Essex Public International Law Lecture: The United Nations Security Council at 75

  • Mon 25 Jan 21

    18:00 - 19:00

  • Online

  • Event speaker

    Professor Niels Blokker

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Public International Law Lecture

  • Event organiser

    Law, School of

Please join us for the Inaugural Essex Public International Law Lecture.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the first Security Council Resolution adopted on January 25, 1946, the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series welcomes you to an Inaugural lecture presented by Professor Niels Blokker, Schermers Chair of International Institutional Law, University of Leiden and, former Deputy Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, chaired by Dr Meagan Wong from the School of Law at the University of Essex.

About the lecture 

The inaugural lecture will offer a brief evaluation of the functioning of the UN Security Council during its first 75 years, from an institutional legal perspective. It will analyze issues that were not only hotly debated when the UN was founded, but have also been highly relevant for the Council’s functioning in practice and are likely to remain so in the foreseeable future: the right of veto, the size of the Council and the rule of law

About the speaker

Niels Blokker is Professor of International Institutional Law at Leiden University (Schermers Chair) and was previously Deputy Legal Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. Together with the late Henry Schermers, he has published International Institutional Law (Brill/Nijhoff, 6th ed. 2018). Together with Nico Schrijver, he has edited The Security Council and the Use of Force (Brill/Nijhoff, 2005), Immunities of International Organizations (Brill/Nijhoff, 2015) and Elected Members of the Security Council (Brill/Nijhoff 2020). His most recent book is Saving Succeeding Generations from the Scourge of War (Brill/Nijhoff 2021). He is co-founder and co-editor in chief of the journal International Organizations Law Review.

About the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series

The Essex Public International Law lecture series is founded, hosted and co-chaired by Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones based in he School of Law. This is a weekly lecture series featuring judges of international courts and tribunals, leading academics, and practitioners of international law from governmental service, international organizations, and private practice from across the globe. The series prides itself on building on two important intellectual traditions of international law: formalism and international legal practice, and international legal theory including postcolonial and feminist perspectives. 

We welcome all students, academics, practitioners and legal advisors to join us. 

How to register

You can register here for the event which will be held on zoom.

For further information

Please contact Dr Meagan Wong, meagan.wong@essex.ac.uk and Dr Emily Jones, e.jones@essex.ac.uk.


Dr Emily Jones

School of Law, University of Essex

Dr Emily Jones is an international lawyer whose interdisciplinary work combines theory and practice. Her current work focuses on: gender and international law; posthuman legal theory; international environmental law and the rights of nature; science, technology and international law; military technologies including autonomous weapons systems and human enhancement technologies; gender and conflict; and political economy, imperialism and international law. Emily’s work has been published in journals such as the Australian Feminist Law Journal, London Review of International Law, Radical Philosophy, Feminist Legal Studies and Feminist Review. Emily has one co-authored book in press with Zed entitled 'The Law of War and Peace: A Gender Analysis (Volume 1)' and is working on Volume 2 with her co-authors, Gina Heathcote, Sheri Labenski and Sara Bertotti. She is also currently co-editing, alongside Rosi Braidotti and Goda Klumbyte, the 'More Posthuman Glossary' (Bloomsbury) and is working on her monograph. Dr Jones joined the School of Law at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in 2017. She holds a PhD from SOAS University of London, an MA from University College London (UCL) and an LLB law degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Emily has held visiting positions at multiple institutions including at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University (2020), as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School (2019) as well as in the School of Law at Sciences Po Paris (2015).

Dr Meagan Wong

School of Law, University of Essex

Dr Meagan Wong is a generalist public international lawyer. She has advised States on a broad set of issues of public international law, including the law of treaties, jurisdiction, international institutional law, and the relationship between international law and national law, and has particular expertise regarding the crime of aggression. She has been invited to speak to senior navy and government officials on various aspects of law of the sea. Dr Wong has published on canonical aspects of generalist public international law such as the law of treaties, jurisdiction, international institutional law, State responsibility, as well as dispute settlement, and on specialist areas of international law such as the law on the use of force, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international environmental law, and the international law of the sea. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles in the International Community Law Review, Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, and Chinese Journal of International Law. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph with Cambridge University Press, entitled Responsibility of States and Individuals: Aggression at the International Criminal Court, and a forthcoming Cases & Materials in International Environmental Law book with Edward Elgar, co-authored with Malgosia Fitzmaurice and Joseph Crampin. Dr Wong joined the School of Law in 2016 and is the Director for the LLM in International Law at the University of Essex. She holds a PhD in Public International Law from Leiden University, an LLM in Public International Law from University College London (UCL), and an LLB law degree from Leeds University. She is also called to the Bar of England and Wales. She has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford and at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge.

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