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Events and Announcements, May 22, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Event

  • The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law of Swansea University will organise a joint one-day seminar on the subject of Lex Petrolea with the Center for Energy, Law, and Business of University of Texas Law School on 21 June 2016 in London. For the flyer see hereFor further information click here.

Calls for Papers

  • The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’), Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, are now inviting submissions for volume 17(2) by July 1, 2016. This issue will have a special focus on the legal implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and space will also be available for articles on other issues of international law. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to law-mjil [at] unimelb [dot] edu [dot] au. For more information, please visit the website here.
  • ASIL’s International Economic Law Interest Group has announced a call for papers ahead of its biennial conference September 30, 2016-October 1, 2016 taking place at Georgetown University Law Center. The overall theme is: “Making International Economic Law Work: Integrating Disciplines and Broadening Policy Choices,” and the deadline for paper proposal submissions is June 24, 2016. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and please indicate when you anticipate completion of the paper and whether the paper has been accepted for publication or has been published. If applicable, please indicate place of (anticipated) publication and date. Please also provide a CV or resume, your current affiliation and whether you are a member of the IEcLIG. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and decisions will be issued on August 1, 2016. More information can be found here.

Announcement

  • The second annual “International and comparative disaster law essay contest” is now launched. This contest is co-sponsored by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the American Society of International Law Disaster Law Interest Group (ASIL DLIG), the International Disaster Law Project (IDL) of the Universities of Bologna, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Roma Tre and Uninettuno.The contest is open only to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any university (anywhere in the world) at the time of submission. Essays may examine any issue related to law and disasters due to natural hazards, but must do so either from a comparative or an international law perspective, or both. Comparative essays should examine laws or legal issues from no less than three countries. The winner of the contest will receive: A monetary prize in the amount of CHF 500. A free annual membership in the American Society of International Law and waiver of fees for attendance of the ASIL annual meeting in April 2017. The winner will also have his or her paper published as a “Working Paper” of the IFRC’s Disaster Law Programme. They will retain copyright of their papers and may subsequently publish them elsewhere, according to the terms of the Working Papers series. A message announcing the name of the winner and runners up of the contest will be sent to all members of the ASIL DLIG, as well as to the co-sponsors and made public on the ASIL website. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

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Symposium: Defining the International Rule of Law–Defying Gravity?

by Jessica Dorsey

This week, we are hosting a symposium on Defining the International Rule of Law: Defying Gravity?, (free access for six months) the latest article from Robert McCorquodale, the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham, and Barrister, Brick Court Chambers, London. The article was recently published in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.

The article’s abstract:

This article aims to offer a definition of the international rule of law. It does this through clarifying the core objectives of a rule of law and examining whether the international system could include them. It demonstrates that there can be a definition of the international rule of law that can be applied to the international system. This definition of the international rule of law is not dependent on a simplistic application of a national rule of law, as it takes into account the significant differences between national and international legal systems. It seeks to show that the international rule of law is relative, rather than absolute, in its application, is not tied to the operation of the substance of international law itself, and it can apply to states, international organizations and non-state actors. It goes further to show that the international rule of law does exist and can be applied internationally, even if it is not yet fully actualized.

In addition to Professor McCorquodale’s introductory and concluding remarks, there will be posts from Heike Kreiger, Janelle Diller, John Tasioulas, Joost Pauwelyn and Simon Chesterman. We look forward to the discussion from our contributors and the ensuing commentary from our readers.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, May 9, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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Middle East and Northern Africa

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Europe

Americas

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UN/World

Events and Announcements: May 8, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • Admissions to the Venice Academy of Human RightsBacklash against Human Rights? (4 – 13 July 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 22 May 2016. The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a centre of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. The  Venice Academy provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in human rights research, education and training. It hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research, innovation and exchange of current knowledge. The theme Backlash against Human Rights? – International and regional human rights systems have witnessed remarkably outspoken critiques that emphasise a movement back towards the nation State and national sovereignty. The European Court of Human Rights is occasionally openly criticised, if not attacked, for overstepping its competencies and intervening in national affairs. National supreme courts reassert their own status and authority. Professor Robert McCorquodale, Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London, is the General Course Responsible “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Dancing to the Human Rights Beat”. Developments in human rights in recent years have seen the expansion of obligations on states, the extension of human rights responsibilities to international organisations and corporations, and the application in situations of armed conflict. There have also been resistance to these advances by groups within and across states. This series of lectures will explore these types of advance and resistance, and the opportunities and dangers these may indicate for human rights protections. The enrolment fee for the Venice Academy of Human Rights is – 1320 EUR including accommodation in a single room from 3-13 July – 1050 EUR including accommodation in a shared double room from 3-13 July – 700 EUR without accommodation. The fee includes: tuition, lunches on class days (Monday-Friday), refreshments, social events, accommodation (if applicable).
    Theme: Backlash against Human Rights?
    Dates: Monday, 4 July – Wednesday, 13 July 2016
    Faculty: András Sajó (opening lecture), Robert McCorquodale (general course), Helen Fenwick, Mark Goodale, Geir Ulfstein
    Participants: Academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students
    Type of courses: Lectures, seminars, discussion sessions and panel presentations
    Number of hours: 34 hours
    Venue: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, ItalyInterested candidates should register by compiling the online application form. For any query about the Venice Academy please contact us at venice [dot] academy [at] eiuc [dot] org.
  • Admissions to the Venice School of Human Rights – Human Rights as Our Responsibility (24 June – 2 July 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 22 May 2016, early bird 15 April 2016 with 10% discount. The Opening Lectures of the School will be held by Prof. Manfred Nowak, Professor at the University of Vienna and EIUC Secretary General, one of the most renowned human rights experts (his academic career includes more than 400 publications) by Andrew Anderson, member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, Front Line Defenders on the Board of the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism, and by Hauwa Ibrahim, human rights lawyer who won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize in 2005. After a first session common to all participants dedicated to a general introduction on international systems of protection of human rights and related mechanisms, the programme will develop into the three thematic clusters – Business and Human Rights, Technical Progress and Human Rights and Violence against Women as Gender Based Violence. From ‘CEDAW’ To Istanbul And Beyond – among which participants will have to choose.The Venice School is addressed to graduate students from all academic backgrounds, students from the different regional masters in human rights and democratisation, to E.MA alumni as well as to human rights practitioners willing to deepen and improve their knowledge in human rights issues. Training language: All courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently. All participants attending the Venice School of Human Rights will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the course.The enrolment fee for 2016 Venice School of Human Rights is 1100,00 € and it will include:
    • tuition fee
    • lunches on class days
    • accommodation with breakfast included in a shared double-room for 9 nights (23 June – 2 July 2016) in Venice at the Crociferi residence (Crociferi)
    • free shuttle to/from EIUC site on class days at the starting and ending of lectures

    Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form. For any query about the Venice School please contact us at veniceschool [at] eiuc [dot] org

Call for Papers

  • The Editorial Board of UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is pleased to call for submissions for the second issue of 2016. This will be our ‘City Issue’ and the Editorial Board welcomes submissions that engage with this general theme. The topic is broadly conceived and leaves scope for any area of law or jurisprudence (domestic, regional or international) that is deemed to be ‘City’ related. See here for a non-exhaustive list of potential topics. The editors accept articles of 8,000-12,000 words, case notes of 6,000-8,000 words and book reviews of 1,000-2,000 words. All submissions must comply with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Contributions that have already been published or that are under consideration for publication in other journals will not be considered. The (extended) deadline for submissions is 15th May 2016. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on the website. For further information and guidelines for authors please visit the website.

Announcements

Our previous events and announcements post 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, May 2, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

  • Germany will ask the European Commission to allow an extension of temporary border controls within the Schengen zone of passport-free travel beyond mid-May, Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere said on Saturday.
  • The number of British people who want to stay in the European Union has risen over the past four weeks, an online poll by market research company Opinium Research for the Observer newspaper showed on Saturday.
  • If Finland joined NATO it would lead to a serious crisis with neighboring Russia, a report commissioned by the Finnish government said on Friday.
  • French and U.S. jets destroyed an Islamic State site in Iraq used by the hardline Sunni Muslim insurgents to build large quantities of bombs and vehicles for suicide attacks, the French Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
  • A German government official denied on Sunday a magazine report which said Berlin might end its unconditional support for Israel due to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s increasing frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies.

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: May 1, 2106

by Jessica Dorsey

Event

  • The University of Sheffield School of Law Annual James Muiruri International Law Lecture will be held on Wednesday 11 May at 6pm. Prof Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford, will speak on Refugees in our Time: The Challenges of Protection and Security.  The lecture will take place in The Diamond lecture theatre. For more details and to register click here. Over the past two years or so, Europe has been challenged, like many countries in the ‘south’, by what to do when faced with large numbers of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, many in desperate need of protection and assistance. True to form, some alarmists have raised the security spectre, as if enough ‘terrorists’ were not home-grown, or able anyway to use regular means of transport, and forgetful of the extent to which States have already ‘securitised’ the movement of people, certainly since the mid-1990s, if not much earlier. Europe’s failure, however, has not been on the security front; rather, it has so far failed to live up to its principles, to make the best use of existing mechanisms, institutions and laws, and to think pro-actively, outside the box, so as to develop a regime of protection, asylum and migration management fit for the twenty-first century, in which both the rights of individuals and communities and the interests of States can be effectively, lawfully and equitably accommodated. This lecture will look over at the past, and make some suggestions for a future.

Announcements

  • The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Alex Oude Elferink on “International Law and Negotiated and Adjudicated Maritime Boundaries: A Complex Relationship” and Sir Nigel Rodley on “United Nations Treaty and Charter-based Human Rights Bodies: Competitive or Complimentary?”.
  • A new open access law journal: European papers. A Journal on Law and Integration has launched. European papers is conceived of as a cultural project: a tool for reflecting on European integration, in its multiple dimensions, as a breeding place for ideas. To achieve this goal, we have thought of European papers as a living laboratory with a dual nature: a four-monthly electronic scientific e-Journal and a ‘militant’ European Forum designed as a hotbed for intellectual discussion and keeping in touch with the latest developments. The first issue of the e-Journal is here, including, amongst others, contributions by Christian Joerges, Jan Klabbers, Carol Harlow, Christophe Hillion, Dimitry Kochenov and Martijn van den Brink, Bruno Nascimbene. The European Forum’s Highlights and Insights on EU law and European integration are arranged ratione materiae and can be downloaded here.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 25, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

  • U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday there were no plans to deploy ground troops in Libya, but that the United States would not wait to see if Islamic State starts to gain a foothold there.
  • For the first time since the US launched the so-called War on Terror, two former CIA contractors are in federal court; psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who designed the CIA’s torture programme, are trying to get a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed on behalf of some of the men who were tortured.

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: April 24, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • Admissions to the third edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the MENA Region (DE.MA) are open: first round deadline – 30 May 2016; second round deadline – 30 June 2016. DE.MA was created thanks to the support of the European Union and of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. It is based on a partnership between EIUC and the following universities: International University of Rabat (Rabat, Morocco), Birzeit University (Birzeit, Palestine), St Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy) and a growing network of partner Universities in the Region. DE.MA is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in law, political science, sociology and other fields relevant to the study of democratic governance and Human Rights. Open to professionals and graduates, it will combine a theoretical and practical approach and it will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The main language will be English, knowledge of French and Arabic is recommended. The first semester from mid/late September 2016 until January 2017 is held at the EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from February to May 2017 takes place in one of the partner universities in the Master’s Consortium. Thesis defence and graduation ceremony are in July 2017. DE.MA aims at:
    • Creating high-profile experts in the fields of democratic governance and the protection of human rights, allowing them to act as promoters of a process leading to the affirmation of the democratic principles;
    • Fostering the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
    • Building a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Region.

    Tuition fees amount to 4.000,00 euro. EIUC offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution. More information on the DE.MA, the professors and the programme can be found here.

Call for Papers

  • The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law will sponsor a Scholars’ Roundtable on October 14, 2016 at Brooklyn Law School. Scholars writing in a diverse range of fields related to international business, economic, and financial law are invited to submit proposals to present works in progress for an intense day of discussion with other scholars in the field. Participants will be expected to read all papers in advance of the Roundtable and offer commentary on each of the presentations. More information can be found here.

Event

  • Uppsala University is hosting a Symposium June 3rd titled “International Investment Law as a Field for Scholarly Research,” features several young scholars and will explore several aspects of international investment law research. It is hosted by Uppsala University, together with the Nordic Network on Investment Law and the Swedish Institute of International Law. More information can be found here.

Announcements

  • In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice, the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has recently added the following interview recordings in French to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: President Abraham – “La Cour internationale de Justice à l’aube de son soixante-dixième anniversaire” and the Registrar, Mr. Couvreur, – “Le déroulement du procès devant la Cour internationale de Justice”.
  • Maastricht University has announced an essay competition on the question of sovereignty over the Falklands (Malvinas). 16 December 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption of UNGA Resolution 2065, which was the first General Assembly’s resolution to address specifically the question of the Falklands (Malvinas). By Resolution 2065 the Assembly noted the existence of a sovereignty dispute over those territories between the UK and Argentina and recommended both States to negotiate the settlement of the dispute. The resolution is still awaiting implementation, as the dispute remains unsettled and there are no negotiations going on. The essay topic is: How can the sovereignty dispute over the Falklands (Malvinas) be settled? The essay requirements are found in the link below. The deadline is 30th of June, 2016. The competition is open to bachelor’s and master’s students from universities based in the European Union. More information can be found here.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 18, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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Middle East and Northern Africa

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Europe

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Oceania

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 11, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

  • John Kerry on Monday became the first U.S. secretary of state to pay his respects at Hiroshima’s memorial to victims of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack, raising speculation that U.S. President Barack Obama might visit in May.
  • A Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 people declared a state of emergency on Saturday after 11 of its members tried taking their own lives this month and 28 tried to do so in March, according to a document provided by a local politician.

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: April 10, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • Admissions to the Seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions” (19 May 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 25 April 2016. The issue of global health governance deals with the question how to regulate efficiently a panoply of actors in global health, such as international organisations, States, NGOs (including philanthropic foundations), private-public partnerships, pharmaceutical companies, individuals and others. Recently, a concept of global health law has been developed for the improvement of health worldwide (L. Gostin), which comprises legal instruments developed by the WHO and other organisations, human rights documents that protect the right to health and standards that deal with social justice and the prohibition of discrimination.Key-Note Lecturer is Stefano Semplici is Professor of Social Ethics at «Tor Vergata» University. He is the former Chairperson of the International Bioethics Committee of Unesco (since 2008) and Chairperson of the Bioethical Committee of the Italian Society for Pediatrics. He is the Scientific Director of the University College “Lamaro-Pozzani”. Other lecturers: Prof. Brigit Toebes (Groningen), Prof. Vesna Švab (Ljubljana), Dr. Gorik Ooms (Protection International), Dr. Sondus Hassounah (Imperial College), Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy (Hertfordshire), Prof. Stefania Negri (Salerno), Prof. Stéphanie Dagron (Geneva), Rossella Miccio (EMERGENCY), Prof. Sarah Hawkes (University College London). Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form. For any query about the seminar please contact us at training [dot] publichealth [at] eiuc [dot] org.

Calls for Papers

  • The Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law is pleased to invite submissions to its fourth annual workshop for junior scholars in law. The workshop provides junior scholars with the opportunity to present and discuss their work, receive meaningful feedback from faculty members and peers and aims to invigorate the scholars’ active participation in the community of international junior scholars in law. Call for papers for the 4th Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars that will take place on November 21-23, at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law. Abstracts of up to 700 words of the proposed presentation (with a short bio and your current institutional affiliation(s)) should be submitted by email to TAU [dot] junior [dot] scholars [at] gmail [dot] com by May 16, 2016. Applicants requesting travel grants and/or accommodation should indicate so in their submission, along with the city they expect to depart from and an estimate of the funds requested. A link to the call for papers and more information can be found at the faculty’s website.
  • The Faculty of Law at The University of Western Australia is convening the Fourth Annual International Criminal Law Workshop on 15-16 September 2016. The keynote speaker for this event is the Honourable Justice Kevin Parker, former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  The Workshop organizers – Professors Holly Cullen, Philipp Kastner and Sean Richmond – request paper proposals of up to 400 words that examine the theme “The Politics of International Criminal Law”, or ICL more generally. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 9 May 2016.  Following the Workshop, selected papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed International Criminal Law Review and, possibly, an expanded edited book with Brill Publishing.  To support and incentivize leading PhD students and Early Career Researchers throughout Australia and abroad to present at the Workshop, we are pleased to provide up to five travel awards of up to $1,000. For more information, please consult the Call for Papers.
  • The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa invite submissions for participation in a young researchers workshop on “Terrorism and Belligerency”. See also this link for more information.

Our previous events and announcements post 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, April 4, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

  • The former British colony of Australia wants Britain to stay in the European Union, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, weeks before Britain holds a referendum on EU membership.

UN/World

  • The United Nations’ internal investigations office has uncovered serious lapses and due-diligence failures in the world body’s interaction with organizations tied to an alleged bribery scheme involving a former U.N. General Assembly president.
  • A huge leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama law firm reveals how the world’s rich hide their money, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said.