Legal Tradition in a Diverse World – Full Conference Programme Now Online

The 2013 conference will explore how legal tradition influences lawyers and the law, in both international and domestic contexts. Law does not develop in a vacuum; it is shaped by the intellectual, cultural and linguistic backgrounds of those who create and administer it. In a world where legal systems increasingly interact, the enduring power of legal tradition necessitates a constant recalibration of theoretical and practical tools to deal with diversity.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • Keynote address by Judge Abdulqawi A. Yusuf of the International Court of Justice;
  • Keynote debate ‘Anglo-American and Continental Traditions in Advocacy at International Courts and Tribunals’ between Professor Alain Pellet (Paris Ouest, Nanterre-La Défense) and Professor James Crawford (Cambridge), moderated by Professor Catherine Redgwell (UCL);
  • Guest lecture ‘The State as a Legal Tradition’ by Professor H. Patrick Glenn (McGill), recipient of the Grand Prize of the International Academy of Comparative Law and President of the American Society of Comparative Law;
  • More than 50 presentations in over a dozen panels;
  • Conference dinner at Newnham College, Cambridge.


The 2013 CJICL Conference is made possible with the kind support of: 


Whewell Fund, Cambridge

Oxford University Press

Hart Publishing

Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge


Cambridge University Press