“So little done, so much to do…”

                        Dear Members of the SFDI,                         “So little done, so much to do…” This strong thought is attributed to Sir Cecil Rhodes (not a very recommendable patronage in these times!) on his deathbed. I am not at this end but I very sincerely feel this feeling as I leave the presidency of our Society, […]

Letter of the President

Dear members of the SFDI, Dear followers, who visit this page, You’ve already received a few dozen messages like this… It’s even coming rather late because we wanted to wait as long as possible to be sure that it was not possible to keep the promising Toulouse colloquium on the scheduled dates (28 and 29 […]

The worst is not always certain, but we must act!

In the “President’s word” of September 2018, I expressed concerns – without originality (but it is not a reason not to sound the alarm) – about the new crisis in international law and I was wondering about the role that we, lawyers, and more particularly the SFDI and its members, can play in trying to […]


CRISIS OR COLLAPSE OF INTERNATIONAL LAW?   I have been involved in international law for about 50 years, and I have heard for almost as long that international law is in crisis. It was said to be so as it got shaken by the new States born out of the decolonization process when I first […]


Dear members of the Society, The year is not off to a good start… Our international law is not going well and 2017 has not been good… Trump is challenging the post-war American multilateralism and the new silk roads built on a Chinese conception of sovereignty surely do not promise a bright future for the […]