On Friday 27th November, I was fortunate to attend the Fourth Annual Lecture in International Law sponsored by The College of Law and Criminology with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs in association with the Law Schools of the Universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Bristol, Cardiff, West of England, and Swansea.

The stimulating and fascinating lecture was delivered by Professor Dr h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, a judge and former President and Vice President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and director emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. The subject, ‘Settling international disputes on the law of the sea: trends and challenges’, offered an insight into the complex workings of the Tribunal and the issues and challenges it faces in resolving maritime matters.

The event was timely in that it also provided an opportune moment for Dr Yvonne McDermott Rees of Bangor Law School to talk about the University of Wales Press’s  exciting new series on International Law, which she is co-editing with Professor Diane Amann of the University of Georgia School of Law.

The aim of the series is to capture dynamic and cutting-edge research in international law with a strong focus on theory for emerging and established  scholars, from a publisher which has strong links to international markets through its global distribution network (including the University of Chicago Press).

A prestigious Editorial Board with representation from a range of jurisdictions will underpin the work of the Series Editors, including Volker Roeben, Professor of International Law at  Swansea University, who chaired the  evening’s proceedings.

Sarah Lewis, Head of Commissioning