Lawyers Convene to Discuss International Law, with Real World Impacts
30 August 2019

This week, more than a hundred leading experts in international law—lawyers, active and retired judges, professors—gathered to discuss topics of pressing international urgency and issue resolutions to guide responses to them.

Every two years, the Institut de Droit International, the preeminent organization in international law, convenes for a plenary session where global issues of pressing relevance are discussed and resolutions passed. This year’s conference, supported in part by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), wraps up in The Hague on Friday, August 30.

Areas of focus this year include “Human rights in the context of cultural pluralism,” “International law and natural disasters,” “Corruption and investment,” “Equality of parties before international investment tribunals,” and “Human rights and the legal status of persons, family relations and transactions in cross border situations.”

Founded in 1873 in Belgium, the Institut de Droit International is dedicated to the study and codification of international law. It was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1904.