PUBLISHED:May 10, 2017

Duke-Pretoria Conference on Comparative Foreign Relations Law

Duke-Pretoria Conference on Comparative Foreign Relations Law 13-14 October 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa

Friday, October 13-14
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, South Africa

Plant Science Building
Auditorium Room 3-50, 3rd Floor

Participants at the Constitutional Court of South Africa

Pretoria Photo

This conference, which was organized by Duke Law School and was hosted by the University of Pretoria in South Africa, brought together leading experts from around the world to compare and contrast how nations structure their decision-making about foreign affairs and how they incorporate international law within their domestic legal systems.  The topics discussed included the making and application of treaties and other international agreements; decisions to withdraw from international commitments; the domestic incorporation and application of customary International law and jus cogens norms, including with respect to issues relating to sovereign and foreign official immunity; and decisions to use military force and participate in collective security.  The conference utilized a roundtable discussion format, and participants also visited South Africa’s Constitutional Court.  To facilitate the discussion, each participant prepared a draft chapter that was circulated prior to the conference.  These chapters will ultimately be included in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law.

Conference Papers

Conference Agenda

For more information, please contact Ali Prince.


Ernest Yaw Ako (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Anamika Asthana (Jawaharial Nehru University, India)

Eirik Bjorge (University of Bristol, UK)

Curtis Bradley (Duke University, USA)

Congyan Cai (Xiamen University, China)

Charles-Emmanuel Cote (Universite Laval, Canada)

Gib van Ert (Canada)

Carlos Esposito (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain)

Monica Hakimi (University of Michigan, USA)

Laurence Helfer (Duke University, USA)

Karen Knop (University of Toronto, Canada)

Joris Larik (Leiden University, Netherlands)

Richard Oppong (Thompson Rivers University, Canada)

Paul Stephan (University of Virginia, USA)

Hennie Strydom (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

Dire Tladi (University of Pretoria, South Africa)

Pierre-Hugues Verdier (University of Virginia, USA)

Hannah Woolaver (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Katja Ziegler (University of Leicester, UK)


Kathryn Bradley (Duke University, USA)