Agreed to... nothing? Non-binding commitments in managing peace and conflict

Panel discussion with Nicole Deitelhoff, Janina Dill, Thilo Marauhn and Andreas Paulus

International affairs have become less predictable, global partnerships less reliable. Against this backdrop, non-binding international arrangements and soft law have become increasingly popular tools to forge multilateral agreement on contested issues. Prominent recent frameworks include the Global Compact for Migration, the Paris Climate Accord, and the “Iran Deal” political arrangement, which has turned into a binding agreement over time. But can such legally and normatively consequential agreements spark sufficient confidence among their addressees, stabilize cooperation, and prevent conflict? How can non-binding agreements nonetheless commit their addressees?

Panel discussion with:

  • Nicole Deitelhoff (PRIF/Goethe University Frankfurt) 
  • Janina Dill (University of Oxford)
  • Andreas Paulus (Federal Constitutional Court)
  • Chair: Thilo Marauhn (Justus Liebig University Giessen/PRIF)


When? Thursday, 4 July 2019, 6:30pm 

Where? Goethe University Frankfurt, Normative Orders Building, Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, 60323 Frankfurt


This event is part of PRIF's Annual Conference.