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Events and Announcements: October 25, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The EIUC and KU Leuven are launching a new MOOC (massive open online course) on the EU and Human Rights. A short description from their website: “Whether you are an EU citizen or not, this course concerns you! The EU is a major global actor in the field of human rights. EU treaties state that human rights are a fundamental value of the Union, which must be a ‘silver thread’ in all its policies. The EU now acts within an impressive array of competences, and therefore has the potential to impact – positively or negatively – anyone’s human rights.” You can register now and find more information here.
  • The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws (CBCL) of National Law Institute University, Bhopal in collaboration with Tanikella Rastogi Associates, is organising the latest edition of the NLIU-TRA Contract Drafting Competition.The participants are required to draft a contract as per instructions provided to them. Subsequently, one representative from the top four teams will be interviewed on the contract for award of rankings.The last date for the submission of the draft is 22nd November, 2015 (11:59 pm). Submission of the draft shall be considered as registration of the team. A maximum of two persons can participate as a team for the competition. The dates of the telephonic negotiation shall be informed to the qualifying participants at a later stage. More information can be found here, the rules here and the case study here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • Call for papers: TDM special issue on international arbitration involving commercial and investment disputes in Africa. This special issue will explore topics of particular interest and relevance to international arbitration in light of Africa’s unique and evolving situation. The issue will focus on sub-Saharan Africa and will address issues pertaining to both commercial and investment arbitration. It will also likely explore alternative methods for resolving disputes, including litigation, mediation, and local dispute-resolution mechanisms. This issue will be edited by Thomas R. Snider (Greenberg Traurig LLP), Professor Won Kidane (Seattle University Law School and the Addis Transnational Law Group), and Perry S. Bechky (International Trade & Investment Law PLLC).
  • The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7-8, 2016.Since the current global financial crisis began in 2008, income and wealth inequality both within and between countries has come under attack from multiple perspectives. While there is much methodological debate about how best to measure economic inequality globally, many of the figures are alarming. We invite papers from any discipline that consider whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally. Are human rights frameworks equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world? Please send an abstract of under 600 words to Julia Dehm (jdehm [at] law [dot] utexas [dot] edu) by December 1, 2015. More information can be found here.

Events

  • The UN Charter turns 70 this week, and the University of Georgia School of Law is joining in the global celebration – it’s also the 38th birthday of the school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center. Monday, October 26, from 4-6 p.m., will mark the rededication of the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations in its new home, in the renovated Center. Dr. Kannan Rajarathinam (Georgia law LLM’88), Head of Office, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Basra, will speak on a critical topic: “The United Nations at 70: Pursuing Peace in the 21st Century.” Also giving remarks – on Georgia Law luminaries like Professors Sohn, Professor and former U.S. Secretary of State Rusk, Professor Gabriel Wilner, and Professor Sigmund Cohn – will be Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge, Associate Dean Diane Marie Amann, Professor Harlan Cohen, and alums Dorinda Dallmeyer and Ken Dious. Details can be found here and the event will be livestreamed here.
  • On November 20-21, 2015, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy will hold the conference The Nuremberg Principles 70 Years Later: Contemporary Challenges. The conference will take place on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Nuremberg trials. The conference program can be found here.

  • The Washington D.C. Delegation of the ICRC announces a panel on Wednesday, November 4th from 5:30-7pm at Georgetown Law School titled “Urban Warfare: Effects of Explosive Weapons on the Civilian Population.”  The panel is inspired by the ICRC’s recent report on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The panel features Commander Mike Adams, Jonathan Horowitz, Chris Harland, and Gary Solis as the moderator. Drinks will be served starting at 5pm, and the panel will begin at 5:30, ending at 7pm with time for questions. The panel will be held in McDonough 203 at the Georgetown University Law Center.  

  • The Eighth Annual Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Washington DC conference hosted by the University of Nebraska College of Law taking place Oct. 29th and 30th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill will cover topics at the forefront of current policy discussions: U.S. commercial space legislation and cybersecurity. The conference will include presentations from the top lawyers and policy-makers at government agencies, such as FAA, FCC, NASA, US State Dept., US Cyber Command, and private corporations, including SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Planetary Resources, Boeing, Microsoft, and Comcast. This year, the space law portion of the conference will include panel discussions of current space legislation. The last major revisions to US commercial space legislation occurred over a decade ago. Choices that will be made in the legislation will impact the competitiveness of and investment in the US commercial space industry, one of critical importance to the US economy. The following day, the cyber law portion of the conference will feature panel discussions on “cybersecurity.” Despite its importance across many domains, cybersecurity is not a well-defined concept. The meaning and scope of cybersecurity problems, and the viability of potential solutions to these problems, differ substantially between, e.g., civilian, criminal, and national security institutions, between large and small businesses, between commercial, infrastructure, and consumer uses. The purpose of this event is to explore what different stakeholders mean when discussing “cybersecurity,” and in particular how these understandings relate to or conflict with one another. For more information, including how to register, click 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, October 19, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: October 18, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • Call for Papers: Society of International Economic Law and University of Luxembourg, Fifth PEPA/SIEL Conference. SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) and the Research Unit in Law of the University of Luxembourg are pleased to announce that the fifth PEPA/SIEL Conference will take place on 14-15 April 2016 in Luxembourg. We invite graduate students (enrolled in Master or PhD programmes) and early professionals/academics (generally within five years of graduating) to submit papers on any IEL topic. One or more senior practitioners and academics will comment on each paper after its presentation, followed by a general discussion. More information, including the process for submissions by 16 November 2015, can be found here.

Events

  • On October 21 (from 10am-12pm) the Open Society Justice Initiative is co-sponsoring a side-event at the UNGA where the Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, will present his new report on the extraterritorial application of the prohibition of torture. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. It’s a strong report that deals with a broad range of very timely topics – including extraterritorial safeguards against torture, accountability for extraterritorial acts of torture, non-refoulement, and rules pertaining to the prohibition in times of armed conflict. A flyer is attached with additional information about the report and the side-event. The flyer is also available here.
  • On the occasion of the publication of the second edition of Helen Duffy’s book ”The War on Terror’ and the Framework of International Law’ the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, in cooperation with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague and the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, proudly present a high-level panel discussion on Thursday 22 October, entitled: ‘Accountability in the war on terror?’ Speakers are: Norman Farrell, Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Larissa van den Herik, Professor of International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and Helen Duffy, Director of ‘Human Rights in Practice’ and Professor Gieskes Chair of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague and Coordinator of the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform. The event will be followed by a reception, kindly offered by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. For catering purposes, we would like to ask you to register for this event by sending an e-mail with subject “SCL panel discussion” and your name and affiliation to conferencemanager [at] asser [dot] nl.
  • Developing International Law at the Bar – A Growing Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals: On 5 November 2015 at 3:00 PM, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals (Brill/Nijhoff) will offer its second Seminar in a series devoted to contemporary developments in international judicial practice. The Seminar aims at discussing some salient aspects of a growing competition among ICTs in the development of international law. The program is organized by Pierre Bodeau-Livinec (University Paris 8) and Chiara Giorgetti (Richmond Law School) and is co-sponsored by European Affairs committee of the NYCBA. Panelists include Chester Brown (University of Sidney), Mathias Forteau (University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva), Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Editor-in-Chief of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals), August Reinisch (University of Vienna), Attila Tanzi (University of Bologna) and Catherine Tinker (Seton Hall University, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the NYC Bar Association). More information and to enroll here.
  • University of Luxembourg conference on the Settlement of Tax Disputes under International Law. On 12-13 November 2015, the Research Unit in Law at the University of Luxembourg, with the support of the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, is holding a conference on the settlement of tax disputes under international law. The conference will examine the settlement of tax disputes under international law with the aim of analysing taxation issues through the lens of international law and its dispute settlement procedures, bringing together academics and practitioners from tax and international law backgrounds in order to do so. Details about the conference and how to register can be found here.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, October 12, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: October 12, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law.  This year’s symposium is convened by Prof. Carli Conklin and is entitled “Beyond the FAA: Arbitration Procedure, Practice, and Policy in Historical Perspective.”  The symposium features Professor James Oldham, the St. Thomas More Professor of Law and Legal History at Georgetown University Law Center, as keynote speaker as well as expert panelists from England and the United States. The competition is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution and offers a $500 prize to the competition winner.  The author of the winning paper may be invited to publish the winning submission in the symposium issue of the Journal of Dispute Resolution, subject to the agreement of both the editors of the Journal of Dispute Resolution and the winning author. Submissions should bear some relationship to the history of dispute or conflict resolution, broadly defined.  Topics may therefore consider issues relating to the historic development of international or domestic negotiation, mediation, conciliation and/or arbitration, among other things.  There is no requirement that papers discuss U.S. law.  Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on Monday, November 9, 2015. Further information on the writing competition is available on the symposium website.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The 2016 ESIL Research Forum will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2016 at Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law in Istanbul. The Research Forum is a scholarly conference which promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. The 2016 Research Forum calls for papers addressing the theme of the making of international law, including through interdisciplinary research and methods, and through historical, theoretical or empirical approaches. The Call for Papers is now open. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2015.
  • The 12th ESIL Annual Conference will be held in Riga on Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 September 2016. ESIL Interest Group events will be organised, as usual, on the day before the conference, on Wednesday 7 September. The conference is hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Latvian Constitutional Court. The theme of the conference is: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis. The Call for Papers and the Call for Posters are now open. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016.

Events

  • Global Law at Reading (GLAR) is delighted to unveil the programme for the inaugural Ghandhi Research Seminar Series. The series showcases the work of experts in global law fields. It is convened by Professor James A. Green, and is named in honour of Professor Sandy Ghandhi, who taught at the School of Law from 1978 to 2013. Anyone is welcome to attend these seminars, and attendance is free. However, visitors coming from outside the University of Reading are asked to please send advance notification that they will be attending: globallaw@reading.ac.uk.
  • The International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS) will hold its next conference in Jerusalem in June 2016. Here are links to the Call for Papers and conference website.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, October 5, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: October 4, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • iCourts (Center of Excellence for International Courts), The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark is seeking applications for two or three positions as postdoc within the research area of one of the Faculty’s research centres – iCourts (the Center of Excellence for International Courts). The positions are available from 1st February 2016, and for duration of two (2) years. Start date is negotiable under special circumstances.
  • A new blog has joined us in the ether, Rights! a free, open online platform to read, write, discuss, share and act on human rights and democratisation: www.rightsblog.net. On one single platform, Rights! gathers together think pieces, comments from the field, case studies, interviews, critiques and provocations from established and emerging human rights professionals from all regions of the world. Find more here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is organizing an international conference on global public goods, global commons and democracy (22-23 February 2016, Leuven, Belgium). The conference will explore the economic, legal and political underpinnings, premises and implications of global public goods and global commons for global governance institutions and international organizations, especially in relationship with the debate on their (non)-democratic nature. The aim is to assess, from an interdisciplinary perspective, how the respective discourses surrounding global public goods and global commons diverge in their relation to global democracy, and, in particular, to the advancement of democracy in global governance and international organizations. Abstracts (no longer than 500 words) should be submitted by the 8th of October 2015. More information can be found here.
  • The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU) in cooperation with the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia announce the 8th Yerevan International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, which will be held from 19 November to 21 November 2015 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia and will be held under the theme “IHL Development: New Agenda and Reality Check”. The Yerevan Conference is a unique international platform for the discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to IHL development among the young scholars. Over the years the conference hosted a number of renowned international experts in the field of IHL, international criminal law and constitutional law thus providing a unique possibility to the young participants not only to be heard by the established professionals and experts, but also to engage with them in the open discussion over their opinions and views. Finally, the Conference provides the unique cultural experience of visiting always beautiful and hospitable Armenia and meeting old and new friends from all over the world. More information about the Conference can be found here. Young researchers in the field of IHL under the age of 35 are invited to take part in the Conference participants pre-selection process. In order to apply the applicants should submit a research paper strictly within the scope of the announced conference topics presented in the Call for papers found here. The deadline for submitting the application package is October 18, 2015.
  • The Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXV), which will be published in June 2016. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works. Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal. All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage. Please send manuscripts to pyil [at] inp [dot] pan [dot] pl. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016.

Events

  • International Conference: “International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare” Rome, 23-24 October 2015. The relationship between warfare and international humanitarian law is an ever-evolving one. New combat methods, novel technologies and the evolution of weaponry pose critical challenges to international humanitarian law; at the same time, the high task of protecting the principles of humanity during wars requires an evolution and an adaptation of the law. International humanitarian law is “law in motion”. Carabinieri are involved in a number of international missions and operations, so we have decided to organize this conference, because we consider it as an important objective to contribute to fostering the study and understanding of such important issues, in the interest of members of the military and society at large. The conference in Rome will last two days and the debate will spread across four panels: one will deal with new weaponry and the law; one will focus on the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law in the context of modern warfare; another will cover recent judicial developments in international humanitarian law and the last one will address the evolving relationship between the general principles of international humanitarian law and the features of modern warfare. Each panel will be composed of four/five experts, and it will be moderated by a young scholar in the field. The deadline for registration is today! For more details, please click here.
  • The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) present: International Law Weekend 2015This year’s conference will be held in New York City on November 57, 2015. The theme of International Law Weekend (ILW) 2015 is Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. ILW 2015 will explore the many roles that international law plays in addressing global challenges. The conference will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law. Register Now for ILW 2015. ILW begins Thursday evening, November 5, with a distinguished opening panel at the New York City Bar. The opening panel, “The Rule of Law and the Post 2015 Development Agenda,” will feature dialogue with senior UN officials and representatives of member states on efforts to advance the UN Rule of Law Initiative and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next fifteen years.  A reception will follow and is open to all conference attendees. The conference continues Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 at Fordham University School of Law. Friday’s activities feature a keynote address by Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. View the ILW 2015 Program (subject to change).

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 28, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • At least 21 people were killed in the capital of Central African Republic on Saturday and around 100 others were wounded as Muslims attacked a mainly Christian neighborhood, senior hospital officials and a government spokesman said..
  • A Norwegian-flagged ship that was held in Kenya for more than a week over undeclared weapons belonging to the United Nations has been released, the owners of the vessel said.

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Events and Announcements: September 27, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • Queen’s University Belfast has announced a position for a Lecturer in Human Rights Law. The closing date on applications is 5 October 2015. See the vacancy here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society Announces a call for papers for the 2016 Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize. Persons submitting papers need not be ASIL members and can be citizens of any country but must be an active member of a state’s regular or reserve armed forces. Papers may address any aspect of international humanitarian law/law of armed conflict. Papers must be written in english and may not exceed 35 pages single spaced or 70 pages double spaced with 12 point font and 1inch/2.5 cm margins.  For more information, please contact Professor Chris Jenks at cjenks [at] smu [dot] edu
  • Averting the Battle?: Conflict Prevention and State-to-State arbitration in the context of International Investments. This call for papers of the Conflict Resolution Quarterly (CRQ) is designed to encourage a scholarly discussion on the advantages and obstacles associated to the use of both conflict prevention mechanisms and State-to-State dispute arbitration in the context of international investments. All articles should include a 100-word abstract, reflect an understanding of previous discussions in the literature on the chosen question (a literature review), and range from 2500 to 7500 words in length. CRQ uses a double-blind peer review process to assure fair and equal access to all authors. The deadline for submissions is January 15th 2016. More information can be found here.  Additional questions can be submitted to the guest editors:  Katia Fach Gómez, Professor, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), katiafachgomez [at] gmail [dot] com, and Manuel A. Gómez, Professor, Florida International University, magomez [at] fiu [dot] edu.
  • The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Summer ‘16 Special Issue of the Journal on Trade & Public Health (Vol. 8, No. 1). The manuscripts may be in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews. All manuscripts received by March 15, 2016, pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law, will be reviewed by the editorial board for publication in the Summer ‘16 issue. TL&D aims to generate and sustain a democratic debate on emerging issues in international economic law, with a special focus on the developing world. Towards these ends, we have published works by noted scholars such as Prof. Petros Mavroidis, Prof. Mitsuo Matsuhita, Prof. Raj Bhala, Prof. Joel Trachtman, Gabrielle Marceau, Simon Lester, Prof. Bryan Mercurio, Prof. E.U. Petersmann and Prof. M. Sornarajah among others. TL&D also has the distinction of being ranked the best journal in India across all fields of law for three consecutive years and the 10th best trade journal worldwide by Washington and Lee University, School of Law [The Washington & Lee Rankings are considered to be the most comprehensive in this regard]. For more information, please go through the submission guidelines available here or write to us at editors [at] tradelawdevelopment [dot] com.
  • Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers for its upcoming Special Issue (82nd edition) on ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law’. With technological advancement and innovative practices occurring ever more frequently, individuals and undertakings often turn to intellectual property law to protect their ideas and seek remedies where appropriate (e.g. the recentApple v Samsung design dispute). Recent developments in intellectual property are now a regular feature in popular media and a much-discussed topic amongst the general public. As such, the Utrecht Journal will be dedicating its 2016 Special Issue to ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing legal issues relating to intellectual property law from an international or European law perspective. Prospective articles should be submitted online via the Journal’s website and should conform to the Journal style guide. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information please consult our website or email the Editor-in-Chief at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org.

Events

  • PluriCourts – Center of excellence at the University of Oslo, organizes a symposium on The Present and Future Role of Investment Treaty Arbitration in Adjudicating Environmental Disputes (Oslo, November 5-6, 2015). Much of the discourse and analysis on this topic has focused on issues of fragmentation, conflict, and the balancing of obligations between legal regimes. But can international investment law and (inter)national environmental law be supportive and mutually complementary? The symposium will focus on investment treaty arbitration from a forward-looking perspective: how can future practice might be shaped or reformed in a way that can both promote environmental sustainability and protect responsible and legitimate foreign investments. Registration for the symposium is now open.
  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) is holding an interdisciplinary workshop on “Trust, Social Capital and Networks: A Different Perspective on International Courts”. The workshop, which will take place in February 4 and 5th 2016 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), aims to provide participants with the opportunity to think through and develop a new research agenda on social capital, networks and trust to be applied to understand International Courts and legal regimes. The workshop will be open to new participants PhD researchers, junior and senior scholars from international institutions working on this topic with an empirical approach. Further details about the call might be found here. The proposals should be submitted by the 15th of October to Juan A. Mayoral – juan [dot] mayoral [at] jur [dot] ku [dot] dk

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 21, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

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  • Australia on Monday swore in its first female defense minister, Senator Marise Payne, who will oversee open-ended military engagements in two countries and some of the country’s most important defense contracts in a generation.

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Events and Announcements: September 20, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award topic: Extractive Industries and Human Rights. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the substantive law relevant to the field. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. This annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants must have obtained their law degree by the February 1st deadline to be eligible. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The lucky winners of this year’s Award will win a full scholarship to attend the Academy’s 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights, the first summer Program at American University Washington College of Law’s new Tenley Campus! The Award also covers travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms, a per diem for living expenses and the chance to be published in the American University International Law Review. For detailed guidelines about the award, including a link to our rules and regulations please visit the website here or contact us at: hracademy [at] wcl [dot] american [dot] edu.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) is holding its annual meeting on Friday, January 22, 2016, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. JILSA is an informal network of junior scholars at mostly American law schools who get together annually for a self-funded workshop.  Junior faculty and fellows interested in presenting at the meeting should email proposals to MJ Durkee and Jen Daskal by Monday, October 26.  If you are interested in presenting a working draft at the meeting, please send us the title, an abstract, and an indication of how far along the paper is at the time of submission.  Because of the nature of the workshop, we can only include working drafts that have not yet been accepted for publication.  If you are interested in presenting on an early stage project, please let us know the working title and a few lines about the idea you are pursuing.  Finally, let us know if you are interested in being a discussant.  We will do our best to get back to everyone in November, and participants are expected to distribute their working drafts by no later than Friday, January 8.

Events

  • On Thursday, September 24, at 12pm DC time, as part of its “Getting Started” series, ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group is pleased to host a special event on how to pursue a career in international environmental law, together with ASIL’s International Environmental Law Interest Group. Panelists at this event will share their perspectives on professional development and career trajectories based on their diverse backgrounds. This special event will be online only involving panelists from organizations such as EarthJustice, government agencies including the U.S. State Department, academia, and private practice. Participants will be invited to participate from their own computers. For more information, please see the website here.

  • On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Bingham Centre of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law presents: Global Rule of Law Exchange Evening Discussion: “International Economic Agreements and the Rule of Law –The case of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).” The United States and the European Union are currently engaged in negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). TTIP primarily aims to align regulation and remove non-tariff barriers between the two blocs. It also includes a chapter on the treatment of foreign investment and establishes a dedicated regime of ad hoc arbitration for the settlement of investor-State disputes. If concluded, TTIP will become a landmark agreement between two of the world’s biggest and richest economic powers. For more information, please click here. To register online, please go here.

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Announcement: 11th Annual ESIL Conference 10-12 September

by Jessica Dorsey

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 10 to 12 September 2015. It is hosted by the PluriCourts,  Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo. The topic this year is the judicialization of international law. It is still possible to register for the conference by visiting this website.

Selected sessions of the conference will be streamed, and you can see the live webcast here.

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International Open Day at the ICTY

by Jessica Dorsey

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is hosting its Annual International Open Day on Sunday, 20 September, at the ICTY Main Building in The Hague as part of The Hague International Day. At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with ICTY Judges and other key staff members, view documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, learn about the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and explore exhibitions and material from the ICTY Archives. To register or to request more information, click here, or contact Alexa Magee (magee [at] un [dot] org).

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