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The Barbican will host the inaugural London Conference on International Law Oct. 3-4, the first conference of this scale focused on public international law to be held in London.

Under the theme of “Engaging with International Law,” international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders and other stakeholders will come together to discuss and confront how states and international organizations, academics and practitioners and members of the public engage with international law. Panels and plenaries will address the most challenging current issues spanning the fields of environment, technology, conflict and security, transnational arbitration and dispute resolution, human rights and international criminal justice.

“Participants will consider the different ways individuals, organizations and countries seek to develop, change or restrict international law as they use it as a sword, a shield, a justificatory basis, an excuse, a language of cooperation, or a moral imperative,” says Kristin Hausler, Dorset Senior Fellow, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and member of the Steering Committee.

Sir Iain Macleod, the legal adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and member of the Steering Committee, adds: “As a global focus and hub for international law, London is the obvious place for an event like this. The conference has already received a great deal of interest and support from the international legal community, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming an impressive lineup of prominent speakers and delegates to London for this event.”

Jenny Waller, Barbican’s head of sales, concludes: “The Barbican is once again demonstrating why it is the right place for international organizations to gather, share knowledge and hold events with far-reaching consequences and legacy. The London Conference on International Law will gather together leading legal minds, politicians and experts at an event that will help understand and shape the future of international law and the whole Barbican team is proud to be a part of that process.”

A world-class arts and learning organization, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning program further underpins everything it does. More than a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. For more info, visit www.barbican.org.uk.

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