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The German Research Foundation funds the Berlin Potsdam Research Group on ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ for another four years

The Research Group, which took up its work in 2015 and is supported by Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität and Universität Potsdam, examines the role of international law in a changing global order. In the second funding period, the group will focus on which type of international law we may see emerging.

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KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 39

Working Paper No. 39, “Rise and Decline of International Rule of Law: Case of Non-State Armed Actors“ by Hyeran Jo has been published.

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Public Event: Public Panel Discussion "What Type of International Law?"

The Research Group takes great pleasure in inviting you to a public panel discussion "What Type of International Law?" on 26 September 2019.

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Public event: Inaugural Thomas Franck International Law Debate


The Berlin Potsdam Research Group
The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?

invites to its inaugural public Thomas Franck International Law Debate

14 April 2016, 6.15 p.m. - Senatssaal, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

The International Rule of Law:
Rise or Decline in a Changing Global Order?


The Panel:
Georges Abi-Saab, Geneva (frm. Judge ICTY, ICTR and frm. member AB WTO)
Andrew Hurrell, Oxford (Professor of International Relations, Balliol College)
Georg Nolte, Berlin (Professor of International Law, Humboldt-Universität)
Chair: Heike Krieger, Berlin (Professor of International Law, Freie Universität)
discusses crisis symptoms of the current global order and their implications for international law. Multiple military interventions in the Middle East, conflicts over the sea in East Asia and over territory in Eastern Europe, movements of people on a massive scale, a stagnation of treaty making, and disintegrative tendencies in certain international and European institutions are among the many challenges which our international legal and political system currently faces. Despite such signs of crisis we are also seeing successes, such as the Paris Accord on Climate Change and the Iran Nuclear Accord.

We want to take a step back and assess, among the panelists and with the audience, whether we can, 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 tendencies towards an informalization of international law, or towards its reformalization, or even an erosion of international legal norms?


Venue: Senatssaal, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main Building, Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin.
Convenors: Heike Krieger (Freie Universität), Georg Nolte (Humboldt-Universität) and Andreas Zimmermann (University of Potsdam) for the Berlin Potsdam Research Group - The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline? (DFG Kolleg-Forschergruppe)
Contact: Unter den Linden 9, 10117 Berlin (info@kfg-intlaw.de, 030 2093 3322)


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