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Conference on the role of supreme courts in an internationalizing world

The Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law (HIIL) organizes a two-day conference on ‘The changing role of the highest courts in an internationalizing world’. The conference will take place on 23 and 24 October 2008 in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. The programme and additional information can be found on the website of the HIIL.

The core of the conference will consist of three parallel workshops that will mainly deal with the following topics: 

  • What is the role of highest courts in maintaining legal unity in the internationalizing world of today?
  • Is the separation of powers an adequate basis for judicial legitimacy in an internationalized environment?
  • What institutional practices are currently in place to allow national courts to operate across borders and what is the likely course of development these practices will follow?

Speakers will include leading academics such as John Bell (Pembroke College, Cambridge), Patrick Glenn (McGill University) and Mitchell Lasser (Cornell Law School) as well as judges of the most influential high courts, including Lord Bingham (House of Lords), Guy Canivet (Constitutional Court of France) and Justice Michael Kirby (High Court of Australia). Participa­tion is free.

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