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Jessica Dorsey

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 26, 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

UN/World

Protection of Civilians Symposium

by Jessica Dorsey

This week, we are hosting a symposium on the Protection of Civilians, a volume recently published by Oxford University Press, edited by Haidi Willmot, United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Ralph Mamiya, team leader, Protections of Civilians at the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations; Scott Sheeran, Senior Lecturer, Director of the LLMs and MAs in International Human Rights, School of Law and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex; and Marc Weller, Professor of International Law and International Constitutional Studies, at the University of Cambridge, and the Director of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

The volume’s description:

The protection of civilians is a highly topical issue at the forefront of international discourse, and has taken a prominent role in many international deployments. It has been at the centre of debates on the NATO intervention in Libya, UN deployments in Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and on the failures of the international community in Sri Lanka and Syria. Variously described as a moral responsibility, a legal obligation, a mandated peacekeeping task, and the culmination of humanitarian activity, it has become a high-profile concern of governments, international organisations, and civil society, and a central issue in international peace and security.

This book offers a multidisciplinary treatment of this important topic, harnessing perspectives from international law and international relations, traversing academia and practice. Moving from the historical and philosophical development of the civilian protection concept, through relevant bodies of international law and normative underpinnings, and on to politics and practice, the volume presents coherent cross-cutting analysis of the realities of conflict and diplomacy. In doing so, it engages a series of current debates, including on the role of politics in what has often been characterized as a humanitarian endeavour, and the challenges and impacts of the use of force.

The work brings together a wide array of eminent academics and respected practitioners, incorporating contributions from legal scholars and ethicists, political commentators, diplomats, UN officials, military commanders, development experts and humanitarian aid workers. As the most comprehensive publication on the subject, this will be a first port of call for anyone studying or working towards a better protection of civilians in conflict.

In addition to Ralph Mamiya’s introductory and concluding remarks, there will be posts from Siobhan Wills, Mona Ali Khalil, Ray Murphy, Marten Zwanenburg and Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen. We look forward to the discussion from our contributors and the ensuing commentary from our readers.

Emerging Voices Symposium 2016 Comes to a Close

by Jessica Dorsey

The summer is coming to a close and so is our fourth annual Emerging Voices Symposium. We have featured fantastic posts from emerging scholars, practitioners and students over the course of the summer and a roundup follows of what it is that they have covered.

Alexandra Hofer started our 2016 edition off with her post on assessing the role of the European Union as an enforcer of international law in the Ukranian crisis, concluding that both the EU and Russia ought to change their practices in order to escape the stalemate in which they currently find themselves. Wolfgang Alschner weighed in on a novel approach to dealing with the complexities of international law in his post on computational analysis of international law, specifically focusing on text-as-data tools for investigating international investment agreements.

Our next post featured an analysis by Andrea Bowdren of the trial of Ahmed Al Faqi Al Mahdi before the International Criminal Court, which represented a series of firsts for international law and justice. as Al Mahdi is the first individual from Mali brought before the ICC, the first Islamic extremist to face charges at the ICC, the first individual to be prosecuted solely for cultural destruction as a war crime, and the first individual who indicated an intention to plead guilty to an ICC charge (which he subsequently did). John Coyle asked whether foreign investors can enforce international investment law in U.S. courts, and after a careful analysis concluded that the government should at least consider the possibility that an FCN treaty might impose legally enforceable limitations on its freedom of action.

The Symposium continued with Jenny Poon’s insightful contribution discussing whether the margin of appreciation accorded to European Union Member States is too wide, which may lead to violations of international law and used the topic of asylum as a lens in which to analyze this question, ultimately calling for more clarification on the margin of appreciation in order to protect the rights of the vulnerable. Myriam Feinberg weighed in with a thoughtful analysis of the role of international organizations in the context of sovereignty in the age of global terrorism, contending that this can be examined in the wider context of state sovereignty, even though a number of international law analyses consider the concept of State sovereignty obsolete or in need of reform.

Amina Adanan discussed the role of national prosecutors in the context of domestic regulation of universal jurisdiction, concluding, in particular, a balance must be struck between prosecutorial discretion and the need to prevent impunity for the worst atrocities, after a thorough analysis. Finally, Grazyna Baranowska analyzed the European Court of Human Rights and women affected by the disapperance of their relatives, positing several alternatives for action and concluding that actions that countries should take in order to address specific needs of female relatives of disappeared persons face could be included in ECtHR judgments.

Thank you again to all of our participants. We hope you have all enjoyed reading and interacting with the contributions in our fourth annual Emerging Voices Symposium.

Events and Announcements: September 3, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Event

Calls for Papers

  • The Wisconsin International Law Journal announces its Annual Symposium March 31, 2017, University of Wisconsin Law School with the theme of: “Regional Human Rights Systems in Crisis.” For this event, they have issued this call for papers. WILJ invites submission of abstracts of not more than 500 words from legal scholars and practitioners in the fields of regional human rights and international law. The submission deadline is September 15, 2016, and applicants will be notified by October 10, 2016.
  • Call for Papers: Cognitive Sociology, Culture, and International Law. iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen, 28-29 April 2017The third workshop on the sociology of international law aims to break open the study of interactions between various cognitive processes and the formation, interpretation and implementation of international law. More information can be found here.
  • The Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal run by members of the postgraduate community at the Cambridge University Law Faculty. The CILJ is the successor journal to the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (www.cjicl.org.uk) and is now published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The Editorial Board is pleased to invite submissions for its sixth volume. General call for submissions – International law The Board welcomes long articles, short articles, case notes and book reviews that engage with current themes in international law and EU law. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review by our Editorial Board. In addition, all long articles are sent to our Academic Review Board, which consists of distinguished international law scholars and practitioners. The deadline for submissions is 28th October 2016 at 11.59 p.m. Submissions received by this date will be considered for publication in Volume 6, Issue 1, to be published in Spring 2017. Further submission information The Journal accepts the following types of manuscript:

    1. Long Articles between 6,000 and 10,000 words but not exceeding 12,000 words including footnotes;
    2. Short Articles not exceeding 6,000 words including footnotes;
    3. Case Notes, including substantive analysis, not exceeding 3000 words including footnotes; and
    4. Book Reviews not exceeding 2500 words including footnotes.
    Please list the word count of the text and the footnotes on your manuscript. All copies must be submitted in Word (.doc) or (.docx) format and must conform to our style guidelines, which are available at the following links: OSCOLA Fourth editionOSCOLA: Citing International Law Sources. To submit, please follow this link. Please ensure that your manuscript does not contain any reference to your personal or professional identity. For further information, please email us at editors [at] cilj [dot] co [dot] uk

Announcements

  • The Centre for War Studies (CWS) at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is currently advertising a post as Assistant Professor with starting date 1 November 2016 or soon thereafter. CWS is an interdisciplinary research centre rooted in the Departments of Political Science, Law and Cultural Studies. The successful applicant will be skilled at organizing policy and public outreach activities, including workshops, partner networks and various communication platforms. The teaching load will include contributions to the interdisciplinary master degree in “International Security and Law”. The successful candidate can be trained either in international law or international relations, but should research issues of relevance to both communities. This position has been created to advance both interdisciplinary research collaboration and outreach, and if after three years the initiative proves successful, the Departments of Political Science and Law will fund a tenured position, budgets allowing. For more information and the application form see the official job advert. The deadline for applications is 15 September 2016.
  • 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 Emmanuel Decaux on “Les défis juridiques de la Convention internationale pour la protection de toutes les personnes contre les disparitions forcées” and Mr. Olufemi Elias on “An Introduction to the Law of the International Civil Service”, “The Chemical Weapons Convention, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Non-State Actors”.
  • The ICRC has recently issued its quarterly bibliographyFor older issues, comments, unsubscribing and feedback, please contact library [at] icrc [dot] org  We take this opportunity to inform you that the annual version for the year 2015 will soon be out (paper and ebook).
    If you wish to receive a paper copy either for yourself or for your institution’s library, we will be glad to send you one free of charge. Please send an email to library [at] icrc [dot] org with the following subject: IHL bibliography 2015 – order.
  • The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is proud to launch the first MOOC of the Global Campus Open Learning Series. With contributions by academic and experts from all the regions of the world, the Global Campus massive online courses provide open access to highly qualified learning on topical human rights concerns. The Series opens on 12 September 2016 with a MOOC on “Disability as a human rights issue: global and national perspectives”.
    Enrolment to our GC MOOC is FREE and available on Canvas.net until 14 October 2016
    Course dates: 12 September-24 October 2016
    Duration: 6 weeks – Commitment: 5 hours/week
    Requirements: participation in 4 weekly discussions and completion of 2 quizzes
    Course type: instructor-led
    Credentials: certificate of participation

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, August 29, 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

  • A ceasefire to end the 52-year-old war between the Colombian state and FARC fighters has gone into effect, with a full peace agreement expected to be signed in September.
  • Eight Paraguayan soldiers have been killed by a roadside bombing, according to the government, in an attack blamed on a Marxist armed group.

Oceania

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 22, 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

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 15, 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

  • Britain’s exit from the European Union could be delayed until at least late 2019 because the government was too “chaotic” to start the two-year process early next year, the Sunday Times reported, citing sources it said were briefed by ministers.
  • The European Union should grant Turks visa-free travel in October or the migrant deal that involves Turkey stemming the flow of illegal migrants to the bloc should put be put aside, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a German newspaper.

Americas

Oceania

  • The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime.

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: August 8, 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

  • A member of an Australian anti-immigration group accused of planning an attack may face additional charges in what the government said was the first time federal terrorism laws had been used to target such right-wing groups.

UN/World

Events and Announcements: August 7, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcement

  • EIUC – Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Region The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and its partners International University of Rabat (Rabat, Morocco), Birzeit University (Birzeit, Palestine), St Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon), Ca’ Foscari University(Venice, Italy), University of Carthage (Tunis, Tunisia) are proud to open the Call for Applications to the third edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Region (DE.MA), starting in September 2016.
    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 will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The first semester from mid/late September 2016 until January 2017 is held at Ca’Foscari and EIUC premises in Venice. During the second semester students will be placed in one of the Universities of the Consortium on the basis of the compatibility of their research and internship interests with the supervision expertise of the partner universities. Students will write a Thesis of 15,000 words which could be based on field and Internship work. Thesis defense and graduation ceremony will be in July 2017.
    The Master is meant to play an active role in the ongoing debate about the principles underpinning the transition of political regimes to democracy. It aims to:
  • Create 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;
  • Foster the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
  • Build a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Region.
    Interested? Here are the practicalities:
    Deadline: 30 June 2016
    Language: English, (knowledge of French and Arabic recommended)
    Teaching method: Face to face teaching
    Tuitions Fees: 4.000.00 euro.
    Tuition Waivers/Scholarships: 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 DE.MA, criteria for admission and a detailed programme can be found here: http://eiuc.org/dema

Event

  • The Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law is delighted to announce the first of three Law & Justice Fora for the academic year 2016-17. The first forum is on the topic ‘Human Rights and Development’, and will feature some of the leading thinkers and practitioners in the world working at the interface of human rights and development. The aim of this forum is to address the place that human rights have in rigorous and effective thinking about development policy. There will be a special focus on the socio-economic rights, such as the rights to health, food and education etc. found in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966). You will be able to RSVP in September via The Dickson Poon School of Law website.

Call for Papers

  • The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) dedicates its 8th Student Essay Competition to the topic Transparency in International Law. The GoJIL invites you to actively take part in the illumination of the concept and/or reflect on its implementation on the international level. The deadline for your submission is 30th November 2016. The maximal word count is 5000 words (excluding footnotes). The winning submission will be published in one of the upcoming GoJIL issues. The Student Essay Competition gives young scholars the chance to gain practical experience and get their own professional scientific publication. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity and hand in your submissions. For further details, see www.gojil.eu/essay-competition or contact the Editors at essay [dot] competition [at] gojil [dot] eu.

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, August 1, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

  • United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said it is continuing its aid work in northeastern Nigeria, a former stronghold of Islamist militant group Boko Haram, despite an attack on a humanitarian convoy earlier this week.
  • Several people have been killed in an assault on a police base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
  • An aircraft wing part found in Tanzania is “highly likely” to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an Australian government minister said on Friday, in what would be the second confirmed piece of the jetliner.

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

  • The head of an Australian inquiry into the abuse of children in detention resigned on Monday, four days after being appointed to investigate prison video of aboriginal boys being abused, citing his lack of support from the country’s indigenous leaders.
  • Australians have rallied against the alleged mistreatment of young people in detention, including the hooding and physical restraint of teens, amid calls for an inquiry into the abuse to be expanded and the United Nation High Commission on Human Rights called on Australia on Friday to compensate children abused in prison.

UN/World

Emerging Voices 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Our Fourth Annual Emerging Voices Symposium will kick off tomorrow. It features contributions from doctoral students and early-career academics or practicing attorneys posting about a research project or other international law topic of interest.

The Symposium will feature a few posts per week and will run for the next month. We hope you’ll join the conversation!

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 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

  • Several people have been killed when a mortar bomb hit a restaurant in the government-controlled ancient quarter of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday, a monitor and a witness said.
  • As the war rages on, Syrian children are starving to death.

Asia

  • Southeast Asian nations failed to agree on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday after Cambodia blocked any mention to an international court ruling against Beijing in their statement, diplomats said.
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has criticized South Korea’s move to deploy an advanced U.S. anti-missile defense system to counter threats from North Korea, saying it harmed the foundation of their mutual trust, news reports said on Monday.

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World