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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, September 14, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: September 13, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • A special issue of the Nordic Journal of International Law, which Triestino Martinello has co-edited with Dr. Paolo Lobba, has just been released. The topic is ‘The Cross-fertilisation Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals’ and it includes contributions from Sergey Vasiliev, Julia Geneuss, Ulf Linderfalk, Elena Maculan, Michelle Farrell, and Harmen van der Wilt. Please find the editorial for the special issue here. You can view the full table of contents here.
  • The Transnational Dispute Management Journal has published a special issue on the Yukos Arbitration. You can find more information and links to the articles here.
  • In the course of the academic year 2015-16, the Ghent law faculty will organize the ‘International Order & Justice Lecture Series’, i.e., a series of public lectures by eight established international law experts. Confirmed speakers are: Professor Olivier Corten (October), Judge Antônio Cançado Trinade (November), Prof. Klaus Kress (December), Prof. Martti Koskenniemi (February), Dr. Marko Milanovic (March), Prof. Kevin Jon Heller (March), Sir Michael Wood (April) and Prof. Robert Kolb (May). The lecture series is organized with the financial support of the Belgian Society for International Law and the ILA Belgium. The lectures are open for all to attend free of charge, yet prior registration is required (either for a single lecture, or for the entire series). Further information (i.e. dates, venue, registration) can be found here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The Journal of International Peace and Organisation (“Die Friedens-Warte”) is calling for papers for its upcoming issue of volume 90 (2015). The Journal adapts an interdisciplinary approach to all matters relating to peace research, with international law and political science as lead disciplines. All submissions are assessed through double-blind peer review by two experts in the field. The upcoming issue’s focus section is centred around the “Islamic State”; abstracts may be submitted until 18 October 2015. For more detailed information, please see the Call for Papers or the Journal’s website.
  • PluriCourts, Center of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals at the University of Oslo, will host the 14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, 20-25 June 2016. The theme of the Colloquium is “The Environment in Court – Environmental protection in national and international courts, tribunals, and compliance mechanisms”. The theme of the Colloquium is “The Environment in Court – Environmental protection in national and international courts, tribunals, and compliance mechanisms”. This broad topic seeks to address procedural and substantive aspects of environmental adjudication, both in national, regional and international courts, tribunals as well as non-compliance mechanisms of multilateral environmental treaties. In the context of the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration as well as the Aarhus Convention, the idea of strengthening of an environmental rule of law through access to justice has gathered considerable momentum. For more information, click here. Abstracts should be submitted by 15 January 2016 online at iucnael2016 [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis, as received, with a final decision to be provided by 15 March 2016. After acceptance of the abstract, full papers must be handed in by 30 April 2016. The Academy will publish an edited and peer-reviewed collection of selected papers following the colloquium. Contact: Professor Dr. Christina Voigt, University of Oslo, PluriCourts coordinator, environmental law (christina [dot] voigt [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no).
  • The Centre for Research in International Law (CRIL), a student-run body at National Law Institute University – Bhopal (NLIU) and the official Bhopal Chapter of the International Law Students Association (ILSA), is now accepting submissions for the NLIU e-Journal of International Law. The NLIU e-Journal of International Law is a bi-annual online journal which publishes scholarly articles in the field of international law. It seeks to secure collaboration between students, research scholars and professionals interested in international law, from all over the world. For the 1st edition, the theme of which is Public International Law, submissions are invited for genuine, original and unpublished manuscripts in the form of articles, essays or judgment analyses. The deadline for the submissions is 1st November 2015.” The formal call for papers can be found here. For additional information, you could also visit the website here.

Events

  • On 1-2 October 2015, the University of Luxembourg, in cooperation with the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and with the support of the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, will be hosting a conference on ‘the European Union as an Actor in International Economic Law’.
    Bringing together international lawyers and EU external relations lawyers, the conference will discuss recent developments concerning EU external action in the field of international economic law, concentrating on a number of important issues raised in recent practice and case law whose resolution does not appear to be in the offing. Panels will consider the division of competences between the EU and the Member States in the field of international economic relations; the inclusion of dispute settlement mechanisms in free trade agreements concluded by the EU; and the distribution of international responsibility between the EU and its Member States; as well as the relation between FTAs and the regulatory powers of the Member States in sensitive fields such as environmental protection, public health and labour law. Confirmed speakers include Prof. Nanette Neuwahl (Montréal and College of Europe), Dr Andrea Ott (Maastricht), Dr Jan Willem van Rossem (Utrecht), Prof. Eleftheria Neframi (Luxembourg), Prof. Enzo Cannizzaro (Rome La Sapienza), Dr Andrés Delgado Casteleiro (Durham), Prof. Paolo Palchetti (Macerata) and Dr Wybe Douma (Asser Instituut). Further details and information on how to register are found here.
  • The University of Pennsylvania is hosting an event entitled: “Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal” on September 17, 2015 from 4-6:30 p.m. Speakers include General (ret) James “Hoss” Cartwright, the Harold Brown Chair in Defense Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Dr. Haleh Esfandiari, Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Founding Director of the Center’s Middle East Program; Prof. David S. Jonas, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington University Law School, and the former General Counsel of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); and Dr. Robert Litwak Vice President for Scholars and Director of International Security Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and the Former Director for Nonproliferation at the National Security Council. More information can be found here.
  • On 21st September 2015 the University of Central Lancashire Institute for International and Comparative Law organises a One-Day Conference International Criminal Trials: Historical Paradigms and Contemporary Dimensions. This conference show cases a series of investigations into the role of international criminal courts. The themes to be addressed include many topics that are at the cutting edge of contemporary discussions within international criminal law that could be usefully further developed to widen both the scope and rationale of this academic subject, not least by developing additional contextual and institutional dimensions. These range from the importance of regional and institutional responses to hybrid wars and piracy, to the recovery and identification of underlying historical paradigms underpinning different interpretive agendas within transnational criminal law. The speakers include Dr Melanie Klinkner, Bournemouth University; Professor James Sweeney, Lancaster University; and Dr Paul Behrens, University of Edinburgh. Please see the programme and more information 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.

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.

Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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  • Opposition to a landmark free trade deal with China is driven by racism and xenophobia, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday, as his political opponents dug in their heels over what they say are weaknesses in its labor provisions.

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Events and Announcements: August 30, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Goettingen Journal of International Law has recently released the second issue of its sixth volume. The thoroughly selected articles of issue 6.2 address a variety of current questions in international law. Among others, the new edition features an article by Heike Krieger, in which she reflects on developments of immunities. Further contributions are by Sergio Dellavalle, Tim Banning and Mélanie Vianney-Liaud. The journal’s latest issue can be accessed at www.gojil.eu.
  • On Tuesday 11 July 1995, a date which will live in infamy, the town of Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces. In order to commemorate this tragedy, the Board of Editors of the Netherlands International Law Review (NILR) invited a select number of authors to contribute to a Special Issue on the Impact of the Fall of Srebrenica (1995-2015) on various areas of public international law. These areas are: the law relating to the United Nations (peace and security), the law relating to international crimes, the law relating to international responsibility and the law relating to international remedies. The Board of Editors of the NILR is proud to announce the publication its first Special Issue since 2010. So that we will never forget.
  • Volume 6, Number 2 of Trade Law and Development has been published. The contents of the journal can be found here.

Events

  • The T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Dutch Red Cross and the Amsterdam Center for International Law are hosting a HILAC (Hague Initiative on Law and Armed Conflict) Lecture by Sasha Radin, Editor-in-Chief of International Law Studies and Associate Director of Research at the U.S. Naval War College’s Stockton Center, on September 8, 2015 at the Humanity House in The Hague. Sasha will speak on “Competing Concepts of Security Detention in NIAC.” A growing opinion exists that because of IHL’s lack of explicit law governing the legal basis, grounds and procedures for security detention in NIACs, any such basis must be found outside of IHL (most likely under domestic law and human rights law); absent that legal basis, detention would be arbitrary and unlawful. What are the implications of such an interpretation and is this the best way forward? The event is free. If you’d like to attend, please register with the Humanity House
  • The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is hosting a SCL (Supranational Criminal Law) Lecture by James Stewart, Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, on September 9, 2015 at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague. James will speak on ” International criminal law – a personal note on its practice and current challenges.” This event is free and does not require registration. For more information, 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, August 24, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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  • Signatories of the Arms Trade Treaty, a major treaty aimed at regulating the international arms trade, should agree a number of key steps for its implementation at a conference this week, host nation Mexico said on Sunday.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 17, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: August 16, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • NALSAR International Law Society (affiliated to I.L.S.A) and NALSAR University of Law, one of the premier law schools in India, are glad to announce the launch of NALSAR International Law Journal. NALSAR International Law Journal, a biannual peer-review e- journal, seeks to provide a platform for highest quality debate on International Law, both on levels of theoretical abstraction and on the level of contemporary international legal issues. In this issue of the Journal, we have incorporated a wide range of articles, some dealing in policy questions, some doing normative analysis of a contemporary international legal issues. Prof. James Nedumpara’s article highlights the issue of widening of international law beyond traditional confines of “law of nations” and illustrates the role of networking societies in WTO engagements. Articles by Himanil Raina and Pratik Ranjan Das engage in a debate about a very contemporary issue of great significance—that is scope of Article 2 (4) of UN Charter and prohibition of use of force in light of modern issues like attacks by non-state actors and cyber-attacks. On a similar vein, Abhik Chakraborty’s paper deals with questions of attributability that has become especially important in this age of irregular warfare. Edrine Wanyama’s article examines the theoretical and normative underpinnings of the Calvo Doctrine and its importance especially for the Third World nations. Others have done analysis of issues such as Odious Debts, Immunity of International organisations and so on. Readers can access the Journal here. You can write to the editors at: nalsar [dot] ils [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is pleased to announce that the new issue of the journal, the 2015 General Issue, has just been published. The full Volume 31, Issue 81 of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is available here.

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Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 10, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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Events and Announcements: August 9, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The International Colloquium – Current Issues of Agricultural Law in a Global Perspective (2015 AgLaw Colloquium), will be held at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna Pisa, September 1718, 2015. The Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the Institute of Law, Politics and Sustainability are pleased to announce the First Edition of the International Colloquium on Current Issues in Agricultural Law in a Global Perspective. The Colloquium is intended to be an opportunity for Post Docs and Ph.D Candidates to present and discuss their research results and methodological approaches in a supportive environment. The aim is to build a community of early career researchers interested in agricultural law and its intersections with other legal areas. We welcome both theoretical and empirical papers as well as studies on issues at the local, regional and international levels. The main topics include: Natural Resources and Environmental Protection at the cross-roads with Agricultural Law; Agricultural models and People’s Rights; Agri-Food Production: Tradition and Technologies; International Trade Agreements, Investment Law and Agriculture. For those interested in participating as auditors, the Programme (.pdf) is now available.

Announcements

  • The International Criminal Court has posted a vacancy announcement for Visiting Legal Professionals. The posts are for three- to six-month periods and are funded. The Legal Professionals Programme is a new initiative aimed at bringing up to ten court representatives and professionals from situation countries (currently: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Central African Republic, Sudan, Kenya, Libya, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali) and countries under preliminary examination (currently: Afghanistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Iraq, Ukraine and Palestine) who may not have the financial means to otherwise participate in the Visiting Professionals Programme. Participants in this programme will gain first-hand experience from and knowledge of the ICC and its procedures. This will allow participants to develop their legal skills and knowledge of the Rome Statute system, and to subsequently impart lessons learned and best practices to their home organisations. Witnessing the functioning of the only permanent international criminal court will enable participants to contribute to the development of national capacities in their home countries to investigate and prosecute crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC. The deadline is rather soon–16 August 2015. More information can be found in the vacancy announcement here.
  • The Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions at the Faculty of Law and Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa invites researchers (graduate students at the MA/PhD levels, post-Doctoral researchers, scholars and practitioners) to submit research proposals on aspects of Cyber Regulation, Policy and Theory. As part of the Fellowship, Fellows will be provided with working space and accommodation in Haifa for periods of between one to twelve months. It is expected that Fellows will take part in the activities of the Center during their stay. The call is open to both domestic and international applicants. A combination of residency in Haifa (for a minimum of one month) and long distance collaboration will also be considered. The application deadline is 10 September. More information can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • On  12-13  November  2015,  the  Research Unit in Law of the University of Luxembourg,  with  the  support  of  the  Fonds  National de la Recherche Luxembourg,  will be holding a conference on 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, and bringing   together international  lawyers  and  tax  lawyers  to  do so. Confirmed speakers already include Prof. Mads Andenas (University of Oslo), Prof. Ilias Bantekas (Brunel University), Dr N. Jansen Calamita (BIICL), Dr Abba Kolo (CEPMLP Dundee), Dr Sébastien Manciaux (Université de Bourgogne), Dr  Luca  Pantaleo  (TMC  Asser  Instituut),  Prof.  Alexander Rust (Vienna University  of  Economics and Business) and Epaminontas Triantafilou (Quinn Emanuel). Part of the conference will be a roundtable discussion for junior scholars; giving  them  an opportunity to present their research on issues covered by the conference and to receive feedback from the conference speakers. Those selected  will  receive  a  bursary  to fund their travel and accommodation expenses, and may also have the opportunity to contribute to the conference proceedings, which will be published. We are now calling for applications to  present  a  paper  at  the  roundtable, and invite junior scholars (PhD candidates,  post-docs and fellows) with research interests in the field to apply by submitting an abstract (not exceeding 800 words) of their proposed paper, together  with  a  copy  of  their  CV,  to Prof. Matthew Happold (Matthew [dot] Happold [at] uni [dot] lu). The deadline for submissions is 5 September 2015.

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Emerging Voices 2015 Starts This Week

by Jessica Dorsey

Both last year’s edition and 2013’s inaugural Emerging Voices symposium were quite successful, so this week we’re kicking off our third annual edition. Through the end of August, we will be bringing you a wide variety of posts written by graduate students, early-career practitioners and academics.

Tune in over the next several weeks if you’d like to read more about excuse in international criminal law, the right to a remedy in armed conflict, water rights in South Africa and Ireland and corporate social responsibility–to name just a few of the topics some of our contributors will cover. Please feel free, as usual, to weigh in on the discussion. Thanks for following us here on Opinio Juris–we hope you enjoy this third edition of our Emerging Voices Symposium!

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, August 3, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

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