Events and Announcements: January 10, 2016

Events and Announcements: January 10, 2016


  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology. The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation.

Calls for Papers

  • International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University. This proposed stream contains four panel sessions and invites submissions on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. Empirical work would be particularly welcomed and papers based on “works in progress” will be considered so long as the work is sufficiently developed. Both individual papers and panel submissions (of three related papers) can be submitted for consideration. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit abstracts. Selected papers from the conference will be published. Details of which will be available shortly. For an informal discussion please email the convenor, Anna Marie Brennan at Anna [dot] Marie [dot] Brennan [at] liverpool [dot] ac [dot] uk Abstracts may only be submitted via EasyChair. For more information on the submission process see here. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. The deadline for the submissions is Monday 18 January 2016.
  • The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8-9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. We welcome papers on this subject, which might include, but are by no means limited to: (1) the nature and position of non-state actors within the international legal system; (2) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (3) the source and scope of obligations for particular non-state actors, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (4) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (5) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms, whether judicial institutions, organs of international organisations or treaty regimes; (6) the special roles of non-state actors in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law, amongst others. For further details see the website here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a C.V. should be submitted to j [dot] summers [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk by 31 January 2016.
  • A reminder that the Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXV), which will be published in June 2016. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works. Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal. All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage. Please send manuscripts to pyil [at] inp [dot] pan [dot] pl. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016.
  • Call for papers for the second joint meeting of ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals (ASIL ICTIG) and ESIL Interest Group on International Courts (ESIL ICTIG). The joint meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. during ASIL’s annual meeting (30 March-3 April 2016). Exact time and date are still being determined, however, we wish to share that three members of the interest groups will have the chance to present works in progress at the meeting, and receive feedback. If you would like the opportunity to present a work in progress, please submit an abstract describing unpublished works on the theme of  “Regional Approaches to International Adjudication.” Current (2016) members of either ASIL ICTIG and ESIL ICTIG, at any level of their careers, are invited to submit abstracts. The works submitted are to be original and on-going research. Three papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, and must be submitted to the following email addresses: geir [dot] ulfstein [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no and ngrossman [at] ubalt [dot] edu. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is February 1, 2016. Authors of selected papers will be notified byFebruary 15, 2016.  Authors of selected papers are requested to submit drafts of their works-in-progress by March 15, 2016. Along with the abstract, please include in your submission:
    – The author’s name and affiliation
    – A short author’s CV
    – Whether the author is an ESIL ICTIG member or an ASIL ICTIG member, or both.
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers on ‘General Issues’ within International and European law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and/or European law. All types of manuscripts, from socio-legal to legal technical to comparative, will be considered for publication. The Board of Editors will select articles based on quality of research and writing, diversity and relevance of topic. The novelty of the academic contribution is also an essential requirement. Prospective articles should be submitted online and should conform to the journal style guide on our website. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information, or for consultation on a potential submission, you can email the Editor-in-Chief at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org.


  • The T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague is hosting a Hague Initiative on Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) Lecture by Dr. Katharine Fortin entitled: “The Accountability of Armed Groups Under International Law,” on 11 February 2016. The majority of the armed conflicts around the world today are between States and armed groups. This has heightened the imperative to clarify the obligations of armed groups under international law. In this lecture, Dr. Fortin will discuss the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law when holding armed groups to account. She will also discuss when and how the practice of holding armed groups to account under human rights law, as opposed to international humanitarian law, is legitimate. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Registration is not needed, but seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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