O branch francês vai organizar em 2023 a comemoração do 150.º da International Law Association, tendo pedido aos outros branches que enviassem as respetivas histórias.
Junto se anexa o texto enviado pela SPDI, com o título History of the Portuguese Branch.
The History of The Portuguese Branch of the International Law Association
The Portuguese branch, Sociedade Portuguesa de Direito Internacional (Portuguese Society of International Law) – hereunder referred as SPDI - is a non-profit association, established under Portuguese law in 2002.
When SPDI was founded, the most prestigious members of the Portuguese academiawho were already retired were invited to became honorary members. They all accepted the invitation.
The founders of SPDI were professors of International Law, but the association isinclusive, open to everyone interested in International law, both public or private.
The current members are mainly academics and lawyers.
The objective of SPDI is , according with its bylaws, the study and dissemination of Public International Law, Private International Law and Comparative Law and in view of this objective:
• To organize colloquiums, conferences and seminars;
• To publish revues and other publications, with or without periodic character;
• To establish relations with foreign associations;
• To prepare studies and opinions in the fields of law to whose study and dissemination it is dedicated.
The bylaws also provide that SPDI can be affiliated to national or international associations which have similar objectives.
Before the establishment of SPDI the bylaws were subjected to approval by the ILA Headquarters and, after the its formal nihil obstat, the association was formed. In the first three years of existence the activity of SPDI was mainly focused on the dissemination of the association in the Portuguese international law community.
In this period, some of its members attended the ILA biennial conferences which took place in Berlin and Toronto and SPDI representatives were present in the Executive Committee and Full Committee meetings. Several members were admitted to
committees and study groups of ILA.
2. Activities of SPDI
The goal of SPDI was, on the one hand, to be the instrument for the participation of its members in the activities of ILA and, on the other hand, to organize initiatives every year, both at the national level and in cooperation with sister entities, to discuss relevantthemes of International Law.
The first event co-organized by SPDI was the VI Jornadas Ibero-Americanas de Estudos Internacionais (Iberic-American Conference of International Studies) with AEPDRI – Associación Española de Professores de Derecho Internacional y de Relaciones Internacionales (Spanish Association of Professors of Interantional law and International Relations), which took place in Lisbon on 23/25 November 2009, with the theme “Innovation and Knowledge in the perspective of Professors of International law and International Relations”.
On 27/28 May 2009 SPDI co-organized a conference with the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, a German organization, with the theme “International Justice in European Law”, which took place in Lisbon.
On 18/19 February 2011, SPDI co-organized the I Encontro Luso-Espanhol de Direito Internacional de Professores de Direito Internacional (Portuguese and Spanish Meeting of Professors of International Law), which took place in the University of Minho, in Braga. In the following years a similar initiative was organized each year alternately in Portugal and Spain, with the exception of 2020 because of the pandemic. These events are organized by a university of the country where the meeting takes place, with the support of Spanish and Portuguese entities. For each meeting there is a theme, proposed by the organizing university in the previous year. The host university is responsible for publishing a book with the presentations in the meeting. Until now, these meetings have taken place in Santiago de Compostela (2012), Porto (2013), Seville (2014), Coimbra (2015), Valencia (2016), Lisbon (2017), Caceres (2018), Lisbon (2019).
The meeting of 2020 which was meant to take place in Salamanca was postponed to 2021.
In every year, since 2011 (once more with the exception of 2020), SPDI co-sponsored the Portuguese Moot Court of International Law, organized by students of law. These events take place in the Lisbon Court of Appeal.
On 15/16 June 2012, SPDI co-organized with APA- Associação Portuguesa de Arbitragem (Portuguese Association of Arbitration) a conference on investment arbitration, which took place at the Lisbon Commercial Association.
On 11/12 September 2014, SPDI organized a regional conference of ILA with the theme “Towards a Universal Justice? Putting International Courts and Jurisdictions Into Perspective”. The conference was attended by more than 200 participants from many countries. A book was published by Brill-Nijhof containing the papers presented in the event.
On 15/19 September 2014, SPDI organized a course on “International Petroleum Transactions”, taught by Professors Owen L. Anderson and John S. Dzienkowski of the University of Austin, Texas.
In 2015, SPDI organized a conference in the Law School of the University of Minho, in Braga with the theme “Questions of International Responsibility”.
In 2017, SPDI organized a conference in the Law School of the University of Minho to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the International Law Commission.
On 16 April 2018, SPDI organized a conference in Universidade Lusófona do Porto with the theme “Challenges of the CPLP (Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries I the light of International Law)”.
On 25/26 May 2018, SPDI co-organized, by invitation of the Brazilian branch, a regional conference of ILA, which took place in the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte.
On 30 November 2018, SPDI organized a conference with the theme “Rocks, Islands and Archipelagos, state of play from the perspective on International Law”, which took place in the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa.
On 18/19 September 2019, SPDI organized a regional conference of ILA with the theme “The Contribution of Case-Law of International Courts and Tribunals to the Development of International Law”. The conference was attended by more than 90 participants from many countries. A book will be published in 2021 by Brill-Nijhof containing the papers presented in the event.
On 30 October 2020, SPDI co-organized in the Universidade Portucalense an international Conference with the theme “International Responsibilty of States and International Organizations arising from the Pandemic”.
On 2019 was given to SPDI the organization of the (80th ILA Biennial Conference, which will took place in Lisbon on 20/24 june 2022, with the theme “International Law: our common good”.
SPDI is currently associated in a research project with the Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Lisboa with the theme “Sea Level Rise”.
SPDI and the Brazilian branch are working together on the publication of the Enciclopédia Luso-Brasileira de Direito Internacional, which is going to be published in 2022. This publication will contain the contribution of more than 200 authors, Portuguese and Brazilian.
So far, SPDI has published the following books:
• Enciclopédia de Direito Internacional, (ed. Manuel de Almeida Ribeiro e Francisco Pereira Coutinho), Almedina, 2011 (ISBN 9789724046686).
• Questões de Responsabilidade Internacional, Atas da Conferência realizada na Escola de Direito da Universidade do Minho no dia 4 de dezembro de 2015”, Braga, setembro de 2016 (ISBN 9789899969308).
• Guerra e Paz no Século XXI, (coord. Roberto Correia da Silva Gomes Caldas, Jamile Bergamaschine Mata Diz, Manuel Almeida Ribeiro, Isabel Cabrita), Almedina, 2018 (ISBN 9789724073354)
• Towards a Universal Justice? Putting International Courts and Jurisdictions Into Perspective” (ed. Dario Moura Vicente) , Leiden/Boston (ISBN: 9789004298705, E-ISBN 97 89 0042987 12 (e-book).
• Case Law and the Development of International Law: Contributions by International Courts and Tribunals (ed. Patrícia Galvão Teles and Manuel Almeida Ribeiro), Leiden/Boston (ISBN: 978 989 99693 1 5)
• The Contribution of the Case-Law of International Courts and Tribunals to the Development of International Law, ILA Braga Regional Conference, September 2029 (ed. Patrícia Galvão Teles and Manuel de Almeida Ribeiro), SPDI, 2022. Manuel de Almeida Ribeiro
Qualquer pessoa singular ou coletiva que identificando-se com os fins da SPDI o requeiram através do preenchimento da ficha em anexo e tenham a sua candidatura aprovada pela Direção. A Ficha depois de devidamente preenchida deverá ser enviada para a Direção da SPDI através do seguinte email: firstname.lastname@example.orgINSCREVA-SE
Os associados da SPDI são simultaneamente membros da International Law Association (ILA). Podem participar nos Comités Científicos da ILA e gozam de preços especiais para efeitos de participação nas Conferências Regionais organizadas pelos diversos ramos da ILA. Além disso, os associados da SPDI são convidados a participar em todas as atividades da associação.VANTAGENS
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