Essex Public International Law Lecture: Modern Challenges in International Law

  • Mon 28 Jun 21

    14:00 - 16:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Judge Maria Teresa Infante Caffi, Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles, Professor Photini Pazartzis.

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Public International Law Lecture

  • Event organiser

    Essex Law School

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 the latest instalment which is chaired by Dr Meagan Wong from the School of Law at the University of Essex.

About this panel

  • Judge María Teresa Infante Caffi, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: “Engaging in a global legal scenario from a regional perspective: partnership and coherence.”  
  • Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Queen Mary University of London: “International Environmental Law: Conferences of  the Parties,  Flexibility and  Legitimacy.”
  • Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles, member of the UN International Law Commission, Autonomous University of Lisbon: "Challenges to international law-making in a globalized and polarized world"
  • Professor Photini Pazartzis, Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens: “Adjudicating State Responsibility for Internationally Wrongful Acts: The ILC’s Articles in recent practice.”


Judge María Teresa Infante
Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (elected in 2020). She has held several positions including Professor, Faculty of Law and of the Institute of International Studies, University of Chile, Professor of the Diplomatic Academy of Chile, Director of the Institute of International Studies in the University of Chile. She was Co-Agent of Chile in disputes before the International Court of Justice (Maritime Dispute, 2008-2014; Obligation to negotiate,2013-2018; Status and use of the waters of the Silala, 2016-2020). She was also Ambassador of Chile to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). Former Director of Frontiers and Limits of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice 
Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice holds a chair of public international law at the Department of Law, Queen Mary University of London. Since 2019 she has been elected  an Associate Member of the Institue de Droit International and in 2021 she was awarded the Doctorate Honoris Causa of the University of Neuchâtel. She specialises in international environmental law; the law of treaties; and indigenous peoples. She publishes widely on these subjects. In   2020, Professor Fitzmaurice has published (with Professor Panos Merkouris) a book Treaties in Motion: The Evolution of Treaties from Formation to Termination (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Her publications also include a monograph Whaling and International Law, (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  
She is the Editor in Chief of International Community Law Review journal and of the book series published by Brill/Nijhoff Queen Mary Studies in International Law.

Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles
Professor Patrícia Galvão Teles is a member of the United Nations International Law Commission and Associate Professor of International Law at the Autonomous University of Lisbon. She is Senior Legal Adviser at the Legal Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and is currently Vice-President of the Portuguese Society for International Law. She is also Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Law (CIL) of the National University of Singapore and Co-Director of the CIL eAcademy – Singapore Academy of International Law. At the International Law Commission, she was General Rapporteur at the 70th Session in 2018 and Chair of the Drafting Committee at the 72nd Session in 2021. Since 2019, she is Co-chair of the Study Group on the topic “Sea level rise in relation to International Law”.

Professor Photini Pazartzis
Professor of International Law and Director of the Athens Public International Law Center at the Faculty of Law of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is member of the UN Human Rights Committee ICCPR (since 2015) and currently Chairperson. She is the President of the European Society of International Law (from September 2019) and Member of the ESIL Board.
She completed her undergraduate studies in the University of Athens (1983) and her graduate studies at the University of Paris-II Panthéon-Assas (DEA, 1984; Doctorat d’Etat, 1992, Prix Paul Guggenheim). She has been Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and at Wolfson College Cambridge (1998, 2017-2018), Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law (French section, 2003), and has lectured in various universities and institutions, including the Universities of Bordeaux, Paris-I, Paris-II (Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales), the European University Institute, the Xiamen Academy of International Law (2015) and the Singapore Academy of International Law (2020). In July 2018, she delivered a course at The Hague Academy of International Law on Reparation in International Adjudication. She was Co-Chair of the ILA’s Study Group on The Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation.

Her areas of interest are public international law, settlement of disputes, international adjudication and procedure, international criminal law, human rights law and law of the sea.

Principal publications and edited volumes: Les engagements en matière de règlement pacifique des différends entre Etats (Paris, L.G.D.J., 1992), La succession d’Etats aux traités multilatéraux à la lumière des mutations territoriales récentes (Paris, Pedone, 2002), La répression pénale des crimes internationaux (Paris, Pedone, 2007), The Judicial Function in International Law (Athens, Nomiki Vivliothiki, 2015 [in Greek]), P.-M. Eisemann & P. Pazartzis (eds.), La jurisprudence de la Cour internationale de justice (Paris, Pedone, 2008), P. Pazartzis & M. Gavouneli (eds.) with A. Gourgourinis & M. Papadaki, Reconceptualising the Rule of Law in Global Governance, Resources, Investment and Trade (Hart, Oxford 2016).


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 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.

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.