3 April 2014

SHARES Lecture: ‘International Law – the Law of All Laws’, by Philip Allott

On 3 April 2014, Professor Philip Allott will give a lecture entitled: ‘International Law – the Law of All Laws’.

Philip Allott is Professor Emeritus of International Public Law at the University of Cambridge and a barrister at Gray’s Inn. He has been a Fellow of Trinity College since 1973, and a member of the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge since 1976.

From 1960 to 1973, he was a legal adviser in the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and a member of the Diplomatic Service. From 1965 to 1968, he was the legal adviser to the British Military Government in Berlin. From 1972 to 1973, he was the first legal counsellor in the United Kingdom (UK) Permanent Representation to the European Communities in Brussels at the time when the UK became a member of the European Communties. He was also part of the negotiating team during the UK’s accession negotiations. He was Assistant Agent for the United Kingdom in the Northern Cameroons case (Cameroon v. United Kingdom) at the International Court of Justice (1963-65) and an Alternate Representative in the UK Delegation to the United Nations Law of the Sea Conference (1976-80). He also advised for some time the then Head of the Legal Service of the European Commission on matters of International Law.

Professor Allott has been a visiting professor at various Universities, especially in the United States. He is a member of the Hauser Global Law Faculty at the New York University School of Law and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Allott specialises in UK Constitutional Law, European Union Law, and International Public Law. The main focus of his academic work has been the philosophical re-conceiving of the international system as the society of all human societies and of all human beings, and of International Law as the law of that society. This work has involved an investigation of society and constitutionalism at three levels – national, regional, and global – in the context of social and legal and general philosophy.

As part of its Lecture Series, SHARES regularly invites scholars to give presentations on issues of shared responsibility. See here the overview of the SHARES Lecture Series.


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