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Conference: 100 years of Peace through Law’(WSI 100th Anniversary)

19 - 21 September 2014

At the beginning of February 1914, barely five months before the fatal shots that rang out in Sarajevo and reverberated around Europe, the WSI (former ‘Institute for International Law’) started its work at the University of Kiel. From the very outset the role that public international law can play in the safeguarding of peace has been a central theme at the Institute, which was named after its former director Walther Schücking, the great pacifist and judge at the Permanent Court of International Justice, in 1995.

In keeping with this tradition, the Institute celebrated its hundred year anniversary with an academic conference entitled ‘100 Years of Peace through Law: Past and Future’ from 19 to 21 September 2014.

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Workshop: Law of the Sea in the 21st Century. Stalemate or Flexibility to Address New Challenges?

7 - 9 March 2014

The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law commemorated its 100th anniversary with a series of academic events throughout the year 2014. An interest in the law of the sea was one reason for founding the Institute in 1914 and research on legal regulation of the oceans is placed high on its research agenda until today.

The workshop on ‘Law of the Sea in the 21st century’ thus offered a platform to identify and discuss the need for action in contemporary ‘Ocean Governance’. It aimed at identifying the problem areas and discussing the solutions in order to develop new approaches for policy makers.

The workshop focused on the following questions: To what extent does the current legal framework offer room for flexibility? Are the steering mechanisms adaptable to new challenges? What effective solutions can the law of the sea offer for the identified problems?

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Workshop: The Openness of the German Basic Law – Aspiration and Reality of a Great Accomplishment

(Der ‘offene Verfassungsstaat’ des Grundgesetzes – Anspruch und Wirklichkeit einer großen Errungenschaft)

15 - 16 May 2009

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the German Basic Law – enacted on 23 May 1949 –, the WSI hosted a workshop on the openness of the Basic Law towards international and European law. This distinctive accomplishment of the Basic Law reveals on closer examination partial divergences between its aspiration and reality. Nevertheless, the three state branches strive to fulfil their obligations determined by the Basic Law and international law. Since Germany can only uphold its interests and enforce its constitutional values globally when presenting itself as a reliable partner in the international and European community, and friend of the international legal order.

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Symposium: The Nord Stream Pipeline - Legal, Economic and Environmental Issues

19 - 21 February 2009

Zwei Studenten und eine Tasse Kaffee

Notwithstanding its great importance with regard to the energy supply in Europe and the degree of controversy which it has provoked amongst the States directly involved in the undertaking and those which are incidentally affected by it, no comprehensive analysis of the Baltic Sea pipeline project had been undertaken until early 2009. As the title indicated, the symposium aimed at filling this gap in a multidisciplinary manner. While focusing on the relevant private and public international law aspects, it also took into account the factual situation and potential risks resulting from the project. Invited speakers included distinguished members of academic institutions, State authorities, interested organisations as well as practitioners.

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Workshop: Marine and Coastal Resources: Risks and Law

6 - 7 October 2008

Future Ocean

This workshop on ‘Marine and Costal Resources’ dealt with three relevant topics regarding the exploitation of resources, its implications and the law.

  1. Exploitation of Submarine Gas Hydrates: Pros and Cons
  2. Human Impact on Coastal Systems – How Far Can We Go?
  3. Transaction Costs of Fisheries Policy

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Panel discussion: Kosovo After its Declaration of Independence – Historical, Political and Legal Aspects

(Kosovo nach der Unabhängigkeitserklärung – historische, völkerrechtliche und politikwissenschaftliche Aspekte)
10 April 2008

On April 10, 2008, the WSI organised a panel discussion on Kosovo after its declaration of independence examining historian, political and legal aspects of this new state entity. Prof. Dr. Thomas Giegerich, co-director of the WSI, moderated the discussion between Prof. Dr. Ludwig Steindorff, Prof. Dr. Johannes Varwick, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Zimmermann.

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Symposium: A Wiser Century? – Judicial Dispute Settlement, Disarmament and the Laws of War. 100 Years after the Second Hague Peace Conference

8 - 10 November 2007

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Second Hague Peace Conference, the WSI conducted an international symposium under the title ‘A Wiser Century? – Judicial Dispute Settlement, Disarmament and the Laws of War 100 Years after the Second Hague Peace Conference’ from 9 to 10 November 2007. The Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907 dealt with three interlinked topics: the peaceful settlement of disputes, including by arbitration; the restriction of armaments and military budgets; the laws of war. The conference aimed at following up on the concerns and objectives then, looking at the Hague legacy through the lens of today’s problems, focusing on the issues of non-proliferation and disarmament, international humanitarian law and judicial dispute settlement.

The contributions are collected in the 173rd volume of the Series of the Walther Schücking Institute edited by Thomas Giegerich and Ursula Heinz, published by Duncker & Humblot.

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