University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

Friday 8th February 2013, 13:00

LCIL Lunchtime Lecture: 'International law in domestic courts - beyond the term "part"'

A Lecture by Dr Veronika Fikfak, College Lecturer in Law, Homerton College, Cambridge

Dr Veronika Fikfak




Dr Veronika Fikfak, College Lecturer in Law, Homerton College, Cambridge



Friday 8 February 2013



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



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



Lecture summary: The talk will focus on a forthcoming article which puts under question the idea that judicial function in relation to international law is triggered automatically and only by actions of other branches which incorporate international law into domestic. Instead, it argues that domestic courts have extensive powers in defining their role vis-à-vis international law and influence the relationship between domestic and international law. By going beyond the typical monist-dualist discussion, the article seeks to present how English and American courts simply by giving different meanings to the term 'part' reveal how they perceive their relationships with the political branches and how they often allow these branches to decide the typical judicial questions for them. The article then investigates whether similar judicial techniques can be identified in Asian courts’ treatment of international law. The article showcases the approaches of some Asian courts, providing snapshots of how Asian judges actively shape their role in relation to international law and how they construct their relationships with the legislature and the executive.

Dr Veronika Fikfak is a College Lecturer in Law at Homerton College, University of Cambridge. She concluded her doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford, where she also taught comparative human rights. Her research focuses on the interface between domestic and international law and she is especially interested in the role of domestic judges in the application of international law. Prior to her appointment, Veronika was a visiting researcher and lecturer at the Sciences Po, Paris; she also clerked at the International Court of Justice and worked as a research assistant at the Law Commission for England and Wales

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