Dan Joyner (University of Alabama) The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

We are pleased to announce the first seminar of 2018 in the Dublin International Law Seminar Series (DILSS).  This seminar series, launched in 2017, is a joint initiative of UCD, TCD, DCU, Maynooth, the Irish Society of International Law, and the International Law Association (Irish Branch). 

The seminar will be given by Professor Dan Joyner of the University of Alabama. It will be held at 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 February at the National University of Ireland (NUI) offices at 49 Merrion Square, Dublin.


Further details below.


If you have any queries about the series or are interested in presenting your research in the coming months, please contact Richard Collins at r.collins@ucd.ie



The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

 Professor Dan Joyner (Alabama)




On July 7, 2017 a vote was held by a United Nations treaty conference to adopt the final text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – the first multilateral treaty on nuclear weapons disarmament to be concluded since 1968.  The TPNW’s adoption is therefore an event of generational significance.  However, all nine states currently known to possess nuclear weapons have indicated that they will not accede to membership in the new treaty. Is the TPNW therefore an exercise in useless idealism, as its critics claim? Or is it, as its proponents suggest, the expression of ascendance of an important norm of both morality and law which rejects nuclear weapons as an existential threat to humanity?


About the Speaker


Dan Joyner is the Elton B. Stephens Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.  He has published widely on issues of international nuclear nonproliferation law, including the monographs International Law and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Oxford University Press, 2009), Interpreting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Iran’s Nuclear Program and International Law: From Confrontation to Accord (2016).

Dublin International Law Seminar Series (DILSS)

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Dublin International Law Seminar Series (DILSS).  This is a joint initiative of the Irish Society of International Law, University College Dublin, Maynooth University and Dublin City University. The new seminar series will act as a platform for scholars working in the field of public international law, locally and overseas, to present papers and to discuss new and emerging research. There will be 2 - 3 seminars held each semester, but the inaugural seminar in the series will be held on Wednesday 3 May at 6.00pm, at the National University of Ireland (NUI) offices at 49 Merrion Square, Dublin.

Details below.

If you have any queries about the series or are interested in presenting your research in the coming academic year (2017-18), please contact Richard Collins at r.collins@ucd.ie


Competing Models for Treaty Interpretation: Treaty as Contract, Treaty as Statute, Treaty as Delegation

 Professor Paul R. Dubinsky (Wayne State)



In interpreting treaties, American courts have long employed analogies. Two of these – the “treaty as contract” and the “treaty as statute” – have been interpretive tools for a long time and were recognized in the 1987 Third Restatement. Since then, courts and scholars have advanced an alternative analogy, the “treaty-as-delegation.” This new model assumes that treaties and implementing statutes are Chevron delegations of interpretive authority to executive departments and agencies. What follows is that executive understandings of treaties become entitled to ahistorically high levels of deference by courts. This chapter opposes the rush to Chevronize U.S. treaty law. Whatever the merits of Chevron in statutory interpretation, importing administrative law into treaty interpretation comes with major drawbacks: accentuating the tendency to view treaty obligations unilaterally; moving away from the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties; prioritizing short-term political and foreign policy results; and departing substantially from the predominant U.S. historical understanding of treaties.


About the Speaker

Paul R. Dubinsky is Professor of Law at Wayne State University, Vice-President of the International Law Association (U.S. branch), and book review editor of the American Journal of Comparative Law. He received his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and his LL.M. magna cum laude from the Universiteit Katholieke in Leuven, Belgium. His publications have appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Michigan Law Review, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the Yale Journal of International Law and in Civil Litigation in a Globalizing World (Asser Press 2012) and International Law in Domestic Legal Systems (Oxford, 2011).  Professor Dubinsky has served as a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the U.S. delegation to the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and as Associate Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. From 2011 to 2015, he was Director of Graduate Studies at Wayne State University.

9th Seán Lester Lecture: Fiona de Londras

The Irish Society of International Law is delighted to announce its 9th Seán Lester Lecture. The Seán Lester lecture is the major event of our annual program. Prior speakers include William Schabas, Christine Bell, Vaughan Lowe, Phillipe Sands, Ruth Wedgewood, Conor Gearty, and most recently Siobhan Mullally.


9th Seán Lester Lecture

The Future of the European Court of Human Rights


Professor Fiona de Londras

Chair of Global Legal Studies, Birmingham School of Law


Chaired by

Ms. Justice Iseult O'Malley


Date and Time: 1 December 2015 6:30pm

Location: St. Michan's Church, Church Street, Dublin 7


Drinks reception to follow 

Attendance is free and open to all 

Certificates will be available for CPD purposes 


To confirm your attendance please register at http://seanlester9.eventbrite.ie

Seminar @UCC: Judge Joan E. Donoghue, ICJ

Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, School of Law, U.C.C., in association with the Irish Society of International Law, the ILA-Irish Branch and the Irish Yearbook of International Law 


 ‘The International Court of Justice: Leading Cases, Judicial Cultures and Practices’

Judge Joan E. Donoghue

Member of the ICJ (2010- )

Discussant, Mr Trevor Redmond, Assistant Legal Adviser, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Date: January 26th 2015

Venue: Council Room, North Wing, the QUAD, U.C.C.

time: 5.30 – 7.30pm

CPD Group Study Points (2) available for this event

There is no registration fee for this event. Advance booking is essential. Please email Noreen Delea, n.delea@ucc.ie to reserve a place.

BIOGRAPHY: Judge Joan Donoghue, International Court of Justice, the Hague

Joan Donoghue is the U.S. judge on the 15-member International Court of Justice (the ICJ, also known as the World Court), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, seated in The Hague in The Netherlands.  She was elected to the Court by the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council in 2010. Prior to her election to the ICJ, Judge Donoghue had a long and distinguished career as a senior attorney in the U.S. Government.  She served for three years as the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser of the United States Department of State (the senior career legal position in the State Department), and was the Acting Legal Adviser of the Department of State for the first six months of the Administration of President Obama.  While serving at the State Department, Judge Donoghue was recognized for her service with both the Presidential Meritorious Honor Award and the Distinguished Honor Award, the highest award given by the U.S. Secretary of State.  She has also served as the Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

In addition to her government service, Judge Donoghue has taught international law and foreign relations law courses at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), Georgetown University and George Washington University.  She lectures frequently on international law topics.  In April 2013, she served as a faculty member in the United Nations regional training course on international law in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lecturing on international investment law. Judge Donoghue is a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and is Counselor for the American Law Institute’s Fourth Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States.

23rd September: An Audience with the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland

The Irish Society of International Law is delighted to announce the opening event of its 2014/15 programme.


On Tuesday 23rd September, in association with the Trinity College Society for International Affairs, the Society will host the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland Ahmad Abdelrazek in a discussion on the 2014 Israel-Palestine conflict and future prospects for peace in the area.


The event will take place at 7pm in the Robert Emmet Theatre of the Arts Block at Trinity College Dublin.


The event is free to current ISIL members, 3 euro for student/unwaged non-members and 10 euro for non-student non-members.


A wine reception will follow the event. If you wish to register for this event, please email info@isil.ie