The EC/International Law Forum series was launched in April 1994 as a series of annual events addressing particular themes of contemporary significance which alternate between areas of EC and International Law. The general concept of every event is that a number of distinguished speakers are invited to present papers addressing specific aspects of the chosen topic to participants invited to attend because of their known interest and expertise in the field. All participants are invited to contribute to a 'round table' discussion following the speakers assigned to the subject matter under consideration. All speakers are expected to make their papers available for publication within three months following the Forum. Other participants are also invited to submit papers within the framework of the chosen general topic.