A Conference under the Patronage of Their Excellencies,

the Ambassadors of France and Germany in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

“Peace Through Law:
The Versailles Peace Treaty and dispute settlement after WWI”

Wednesday, 6 December 2017 – Friday, 8 December 2017

Jointly organised by the two research departments, the conference “Peace Through Law: The Versailles Peace Treaty and dispute settlement after WWI” is designed to investigate both the notion of “peace through law” and the new international framework set up by the Treaty in the aftermath of the Great War. Held a century later, the conference will also offer a unique moment of reflection on the state of the dispute settlement system.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

18:00 Welcome address
by Dr Heinrich Kreft, Ambassador of Germany in Luxembourg
and Mr Bruno Perdu, Ambassador of France in Luxembourg
18:20 Opening lecture
by Prof. Nathaniel Berman (Brown University)

Thursday, 7 December 2017

09:00 Welcome address
by Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri and Prof. Burkhard Hess (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law)
09:15 Panel I: The League of Nations: A world organisation for the prevention of conflicts
Chair: Prof. Johan Van der Walt (University of Luxembourg)
Dr Thomas D. Grant (University of Cambridge): “The league as an universal organisation”
Prof. Michael Callahan (Kettering University): “Preventing a Repetition of the Great War: Responding to International Terrorism in the 1930s”
11:00 Panel II: The political termination of the war
Chair: Prof. Johan Van der Walt (University of Luxembourg)
Prof. Mamadou Hébié (Leiden University): “The mandate system of the League of Nations”
Dr Ralph Wilde (University College London): “Versailles as a landmark in trusteeship and internationalization”
14:00 Panel III: Building a larger economic framework
Chair: Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva)
Prof. Patricia Clavin (University of Oxford): "The League of Nations and the making of international trade law"
Dr Guy Sinclair (Victoria University of Wellington): “Managing the ‘workers’ threat: preventing revolution through ttripartite negotiation (ILO)”
Judge and Prof. Herbert Kronke (Heidelberg University; Iran-United States Claims Tribunal): “The role of private international law: Unidroit, Geneva Conventions on Arbitration”
16:15 Panel IV: The economic consequences of the war
Chair: Judge and Prof. Hans Van Houtte (University of Leuven-KUL; Iran-United States Claims Tribunal)
Prof. Jean-Louis Halpérin (Ecole Normale Supérieure): “Reparations, Art. 231 VT*”
Prof. Didier Boden (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne): “Private rights in wartime and in the context of reparations”
Prof. Pierre d’Argent (Catholic University of Louvain – UCL): “The conversion of reparations into sovereign debts (1920 – 1953)”

Friday, 8 December 2017

09:00 Panel V: Settlement of conflicts through international courts (1st part)
Chair: Judge and Prof. Bruno Simma (University of Michigan; Iran-United States Claims Tribunal)
Prof. Christian J. Tams (University of Glasgow): “The Permanent Court of Justice”
Prof. Burkhard Hess and Prof. Marta Requejo Isidro (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law): “Mixed Arbitral Tribunals in the peace treaties”
Dr Jennifer Balint (University of Melbourne): “International criminal justice”
11:15 Panel V: Settlement of conflicts through international courts (2nd part)
Prof. Carsten Stahn (Leiden University): “International administrative adjudication”
Dr Michel Erpelding (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law): “The special case of the Arbitral Tribunal of Upper Silesia”
14:00 Round table: The dispute settlement system from a contemporary perspective
Chair: Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law)
Participants:
Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes (University of Geneva)
Prof. Photini Pazartzis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Judge and Prof. Bruno Simma (University of Michigan; Iran-United States Claims Tribunal)
Judge and Prof. Hans Van Houtte (University of Leuven-KUL; Iran-United States Claims Tribunal)
16:30 Concluding remarks
by Prof. Burkhard Hess (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law)

Contact:
If you are interested in participating in this conference, please send your reservation request with your contact details (first name, surname and affiliation) to events@mpi.lu or contact Martina Winkel: (+352) 26 94 88 923.

The participation is free of charge.

Venue:
Max Planck Institute Luxembourg
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg