Conversation Series

“International Law, the UN Security Council, and Beyond”, a Conversation with Eran Sthoeger

UNU will host a conversation with Mr. Eran Sthoeger, a litigator and consultant in international law, and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School.

- Asia/Tokyo
1F Annex Space, 5–53–70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

*Please note that this event has been rescheduled for 17 January 2023. If you have previously registered and would like to attend the rescheduled event, please register again using the button above.


On 17 January 2023, UNU will host “International Law, the UN Security Council, and Beyond”, a conversation with Mr. Eran Sthoeger, litigator and consultant in international law, and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School. This event will start at 18:30 in the 1F Annex Space at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

One of the most important purposes of the UN is the maintenance of international peace and security. The UN Security Council is the organ entrusted with that role. To meet its responsibility, the UN Charter gives the Council extraordinary enforcement powers including the ability to authorise the use of force.

Nevertheless, current crises, such as in Ukraine, cast doubt on the Council’s ability to meet today’s peace and security challenges. But it is precisely at times like this when it is most important to understand the Security Council and what role international law plays in its work. This is particularly pertinent for Japan as it begins a two-year term as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in 2023.

Mr. Eran Sthoeger will join UNU Rector David Malone for a conversation exploring the legal powers and constraints of the Security Council and how it is bound by international law, if at all. The discussion will explore issues such as identifying the line between what the Security Council can or must do, and what the Council should do as a matter of policy. The conversation will also touch on how Japan’s new Council term could shift the focus and importance of the Council’s role in Asia.

The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation; you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while exchanging ideas and making new contacts

Please note that this event will be in English. Advance registration (by 12 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

About the speaker

Mr. Eran Sthoeger is a litigator and consultant in international law and an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School. He has more than a decade of experience in international litigation, including before the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. He has published several books and articles, including a recent book titled The UN Security Council and International Law (CUP), co-authored with Sir Michael Wood. For more about Eran, see