Mission Statement

IGILTP seeks to facilitate research into all areas, approaches and questions of a theoretical and philosophical nature with a bearing on international law.

Some examples of the activities IGILTP actively promotes and supports are:


IGILTP endeavours to be a node for real debate on international legal theory: an actual confrontation of ideas, rather than people talking past each other in their own idiolect. IGILTP will strengthen the range of workshops, conferences and meetings it provides; not only in order to open spaces for debate, but also via more targeted events where either one approach is analysed in great detail or where different approaches are confronted with respect to one, focussed, topic.

IGILTP will continue to organise fora at the ESIL Annual Meetings and Research Fora; it will also continue to organise workshops on an ad hoc basis, both autonomously and in co-operation with other institutions and organisations.


IGILTP endeavours to be a facilitator for research on international legal theory and philosophy. Promoting education through IGILTP can take on different forms, from promoting reading groups to discussion of university course design, to providing informal support to research students etc. Some of the possible initiatives include the organisation of university courses on core readings on theoretical topics, student seminars or summer schools. We will support novel formats of collaboration and will place particular emphasis on supporting junior scholars, e.g. through reading groups, doctoral workshops or a mentor programme.


IGILTP endeavours to be a conduit for information about international legal theory. It aims to provide that extra service for international legal theorists which the now-abundant blogs, RSS feeds etc. cannot provide. This involves real and targeted information on who is researching what and where. We propose to map international legal theory in Europe and to report on the whole breath of work that is being done in this field.

IGILTP welcomes proposals from individuals and institutions for joint events and activities. Please contact us at esil.igiltp@gmail.com

Co-ordinating Committee

Photo Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko (PhD (Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva), LL.M. (Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg i. Br), D.E.S. (Graduate Institute, Geneva)) is a Lecturer at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway. She is a specialist in general public international law and human rights with a particular interest in gender, feminist approaches, Islam and migration. Her current research focuses on theoretical and philosophical approaches to justice issues at the global level. She joined the IGILTP Co-ordinating Committee in 2013 and currently serves as its Chair.
PhotoArajarvi Noora Arajärvi (Ph.D. (EUI); LL.M. (Helsinki); LL.B. (Sheffield)) is a Research Fellow with the Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?” Previously she has worked at the Rule of Law Unit in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and as a lecturer at the UCLan Cyprus and the University of the West Indies. Her research focuses on general international law; the rule of law and the United Nations; issues of compliance; and the continuing exploration of the essence of customary international law. She joined the IGILTP Co-ordinating Committee in 2017 and currently serves as its Deputy Chair.
Prof. Panos Merkouris Panos Merkouris (PhD (Queen Mary); LLM (UCL & Univesity of Athens)) is a Professor of International Law and holds a Chair in Interpretation and Dispute Settlement in International Law at the University of Groningen. He is an ERC Starting Grant laureate, being the Principal Investigator in a 5-year project, entitled “The Rules of Interpretation of Customary International Law (Acronym: TRICI-Law)” and Co-rapporteur of the ILA Study Group on the Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation. His research focuses on sources of international law, treaty law, interpretation and dispute settlement. He joined the IGILTP Co-ordinating Committee in 2019 and currently serves as its web administrator.
AndreaCarcano2018 Andrea Carcano is a Senior Lecturer in International Law with the Faculty of Law of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He obtained the habilitation as an associate professor of international law in 2017. He served as an Associate and a Legal Officer with the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia where he also clerked for Judge Theodor Meron. He holds a doctorate in international law from the University of Milan and advanced degrees from New York University School of Law, where he was an Hauser Scholar and from the Graduate Institute of International Studies and Development. He is the author of several publications in the field of public international law, international criminal law, and international humanitarian law, including the monographic study ‘The Transformation of Occupied Territory in International Law’ published in the series Leiden Studies on the Frontiers of International Law. He joined the IGILTP Co-ordinating Committee in 2019.
Jorgportrait120890  Jörg Kammerhofer (Mag. iur., Dr. iur., Vienna; LL.M., Cantab) is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria. He has written widely on international law and legal theory and specialises in international law’s general, theoretical and procedural aspects as well as the theory and philosophy of law. He has been a member of IGILTP’s Co-ordinating Committee since 2006 and served as its Chair until April 2019.
 DrOzlemUlgen-2 Ozlem Ulgen (Barrister, PhD (Nottingham), LL.M (Nottingham), BA (Hons.) (Keele)) is Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Director of Research at Birmingham City University, United Kingdom. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, Cambridge University. She was elected to the IGILTP Co-ordinating Committee in 2017. Ozlem’s research focuses on cosmopolitan theory and ethics in warfare, Kantian human dignity, and the law and ethics of lethal autonomous weapons. She is currently involved in the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons process considering international norms on lethal autonomous weapons.