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Events and Announcements: December 22, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Stanford Journal of International Law seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and policymakers for its Symposium titled Governing Intelligence: Transnational Threats & the National Security State, which will take place on May 2, 2014 at Stanford Law School. Governing Intelligence will move beyond the surveillance debate to start an interdisciplinary dialogue about the power and limits of intelligence agencies from a comparative and international perspective. Contributions must address either of the following topics: (a) National Intelligence & Transnational Threats; or, (b) Individual Rights & Intelligence Gathering.  The abstract submission deadline is February 1, 2014. Decisions will be released on a rolling basis. The full announcement, along with sub-topics, contact information, and submissions guidelines, can be found here.
  • The Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ) invites submissions for a Special Issue provisionally titled The Interaction between Refugee/Migration Law and International Criminal/Humanitarian Law. The editors welcome submission of abstracts not exceeding 400 Words on any of the themes described above, or related areas of interest, on or before 28 February 2014, by email, at jicj [at] geneva-academy [dot] ch. The abstract should contain the author’s name, home institution, and the title of the proposed paper.  Please also send a current CV. For more information, please click here (.doc).
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers to be published in its forthcoming general edition on International and European Law. The Board of Editors of Utrecht Journal invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and European law; topics may include, but are not limited to, International and European Human Rights Law, International and European Criminal Law, Family Law, Health and Medical Law, Childrens’ Rights and the Law, Commercial Law, Media Law, Law of Democracy, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation, Comparative Law, Competition Law, Employment Law, Law of the Sea, Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples, Land and Resources Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution or any other relevant topic. Deadline for Submissions: 30 March 2014Author guidelines and more information can be found here.
  • The Grotius Center of Leiden University in The Hague has announced a call for papers for its upcoming seminar: Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices taking place June 11 – 12, 2014. Traditional approaches to environmental protection face particular challenges during and after conflict. Calls for the acceptance of specific ecological obligations and procedures in post-conflict environments encounter resistance and constraint in military operations. Some harms and obligations lend themselves to systemic or abstract regulation. Others require context- and case-specific consideration. Jus post bellum provides a potential framework to take into account these specificities. It allows exploration of otherwise disparate areas of law and practice under a unified framework that focuses on post-conflict societies and the creation of sustainable peace.
    The full call for papers can be read here. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Please indicate for which seminar the abstract is intended. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j [dot] m [dot] iverson [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl and j [dot] s [dot] easterday [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl no later than 27 January 2014.
  • The second event being hosted by the Grotius Center, Property and Investment in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices is also seeking papers. This event will focus specifically on three main areas: (i) Housing, land and property of displaced persons, (ii) protection of culturally significant property, and (iii) investment. It will investigate how property and investment rights can be reconciled with other rights in the context of jus post bellum; and what approaches law are most likely to produce a just and sustainable peace.The full call for papers can be read here. Just as with the first seminar’s call for papers, submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Please indicate for which seminar the abstract is intended. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j [dot] m [dot] iverson [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl and j [dot] s [dot] easterday [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl no later than 27 January 2014. Selected participants for both seminars will be informed 22 February 2014. Final papers should be submitted by 16 May 2014.

Events

  • Max Planck Masterclass in International Law will take place from 29 April – 2 May 2014 in which Professor Martti Koskenniemi will discuss: Critical Studies of International Law. The scholarship of international law is often caught in the dichotomy between apologetic etatism and utopian humanism. No one has described this contraposition and its implications more clearly than Martti Koskenniemi, most prominently in “From Apology to Utopia” (1989). During the last decades, he has been preeminent in criticizing what he calls the “Kitsch” of international legal scholarship. He emphatically describes the perplexities and disputability of concepts such as human rights or the international community. Beside his contributions in the field of deconstructivist thinking, Martti Koskenniemi has also published several pieces with a historical take. To name again but one lighthouse publication, “The gentle civilizer” (2004) tells an insightful and critical story about the emergence of international law as part of liberal modernity. The number of participants is limited in order keep the character of a seminar. Please send your applications, including a letter of motivation and a CV, till 31 January 2014 to masterclass2014 [at] mpil [dot] de. During the Masterclass, one afternoon will be dedicated to presentations from participants. Whoever would be interested in presenting his or her work in that session, is invited to indicate so and to send a short abstract along with the application. On Thursday, 1 May 2014, Professor Koskenniemi is going to give a public lecture at the DAI Heidelberg (http://www.dai-heidelberg.de/), entitled “Sovereignty, Property and International Law. A Historical View”. Everybody is cordially invited to join for that lecture.
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HUAS) has announced an upcoming multidisicplinary conference entitled: Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa, from 23-24 May 2014 at the HUAS in The Hague. Professor Kamari M. Clarke (University of Pennsylvania) Professor Charles C. Jalloh (University of Pittsburg) and Professor Makau W. Mutua (SUNY Buffalo Law School) will be speaking during the conference. For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.

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Weekly News Wrap: December 16, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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Weekly News Wrap: December 9, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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  • The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered in Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy.
  • US Vice President said that North Korea would never achieve prosperity as long as it continued to pursue nuclear arms, but added Washington remained open to dialogue if Pyongyang can show its willingness to honor its commitments.
  • The UN and US called for investigations into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings.
  • Chuck Hagel, the US defense secretary, has held talks in Rawalpindi with Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, as part of an effort to defuse tensions over controversial US drone strikes and Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan.

Africa

Europe

Americas

  • A Pakistani immigrant in the US who says he was held for more than 10 months in solitary confinement after being falsely arrested on terrorism charges has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Miami, saying he was a victim of “overzealousness” in the U.S. war on terrorism. 
  • Colombia’s main leftist guerrilla group, the FARC, said it would implement a 30-day ceasefire from December 15 while the government said it would keep pursuing the rebels after they attacked a police station a day earlier, killing eight.

Events and Announcements: December 8, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report approaches, the recurring dispute over the boundaries of the post-9/11 national security state is once again in full swing. Governing Intelligence will move beyond the surveillance debate to start an interdisciplinary dialogue about the power and limits of intelligence agencies from a comparative and international perspective. The Stanford Journal of International Law seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and policymakers in the form of approx. 10-15,000-word scholarly essays or 5,000-word white papers on either of the following topics: (a) National Intelligence & Transnational Threats; or, (b) Individual Rights & Intelligence Gathering. Please send a 1-2 page abstract of your essay or white paper in Word format, a C.V. of the author(s), and point of contact information to sjilboard [at] gmail [dot] com by 5:00PM PST on February 1, 2014. The full announcement, along with sub-topics and submissions instructions, can be found here.
  • The British Branch of the International Law Association has issued a call for papers for the Spring Conference (May 23-24, 2014). The organizers are particularly interested in contributions that shed new light on the following foundational questions: the relationship between international, regional and domestic legal orders; the identification and development of customary international law; and the regulation of armed conflict. Re-examining foundations in the light of new information and modes of thinking leads naturally to the imagination of possible futures. In this respect we are also seeking papers that explore the relevance of new theoretical paradigms (for example, the idea of transnational law) or analyze issues of concern to present and future generations, such as combating climate change, preventing human trafficking, managing financial risk, encouraging businesses to respect human rights and promoting socially responsible investment.This conference will combine pace-setting panels with keynote speeches that will present a striking vision of lawmaking in the future. The organisers also welcome the submission of unsolicited proposals. These should be one page long and sent to ilaconf [at] kcl [dot] ac [dot] uk by 30 January 2014. The call can also be found here (.pdf).

Events

  •  ALMA and the Radzyner School of Law of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to the next session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on December 16, 2013.  In this session Dr. Ruvi Ziegler will present his new paper: Non refoulement Between Common Article 1 and Common Article 3. The article considers whether, in the context of armed conflicts, certain non-refoulement obligations of non-belligerent States can be derived from the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Following the lectures there will be an open round-table discussion, all of which will be conducted in English. Those who wish to participate are asked to register in advance at forum [at] alma-ihl [dot] org. More information can be found here.

Announcements

  • ASIL’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict has submitted a reminder for its call for the Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize (.pdf). Deadline for submission is December 31, 2013.
  • The GlobalTrust Project at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, directed by Professor Eyal Benvenisti, invites candidates interested in exploring themes related to this project, to apply. There is one post-doctoral fellowship ($25,000 per one year), two doctoral fellowships ($20,000 per year, up to three years) and two visiting fellowships ($1,500 per month, between 3-6 months). The application deadline (for the academic year of 2014-2015) is 1 February, 2014. For more information about the project, click here. Click here for information about the fellowships.

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Weekly News Wrap: December 2, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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Weekly News Wrap: November 25, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: November 24, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Galway Student Law Review at the National University of Ireland, Galway is seeking submissions for Volume 5 of the Review. Submissions may be on any legal topic, whether domestic, foreign, international or transnational and may be in English, Irish or French. Submissions are accepted from students and academics alike and should be between 1,500 – 10,000 words (approximately – longer articles may be accepted with prior approval) and follow the OSCALA legal citation style. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 1st January 2014. Please include ‘GSLR Submission’ in the subject section of the email. Submissions should be emailed, in .doc or .docx (Word) format to galwaystudentlawreview [at] outlook [dot] com. Please consult the Review’s website for the full submission criteria before submitting. These criteria can be found here. Please direct all queries to the Editor-in-Chief of the Galway Student Law Review at galwaystudentlawreview [at] outlook [dot] com.
  • The Hague Yearbook of International Law has issued a call for submissions for its 2013 volume, which you can find here. The deadline for submission is 1 January 2014. All submissions should be written in English or French, in MS WORD compatible format and delivered by email to the Editorial Board: hagueyearbook [at] gmail [dot] com. All submissions must be original and unpublished. All submissions should conform to the “Authors’ Instructions”, which is available here.

Events

Announcements

  • The Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a unique trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) competition established to train law students how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. The 19th Annual Competition will take place from May 18-23, 2014 in Washington, DC and the theme of the Competition is Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Since its inception in 1995, the yearly Competition has trained over 2500 students and faculty participants from over 252 universities throughout the Americas and beyond. Written on a cutting-edge topic currently debated within the Inter-American system, the hypothetical case operates as the basis of the competition, and students argue the merits of this case by writing legal memoranda and preparing oral arguments for presentation in front of human rights experts acting as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. To learn more about the Competition, please visit the website.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, November 18, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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Weekly News Wrap: November 11, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: November 10, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Leitner Center for International Law at Fordham University is hosting Global Rights and Local Challenges: Disability, Inclusive Education and Rural Environments, a panel discussion that will highlight the backdrops of rural poverty and educational underdevelopment as barriers to inclusion and to education for persons with disabilities. A film screening of In the Shadow of the Sun will follow the event on Friday, November 15th at Fordham Law School in New York. More information can be found here (along with a trailer for the film).
  • As a reminder, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security, and the Lieber Society of the American Society of International Law present: From Gettysburg to Guantanamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict, a conference on November 21st at Columbia Law School. Drafted by Columbia Professor Francis Lieber and signed by President Lincoln in 1863 as General Order No. 100, the Lieber Code regulated the conduct of U.S. soldiers during wartime. While the Code was limited to Union forces, the rules were based on customary law of the time and strongly influenced subsequent international codification of the law of armed conflict. The Code grappled with issues involving the regulation of armed conflicts between states and non-state groups that remain pressing today. This conference celebrating its 150th anniversary will explore the origins and import of the Lieber Code in its Civil War context, its impact on the development of international humanitarian law, and its continued significance to modern challenges in armed conflict. Confirmed speakers can be found here, the conference schedule here.

Announcements

  • The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint 2 Law Clerks each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. For administrative purposes, the Law Clerks are attached to the Department of Legal Matters. Under the supervision of the judge to whom he or she will be specifically assigned, the Law Clerk will provide such judge with legal research and related assistance with regard to cases pending before the Court. The Law Clerk may also be required to provide legal assistance and support to a judge ad hoc participating in a particular case. In coordination with his or her judge, the Law Clerk may also from time to time be called upon to perform some specific legal tasks for the Registry. More information can be found here. Deadline for submission of applications is November 15th.
  • The International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition will take place from 19 until 23 May 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The ‘City of Peace and Justice’ will welcome over 250 students from 50 universities and over 30 different countries for this large scale moot court, simulating the proceedings of the ICC. The Competition brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures from both Member States and Non-Member States alike, and is the perfect instrument for the development and promotion of international criminal justice. The Competition enhances knowledge about the Rome Statute, especially within countries that have yet to ratify it, and it stimulates interaction between future top legal minds originating  both from Member States and Non-Member States. Participating universities from Non-Member States this year include teams from the USA, Iran, India, Russia, Israel, China and Palestine. More information can be found here. If you have any questions, or want to become involved in the Competition, contact the organizers at grotiuscentre [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv.nl.
  • ALMA (Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law has established an Upcoming IHL events page on ALMA’s website. The web page includes information about current and future events from all over the world (divided by regions).
  • The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict is calling for submissions for the Francis Lieber Prize. Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays) are eligible for consideration, as the prize is awarded to the best submission in each of these two categories.
    • Criteria: Any work in the English language published during 2013 or whose publication is imminent at the time of submission may be nominated for this prize. The re-submission of works which have already been considered for this prize is not allowed.  Entries may address such topics as the use of force in international law, the conduct of hostilities during international and non‑international armed conflicts, protected persons and objects under the law of armed conflict, the law of weapons, operational law, rules of engagement, occupation law, peace operations, counter‑terrorist operations, and humanitarian assistance.  Other topics bearing on the application of international law during armed conflict or other military operations are also appropriate.
    • Age Limit:       Competitors must be 35 years old or younger on 31 December 2013. They need not be members of the American Society of International Law.  Multi-authored works may be submitted if all the authors are eligible to enter the competition.  Should a multi-authored submission win the competition, the cash component of the prize shall be divided, pro rata, between the authors. Submissions from outside the United States are welcomed.
    • Submission:     Submissions, including a letter or message of nomination, must be received by 20 January 2014.  Three copies of books must be submitted.  The electronic submission of articles is encouraged.  Authors may submit their own work.  All submissions must include contact data (e‑mail, fax, phone, address).  The Prize Committee will acknowledge receipt of the submission by e‑mail. Printed submissions must be sent to:Professor Iain Scobbie, School of Law, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester  M13 9PL, United Kingdom. Electronic submissions must be sent to: iain [dot] scobbie [at] manchester [dot] ac.uk. Please indicate clearly in the subject line that the email concerns a submission for the Lieber Prize.
    • Prize:   The Selection Committee will select one submission for the award of the Francis Lieber Prize in the book category and one in the article category. The Prizes consist of $500, a certificate of recognition, and a year’s membership of the American Society of International Law.  The winner of the Lieber Prize in both categories will be announced at the American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting in April 2014.

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Weekly News Wrap: Thursday, October 31, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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  • In other news about spying, Foreign Policy covers what went down in the world of spying this week, including the NSA hacking Google and Yahoo accounts, the US allegedly spying on the Pope, Julian Assange’s newest tactics and the Russians, teddy bears and G20 leaders.

Events and Announcements: October 27, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • On November 12, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague will launch the International Crimes Database (ICD). This platform offers a comprehensive database on international crimes adjudicated by national, international and internationalized courts and will provide access to a range of information not just for lawyers and judges but also for students, academics, families and communities of victims of crimes, among others. The launch will include speeches from the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (ICCT) – The Hague, ICD team members, the ICD steering committee, a presentation of the website itself, a keynote speech on international crimes by Judge Fausto Pocar (ICTY) and a reception for all those attending. If you would like to attend please send an e-mail to conferencemanager [at] asser [dot] nl before 7 November. The flyer can be found here and the announcement here.
  • The Lieber Society Interest Group of the American Society of International Law is sponsoring a panel discussion from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on November 12th, in Washington, D.C. about the Court-Martial of US Army Sgt Bales for the murder of 16 Afghan civilians entitled “Military Justice, International Criminal Accountability and Cross-Cultural Contexts: US v. Bales.  The case presents a unique opportunity to explore the challenges in both investigating and prosecuting a case involving crimes in a remote area of a war zone, differing cultural perceptions of accountability and justice, and the relationship between military justice and international criminal justice.Speakers include  Lt. Col Jay Morse, chief, Trial Counsel Assistance Program, US Army, and lead prosecutor in the Bales case; Ms. Morwari Zafar, Afghanistan Subject Matter Expert, Defense Intelligence Agency; Sandra Hodgkinson, Vice President, Chief of Staff of DRS Technologies; former Special Assistant (Chief of Staff) for Deputy Secretary of Defense and William J. Lynn, former Deputy Ambassador for War Crimes Issues, US Dept of State. It will be moderated by Jennifer Daskal, Assistant Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University.
  • The Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security, and the Lieber Society of the American Society of International Law present: From Gettysburg to Guantanamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict, a conference on November 21st at Columbia Law School. Drafted by Columbia Professor Francis Lieber and signed by President Lincoln in 1863 as General Order No. 100, the Lieber Code regulated the conduct of U.S. soldiers during wartime. While the Code was limited to Union forces, the rules were based on customary law of the time and strongly influenced subsequent international codification of the law of armed conflict. The Code grappled with issues involving the regulation of armed conflicts between states and non-state groups that remain pressing today. This conference celebrating its 150th anniversary will explore the origins and import of the Lieber Code in its Civil War context, its impact on the development of international humanitarian law, and its continued significance to modern challenges in armed conflict. Confirmed speakers can be found here, the conference schedule here.
  • On November 28th, the London Review of International Law features a celebratory lecture by Gerry Simpson entitled “The Sentimental Life of International Law” at the London School of Economics. For more information, click here.
  • ALMA and the Radzyner School of Law of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) have announced the next session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on October 30, 2013, at 18:30. In this session Adv. Yaniv Roznai, PhD candidate at LSE will present his new paper: ”Cracking the Nuc” in the Legal Field: An Israeli Attack on Iran’s Nuclear Facilities From an International Law Perspective.” More information, including about registration, can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • JURIST, the online legal news and commentary publication run by students and staff at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, is issuing a call for submissions for its ongoing Feature on ERISA. Deadline for thesis statements: November 1, 2013. Contributors should feel free to examine ERISA from any angle or perspective, so long as the entire piece contains a legal thesis that primarily addresses or incorporates ERISA.  At this time, please send a brief thesis statement of no more than 100 words to academiccommentary [at] jurist [dot] org by the aforementioned deadline of November 1, 2013.  Thesis statements will then be reviewed by JURIST’s commentary staff.  Successful final submissions will be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, will not have been previously published online or in print, and will not include footnotes.  Instead, submissions will include links to primary and secondary sources available online.
  • The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation is accepting submissions of articles related to International Law and National Security issues. Submissions will be considered for Issue 4 of Volume 39 to be published in Spring 2014. Authors are invited to attend the journal’s symposium on International Law issues in National Security on January 31, 2014. Submissions should be at least around 8,000 words and well-cited. Submissions and questions can be directed to NCILJ [at] unc [dot] edu. The submission deadline is December 31, 2013.

Announcements

  • Transnational Dispute Management has published its new issue entitled: “Art and Heritage Disputes in International and Comparative Law.” In this TDM special on Art and Heritage Disputes in International and Comparative Law guest editors Prof. Hildegard Schneider (Maastricht University) and Dr. Valentina Vadi (Lancaster University) aim to identify, map and critically assess key themes and features of the numerous art and heritage disputes which have arisen in the past decades. In the introduction article the editors map the key features of these disputes and assess the contribution that these cases offer to the development of international law in both its public and private dimensions. A separate volume to be published early 2014 will focus on intangible heritage disputes.

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