On Thursday 17 September, the first in a series of PIL Talks!-sessions will be held at VU University. In these sessions, once every 2 months, the open Concilium area on the 2nd floor of the Initium building will turn into a space where students and staff discuss world events from a Public International Law perspective. Central in this first session will be the question of how to think about the refugee crises that spring from violent conflicts and natural disasters, an issue that is currently very pressing due to the conflict in Syria and Iraq.
Taking advantage of the expertise of those that are part of the law faculty, the discussion seeks to explore questions such what the role of international law is in the situation at hand and what kind of politics this produces. The aim is to facilitate interesting, thought provoking and informal exchange of views on those topics we all struggle to get our heads around and to learn from one another as students and teachers. To get things going, the discussions will be kicked off by short pitches of a student and a faculty member. For the first session, Professor Thomas Spijkerboer and student Richard Prins will provide these pitches.
The PIL Talks! discussions are open for all to attend, whether you want to stop by to listen in or want to be engaged in the discussion more actively. Some drinks will be provided but you are free to also bring your own.
PIL Talks! @VU
Discussing world events & global politics from a Public International Law perspective
Concilium, 2nd floor Initium building
The dates for the other PIL Talks! 2015/2016 are:
3 Dec – 17.15h
11 Feb – 17.15h
14 Apr – 17.15h
9 June – 17.15h