On 18th November 2016, Bretton Woods Law barrister Alex Haines gave a lecture at the renowned Parisian universities of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) to the Masters’ students reading International Administration. The guest lecture took place in the Salle des Conseils opposite the Panthéon in Paris, and was coordinated by Anne-Marie Thévenot-Werner, doctor at University Paris I and author of Le droit des agents internationaux à un recours effectif, and Carolyne Clermont, Master 2 student at Paris I.
The presentation (“Is there a common IAL beyond the law of the international civil service? – A comparison between principles applied to disciplinary law in the international civil service and to the sanction systems developed by MDBs”) explored the extent to which a common international administrative law exists beyond what has traditionally been reserved to the law of the international civil service. By comparing the disciplinary process within the internal justice systems of international organisations with the sanctions systems developed by Multilateral Development Banks, a number of common principles which have come out of the judgments of international administrative tribunals (e.g., the World Bank Administrative Tribunal) and international sanctions bodies (e.g., the World Bank Sanctions Board) can be identified, pointing to an evolving common international administrative law based on general principles of international law and best practices. Alex also gave advice on legal careers in international law in both the private sector and international organisations.