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Jessica Dorsey

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 18, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Europe

Middle East and Northern Africa

Americas

UN

Events and Announcements: August 17, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • A reminder: the AALS has announced a call for papers on International Human Rights New Voices Panel for the AALS Annual Meeting taking place January 2-5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The deadline to submit a paper is September 15, 2014. More information can be found here.
  • The Australian International Law Journal, published by the International Law Association (Australian Branch), calls for papers of between 6,000 -12,000 words on topics of public or private international law.  Casenotes (2,000-3,000 words) and Book Reviews (1,000 words) within the area of public or private international law are also welcomed.
  • A call for papers: OGEL special on “Laws Regulating the Polish Energy Sector Transition.” This special will be focusing on laws regulating the Polish energy sector and the transition that is currently taking place. Guest editors for the special are Michal Domagala (Assistant professor in John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) and Piotr Pszczel (Head of Energy Task at the Kawalko&Godlewski law firm, Warsaw, Poland). Deadline: papers should be submitted by the end of September 2014 to the editors
  • Another call: OGEL Special Issue on “Emerging Issues in Polar Energy Law and Governance.” The Polar areas provide special challenges, opportunities and restrictions regarding the development of energy resources, particularly oil and gas. The potential for enormous untapped energy reserves and the international law challenges of maritime boundaries borders and competing claims of sovereignty will make the Arctic region home to one of the most compelling sets of international legal issues in the 21st Century. The renegotiation of the Madrid Protocol in the Antarctic, which currently prevents mining in the Antarctic regions, combined with similar issues of competing claims of sovereignty, and the overarching Antarctic Treaty Framework means that potential energy resource development Antarctic region will become increasingly controversial and prominent. The guest editor for this special issue is Dr Tina Hunter (Director of the Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland). Deadline: A one-page proposal should be submitted by 15 November 2014. Final papers should be submitted by 15 March 2015.

Announcements

  • symposium on environment and international law has recently been published in the Leiden Journal of International Law (volume 27, issue 3). Entitled ‘Locating Nature’, this group of articles explores the discipline’s relationship with the natural environment. While international lawyers have focused on crafting solutions to environmental problems, less attention is paid to the disciplinary role in fostering harmful and unsustainable behavioral patterns. Environmental issues are usually relegated to the specialized field of international environmental law. This symposium explores instead the role of nature in the general discipline, arguing that the natural environment is a determinative factor in shaping international law, and assumptions about nature lie at the heart of disciplinary concepts such as sovereignty, development, economy, property, and human rights.
  • The Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law has been launched by the Forum’s founding co-convenors (Dino Kritsiotis – Nottingham; Anne Orford – Melbourne; J.H.H. Weiler – Florence). The Fourth Forum will take place in Florence, Italy, in June 2015, and the call for applications is here. Please note: the closing deadline for applications is December 15.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us with a one-paragraph description of your announcement along with hyperlinks to more information.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 11, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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Asia

Europe

Middle East and Northern Africa

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Oceania

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 4, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Africa

  • The United States will announce nearly $1bn in business deals, increase funding for peacekeeping and commit billions of dollars to expanding food and power programs in Africa during a summit this week, officials said.
  • Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups have said.
  • Health workers turned up in Monrovia’s Clara Town district on Sunday to remove two bodies of possible victims of the Ebola virus, four days after they dropped dead there when nobody would take them to hospital.
  • West African leaders agreed on Friday to take stronger measures to try to bring the worst outbreak of Ebola under control and prevent it spreading outside the region, including steps to isolate rural communities ravaged by the disease.

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Events and Announcements: August 2, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Call for Papers

  • The Lex Mercatoria Publica Project at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg has issued a Call for Papers for a workshop on “The (Comparative) Constitutional Law of Private-Public Arbitration” to be held on 21-22 November 2014. Against the background of a rising number of arbitrations between private economic actors and public law bodies, both on the basis of contracts and investment treaties, the workshop looks at how constitutional laws in a variety of different jurisdiction or regional regimes approach private-public arbitration and ensure that the public interest is safeguarded when public entities agree to arbitrate disputes. The deadline for responding to the Call is 15 September 2014. The full Call is available here.

Announcements

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross has published its Bibliography: Second Quarter 2014.
  • During the current conflict in the Gaza Strip, ALMA is working to provide a service both to international law people and the general public, and provide a platform for IHL questions and discussions related to the current situation on our Facebook page. We would like to invite the readers of Opinio Juris to join our discussions visiting our page, express their thoughts on the ongoing discussions and send us new questions and thoughts to our facebook page, our twitter account (@ALMA_IHL via #AskIHL) or our email account info [at] alma-ihl [dot] org. We promise to answer any relevant question posted.

 

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us with a one-paragraph description of your announcement along with hyperlinks to more information.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 28, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 21, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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Events and Announcements: July 20, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • A one-day conference on the UN Migrant Workers Convention will be held at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice on Monday, 28 July. The conference, which boasts a stellar line-up of speakers, will take place in the 12th century monastery of San Nicolò and is free and open to the public. 
  • Workshop: Foreign Investment in the Services Sector. A workshop – organized by Andreas R. Ziegler and Michael Hahn (University of Lausanne), Eric de Brabandere (Grotius Centre, Leiden University) and Tarcisio Gazzini (UNIL – Foreign Services in Africa Project) – will take place on 19 September 2014 at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in the context of the opening of the academic year of the LLM Programme on International and European Economic and Commercial Law, and it will explore the specific problems relating to foreign direct investment in services sector and thus the overlap of International Investment Law and Trade in Services.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us with a one-paragraph description of your announcement along with hyperlinks to more information.

Emerging Voices 2014 Kicking Off Today

by Jessica Dorsey

Last year’s inaugural Emerging Voices symposium was a big success, so today we’re kicking off our second annual edition. Through mid-August, we will be bringing you a wide variety of posts written by graduate students, early-career practitioners and academics.

Tune in over the next several weeks if you’d like to read more about litigation of international law in domestic courts, interstate arbitration, statelessness, and rape as a war crime–to name just a few of the topics some of our contributors will cover. Please feel free, as usual, to weigh in on the discussion. Thanks for following us here on Opinio Juris–we hope you enjoy this second edition of our Emerging Voices Symposium!

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 14, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • In Nigeria, Boko Haram-style violence radiates southwards.
  • Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6 and 8, the World Health Organisation has said.

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Europe

Middle East and Northern Africa

Americas

UN/Other

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 7, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, July 1, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Asia

Europe

Middle East and Northern Africa

Americas

UN/Other