Terje Einarsen, University of Bergen, on the topic “Decline of International Refugee Law?”.


Latest contribution by KFG member Andreas Zimmermann

‘A Victory for the International Rule of Law? Or: All's Well that Ends Well?: The 2017 ASP Decision to Amend the Kampala Amendment on the Crime of Aggression’


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Jeffrey Dunoff

On 1 April 2018, Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Dunoff joined the Research Group as a new senior fellow.


Interview of KFG Member Heike Krieger

"Nationalismus und die Vereinten Nationen"


Latest contribution by KFG member Andreas Zimmermann

"Times Are Changing – and What About the International Rule of Law Then?"


Latest contribution by KFG fellow Christian Tams

"Decline and crisis: a plea for better metaphors and criteria"


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 11

Working Paper No. 11, "Berlin - New York: A few observations on Germany in the United Nations" by Harald Braun has been published.


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Paolo Palchetti

On 1 March 2018, Prof. Dr. Paolo Palchetti, joined the Research Group as a new senior fellow.


Latest contribution by former KFG fellow Jeffrey Dunoff

"Experimenting with International Law"


Latest contribution by KFG member Andreas Zimmermann

"Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers Starts Infringement Proceedings in Mammadov v. Azerbaijan: A Victory for the International Rule of Law?"


Latest contribution by former KFG fellow Vera Rusinova

"Can International Law Be More International?"


KFG welcomes new senior fellows: Pierre d'Argent and Oliver Diggelmann

On 01 February 2018, Prof. Dr. Pierre d'Argent and Prof. Dr. Oliver Diggelmann joined the Research Group as new senior fellows.


Latest Contribution of KFG PhD candidate Julien Berger:

‘Das Dilemma der Intra-EU Investor-Staat Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit’


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Christian J. Tams

On 01 January 2018, Prof. Dr. Christian J. Tams joined the Research Group as a new senior fellow.


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Andrea Bianchi, 4 December 2017

Watch the video of the lecture "The Unbearable Lightness of International Law" here.


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Angelika Nußberger, 30 November 2017

Watch the video of the lecture "From high hopes to disillusionment? Human rights protection in Europe in an ever more hostile environment." here.


Post on Voelkerrechtsblog.org about the KFG Workshop “Decline or Transformation? Norm Change and Values in International Law”

“Can we detect paradigmatic shifts when we see them?”, Simon Blätgen’s observations from the KFG Workshop “Decline or Transformation? Norm Change and Values in International Law”, have been published on Voelkerrechtsblog.org.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Andrea Bianchi

On 4 December 2017, the Research Group hosted a Thomas Franck Lecture by Professor Andrea Bianchi, Graduate Institute Geneva, on the topic “The Unbearable Lightness of International Law”.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Angelika Nußberger

On 30 November 2017, the Research Group hosted a Thomas Franck Lecture by Professor Angelika Nußberger on the topic “From high hopes to disillusionment? Human rights protection in Europe in an ever more hostile environment.”


KFG Workshop: “Decline or Transformation? Norm Change and Values in International Law”

On 24 and 25 November 2017, Heike Krieger and Andrea Liese hosted the KFG's first workshop. Convening renowned scholars of international law and international relations, the group discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective how international norms and their underlying values are changing.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Bardo Fassbender

On 13 November 2017, the Research Group hosted a Thomas Franck Lecture by Professor Bardo Fassbender, University of St. Gallen, on the topic “The International Rule of Law and the United Nations Charter - Original Design and Present Challenges.”


Latest Contribution of KFG Fellow Malcolm Jorgensen:

‘China’s Rising Geolegal Sphere’


KFG welcomes new senior fellows: Diane A. Desierto, Vera Rusinova and Geir Ulfstein

On 1 September 2017, Prof. Dr. Diane A. Desierto, Prof. Dr. Vera Rusinova and Prof. Dr. Geir Ulfstein joined the Research Group as new senior fellows.


KFG welcomes new practitioners-in-residence: Sir Franklin Berman, Harald Braun, Aniruddha Rajput

On 1 September 2017, Sir Franklin Berman, Prof. Dr. Harald Braun and Dr. Aniruddha Rajput joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as practitioners-in-residence.


KFG welcomes new junior fellows: Yuwen Fan, Malcolm Jorgensen, Balingene Kahombo and Velimir Zivkovic

On 1 September 2017, Dr. Yuwen Fan, Dr. Malcolm Jorgensen, Balingene Kahombo and Velimir Zivkovic joined the Research Group as new junior fellows.


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Campbell McLachlan, 21 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.


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.


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.


Public event: "International Law in an Era of Populism" - Indiana University Joint Speaker Series

"International Law in an Era of Populism", 4 July 2017, 6.30 pm to 8 pm, Indiana University Europe Gateway, Gneisenaustr. 27, 10961 Berlin


Presentation of Book "Humanizing the Laws of War" in Geneva

On 29 June 2017, the book Humanizing the Laws of War - The Red Cross and the Development of International Humanitarian Law edited among others by Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmermann was presented in the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.


Public Event: Panel Discussion “International Law in Crisis – On the Challenges Caused by Terrorism and Populism”

24 June 2017 at 6 pm, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, room 2093 (west wing, 2nd floor)


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Campbell McLachlan

"Acts of State and the Principle of Legality in International Affairs: The law’s response to withdrawal from international adjudication", 21 June 2017, 18:15, Bebelplatz 1, room E34


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Jeffrey Dunoff

On 10 June 2017, Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Dunoff joined the Research Group as a new senior fellow.


Latest contributions of KFG fellow Lavanya Rajamani:

'Reflections on the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement'

'Paris climate deal: Trump is on wrong side of history, science, politics and planet'


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Lavanya Rajamani

On 1 June 2017, Prof. Dr. Lavanya Rajamani joined the Research Group as a new senior fellow.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 8

Working Paper No. 8, "Between Systematization and Expertise for Foreign Policy: The Practice-Oriented Approach in Germany’s International Legal Scholarship (1920–1980)" by Felix Lange has been published.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 7

Working Paper No. 7, "The International Law Commission and Community Interests" by Georg Nolte has been published.


Latest contribution of KFG fellow Jean d’Aspremont and KFG doctoral researcher Alicia Köppen:

'Global Reform vs Regional Emancipation - The Principles on International Investment for Sustainable Development in Africa'


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Jean d'Aspremont, 6th February 2017

Watch the video of the lecture on "International Law as a Belief System" here.


Latest contribution of former KFG fellow Jutta Brunnée:

'Whither the rule of law?'


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Tiyanjana Maluwa

On 1 February 2017, Prof. Dr Tiyanjana Maluwa joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as a new senior fellow.


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Andrew Hurrell, 15th December 2016

Watch the video of the lecture on "The End of the Global Rule of Law?" here.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Jean d’Aspremont

"International Law as a Belief System", 6 February 2017, 18:00 c.t., Unter den Linden 9, lecture hall 213


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 6

Working Paper No. 6, "The Requisite Rigour in the Identification of Customary International Law: A Look at the Reports of the Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission" by Noora Arajärvi has been published.


Latest thoughts of KFG member Heike Krieger

“Trumping International Law? Implications of the 2016 US presidential election for the international legal order”


KFG welcomes new practitioner-in-residence: Aniruddha Rajput

On 1 January 2017, Dr. Aniruddha Rajput joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as a practitioner-in-residence.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 5

Working Paper No. 5, "Rights and Obligations of Third Parties in Armed Conflicts" by Heike Krieger has been published.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Andrew Hurrell

"The End of the Global Rule of Law?", 15 December 2016, 18:00 c.t., Unter den Linden 9, lecture hall 213


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Robert McCorquodale

"Defining the International Rule of Law: Providing Reality to a National Legal Idea", 12 December 2016, 18:00 c.t., Unter den Linden 9, lecture hall 213


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Pierre-Marie Dupuy, 17th October 2016

Watch the video of the lecture on "Are we facing a 'Disenchantment' (Entzauberung) of the International Legal Order?" here.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 1

Working Paper No. 1, "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline? - Points of Departure" by Heike Krieger & Georg Nolte has been published.


Public Event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Pierre-Marie Dupuy

"Are we facing a 'Disenchantment' (Entzauberung) of the International Legal Order?", 17 October 2016, 18:00 c.t., Unter den Linden 9, lecture hall 213


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Maurice Kamto

On 15 September 2016, Prof. Maurice Kamto joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as a new senior fellow.


KFG welcomes new senior fellows: Andrew Hurrell and Jean D'Aspremont

On 1 September 2016, Prof. Andrew Hurrell and Prof. Jean D'Aspremont joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as new senior fellows.


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 4

Working Paper No. 4, "Colonial Injustices and the Law of State Responsibility: The CARICOM Claim for Reparations" by Andreas Buser has been published.


Latest work of former KFG fellow Sienho Yee:

"Article 38 of the ICJ Statute and Applicable Law: Selected Issues in Recent Cases" in the Journal of International Dispute Settlement in English and French


Video of Thomas Franck Lecture by Jutta Brunnée, 15th June 2016

Watch the video of the lecture on "The Global Climate Regime 1992-2016: Shifting Norms, Changing Structures and Moving Targets" here


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 3

Working Paper No. 3, "Abrüstungsverträge in der UNO: Chancen und Erwartungen" by Angela Kane has been published.


Public Event: KFG at the ICON-S-Conference 2016 on "Borders, Otherness and Public Law"

Panel on "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?", 18 June 2016, 17:00, Bebelplatz 2, room E 34


Public event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Jutta Brunnée

"The Global Climate Regime 1992-2016: Shifting Norms, Changing Structures and Moving Targets", 15 June 2016, 18:00 c.t., Unter den Linden 9, lecture hall 213


Latest thoughts of KFG fellow Jutta Brunnée:

'Procedure and Substance in International Environmental Law: Confused at a Higher Level?'


Latest work of former KFG fellow Dire Tladi:

'First report on jus cogens' as Special Rapporteur of the International Law Commission


KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 2

Working Paper No. 2, "Africa within the Justice System of the International Criminal Court: the Need for a Reform" by Balingene Kahombo has been published.


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Jutta Brunnée

On 1 May 2016, Prof. Jutta Brunnée joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as a new senior fellow.


Public event: Thomas Franck Lecture by Angela Kane

"Abrüstungsverträge in der UN: Erwartungen und Chancen", 18. April 2016, 18 Uhr c.t., Unter den Linden 9, Hörsaal 213


Public event: Inaugural Thomas Franck International Law Debate

"The International Rule of Law: Rise or Decline?", 14 April 2016, 6.15 p.m. - Senatssaal, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin


KFG welcomes new senior fellows: Congyan Cai and Thilo Marauhn

In April 2016, Prof. Congyan Cai and Prof. Thilo Marauhn joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as new senior fellows.


KFG welcomes new senior fellow: Maurice Kamto

On 1 January 2016, Prof. Maurice Kamto joined the Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe as a new senior fellow.


Research Group starts its work

On 1 October 2015, the Research Group "The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?" started its work.


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