By David Freestone

When you consider that 1985, the legislation college on the collage of Hull has hosted an annual lecture - the Josephine Onoh Memorial Lecture - given through a wonderful foreign legal professional. those annual lectures are funded by way of the Josephine Onoh Memorial Fund, tested in 1984 by way of the friends and family of Josephine Onoh who was once tragically killed in an air crash at Enugu, Nigeria, in November 1983. Josephine used to be a Hull legislations graduate, and on the time of her demise used to be registered on the college for a study measure within the box of foreign legislations. This publication features a choice of those annual lectures. the 1st lecture in 1985 used to be given by way of the overdue pass judgement on Taslim Elias, at the moment President of the overseas courtroom of Justice. next lectures were given by way of either prime practitioners and professors of foreign legislations, together with Sir Robert Jennings, Bin Cheng, Sir Ian Sinclair, Philip Allott, Henry Schermers, Lord Mackenzie-Stuart, Alexandre-Charles Kiss, Dame Rosalyn Higgins, Peter Sand, Ian Brownlie, Christopher Greenwood, Marti Koskenniemi, and Ralph Zacklin. The lectures mirror the most major foreign issues of the final twenty years. the topics they handle comprise new developments in overseas legislation, overseas courts and politics, the practitioner's view of overseas legislations, overseas legislations and revolution, the ecu conference of Human Rights, ecu neighborhood legislations ideas, the worldwide surroundings and overseas legislations, the present function of the United international locations, foreign environmental belief cash, foreign boundary legislations, overseas legislations and imperialism, and humanitarian intervention. this crucial number of essays through a few of the best foreign legislation figures of our iteration should be of equivalent price to all attracted to overseas legislations, even if the educational or the practitioner.

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The answer of the Court to this was very clear. 11 Note here what it is that the Court can and should decide: not the legal questions raised in general terms by Iran, in its reference to all international and humanitarian norms but only 'the legal questions at issue between them'; that is to say, put as formal submissions raising specific issues between the parties; with which alone a court can deal. 8. , para. 37. Ibid. International Courts and International Politics as important as those which were.

It is a common-place today to speak of our much divided world; indeed one seems sometimes to get the impression that it is the one aspect of international relations that excites the interest of the media. What, however, passes for the greater part unnoticed is that in this culturally, ideologically, and economically divided world, it is international law itself which provides a common language; the language in which these very differences are described and defined, explained, and the differing aspirations propagated.

Bin Cheng II. SOME OF THE CAUSES OF THE PRESENT CRISIS IN IDENTITY The causes of international law's present crisis of identity are multiple and complex. I hope I may be permitted simply to mention some of the more obvious ones, and to do so in very broad brushes. One of the key reasons is undoubtedly the rapid transformation of the international society since the First World War (WW-I). In order to appreciate the extent it has changed, and how the changes have affected international law, we need to take a look at the situation before.

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