Gaetano Morelli Lectures - 4th Edition: "Rethinking the Doctrine of Customary International Law"


The idea to convene in Rome on a yearly basis to discuss key issues of contemporary international law is naturally connected with the glorious Institute of International Law of "Sapienza" University. Naming the Lectures after Gaetano Morelli is thus more than an individual tribute; it is a collective acknowledgement to a legal tradition, which we intend to renew and to innovate every year, brick after brick. It is our hope that this series of lectures will promote a model of learning international law: offering diverse, if not even antithetical, perspectives among which everyone can find its way; a dialectical approach to legal studies which will hopefully become the distinctive feature of this initiative.

The fourth edition of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures will focus on the process of formation and identification of customary international law. It aims at inviting the participants to embark on a journey touching upon diverse conceptions, doctrines and practices, in search of the foundational bases of the international legal experience.

The Lectures will be held by Luigi Condorelli (Honorary Professor of International Law, University of Geneva): "La coutume internationale et son écriture dans la jurisprudence de la Cour Internationale de Justice"; Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice): "Human Rights: Testing the Doctrine of Customary International Law?"; Michael Wood (Member of the UN International Law Commission): "International Law Commission and Customary International Law".

For any further information, please visit the website of the Department of Legal Sciences of "Sapienza" University of Rome, or the website of the Research Centre for European Law of "Unitelma Sapienza" University of Rome.

Date and Location

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 9:30am to Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 12:30am
Sala delle Lauree, Law Faculty,
Address 1: 
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
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