The History and Future of the Crime of Aggression
185 Pelham Street
In December 2017, States parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court will decide whether to activate the crime of aggression. This public forum will bring together leading international law scholars to explore how histories of international criminal law can inform our understanding of current developments, and to ask what the criminalisation of aggression might mean for the future of international law and order.
Chaired by Professor Anne Orford, with Dr Amanda Alexander, Professor Martti Koskenniemi and Professor Pål Wrange.
Professor Pål Wrange, Stockholm University
Dr Amanda Alexander, Australian Catholic University
Dr Amanda Alexander
Australian Catholic University
Amanda Alexander is a lecturer in the Thomas More Law School at the Australian Catholic University. Her research concerns the history of the laws of armed conflict and its transformation into international humanitarian law. Her work examines the way in which extralegal discourses interact with the systems and language of international law to change the provisions and the understanding of international law. Amanda completed her PhD at the Australian National University, writing a thesis about the history of the idea of the civilian in international law. She also has a LLM in Legal Theory and History from University College London and an BA(Hons)/LLB from the University of New South Wales.
Professor Anne Orford, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law
Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Academy Professor and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
Professor Martti Koskenniemi
Academy Professor and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights
University of Helsinki
Professor Martti Koskenniemi is Academy Professor and Director of the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki, a Professorial Fellow at Melbourne Law School, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has held visiting professorships at New York University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Utrecht, Columbia University, the University of São Paulo, the University of Toronto, and the Universities of Paris I, II, X and XVI. He was a member of the Finnish diplomatic service from 1978 to 1994 and of the International Law Commission (UN) from 2002 to 2006. His main publications include From Apology to Utopia: The Structure of International Legal Argument (1989), The Gentle Civilizer of Nations: The Rise and Fall of International Law 18701960 (2001), The Politics of International Law (2011), and The Cambridge Companion to International Law (2012, coedited with Professor James Crawford). He is a graduate of the universities of Turku and Oxford, and holds the degree of doctorate of laws honoris causa from the Universities of Uppsala and Frankfurt. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He is presently working on a History of International Legal Thought from the late Middle Ages to the 19th century.