Gaetano Morelli Lectures Series

The Series collect the courses and seminars delivered each year at the Sapienza Law School in Rome during the Gaetano Morelli Lectures.

They are published in English and French.


Manifesto 2014

The idea to convene in Rome on a yearly basis to discuss key issues of contemporary international law is naturally connected with the glorious Institute of International Law of “La Sapienza”. The story of this institution has accompanied the development of international law in the XX Century, to which the members of the Institute have considerably contributed. Naming the Lectures after Gaetano Morelli is thus more than an individual tribute; it is a collective acknowledgement to a legal tradition, which we intend to renew and to innovate every year, brick after brick.

The Lectures are mainly addressed to young scholars from all over the world. They aim to offer conceptual tools for appraising controversial knots of international law in its continuing development. There is a lot of sense, in our view, for doing this. International law is one of the branches of legal science where the pressing need for change goes hand in hand with the persistence of its basic legal paradigms. It is this unique blend of theory and practice, of tradition and innovation, which makes international law so challenging and ultimately explains its on-going intellectual fascination.

The publication of the Lectures in the Gaetano Morelli Lectures Series aims to secure open access dissemination of the courses and seminars delivered every year at the Lectures.

The Present and Future of Jus Cogens


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