Role of International Law in achieving Peace and Earth Trusteeship

There is a resurgence of interest in academia and practice, in the role of International Law in contemporary global society. International Law has evolved to include the responsibility of States beyond their national jurisdictions, including through the development of international human rights law, environmental law, criminal law, and the plethora of litigation seeking climate justice at the international, regional, and national levels. Achieving peace has been central to the purpose of International Law. However, war, nuclear weapons, climate change, biodiversity loss and other crises continue to threaten not only the survival of the human species but of all species on our planet. Could the above developments, taken together with legal concepts such as Earth Trusteeship herald a renewed engagement in the role of International Law in achieving such higher ideals, as peace and protection of the rights of current and future generations?

Join us for a dialogue on the above with Right Livelihood Laureate and leading peace activist Alyn Ware and others engaged in furthering principles of international law in academia and in practice.


Monday, 29 May 2023 at 16:00 – 18:00 


Telaris, Faculty of Law, LU

Key note speaker: Alyn Ware

Alan Ware is a peace educator and nuclear disarmament consultant from Aotearoa/New Zealand. In 2009, he received the Right Livelihood Award for his vast efforts to promote peace education and disarmament.

The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” is an international award given annually to honor individuals, organizations, and movements that have made significant contributions to the promotion of social justice, sustainable development, and environmental protection. The Right Livelihood Award is however distinct from the Nobel Prizes, as it specifically focuses on areas not covered by the Nobel Prize.

Valentin Jeutner engages mainly in foundational research related to the nature and fundamental principles of (international) law. This includes exploring the relations between law and related fields like the natural sciences, art, philosophy, or theology. His teaching activities relate mostly to general Public International Law and the Theory of International Law. He also teach and have taught courses on Law & Technology, European Union Law, International Energy Law, English Contract Law, English Criminal Law and Legal Philosophy.

David O’Byrne is a postdoctoral researcher with a PhD from LUCSUS who studies coastal planning, resource based livelihoods and environmental social movements. He teaches broadly in environmental social sciences and work on improving the relevance of social science academic research to practical action on sustainability.


Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is Leader of the Human Rights and the Environmentthematic area and senior researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. She is an international public lawyer and scholar with direct experience in international law and policy making. For the last 20 years, she has worked on human rights and environmental law (in particular biodiversity and climate change). She holds a PhD (University College London) and a MPhil (University of Cambridge). Her work unites legal analysis and sustainability science for examining environmental and human rights governance challenges and innovative levers to address them.

Amanda Oliveira is a Brazilian legal consultant and lawyer with practical experience in human rights issues related to modern slavery, human trafficking, and racial discrimination. Currently, she is a Master’s Candidate in International Human Rights Law at Lund University on a scholarship awarded by the Swedish Institute. Amanda is a native Portuguese speaker. In addtion to her native Portuguese she speaks English and Spanish while learning French and Swedish.


Neshan Gunasekera has a background in international law, human rights, international relations, programme and project management and has worked to promote environmental considerations within the humanitarian-peace-development nexus. He is a Visiting Research Fellow, Raoul Wallenberg Institute.


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