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Selected Speeches and Articles After March 2004


With respect to earlier material reference is made to "Material on UN Website" and to Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography under "Biography"






Address at the opening of the 28th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Stockholm 2005


Concluding Remarks at the 28th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting



The Arctic


The Arctic and the Present Geopolitical Situation. Opening Remarks at a Conference organised by the Center for Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia School of Law, the University of Bergen, and the Law of the Sea Institute of Iceland on the topic Challenges of the Changing Arctic: Continental Shelf, Navigation and Fisheries, held in Bergen, Norway on 26-27 June 2014


Final documents of the Arctic Governance Project April 2010


The Arctic: An Opportunity to Cooperate and Demonstrate Statesmanship. In: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Vol. 42:1065 (p. 1065-1079) 


Conclusions by the Chairman of the Conference “Common Concern for the Arctic”, organised by the Nordic Council of Ministers on 9-10 September 2008 at Ilulissat, Greenland. -- The full Conference Report is available here.


The North is not the wild West. In: The Globe and Mail, 28 April 2008


Reflections on the possibilities and limitations of a binding legal regime for the Arctic. In: Environmental Policy and Law, Vol. 37 (2007) No. 4 (p. 321-324)



Climate and Environment


See also "The Arctic" and "Rule of Law in International Relations".


World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability Meets in Brazil. In: International Judicial Monitor, Summer 2012 Issue



Defence Alliances



Defence Alliances – A Future Necessity. In: Bevara alliansfriheten Nej till Nato-medlemskap! Ed. Anders Björnsson & Sven Hirdman. Lund: Celanders förlag (2014)





Nuclear Disarmament and Security Council Reform. Address at an event “Law’s Imperative: A World Free of Nuclear Weapons”, honouring Peter Weiss, LCNP President Emeritus, New York on 2 April 2014


Is It Possible to Outlaw Nuclear Arms? In: NOW IS THE TIME TO PROHIBIT NUCLEAR WEAPONS! A special edition of the journal of the Swedish section of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. LÄKARE MOT KÄRNVAPEN 2010 # 120: 6-9


The Role of Public International Law and the lCJ in a Changing World. In: Freedom from Nuclear Weapons through Legal Accountability and Good Faith. Ed. George Farebrother for the World Court Coalition. Russell Press Ltd. (2007) (p. 12-22)



Empowerment of Women


International Women's Day 2012 on the theme: Women in North Africa – The Arab Spring: Women in democracy processes. Address at the Historical Museum in Stockholm on 8 March 2012



Global Compact


The Global Compact. In: Corporate Social Responsibility – The Corporate Governance of the 21st Century. Second Edition. Ed. Ramon Mullerat. Kluwer Law International (2011) (p. 265-274)  



Human Rights


See also under "Material on UN Website"  , "Global Compact" and "International Criminal Law".


Human Rights under Threat after 9/11. On the Rule of Law in Dagens Nyheter, 10 May 2013.  Also published in the Spring 2013 Issue of the International Judicial Monitor as Human Rights, Rule of Law, Under Threat After 9/11Direct link to Rule of Law – A guide for politicians 


Protecting Human Rights: The Role of the United Nations – Major Challenges. Address at the Human Rights Week 2010, organised by Amnesty International, Law Students’ Network at Oslo University, on 19 February 2010


Human Rights Should Be Protected by the Rule of Law.  Address at a Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights organised by the American Bar Association's Section of International Law on the topic Human Rights, the Just Rule of Law and the Role of Lawyers, held in New York on 14 November 2008


“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights“. Opening Address – Music at Lake Siljan 28 June 1998



International Civil Service


Dag Hammarskjöld et l’éthique d’un fonctionnaire international. Réflexions lors d'une rencontre en mémoire de Dag Hammarskjöld, 50 ans après sa disparition. Maison de l’Unesco, Paris, 15 décembre 2011


The ethics of an international civil servant. In: New Routes 2/2011 (p. 12-16)



International Criminal Court


Challenges for the International Criminal Court. In: The Winter 2014 Issue of the International Judicial Monitor


International Criminal Law – How Long Will Some Miss the Missing Link? In: Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Vol. 37 No. 1 (2005) (p. 11-20)



International Criminal Law


The Brandeis University Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project. An interview with Hans Corell, conducted on 11 March 2015


Assessing the Impact of Security and Geopolitical Considerations on the Protection of Human Rights and the Pursuit of International Criminal Justice. In: Globalization and Its Impact on the Future of Human Rights and International Criminal Justice. Ed.  M. Cherif Bassiouni. Intersentia nv, Belgium (2015) (p. 173-187). Printable manuscript


Foreword in: On the Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Convention. Ed.  Morten Bergsmo and SONG Tianying. FICHL Publication Series No. 18 (2014), Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, Brussels (2014) (p. iii-vi)


Reflections on International Criminal Justice:  Past, Present and Future. In Washington University Global Studies Law Review, Volume 12, Number 3 (2013), page 621. Also available under this link


Reflections on International Criminal Law over the Past Ten Years. Keynote Address at the Sixth Annual International Humanitarian Law Dialogues, held at Chautauqua, N.Y., on 26-28 August 2012


Reflections on the role of international prosecutors and the judges of the International Criminal Court. In Foreword to: International Prosecutors. Ed. Luc Reydams, Jan Wouters and Cedric Ryngaert. Oxford University Press (2012) (p. v-xi)


International Prosecution of Heads of State for Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity. In: The John Marshall Law Review [43:xxv 2009] (p. xxv-xli)


Addressing impunity – How united are the nations? In: Development Dialogue no. 53 Responses to Mass Violence – Mediation, Protection, and Prosecution. Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (November 2009) (p. 11-25)


Also included here for ease of reference: Proposal for an International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia by Rapporteurs (Corell-Türk-Thune) under the CSCE Moscow Human Dimension Mechanism to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia of 9 February 1993


Also included here for ease of reference: Report by Rapporteurs (Corell-Türk-Thune) under the CSCE Moscow Human Dimension Mechanism to Croatia of 7 October 1992





Educational Material to Assist the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in Deciding What Status The Corporation Should Aim for as A Private International Entity in Its Host Country. August 2006



Islamic Law


Commentary to ‘Shari'a and the Modern State’ and ‘Narrating Law’. In: Islamic Law and Human Rights Law. Searching for Common ground. Ed. Anver M. Emon, Mark Ellis, and Benjamin Glahn. Oxford University Press (2012) (p. 82-90)



Law of the Sea


See also "The Arctic"


The United Nations – A Practitioner’s Perspective. In: The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea. Ed. Donald R. Rothwell, Alex G. Oude Elferink, Karen N. Scott, and Tim Stephens. Oxford University Press (2015) (p. 346-372)


Baltic Sea: Gas Pipeline – International Law for Geostrategic Issues. In: The World Ocean in Globalisation. Eds. Davor Vidas and Peter Johan Schei. Boston/Leiden: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2011) (p. 495-506)


Contribution to the debate about a possible gasline through the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone. In: Svenska Dagbladet, 21 December 2007



Legal Adviser – The Role of


Interview with Former UN Legal Counsel Hans Corell conducted by Richard L. Field. In: International Law News. Published by the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, Winter 2015 Issue, Vol. 44 No. 1, pp 34-37


Remarks at the 25th anniversary of the informal meetings of Legal Advisers of Ministries of Foreign Affairs held in the margin of the meetings of the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 27 October 2014


The Role of a Legal Adviser of an International Organization. Presentations for the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. 


     Link to the Audiovisual Presentations: "Lecture Series", "Faculty Directory", "C"


      Text of First Audiovisual Presentation


      Text of Second Audiovisual Presentation



The Role of the Legal Adviser - List of Literature



Included here for ease of reference: Cooperation among Legal Advisers on Public International Law. In: Collection of Essays by Legal Advisers of States, Legal Advisers of International Organizations and Practitioners in the Field of International Law. Copyright 1999 United Nations, ISBN 92-1-033080-3. At pages 97-119 (printing range pages 109-131). Direct link to the article available here



Public International Law



Looking Forward in the Spirit of Asser: Identifying Developments in the Global Society That Need to Be Addressed in International Law. In: Nikos Lavranos, Ruth Kok, et al. (eds.), Hague Yearbook of International Law 2011. Copyright 2012 Koninklijke Brill nv. isbn 978 9004 23178 8. pp. 47-63


Was the Killing of Osama bin Laden Legal? In: Advokaten (the Periodical of the Swedish Bar Association) Nr 5 – 2011 (June 2011)       Also published in the Fall 2011 Issue of the International Judicial Monitor as Nation-State Action Against Criminal Non-State Actors for Crimes Committed During or Outside of Armed Conflict: the Osama Bin Laden Incident


The Increased Interconnection between International and National Law and the Need to Coordinate the Legislative Process in the Future. In: The Law of the Future and the Future of Law. Eds. Sam Muller, Stavros Zouridis, Laura Kistemaker and Morly Frishman. Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, freely accessible as e-publication (ISBN 978-82-93081-27-2). At pages 177-193 (printing range pages 209-225)


Only Respect for International Law Can Make the Peace Process Move. On the Middle East in Dagens Nyheter, 12 June 2010 


Reflections on the Responsibility to Protect. Keynote Address delivered at a Workshop on Humanitarian Intervention organised by Malmö University within the framework of the International Network of Universities on 4 March 2010


A few words at a manifestation for peace between Israel and Palestine on 10 January 2009


Klimat och rätt. Advokaten Nr 5 - 2008


Rättspositivismen i folkrätten i ett praktiskt perspektiv. En kommentar. In: Svensk Juristtidning, Vol. 1, 2008: 30-36


Sovereignty and Humanity: Reality and Possibility. Address at a meeting on 29 September 2007 at Oriel College, Oxford. In: Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, Vol. 36.1, 2007: 1- 8


Remarks at the opening of a Colloquium on the Topicality of the 1907 Hague Conference, the second Peace Conference   In: The Hague Academy of international Law. Ed. Yves Daudet. Martinus Nijhoff  Publishers, Leiden/London (2008) (p. 19-24)


International Law in Flux. In: 14. Forum Globale Fragen: Völkerrecht im Wandel. Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin. (p. 6-13) (priny p. 8-15)


Weapons do not create democracy. In: Svenska Dagbladet, 12 november 2006


Mot nya horisonter. Anförande hållet vid Kungl. Örlogsmanna-sällskapets högtidssammanträde den 15 november 2004. In: Tidskrift i Sjöväsendet, N:r 4 2004 (p. 398-404)


FN, folkrätten och framtiden. In: Svensk Juristtidning, Vol. 4, 2004: 333-350



Rule of Law in International Relations


See also under "Rule of Law"


The function of Bar Associations to promote the rule of law – defending the rights of lawyers, educating the public about the rule of law. Address at a Conference – The Independence of the Legal Profession and Bar Associations: International Perspectives – organised by the Union of the Iranian Bar Associations and the International Bar Association in Tehran on 26 July 2015


The Promotion of the Rule of Law in the 21st Century: Prospects and Challenges. Lecture at a Conference organised by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies on the topic The Rule of Law as a Strategic Priority in the European Union’s External Action, held in Brussels on 30 June 2014


Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the rule of law in today's world. In: Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency – Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjöld. Ed. Carsten Stahn and Henning Melber. Cambridge University Press (2014) (p. 56-74)


The Role of the Rule of Law in Achieving Sustainable Peacebuilding. Keynote Speech at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, The Hague, on 29  August 2013


Dag Hammarskjöld, the United Nations and the Rule of Law in Today's World. Lecture at Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy, Zagreb, on 29 November 2011


Strengthened Rule of Law in Sweden Could Serve as a Model for the World. In: Dagens Nyheter, 26 May 2011


Ethics, Rule of Law and Human Rights. Address at the 2008 Seasonal Meeting of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association on 20 September 2008 in Stockholm


The Right Climate for the Rule of Law. In: International Bar News April 2008



International Law and Changing Climate. In: The World Rule of Law Movement and Russian Legal Reform. Ed. Francis Neate and Holly Nielsen. Justitsinform, Moscow (2007) (p. 208-218)



The Meaning of an International Society under the Rule of Law. International Law Forum 2006 in Vientiane, Laos, 1 November 2006



A Challenge to the United Nations and the World: Developing the Rule of Law. In: Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 18, Number 2 Fall 2004 (p. 391-402)





The Role of the Lawyer in Shaping Responses to the Security Imperative. In: Counter-Terrorism International Law and Practice. Ed. Ana María Salinas de Frías, Katja Samuel and Nigel White. Oxford University Press (2012) (p. 284-301)


Legal Responses to Terrorism. In: Towards a Democratic Response. The Club de Madrid Series on Democracy and Terrorism, Vol. III (2005) (p. 13-19)



United Nations


See also under "Rule of Law"


The Mandate of the Security Council in a Changing World. In: International Law and Changing Perceptions of Security. Eds. Jonas Ebbesson, Marie Jacobsson, Mark Klamberg, David Langlet and Pål Wrange. Leiden/Boston: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2014) (p. 39-58)


Reforming the United Nations Security Council. Keynote Address at Conference Henri Lafontaine, a joint initiative of Uppsala University and Wallonie Bruxelles International, held at Uppsala, Sweden on 11 December 2013


On the question of Libya and Syria: The UN Security Council Must Set a Good Example. In Dagens Nyheter, 3 September 2011


The Question of Humanitarian Intervention in Libya. In: Expressen, 24 February 2011


The Incapacity of the United Nations Affects Civilians. In: Svenska Dagbladet, 7 January 2009


Reflections on the Security Council and Its Mandate to Maintain International Peace and Security. In: Law at War – The Law as it was and the Law as it Should Be. Ed. O. Engdahl and P. Wrange. Koninklijke Brill BV. The Netherlands (2008) (p. 61-74)


Who Needs Reforming the Most – the UN or its Members? In: Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol. 76 (2007) No. 2-3 (p. 265-279)


Reforming the United Nations. In: International Organizations Law Review, Vol. 2 No. 2 (2005) (p. 373-390)


Reflektioner om FN:s framtid. In: FN Globalt Uppdrag. Ed. Lars Eriksson, Berith Granath, Birger Halldén. FN-forbundet (2005) (p. 443-447)


Sweden has a Special Responsibility for an Effective United Nations

In: Dagens Nyheter, 9 September 2005. Also as Responsabilidad de Suecia en la ONU. In: Agenda Internacional.  Año 2 No. 6 (2005) (p. 50-53)


FN, folkrätten och framtiden. In: Svensk Juristtidning, Vol. 4, 2004: 333-350


Bush’s War Damaged the United NationsIn: Svenska Dagbladet, 23 September 2004. Also in: Swords into Plowshares : Building Peace through the United Nations, Leiden [etc.] Nijhoff (2006) (p. 11-15)



Western Sahara


Western Sahara: the EU should reconsider its fisheries agreement with Morocco. In: New Europe, 12 April 2015


The Responsibility of the UN Security Council in the Case of Western Sahara. In: International Judicial Monitor, Winter 2015 Issue


Western Sahara – status and resources. In: New Routes 4/2010 (p. 10-13)


The legality of exploring and exploiting natural resources in Western Sahara. Address at a Conference in Pretoria in 2008 hosted by the South African Department of Foreign Affairs and the University of Pretoria. In: Mutilateralism and International Law with Western Sahara as a Case Study. Ed. N. Botha, M. Olivier and D. van Tonder. University of South Africa Press (2010) (p. 231-247)


Link to Letter dated 29 January 2002 from the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, the Legal Counsel, addressed to the President of the Security Council



Addresses on Special Occasions


A few word of thanks to Dr Danilo Türk, former President of Slovenia, for delivering the 2012 Anna Lindh Lecture at Lund University (Sweden) on 28 January 2013. Link to Dr Türk's Lecture Human Rights in a Temporal Perspective: From the "Age of Human Rights" to an Era of Uncertainty


Concluding remarks at an event to mark the centenary of Raoul Wallenberg’s birth “Implementing Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law – the Individual Responsibility” at Lund University on 24 April 2012


In Commemoration of Dag Hammarskjöld. Remarks at the opening of the 8th Annual Conference of the Hague Academic Coalition on 9 November 2011


A few word of thanks to Dr Shirin Ebadi for delivering the 2009 Anna Lindh Lecture at Lund University (Sweden) on 29 September 2009. Link to Dr Ebadi's Lecture Barriers to the Advancement of Human Rights in the World and in Iran


Lecture delivered at Uppsala on 18 September 2009 at a Commemorative Event organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation on the 48th Anniversary of Dag Hammarskjöld’s Death


A few word of thanks to Dr Kofi A. Annan for delivering the 2008 Anna Lindh Lecture at Lund University (Sweden) on 2 October 2008. Link to Dr Annan's Lecture Establishing a Culture of Prevention 


Celebrating the centennial of the birth of Dag Hammarsjkold. 

Speech held at Sammilsdal, Leksand, on 29 July 2005