Walther Schücking Institute for International Law

First Walther Schücking Lecture

Prof. em. Philip Allott, M.A., LL.D., F.B.A., University of Cambridge: Beyond War and Diplomacy: A Giant Step for Mankind


To honour the legacy of the Institute's former director, the WSI will henceforth invite renowned experts in public international law on a regular basis to hold lectures in the spirit of Walther Schücking – a scientist, politician and judge who stood up for the idea to achieve peace through law and international cooperation.

The first lecture will be given by Professor Philip Allott, best-known for his groundbreaking criticism of today’s international law and his new utopian approaches. His recent book, ‘Eutopia’ (Edward Elgar, 2016), is a grim drawing of humanity and the international ‘non-community’ with its ‘games of diplomacy and war, which may end with millions dead and whole countries ruined’. In the Walther Schücking Lecture, Professor Allott will address these topics and illustrate how to rethink international law beyond ‘war and diplomacy’.

Friday, 18 August 2017 at 16.15 hrs. , at the Alter Hebbel-Hörsaal (room 201), Olshausenstraße 40, 24118 Kiel


Walther Schücking Institut

The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel was founded in 1914, originally named 'Institute for International Law'. It was renamed in 1995 in memory of its former renowned director and international judge, Walther Schücking, and his strong ties with the idea of international cooperation and peace.

Today, research focuses mainly on Public International Law (notably Human Rights Law, International Heritage Protection, Peace and Security, International Environmental Law and Law of the Sea), European Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.

The Walther Schücking Institute is the oldest academic institution in Germany dedicated especially to international law. It houses the oldest and largest German academic library on international law as well as the UN Depository library.

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