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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 7, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

  • Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has travelled to Indonesia, defying an international warrant for his arrest, to attend an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit.
  • South Africa’s human rights record will be reviewed for the first time by the UN Human Rights Committee.
  • Africa Union peacekeeping forces (AMISOM) backed by Somali National Army troops on Sunday arrested a senior Al-Shabaab commander during a security operation in an area close to Qoryolay town in lower Shabelle of southern Somalia.

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: March 6, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce its call for applications to the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which takes place in Washington D.C. from May 31 – June 17. This annual Program offers 19 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from over 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience for an intensive 3 week immersion into the dynamic world of Human Rights. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of International Tribunals such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs and Committee Members of the United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, experts from prominent NGO’s and professors from all over the world. More information, including the application form and a complete list of Faculty for this program, is available at www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy. For more information please contact us at: hracademy [at] wcl [dot] american [dot] edu.
  • Admissions to the 2016/2017 edition of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) are open until the 15th March 2016. E.MA was created thanks to the support of EIUC and 41 participating universities from all member states of the European Union. E.MA is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s Degree is also an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with skills building activities, an in-depth study of the following areas: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives; Democratisation; Human Rights and Globalisation; Human Rights and Security. E.MA is the foundation for a successful career in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organisations, as well as academic institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation. E.MA is both a residential and an exchange programme, the first semester from September 2016 to January 2017 is held at EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from February to July 2017 takes place in one of the 41 participating universities within the members states of the European Union. After graduation E.M Alumni can be found worldwide in key international human rights organisations and academic institutions, but also in field missions or back home working for their own Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Development Aid agencies or national NGOs. Tuition fees amount to 4.900 euro (plus enrolment fee of 150 euro). Tuition fees cover the following: all courses of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, both in the first and second semesters; the reading materials for the first semester; tutorship; access to the EIUC specialised library; individual access to our closed e-learning environment; use of available IT facilities (including wireless area and computer room) and the field trip.More information of the E.MA, the professors and the programme can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • INTRAlaw (International and Transnational Tendencies in Law) is organising an academic workshop on 29–30 September 2016 on the theme of Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants. The colloquium will bring together scholars working on the interaction within the human rights regime on the international, regional and domestic planes. What is of interest is the way that the two covenants have influenced each other in their legal development; and, significantly, the way that different human rights systems have influenced each other in the definition and implementation of these rights. Particular attention will be given to the activities of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and their role in interpreting and driving implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Guest speakers include Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Prof. Xavier Groussot, Mr. Morten Kjærum, Dr. Jonas Christoffersen, Prof. Sarah Cleveland, Prof. Mikael Rask Madsen, Prof. Geir Ulfstein, Prof. Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen and Prof. Gregor Noll. Abstracts are being accepted on a number of themes, all of which can be found at the website here.

Announcement

  • The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) 115th Annual Report for 2015 is now available online. The report, which summarizes the PCA’s major activities over the course of the previous year and provides an overview of its case docket, is targeted at Member States as well as the wider international arbitration community. Over the course of the past year, the Permanent Court of Arbitration administered 138 cases, 42 of which were initiated that year. The PCA also received 42 requests relating to its appointing authority services. With its accession to the 1907 Hague Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes on 22 March 2015, the Republic of Georgia became the 117th Member State of the PCA. For more information, please contact bureau [at] pca-cpa [dot] org.

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, February 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

  • The United Nations Security Council on Friday unanimously demanded that all parties to the civil war in Syria comply with the terms of a U.S.-Russian deal on a “cessation of hostilities” due to take effect at midnight local time (5.00 p.m. ET).
  • Guns mostly fell silent in Syria and Russian air raids stopped on Saturday, the first day of a cessation of hostilities that the United Nations has described as the best hope for peace in five years of civil war, but the Syrian opposition warned on Sunday that attacks by the army, backed by Russian warplanes, threatened a U.S.-Russian deal for a cessation of hostilities with collapse and endangered future peace talks.
  • The Arab coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has denied targeting civilians after air strikes hit a market northeast of the capital Sanaa, reportedly killing at least 40 people.
  • The United States and its allies conducted 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Saturday, the coalition leading the operations said in a statement on Sunday.
  • Turkish security forces have foiled 18 suicide attacks since the start of the year, three of them by intercepting vehicles planned for use as car bombs, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in an interview with the Kanal 7 television station on Sunday.
  • Armed forces from 20 countries have begun manoeuvres in northeastern Saudi Arabia that the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has described as one of the world’s biggest military exercises.

Asia

  • An American student held in North Korea since early January was detained for trying to steal a propaganda slogan from his Pyongyang hotel and has confessed to “severe crimes” against the state, the North’s official media said on Monday.
  • India and the United States are closing in on an agreement to share military logistics after 12 years of talks, officials said, a sign of strengthening defence ties between the countries as China becomes increasingly assertive.

Europe

Americas

  • Senior U.S. defense officials voiced concern about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions on Friday as they toured American missile defense sites a day after watching the military test-fire its second intercontinental ballistic missile in a week.

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: February 28, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • This summer 2016, SOAS will be offering five different law short courses, co-convened by leading academics in the field. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, discussions and activities, the courses will explore contemporary issues of; Gender, Conflict & Law, English Law in the Global Context, Climate Change Law and Policy, International Law: Contemporary Issues, Migration, Radicalisation and the Law. For more information, on dates, fees and content, please visit the SOAS website.
  • Admissions to the two-days training seminar on the “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights” (8-9 April 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 18 March 2016, early bird 1 March 2016 with 10% discount. The object of this training seminar is to explore the scope and usefulness of the Charter for the legal practitioners facing the national courts or the Court of Justice of the EU, mostly by means of preliminary reference. Beyond illustrating the key features of the Court and essential aspects of its functioning, the training seminar will be dedicated to the analysis of relevant case law in parallel working groups with a view to allow discussion and exchange on specific concrete questions, among which:
    • Privacy/Data Protection
    • Internal Market
    • Asylum and Immigration
    • Economic and Social Rights

    The seminar will focus on the Charter’s values, as well as on the main fields of application when a specific appeal is submitted. The academics and experts composing the Training seminar’s faculty are high level well-known professionals and leading professors coming from different European Universities. The seminar’s scientific responsible, Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué, has contributed – within the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union – to the drafting of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Please note that there is a limited number of places available for this training seminar, hence EIUC will proceed by accepting candidatures on an ongoing basis. Don’t miss the opportunity! Organised with the Patronage of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form.

Announcements

  • New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International LawThe 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 Concepción Escobar Hernández on “Inmunidad de jurisdicción penal extranjera de los funcionarios del Estado” and by Professor Françoise J. Hampson on “Reservations to Human Rights Treaties”.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals: PluriCourts announces up to three 3-year positions as postdoctoral research fellow studying international courts and tribunals in the following fields: human rights, trade, international criminal law or the environment. Deadline: 21 March 2016. Up to three 3 year postdoctoral fellowships are available at PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of University of Oslo.The postdoctoral researchers will study international courts and tribunals (ICs) in one or more of four issue areas: human rights, trade, international criminal courts or the environment. The research should apply methodology from the fields of philosophy and/or law, with a slight preference for applicants in political philosophy.The candidate may be assigned a 10 % workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks. The full announcement can be found here.
  • A position as professor (or associate professor) in International Economic Law is announced at PluriCourts. The application deadline is 1 April. PluriCourts is a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order. PluriCourts is a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The Faculty may appoint an associate professor if no applicant is found qualified as professor. While at PluriCourts the candidate will primarily conduct research, with the exception of 10% workload of tasks such as teaching and supervision. More teaching and supervision may be agreed with the Faculty. The position will be integrated in the Faculty of Law when PluriCourts expires in the year 2023, at which time the position will have the same obligations concerning research, teaching and administrative tasks as other professors at the Faculty. More information can be found here.
  • A position as professor (or associate professor) in Legal Theory/Political Philosophy is announced at PluriCourts. The application deadline is 1 April. The Faculty may appoint an associate professor if no applicant is found qualified as professor. While at PluriCourts the candidate will primarily conduct research, with the exception of 10% workload of tasks such as teaching and supervision. More teaching and supervision may be agreed with the Faculty. The position will be integrated in the Faculty of Law when PluriCourts expires in the year 2023, at which time the position will have the same obligations concerning research, teaching and administrative tasks as other professors at the Faculty. More information can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • A one-day workshop will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK on 4 July 2016. The aim of this workshop is to address a fundamental gap in academic literature and policy making; namely the legal ‘no-man’s land’ in which the issue of climate refugees currently resides. We intend to address this gap by bringing together experts from two separated legal fields – environmental law and refugee law – and initiate a dialogue in which novel linkages between these two worlds can be explored and developed. Papers which address the following areas will be considered: Questions of international rights and responsibilities; the role of international institutions; legal interactions and tools for systemic integration; the relevance of the emerging concept ‘environmental justice’ to climate refugees, and creative future pathways and ways to overcome the impasse. Please send the title of your proposed paper along with a 200-word abstract and your contact details to avidan [dot] kent [at] uea [dot] ac [dot] uk . Submissions of abstracts will be accepted until 15 April 2016. All proposals will be answered by 30 April 2016. Proposals from graduate students are encouraged. For further information and questions, please email Dr Simon Behrman s [dot] behrman [at] uea [dot] ac [dot] uk
  • The Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna and the Institute of Law, Politics and Sustainability are accepting proposals for the International AgLaw Colloquium on Agri-Food and Environmental Regulatory Agenda in Regional Trade Agreements: Legal Implications and Trends on October 20-21, 2016. Submission forms are due on May 16, 2016 while the paper draft deadline is September 25, 2016. For more details, please see the complete call. The AgLaw Colloquium is intended to be an opportunity for early-career researchers (Ph.D. candidates and post-docs) to present and discuss their results and methodological approaches in a supportive environment. It is inspired by the wish to share on-going analysis, questions and exploration fields in agricultural law from a global perspective. Based on the feedback received from the 2015 edition, the AgLaw Colloquium represents a key opportunity to bring scholars together from all over the world and to build a network of young researchers interested in the legal aspects of the agriculture, food and the environment.
  • The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, the Lauder School of Governance, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC (Herzliya), and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung are pleased to announce a call for papers for two workshops on “The Rule of Law in Areas of Limited Statehood: Internal and International Dilemmas”. The workshops will take place in Herzliya (Israel) on 27-28 June 2016and Leuven (Belgium) on 29-30 September 2016. Areas of Limited Statehood are territories where governments lack the ability or will to implement and enforce rules, provide essential public services – including law and order – or in which the legitimate monopoly over the means of violence is lacking. The goal of the two workshops is to explore, in a focused manner, the various challenges that Areas of Limited Statehood pose to both internal Rule of Law conditions and international law. We are interested in hearing perspectives from both practitioners and scholars. Abstracts of no longer than 250 words, together with a short CV are to be submitted by 21 March 2016. Further details of the call can be found here.

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: Tuesday, February 16, 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

  • The U.N. Syria envoy held talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday aimed at securing a cessation of hostilities and “unhindered” delivery of humanitarian aid to areas besieged by all parties, a U.N. spokesman said.
  • Around 5,700 structures in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi and its outskirts have incurred some level of damage since mid-2014, and almost 2,000 buildings have been destroyed, the United Nations said on Monday, citing satellite images.

Events and Announcements: February 14, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • Conflict Dynamics International presents a new tool for national judicial actors and others working on accountability for children in armed conflict: Anti-Impunity Tool: Guidance for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict. This user-friendly tool provides concrete guidance and tips for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict, such as recruitment and use of children by armed actors and attacks on schools. In addition, the Tool includes guidance on outreach to affected children and communities and on involving child protection actors and child victims/survivors in judicial processes. An annex features an example of a domestic legal and procedural framework, using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study. The Tool is available in English and French hereConflict Dynamics International’s Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) Accountability Initiative promotes timely and effective accountability for serious violations of international law committed against children in armed conflict. For more information about the Initiative, please visit the website here.
  • The ICRC is offering an upcoming IHL course that will take place in April on the island of Gorée, Senegal. For more information (in French) please see the website here
  • Max Planck Group Leader in Bogotá, Colombia: The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) and Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) are looking to hire a Principal Investigator to lead a newly established Max Planck Tandem Group in Transformations of Public Law. Other than research, responsibilities include supervision of two doctoral students at Universidad de Los Andes. There is no mandatory teaching load. The Group will be located in Bogotá, and the Leader will be expected to reside in that city. The initiative will provide funding for at least one extended research stay per year of the Group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Additional information may be found here. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2016.

Calls for Papers

  • The faculty of Law, University of Turku, is organizing a workshop on changing notions of international legal personality in Turku, Finland on 12-13 May 2016. Deployed from a theoretical perspective, the Persons/Things workshop asks why our moral and legal commitment to persons differs greatly from that towards things. In recent years, this bifurcation has been called into question in many instances, whether by religious corporations or copyright owning apes. It is in this changed world the Persons/Things workshop seeks to explore the present and the past of classic Roman law persona/res distinction. Are challenges of the present world unheard of are they simple re-enactments of the past debates held over slaves and women? Or could there be something genuinely new in the seeming porosity of the border between things and persons? Abstracts are to be submitted by 1 March 2016. Further details of the call can be found on the Faculty’s website. PhD candidates and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Events

  • “The Future of Arbitration in Africa” will be the subject of a daylong conference to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, March 11, 2016.  The conference is cosponsored by the American Society of International Law, Penn State University, and Greenberg Traurig LLP.  The program brings together expert practitioners and law professors from around the world to discuss recent developments and the important trends and challenges that will animate the future of international arbitration in Africa.  The daylong program will include four panel discussions: The Legacy of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission; The Institutions and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration in Africa; Structural Challenges for Dispute Resolution in Africa: Culture, Diversity, and Development; and Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa.  Registration is required.  Seats are limited so early registration is suggested. For more details, or to register, visit this website.
  • On 11 March 2016 the FRAME workshop ´A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU´s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict´ will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville, in Seville (Spain), from 9 am to 7 pm. The workshop will consist of a keynote speech and two panels. The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence  Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali. The provisional programme is here. It takes place 11 March 2016, from 9 am to 7 pm at the Law School, University of Sevilla, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, Seville (Spain). If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo via linigo [at] us [dot] es

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, February 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

  • An elderly Australian woman kidnapped with her husband in Burkina Faso by a group affiliated to al Qaeda has been freed, neighboring Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.
  • Some of the 267 asylum seekers Australia wants to deport to an offshore immigration center following a court ruling are suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses, a senior government official said on Monday. The premier of an Australian state offered on Saturday to look after this group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island, adding to opposition to the federal government’s policy of offshore detention.

UN/World

Events and Announcements: February 7, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The GlobalTrust research project published a call for applications for post-doctoral fellowships for the academic year 2016-17. The GlobalTrust Research project at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law is funded by a  European Research Council Advanced Grant, and studies the extent to which states that exercise regulatory functions should take into account the interests and preferences of foreign individuals and communities located outside their boundaries. Participants in this project explore the possible moral and legal grounds for requiring states to take other-regarding considerations into account and the institutional mechanisms that could legitimize the external review of states’ compliance with such obligations.

Calls for Papers

  • Pluricourts at the University of Oslo, are pleased to announce a call for papers for their conference entitled ‘Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals’ which will take place in Oslo on 29th -30th August 2016. The conference will explore different controversies surrounding the field of international criminal law and seeks practical solutions to make international criminal justice more effective and relevant. They are interested in hearing perspectives from both practitioners and scholars and welcome contributions from different disciplines. Abstracts are to be submitted by 29 February 2016. Further details of the call can be found on Pluricourts’ website.
  • The Society of Legal Scholars, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the ESIL Interest Group on International Legal Theory are organising a conference on Monday 25th April 2016. For the conference, they’ve issued a call for papers.The theme is “Beyond our comfort zone? Situating the authority of international lawyers, institutions, & other international actors.” Here’s the call.
  • The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge) is now requesting submissions for Volume 3(2). Deadline is 20 May 2016 for both articles and book reviews. The Journal attracts contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of the jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law. The Journal invites submissions of unsolicited manuscripts. For articles, the suggested word length is between 8,000 and 25,000 words including footnotes, and for book reviews, which should significantly engage with the book under review, the preferred length will be 3-4,000 words including footnotes. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and should comply with the Journal’s style guidelines. Articles and book reviews can be submitted online here.
  • Proposals are invited for contributions to an interdisciplinary workshop,”International Criminal Justice On/And Film” at the London School of Economics Centre for International Studies and the LSE Department of Law 12 – 13 September 2016. Proposals for contributions (in the form of academic papers for the most part, though we would welcome contributions in other media, particularly film) should take the form of an abstract of 500 words and contain a filmography, where applicable. They should be accompanied by a 1 page CV and sent by email to the three organisers (see here) by 15 March 2016. PhD and junior faculty applications are particularly encouraged.

Events

  • State Department Legal Adviser’s Office Presents Program on Iran Nuclear Deal – The sixth annual live and webcast program presented by the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State will be held on February 18, 2016, from noon until 1:30 pm EST, on the subject of the Iran nuclear deal. Presenters include Mary McLeod, the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Newell Highsmith, a Deputy Legal Adviser, and Paul Dean, the Assistant Legal Adviser for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. Persons can attend the program at the Burns Moot Court Room at George Washington University Law School or participate remotely via the webcast of the program. An email address for questions during the program will be provided to registrants for the webcast. This program is cosponsored by the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, George Washington University Law School, and the American Society of International Law. The event is free but registration is required (non-members of the ABA may register by establishing a free “new customer” account). Details are found here.
  • A one-day conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past is organized jointly by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law. The programme includes presentations by judges from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as international law scholars. The conference will take place on Friday 26 February 2016 at the premises of the Court in Strasbourg. Registration is now open (deadline: 19 February). In order to register, please send an email to: ESIL-ECHR-Conf2016 [at] echr [dot] coe [dot] int

  • The concluding conference of the MultiRights project, “Reforms of the Individual complaint mechanisms in the UN treaty bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons?” will take place at the University of Oslo on February 29 and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) aiming at finding mutual learning experiences. A particular focus will be given to the following issues:
    • Procedure of selection of members and judges
    • Case load situation
    • Quality of reasoning
    • Margin of appreciation and subsidiarity

    For more information and to register for the event, please visit the conference website.

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: Tuesday, February 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

  • German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere promised Afghanistan financial help to help reintegrate returned migrants during a visit to Kabul on Monday overshadowed by the latest in a series of deadly suicide bomb attacks.
  • China accused the United States on Monday of seeking maritime hegemony in the name of freedom of navigation after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea.

Europe

Americas

  • A special mission sent by the Organization of American States met Haiti’s President Michel Martelly on Sunday as part of intensifying efforts to resolve an electoral crisis that threatens stability in the Caribbean nation.

Oceania

  • Human Rights Watch blasted Australia’s asylum-seeker policy as “abusive” and says a serious rethink is needed to restore the country’s standing globally; HRW also has said in its yearly report that Australia, while having a solid record on civil and political rights, was failing to respect international standards for asylum seekers and this was taking “a heavy human toll”.

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 25, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

  • The United Nations Security Council should place an arms embargo on South Sudan, while the oil-rich country’s President Salva Kiir and a rebel leader qualify to be sanctioned over atrocities committed in a two-year civil war, U.N. sanctions monitors said in an annual report.
  • A Rwandan man who had been accused of recruiting for the Islamic State was shot and killed in the capital Kigali while attempting to escape police custody, police said in a statement on Monday.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Iraq summoned the new Saudi ambassador on Sunday after he suggested Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias were exacerbating sectarian tensions and should leave the fight against Islamic State to the Iraqi army and official security forces.
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would allow Jewish settlers evicted by the Israeli army from two houses in the West Bank city of Hebron to return once proper permits were in place.
  • Libya’s internationally recognised parliament based in Tobruk has voted against the UN-backed unity government with rival authorities based in Tripoli, Libyan news agencies reported.

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: January 24, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) based in The Hague, is currently seeking applications for legal interns to start as soon as possible in assisting Defence Counsel with ongoing cases. Interns will be involved in a range of tasks including, but not limited to; conducting legal research, preparing witness summaries, witness preparation, factual research, writing legal memoranda, case management tasks and supporting Defence Counsel in their daily work. Additionally to the internship, the ADC regularly organises field trips and social activities for its interns. Interns also have the possibility of joining the ADC Newsletter Team and the ICTY Intern Career Development Committee. Internships are available starting now, for a period of three to six months, full-time or part-time. Please note: The ADC-ICTY internships are unpaid. For more information on the internship opportunity and for application submissions, please visit the website here.

Calls for Papers

  • 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 is available open access. All submissions are assessed through double-blind peer review. The Editorial Board 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. More information on potential topics and submission can be found here.
  • The Nappert Prize in International Arbitration is now accepting submissions.The Nappert Competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be either currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program (or their local equivalents). Those who are no longer in school must have taken their most recent degree within the last three years, or have been admitted to the bar (or the local equivalent) for no more than three years (whichever is later). The essay must relate to commercial or investment arbitration; must be unpublished (not yet submitted for publication) as of April 30; must be a maximum of 15, 000 words (including footnotes); can be written in English or in French; should use OSCOLA or some other well-established legal citation guide (e.g. McGill Red Book; Bluebook); must be in MS Word format. More information can be found here.

Events

  • On February 3rd, the TMC Asser Institute in the Hague will host: “The Tallinn Manual 2.0 and The Hague Process: From Cyber Warfare to Peacetime Regime.” How do existing international legal norms apply to cyber operations? Not just in times of war, but also to cyber operations that take place outside the context of an armed conflict? The upcoming ‘Tallinn Manual 2.0: The International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations’ represents an effort by the International Group of Experts to discuss these issues in depth. After a brief overview of the role of the Dutch government in supporting this process by Dr. Marten Zwanenburg, Legal Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, Project Director of the Tallinn Manual, will provide an update on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 process and its treatment of such topics as the law of State responsibility, the prohibition of intervention and the peaceful settlement of disputes as applied in cyberspace.Participation is free of charge and registration is not needed. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found here.

  • On 22-23 April 2016 a conference on ‘Representations of the (Extra)territorial: Theoretical and Visual Perspectives’ will take place at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University. The conference will consist of four panels, addressing respectively virtual reality, the environment, human rights, and general conceptual shifts in understandings of territoriality. The speakers will include Prof. Wouter Werner & Dr. Geoff Gordon (VU Amsterdam),  Prof. Peer Zumbansen (King’s College London), Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud University Nijmegen), Prof. Philip Steinberg (Durham University), Prof. Chris Armstrong (University of Southampton), Prof. Juscelino Colares (Case Western University), Dr. Kerry Woods (Leeds University), Prof. Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University) and Dr. Daniel Augenstein (Tilburg University). Participation is free but participants are kindly required to register before the 18th of April 2016 at the following email address: Secretariaat [dot] IER [at] uu [dot] nl

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, January 18, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

  • Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to work together to counter the growing threat of Islamic militants in West Africa by sharing intelligence and conducting joint security patrols following two deadly and well-coordinated attacks in the region.
  • The UN says the worst drought in 30 years in Ethiopia means 400,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and more than 10 million people need food aid.
  • Somalia received a pledge of aid for $50 million from Saudi Arabia this month on the same day it announced it was cutting ties with Saudi rival Iran, a document seen by Reuters showed.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • At least 42 people have been killed, including civilians, in suspected Russian air strikes in Syria’s Raqqa province, activists and a monitoring group say.
  • Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has described as “historic” and a “great victory” the lifting of sanctions against Iran, declaring that the country is now reopening its doors to the international economy.
  • Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a monitoring group said.

Asia

Europe

Americas

  • US president Barack Obama is expected to release a new plan in a bid to convince Congress to close Guantanamo Bay prison.
  • Two Swedish citizens whom U.S. prosecutors said fought alongside the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia in battles to take control of the country’s capital of Mogadishu were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.

Oceania

UN/World