Käte Hamburger Lecture

The Place of International Courts and Tribunals in Contemporary International Relations: Functions and Motivations

Berlin – 24 November 2016

A century ago, a primary reason for international courts and tribunals was the avoidance of war. Today the discussion of 'function' has been renewed and is multifaceted. In the 20th Käte Hamburger Lecture, Professor David D. Caron examined this question distinguishing between the functions that courts and tribunals play in international relations and the tasks that the judges are asked to undertake, as well as distinguishing between such functions and the motivations that lie behind the creation of international courts and tribunals. Caron then proceeded to examine the possible implications of these distinctions for international relations and academic study.

Professor David D. Caron is member of the Iran - United States Claims Tribunal, The Hague and Professor of International Law at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. Before discussing with the aduience, Dr Tanja Aalberts, who is Director and Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law, VU University Amsterdam, provided comments to the lecture. The event was moderated by Dr Christian Tams, LL.M., who is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow, and alumni fellow of the Centre.

Date: 24 Nov 2016, 18.00 – 19.30 h
Venue: Superior Court of Justice (Kammergericht Berlin), Elßholzstraße 30-33, 10781 Berlin