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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:

Africa

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:

Africa

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:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

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

Events and Announcements: March 13, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • 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. Deadline for submissions is 18 April 2016.
  • The Journal of International Peace and Organisation (“Die Friedens-Warte”) is calling for papers for its upcoming issue of volume 91 (2016). The Journal adapts an interdisciplinary approach to all matters relating to peace research, with international law and political science as lead disciplines. All submissions are assessed through double-blind peer review by two experts in the field. The topic of the upcoming issue’s focus section is ‘Flight and Refuge’. Abstracts may be submitted until 24 April 2016. For more detailed information, please see the Call for Papers or the Journal’s website.
  • It is with great pleasure that the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and Exeter Law School invite subject matter experts to submit their proposals for presenting a paper at the conference: “The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field” from 21–23 June 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom. Proposals addressing the following topics are particularly welcome: the concept, meaning and scope of the international law of military operations;the place of the international law of military operations within the system of public international law as a potential lex specialis regime; the relevance and impact of particular branches of public international law—such as the law of the sea, air law, the law of international responsibility, international human rights law, the law of State jurisdiction and immunity—on the conduct of overseas military operations and vice versa; the legal framework of information and influence operations, both during and outside of armed conflict; current legal developments and legal challenges facing the conduct of overseas military operations, such as the emergence of hybrid threats; training needs in the area of the international law of military operations and how best to address them. Please submit proposals for papers by 8 April 2016 to opslaw-conference [at] exeter [dot] ac [dot] uk. Proposals should contain the name and contact details of the applicant, the title of the paper to be presented and an abstract not exceeding 600 words. Applicants should also attach a brief CV.
  • The SMU Dedman School of Law’s Tsai Center for Law, Science, and Innovation invites junior scholar submissions of 10,000 – 25,000 words for a workshop on the legal, policy, and ethical aspects of emerging military technology to be held in Dallas, Texas May 27-28.  Junior scholars will receive detailed commentary on their work from established scholars, including Professors R.E. Burnett of National Defense University, Eric Talbot Jensen of BYU Law, Tim McCormack of Melbourne Law School/US Navy War College and Sean Watts of Creighton Law.  For more information, please see the Tsai Center Call for Papers.
  • The Editorial Board of the EtYIL, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is pleased to make a call for papers for the 2017 Edition of the Yearbook. The deadline for article submissions is November 30, 2016. If you have ideas, abstracts or a work in progress that you would like to share with the editorial team please get in touch at ethiopianyearbook [at] gmail [dot] com. For more information about the EtYIL and for submission guidelines please consult the Springer website here.

Announcements

Events

  • The School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires holds a colloquium entitled “Emotions & International Law” in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 25-26 August 2016. The event is organized by the Permanent Seminar on the Theory and History of International Law and the DECyT Research Project “The feelings in the history of ius gentium”, under the direction of Prof. Emiliano J. Buis. Registration for the conference is now open. For more information please visit the colloquium website or email emocionesDI [at] gmail [dot] com or ebuis [at] derecho [dot] uba [dot] ar. The colloquium is intended to create an opportunity to reflect and debate the conceptual discussion on feelings such as hatred, resentment, compassion, nostalgia, fear, empathy/sympathy, jealously, shame, humiliation, affectation/love, among others, which are considered as possible keys of interpreting international law on a broad sense, involving States and non-State actors, as well as the generation of rules regulating them.
  • 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 upcoming session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 18:30,  in room C110, Arazi-Ofer Building, IDC Campus, Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya, Israel. In this session we will focus on: Autonomous Systems and Autonomous Weapons. Dr. Eliav Lieblich, Assistant Professor in the Radzyner Law School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC) will discuss his article (Written with Eyal Benvenisti): “Robot Warfare and the Problem of Bound Discretion.” Dr. Liran Antebi, Research Fellow at the The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) will discuss: “Autonomous systems- will destroy mankind, or save us from ourselves?” Following the presentation, there will be an open round-table discussion. Please note that the session will be conducted in Hebrew. 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.

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.

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