before International Courts and Tribunals:
21-25 June 1999
London House, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1, UK
Five-day course aimed at lawyers, academics and non-governmental organisations.
Organised by JUSTICE, one of the leading human rights organisations, and the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) established by the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD).
Sponsored by Butterworths.
The Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT) is a collaborative project between the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. PICT has been established to undertake a range of research and capacity-building activities in the field of international dispute settlement.
The first PICT publication, the Manual of International Courts and Tribunals, will be published by Butterworths in summer 1999. The Manual will provide an overview of the jurisdiction and procedures of all the principal general and specialised international dispute settlement bodies, including those established in the fields of human rights; international criminal law; law of the sea; trade, investment and regional economic co-operation; development finance; and the environment.
The Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) was established in 1989 to promote the progressive development of international law for the protection of the environment and the attainment of sustainable development, through research, teaching, training and the provision of legal advice. FIELD provides legal assistance to all members of the international community, governmental and non-governmental, and is especially concerned with assisting, where possible on a pro-bono basis, the economically disadvantaged. FIELD seeks to promote compliance with international legal obligations and to facilitate the access of disadvantaged sectors of the international community to dispute settlement processes.
JUSTICE is a legal human rights organisation which works on a wide range of criminal and civil rights issues. Much of its work focuses on the implementation and implications of the Human Rights Act 1998. JUSTICE is a membership organisation, primarily made up of lawyers and academics. It produces a wide range of publications and organises many events, conferences and training courses. JUSTICE is the British section of the International Commission of Jurists. For details please contact JUSTICE, 59 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5AQ.
Over the last decade there has been an increase in the development and use of international law. There has been a corresponding proliferation of international courts and tribunals and other dispute settlement bodies, which are available to states, and, in a growing number of cases, private parties and individuals.
International law offers a rich, largely untapped potential and growing case-law for lawyers, academics, corporations, non-governmental organisations and campaigners. International mechanisms present opportunities which may be additional to those available under domestic law. Additionally, judgments and decisions of international tribunals are becoming increasingly relevant to developing jurisprudence.
Yet identifying appropriate information on the various bodies can be difficult; and understanding how to bring proceedings before these institutions, and how they work, can be frustrating.
This practical training programme explains how the main international courts and tribunals function, and how to bring cases before them. The course examines all aspects of international law from human rights to foreign investment and from the environment to free trade. It looks at the structure, function, power and scope of the corresponding international adjudicatory bodies. It will also consider the relationship between national and international courts.
Leading experts in the field, including judges, practitioners and academics, will run the course.
Institutions featured include:
This five-day course
is organised by the Project on International Courts and Tribunals (PICT),
the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD),
and JUSTICE. It is sponsored by Butterworths.
Monday 21 June 1999
Philippe Sands, FIELD/PICT and 3 Verulam Buildings, and Jonathan Cooper, JUSTICE, will introduce the course
Introductory remarks by Shepard Forman, Center on International Cooperation and PICT
Chair: Madeleine Colvin, Legal Policy Director, JUSTICE
Tuesday 22 June 1999
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics
- Jane Winter, Director
of British Irish Rights Watch
on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
Chair: Anne Owers, Director, JUSTICE
Opening remarks by the chair Lord Slynn of Hadley
European Court of Justice
Chair: James Bacchus, World Trade Organisation Appellate Body member
World Trade Organisation
Chair: Cesare Romano, New York University and PICT
Chair: Professor Sir Eli Lauterpacht CBE QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers
Friday 25 June 1999
Opening remarks by the chair Sir Robert Jennings, formerly President of the International Court of Justice
Chair: Sir Robert Jennings