European Papers is pleased to announce that the fifth edition (2018) of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures "Methodologies of International Law" will be held in Rome on 11-13 October 2018.
The fifth edition (2018) of the Gaetano Morelli Lectures will focus on methodologies of international law. Through the discussion of diverse methodological approaches, everybody can explore the epistemological essence of international law and its capacity to explain the reality of our complex world.
In 2018, the Gaetano Morelli Lectures will be held by: Olivier Corten (Professor of International Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles); Alessandra Gianelli (Professor of International Law, University of Teramo); Joseph H.H. Weiler (Professor of Law, New York University).
The idea to convene in Rome on a yearly basis to discuss key issues of contemporary international law is naturally connected with the glorious Institute of International Law of “Sapienza” University of Rome. The story of this institution has accompanied the development of international law in the XX Century, which the members of the Institute have considerably contributed to. Naming the Lectures after Gaetano Morelli is thus more than an individual tribute; it is a collective acknowledgement to a legal tradition, which we intend to renew and to innovate every year, brick after brick.
The Gaetano Morelli Lectures are mainly addressed to young scholars from all over the world. They aim at offering conceptual tools for appraising controversial knots of international law in its continuing development. There is a lot of sense, in our view, for doing this. International law is one of the branches of legal science where the pressing need for change goes hand in hand with the persistence of its basic legal paradigms. It is this unique blend of theory and practice, of tradition and innovation, which makes international law so challenging and ultimately explains its on-going intellectual fascination.
It is our hope that this series of Lectures will promote a model of learning international law: offering diverse, if not even antithetical, perspectives among which everyone can find its way; a dialectical approach to legal studies which will hopefully become the distinctive feature of this initiative.
The Gaetano Morelli Lectures are organised by the Department of Legal Sciences of "Sapienza" University of Rome and the Research Centre for European Law (CRDE) of "Unitelma Sapienza" University of Rome (info here and here).