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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

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 11, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of 2016 of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • Mali’s chief prosecutor said on Saturday that it has evidence that jihadist al-Qaida splinter group Al Mourabitoun, led by veteran leader veteran militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, was behind a November attack on a luxury hotel that killed 20 people.
  • Dozens of Ethiopian and Somali migrants died in the waters off the breakaway Somalia region of Somaliland when their vessel failed mechanically in the course of the voyage and drifted in the sea, a regional Somaliland official said.

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

  • A “new deal” blueprint for sweeping reform of Australia’s environment laws that puts climate change at the centre of ­future economic decision-­making is being prepared by a coalition of 40 leading conservation groups in the wake of the Paris climate meeting.

UN/World

  • Iran’s foreign minister has complained to the United Nations about Saudi Arabia’s “provocations” toward Tehran, as a diplomatic crisis between the region’s two major powers entered its second week.

Events and Announcements: January 10, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology. The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation.

Calls for Papers

  • International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University. This proposed stream contains four panel sessions and invites submissions on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. Empirical work would be particularly welcomed and papers based on “works in progress” will be considered so long as the work is sufficiently developed. Both individual papers and panel submissions (of three related papers) can be submitted for consideration. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit abstracts. Selected papers from the conference will be published. Details of which will be available shortly. For an informal discussion please email the convenor, Anna Marie Brennan at Anna [dot] Marie [dot] Brennan [at] liverpool [dot] ac [dot] uk Abstracts may only be submitted via EasyChair. For more information on the submission process see here. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. The deadline for the submissions is Monday 18 January 2016.
  • The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8-9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. We welcome papers on this subject, which might include, but are by no means limited to: (1) the nature and position of non-state actors within the international legal system; (2) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (3) the source and scope of obligations for particular non-state actors, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (4) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (5) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms, whether judicial institutions, organs of international organisations or treaty regimes; (6) the special roles of non-state actors in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law, amongst others. For further details see the website here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a C.V. should be submitted to j [dot] summers [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk by 31 January 2016.
  • A reminder that the Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXV), which will be published in June 2016. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works. Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal. All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage. Please send manuscripts to pyil [at] inp [dot] pan [dot] pl. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016.
  • Call for papers for the second joint meeting of ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals (ASIL ICTIG) and ESIL Interest Group on International Courts (ESIL ICTIG). The joint meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. during ASIL’s annual meeting (30 March-3 April 2016). Exact time and date are still being determined, however, we wish to share that three members of the interest groups will have the chance to present works in progress at the meeting, and receive feedback. If you would like the opportunity to present a work in progress, please submit an abstract describing unpublished works on the theme of  “Regional Approaches to International Adjudication.” Current (2016) members of either ASIL ICTIG and ESIL ICTIG, at any level of their careers, are invited to submit abstracts. The works submitted are to be original and on-going research. Three papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, and must be submitted to the following email addresses: geir [dot] ulfstein [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no and ngrossman [at] ubalt [dot] edu. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is February 1, 2016. Authors of selected papers will be notified byFebruary 15, 2016.  Authors of selected papers are requested to submit drafts of their works-in-progress by March 15, 2016. Along with the abstract, please include in your submission:
    – The author’s name and affiliation
    – A short author’s CV
    – Whether the author is an ESIL ICTIG member or an ASIL ICTIG member, or both.
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers on ‘General Issues’ within International and European law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and/or European law. All types of manuscripts, from socio-legal to legal technical to comparative, will be considered for publication. 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 and should conform to the journal style guide on our website. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information, or for consultation on a potential submission, you can email the Editor-in-Chief at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org.

Events

  • The T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague is hosting a Hague Initiative on Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) Lecture by Dr. Katharine Fortin entitled: “The Accountability of Armed Groups Under International Law,” on 11 February 2016. The majority of the armed conflicts around the world today are between States and armed groups. This has heightened the imperative to clarify the obligations of armed groups under international law. In this lecture, Dr. Fortin will discuss the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law when holding armed groups to account. She will also discuss when and how the practice of holding armed groups to account under human rights law, as opposed to international humanitarian law, is legitimate. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Registration is not needed, but seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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.

National Security Challenges for the Next Administration: AALS Panel Discussion

by Jessica Dorsey

The Association of American Law Schools is hosting its 110th annual meeting, which starts today and goes through Sunday in New York City.

The program is vast, but one item of note takes place Saturday, 9 January, from 10:30am-12:15pm at the New York Hilton Midtown, Gramercy West, Second Floor. At this event, Deborah will be moderating a panel discussion entitled: “National Security Challenges for the Next Administration,” along with panelists John Bellinger, Gil Avriel, Marty Lederman, Hina Shamsi, and Dakota Rudesill. More information on the AALS meeting can be found here.

The description of the panel is as follows:

As the country embarks upon presidential election season 2016, this panel identifies and explores the most important challenges in national security law facing the next administration. While relatively discrete legacy issues from the U.S. response to the attacks of 9/11 remain, the emergence of new security threats from organizations such as ISIL has brought into sharp relief the broader unresolved questions surrounding the domestic and international legal framework for combating violent non-state and quasi-state actors. This panel assembles a distinguished group of experts on U.S. constitutional law, international law, and counterterrorism to consider which legal problem the next U.S. President should place highest on his or her to-do list – and what the President should do to address it.

Weekly News Wrap: January 4, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Happy New Year, OJ readers! Here’s your first weekly selection of 2016 of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

  • Sweden has begun ID controls as part of the government’s efforts to limit the number of refugees entering the country.
  • Belgian investigators released three people on Friday after questioning them over an alleged plot to attack the capital on New Year’s Eve which forced the cancellation of the city’s annual fireworks display.
  • Poland could be open to compromise over British demands to limit the rights of European Union migrants if London helps it bolster the NATO presence in central Europe, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told Reuters.
  • The head of a special team investigating alleged abuses by British soldiers in Iraq has said he’s confident there will be sufficient evidence for war crimes prosecutions.

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: January 3, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law: The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients around the world free of charge. The latest lectures include the Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture by Professor John Norton Moore delivered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 18 November 2015. It is the fifth in a series of Memorial Lectures commemorating Professor Rosenne’s unique contribution to the development of international law and its practice. The second lecture was given by Judge Theodor Meron on “The Mechanism: A New Model of International Criminal Tribunal”.
  • Di Tella University, from Argentina, is delighted to announce that the third issue of the Latin American Journal of International Law (Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional -LADI-) is now available online. The Journal, published in Spanish, is the first Latin American publication devoted to promoting the discussion of general topics of Public International Law from different perspectives in the region. LADI’s third issue includes articles by Marko Milanovic, Ariel Dulitzky, Mark Pieth and Liliana Obregón, amongst others, as well as interviews to Professor Alicia Yamin and UN Special Rapporteur Juan Méndez. The latest issue can be found here.  LADI has also launched its new multimedia section –LADI Conversations- with interviews to prominent international law scholars and practitioners on current peace talks in Colombia. LADI Conversations can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • The University of Portsmouth School of Law, the European University Institute and the McCoubrey Centre for International Law of the University of Hull Law School are organising a two-day international conference on “Building Consensus on European Consensus” (EUI, Florence, 1st and 2nd June 2016). The conference aims to examine the meaning, mechanics and normative consequences of European consensus as a method of interpretation used by the European Court of Human Rights when it recognises the emergence of “new” rights within the Convention system, particularly in areas regarded as politically, socially of morally sensitive. In an attempt to study European consensus through an interdisciplinary lens, the conference will bring together scholars in Human Rights law, Constitutional law, Legal Philosophy and Public International law, as well as members of the European judiciary, with a keynote from Professor Conor Gearty (Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics). To submit an abstract, please visit the conference’s webpage here.
  • The editors of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) welcome submissions for the CJICL 5th Annual Conference to be held at the University of Cambridge on 8-9 April 2016. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law. Abstracts should be submitted on the basis that the subsequent paper will be available for publication if selected. The theme for the CJICL 5th Annual Conference is “Public and Private Power”. We are interested in doctrinal, theoretical, institutional and comparative perspectives from international, European and comparative law on the regulation of public and private power. Further details are available here.

Events

  • The 13th Otto-Riese-Lecture on occasion of the opening of the Academic year of the LLM Programme in International and European Economic and Commercial Law entitled: “Leading the reform of the global investment regime?” – The EU’s approach towards international investment law, will be given by Professor Markus Krajewski (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) who was the author of a report leading to the German Government’s proposal to include a permanent investment Court in the agreements concluded by the European Union on Thursday 25 February 2016 (16:00 – 17:15)  –  Internef UNIL – Dorigny  –  231. More information can be found here.

  • Workshop “International Commodity Law” In cooperation with FOKOS (University of Siegen), the Europa-Institute of the University of the Saarland and the Swiss Branch of the International Law Association, the LLM Programme in International Economic and Commercial Law at the Centre for Comparative, European and International Law of the University of Lausanne organizes a one-day event on legal aspects of international commodity trade and investment. Friday 26 February 2016 (9:00 – 17:00)  –  Internef UNIL – Dorigny  –  231. You can sign up from  04.01.16  to  19.02.16. Participation is free of charge but registration at llm [at] unil [dot] ch absolutely necessary. More information 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: Monday, December 21, 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

  • Belgian police have searched a home in the centre of Brussels and made two arrests in connection with the investigation into last month’s attacks in Paris, federal prosecutors said.
  • Legal experts at Germany’s lower house of parliament have serious doubts about the legality of introducing a cap on refugee numbers, according to a document obtained by German broadcaster ARD.
  • The head of the European Union’s border agency has said the large number of refugees entering Europe poses a security risk, with civil war making it harder to check the authenticity of Syrian passports.

Americas

  • As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the Gulf sultanate of Oman from an embarrassing public rebuke over its human rights record, rewarding a close Arab ally that helped broker the historic deal.
  • An air strike by the US-led coalition countering the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group may have led to the death of Iraqi soldiers, the US military said in a statement.

Oceania

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: December 14, 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

  • Russia on Sunday warned Turkey to stop staging what it called provocations against its forces in or near Syria after one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean to avoid a collision.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine said was a request from the United States to provide more military help in the fight against Islamic State.
  • A proposal to give the European Union executive the power to send forces unbidden into member states to defend the common European frontier will face resistance from some countries when it is published this week.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signaling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress.
  • Ecuador and Sweden have reached a deal that could pave the way for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be questioned at the South American country’s embassy in London where he has lived for more than three years.

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: December 13, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Freie Universität Berlin are accepting applications for the third round of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral fellowships in the fully-funded joint 3-year interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law and Politics” (HR-UP), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Einstein Foundation Berlin. HR-UP offers young researchers a unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on the most pressing contemporary challenges for human rights, including issues arising from crises and emergencies, globalization and diversity. Doctoral researchers admitted to the program will receive competitive fellowships and mobility funds for research terms at the partner university. They will be jointly supervised by senior researchers from Germany and Israel, and participate in both jointly and locally held courses, including a two-week introductory intensive course in Jerusalem, joint interdisciplinary colloquia, research ‘master-classes’, and three annual summer schools in Berlin. The program also includes two post-doctoral positions (one in each university). The deadline for doctoral applications is January 31st, 2016. Applications for the post-doctoral fellowship will run from January 11th-February 21st, 2016. For further information, and to apply, please visit  www.hr-up.net.
  • iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen seeks applications for fully funded PhD scholarships. Applications are due 28 January 2016. Successful candidates will begin as early as 1 July 2016. The PhD fellowship has a duration of three (3) years.
  • The Goettingen Journal of International Law has recently pre-published an article by Prof. Peter H. Sand & Prof. Jonathan B. Wiener. The article was a submission to GoJIL’s Call for Papers on the Protection of the Atmosphere. Their contribution assesses the prospects and limitations of the initial ILC reports and debates on the topic in 2014 and 2015, and potential avenues for progress in the years to come. It can be accessed at www.gojil.eu.
  • The board of editors is glad to announce that the University of Bologna Law Review is born! The University of Bologna Law Review is a student-run law journal published by the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna, which boasts an almost millennial history as the oldest university of the Western World. In the wake of the glorious anglo-saxon tradition of student-run reviews – many of which have become renowned journals, recognized as a reference for academics in their fields of specialization – the University of Bologna Law Review is one of the very few student-run journals in Italy, and aims at establishing itself as a leading publication in its category. To this end, the Editorial Team opted for a double-blind peer-review system so as to assure the undisputed scientific soundness of the manuscripts, and strengthened it by setting up an Advisory Board who comprises both up-and-coming young scholars and highly-esteemed professors holding positions in prestigious universities all around the world. The University of Bologna Law Review is sponsored by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Calls for Papers

  • The University of Bologna Law Review welcomes articles, case notes and book reviews for its first issue on the following topics: trust law; international business and commercial litigation; commercial and investment arbitration; tax law; investment law; competition law; monetary law. All these subjects can be tackled with a comparative, an European or an international approach. However, manuscripts on other subjects can certainly be submitted. The first issue will be published in June 2016. The deadline for submitting manuscripts is May 1st, 2016 at 11:59 pm (GMT+1). Submission must be in English and maximum 25,000 words in length, including footnotes. The University of Bologna Law Review follows the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.), providing you with the necessary support if needed. Further information is available here.
  • The Cambridge Student Law Journal is a blind reviewed, student-run legal journal run in association with Cambridge University Law Society and Slaughter & May. The Journal will be publishing its inaugural volume in the first half of 2016. The aim is to publish articles on a variety of legal topics written by students at all levels as well as early career researchers. We hope that the Journal will contribute to legal scholarship and stimulate academic debate. The Editorial Board welcomes long articles, short articles, and case comments on all aspects of law, legal history, and legal theory. Long articles should not exceed 12,000 words and case comments should ideally be between 1,000 words and 5,000 words. The board is particularly interested in articles from our international colleagues. Articles are to be submitted for consideration to journal [at] camlawsoc [dot] com on or before Friday, January 15th, 2016.

Events

  • ALMA – Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law and the Radzyner Law School of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to a special session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum.The session will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 18:30,  in room C110, Arazi-Ofer Building, IDC Campus, Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya, Israel. In this session Adv. Christie Edwards will present: Women and Armed Conflicts. Christie will discuss the ways in which women are particularly affected by armed conflict, some of their specific vulnerabilities, and the ways in which the law does (or does not) provide protections for crimes of sexual violence in conflict. Christie is the Director of International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross  leading the organization’s legal education and public outreach efforts on IHL. Christie also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG). Following the presentations, there will be an open round-table discussion. Please note that the session will be conducted in English. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend the meetings of the Joint IHL Forum please register in advance via forum [at] alma-ihl [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.

Events and Announcements: November 29, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The coordinators are pleased to announce the establishment of the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI). The Institute builds on a long tradition in the area of international law at Ghent University and brings together ca. 30 faculty members and doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Its activities span the entire realm of public international law, ranging from the law of armed conflict and international human rights law, to the law of the sea, international environmental law, international criminal law, and international economic law, as well as the history of international law. GRILI strives to be a vibrant and recognized centre of academic excellence, generating qualitative and innovative contributions to existing legal scholarship. The Institute combines doctoral research and contract research. Its members provide consultancy to (national, European and international) governmental and non-governmental bodies on issues of international law and contribute amicus curiae briefs to legal proceedings. The Institute frequently organizes lectures, workshops and international conferences. An overview of these events, including the ongoing International Order & Justice Lectures Series, can be found here. For further information on the Institute’s membership, activities, events and research output, please visit our webpage at http://www.grili.ugent.be/ or follow us on twitter (@GRILI_Ugent).

     

Calls for Papers

  • The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law has extended the deadline for submissions for our interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7 – 8, 2016. The new deadline is December 13, 2015.
  • The organizers are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Conference “Law Between Global and Colonial: Techniques of Empire“, hosted by the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights on 3-5 October 2016 in Helsinki. The conference will close the four and a half-year period of the Finnish Academy research project on “International Law, Religion and Empire” headed by Martti Koskenniemi, supported by Paolo Amorosa, Mónica García-Salmones, Manuel Jimenez and Walter Rech as research fellows. The conference proposes to discuss the legal languages and techniques through which colonial powers ruled non-European territories and populations throughout the modern age.  The aim of the Conference is to examine in detail the juridical practices and discourses of colonial powers when they exercised their supremacy over colonial subjects and disciplined them. Keynote speakers: Lauren Benton, Isabel. V. Hull, Luigi Nuzzo. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 1st, 2016. For the full call for papers please refer to the link below. For further information contact the organizers at monica [dot] garcia [at] helsinki [dot] fi or paolo [dot] amorosa [at] helsinki [dot] fi.

Events

  • ALMA – Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law and the Radzyner Law School of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to a special session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015, 18:30, in room C110, Arazi-Ofer Building, IDC Campus, Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya. In this session, Adv. Tom Gal will present her article: Applicability of the Law of Occupation to War by Proxy. Tom will discuss the implication of classifying a prima facie non international armed conflict as international, and the legal and practical outcomes regarding the law of occupation and its applicability to non-state armed actors. Adv. Tom Gal is ALMA’s vice chairman and co-founder. Tom is a PhD candidate in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law at the University of Geneva and working as a teaching and research assistant at the Geneva Academy for Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. For this article Tom received the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2014.  Following the presentations, there will be an open round-table discussion. Please note that the session will be conducted in English. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend the meetings of the Joint IHL Forum please register in advance via forum [at] alma-ihl [dot] org.

  • Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law at University College London since September 2014, will be giving his inaugural lecture entitled: “Curriculum Vitae: A Prequel,” in which he will tease out some recurrent international legal problems through the story of the life and opinions of D. H. G. H.-G. Salamander, lesser highly qualified publicist and minor poet. This takes place on Thursday 10 December. For more information and to register, please click here.
  • Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: ICSID at 50: Investment Arbitration as a Motor of General International Law? (11-12 March 2016). For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop – jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan W. Schill (Amsterdam), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) – has been a forum for the discussion of foundational issues of international investment law. As ICSID reaches its half-century, the next workshop asks whether and to what extent international investment law and investor-State arbitration are ‘motors of general international law‘? No doubt, investment law in its ‘BIT era’ operates within a framework of general international law – it does not exist, to take up a phrase coined in relation to WTO law, in ‘clinical isolation‘. But how about the reverse effect? Do investment law and investment arbitration have radiating effects? Do they shape international law more generally? The program and more information is available here; for edited collections that have grown out of earlier Frankfurt Investment Law Workshops see here, here and here. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, E-Mail: S [dot] Schimpf [at] jur [dot] uni-frankfurt [dot] de by 28 February 2016.

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, November 23, 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

Oceania

UN/World