Exploring the Evolution of International Law: Conversations with Leading Judges

Video interview series

Gamle Festsal. Photo: UiO


In 2008, Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet launched a series of interviews with leading international judges in order to explore the evolution of international law.

The judges share rich backgrounds ranging from private practice and/or public service, as well as academia and participation in a variety of regional and international fora. The interviews seek to glean their perspectives on the normative and institutional developments within the field, as well as contemplations on the influence of other systems, such as politics and economics.

The conversations tackle issues such as fragmentation of international law, the role of the international judge when facing national cases of impunity, the expansion of jus cogens norms, the "humanization" of international law, ethical duties of legal advisors to the executive on issues relating to war and conflict, and many other topics.

We believe that the interviews are valuable sources for scholars and students and serve as a confirmation of the remarkable changes within international law in the recent period.

The interviews are filmed in the University of Oslo's Gamle Festsal, and the audience is composed of Masters students, faculty members, and the community. Masters students are permitted to ask questions of the judges at the end of the session, and these are included in the videos.


2008  Judge Thomas Buergenthal, interviewed by Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet

2009  Judge Christopher Greenwood, interviewed by Professor Mads Andenæs

2010  Judge Diego Sayen, interviewed by Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet

2011  Judge Cancado Trindade, interviewed by Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet

2012  Judge Bruno Simma, interviewed by Associate Professor Christina Voigt

2014  Judge Helen Keller, interviewed by Professor Geir Ulfstein

2016 Judge Georges Abi-Saab, interviewed by Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet


Published Aug. 30, 2012 2:34 PM - Last modified Aug. 29, 2016 9:51 AM