Book Launch — The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Treaties

  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•10•18    18:30 - 19:30

    On 18 October 2019, UNU will host the launch of the book The Oxford Handbook of United Nations Treaties edited by Prof. Simon Chesterman, Dr David M. Malone and Mr Santiago Villalpando with Ms Alexandra Ivanovic. This event will start at 18:30 in the 2F Reception Hall at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The authors argue that the greatest contribution of the United Nations cumulatively over its 70+ years of history, largely occluded from public view, is not so much its very significant achievements in a range of operational fields (improvements in health and economic development, for example) or in avoiding global war, or the use of weapons of mass destruction. It is, instead, the process through which the UN has transformed the structure of international law to expand the range and depth of subjects covered by treaties.

    This handbook offers the first comprehensive survey of the impact of the UN in the form as well as the substance of international law, both as a forum in which, and an institution through which, treaties are negotiated and implemented. Chapters offer a detailed consideration of sectoral and thematic topics (for example, nuclear weapons) from academic experts and leading practitioners and cover most aspects of international law. These impact citizens all over the world positively every day, without them necessarily being aware of this vast international legal and normative framework seeking to protect them.

    Prof. Chesterman, Dr Malone and Ms Ivanovic will join Dr Sabine Becker-Thierry, UNU Chief of Staff, for a conversation on the unique insights into UN treaty-making as well as the challenges lying ahead and the possibilities and limitations of this understudied aspect of international law and relations.

    The book is available from Oxford University Press, where you can also read the introduction section.

    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 drinks and hors d’oeuvres while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 17 October 2019) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speakers

    Simon Chesterman is Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law and Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law. Professor Chesterman is a recognized authority on international law and author or editor of seventeen books.

    David M. Malone is Under-Secretary-General of the UN and Rector of UNU, headquartered in Tokyo. He has published fourteen books, mostly with Oxford University Press, and occasionally writes in a lighter vein. He holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford University.

    Alexandra Ivanovic has worked as a solicitor and mediator in Australia and is the Senior Manager in the Office of the Rector at UNU, where she has taught a class on the Law and Practice of the UN since 2015. She worked as the associate editor on the Treaties handbook.

  • 2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925