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Upcoming Public Event: Book Discussion “The Refugee Convention and its Protocol – What Future Role for International Refugee Law?”

On 16 May 2024, the Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?” takes great pleasure in inviting you to the book discussion “The Refugee Convention and its Protocol – What Future Role for International Refugee Law?”.

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KFG welcomes new guest researcher: Dr. Alfredo Crosato Neumann

The Research Group welcomes Dr. Alfredo Crosato Neumann as a guest researcher.

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Call for Papers: "Double Standards and International Law"

The Research Group calls for papers for a workshop on "Double Standards and International Law" which will be held in July 2024.

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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.

Sir Franklin Berman is a Barrister and international Arbitrator. He was made honorary Queen's Counsel in 1992. He is Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple; Former Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice; Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration; and Legal Member of the Court of Arbitration between Pakistan and India under the Indus Waters Treaty. He moreover holds the positions of Chairman of the Claims Committee of the Austrian General Settlement Fund for the Compensation of victims of Nazi Persecution and Chairman of the board of Trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is a Visiting Professor of International Law in the Universities of Oxford and Cape Town. He served as the principal Legal Adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1991 to 1999. Furthermore, he was Leader of the British Delegation to the Conferences on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations and between International Organizations in 1986 and on the Statute of the International Criminal Court in 1998.

Ambassador Harald Braun was Germany’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from March 2014 to July 2017. During the 71st GA session (2016/17) he served as Vice President of the U.N. General Assembly. From 2011 to 2014 Harald Braun was State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and between 2009 and 2011 Director-General for Management of the German Foreign Office. Former diplomatic postings include Amman, Beirut, London, Bujumbura, Washington and Paris. In 1992-94 he was Chief of Staff to former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and from 2003 to 2005 Deputy Foreign and Security Adviser to the Federal Chancellor. From 2005 to 2008 he was on leave of absence from the diplomatic service as Corporate Senior Vice-President for policy and external relations of Siemens AG. 2008-17 he was also Honorary Research Professor for Global Studies and Diplomacy at the State University of New York (Stony Brook).

Dr. Aniruddha Rajput is a member of the UN International Law Commission. He is the Chairperson of the Drafting Committee of the 69th Session of the Commission. Dr. Rajput has been practicing before the Supreme Court of India with specialization in cases relating to public and private international law, commercial arbitration, public law and public procurement. Furthermore, he has taught courses in international law and international commercial arbitration at the Indian Law Institute, Delhi and the National Law University, Delhi. He was also a member of the Study Group constituted by the Law Commission of India to analyze the Indian Model Bilateral Investment Treaty 2015. He holds a LLM from London School of Economics (LSE) and a PhD from National University of Singapore (NUS).

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