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Institute for International Law

The Institute for International Law, established in 1999 and directed by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters, is responsible for legal education and research concerning international law and the law of international organisations at KU Leuven. The starting point for its research is the finding that there is an increasing interdependence between nation states and consequently an erosion of their sovereign competencies. As those processes are complex, the Institute wants to examine the functioning of international law and the legal developments within international organisations in a broader context: attention is thus paid to the political, ethical, social and economic dimension of international regulation and practice.


2 April 2020:
Marco Aliberti (ESPI) gives a lecture on 'National Space Organisations: Analysing the Software and Orgware Models of the United States, Russia, China, and India', Leuven

2-3 April 2020:
RECONNECT Workshop: The European Elections 2019 and Beyond, Vienna

16-17 April 2020:
Giulia Pavesi presents her paper 'The Concept of Risk in Space Reversible Operations and its Legal Implications' at the Cambridge International Law Conference on International Law and Global Risks: Current Challenges in Theory and Practice, Cambridge

18 April 2020:
Prof. Jan Wouters speaks on “Peacekeeping Missions in International Organizations” at the ILA London Spring Conference, 
Synergy between the Law of Treaties and the Law of International Responsibility”, London

21 April 2020:
Roundtable on Sustainability and the Law - Financial Law: Sustainable Finance, Leuven

22 April 2020:
Dr. Carine Claeys (EEAS) gives a lecture on 'The EU and Space Diplomacy', Leuven

29 April 2020:
Launch International Coordination Action with UNFSS, United Nations, Geneva
30 April 2020:
GLOBE Webinar with Stefano Ponte: "Business, Power and Sustainability in a World of Global Value Chains"
30 April 2020:
Prof. Dr. Mahulena Hofmann (University of Luxembourg) gives a lecture on 'Do I need a Licence? Non-State Actors from the Perspective of Space and Telecommunication Law', Leuven
3-5 May 2020:
Workshop Business and Human Rights. Villa La Collina, Lago Di Como
14 May 2020:
Prof. Dr. Jamie Shea (University of Exeter/NATO) gives a lecture on 'The Militarisation of Space. Is it Inevitable? Can it be Controlled?', Leuven
18 May 2020:
Roundtable on Sustainability and the Law - International Trade Law: Sustainable International Trade, Leuven
2-3 July 2020:
RECONNECT General Assembly
6-7 July 2020:
EUCROSS Conference, Brussels

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Research and publications

At our research page you can find out more about the our projects and the doctoral projects of the individual members of the Institute. The working papers series will give you an idea of a large part of the current research at the Institute. We also have short opinions of our members, that can keep you up to date about a great part of the ongoing research of the Institute. That research also resulted in several scientific publications that were published as books.

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