The academic year 2015-16 ended on a high note for the International Law Research Group, with Professor Marco Roscini being awarded a research grant for a new research project, International Law and Foreign Intervention in Civil Wars, and Professor Hélène Lambert's participation at a symposium in All Souls College.

The aim of the new and highly topical undertaking led by Professor Roscini is to examine the legality of interventions by external states in civil wars from the 16th century through to the present day, including the current conflicts in Syria, Libya and Yemen. With the frequent participation of foreign states in internal conflicts, the project will identify relevant rules of international law in this field. The funding for this new research was awarded to Professor Roscini by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Germany.

In April of this year, Professor Lambert contributed to an international symposium at All Souls College to celebrate the scholarship of Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill (Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College Oxford; Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law, University of Oxford; Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, Oxford). Her paper on Temporary Refuge Towards War Refugees in the Context of Syria reflected on the work of Guy S Goodwin-Gill’s on the topic.

Earlier, during the spring-summer term, Professor Lambert published an article titled The Link Between Statelessness and Refugeehood in the International Affairs Forum (Centre for International Relations, Washington DC), where she explored the interaction between the status of a ‘stateless person’ and a ‘refugee’ in international law and called for the re-examination of this link.

In addition, she gave a keynote address at the launch of a new volume of the International Refugee Law Book series, Seeking Asylum in the European Union: Selected Protection Issues Raised by the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System (Brill 2015), which took place at the Refugee Law Initiative Centre, University of London.

Professor Lambert was also invited to a seminar series, titled Axis of Protection: Human Rights in International Law at the University of Reading, where she gave a paper on Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality and Refugee Status. The seminar focused on the question of whether arbitrary deprivation of nationality, either on its own or when taken with other forms of harm, amounts to persecution for the purpose of Article 1A (2) of the Refugee Convention 1951.

As part of an EU-funded project looking at the legacy of the Second World War, Dr Paresh Kathrani visited Kraków and Auschwitz, Poland to judge a high school student competition. Students from across Europe were invited to submit a short video on the lessons learned from the War and the top four teams from Poland, Lithuania and Italy were invited to a grand final at Auschwitz.

Dr Ioannis Glinavos has recently published Solar Eclipse: Investment Treaty Arbitration and Spain’s Photovoltaic Troubles, in Constantin Gurdgiev, Liam Leonard and Maria Alejandra Gonzalez-Perez's (ed.) Lessons from the Great Recession: At the Crossroads of Sustainability and Recovery (Advances in Sustainability and Environmental Justice, Volume 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2016, pp.251 – 271. He has also contributed an article titled Public Interests, Private Disputes: Investment Arbitration and the Public Good to the 2016 Manchester Journal of International Economic Law 13(1) pp. 50-62.

The Group has warmly welcomed a new Visiting Researcher, Mr Marco Longobardo (a PhD candidate, University of Rome, ‘Sapienza’, Italy) for the spring/summer term (April-July 2016). Mr Longobardo’s research interests relate to public international and EU law, with a particular focus on the law of military occupation and the law of espionage in times of armed conflict.

With the summer vacation fast approaching, we wish you all a restful and enjoyable holiday – and look forward to bringing you more exciting news from the International Law Research Group in the new academic year.

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