Max Planck Lecture Series

Crippling Compensation in the Law of State Responsibility

Monday, 21 June 2021, 16:00 - 18:00 CET

The obligation of States to provide full reparation for internationally wrongful acts, including by full compensation, is one of the bedrock principles of international law. In his lecture, Prof. Paparinskis will challenge this principle for cases where compensation is crippling for the responsible State or its peoples, which can occur when State responsibility is implemented before international courts and tribunals. His argumentation will be discussed by Prof. van Aacken.

Prof. Martins Paparinskis

University College London


Martins Paparinskis is Reader in Public International Law at University College London. He is a co-editor of Current Legal Problems, the book review editor of Journal of World Investment & Trade, and a member of the UCL Press editorial board. Prof. Paparinskis is a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration, the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators and of Conciliators, and the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention. He is also a candidate co-nominated by Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania for election to the International Law Commission in 2021.

Prof. Anne van Aaken

University of Hamburg


Anne van Aaken (Dr iur. and MA Economics) is Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law, University of Hamburg. She was Vice-President of the European Society of International Law and is Chair of the EUI Research Council. She is co-editor of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement and a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, and International Theory. She has been consultant for the IBRD, OECD, UNCTAD, GIZ.

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