22 May 2013

SHARES Lecture: ‘Shared responsibility between member states and the United Nations’, by Vera Gowlland-Debbas

On Wednesday 22 May 2013, Emeritus Professor Vera Gowlland-Debbas will give a lecture entitled: ‘Shared responsibility between member states and the United Nations’.

Professor Gowlland-Debbas is Emeritus Professor of public international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and visiting Professor at University College London. She has been a visiting fellow at numerous universities, including at the University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley.

She taught at the Hague Academy of International Law and has published extensively on public international law, e.g. on United Nations law, Security Council sanctions, treaty law, human rights law, refugee law, state responsibility and the responsibility of international organisations.

Relevant publications for the topic to be discussed include: Collective Responses to Illegal Acts in International Law: United Nations Action in the Question of Southern Rhodesia (Martinus Nijhoff, 1990); The Security Council and Issues of Responsibility under International Law, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law, volume 353 (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012); ‘The Security Council and the Draft Articles on IO Responsibility’, ASIL Proceedings, 2011; ‘Responsibility and the United Nations Charter’, in James Crawford, Alain Pellet and Simon Olleson (eds) The Law of International Responsibility (OUP, 2010), pp. 115-138; ‘Security Council Enforcement Action and issues of state responsibility’, in International and Comparative Law Quarterly; 43(1) (1994), pp. 55-98. Her edited works include National Implementation of United Nations Sanctions: A Comparative Study (ed., Martinus Nijhoff, 2004), United Nations Sanctions and International Law (ed., Kluwer Law International, 2001).

Professor Gowlland-Debbas acted as counsel for the Arab League in the Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory before the ICJ in 2004, and has advised governments, law firms and institutions. She has also contributed as an expert to the work of international organisations, including UNHCR, WHO and UNODC.

She serves on the advisory councils and editorial boards of several law journals and institutions, and is a Member of the Assembly of the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg. She has been an active member of various international law societies, including being a founding member of the European Society of International Law, and member of ILA committees/study groups.

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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