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Reminder: Invitation to Register | The Global Economy, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Law (Wednesday 16 June 2021)

Invitation to Register | The Global Economy, the Sustainable Development Goals and the Law   

Leverhulme Lecture & Distinguished Experts Dialogue   

Wednesday 16 June 2021 | 18:00 Geneva| 17:00 Cambridge | 12:00 Montreal / New York   

University of Cambridge and University of East Anglia   

You are warmly invited to register, if interested, for this week’s Leverhulme Lecture and Distinguished Experts Dialogue, which takes place on Wednesday 16 June 2021 among leading international jurists, senior leaders and academics, and renowned trade and investment experts, to share insights and identify new directions for the global economy in the context of pandemic recovery and the global Sustainable Development Goals, guided by international law and policy. With world-renowned hosts and experts in interactive dialogue with the audience, this special ‘evening/lunch’ online event promises to be a major highlight of the year for the international community.  

While space remains available, please take advantage of the opportunity to register for free, thanks to the support of the Leverhulme Trust, through this link:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-global-economy-the-sdgs-and-international-law-tickets-154086156843 

The Distinguished Experts Dialogue will be preceded by a public online Leverhulme Lecture, which is being provided by Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, University of Cambridge, Senior Director, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), Full Professor of International Law, School of Environment, Entrepreneurship & Development, University of Waterloo and author of Athena’s Treaties: Crafting Trade and Investment Accords for Sustainable Development (Oxford University Press, June 2021) which is being launched globally in the event with a special 30% discount here

In preparation for this special event, it is an honour to feature Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who has kindly agreed to give opening remarks, offering us the benefit of her vision, knowledge, and experience:   

 WTO | Director-General: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the seventh Director-General of the WTO. She took office on 1 March 2021, becoming the first woman and the first African to serve as Director-General. Her term of office will expire on 31 August 2025. Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a global finance expert, an economist and …  www.wto.org 

With world-renowned hosts and experts in interactive dialogue with the audience, this special ‘evening/lunch’ online event promises to be a major highlight of the year for the international community.

After a welcome from Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, this special event will be chaired by Professor Thomas Cottier, founder and former Managing Director of the World Trade Institute and Professor Emeritus of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern. Opening remarks will be delivered by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, WTO Director-General and the Leverhulme Lecture.

The event will feature a Distinguished Experts Dialogue between respected international judges and arbitrators, expert professors of international trade and investment law, and senior leaders of international organisations and educational institutions in the field of international trade and investment law, public policy and sustainable development, including Professor James Bacchus, former WTO Appellate Body Judge, Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity at the University of Central Florida; Professor Daniel C. Esty Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of the Environment and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy, Yale Law School;  Adv Wayne Garnons-Williams, Chair International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organisation; Adv Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary of the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL);  Adv Meg Kinnear, Secretary-General of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID); Lic Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, Founder and Fellow of CaeruleuM Globe & Sustainability and Strategic Advisor, Latin Trade Group; Adv Wendy Miles QC, International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration Vice-President, Twenty Essex Barrister and Global Climate Law Leadership Award Laureate; and Prof Jorge Vinuales, Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy and founder of the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Governance, University of Cambridge.

The experts dialogue is preceded by the Leverhulme Lecture by Prof Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, which is opened by Professor Diane Coyle, Co-Director of the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, and closed by Professor Avidan Kent from the University of East Anglia.

Confirmed special guests who will join online include Richard Baron, Executive Director of the 2050 Pathways Programme, European Climate Foundation; Prof Yongmin Bian, Deputy Dean of the University of International Business and Economics of China; Prof Andrea Bjorklund, Full Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law in McGill University; Prof Dan Bodansky, Regents Professor of Arizona State University; Dean Susan Breau, Professor and Dean of Law, University of Victoria; Dr. Fabiano De Andrade Correa, CISDL Lead Counsel; Professor Armand De Mestral, Emeritus Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair in International Economic Integration in McGill University; Prof Ilaria Espa, CISDL Lead Counsel and Senior Assistant Professor of the Swiss Italian University; Prof Markus Gehring, CISDL Lead Counsel, Director of the Centre for European Legal Studies and Director of Studies for Law at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge; Dr Kamal Hossain, Senior Lawyer of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh; Dr David Hunter, Senior Partner of Bateswells B-Corp Law Firm; Jack McNichol, Senior Law Editor of Oxford University Press; Prof Vaughan Lowe QC, Barrister of Essex Court Chambers, Emeritus Chichele Professor of Public International Law and Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College in the University of Oxford; Prof Andrew Newcombe, Associate Professor and Acting Associate Dean in the University of Victoria; and Prof Andreas Ziegler, Professor of International Law in the University of Lausanne; among others.

This series of open public Leverhulme Lectures raises complex, inter-linked ‘wicked problems’ and innovative solutions to global challenges. It considers how the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can offer a common global public policy agenda, supported by binding international legal principles and rules derived from treaty regimes, interpreted by courts and tribunals, for more just and sustainable pandemic response and recovery. In the present lecture, experts consider how international trade and investment law, including dispute settlement, can foster a more sustainable recovery of the world economy, advancing new directions for research, education and practice in this field.  

For more information on the CISDL’s trade and investment law research, see here

We also invite you to join the discussion of the #LeverhulmeLecture on Twitter @intsustainlaw and @BennettInst.

Happy to announce the publication of “Private Counsel and the Proposed Reforms of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)”

Happy to announce the publication of “Private Counsel and the Proposed Reforms of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)”

Private Counsel and the Proposed Reforms of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) by Ziegler Andreas R., #Kabre Jonathan R., 2021. in #Fach Gómez Katia (eds.) Private Actors in International Investment Law, Springer.

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I just edited a special issue of the SRIEL on International Investment Law and Switzerland – Read my introduction on why it matters!

International Investment Law has become one of the hot topics of the current debate on the future sustainable international economic order. Several international fora (OECD, UNCTAD, ICSID, UNCTAD, EU) keep working on a reform of this area (in particular the dispute settlement) and newsletters and blogs are full of criticism of the current system both with regard to the substance and the procedures. At the same time, this is not a new phenomenon and especially in the case of Switzerland the respective discussions go back for more than a century. This is not surprising when one looks at the importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) for this country and the legal practice that the Swiss administration has developed to remain an attractive seat of foreign investors and a competitive place for the settlement of (investment) disputes. This (short) introduction to the contributions from the scientific conference held in the framework of the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of International Law (SSDI/SVIR) held in Lausanne on 13 November 2020 tries to show why the current debate on international investment law is so important for Switzerland and which questions will occupy the administration, practicing lawyers, tribunals, academia and civil society in the years to come. 

Read the abstracts: http://www.szier.ch/index.php?id=223

Read my introduction: https://serval.unil.ch/preview/serval:BIB_7E3E8E41C337.P001

Congratulations to Odile Amman – Recipient of the SAGW Silver Award 2021

Congratulations to Odile Amman – Recipient of the SAGW Silver Award 2021

As President of the Swiss Society of International Law (#SVIR/SSDI) I just participated in the Annual Meeting of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (#SAGW) and was pleased to see that my fellow member in the SVIR/SSDI, the Swiss Branch of the International Law Association (#ILA, #ILASUISSE) and as of 1st of September Colleague at the Law School of the University of Lausanne (#UNIL) #OdileAmman received the prestigious SAGW Silver Award 2021 for her research.

See: https://sagw.ch/sagw/

Congratulations to Jasmina Zagorac who just defended successfully her PhD thesis at #UNIL: Le génocide culturel : un crime oublié du droit international ? [Cultural Genocide: A forgotten crime in international law?]

Congratulations to Jasmina Zagorac who just defended successfully her PhD thesis at #UNIL: Le génocide culturel : un crime oublié du droit international ? [Cultural Genocide: A forgotten crime in international law?] […]

Congratulations to Jasmina Zagorac who just defended successfully her PhD thesis at #UNIL: Le génocide culturel : un crime oublié du droit international ? [Cultural Genocide: A forgotten crime in international law?] — International Law in Switzerland – Professor Andreas R Ziegler

Join us for a webinar with Belen Olmos Giupponi (Kingston University , London) on “COVID19: Challenges and Opportunities for International Trade Law” — International Law Association – Swiss Branch (since 1929) – President: Professor Andreas R Ziegler

Join us for a webinar with Belen Olmos Giupponi (Kingston University , London) on “COVID19: Challenges and Opportunities for International Trade Law” — International Law Association – Swiss Branch (since 1929) – President: Professor Andreas R Ziegler

Wednesday 19 May 2021 (15h15 – 16h45) – on-line

secretariat.dip@unil.chConférencier(s)/animateur(s):  Belen Olmos Giupponi Kingston University, London (UK)

Dr Belen Olmos Giupponi is an Associate Professor in Law and Head of Law at Kingston University, London (UK). More…

Zoom meeting invitation – COVID19: Challenges and Opportunities for International Trade Law (Webinar)


Time: 19 May 2021 03:15 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Rom, Stockholm, Wien

Zoom-Meeting: https://unil.zoom.us/j/97054727668

Meeting-ID: 970 5472 7668
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Published from 8 May 2021 to 19 May 2021
Andreas R Ziegler, DIP, Ecole de droit

Join us for a webinar with Belen Olmos Giupponi (Kingston University , London) on “COVID19: Challenges and Opportunities for International Trade Law” Are you puzzled why countries talk about the WTO and the TRIPs Agreement when they want to limit patent protection for vaccines? Do you find it awkward that international trade rules seem to […]

Join us for a webinar with Belen Olmos Giupponi (Kingston University , London) on “COVID19: Challenges and Opportunities for International Trade Law” — International Law Association – Swiss Branch (since 1929) – President: Professor Andreas R Ziegler

Honoré d’avoir pu contribuer un préface à l’ ouvrage de Thierry Delessert sur l’histoire des homosexualités en Suisse — LGBTI Recht in der Schweiz – Droit LGBTI en Suisse – by Professor Andreas R Ziegler

Parution d’un ouvrage de Thierry Delessert sur l’histoire des homosexualités en Suisse Link: https://www.seismoverlag.ch/en/daten/sortons-du-ghetto/

Parution d’un ouvrage de Thierry Delessert sur l’histoire des homosexualités en Suisse — LGBTI Recht in der Schweiz – Droit LGBTI en Suisse – by Professor Andreas R Ziegler

Préface

Cet ouvrage exploite plusieurs fonds d’archives et poursuit les analyses historiques d’une précédente étude menée par le même auteur sur la Seconde Guerre
mondiale (Delessert 2012a). Sa principale clé de lecture est le droit pénal, civil et militaire. Cependant, un ensemble de documentations complémentaires est mobilisé
dans le but de restituer une histoire sociale plus vaste et de contribuer à la mémoire
LGB suisse. Ce faisant, Thierry Delessert confronte plusieurs autorités qui définissent des logiques le plus souvent répressives. Mais aussi «libérales-conservatrices»
selon la terminologie adoptée par l’auteur, et cela d’une manière jusqu’alors bien
moins connue. Les référentiels policiers, juridiques, psychiatriques, théologiques et
militants varient considérablement au cours des quatre décennies étudiées ici.
Les contraintes et les tolérances sociopolitiques et judiciaires cohabitent selon des conceptions qui diffèrent selon les aires culturelles, linguistiques et cantonales suisses. Par sa démarche, l’auteur décortique les rouages du fédéralisme helvétique, les manières dont se forgent des consensus entre des traditions culturelles parfois opposées, ainsi que les effets de la démocratie directe. Cette complexité décisionnelle provoque encore actuellement des retards dans la promulgation des textes légaux. Par exemple, la Suisse se voit reléguée en 2020 au 23e rang du Rainbow Index d’ILGA Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association). En comparaison, la Principauté de Monaco est placée au 45e rang, juste devant la Russie. Faut-il néanmoins penser que Monaco ostracise les LGB? À l’évidence, non! Et cela
prouve bien que des études plus pointues, contemporaines et historiques, sur
les LGBTQI+ sont nécessaires à l’échelle européenne.

Ce livre montre que la sortie de la Seconde Guerre mondiale se caractérise par un accroissement de la répression policière en Suisse. Des coercitions renforcées par des organisations transnationales, tels Interpol et l’OMS. À Zurich et à Bâle, la lutte contre la prostitution homosexuelle et la propagation de la syphilis sert même de justification pour des rafles effectuées dans des lieux publics. Le fameux «placard» se voit ici «démonté» d’une manière imparfaite, car la recherche de Thierry Delessert est fondée sur des archives officielles.


Cet ouvrage pionnier invite néanmoins à d’autres recherches historiques sur le genre, afin d’approfondir la séquence 1950-1970, souvent qualifiée de «Trente Glorieuses». Ces décennies voient en effet cohabiter une croissance économique, de multiples replis moraux conservateurs et un esprit politique guerrier ou défensif sous le couvert du risque d’une conflagration nucléaire mondiale. Mais, elle connait également des remises en cause subversives de la part de «jeunes» issu·es du «Baby-Boom».

Au début des années 1970, le Conseil fédéral décide de lancer la révision des articles pénaux sur les mœurs, dont la «débauche contre nature» – une terminologie pénale héritée des codes chrétiens – n’est qu’une infime composante. Thierry Delessert met alors en évidence une profonde évolution du référentiel pénal, qui passe d’une logique d’interdits à celle du consentement à avoir une relation sexuelle. Pour leur part, les Églises suisses connaissent de profondes réévaluations sur les homosexualités, et la psychiatrie légale se voit influencer par la sexologie naissante. En face, les collectifs homosexuels se mobilisent pour faire admettre leurs vues. Au cours des années 1970, les organisations gaies et lesbiennes connaissent de profondes dissensions, puis des
rapprochements sur des visibilités publiques et sur des logiques réformatrices.
Elles se font ainsi progressivement admettre par l’appareil politique fédéral
comme des organisations légitimes. L’histoire écrite ici ressort en dessous de
celle du VIH/sida, qui a abouti sur la formation de l’Aide suisse contre le sida
en 1985 (Voegtli 2016), puis sur l’adoption de la Loi fédérale sur le partenariat enregistré en 2005 (Roca 2010).

D’une manière alternative, cet ouvrage montre que les gays et lesbiennes ont tenté de faire de la révision du droit pénal un moyen de reconnaissance pour une parité citoyenne. Ils échouent néanmoins. Autant le Conseil fédéral que les principaux partis politiques n’entrent pas en matière. Cette étude montre par contre une spécialisation militante centrée sur le droit pénal et non liée au monde médical. Elle montre plus encore que la dépénalisation totale de la débauche contre nature dans les codes pénaux civil et militaire, acceptée en 1992 par une votation populaire, s’inscrit dans des logiques similaires à celles des années 1930-1940 : des droits sont octroyés, et les concerné·es doivent les admettre, voire se taire.


Le livre de Thierry Delessert représente une contribution importante à la recherche sur l’histoire des minorités sexuelles en Suisse. Il fournit à la fois des illustrations et des bases pour une meilleure compréhension sur les logiques de discrimination, d’exclusion et de rejet des LGB. En sus, cette réévaluation historique est d’une haute importance pour traiter le temps présent. Si certains problèmes y sont abordés, il persiste que beaucoup sont pendants en Suisse: le mariage pour tou·tes, les familles arc-en-ciel, les sorts médicaux et juridiques des trans* et des personnes présentant des conditions anatomiques sexuelles atypiques (intersexuées) (voir Ziegler et al. 2015). Enfin, bon nombre des problèmes abordés dans cette étude continuent à être de la plus haute importance: les crimes haineux, le suicide des jeunes, les discriminations cachées dans le travail et la société ou encore les thérapies de conversion
(voir le blog http://www.sogiesclaw.com).

Prof. Dr. Andreas R. Ziegler, Université de Lausanne