Events and Announcements: November 29, 2015

Events and Announcements: November 29, 2015


  • The coordinators are pleased to announce the establishment of the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI). The Institute builds on a long tradition in the area of international law at Ghent University and brings together ca. 30 faculty members and doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Its activities span the entire realm of public international law, ranging from the law of armed conflict and international human rights law, to the law of the sea, international environmental law, international criminal law, and international economic law, as well as the history of international law. GRILI strives to be a vibrant and recognized centre of academic excellence, generating qualitative and innovative contributions to existing legal scholarship. The Institute combines doctoral research and contract research. Its members provide consultancy to (national, European and international) governmental and non-governmental bodies on issues of international law and contribute amicus curiae briefs to legal proceedings. The Institute frequently organizes lectures, workshops and international conferences. An overview of these events, including the ongoing International Order & Justice Lectures Series, can be found here. For further information on the Institute’s membership, activities, events and research output, please visit our webpage at or follow us on twitter (@GRILI_Ugent).


Calls for Papers

  • The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law has extended the deadline for submissions for our interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7 – 8, 2016. The new deadline is December 13, 2015.
  • The organizers are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Conference “Law Between Global and Colonial: Techniques of Empire“, hosted by the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights on 3-5 October 2016 in Helsinki. The conference will close the four and a half-year period of the Finnish Academy research project on “International Law, Religion and Empire” headed by Martti Koskenniemi, supported by Paolo Amorosa, Mónica García-Salmones, Manuel Jimenez and Walter Rech as research fellows. The conference proposes to discuss the legal languages and techniques through which colonial powers ruled non-European territories and populations throughout the modern age.  The aim of the Conference is to examine in detail the juridical practices and discourses of colonial powers when they exercised their supremacy over colonial subjects and disciplined them. Keynote speakers: Lauren Benton, Isabel. V. Hull, Luigi Nuzzo. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 1st, 2016. For the full call for papers please refer to the link below. For further information contact the organizers at monica [dot] garcia [at] helsinki [dot] fi or paolo [dot] amorosa [at] helsinki [dot] fi.


  • ALMA – Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law and the Radzyner Law School of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to a special session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015, 18:30, in room C110, Arazi-Ofer Building, IDC Campus, Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya. In this session, Adv. Tom Gal will present her article: Applicability of the Law of Occupation to War by Proxy. Tom will discuss the implication of classifying a prima facie non international armed conflict as international, and the legal and practical outcomes regarding the law of occupation and its applicability to non-state armed actors. Adv. Tom Gal is ALMA’s vice chairman and co-founder. Tom is a PhD candidate in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law at the University of Geneva and working as a teaching and research assistant at the Geneva Academy for Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. For this article Tom received the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2014.  Following the presentations, there will be an open round-table discussion. Please note that the session will be conducted in English. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend the meetings of the Joint IHL Forum please register in advance via forum [at] alma-ihl [dot] org.

  • Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law at University College London since September 2014, will be giving his inaugural lecture entitled: “Curriculum Vitae: A Prequel,” in which he will tease out some recurrent international legal problems through the story of the life and opinions of D. H. G. H.-G. Salamander, lesser highly qualified publicist and minor poet. This takes place on Thursday 10 December. For more information and to register, please click here.
  • Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: ICSID at 50: Investment Arbitration as a Motor of General International Law? (11-12 March 2016). For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop – jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan W. Schill (Amsterdam), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) – has been a forum for the discussion of foundational issues of international investment law. As ICSID reaches its half-century, the next workshop asks whether and to what extent international investment law and investor-State arbitration are ‘motors of general international law‘? No doubt, investment law in its ‘BIT era’ operates within a framework of general international law – it does not exist, to take up a phrase coined in relation to WTO law, in ‘clinical isolation‘. But how about the reverse effect? Do investment law and investment arbitration have radiating effects? Do they shape international law more generally? The program and more information is available here; for edited collections that have grown out of earlier Frankfurt Investment Law Workshops see here, here and here. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, E-Mail: S [dot] Schimpf [at] jur [dot] uni-frankfurt [dot] de by 28 February 2016.

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