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Conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Date: 13 June 2014 Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Lancaster University

A conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution will be held on 13th June 2014 at Lancaster University.

21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with shifting balances of international power. This was seen most dramatically in the recent Russian annexation of the Crimea and its connected repudiation of uti possidetis that underpinned statehood in the former Soviet Union. In East Asia tensions remain high in sovereignty disputes over islands and maritime delimitation. Renewed attempts to reach a settlement between Israel and Palestine similarly turn on the crucial issue of borders. In addition to these, a number of other states have been involved in long-running boundary conflicts. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them.

09.00 Registration and Tea and Coffee

09.30 Welcome by Dr. James Summers (Director of the Centre for International Law and Human Rights, University of Lancaster)

09.45 Opening Address by Professor Marc Weller (Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge)

10.15-12.00 Panel 1: Testing Principles on the Maintenance of Borders

Dr. Arman Sarvarian (University of Surrey) - 'The Doctrine of Uti Possidetis Iuris and Territorial Disputes'

Marc Wesley (University of Nottingham) - 'Uti Possidetis: The Procrustean Bed of International Law?'

Shorena Nikoleishvili (University of Turku) - ' Equilibrium in the Theory of Secession'

Dr. Lucía Payero López (University of Oviedo) - 'Against the International Paradigm of Self-Determination: A Proposal'

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.15 Panel 2: The Resolution of Territorial Disputes before International Bodies

Dr Brendan Plant (University of Cambridge) - 'The Treatment of Historical Argument in Territorial Disputes by International Courts and Tribunals'

Jelena Obradović (University of Belgrade) - 'The International Court of Justice as the Forum for Settling Territorial Disputes'

Prof. Joshua Castellino and Dr. Elvira Domínguez - 'The Title to the Dokdo/Takeshima'

Redondo (University of Middlesex) 'Addressing the Legacy of World War Two Territorial Settlements/Finding the Right Settlement of Dispute Mechanism'

14.15-14.30 Coffee/Tea

14.30-16.00 Panel 3: Challenges to Borders from Kosovo to Crimea

Dr. Simone van den Driest (University of Leiden) - 'From Kosovo to Crimea and Beyond: On Territorial Integrity and Unilateral Secession in International Law'

Dr. Alexander Orakhelashvili (Birmingham University) - 'Kosovo - The Post-Advisory Opinion Stage'

Yinan Bao (University of Sussex) - 'International Law Issues concerning the Referendum of Crimea: A Preliminary Analysis'

Dr. André de Hoogh (University of Groningen) - 'The Scope of the Principle of Territorial Integrity in International Law: An Analysis from the Perspective of the Right of Self-Determination of Peoples'

16.00-16.15 Coffee/Tea

16.15-17.30 Panel 4: New Approaches to Borders

Dr. Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont (Free Faculty of Law, Economics and Management, Paris)- 'Towards the Rationalization of Boundary Dispute Resolution in Africa?'

Dr. Ricardo Pereira (Westminster University) - 'Contested Spaces between States: The Role of International Law in Regulating Management and Rights over Shared Natural Resources'

Prof. David Ong (Nottingham Trent University) - 'Assessing the Prospects of International Environmental Law as a Means for Resolving the South China Sea Disputes'

17.30-18.00 Closing Address - Professor Duncan French (University of Lincoln) - '"You Will Always Have the Poor": Territorial Aspirations, Resource Claims and International Disputes within a Systemic Perspective'

To Register for the Conference please go to the Lancaster University Online Store (Law).


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Law


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