Sheffield Centre for International and European Law
The Annual James Muiruri International Law Lecture
Due to popular demand this lecture is fully booked and we have no more places available, apologies for any disappointment caused.
Every year the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law holds a lecture on International Law. We welcome an influential internationally renowned scholar to the School of Law to present a lecture on the latest themes being researched in International and European Law.
About the 2012 Lecture
The 2012 lecture will be given by Mr Jeremy P Carver, President of the International Law Association and Consultant for Clifford Chance
'Does international law work? The case of Africa's Horn'
2 May 2012
Moot Court, School of Law, Bartolome House
The Horn of Africa was one of the last parts of the continent to entertain the European Powers, whose legacies have been very far from beneficial. Has international law played any part - useful of otherwise - in the history of the Horn; and how might it help to address the acute difficulties that have arisen in recent years? Piracy, famine, insecurity and supposed terrorism were discussed at the London Somalia Conference in February 2012. Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? Jeremy Carver is a practicing international lawyer, who has worked with Governments in the region over many years, and will suggest practical answers to some of these questions.
The Lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
About Jeremy P Carver
Represents states, government agencies and international organisations in relation to proceedings in England and elsewhere; representing Kuwait's Oil Sector companies in claims to the United Nations Compensation Commission. Areas of expertise include state and diplomatic immunity, status, privileges and immunities of international organisations, upstream oil and gas operations, international economic sanctions, maritime and territorial boundary issues, world trade law, jurisdiction, conflicts of laws, extraterritoriality. Contributor to numerous books and professional journals.
The Sheffield Centre for International and European Law named their Annual Lecture in honour of James Muiruri a PhD student in the Centre. James Muiruri was tragically killed in Kenya in January 2009 only a couple of months after successfully defending his thesis.
James' thesis was entitled: " African Regional Peace and Security Under the AU's Constitutional Framework: Conflict or Compatability Within the UN and International Law".
James’ doctoral Supervisor released this statement at the time of James' death:
“I had the great pleasure of being James Muiruri’s supervisor during his doctoral studies in the School of Law at the University of Sheffield from 2005. He was an exceptional student who worked hard on his thesis which explored the developing system of African regional security. He was truly inspirational when explaining his research, whether to colleagues and friends or at international conferences. He was due to graduate with a Ph.D this summer after having recently successfully defended his thesis. He also taught in the Law School, and was frequently described by his undergraduate students as a brilliant tutor. He was active in student life, having been the founding President of the East Africa Society, which reflected his love and passion for Africa and which earned him a number of Student Union awards. He also found the time to commit to many other worthwhile ventures such as the Black Students’ Committee, being a resident tutor and mentor to two halls of residence as well as to the young Kenyan community within the University, and legal advisor and supporter of Rachel’s Development Programme (his mother’s orphanage programme in Kenya). I find it hard to accept that someone who had so much optimism and so much to give has been taken away in such tragic circumstances. As an 18 year old he survived the embassy bombings in Nairobi in 1998 and he was also injured in the recent period of unrest in Kenya. He believed in a just legal order and it’s appalling that his life was taken away so arbitrarily by an officer of the law”
Professor Nigel White