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Welcome to the Bangor Centre for International Law

Established in the summer of 2012, the Bangor Centre for International Law (‘BCIL’) is a young and dynamic institution, playing an important part in the internationalisation of the Law School and in the provision of an outward-looking legal education at Bangor.

A dynamic and lively intellectual environment

BCIL works to advance world-class education and research in International Law and develop a community of scholarly excellence here at Bangor. We strive to create a dynamic and lively intellectual environment that will develop good global citizenship, promote an internationalised curriculum, enrich our academic environment and also contribute towards the wider society of which the University is proud to be a part. The core activities of BCIL are academic – research, teaching and dissemination through regular classes, public lectures, workshops, seminars, expert position papers or amicus curiae briefs, conferences in the UK and abroad, engagement with the media and publications in leading academic journals and monographs.

Good Governance and Rule of Law

Our focus at BCIL is on Good Governance and Rule of Law, broad concepts well known in domestic law, which can also be approached through traditional Public International Law, and through specialised areas such as International Criminal Law and Procedure, the Law of Armed Conflict, International Human Rights Law, Global Trade Law, International Dispute Settlement, International Environmental Law and Private International Law. We take an inclusive approach and see possibilities in other areas of law which are undeniably international, albeit not necessarily within the traditional concept – International Commercial and Business Law, International Intellectual Property Law and European Law.

An inclusive understanding of International Law

Our understanding of International Law is an inclusive and modern one, and we welcome multi-disciplinary approaches that can help to promote greater understanding and more meaningful studies into theory and practice. In addition to our commitment to the sharing, development and nurturing of academic expertise and excellence in these areas, our work is inspired by the firm belief that a central contribution of Law Schools to society is the promotion of Rule of Law, and humanitarian values such as human rights, justice, public service and social responsibility. We embrace opportunities to merge our international interests on Good Governance and Rule of Law, with the local, for example in work that is comparative, or at the interface of the local and global.

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