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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 27, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

  • The Somali militant Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a Mogadishu hotel on Sunday, driving a car packed with explosives through the hotel gate and killing at least 13 people, a first responder and the rebel group said.
  • The European Union is ready to impose sanctions on Burundians failing to help end the Central African nation’s crisis, the EU’s foreign policy chief said on Thursday, following elections that Brussels and Washington say were not credible.

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: July 26, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • On 24 August 2015 the UCLan Institute for International and Comparative Law organises a One-Day Workshop on International and Comparative Aspects of Responding to War Crimes: Through Law and Alternative Mechanisms. This workshop will address a number of related and distinct international and comparative aspects of war crimes trials, legal policy developments, and will evaluate extra-legal responses using examples of case studies. It is aimed to gather together academics, researchers and others interested in war crimes trials, focusing on legal, historical and political issues of the war crimes trials. Please see the programme and more information here.

Calls for Papers

  • The Anti-Corruption Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, co-chaired by Andy Spalding of the University of Richmond School of Law and Phil Nichols of the Wharton School, is soliciting papers for its first conference/workshop, to be held at the University of Pennsylvania on October 2-3, 2015. Interested persons should submit a one page proposal to Ms. Lauretta Tomasco at tomascol [at] wharton [dot] upenn [dot] edu by August 1, 2015. If accepted, a proposer must supply a five page (or longer) paper by September 25, 2015. Copies of all papers will be distributed to all participants before the conference/workshop; an objective of this meeting is to thoroughly discuss the ideas contained in each paper.  Any submissions that relate to corruption are encouraged.
  • The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms has arguably been the most efficient and effective system for protecting human rights in the world. The European Court of Human Rights monitors compliance with the Convention in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe. However, it appears that there is strong disagreement between some European societies at least about certain basic values. Therefore, the conference will, among others, try to answer the following fundamental questions: What are European values? Is it possible to identify minimum common denominators of European values? Are basic European values similar in Glasgow, Khabarovsk, Rovaniemi and Ceuta? What is the approach of the European Court of Human Rights to the dilemmas posed by European values? What is the role of legal theory and legal philosophy in the search for European values? Which dilemmas and challenges are posed by the search for European values? The conference will be held at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies and the European Faculty of Law in Ljubljana Old Town on 20 and 21 November 2015. The organizers invite researchers undertaking research on the proposed topic to submit abstracts for consideration. Interested applicants should send a 250-word abstract and a CV in narrative form by 1 September 2015 to dignitas [at] fds [dot] si. Authors will be notified of acceptance by 15 September 2015. If you have any questions, please write to dignitas [at] fds [dot] si.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 20, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

  • A British man who was last year sentenced by a U.S. court to 12-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a website that supported the Taliban, has been released, his family said on Sunday.
  • Revelations of U.S. spying in Europe have soured transatlantic relations, prompting a White House apology and, as leak followed leak over the past two years, have fostered feelings of moral superiority among Europeans, yet EU governments are stepping up surveillance of their own citizens.
  • British pilots have participated in airstrikes over Syria on the behalf of allies such as the United States and Canada, the Ministry of Defense said on Friday.

Americas

Oceania

  • Several hundred Australian nationalists and anti-racism activists clashed with police in Melbourne on Saturday in a rare display of violence in a country where immigration is an increasingly emotive political issue.

UN/World

  • The U.N. Security Council must intervene in Burundi to prevent mass atrocities and the risk of a regional conflict, seven independent U.N. human rights investigators said on Thursday.

Events and Announcements: July 19, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • A new issue of Theoretical Inquiries in Law has been published online. The title of the issue is “Sovereignty as Trusteeship for Humanity — Historical Antecedents and Their Impact on International Law”. A link to the table of contents can be found here.
  • The Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History at Tilburg Law School is hiring two assistant professors (tenure track), one in the History of International Law and the other in General Jurisprudence/Constitutional Law. You can find more information on the site of Academic Transfer and more information on Tilburg’s activities in the field of the history of international law can be found on the website of i-Hilt (Institute of the History of International Law@Tilburg).

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, July 13, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

UN/World

Events and Announcements: July 12, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • T.M.C. Asser Press and Springer are delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of the Netherlands International Law Review (NILR) of 2015 (Vol. 62). The NILR is available both online on SpringerLink and in hardcopy. The NILR’s first issue of this year features articles on ‘Armed Opposition Groups and the Right to Exercise Control over Public Natural Resources’ (Dam-de Jong) and ‘Preventing Genocide by Holding the Territorial State Responsible for Not Taking Preventive Action’ (Ruvebana and Brus) as well as five contributions from d’Aspremont, Nollkaemper, Plakokefalos, Ryngaert; Bilková; Karavias; MacLeod; and Trapp on shared responsibility between non-state actors and states in international law. The NILR’s second issue of this year will be a Special Issue on the impact of the fall of Srebrenica on public international law.
  • The Journal of Transnational Dispute Management has published Volume 12, issue 4 recently. Editors Louise Barrington (Independent Arbitrator and Director Aculex Transnational Inc) and Rashda Rana (39 Essex Street Chambers, President ArbitralWomen) prepared this ArbitralWomen/TDM special on “Dealing with Diversity in International Arbitration“. In this special authors from around the globe place the arbitration community under a microscope, analyze critically what they find, ask whether we can do it better with diversity, how diversity will improve the process and how to bring diversity into the mainstream of the arbitration world.

Calls for Papers

  • As a reminder, PluriCourts, Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo, is organizing an international symposium entitled ‘The Present and Future Role of Investment Treaty Arbitration in Adjudicating Environmental Disputes’. The symposium will be hosted at the faculty of law of the University of Oslo on November 5 and 6, 2015. The symposium will focus on investment treaty arbitration from a forward-looking perspective on how future practice might be shaped or reformed in a way that can both promote environmental sustainability and protect responsible and legitimate foreign investments.The organizers invite scholars, practitioners and doctoral students to submit paper proposals for presentations on topics related to the symposium’s theme. The deadline for submission is July 15, 2015. For more information, please visit the website of the symposium.

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Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

  • Rights group Amnesty International has accused the European Union of abandoning migrants trying to access member countries through the Balkans, where it says they face abuse and exploitation.
  • Greece faces a last chance to stay in the euro zone on Tuesday when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras puts proposals to an emergency euro zone summit after Greek voters resoundingly rejected the austerity terms of a defunct bailout.
  • Hungary’s parliament passed legislation on Monday that tightens its asylum rules, providing the legal framework for the erection of a fence along the country’s southern border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants.
  • France swiftly rejected on Friday a request for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Americas

UN/World

Events and Announcements: July 5, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • From 10-11 July 2015, as part of its summer Institute in Transnational Law, Duke Law School will be hosting a conference on the topic of “comparative foreign relations law.”  The conference, which will be held at the University of Geneva, will consider similarities and differences in how nations (and the European Union as an entity) handle various issues of foreign relations law, including the incorporation of international law, the process for concluding international agreements, the accommodation of federalism and other structural values, and the decision to use military force.  Scholars from various countries will present short papers outlining how these issues are addressed in their countries or in the EU, and scholars from the United States will draw comparisons to U.S. practice.  A number of the U.S. participants are Reporters for the American Law Institute’s current Restatement (Fourth) project on Foreign Relations Law, and this conference will provide a useful opportunity for them to gain comparative perspectives on the issues they are considering.

Announcements

  • ELSA International invites proposals from prospective case authors to write the Moot Court Case for the 14th edition of the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law. EMC2 is a simulated hearing of a World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel. Teams of interested students from all over the world prepare written submissions for the complainant and the respondent of a fictitious case involving WTO law. Teams then travel to regional rounds where they compete against each other before a WTO dispute settlement moot court panel composed of WTO and trade law experts. Case proposals should be made to mootcourts [at] elsa [dot] org by 15th of July 2015. The case author would be notified after 2 weeks and begin work with the Academic Board to develop the case over the summer of 2015, before the case is launched on 18th of September. More information can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • The Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Vol. 18 (2015) has issued a call for papers with the general theme: “Contemporary Armed Conflicts and their Implications for International Humanitarian Law.” The changing nature of contemporary armed conflicts, both in terms of actors involved and means employed, has important implications for the continuing relevance of international humanitarian law (IHL) as the legal framework governing the conduct of the parties. Please send your submission, between 5,000-8,000 words, related to one of the above themes, or any other theme fitting the general theme of Vol. 18, before 1 October 2015, to YIHL Editorial Board member Dr. Christophe Paulussen, c [dot] paulussen [at] asser [dot] nl, who will assist you with further questions concerning next steps, author’s guidelines, etc. The Editorial Board aims to publish Vol. 18 (year 2015) in December 2016. More information can be found here.
  • The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. The Journal appears twice a year and will be available open access. All submissions are assessed through double blind peer review. The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the first issue of 2016. The Board welcomes papers covering all areas of law and jurisprudence, accepting articles of between 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 deadline for submissions is 16th October 2015. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on the website. For further information and guidelines for authors please visit the website.
  • For its fifth anniversary, in 2016, Transnational Environmental Law (TEL)invites submissions that explore differentiation in transnational environmental law, covering both the evolving understanding of CBDRs in the context of international climate change law and the relation between transnational governance and differentiation generally. Successful submissions will be published in the TEL anniversary issue and a prize will be awarded for innovative scholarship. The  author of the winning article will be invited to give the TELAnniversary Public Lecture,  which will be held in Cambridge (UK) in autumn of 2016 and will be made available online as a podcast  to coincide with the release of the anniversary issue. TEL warmly welcomes submissions from authors at all stages of professional development and is particularly keen to encourage submissions from early-career scholars. To be considered for the Anniversary Issue, Scholarship Prize and Public Lecture, authors are requested to submit a 150-250w abstract to TEL [at] cambridge [dot] org by 30 September 2015. Completed articles (8,000-11,000w) and commentaries (3,000-6,000w) should be submitted by 31 January 2016 via TEL’s online platform at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tel_submissions. General submissions are also invited, and will be considered on a rolling basis, year-round. For any further queries, please contact TEL Editors-in-Chief at TEL [at] cambridge [dot] org.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, June 29, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

  • Fractious European leaders argued into the early hours on Friday over how to handle over a migrant crisis in the Mediterranean, agreeing a plan to share out the care of desperate people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a temporary closure of banks, after the European Central Bank (ECB) said it would not increase additional emergency funding to the country.
  • The suspected Islamist who attempted to blow up a French chemical plant on Friday has admitted killing his manager beforehand, a source close to the investigation said on Sunday, as police linked the suspect to a militant now in Syria.
  • Turkish police fired water cannons and rubber pellets to disperse a gay pride parade in central Istanbul on Sunday, after organizers said they had been refused permission to march this year because of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
  • European Council President Donald Tusk urged European leaders to spend more on defense on Friday as deadly attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait drove home his point about dramatic changes to the security situation in Europe and its neighborhood.
  • The Swiss government will extradite wartime Muslim defender of Srebrenica Naser Oric to Bosnia, the Federal Office of Justice said on Thursday.

Americas

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, June 22nd, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

UN/World

  • Kakuma camp in northern Kenya is expanding by nearly a half, the U.N. refugee agency said on Saturday, to house refugees fleeing nearby South Sudan as hopes fade for peace in the world’s newest nation.
  • The UN refugee agency has said that the record number of refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced people globally is “a reflection of a world in chaos“.

Events and Announcements: June 21, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • On 22 June 2015,  University Paris 8 Research Centre “Forces du droit” organizes a one-day conference entitled  “Forms of International Law – Insight into the Outcomes of the Work of the International Law Commission”. The conference, which will take place at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Centre (27, rue de la Convention – 75015 Paris), intends to address the evolution of formal outcomes given to ILC legal products, from treaties to soft law instruments. Academics, experts of the Commission’s work but also practitioners – such as legal advisers from diplomatic services and members of international courts and tribunals – will gather to address this phenomenon, discuss its causes and potential consequences as to the current development of international law. The Conference will include, among its speakers and chairs, the President of the ICJ, Judge Ronny Abraham, ICJ Judge Giogio Gaja, the Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Mr. De Serpa Soares, the Legal Counsel of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. François Alabrune, and several prominent figures in the field of international law. More information and details for registration can be found here.
  • 7 PhD Fellowships within legal research are available at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo. The deadline for application is 1 September 2015. You can find more information here.

Call for Papers

  • The Asian Society of International Law was established in 2007. Following four successful biennial conferences, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday and Friday, 26 and 27 November 2015. Theme of the Conference: Nowadays governments, scholars and civil society in Asia are engaged enthusiastically in the development of international law in the region. Asian countries today witness more regional cooperation and economic integration, for instance, through the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), etc. The conference will confront the changes that will ensue from these developments in the region, and provide a forum to share perspectives on legal issues from around Asia and from beyond. To this end, proposals for papers are now being invited. Please click here for more information.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, June 15, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

  • A teenage North Korean soldier has walked across the world’s most heavily militarised border in a bid to defect to South Korea, South Korean defence ministry officials said.
  • Britain has pulled out agents from operations in “hostile countries” after Russia and China cracked top-secret information contained in files leaked by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, according to the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper.

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

  • UN-sponsored negotiations on the Yemen crisis have started in Geneva, with the aim of ending the bloody conflict in the country.These talks aimed at ending the war in Yemen have however been thrown into doubt amid uncertainty over whether rebel Houthi negotiators will attend, with reports saying the Shia rebels missed a flight to Geneva.