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King's Forum on International Dispute Resolution

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Formed in 2015, the King’s Forum on International Dispute Resolution responds to one of the most significant and most exciting challenges the legal profession has to face in the 21st century: the internationalisation of dispute resolution. 

As technology, trade and transportation have reduced the significance of borders, as international and European law have developed dynamically to catch up with the quickly changing world, the importance of international dispute resolution has grown dramatically. To provide the best legal advice available, it is no longer sufficient to have a thorough knowledge of national law - knowledge of international dispute resolution has become a necessity. 

Among other activities, the King’s Forum regularly invites distinguished speakers to present the latest developments in various areas of international dispute resolution.

Academic Staff 

Forthcoming events

February 26, 2018 (13:00-14:00)

Monetising Human Rights: Studying the European Court of Human Rights' approach to damages with Dr Veronika Fikfak.

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Does the European Court’s current approach to damages offer an effective and appropriate means of redressing human rights breaches and deter potential violators from infringing rights further? Dr Fikfak considers this question by building on an empirical quantitative and qualitative analysis of the practice of the European Court of Human Rights, whose approach is often mirrored in domestic jurisdictions, including the UK. Her research reveals intriguing results from the empirical study, including how important the victim of the human rights violations actually is to the calculation of damages. Click here to read more.

Dr Veronika Fikfak is a Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests are in the fields of public law, human rights and international law. She is particularly interested in the interface between domestic and international law. Her first monograph on the UK Parliament’s role in decisions on the use of force (Parliament’s Secret War) has just been released with Hart Bloomsbury. Her second on the relationship between International law before domestic courts is forthcoming. She is currently working an ESRC Future Research Leader project relating to Damages before the European Court of Human Rights.

Chair: Dr Philippa Webb, Reader in Public International Law, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London.

Past events


February 19, 2018

The Great Debate: The Future of UK Trade After Brexit


November 30, 2017

The Future UK Trade Policy  

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May 26-27, 2017 

Keynote of H.E. Koi Tsuruoka (ambassador of Japan to the UK) at the 2017 London Trade Conference on Dispute Settlement in Free Trade Agreements.

Find the programme here.

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January 16, 2017

Brexit: The Options for Trade' an event co-hosted with CEL and the House of Lords Sub-Committees on EU External Affairs and EU Internal Market.

Sir Francis Jacobs (chair), Baroness Verma (EU External Affairs Subcommittee, House of Lords), Lord Whitty (EU Internal Market Subcommittee, House of Lords), Dr. Ingo Borchert (specialist advisor, EU Internal Market Subcommittee), Dr. Holger Hestermeyer (specialist advisor, EU External Affairs Subcommittee) "Brexit: The Options for Trade" - Event with the House of Lords.

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October 13, 2016

Prof. Carl Baudenbacher (President of the EFTA Court): After Brexit: Is the EEA an Option for the UK.

View the transcript here. 


February 1, 2017

Markus Wagner, (University of Warwick) on Investment Law's Uruguay Moment.

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December 1, 2016

Dr. Pedro Martinez Fraga (Bryan Cave LLP) & Ryan Reetz on The Certainty of Uncertainty in the Protection Standards & Policies of Investor-State Arbitration.

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March 23, 2016

Prof. Tomer Broude (Hebrew University Jerusalem) on Who Cares about Regulatory Space in BITs? A Comparative International Approach.

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October 26, 2017

The British chapter of the Spanish Club of Arbitration. 


February 11, 2016

Prof. Luciano Benetti (UNISINOS, Porto Alegre) on Current Developments in International Arbitration in Brazil.

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International Courts & Tribunals

December 14, 2017

Johannes Koepp on Litigating with Sovereigns in the Energy Sector.

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October 12, 2017

International Dispute Resolution with Gabrielle Marceau (Counsellor in the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO).


March 22, 2017

New Developments in Dispute Resolution before the EU Court of Justice by Daniel Sarmiento.


February 16, 2017

The Transformation of the Constitutional System of Member States Through the ECHR by Prof Dr Jochen Frowein.


January 18, 2017

Lecture by Jeffrey Dunoff on 'Judicial Trilemma'.


December 3, 2015

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum (former President, ITLOS) on Recent Developments at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

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November 26, 2015 

Prof. David Caron (Former Dean, Introduction), Dr. Holger Hestermeyer (Chair), Prof. Erika de Wet (Pretoria), Prof. Dire Tladi (ILC), Dr. Lorand Bartels (Cambridge) on The Demise and Revival of the SADC Tribunal.

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Human Rights & International Criminal Law

January 19, 2017

How Peace is Negotiated: The Examples of Yemen & Libya by Kenny Gluck.


November 4, 2015

Karim Khan, QC & Rodney Dixon, QC (Temple Garden Chambers) on International Justice in Practice: Case Studies in Conflict and Controversy.

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October 28, 2015

Dr. Pedro Salazar Ugarte (IIJ, UNAM) on the Struggle for Rights in Mexico and Latin America.

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