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IFHV Lecture Series on International Law

Prof. Pierre Thielbörger
Institute on the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

IFHV Lecture Series on International Law

The “IFHV Lecture Series on International Law” aims at gathering some of Europe’s most renowned academics in the field of international law for a guest lecture held at Ruhr University Bochum. Covering a broad range of topics from the fields of international human rights law, humanitarian law, international economic law and related issues, the series contributes to fruitful discussions on contemporary issues in international law and politics. The series is supported by RUB Research School Plus.

Per semester three or four academics are invited to give a guest lecture on a recent development in international law. In order to actively involve young researchers in the planning and realization of the lecture series, each lecture is co-planned and co-moderated by PhD students of the RUB. Since spring 2015, three lectures have taken place, each of them attracting about 40-50 participants.

April 21st, 2015
"Do Transatlantic Free Trade Agreements Risk Undermining Democracy?"
Guest Lecture in International Law by Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

On 21 April 2015, Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy) inaugurated the freshly launched ‘IFHV Lecture Series on International Law’. The leading expert in the field of international economic law addressed the question: ‘Do Transatlantic Free Trade Agreements Risk Undermining Democracy?’. PhD candidate Tobias Ackermann extended a warm welcome to Professor Petersmann and introduced the guest and his oeuvre to the audience of about 50 participants. Following Professor Petersmann’s profound and comprehensive explanation concerning the diverse concepts of democracy and their influence on the agreements’ legitimacy, a controversial and fruitful discussion concluded the evening.

May 12th, 2015
"'The Modern Practice of Interventions by Invitation in African States and Its Implications for the Prohibition of the Use of Force"
Guest Lecture in International Law by Professor Erika de Wet

Professor Erika de Wet from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) elaborated in detail on the highly disputed topic of 'The Modern Practice of Interventions by Invitation in African States and Its Implications for the Prohibition of the Use of Force'. Doctoral candidate Robin Ramsahye introduced the well-known expert on public international law to the interested audience. Taking up on the success of Professor Petersmann's inaugural presentation on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the second lecture equally attracted over 40 participants and was concluded with an intense debate about the most recent developments in this important area of international law.

June 1st, 2015
"'Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations"
Guest Lecture in International Law by Professor Kirsten Schmalenbach

On 01 June 2015, Professor Kirsten Schmalenbach from the Paris Lodron University (Salzburg, Austria) scintillated with a presentation on the ‘Human Rights Obligations of Transnational Corporations’. Professor Schmalenbach forged the bridge from the legal framework to the question of factual compliance pointing out multiple lacunas within the international community’s undertakings to this end. Doctoral candidate Katrin Fenrich introduced the well-known expert on public international law and her oeuvre to the interested audience. The third presentation equally attracted over 40 participants and was concluded with an intense debate about the judicial and political need for action in this controversial area of international law.