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The German Research Foundation funds the Berlin Potsdam Research Group on ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’ for another four years

The Research Group, which took up its work in 2015 and is supported by Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität and Universität Potsdam, examines the role of international law in a changing global order. In the second funding period, the group will focus on which type of international law we may see emerging.

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KFG Working Paper Series: Working Paper No. 39

Working Paper No. 39, “Rise and Decline of International Rule of Law: Case of Non-State Armed Actors“ by Hyeran Jo has been published.

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Public Event: Public Panel Discussion "What Type of International Law?"

The Research Group takes great pleasure in inviting you to a public panel discussion "What Type of International Law?" on 26 September 2019.

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KFG welcomes new senior fellows: Diane A. Desierto, Vera Rusinova and Geir Ulfstein

On 1 September 2017, Prof. Dr. Diane A. Desierto, Prof. Dr. Vera Rusinova and Prof. Dr. Geir Ulfstein joined the Research Group as new senior fellows.

Diane A. Desierto is tenured Associate Professor of Law and Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor in Business Law, and Director of the ASEAN Law & Integration Center (ALIC) at the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law, United States; Adjunct Research Fellow of the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Stanford Global Studies; Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines; and 2017 Director of Studies for Public International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law. She teaches, publishes, and advises government agencies in the fields of international law and dispute settlement; international economic law and economic, social and cultural rights; international investment and commercial arbitration law; international human rights and humanitarian law, maritime security, comparative constitutional law, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) law.

Vera Rusinova is currently a Professor at the Chair for Public and Private International Law at the Faculty of Law at the National Research University “The Higher School of Economics” (HSE) in Moscow, Russia. She recently received a Doctor of legal sciences (Dr. hab.) degree and holds a Master degree from the University of Göttingen. The main fields of her research activities comprise Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Responsibility, Jus contra Bellum and application of International Law to cyber operations. Vera Rusinova teaches International Law, International Human Rights Law, Law of International Treaties and Current Problems of International Law in Russian and English languages. She serves as an Editor in Chef of the Journal “International Justice”, one of the leading Russian journals on International Law.

Geir Ulfstein is Professor of International Law at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo and Co-director of PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo. He has published in different areas of international law, including the law of the sea, international environmental law, international human rights and international institutional law. He is General Editor (with Andreas Føllesdal) of two book series Studies on Human Rights Conventions (Cambridge University Press) and Studies in International Courts and Tribunals (Cambridge University Press). Geir Ulfstein is Co-chair of the International Law Association’s Study Group on the ‘Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation’ and is Vice-Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Procedural Law, Luxembourg. He has been member of the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law (2010-2016).

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