Peace Palace Library Lecture. An evening about the Abyei Arbitration between the government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, and its consequences for the region.

On the 22nd of July, 2009, an Award on the delimitation of the Abyei Area was rendered, thereby settling a dispute between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army. The PCA acted as registry and provided administrative support. The rendering of the Award was meant to facilitate the organization of a referendum about the future of the area, where various oil fields are located. On the 9th of July 2011, South Sudan declared its independence, making the outcome of the referendum even more important. However, the referendum was postponed and despite the rendering of the award, the Abyei Area continues to be contested between the Republics of Sudan and South Sudan.

Brooks W. Daly is Deputy Secretary-General and Principal Legal Counsel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA). Before joining the PCA, Mr. Daly acted as Counsel at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris, France, and practiced with law firms in Los Angeles and London. He will speak about the Abyei Arbitration between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.

Johan G. Lammers was Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Professor in International Law at the University of Amsterdam. In 1999 he was awarded the Elizabeth Haub Award for his exceptional contribution to the field of international environmental law. He will speak about the political “prehistory” of the Abyei Arbitration.

The Peace Palace Library Lecture Series consists of approximately four lectures a year about issues of international public law. Each lecture will start with a small reception in the library’s new reading room, followed by the lecture in the historical reading room. The Lecture Series are open to everyone and are especially interesting for researchers and students, as well as diplomats, international civil servants, journalists and other professionals working in the field of international public law.

Please register by sending an email to Otto Spijkers at We hope to see you there!

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