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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

The Ninth Annual Cambridge International Law Conference, arranged by the Cambridge International Law Journal, was originally scheduled to take place in Cambridge during 16-17 April, but was rescheduled due to the pandemic and instead took place as a series of webinars during 30 April to 2 May 2020.

The Conference addressed the very timely theme of 'International Law and Global Risks: Current Challenges in Theory and Practice'. The Conference programme consisted of 13 webinars, each examining the conceptual or practical relevance of 'risk' to an area or topic in international law.

The keynote address of the Conference was delivered by Professor Anne Peters, Managing Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, a professor at the universities of Heidelberg, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Basel (Switzerland), and William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan, who spoke on the topic of 'The rise of due diligence as a structural change of the international legal order'.

Across the 13 webinars, there were 2,465 audience attendances. On average, each webinar attracted around 190 unique viewers. The most popular webinar was the panel presentation on 'Climate Change and Public International Law—Overcoming Challenges in Governance, Cooperation and Implementation', which attracted 238 unique viewers.

Most of the presentations are available via the Conference YouTube playlist.

The Conference was lead by Co-Convenors Thea Chesterfield and Lora Izvorova, with the assistance of Emma Ffrench-Mullen, Florian Held, Jonathan Renaux, Mariana Gómez Vallin, Niamh McLoughlin and Maxime Cuypers. The Conference was also supported by the Cambridge Faculty of Law, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and Edward Elgar, the publishing partner of the Cambridge International Law Journal.