The Return of Interference in Sovereign Affairs and Intl Law

The Return of Interference in Sovereign Affairs and International Law

9 November 2023

Interference in sovereign affairs was for a long time a leading motif in Third World approaches to international law. Following the end of the Cold War, the debate has witnessed significant mutations. Interference is all encompassing and hard to pin down; it proceeds through a range of decentralized and private actors; few issues are still seen as inherently domestic; and disruption rather than coercion seem involved. Is the notion still helpfully understood as a corollary of sovereignty? What exactly is it meant to protect? How might one reinvest it with meaning without letting the fight against undue interference be worse than the problem it seeks to solve?

About the Speaker:

Frédéric Mégret is a Full Professor and holds the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law at the Faculty of Law, McGill University where he also co-directs the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He was previously a William Dawson Scholar and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. His research interests include international criminal law, the laws of war, global mobility and transitional justice.

Chair: Dr Kuzi Charamba, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

This event is co-hosted by

Asian Institute of International Financial Law – East Asian International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Programme
Centre for Comparative and Public Law

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