Friday, November 4, 2011

BIICL: Reservations to Treaties: the New 'Guide to Practice'

On November 15, 2011, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will host an event on "Reservations to Treaties: the New 'Guide to Practice.'" Participants will include: Alain Pellet (Univ. of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), Shehzad Charania (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), and Matthew Craven (School of Oriental and African Studies, Univ. of London). Here's the idea:
Reservations to treaties is one of the most difficult and controversial areas of treaty law. It has great practical consequences, including for international human rights law. In August 2011, the UN International Law Commission (ILC) adopted a 'Guide to Practice' on the subject. The Guide to Practice is the outcome of some 15 years of effort. Its impact will depend upon its reception by States and others, but is likely to be considerable. This event will be an early opportunity to discuss the law of reservations and Guide to Practice with Professor Alain Pellet, the ILC's Special Rapporteur for the topic.