Media work

paula cnn2I am a contributor to international media with columns and expert commentary on topics as varied as boundary disputes, international governance, rule of law, human rights, migration and refugees, international trade and investment, sovereign debt, State succession, international sanctions, armed conflict and terrorism, integration and development.

Now… Why talk to the media about International Law?

International Law is the legal system of a decentralized society. The fact that there is no central structure creating rules, codifying and enforcing them, means that in many respects international law cannot easily be compared to national law – although it is still law! Indeed, law is a phenomenon that much predates the notion of the modern nation-state.

Presenting on International Governance, as guest speaker at one of the annual conferences of the European Society of International Law. © ESIL/SEDI

International law is widely unknown by the general public. This results in an incomplete view of the international system, with politics and economics appearing as the only relevant factors.

Globalization, however, has increased the relevance of international law in the public eye. Younger generations, in particular, should be acquainted with the basic rules of international society and value its potential as a tool for peace and development. However, none of this will happen if we do not make the field more accesible.

I consider it indispensable that trained lawyers contribute to the international analysis done by the media and by think thanks. This work will make the essential principles of our discipline accessible to the widest possible audience.

Moderating “Diplomacy beyond the State”, one of the panels of Encuentros, a high-level interdisciplinary conference held in Santiago, Chile. © Susana Claro

My experience working as an analyst in interdisciplinary teams as well as a teacher of international law — for lawyers and non-lawyers (diplomats) alike, and even for teenagers — has polished my communication skills and helped me reach different audiences. Aside from my columns and interviews, I participate in specialists’ fora; I give guest lectures at universities as well as talks for the general public, including secondary schools; I sit as judge in moot court competitions for law students; and I use Twitter to discuss international affairs.