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Gaetano Morelli Lectures (4th Edition - 2017)
"Rethinking the Doctrine of Customary International Law"
Rome, 26 and 27 May 2017

 

The idea to convene in Rome on a yearly basis to discuss key issues of contemporary international law is naturally connected with the glorious Institute of International Law of “Sapienza” University of Rome. The story of this institution has accompanied the development of international law in the XX Century, which the members of the Institute have considerably contributed to. Naming the Lectures after Gaetano Morelli is thus more than an individual tribute; it is a collective acknowledgement to a legal tradition, which we intend to renew and to innovate every year, brick after brick.

The Gaetano Morelli Lectures are mainly addressed to young scholars from all over the world. They aim at offering conceptual tools for appraising controversial knots of international law in its continuing development. There is a lot of sense, in our view, for doing this. International law is one of the branches of legal science where the pressing need for change goes hand in hand with the persistence of its basic legal paradigms. It is this unique blend of theory and practice, of tradition and innovation, which makes international law so challenging and ultimately explains its on-going intellectual fascination.

It is our hope that this series of Lectures will promote a model of learning international law: offering diverse, if not even antithetical, perspectives among which everyone can find its way; a dialectical approach to legal studies which will hopefully become the distinctive feature of this initiative.

The first edition (2014) of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures was devoted to jus cogens, a “classic unaccomplished” in contemporary international law.
The second edition (2015) of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures focused on “Decisions of the ICJ as Sources of International Law?”, a controversial issue at the crossroad between the difficulties surrounding the precise definition of international sources and the debated role that the World Court should play in the development of international law.
The third edition 2016) of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures discussed and analysed the existence and contents of a general body of international procedural law. The guiding thread was the search of common or general principles, applicable in different dispute settlement mechanisms, which coexist in the landscape of contemporary international law.

The fourth edition (2017) of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures will focus on the process of formation and identification of customary international law. It aims at inviting the participants to embark on a journey touching upon diverse conceptions, doctrines and practices, in search of the foundational bases of the international legal experience. In 2017, the Gaetano Morelli Lectures will be held by: Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice); Michael Wood (Member of the UN International Law Commission).

The Gaetano Morelli Lectures are organised by the Department of Legal Sciences of "Sapienza" University of Rome and the Research Centre for European Law (CRDE) of "Unitelma Sapienza" University of Rome (info here and here).

On the e-learning platform of "Unitelma Sapienza" University of Rome, the videos of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures (3rd Edition - 2016) "International Procedural Law: Common Principles or General Principles?" and of Gaetano Morelli Lectures (2nd Edition - 2015) - "Decisions of the ICJ as Sources of International Law?" are available in open access format.

The Gaetano Morelli Lectures are collected yearly within the Gaetano Morelli Lectures Series, freely accessible on-line.

The first volume that collects the courses and seminars delivered during the Gaetano Morelli Lectures (1st Edition - 2014) - "The Present and Future of Jus Cogens", edited by Enzo Cannizzaro (2015), and published within the Gaetano Morelli Lectures Series, is available on-line and released in open access format.

- Gaetano Morelli Lectures 4th Edition (2017) -

Flyer & Program of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 4th Edition (2017)
Videos of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 4th Edition

- Previous Editions of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures -

Flyer & Program of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 3rd Edition (2016)
Videos of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 3rd Edition (2016)

Flyer & Program of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 2nd Edition (2015)
Videos of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 2nd Edition (2015)

Flyer & Program of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 1st Edition (2014)

- Gaetano Morelli Lectures Series -

Christian J. Tams, The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice in Decisions of the ICJ as sources of International Law? (forthcoming)

The Present and Future of Jus Cogens edited by Enzo Cannizzaro, in Gaetano Morelli Lectures Series (2015)
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