Events and Announcements: 3 October 2021

Events and Announcements: 3 October 2021


CONFERENCE: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities 25-26 October 2021: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the University of Copenhagen are pleased to announce that registration is now open for an international online conference on ‘Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities’ 25-26 October 2021. Co-organisers Lise Smit (BIICL) and Sorcha MacLeod (UCPH) are bringing together a diverse group of speakers from academia, civil society, practitioners, and industry who will focus an intersectional lens on how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) apply to systemic inequalities, and consider the human rights due diligence responsibilities of companies in relation to systemic inequalities. The panels will also consider how the concepts of going beyond formal equality to substantive equality and justice apply in this context. The full programme & FREE registration are here. For queries about registration please contact eventsregistration[@]BIICL[.]ORG.

A Discussion on Intelligence Sharing in Multinational Military Operations and Complicity under International Law. The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre is delighted to invite you to a discussion on the international legal aspects of intelligence sharing in military operations. States regularly share intelligence with both state and non-state partners. If, for example, UK agencies were to share intelligence with another state while being aware of a risk that this intelligence could facilitate torture, would the UK violate international law in doing so? Conversely, if UK agencies were to receive intelligence that they knew may have resulted from the use of torture or from a violation of sovereignty or diplomatic law by a partner, would the receipt and subsequent use of such intelligence by the UK be unlawful? Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, will be discussing the findings of his British Academy-funded research project on intelligence sharing together with Miles Jackson, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Sangeeta Shah, Associate Professor at the School of Law will be chairing the discussion, followed by a Q&A session. The event with take place online on Tuesday 12 October 1.30-2.45pm UK time, via MS Teams (meeting link).


Workshop on Decolonization and Human Rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands: The Asser Institute for International and European Law in The Hague and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam, are hosting an online workshop on the 14th of October with the support of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research to critically assess the relationships between decolonization and human rights in the context of the Netherlands. Discussions will take place across three panels, exploring the relationships between human rights and the contexts of empire, citizenship and migration. The event is free but registration is required. The programme and panel descriptions can be found here. The registration form is here.

Now Accepting Application for LL.M. Program at American University College of Law: The American University Washington College of Law – Ranked #6 in International Law Programs in the US by U.S. News & World Report Rankings – is now accepting applications for the Spring semester 2022 for the Master’s (LL.M.) in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is accepting applications for its three tracks: in-person, hybrid and online programs. Students will benefit from a flexible curriculum focused on over 20 human rights courses offered every year and taught by expert faculty. American University Washington College of Law is a powerhouse in human rights education and offers a curriculum based on experiential education that allows students to acquire hands-on experience through externships, internships and research opportunities with human rights faculty and world renowned expertsDeadline to apply is December 1st, classes begin January 2022. Email us at humanrightsllm[at]wcl[dot]american[dot]edu to set up a zoom appointment! Additionally, this degree is also offered in a bilingual format (LL.M. en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario) for multi-lingual lawyers looking to receive formal training in both languages. Students can opt to do the program in English, Spanish or in a bilingual format. Click the following link to apply!


New podcast on autonomous weapons: Professor Paola Gaeta has launched a new podcast series titled Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 Things We Want to Knowwhich is part of research project based at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In this podcast, Professor Gaeta and the members of the research team (Marta Bo, Alessandra Spadaro, and Abhimanyu George Jain) discuss with other experts the challenges and problems raised by autonomous weapons, covering issues such as the concept of autonomy in weapon systems, the compatibility of lethal autonomous weapons with the laws of war, the question of the attribution of responsibility in case of failures of autonomous weapons, whether these weapons are ethical, the respect for human rights when these weapons are used in law enforcement operations, the prospects for international treaty regulating them. The podcast is available on various streaming platforms such as Apple PodcastsAmazon Music, and Spotify. Episodes are released every other Wednesday.


Director of Nuremberg Academy: The International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy) is a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the Nuremberg Principles and international criminal law (ICL). It is located in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern ICL, and is conceived as a forum and training institution for contemporary issues in the ICL field. The foundation ́s activities include training, applied research and consulting services. The Nuremberg Academy was established in November 2014 by means of an Agreement concluded by the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Nuremberg.

The Academy seeks to recruit a new Director to further consolidate its position as a partner of choice in its area of competence. The successful candidate will have a strong track-record in the International Criminal Law (ICL) community – in a governmental organization, research institution, foundation, academia, an international organization and / or civil society. The post of a Director offers the unique opportunity to shape and to provide strategic direction to the Academy’s program of work. TheDirector will continue to build and lead the Academy’s dedicated team of personnel. S/he will develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external partners and stakeholders including the members of the Foundation Board and the group of eminent personalities forming the Academy’s Advisory Council.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Set the direction for the further development of the Academy; lead the research, training and human rights education teams to deliver high quality results; make decisions based on long- term goals and strategic considerations as established by the Foundation Board;
  • Ensure that the Nuremberg Academy’s training activities, research and other outputs are delivered to the highest standards, on time and on budget; direct key projects in the ICL field;
  • Develop regional and global strategic networks and alliances in the ICL field; build support for the Academy’s goals, strategies and initiatives among partners and throughout the ICLcommunity;
  • Be the principal interlocutor and outward face of the Nuremberg Academy vis-a-vis governingorgans, stakeholders and public audiences; be visible and communicate with stakeholders atall levels including the members of the Advisory Council;
  • Promote an atmosphere of open communication, trust, professionalism, respect for culturaldiversity and integrity; foster team spirit and a collaborative approach across the organization;act as a role model in managing and resolving disagreement;
  • Manage and direct the implementation of an annual budget of currently around € 2 million,while attracting financing for a broader scope of activities through fundraising and partnerships.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political science or another related discipline is required. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree:
  • Not less than twelve years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience of directing and managing project work and applied research, incl. at least five years at senior level in an organization of comparable complexity;
  • Proven and acknowledged strategic and managerial experience in negotiation, advocacy and stakeholder participation, and managerial responsibility for multi-disciplinary and multi- cultural teams;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to gain credibility and trust. Proven ability to represent the Academy to, and communicate with, a wide range of stakeholders at all levels; .
  • Excellent English writing and communication skills as well as a demonstrable ability to write to publication standard for a range of different audiences and to edit the work of others; very good knowledge of German would be an advantage.

Further Information:

The Academy promotes equality of opportunity. We offer a competitive salary package at level B 3 of the Collective Agreement applicable to the German Public Service. A renewable appointment of five years will be extended to the successful candidate. The appointment is foreseen to start on 1 July 2022. For further information please go here or contact admin[at]nurembergacademy[dot]org. Please apply incl. motivation letter, CV and three references to admin[at]nurembergacademy[dot]org before 30 November 2021.

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