International Law Forum Series (May 13)

05 May 2016 - Thursday

"The Faculty of Law cordially invites you to the next event of the International Law Forum Series on Friday, May 13 with the support of the Friendrich Naumann Stiftung. Our next speakers will be Prof. Yuval Shany, Professor of International Law and Dean of Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Prof. Maria Gavouneli, Faculty of Law, University of Athens.

The titles of the joint seminar is “National Courts as International Courts” and "Rule of Law and Development: The contribution of the private sector"

The seminar will take place from 15.00-17.00 at B522

The first lecture will discuss the obligation on states to give effect to international law obligations in fields such as international human rights law and international criminal law, and the role that national courts have to provide effective remedies and to exercise criminal jurisdiction against suspected perpetrators of international crimes. In light of the role of national courts as enforcement agents of international law, the question whether the traditional divide between national and international courts can and should be defended.

Prof. Yuval Shany

Yuval Shany is the Chair in International Law and Dean of the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also serves currently as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee and is a senior research fellow at theIsrael Democracy Institute. He holds degrees in law from theHebrew University (LL.B, 1995 cum laude), New York University (LL.M., 1997) and the University of London (Ph.D., 2001). He has published a number of books and articles on international courts and arbitration tribunals and other international law issues such as international human rights and international humanitarian law. Yuval Shany is the recipient of the 2004 American Society of International Law book award (creative legal scholarship) and a 2008 recipient of a European Research Council grant awarded to pioneering research leaders. Shany has taught in a number of law schools in Israel, and has been in recent years a research fellow in Harvard and Amsterdam Universities and a visiting professor at theGeorgetown University Law Center, Michigan University Law School, Columbia University Law School and the Faculty of Law of the University of Sydney.

The second lecture will address that it is clearly stated in the Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law that the rule of law and development is strongly interrelated and mutually reinforcing. In today's multipolar world, the entrepreneurial capacity to generate wealth forms an integral part of any attempt to establish internationally agreed standards, which would support sustainable development. Consequently, there seems to be an increased need to regulate the activities of corporations on the international plane, ranging from the current debate on the nature of the normative frame on business and human rights (including labour protection and combating corruption) to the role enterprises are called to play under the recent Paris Agreement on climate change. We will discuss whether this is indeed the case.


Assistant Prof. Maria Gavouneli

Assistant Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens; Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. Greek National Commission of Human Rights, Chair of the Sub-Commission for International Communication and Co-operation, 2015-2018; member of the European Coordination Committee (ECC), European Network of National Human Rights Institutions – ENNHRI, co-chair, Working Group on Asylum & Migration.

OECD, Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions, Vice-President (2005-2013), member of the Management Group (2014-); European Commission, Expert Group on Corruption (20112015, 2015-2019); Council of Europe, Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO), Head of delegation (since 2006)

Author of four monographs, including Pollution from offshore installations (Martinus Nijhoff 1995 – Prix Paul Guggenheim), State immunity and the rule of law (Athens 2001), Functional jurisdiction in the Law of the Sea (Martinus Nijhoff 2007), Ενεργειακές Εγκαταστάσεις στη θάλασσα: Η δικαιοδοσία της ενέργειας (Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη 2016); editor of several volumes; numerous chapters in books and numerous articles; co-editor-in-chief: Yearbook of International Environmental Law (2015-2018); member of the board of several law journals."