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Events and Announcements: February 2, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London is organizing a workshop on National Security and Public Health as exceptions to Human Rights’ on 29th May 2014 and is now calling for papers. The Institute is honoured to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Malcolm Dando who will speak on “Threats of dual use biomedical research – when nation security and public health collide”. Please note the deadline for submissions is 14th February 2014. All the information and the call for papers can be found here.

Events

  • On Monday, February 10, 2014 at the American University Washington College of Law, the ICRC presents: “Targeting The Sleeping Fighter and Other Hard Legal Issues: A Discussion on the Use of Force in Non-International Armed Conflict.” Should government forces be obligated to capture a rebel fighter located away from zones of active hostilities, or may they use lethal force as a first resort?  Can a soldier automatically fire on a car barrelling through the check-point in a conflict zone, or on fighters who mingle with civilians during a riot? How should government forces respond to criminal gangs that support rebel fighters, or to fighters who are escaping from detention centers? In response to these types of questions that frequently arise in modern warfare, the ICRC convened an expert meeting on the use of force in non-international armed conflict, and published a report summarizing the findings of this meeting in late 2013 .  The report highlights challenges militaries face when both human rights law and international humanitarian law may apply, thereby creating situations in which the relevant actors face difficulties identifying and applying the adequate legal framework. Speakers include: Brigadier General Richard Gross, US Army, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First; Daniel Cahen, Legal Advisor, ICRC Regional Delegation to the United States; Moderated by Professor Robert Goldman, Washington College of Law. For further information, please contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education. To register (no charge), please click here.

Announcements

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin announce two new Post-Doctoral Fellowships (one at each location) for the 2014-2015 Academic Year in the framework of the Joint Interdisciplinary Program “Human Rights under Pressure” (HR-UP). The Fellow will participate in the full HR-UP program curriculum, including interdisciplinary colloquia and annual summer schools. The Fellowship is open to researchers who received their doctorate no earlier than September 2010 – or who will submit their dissertation no later than March 2014 – in any discipline related to human rights. The research plan must deal with the current challenges confronting human rights, relevant to the HR-UP research program. The application deadline is 20th February 2014. For further information please click here 
  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students and junior scholars working on international law and with a special interest in interdisciplinary studies of international law and its social and political context. We particularly welcome students and scholars who are writing up a PhD thesis or a post-doc project that involves an interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts. The summer school will take place on June 23-27 2014 in the center of Copenhagen and is offered free of charge (excluding expenses relating to travel and accommodation). Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until 1 May 2014. To learn more please visit the website.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekend Roundup: January 26-February 1, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

It is hard for many of us to believe it is already February, but as things go, the world keeps turning we keep blogging! Here’s a look at what happened this week on Opinio Juris:

We had posts from Julian on the media’s coverage of the Amanda Knox trial (and his prolific media presence!) and a reminder for the extended deadline to register for the ASIL/ILA Conference in April.

Chris shared some thoughts about the ongoing protests in Ukraine where two crises are at play: the future of the country and President Yanukovich’s crackdown on protesters; a recent TED Talk by Benjamin Bratton that got him thinking that we international lawyers can learn a lot from technologists (and vice versa); and China’s crackdown of Uighurs, by highlighting the case of Ilham Tohti. Duncan brought our attention to the unveiling of AJIL’s new blog: AJIL Unbound (a heartfelt welcome to the blogosphere!).

We had four guest posts this week, two covering some of Roger’s posted thoughts on extraterritoriality in Kiobel  and two on the effectivity of international criminal courts. In the former category, Anthony Colangelo talked about Kiobel and conflicts of law and William Dodge posited that the presumption against extraterritoriality does not apply to jurisdictional statutes. In the latter category, Stuart Ford showcased the topic of his recent article on complexity and effectivity of international criminal trials and Jonathan Hafetz offered some commentary on Stuart’s post and article.

I recapped the news here and offered events and announcements here. Thanks, as usual, to our guest contributors and have a great weekend!

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 27, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

  • India and Japan’s talks on nuclear cooperation have gained momentum over the past few months and the two hope for an agreement on civilian nuclear energy soon.
  • The head of Japan’s influential public broadcaster has used his first public comments to say that Japan’s World War Two policy of forcing conquered foreign women into sex slavery was “common in any country at war.”
  • In Thailand, an anti-government protest leader was killed in Bangkok, shot in the head while speaking during a protest rally.
  • The Philippine military has launched a major offensive against a splinter rebel group, two days after negotiations with the country’s main Muslim rebel group to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands successfully ended.
  • North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of his uncle’s entire family, including his children and relatives serving as ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, according to South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap.

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Events and Announcements: January 26, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • This serves as a reminder that the deadline for submissions for the 2014 Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Conference is fast-approaching. The original deadline has been extended to 29 January 2014. Please also note that the keynote address will be given by Judge Kenneth Keith of the International Court of Justice. For more information, please click here (.pdf).
  • Transnational Legal Theory publishes theoretical scholarship that addresses transnational dimensions of law and legal dimensions of transnational fields, regulatory regimes and evolving normative-institutional arenas. The journal is currently accepting submissions for a special symposium issue that addresses the potential and substance of Transnational Criminal Law (TCL), an evolving and still largely under-explored field of law. TCL is at the intersection of domestic, international and comparative criminal law and reaches deep into contemporary debates over conceptions of crime and illegality, social values and regulatory politics. Abstracts outlining the direction of the planned submission are invited by Monday 17 February 2014 and final papers are due by Monday 28 April 2014. Abstracts and/or submissions as well as any inquiries should be directed to tlteditorial [at] hartpub [dot] co [dot] uk or PZumbansen [at] osgoode [dot] yorku [dot] ca. For more information, click here (.doc).

Events

  • ASIL has announced an event entitled: “Careers in International Organizations,” scheduled for this Wednesday, January 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm in Washington, D.C. This event will also be livestreamed. Please register/get more info here. A quick description: “Working at an international organization offers unique insight into how international law is made through the convergence of national interests, personal dynamics, global realities, and constantly evolving norms.  But how does a lawyer enter these labyrinths?  What is it like to work in them?  How do you get the assignments that advance your career once inside?  And where do you go from there? Panelists at this event sponsored by ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group will share the perspectives they have gained from the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and other international organizations, answering these questions and ones posed by the audience. Panelists include: Simone Schwartz-Delgado, United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesGrace Menck, Inter-American Development BankHeidi Jimenez, Pan-American Health Organization; and Steve Koh, ASIL (former attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Court).”
  • Students for the Promotion of International Law (SPIL), Mumbai is proud to present its flagship event to you “Reliance Industries Limited presents 5th Government Law College International Law Summit, Government Law College, Mumbai.” SPIL, Mumbai  has endeavored for the past four years to promote International Law among the students and legal fraternity alike through its flagship event, the “International Law Summit”. In line with its past tradition, SPIL, Mumbai will be hosting the “5thGovernment Law College International Law Summit” with its theme “International Investment Law”,  from 31st January to 2nd February, 2014.
  • On February 7-8, 2014, the Brigham Young University Law School and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will host a Workshop on Teaching International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at BYU Law School in Provo, Utah. The Workshop is targeted at law professors interested in teaching an IHL course for the first time (otherwise known as the Law of Armed Conflict), integrating IHL modules into their current courses and/or rethinking their current teaching of this important subject. Topics covered will include: Building a Course Structure; Integrating IHL into non-IHL Courses; Using Problems, Scenarios and Hot Topics in Teaching IHL; Experiential Learning in IHL Instruction; and Internships, Jobs, and Other Opportunities in IHL. The Workshop provides an opportunity for law faculty to think creatively about teaching IHL, network with others, exchange ideas, and expand teaching of these topics. The cost of the two-day seminar is $250 per person and includes breakfast and lunch both days, dinner the first day, and all workshop materials.  For further information and to register, please click here.

Announcements

  • Transnational Dispute Management announces another journal issue: TDM 1 (2014) – Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap. From TDM:
    “Edited by Jean E. Kalicki (Arnold & Porter LLP and Georgetown University Law Center) and Anna Joubin-Bret (Cabinet Joubin-Bret) this TDM special issue on the “Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap” has close to 70 papers making it the largest TDM Special Issue to date. The interest in this topic, and the breadth of proposals offered by our contributors, demonstrates both the importance of holding this dialogue and the creativity of astute users and observers of the present system. This Special Issue is particularly timely in light of the European Union public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership just begun by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.”

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekend Roundup: January 18-25, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

This week on Opinio Juris, Julian discussed the US’ funding (along with the EU and the UK) of a team of investigators gathering war crimes evidence in Syria and why that effort would probably not lead to any prosecutions. Chris pointed out a trend with regard to in cyber(in)security with his post on zero-day exploits, noting that the “money in the market has shifted from rewarding security to incentivizing insecurity.”

Duncan covered the latest breach by the US on its obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations after Texas executed Edgar Tamayo, a Mexican national, earlier this week; Roger posed the question about whether the presumption against extraterritoriality only apply to the alien tort statute or also to the underlying federal common law claims in the Kiobel decision and Kevin gave us his new e-mail address as he transitions to SOAS in London.

Additionally we’ve featured stellar guest posts: one from Chantal Meloni, analyzing the latest communication to the International Criminal Court about allegations of torture carried out by UK forces against Iraqi detainees from 2004-2008; a piece from Farshad Ghodoosi continuing Duncan’s discussion on the Iranian New Deal, but offering analysis under Iranian law; and a contribution from Adam Steinman, who covered the US Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, an Alien Tort Statute case involving human rights violations by Daimler Argentinian subsidiary during Argentina’s “dirty war” of the 1970s and 1980s.

Finally, I wrapped up the news and listed events and announcements.

Thanks again to our guest contributors and have a nice weekend!

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

  • North Korea has called on South Korea to end “all acts of provocation and slander,” after it warned of “an unimaginable holocaust” if the South carried out military exercises with the United States.
  • Myanmar authorities have denied any civilian deaths but confirmed a clash took place after a rights group reported several people including women and a child have been killed in an attack on Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar.

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Events and Announcements: January 19, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The European Society of International Law’s IEL group is holding a workshop on Sept 3, 2014 in Vienna. Their Call for Papers can be found here. Please note the 1st March deadline to submit proposals.
  • The Organizing Committee of the 2014 Society of Legal Scholars’ PhD Conference, to be held at the University of Nottingham on 8th of September, 2014, are inviting the submission of abstracts. This year’s theme is ‘Judging in the Twenty-First Century’. Details of the event, the call for papers and how to submit an abstract can be found here.

Events

  • Cardozo School of Law, the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition present an event: Snowden, Surveillance and the Pentagon Papers, on January 23, 2014 at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. More information can be found here; RSVP to cjones [at] yu [dot] edu

Announcements

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, December 23, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

  • British and U.S. spies targeted a senior EU official, German government buildings, and the office of an Israeli prime minister, according to the latest leaked documents from Edward Snowden published on Friday. Israeli officials said they were not surprised by allegations of spying and played down the importance of any information its allies may have gleaned.
  • In a rare public apology, the military leader of al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has said that one of his fighters disobeyed orders and attacked a hospital attached to the defense ministry during a December assault that killed 52 people.
  • Israeli police have blamed terrorists for a bomb that exploded on a bus in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam only moments after passengers left the vehicle.

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

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.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us. Season’s Greetings to all our readers!

Weekly News Wrap: December 16, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

Weekly News Wrap: December 9, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

  • 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.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.