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Lecture series „Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives” - “The Legal Significance of UN General Assembly Resolutions Revisited”

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Lecture series „Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives” - “The Legal Significance of UN General Assembly Resolutions Revisited”

Human Rights Department (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) and Poznań Human Rights Centre (Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences) are pleased to invite you to a 5th lecture of a Lecture series „Contemporary issues of human rights theory and practice. Global, regional and national perspectives”. The Lecture series is organized in association with AHRI.

Guest lecture will be delivered by Dr Rossana Deplano (Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation at the University of Leicester) who will be presenting a topicThe Legal Significance of UN General Assembly Resolutions Revisited.

Date: 20 January 2022 (Thursday) at 1 PM CET

Lectures are organized online via a BigBlueButton platform. A dedicated virtual room is accessible at: https://vc.umk.pl/b/jul-x4e-92m. No prior registration required.

 

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Dr Rossana Deplano is a Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Centre for European Law and Internationalisation at the University of Leicester. She specializes in public international law, including United Nations law and international space law. She has been visiting fellow at Georgetown University (2016), the University of Cambridge (2017) and the Library of Congress, Washington DC (2018 and 2019). Her recent publications include the Handbook of Research Methods in International Law (2021, co-edited with Prof. Nicholas Tsagourias) and the monograph entitled Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives on International Law: How States Use the UN General Assembly to Create International Obligations (forthcoming 2022, Cambridge University Press).

 

ABOUT THE LECTURE:

“The Legal Significance of UN General Assembly Resolutions Revisited”

 This lecture re-examines the concept of legal significance of the resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly. It evaluates current theories of legal significance of resolutions, including their limits. Foe example, current theories assume that the General Assembly is a unitary actor. It then proposes a new angle of inquiry based on the findings of an original empirical study. It demonstrates that states attach legal significance to resolutions depending on context and circumstances. It provides practical examples taken from instances in which states attach legal significance of resolutions at the time of adoption of resolutions, within domestic law and in international practice. It concludes that it is difficult to generalise about the legal significance of resolutions. This in turn suggests that the concept of legal significance of resolutions is a multi-layered, not a unitary one.

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