GCILS hosts ESIL Research Forum 2022

The 2022 ESIL Research Forum took place on 31 March and 1 April 2022, hosted by the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security (GCILS). One of the School’s largest in-person events to take place in the last two years, it was held in the University's Senate Room conference suite, with a parallel offering online. Over 100 delegates attended in person and another 160 registered to attend online. 

This year’s Forum addressed the topic of ‘International Law and Global Security: Regulating an Illusion?’ The event was opened by the University's Principal, Sir Anton Muscatelli, with introductory remarks from the Head of the School of Law, Professor Jane Mair; GCILS Director, Professor Christian Tams; and ESIL President, Professor Pierre d'Argent. The keynote speech was delivered by Professor Diane Marie Amann (University of Georgia), entitled 'No Exit at Nuremberg: the Post-War Order as Stage for 21st-Century Global Insecurity’.   

Panel sessions over the two days included topics such as: Cyber-security and the Digital Battlefield; the UN as a Security Actor; Security and Human Rights; Historical and Current Challenges to Economic Security; and the Aggression against Ukraine - What Role for International Law? The event closed with a roundtable entitled ' Global Security: Regulating an Illusion?' 

In addition to these panel events, and in line with the Forum’s focus on early-career researchers, a range of mentoring and career-development activities were also made available to delegates in attendance. 

Thank you to our GCILS staff and to our student volunteers, who worked together so tirelessly to make this conference, our first major hybrid event, such a resounding success. 

First published: 4 April 2022