Announcement: Extended Lecture Series on “Alternative Approaches to International Law”.

Extended Lecture Series by Weera Centre and Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

We are pleased to announce that Weeramantry Centre for Peace, Justice and International Law and Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth have joined hands to conduct a yearlong extended lecture series on the theme “Alternative Approaches to International Law”. The rationale for having this series is the popular discontent with the mainstream outlook towards international law. As is well known, there are grave issues of justice and human rights that the world is trying hard to cope up with. But quite often, such efforts pale when they encounter hard realities of power structure implicit in the working of international law.

We are proud to share that some scholars commanding international reputation have already given their consent to be a part of this initiative. They include- Dr. Celine Tan, Reader in Law, University of Warwick, UK; Dr. Daniel Rietiker, Co-President of International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA); Professor Sanoj Rajan,  Distinguished Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Zhejiang Gongshang University, China; Dr. Paul Arnell, Reader in Law, Robert Gordon University, UK and Professor Federico Lenzerini, University of Siena, Italy.

We will have more scholars and international law practitioners joining us as we proceed with our lectures.

Lecture 1

First talk in the series was delivered by Dr. Celine Tan from University of Warwick on the topic:

Towards A New Architecture of International Public Finance in the COVID-19 Era


The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly resetting the international development agenda. There is an urgent need to massively scale up resources needed to tackle both the immediate health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic and the longer-term recovery measures once the crisis abates. This is much more acute for developing countries that have entered the pandemic in much more fragile and perilous economic conditions. However, despite an initial flurry of financial commitments and early but limited initiatives on sovereign debt relief, traction on global coordinated action appears to have slowed considerably. This presentation will examine how the challenges to mobilise international financial relief for developing countries in the COVID-19 era is based on the problematic governance and regulatory shortcomings of the international architecture for public finance and what steps we should take to reform this architecture to better respond to crisis and enable sustainable development.

The Rapporteur’s Report of the first lecture can be found here.

Lecture 2

Lecture 2 by Dr. Daniel Rietiker is scheduled on 27 November 2020. Dr. Rietiker is an adjunct professor of public international law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and teaches human rights law at Suffolk University Law School (Boston, MA). He also serves as the co-president of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Time: 10:30 am CET/ 3:00 pm IST. Registration Link:

Dr. Rietiker shall be speaking on the topic:

Humanization of International Law: The Example of Arms Control


International law has traditionally been considered as applying mainly between sovereign States. There was only limited space for the needs and interests of the human being. In the same vein, arms control has long been considered, above all, a matter of States’ security and only little attention has been paid to the victims of weapons. The overall picture of disarmament, in particular nuclear disarmament, is however very disappointing. Therefore, new avenues have to be tried out. The speaker will offer an alternative approach, placing the human being at the centre of the discussion, based on his book “Humanization of Arms Control, Paving the Way for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons”, Routledge 2017/2018). He will argue that the Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), concluded in New York on July 7, 2017, is a recent example of this “humanization” of arms control. He sees another confirmation of this new trend in the adoption by the UN Human Rights Committee of General Comment no. 36 on the “Right to life” (October 30, 2018), of which paragraph 66 is devoted to weapons of mass destruction. He will expand on these developments.

For any query or clarification regarding, please contact Mr. Nithin Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor of International Law,  School of Ethics, Governance, Culture and Social Systems, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth at

Keep following this space for updates on the lecture series, registration links etc.

With best wishes,

Nizamuddin Ahmad Siddiqui (Coordinating Member, Weera Centre)

Nithin Ramakrishnan (Assistant Professor, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth)