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Jessica Dorsey

Events and Announcements: May 1, 2106

by Jessica Dorsey

Event

  • The University of Sheffield School of Law Annual James Muiruri International Law Lecture will be held on Wednesday 11 May at 6pm. Prof Guy S. Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford, will speak on Refugees in our Time: The Challenges of Protection and Security.  The lecture will take place in The Diamond lecture theatre. For more details and to register click here. Over the past two years or so, Europe has been challenged, like many countries in the ‘south’, by what to do when faced with large numbers of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, many in desperate need of protection and assistance. True to form, some alarmists have raised the security spectre, as if enough ‘terrorists’ were not home-grown, or able anyway to use regular means of transport, and forgetful of the extent to which States have already ‘securitised’ the movement of people, certainly since the mid-1990s, if not much earlier. Europe’s failure, however, has not been on the security front; rather, it has so far failed to live up to its principles, to make the best use of existing mechanisms, institutions and laws, and to think pro-actively, outside the box, so as to develop a regime of protection, asylum and migration management fit for the twenty-first century, in which both the rights of individuals and communities and the interests of States can be effectively, lawfully and equitably accommodated. This lecture will look over at the past, and make some suggestions for a future.

Announcements

  • 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 users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Alex Oude Elferink on “International Law and Negotiated and Adjudicated Maritime Boundaries: A Complex Relationship” and Sir Nigel Rodley on “United Nations Treaty and Charter-based Human Rights Bodies: Competitive or Complimentary?”.
  • A new open access law journal: European papers. A Journal on Law and Integration has launched. European papers is conceived of as a cultural project: a tool for reflecting on European integration, in its multiple dimensions, as a breeding place for ideas. To achieve this goal, we have thought of European papers as a living laboratory with a dual nature: a four-monthly electronic scientific e-Journal and a ‘militant’ European Forum designed as a hotbed for intellectual discussion and keeping in touch with the latest developments. The first issue of the e-Journal is here, including, amongst others, contributions by Christian Joerges, Jan Klabbers, Carol Harlow, Christophe Hillion, Dimitry Kochenov and Martijn van den Brink, Bruno Nascimbene. The European Forum’s Highlights and Insights on EU law and European integration are arranged ratione materiae and can be downloaded here.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 25, 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

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Americas

  • U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday there were no plans to deploy ground troops in Libya, but that the United States would not wait to see if Islamic State starts to gain a foothold there.
  • For the first time since the US launched the so-called War on Terror, two former CIA contractors are in federal court; psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who designed the CIA’s torture programme, are trying to get a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed on behalf of some of the men who were tortured.

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: April 24, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • Admissions to the third edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the MENA Region (DE.MA) are open: first round deadline – 30 May 2016; second round deadline – 30 June 2016. DE.MA was created thanks to the support of the European Union and of the Danish Institute for Human Rights. It is based on a partnership between EIUC and the following universities: International University of Rabat (Rabat, Morocco), Birzeit University (Birzeit, Palestine), St Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon), Ca’ Foscari University (Venice, Italy) and a growing network of partner Universities in the Region. DE.MA is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in law, political science, sociology and other fields relevant to the study of democratic governance and Human Rights. Open to professionals and graduates, it will combine a theoretical and practical approach and it will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The main language will be English, knowledge of French and Arabic is recommended. The first semester from mid/late September 2016 until January 2017 is held at the EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from February to May 2017 takes place in one of the partner universities in the Master’s Consortium. Thesis defence and graduation ceremony are in July 2017. DE.MA aims at:
    • Creating high-profile experts in the fields of democratic governance and the protection of human rights, allowing them to act as promoters of a process leading to the affirmation of the democratic principles;
    • Fostering the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
    • Building a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organisations in the Region.

    Tuition fees amount to 4.000,00 euro. EIUC offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution. More information on the DE.MA, the professors and the programme can be found here.

Call for Papers

  • The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law will sponsor a Scholars’ Roundtable on October 14, 2016 at Brooklyn Law School. Scholars writing in a diverse range of fields related to international business, economic, and financial law are invited to submit proposals to present works in progress for an intense day of discussion with other scholars in the field. Participants will be expected to read all papers in advance of the Roundtable and offer commentary on each of the presentations. More information can be found here.

Event

  • Uppsala University is hosting a Symposium June 3rd titled “International Investment Law as a Field for Scholarly Research,” features several young scholars and will explore several aspects of international investment law research. It is hosted by Uppsala University, together with the Nordic Network on Investment Law and the Swedish Institute of International Law. More information can be found here.

Announcements

  • In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice, the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has recently added the following interview recordings in French to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: President Abraham – “La Cour internationale de Justice à l’aube de son soixante-dixième anniversaire” and the Registrar, Mr. Couvreur, – “Le déroulement du procès devant la Cour internationale de Justice”.
  • Maastricht University has announced an essay competition on the question of sovereignty over the Falklands (Malvinas). 16 December 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the adoption of UNGA Resolution 2065, which was the first General Assembly’s resolution to address specifically the question of the Falklands (Malvinas). By Resolution 2065 the Assembly noted the existence of a sovereignty dispute over those territories between the UK and Argentina and recommended both States to negotiate the settlement of the dispute. The resolution is still awaiting implementation, as the dispute remains unsettled and there are no negotiations going on. The essay topic is: How can the sovereignty dispute over the Falklands (Malvinas) be settled? The essay requirements are found in the link below. The deadline is 30th of June, 2016. The competition is open to bachelor’s and master’s students from universities based in the European Union. More information can be found here.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 18, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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Middle East and Northern Africa

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, April 11, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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Middle East and Northern Africa

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Americas

  • John Kerry on Monday became the first U.S. secretary of state to pay his respects at Hiroshima’s memorial to victims of the 1945 U.S. nuclear attack, raising speculation that U.S. President Barack Obama might visit in May.
  • A Canadian aboriginal community of 2,000 people declared a state of emergency on Saturday after 11 of its members tried taking their own lives this month and 28 tried to do so in March, according to a document provided by a local politician.

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: April 10, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • Admissions to the Seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions” (19 May 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 25 April 2016. The issue of global health governance deals with the question how to regulate efficiently a panoply of actors in global health, such as international organisations, States, NGOs (including philanthropic foundations), private-public partnerships, pharmaceutical companies, individuals and others. Recently, a concept of global health law has been developed for the improvement of health worldwide (L. Gostin), which comprises legal instruments developed by the WHO and other organisations, human rights documents that protect the right to health and standards that deal with social justice and the prohibition of discrimination.Key-Note Lecturer is Stefano Semplici is Professor of Social Ethics at «Tor Vergata» University. He is the former Chairperson of the International Bioethics Committee of Unesco (since 2008) and Chairperson of the Bioethical Committee of the Italian Society for Pediatrics. He is the Scientific Director of the University College “Lamaro-Pozzani”. Other lecturers: Prof. Brigit Toebes (Groningen), Prof. Vesna Švab (Ljubljana), Dr. Gorik Ooms (Protection International), Dr. Sondus Hassounah (Imperial College), Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy (Hertfordshire), Prof. Stefania Negri (Salerno), Prof. Stéphanie Dagron (Geneva), Rossella Miccio (EMERGENCY), Prof. Sarah Hawkes (University College London). Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form. For any query about the seminar please contact us at training [dot] publichealth [at] eiuc [dot] org.

Calls for Papers

  • The Tel Aviv University Buchmann Faculty of Law is pleased to invite submissions to its fourth annual workshop for junior scholars in law. The workshop provides junior scholars with the opportunity to present and discuss their work, receive meaningful feedback from faculty members and peers and aims to invigorate the scholars’ active participation in the community of international junior scholars in law. Call for papers for the 4th Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars that will take place on November 21-23, at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law. Abstracts of up to 700 words of the proposed presentation (with a short bio and your current institutional affiliation(s)) should be submitted by email to TAU [dot] junior [dot] scholars [at] gmail [dot] com by May 16, 2016. Applicants requesting travel grants and/or accommodation should indicate so in their submission, along with the city they expect to depart from and an estimate of the funds requested. A link to the call for papers and more information can be found at the faculty’s website.
  • The Faculty of Law at The University of Western Australia is convening the Fourth Annual International Criminal Law Workshop on 15-16 September 2016. The keynote speaker for this event is the Honourable Justice Kevin Parker, former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  The Workshop organizers – Professors Holly Cullen, Philipp Kastner and Sean Richmond – request paper proposals of up to 400 words that examine the theme “The Politics of International Criminal Law”, or ICL more generally. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 9 May 2016.  Following the Workshop, selected papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed International Criminal Law Review and, possibly, an expanded edited book with Brill Publishing.  To support and incentivize leading PhD students and Early Career Researchers throughout Australia and abroad to present at the Workshop, we are pleased to provide up to five travel awards of up to $1,000. For more information, please consult the Call for Papers.
  • The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the University of Haifa invite submissions for participation in a young researchers workshop on “Terrorism and Belligerency”. See also this link for more information.

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, April 4, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

  • The former British colony of Australia wants Britain to stay in the European Union, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, weeks before Britain holds a referendum on EU membership.

UN/World

  • The United Nations’ internal investigations office has uncovered serious lapses and due-diligence failures in the world body’s interaction with organizations tied to an alleged bribery scheme involving a former U.N. General Assembly president.
  • A huge leak of 11.5 million documents from a Panama law firm reveals how the world’s rich hide their money, Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper said.

Events and Announcements: April 3, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • Revisiting the role of international law in national security: call for papers. Many conversations in the U.S. about situations of armed conflict – within civil society, academia, and the U.S. government – center on “national security law,” often drawing primarily from domestic law and military perspectives. International law is sometimes set aside in these discussions. This workshop aims to draw the international legal aspects of armed conflicts to the forefront once again. This workshop, co-organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Delegation in Washington, and faculty at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Stanford Law School, and Cardozo School of Law aims to drive discussions of public international law, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law, into conversations, in the U.S. in particular, on national security issues and situations of armed conflict. The workshop will provide time to discuss scholarly articles that are in process, as well as other major issues of international legal concern regarding situations of armed conflict. Following discussions, the group of participants may choose to collaborate on an outcome document. We invite you to submit an abstract or draft of an article for discussion. A small number of papers will be selected for discussion at the workshop. The article does not need to be finished – an abstract or draft may be submitted. When: May 19th, 2016 (full day) Where: Cardozo Law School, New York City Submissions: Please send your name, current affiliation, and paper proposal to Tracey Begley, trbegley [at] icrc [dot] org. Deadline for submissions: April 8, 2016 A limited amount of travel funds may be available.
  • Dr Kubo Macak (University of Exeter) and Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne (University of Reading) are holding an expert roundtable on 22-23 September 2016 on the topic of ‘The Impact of the Law of Armed Conflict on General International Law’. They are issuing a call for abstracts of no more than 500 words on this topic to be submitted by email to loacimpact [at] gmail [dot] com no later than 20 May 2016. Those chosen to attend will have their domestic travel expenses and accommodation covered. The full details and call for papers can be found here.

Announcements

  • The ICRC has just published its quarterly bibliography. You can find it here,
  • Transnational Dispute Managment has published a CETA special. Editors Andrea Bjorklund, John Gaffney, Fabien Gélinas and Herfried Wöss prepared this TDM CETA special. It undertakes a broad-ranging study of CETA, viewing it as an indicator of the evolution of EU trade and investment policy, and of the kinds of tensions and innovations that can be expected to arise as a new generation of twenty-first century trade and investment agreements emerges. The special starts off with an introduction by three leading experts Professor Pieter Jan Kuijper; The Honourable L. Yves Fortier and Judge Stephen Schwebel (free to read). It is the first detailed collection of reviews of CETA after its latest revisions, including the reworked Investment Chapter with an investment court replacing international arbitration.
  • 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 users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice on “Whaling: the Gordian Knot of International Law” and by Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos on “Domestic Courts in International Law”.

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, March 29, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, March 21, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

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

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Middle East and Northern Africa

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Events and Announcements: March 20, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • Admissions to the Seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions” (19 May 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 25 April 2016, early bird 30 March 2016 with 10% discount. The issue of global health governance, which deals with the question how to regulate efficiently a panoply of actors in global health, such as international organisations, States, NGOs (including philanthropic foundations), private-public partnerships, pharmaceutical companies, individuals and others. The seminar on public health and human rights will host some of the world’s most renowned experts on health related human rights. Their presentations will be organized in three panels. Presentations in each panel will be followed by an interactive discussion with other participants. Target: the seminar is open to all the people with a strong interest in the study of the link between Human Rights and Public Health. It is especially conceived for professionals who work in fields where this link is particularly strong: employees of national Health Ministries in the European Union and beyond, representatives of Pharmaceutical Companies, functionaries and officials of International Organizations and members of NGOs working in the public health sector. It is also addressed to professional doctors having an interest in the Human Rights policies about public health and to scholars with a background in public health, philosophy and ethics, medical law and social sciences. Eligibility: lectures are conceived for participants with a general interest in Human Rights and some basic knowledge in Public Health. Seminar Language: all lectures will be held in English. Enrolment fee for the seminar amounts to € 260,00 with no accommodation, or € 360,00 with accommodation for 1night (night 18 May – departures 19 May 2016). If you choose the option with no accommodation, the enrolment fee will include: tuition fee and lunch on seminar day. If you choose the option with accommodation, the enrolment fee will include: tuition fee, lunch on seminar day and accommodation in a single room in a hotel on the Lido for 1 night. Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form. For any query about the seminar please contact us at training [dot] publichealth [at] eiuc [dot] org
  • The University of Utrecht is offering two summer programs of interest to Opinio Juris readers. If you’d like to learn more about the regulation of the various uses of freshwater resources, then the Summer School on International, European and Domestic Water Law might be of interest to you. This course provides you with an introduction to selected issues of international, regional (EU) and domestic (comparative) water law. These issues include the organizational aspects of water management, water safety and flood protection, water quality and combating pollution, protection of drinking water resources and the sustainable use of water. If you are looking for a general introduction to the most important tenets of public international law, then we invite you to join the Summer School on Public International Law. This course will look at the role of international law in responding to today’s global challenges, such as the Russian activities in Ukraine, the legal aftermath of Srebrenica, the ongoing conflict in Syria and Iraq, and climate change negotiations. These issues will be used to examine the nature and function of international law, its sources and subjects, and questions of jurisdiction and immunities, state responsibility and the responsibility of international organizations. For more information, please contact the course leaders: Professor Marleen van Rijswick (water law) and Professor Cedric Ryngaert (International law), or the course coordinator: Otto Spijkers.

Calls for Papers

  • The Vienna Journal on International Constitutional Law is dedicated to a wide range of subjects including in particular European Constitutional Law, Public International Law, the Constitutionalization of International Law, the Internationalization of Constitutional Law, the Migration of Constitutional Ideas, Legal Theory, and Comparative Constitutional Law. By linking these select perspectives, the Journal endorses an approach towards a coherent understanding of International Constitutional Law, thus preparing the ground for novel answers to the challenges of a changing global legal framework. For its 10 year anniversary the Journal will host a conference dedicated to its very scope: The one day event to be held on23 September 2016 at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) will focus on the concept of International Constitutional Law. Abstracts of no more than 300 words accompanied by your CV and inquiries may be directed to Maria Fegerl (maria [dot] fegerl [at] wu [dot] ac [dot] at) until May 15. All applicants will be notified by May 31. Accepted papers will be included in ICL Journal Vol 11. Please be advised that travel expenses cannot be covered.
  • Call for Papers, Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference on “International Law and a Dynamic Asia” Ha Noi, Vietnam, 14-15 June 2016 Deadline: 15 April 2016. The 2016 Regional Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will take place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and a number of agorae. In addition, the Conference will feature two special agorae on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the establishment of the ASEAN Community – two remarkable developments in 2015. The Conference provides an excellent forum for speakers to share innovative and original ideas in wide-ranging areas of international law with a view to stimulating debate and promoting further research; this is also an opportunity to foster contacts between participants. Papers presented in agorae should focus on the field of international law connected with the overarching conference theme. Papers should be unpublished at the moment of presentation and be at an advanced stage of completion. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 April 2016. Abstracts in no more than 500 words should be submitted via email to ilconference [dot] vn2016 [at] gmail [dot] comPlease click here for more information on the Call for Papers and the conference theme.
  • ILW 2016 – Call for Proposals: International Law Weekend 2016 (ILW 2016) is scheduled for October 27-29, 2016 in New York City.  The ILW Organizing Committee invites panel proposals for the conference to be submitted through the online ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form. All proposals for the conference must be received by April 9, 2016. Panel proposals may concern any aspect of contemporary international law and practice. For more information, please read the full Call for Proposals or visit the ILW webpage. ILW 2016 is sponsored and organized by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA). Questions about the ILW 2016 may be sent to conferences [at] ilsa [dot] org.

Events

  • Queen Mary University of London’s  Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context cordially invite you to its 2016 Annual Lecture. The lecture, entitled ‘Mare Nostrum: International Law, Spatial Order, and the Mediterranean’, will be delivered by Professor Anne Orford (Melbourne) on 31 March 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London. More details can be found here. The event is free and open to all, but please register online via Eventbrite.

Announcements

  • Trade, Law and Development (Vol. 7, No. 1) [TL&D] has been published. TL&D has been ranked as the best law journal in India (2011-1015) and the 10th best law journal in the field of international trade worldwide (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) by the Washington and Lee University Law Library in its annual rankings of law journals. Since its establishment in 2009, the journal’s efforts have been recognized by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes and the World Trade Organization. The issue and its contents can be accessed online on the website 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, March 14, 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