Surrey International Law Centre (SILC)
The Surrey International Law Centre (‘SILC’) is a research group of the School of Law of the University of Surrey. Comprising both members of the School of Law and external members, the mission of the SILC is to facilitate research and teaching in both public international law and private international law. In particular, the SILC aims to support collaborative work amongst its members and with other research groups both within the University and with partner institutions in academia and in other sectors.
The growth of international law in both quantity and quality in the post-Cold War era of globalisation is profound. Amidst accelerating pace and volume of international transactions, the regulatory role in part played by international law concordantly expands. The aims of the SILC to promote the study, development and understanding of international law and to develop a centre of knowledge and activity in the discipline at the University of Surrey are accordingly in tune with the dynamics of the present world of interconnection, interdependence and multilateralism.
In the field of public international law, the SILC focuses upon the increasing importance of international institutions in the arena of international dispute settlement. These include not only the expanding roles of established players such as the United Nations and European Union but also the advent of new additions, such as the International Criminal Court, and the gradual systematisation of the international legal system as a whole.
We focus upon not only topical issues of the day but also overarching, systemic themes of general international law. In this respect, the SILC collaborates with other research groups (e.g. – the McCoubrey Centre of the University of Hull, the Centre for International Intervention and the Surrey European Law Unit) to bring a variety of expertise to bear upon these important topics.
In the field of private international law, we focus upon increasingly important areas commercial areas such as international trade law and international investment law. In particular, in the aforementioned theme of international institutions’ role in dispute settlement, we focus upon the World Trade Organisation, the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and other forms of investment and commercial arbitration.
Over the course of this academic year, the SILC will be aiming to develop its resources and stage talks and workshops to generate interest and foster dialogue and cooperation. A lunchtime talk (‘Evidence-Gathering in International Criminal Justice’) by Anthony Forde of Leeds Metropolitan University was held on Wednesday, 23 October 2013. Additional seminars and guest lectures are being planned, which will be announced in due course.
We are delighted to announce that the SILC, with the support of the University of Surrey School of Law and the McCoubrey Centre of the University of Hull, will stage a workshop entitled ‘Identifying Core Standards of Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals’ to be held on 19-20 September 2014 at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law of the University of Surrey.
Examining the topical theme of procedural fairness from both legal and political perspectives, this innovative workshop brings together judges, practitioners and academics to examine the procedural regimes and experiences of international courts through a comparative approach. Eminent judges and practitioners who have provisionally committed to participate, subject to scheduling, include: Judge Paul Mahoney (European Court of Human Rights), Judge Sir Kenneth Keith (International Court of Justice), Judge Awn al-Khasawneh (former Judge, International Court of Justice), Professor Philippe Sands QC (University College London and Matrix Chambers), Professor Sir David Edward QC (University of Edinburgh and Blackstone Chambers), Mr Philipp Weiner (former prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia), and Dr John Sorabji (University College London).
Members: Professor Sir Michael Aaronson CBE, Dr Ebenezer Adodo, Mr Rudy Baker, Professor Bill Bowring, Professor Indira Carr, Mrs Margaret Cooper, Mr David Caruso, Dr Kanstantsin Dzhetsiarou, Ms SK Elfving, Dr Filippo Fontanelli, Mr Ian Henderson, Dr Ipshita Basu, Mr Robert Jago, Mr Kirj Junker, Dr Theodore Konstadinides, Miss Elena Konstantinidou, Mrs Amanda Lloyd-Purvis, Dr Loveday Hodson, Professor Rosalind Malcolm, Dr Blanca Mamutse, Professor Marie Bree-Smyth, Dr Maxine David, Mr Mohammad Wattad, Ms Nathalie Meurens, Miss Noreen O’Meara, Dr Ousman Njikam, Dr Paul Kearns, Dr Renginee Pillay, Dr Regina Rauxloh, Dr Arman Sarvarian, Professor Susan Breau, Dr Vassilis Tzevelekos
We welcome approaches from colleagues concerning research projects and initiatives to be pursued within the Centre. Similarly, we also welcome approaches from students who are interested in learning about the Centre, international law and academia more widely by volunteering to serve as research assistants or by participating in international law-related student activities such as the Philip C. Jessup International Law Mooting Competition.
We look forward to meeting you at SILC events during the coming year and collaborating to promote international law and justice.