University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Friday 23rd November 2012, 13:00

LCIL Friday Lunchtime Lecture: The Falklands / Malvinas and the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes

A Lecture by Professor Marcelo Kohen, Graduate Institute, Geneva



Professor Marcelo Kohen, Professor of International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Institute profile »)



Friday 23rd November 2012



1pm (with a sandwich lunch, sponsored by Cambridge University Press, from 12:30pm)



Finley Library, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, 5 Cranmer Road, Cambridge 

Marcelo Kohen

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Marcelo Kohen, an Argentine citizen, is Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Associated Member of the Institute of International Law and Director-General of the Latin American Society of International Law. He received a PhD of the University of Geneva (IUHEI) and has been visiting professor in different European Universities. He has acted as counsel and advocate for a number of States in cases before the International Court of Justice. Author of about a hundred of works in the field of International Law, in French, English and Spanish. His book ‘Possession Contestée et Souveraineté territoriale’ (Adverse Possession and Territorial Sovereignty) was awarded the Paul Guggenheim Prize 1997. He has also been Rapporteur or Co-rapporteur on matters of State Succession and State Immunity for the International Law Association, the Council of Europe and the Institute of International Law.

Lecture Summary: 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the armed conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom regarding the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. Next year will mark the 180th anniversary of what is perceived in Argentina as its expulsion from the islands by the British, and in the UK as the assertion of British administration thereon. 

This longstanding conflict is still pending settlement. The positions of the parties are diametrically opposed to one another with regard to territorial sovereignty, as well as with regard to the relevance of fundamental principles of international law to the dispute.

The lecture will address the legal titles invoked by both sides to claim sovereignty, the legal principles discussed in the context of decolonisation (i.e. territorial integrity and self-determination) and the obligation to settle disputes through peaceful means.



Approx. running time: 58 minutes

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