About the Presentation
A discussion of the nature, making and application of international law in contemporary conditions, with special attention to the self-reforming function of this legal system. The presentation intends to illustrate that function has largely been reflected in activities of judicial law-making, while State practice has contributed to the cause in a relatively quiet way, despite the ultimate approval, as far as the establishment of rules is concerned, still comes from States. Instances of judicial work, and their wider impact, will be briefly mentioned in the discussion.
About the Speaker
Bing Bing Jia holds a doctorate in Public International Law from Oxford University, and an LL.B. from Peking University. Between 1996 and 2004, he was Law Clerk/Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Since late 2004, he has been professor of international law at the Law School, Tsinghua University, Beijing, and has been consulting in Public International Law since 2006. In 2015, he recorded a lecture for the UN Audio-Visual Library of International Law. In 2016, he gave a special course in Public International Law at The Hague Academy of International Law.
He is member of the editorial board of several journals, including Ocean Development and International Law, Chinese Yearbook of International Law (Chinese), Journal of International Criminal Justice, Chinese Journal of International Law, and International Criminal Law Review. He is also member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law, the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, and the Chinese Society of International Law.
His recent publications include Public International Law: Its Interpretation and Application in Time of Peace(Chinese), Tsinghua University Press, Beijing, 2015; “International Case Law in the Development of International Law”, in the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law, vol. 382 (2015); “Legacy of the ICTY and ICTR in China”, 110 American Journal of International Law, Unbound 240 (2016); “The Curious Case of Article 281: A ‘Super’ Provision in UNCLOS?” 46 Ocean Development and International Law 266 (2015); “The Crime of Aggression as Custom and the Mechanisms for Determining Acts of Aggression”, 109 American Journal of International Law 569 (2015); The South China Sea Arbitration: A Chinese Perspective (ed. with Stefan Talmon), Hart, 2014; “The Principle of the Domination of the Land over the Sea: A Historical Perspective on the Adaptability of the Law of the Sea to New Challenges”, 57 German Yearbook of International Law 63 (2014)