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Jessica Dorsey

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, October 20, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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  • Australian police have agreed to assist China in the extradition and seizure of assets of corrupt Chinese officials who have fled with hundreds of millions of dollars in illicit funds, the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Monday.

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Events and Announcements: October 19, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the University of Georgia School of Law and the ASIL International Legal Theory Interest Group will convene a book workshop on “International Law as Behavior,” at Tillar House, 2223 Massachusetts Ave., NW, ASIL’s headquarters in Washington, DC.  Organized by Harlan Cohen (University of Georgia School of Law), the workshop will bring together scholars working at the cutting edge in a variety of different fields, including constructivist international relations theory, anthropology, behavioral law and economics, organizations theory, social psychology, and sociology to discuss how these approaches can best be applied to the study of international law, how these approaches can complement both each other and positivist and rationalist accounts, the opportunities and challenges of working across these fields, and the development of a common language and tools to study how international actors actually behave, how their rationality is bounded by psychology, how they operate as members of groups and recipients of culture, and how they write and follow organizational scripts.  Participants include Elena Baylis (University of Pittsburgh School of Law), Tomer Broude (Hebrew University Faculty of Law), Adam Chilton (University of Chicago School of Law), Sungjoon Cho (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law), Martha Finnemore (George Washington University School of Law Elliott School of International Affairs), Jean Galbraith (University of Pennsylvania Law School), Derek Jinks (University of Texas School of Law), Ron Levi (University of Toronto Global Affairs and Sociology), Tim Meyer (University of Georgia School of Law), Galit Sarfaty (University of British Columbia Faculty of Law), and Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard Kennedy School).  A book based on presentations at the workshop will follow.  For more information and to register, please click here.
  • The Minerva Center for Human Rights at Tel Aviv University is pleased to invite the public to the conference “Lessons for Transitional Justice in Israel-Palestine”, to be held on 16-17 November 2014 at Tel Aviv University. The conference builds on an academic collaboration between Israeli, Palestinian and South African students and researchers who participated last summer in an intensive two-week Transitional Justice Workshop at the University of Johannesburg. At the conference, international and local scholars will share perspectives on current theories and practices that can shed light on possible transitional justice processes for Israel/Palestine, and students will present papers based on their research during the workshop. Please find conference program hereFor further information please contact minerva [at] tauex [dot] tau [dot] ac.il
  • On 3 December 2014 the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, a research platform coordinated by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, is hosting a conference:The Cyber Warfare Manual: A Detailed Assessment. This conference, organized in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and the University of Amsterdam, will bring together top researchers and practitioners to critically discuss and assess the Manual, which is the result of a three-year effort by a distinguished group of international experts to examine how existing international law norms apply to this ‘new’ form of warfare. The conference will provide a general forum where the international legal community of The Hague and beyond can engage with people who were involved in the drafting of the Manual and others to discuss whether, and if so how, existing law can be applied to cyber threats.
  • Letters Blogatory, along with the Center for Transnational Business and the Law at Georgetown University Law Center, will be hosting an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of the Hague Service Convention. The event, to be held in Washington on February 19, 2015, will bring together practitioners, central authority representatives, and academics to discuss and celebrate the Convention’s legacy and to look ahead to its future. There will be plenty of time for meeting and greeting, too! Please do mark your calendars, and RSVP. More information can be found here.
  • The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa invites applications from researchers, graduate students (MA, Phd., Post-doc) and practitioners to take part in the Minerva Center’s research on cyber regulation, policy and theory during the 2014-2015 Academic Year. More information can be found here. The application deadline is 1 December 2014.
  • The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway from 10-12 September 2015. It is hosted by the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo. The theme is: The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing? More information can be found here.

Calls for papers

  • The Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (OGEL) and Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) Journals invite submissions for a joint Special Issue on Renewable Energy Disputes. These disputes may involve issues of public international law, EU and US law (at the supranational, national and subnational levels), private law and contractual arrangements. The Special Issue will examine these types of disputes and analyses their backgrounds and the reasons why they arose. Papers should be submitted by 15 January 2015 to the editor of the special Professor Kim Talus (University of Eastern Finland).

Announcements

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, October 13, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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UN/World

  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has made a surprise visit to the Libyan capital aiming to bolster talks between rival groups that have divided the North African nation with two separate parliaments and governments.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 22, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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  • An American recently sentenced to six years hard labor by a North Korean court pretended to have secret U.S. information and was deliberately arrested in a bid to become famous and meet U.S. missionary Kenneth Bae in a North Korean prison, state media said on Saturday. 

Europe

Americas

  • The United States will not stand in the way of Venezuela securing a temporary seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2015-16 after Latin American and Caribbean states unanimously endorsed its bid, U.N. diplomats and U.S. sources say. 

Oceania

UN

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 15, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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  • At least 14 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in US air strikes in Afghanistan, officials have said, sparking condemnation from President Hamid Karzai who has often criticised the conduct of the NATO forces. 
  • China’s President Xi Jinping urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism, state media said, as Beijing reaches for help across its borders in addressing security concerns in its restive Xinjiang region.
  • As Scotland heads to the polls this week to vote on whether to become independent, one country with restive regions of its own is watching the debate unfold with nervousness and some mystification – China.

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UN

  • Disruptions in cross-border trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea –have sent food prices soaring, threatening food security in the region, according to an alert issued last week by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. 
  • A flurry of meetings is scheduled for the coming weeks as WTO members – having now returned to Geneva following their annual August break – try to pick up the pieces after missing a key implementation deadline this past July.

Events and Announcements: September 14, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership event will take place in New York on September 18th at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. The event will include a panel discussion about the responsibility to prevent genocide and mass atrocities as well as keynote addresses by Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Irwin Cotler, former Canadian Minister of Justice, and Luis Moreno Ocampo, former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. The event will take place September 18, 2014, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Moot Court Room, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 55 5th Avenue, New York. Interested persons can register online by clicking here.
  • The American Society of International Law and the New York Law School Panel Discussion on “The Need for a Disability Rights Tribunal in Asia and the Pacific,” Monday, September 29th at 185 West Broadway, New York, New York, 10013. The existence of regional human rights courts and commissions has been an essential element in the enforcement of international human rights for persons with disabilities in those regions of the world where such tribunals exist. The lack of a court or commission in Asia and the Pacific has been a major impediment in the movement to enforce disability rights. The need for such a body has further intensified since the ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The creation of a Disability Rights Tribunal for Asia and the Pacific (DRTAP) would be the first necessary step leading to amelioration of the deprivation of civil rights of people with disabilities. Panel Members include Eva Szeli, former director of European Operations for Mental Disability Rights International, and co-author of International Human Rights Law and Comparative Mental Disability Law: Cases and Materials (Carolina Academic Press 2016); Maya Sabatello, lecturer on human rights and co-author of Human Rights and Disability Advocacy (U. of Pennsylvania Press 2013); Michael Stein, Harvard Law School & William and Mary Law School; co-director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability; and Moderator, Michael L. Perlin, New York Law School, Director, International Mental Disability Law Reform Project. For more information contact Michael Perlin (mperlin [at] nyls [dot] edu).

Calls for Papers

  • The International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will hold a works-in-progress workshop on Friday, December 12th, 2014, in New York City.  Authors interested in presenting a paper at the workshop can submit an abstract to David Gartner (David [dot] Gartner [at] asu [dot] edu), Julian Arato (arato [dot] julian [at] gmail [dot] com), and Sarah Dadush (sdadush [at] kinoy [dot] rutgers [dot] edu)  by the end of the day on October 1, 2014. Abstracts should be a couple of paragraphs long but not more than one page. Papers should relate to the topic of international institutions and governance.  Papers should not yet be in print so that authors will have time to make revisions based on the comments from the workshop. 
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a call for papers on ‘Privacy under International and European Law’. Relevant issues may have broader implications, including: the responsibility of private actors under international law; privacy as a human right; the conflict between State interests and individual rights; the internet and territorial limits; data protection; diverging national approaches to the protection of privacy and the rise of 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 via the website and should conform to the journal style guide. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information please consult the website or email the editors at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org. Deadline for Submissions: 30 September 2014.
  • The Board of Editors is pleased to announce Government Procurement as the theme for its next Special Issue (Vol. VII, No. 1). The Plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement (‘GPA’) aims to promote transparency, integrity and competition in the purchase of goods and services by government agencies. Preferential treatment for domestic goods and services are envisaged as trade barriers. Participating governments are also required to put in place domestic procedures by which aggrieved private bidders can challenge procurement decisions and obtain redress in the event of inconsistency with the GPA. However, States have political and economic interests in promoting their own small and medium scale industries. Therefore, the attempt to harmonize these objectives raises issues with reference to market access and the benefits of “good governance” under the GPA. Existing literature is inadequate to effectively equip policymakers to deal with such issues. The Board of Editors is pleased to invite original and unpublished submissions for the Special Issue on Government Procurement for publication as ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and ‘Book Reviews’. Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail, ExpressO, or the TL&D website. For further information and submission guidelines, please visit the Journal’s website: www.tradelawdevelopment.com. The last date for submission of manuscripts is 15th February, 2015. In case of any queries, please feel free to contact us at: editors[at]tradelawdevelopment[dot]com.

Announcement

  • The upcoming session of the Leiden University Advocacy and Litigation Training Course is now open for registration. The training will be held in The Hague from 24 November to 28 November 2014. During this 5-day course the participants will be trained in the skills of case theory, opening statements, direct examination (examination-in-chief), cross-examination, re-examination, closing statements and legal submissions skills. Students will be engaged in role play and practical exercises. The course will be concluded with a mock trial at the end of the week.  Apart from the theory and the practical exercises, the course offers visits to the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The training will be given by two experienced defence counsels who have worked on high profile cases before international criminal tribunals. The course fee amounts to €1100. Graduate students and professionals who wish to improve and develop their advocacy skills are invited to register through the Grotius Centre website.

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, September 8, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 1, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: August 31, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • On 23rd and 24th October 2014 the Dresden Research Centre for International Economic Law and the affiliated research project “Global TranSAXion” will be hosting a conference on “Mega-Regionals and the Future of International Trade and Investment Law”. The conference offers a forum to discuss the content and structure of the preferential trade agreements currently under negotiation between some of the world’s major trading partners. The main focus is on the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Further information about the conference, the registration and the venue can be found here.
  •  An international symposium will track the latest developments in the field of legal theory and legal philosophy and offer an insight into current developments and emerging debates. The overall theme of this year’s conference is “Legal and Philosophical Challenges of Transnational Law”, which is to be analyzed through a variety of substantive and methodological lenses, including: legal theory, legal argumentation, legal philosophy and political philosophy, international law, human rights and ethics. The conference will thus consist of four panels, dedicated to legal theory and legal philosophy; legal argumentation; international law and ethics. A special panel will be reserved for PhD researchers and researchers at an early stage of their career.

Announcements

  • The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School invites you to apply to participate in our 2015 Workshop in Doha, Qatar, from January 2-11, 2015IGLP: The Workshop is an intensive residential program for doctoral and post-doctoral law scholars and junior faculty. The aim of The Workshop is to strengthen the next generation of scholars by placing them in collaboration with their global peers as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance. Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation and hosted by Hamad bin Khalifa University, the Workshop brings together more than 100 young scholars and more than 50 senior and junior faculty from around the world for serious research collaboration and debate.The deadline for applications is September 12, 2014. Learn more and apply here today.

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 25, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 18, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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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.