18:00 - 19:00
Lucía Solano, Head of Treaties Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
Lectures, talks and seminars
Public International Law Lecture
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Please join us for the latest instalment of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series.
The Essex Public International Law Lecture Series welcomes you to to the next instalment presented by Lucía Solano, Head of Treaties Section, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, chaired by Dr Meagan Wong from the School of Law at the University of Essex.
In her capacity as head of treaties in the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lucía Solano leads the negotiation of all sorts of agreements for her country, including in particular maritime delimitation agreements. Lucía thus brings her insights from the negotiating table and will provide suggestions on how States’ officials should prepare for negotiating these agreements. She will also share her thoughts on what the content of those agreements should be, bearing in mind the interest of States but also new developments in the law of the sea and the concerns of the communities located on both sides of a maritime boundary.
Although seemingly technical or mathematical, negotiating delimitation lines are really at the heart of the interests of States because such lines ultimately determine the extent of rights and obligations of States in exercising their sovereignty and rights in the sea, within their side of the line. In this chat, Lucia draws to light the legal, political, technical, historical, environmental, and economic elements involved in negotiating maritime delimitation agreements, which have turned this topic into one of the most studied not only by jurists, but hydrographers, geographers, cartographers, and other experts.
From the experience of a career diplomat, she shares with us the important role diplomats and government officials play in negotiating these agreements on behalf of their States, and the need or pertinence of involving other actors or advisors; as well as the practice of Caribbean States in entering maritime delimitation agreements, having in mind the importance of historical, environmental, and economic considerations, among other, play in entering into these agreements.
Lucía Solano is a Colombian Career Diplomat, international lawyer and head of the Treaty Office - International Law Directorate at the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is also a member of Colombia’s legal team in the cases its country faces before the International Court of Justice which focus on law of the sea and maritime law matters. She is also an advisor of her government on maritime affairs. Between 2013 and 2018 she was designated as legal advisor in the Colombian Embassy in The Hague. Before that, she had been working for three years in the Treaty Office of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bogotá. She teaches international law, diplomatic and consular law, and law of the sea. She is also a member of the Steering Committee to the Women in International Law Working Group of the American Society of International Law and is in the Advisory Board to the interest group in International Courts and Tribunals of the same Society. She holds an LLM from Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C.
The Essex Public International Law lecture series is founded, hosted and co-chaired by Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones based in the 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.
You can register here for the event which will be held on zoom.
Dr Emily Jones is an international lawyer whose interdisciplinary work combines theory and practice. Her work cuts across: gender and international law; international environmental law; science, technology and international law; posthuman legal theory; gender and conflict; and political economy, imperialism and international law. Within these areas her current work focuses on the rights of nature, military technologies (including autonomous weapons systems and human enhancement technologies) and the regulation of deep-sea mining and of greenhouse gas removal technologies. 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.
Dr Meagan Wong is a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, University of Essex, where she is the Director of the LLM in International Law degree. She is a generalist public international lawyer and has advised States on a broad set of issues of international law, including the law of treaties, jurisdiction, international institutional law, and the relationship between international law and domestic law. She has published on canonical aspects of generalist public international law and is the author of a forthcoming monograph with Cambridge University Press, titled ‘Responsibility of States and Individuals: Aggression at the International Criminal Court.