Litigating before International Courts and Tribunals:
Practice, Procedure and Prospects

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:

  •  International Court of Justice
  •  World Trade Organisation
  •  International Labour Organisation
  •  European Court of Human Rights
  •  World Bank Inspection Panel
  •  International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes
  •  International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
  •  Structure
  •  Function
  •  Power
  •  Scope
  •  Cost
Participants can choose to attend one or more days or all five. Participants paying the full five-day conference fee will receive a free copy of the Manual of International Courts and Tribunal to be published by Butterworths, June 1999, and edited by Philippe Sands, Yuval Shany and Ruth Mackenzie.

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.

Limited places available.
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

(1) Keynote address HE Judge Rosalyn Higgins
(2) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the Committee Against Torture Fiona McKay, Redress Trust


Chair: Madeleine Colvin, Legal Policy Director, JUSTICE

(3) European Court of Human Rights 

Karen Reid, European Court of Human Rights
Ben Emmerson, Doughty Street Chambers
(4) Council of Europe Social Charter Professor Keith Ewing
Kings' College, London

Tuesday 22 June 1999


Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin, London School of Economics

(1) Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights
Veronica Gomez,Organisation of American States (OAS)

Chidi Odinkalu, Senior Lawyer at Interights
(2) United Nations  

- Jane Winter, Director of British Irish Rights Watch
- Dr Matthew Craven, School of Oriental and African Studies, London (SOAS)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)


Chair: Anne Owers, Director, JUSTICE

(3) International Labour Organisation (ILO) Laura Cox QC, ILO Committee of Experts John Hendy QC, Old Square Chambers
(4) International Criminal Court
International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia
Geoffrey Robertson QC,
Doughty Street Chambers

 Wednesday 23 June 1999


Opening remarks by the chair Lord Slynn of Hadley

European Court of Justice

(1) Direct actions:  Christopher Vajda QC, Monckton Chambers
Peter Roth QC, Monckton Chambers
(2) Preliminary references: Jessica Simor, Monckton Chambers


Chair: James Bacchus, World Trade Organisation Appellate Body member

World Trade Organisation

(3) Panels: James Cameron, FIELD; 3 Verulam Buildings Jacob Werksman, FIELD
(4) Appellate Body: Professor Dr E-U Petersmann, University of Geneva and former Legal Advisor to GATT and WTO

Thursday 24 June 1999


Chair: Cesare Romano, New York University and PICT

(1) International Chamber Commerce and other ad hoc arbitration rules Ali Malek QC, 3 Verulam Buildings
(2) World Bank Inspection Panel Professor Laurence Boisson de Chazournes University of Geneva and former Legal Counsel World Bank


Chair: Professor Sir Eli Lauterpacht CBE QC, 20 Essex Street Chambers

(3) International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes Philippe Sands, FIELD/PICT

Friday 25 June 1999


Opening remarks by the chair Sir Robert Jennings, formerly President of the International Court of Justice

(1) International Court of Justice Ospina, HE Eduardo Valencia
International Court of Justice


Chair: Sir Robert Jennings

(2) International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Judge David Anderson
Judge Dolliver Nelson, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
(3) Concluding roundtable discussion