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The First Lecture of the "International Organization Law" Course was Successfully Held by Peter Quayle, Head of the Institutional Affairs Department of the General Law Office of the AIIB

On the evening of September 19, 2018, Mr. Peter Quayle, the head of the institutional affairs department of the General Accounting Office of the AIIB, and the visiting professor of our school, taught the first course of the International Organization Law in the fall semester of the 2018 school year at Geoscience Building.

Mr. Quayle began his career as a Senior Legal Adviser to the AIIB in 2016 and began his tenure as a visiting professor in 2017. He has offered the International Organization Law course for the fourth time in our school. Mr. Quayle studied at Oxford University and University of London. Mr. Quayle has worked in the US Department of Justice and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and has extensive practical experience in international public law and international organization law. He is currently writing a book on the Civil Service Law of International Organizations, which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Mr. Quayle’s course theme is Theory and practice of international law: the status and effectiveness of international organizations. The course consists of 6 sessions in total, including three panel discussions led by the teacher. The specific arrangements are at the end of the article.



This sequence of lectures explores the history and origins of international organizations with the theme “Why is the country collaborating”? From a unique perspective, Mr. Quayle showed the students the process of occurrence and expansion of international organizations since the Vienna Peace Conference, and guided the students in a lively and interesting way to understand the cross-border river governance in Western Europe, international telegraph communication, etc. Early international organization of the field. In addition, Mr. Peter Quayle also briefed the students on the three different theories of realism, rationalism and idealism in the country corporation. Finally, based on discussions with classmates, Mr. Peter Quayle summarizes the core features of international organizations, including organizational documents, national membership, and legal personality. This was approved by the majority of the students. This sequence of lectures laid a good foundation for the students to have a deep understanding of the philosophy and logic of international organization law. We believe that students will benefit from the next five weeks of study.

This course is open to all students, and welcome students to elective and listen! The following is the specific information of the course for students to refer to:

Course hours: September-October 2018, 10th and 11th classes every Wednesday night

Course Location: Geoscience Building 207

Class schedule:

Course Outline

Seminar 1: Why Cooperate?

A. History of International Organizations

B. Brief Theories of Cooperation

C. What is an ‘International Organization’?


X. Gao and P. Quayle, ‘Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)’, Max Planck Encyclopaedia of Public International Law

N. Lichtenstein, ‘Governance of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Comparative Context’, AIIB Yearbook of International Law: Good Governance and Modern International Financial Institutions (2018)


Seminar 2: Discussion


B.S. Chimni, ‘International Institutions Today: An Imperial Global State in the Making’, European Journal of International Law (2004)

E. Benvenisti, ‘EJIL Foreword – Upholding Democracy Amid the Challenges of New Technology: What Role for the Law of Global Governance?’, European Journal of International Law (2018)


Seminar 3: Governance and Institutional Structures

A. Typical Institutional Organs and Structures

B. Primary and Subsidiary Organs

C. The Role of Executive Heads


Effect of Awards of Compensation made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal, International Court of Justice, Advisory Opinion (1954)

Certain Expenses of the United Nations, International Court of Justice, Advisory Opinion (1962)

G. Fiti Sinclair, ‘The International Civil Servant in Theory and Practice: Law, Morality, and Expertise’, European Journal of International Law (2015)


Seminar 4: Discussion


J.K. Gogan, ‘Representation and Power in International Organization: The Operational Constitution and its Critics’, American Journal of International Law (2009)

S. Chesterman, ‘Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law and Institutions: Past, Present and Futures’, European Journal of International Law (2016)


Seminar 5: International Legal Status

A. International Legal Personality and Powers

B. Privileges and Immunities

C. International Civil Service


Reparation for Injuries in the Service of the United Nations, International Court of Justice, Advisory Opinion (1949)

Stichting Mothers of Srebrenica and Others v The Netherlands, European Court of Human Rights, June 2013


Seminar 6: Discussion


A. Orakhelashvili, ‘The Impact of Peremptory Norms on the Interpretation and Application of United Nations Security Council Resolutions’, European Journal of International Law (2005)

M. Koskenniemi, ‘The Police in the Temple – Order, Justice and the UN: A Dialectical View’, European Journal of International Law (1995)



Translated by: Wang Yanwei

Edited by: Nie Xudong