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Research Project on ‘The Effects of IHRL on PIL and its Sub-Branches’ wins a British Academy Advanced Newton Fellowship grant

The Center for Global Public Law at Koç University Law School is delighted to announce that its Director Assoc. Prof. Başak Çalı won, in partnership with Prof. Lorna McGregor, (Director of University of Essex Human Rights Law Centre) a British Academy Newton Fund grant for their project on ‘The Effects of International Human Rights Law (IHRL) on Public International Law (PIL) and its Sub-Branches.’

This project will interrogate the assumption that IHRL is more than merely a sub-branch of international law with wider effects on the interpretation and development of PIL and its sub-branches. The project positions CGPL and the Essex Human Rights Centre at the centre of new thinking on how IHRL can effectively shape the development of PIL and its sub-branches.  In addition to reviewing the types of effects observed in well-explored areas such as international humanitarian law and international criminal law and international investment law, the research team will carry out research into branches that have not been studied extensively, including the international law of the sea, international law of organisations, and the international law of environment. The findings of the research will fill important gaps in our understanding of the effects of IHRL. The research programme also offers a theoretical understanding of the effects of IHRL in PIL, and will make legal-policy recommendations for future regime design.

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