Teaching Public and Private International Law: Contexts, Choices, Creativity

Questions about what and how we teach bring together two vibrant, and crucial, discussions. One on the universality or otherwise of international law; and the other on the role of teaching in shaping the discipline and profession. Although public and private international law are often taught separately, both deal with the distribution of legal and institutional authority across time and place, and both are ripe for pedagogical exploration. In this panel, scholars from public and private international law reflect on teaching practices, both actual and potential. The discussion will touch on, inter alia: (1) Working with contexts--whether geographical, economic, political, historical, cultural, linguistic or otherwise--in the ways we teach; (2) Translating contexts or critical perspectives into concrete pedagogical strategies: how we arrange and introduce topics, what questions we leave open, what and how we read, etc.; and (3) Whether, or how, we teach students to do things with law?


  • Mohsen Al Attar, Warwick University, Warwick (UK)
  • Roxana Banu, Queen Mary University, London
  • Ananda Burra, BML Munjal University, New Delhi
  • Megan Donaldson, University College London
  • Md Rizwanul Islam (moderator), North South University
  • Wilson Lui, University of Hong Kong

 This event is organized by ASIL’s Teaching International Law Interest Group.