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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 21, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Middle East and Northern Africa

Europe

Americas

UN/Other

Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Middle East and Northern Africa

Europe

Americas

UN/Other

  • Nepal would weaken the foundations of “genuine and lasting” peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, according to Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Events and Announcements: April 13, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Event

  • The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Cambridge University Press invite you to the International and Comparative Law Quarterly Annual Lecture 2014, to be held at Charles Clore House at 5.30-7.30pm on Tuesday 20th May. Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart of Merton College, Oxford will deliver a lecture entitled: ‘Legal Transplant and Undue Influence: Lost in Translation or a Working Misunderstanding’, followed by a question and answer session. The event is free to attend, but please register here. The lecture will discuss an increasing awareness of the unquestioned assumptions of one’s own legal system as a means of understanding how a transplanted doctrine has been applied in a particular context, with a focus on Singaporean courts ‘borrowing’ undue influence in family guarantee cases from the English legal system. Through exploring hierarchy versus equality, the positional versus the personal, and collectivism versus individualism, it will conclude on whether a ‘Western’ legal transplant can be successful in a very different Singaporean cultural context. The Young Scholar Prize 2013 will also be awarded at the event, to Bharat Malkani, University of Birmingham, for his paper: The Obligation to Refrain from Assisting the Use of the Death Penalty. This Prize is awarded annually to a scholar aged 35 or under at the time of the publication of their article. The welcome address for the event will be given by the General Editor of the ICLQ, Professor Malcolm Evans OBE. The Lecture will be followed by a drinks reception, and is generously sponsored by Cambridge University Press, who publish and distribute the ICLQ.

Announcements

  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law sponsors the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which runs from May 27th to June 13th 2014. The program offers 19 courses taught by more than 43 prominent scholars in the field of human rights in both English and Spanish, with experience in the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), United Nations, Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, recognized international NGOs and think tanks. Last year, the program welcomed more than 165 participants from over 24 countries with differing backgrounds and levels of experience for an intensive three weeks in Washington, D.C. The Program is offered in three categories which include the modality of Certificate of Attendance, ABA Credits for students currently studying in a U.S. law school and finally, the Diploma Course that is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. Additionally during the Program, the Academy hosts Human Rights Month, which features several special events such as panels, a film series, and site visits to international organizations. The May 1st deadline is less than a month away. The organizers encourage you to apply as soon as possible. You can access more information here
  • International scholars and practitioners of transitional justice are invited to apply for a 1-week workshop and training program on transitional justice organized and led by the Hague Institute for Global Justice from 23-27 June 2014 in The Hague. This week-long training is part of the Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship Program, a joint initiative by the Hague Institute and the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in South Africa, that brings together senior and mid-level expert scholars and practitioners with extensive experience working to advance transitional justice in their community. For more information about the application process and the fellowship program, please visit our website at: Hague 1-week fellowship program.
  • The Grotius Center for International Law at Leiden University has announced several summer schools:

    International Criminal Law (23 June – 4 July 2014, The Hague) From Theory to Practice
    This summer school offers a unique opportunity to gain expertise in international criminal law in the International City of Peace and Justice. The course, which welcomes around 50 participants from all over the world, combines theory with practice: academics from Leiden University and experts from the international courts and tribunals lecture on topics as genocide, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression and modes of liability, while students develop their skills through a cross-examination session and a challenging moot court exercise. (Law) Students and young professionals are invited to apply. Application deadline: May 1, 2014.

    Columbia Summer Program (June 30 – July 25, Leiden) In American Law
    The Columbia Summer Program is organized by the Law Faculties of Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University in the City of New York. Since 1963 these summer courses are held alternately at the Leiden Law School and at the Amsterdam Law School. The program is entirely taught by Columbia professors, and is designed to provide a general introduction to the American legal system for lawyers and other (legal) professionals, or (graduate) students interested in the program. Besides the excellent educational aspects, the Columbia Summer Program is also known for its exceptional fine atmosphere amongst participants and professors from Columbia University. Take a look at the website and apply before May 1, 2014!

    International Children’s Rights (7 – 11 July 2014, Leiden/The Hague) Frontiers of Children’s Rights
    Frontiers of Children’s Rights provides a comprehensive children’s rights course, which takes a close look at contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities. Leading academic and professional experts in the field of children’s rights, international law and other relevant disciplines offer inspiring and interactive lectures, seminars and excursions in and around the historical university town of Leiden. Professionals and advanced students are welcome to apply. A limited amount of scholarships are available for this course. Application deadline: May 1, 2014.

    Human Rights and Transitional Justice (14 – 18 July 2014, The Hague) Transitional Justice and Regional Responses to Conflict
    Past decades have witnessed new approaches and tensions in the interplay between international justice, regional approaches and local responses to conflict. International Courts and Tribunals have sought to develop policies and mechanisms to engage with domestic constituencies and actors. But practice has also shown weaknesses and constraints of international criminal justice institutions. The ICC has faced challenges in its engagements in regional conflicts and new regional initiatives are emerging. At the same time, regional human rights have had to deal with dilemmas of historical justice and transitions. The Summer School explores these developments, including practice and underlying accountability strategies. Professionals and advanced students are kindly invited to apply before May 1, 2014.

    Women, Peace and Security (9 – 20 June 2014, The Hague) Challenges and Achievements
    In 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, affirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace building, and calling on all parties to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence in situations of armed conflict. The 15th anniversary of Resolution 1325 in 2015 has been set as a marker for the achievements and goals on this core issue of international peace and security. This course, a joint initiative of Oxfam Novib and Leiden University, takes a close look at the WPS agenda and enables the participants to increase their knowledge, skills and networks in this field. Professionals and advanced students with a demonstrated interest in the theme are invited to apply before 1 May 2014.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 7, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Middle East

Europe

Americas

UN/Other

  • The American Society of International Law/International Law Association meeting kicks off today in Washington, D.C. ASIL Cables will be blogging about the event and you can also follow the Twitter hashtag #ASILILA14.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 31, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

UN/Other

  • As Julian has been covering, the International Court of Justice is about to rule on whether Japan has the right to hunt whales in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan), in an emotive case activists say is make-or-break for the giant mammal’s future. For those of you around now (10:00 a.m. Hague time), the streaming video can be found here.
  • This year’s UN climate negotiations kicked off again last week in Bonn, Germany.
  • For those of you following armed groups or non-international armed conflict, the blog Armed Groups in International Law has posted its latest legal roundup.

Events and Announcements: March 30, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Cardozo School of Law is hosting a panel on Privacy, Security, and Secrecy after Snowden on April 2, 2014 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., moderated by our own Deborah Pearlstein. From the website: Edward Snowden’s recent disclosures about the NSA’s surveillance activities have raised important national security and civil liberty questions: How effective is the NSA’s surveillance? What are its costs and benefits? Should individuals care if the government stores metadata even if they think they have nothing to hide? What role should courts play in potentially constraining the NSA’s surveillance activities? Who might have standing to raise constitutional challenges to the NSA’s activities? Come hear a fantastic panel of national security, cybersecurity, and privacy law experts discuss these important questions about the future of our democracy. Seating is limited for this event. RSVP to floersheimercenter [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • The 2014 World Investment Forum is scheduled to take place from 13 to 16 October 2014 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The provisional program has been released. The list of participants is also available, and it includes UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The website is here and you can register here.

Announcements

  • The world’s first comprehensive training course on international weapons law will take place at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law 4-29 August 2014. The aim of the course is to instil participants with a detailed understanding of international weapons law: police use of force, use of weapons as a means or method of warfare, disarmament, and small arms control. Application deadlines are 15 May 2014 for applicants requiring visas to enter Switzerland and 30 June 2014 for applicants who do not require visas. Costs are 1,500 CHF per module or 5,000 CHF for all four modules. More information and the application can be found here.
  • A summer school on Transitional Justice, Conflict and Human Rights will take place in Geneva from 7-11 July 2014, hosted by The Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. The application deadline is 29 May 2014 and the tuition fees are 1,500 CHF.
  • The program for the upcoming ASIL/ILA meeting (7-12 April) in Washington, D.C., with the theme of The Effectiveness of International Law is now available online.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 24, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

UN

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 17, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

  • China warned the Philippines to abandon a disputed shoal in the South China Sea after Manila said it planned to challenge a Chinese naval blockade of the area by sending supplies to its troops stationed there.
  • The US and Japan made some progress on resolving a deadlock over tariffs on farm and industrial exports which is dragging on a wider Pacific trade deal, a senior Japanese official said on Wednesday.

Americas

Middle East

  • A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least four people in a Hezbollah-dominated area of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, near the border with Syria.
  • Israel is to allow the resumption of diesel deliveries into Gaza, a day after the territory’s sole power plant stopped working due to a lack of fuel, officials have said.
  • Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip have fired more rockets at Israeli cities in a third day of a cross-border flare-up.
  • The United Arab Emirates summoned Iraq’s ambassador to protest against his prime minister’s accusations that its ally Saudi Arabia was funding terrorism, state news agency WAM reported, while Bahrain called the comments “irresponsible.”

Europe

Events and Announcements: March 16, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • ALMA has recently published its invitation to the next session of the Joint IHL Forum that will take place on Wednesday, March 26, at the IDC – “Young Researchers Forum
    This is the highlight of a few months process in which four students from four different local academic institutions worked on academic papers under the supervision of designated ALMA members.
  • The Third Annual Conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) registration is now open, and can be accessed here.

Announcements

  • TDM has just announced its publication of TDM 2 (2014) – The New Frontiers of Cultural Law: Intangible Heritage Disputes. Editors Dr. Valentina Vadi (Lancaster University) and Prof. Hildegard Schneider (Maastricht University) prepared and edited this issue. It follows and complements TDM 5 (2013) – Art and Heritage Disputes in International and Comparative Law. Taken together the two special issues adopt a holistic approach to cultural heritage, considering the dynamic link or dialectical relationship between the tangible and intangible heritage. As intangible heritage is made up of processes and practices-its fate depending on oral transmission and being closely related to its creators and context-it may need ad hoc safeguarding approaches and methodologies. In particular, this special issue aims to explore some examples of intangible heritage related disputes, highlight the main tenets of the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and suggest avenues for ways forward and further research.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 10, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Events and Announcements: March 2, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Center of Excellence “PluriCourts” at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, is organizing an international symposium on the Legitimate Role(s) of Human Rights Courts and Tribunals in Adjudicating Environmental Disputes in Oslo, 8 and 9 September 2014. Please send your abstract (word limit 500 words) to christina [dot] voigt [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no. Deadline is 1 May 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given in the beginning of June 2014. The aim is to publish 5-6 selected papers in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. ContactProfessor Christina Voigt, coordinator for the environmental sector of PluriCourts (christina [dot] voigt [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no or: 0047-228-50246 (office)).
  • The University of Amsterdam has issued a call for papers for a workshop on “Transnational Standards in the Domestic Legal Order: Authority and Legitimacy”, to be held on 24 October 2014. The workshop explores the evolving interactions between transnational standards and the domestic legal order from the perspectives of authority and legitimacy. The workshop is organized by the research project “Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking” at the University of Amsterdam. The deadline for the submission of proposal of max. 500 words is 18 May 2014. The sponsoring organizations will cover the speakers’ travelling and accommodation expenses. More information is available here (pdf). 

Events

  • The ABA Section of International Law is Proud to Present: The 4th Annual ”Live from L” The Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. Monday, March 10th, 2014 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM US EST, with the theme of The Geneva Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons: The Role of the Office of the Legal Adviser. The Section of International Law is pleased to announce the fourth non-CLE webcast with the Office of the Legal Adviser from the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom of the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Speakers include Mary E. McLeod, Acting Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Newell Highsmith, Deputy Legal Adviser; Todd Buchwald, Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of United Nations Affairs; Mallory Stewart, Attorney Adviser, Office of Nonproliferation and Verification. It will be moderated by Sean D. Murphy, Member, U.N. International Law Commission, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School. You can attend the program in person at George Washington University Law School or from the convenience of your desk, by webcast or teleconference. Registration ($15 and law students can sign up for the webcast at no charge) information is here. If you have any questions, please email Jonathan Lewis at jonathan [dot] lewis [at] americanbar [dot] org or call the Section at 202-662-1660.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 3, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

  • A prominent Chinese dissident, Xia Yeliang, who moved to the United States after being fired by Peking University last year warned of the dangers of academic exchanges with China, saying Beijing sent spies as visiting scholars.
  • China accused the United States of widespread human rights abuses, including cyber-surveillance and child labor, in Beijing’s annual rebuttal of Washington’s criticism of its rights record.
  • North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into the sea off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s defense ministry has said, after launching similar rockets last week.

Americas

Middle East

Europe