The Office of the President and the Academy of European Law (AEL) are organising a Public Lecture to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Antonio Cassese, which will take place in Villa Salviati on 21 October.
This public event aims to honour the prominent work of Antonio Cassese, who was a Professor of International Law. Cassese taught at the universities of Pisa and Florence, and at the EUI, where he was instrumental in setting up the AEL in 1990. He also co-founded the European Journal of International Law (EJIL) and the Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ).
The lecture will be given by Hina Jilani, a pioneering lawyer and international champion of human rights, who worked with Professor Cassese in the UN International Commission of Inquiry into Violations of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Darfur. Hina Jilani is a member of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working for peace, justice and human rights, founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007. The group promotes ethical leadership and good governance globally. In Jinani’s words: “Nobody brings about change single-handedly. There are many people who are legendary, who have influenced events in the world, but behind them there is always a collective effort.”
The event will begin with introductory remarks by President of the EUI, Professor Renaud Dehousse and Pierre d’Argent, President of the European Society of International Law (ESIL). After the keynote lecture, closing remarks will be given by Micaela Frulli, Professor of International Law at the University of Florence, and Salvatore Zappalà, Professor of International Law and the University of Catania School of Law.
Members of Professor Cassese’s family will be present to honour his memory.