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Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

  • The U.N. Syria envoy held talks with Syria’s foreign minister on Tuesday aimed at securing a cessation of hostilities and “unhindered” delivery of humanitarian aid to areas besieged by all parties, a U.N. spokesman said.
  • Around 5,700 structures in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi and its outskirts have incurred some level of damage since mid-2014, and almost 2,000 buildings have been destroyed, the United Nations said on Monday, citing satellite images.

Events and Announcements: February 14, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • Conflict Dynamics International presents a new tool for national judicial actors and others working on accountability for children in armed conflict: Anti-Impunity Tool: Guidance for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict. This user-friendly tool provides concrete guidance and tips for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict, such as recruitment and use of children by armed actors and attacks on schools. In addition, the Tool includes guidance on outreach to affected children and communities and on involving child protection actors and child victims/survivors in judicial processes. An annex features an example of a domestic legal and procedural framework, using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study. The Tool is available in English and French hereConflict Dynamics International’s Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) Accountability Initiative promotes timely and effective accountability for serious violations of international law committed against children in armed conflict. For more information about the Initiative, please visit the website here.
  • The ICRC is offering an upcoming IHL course that will take place in April on the island of Gorée, Senegal. For more information (in French) please see the website here
  • Max Planck Group Leader in Bogotá, Colombia: The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) and Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) are looking to hire a Principal Investigator to lead a newly established Max Planck Tandem Group in Transformations of Public Law. Other than research, responsibilities include supervision of two doctoral students at Universidad de Los Andes. There is no mandatory teaching load. The Group will be located in Bogotá, and the Leader will be expected to reside in that city. The initiative will provide funding for at least one extended research stay per year of the Group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Additional information may be found here. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2016.

Calls for Papers

  • The faculty of Law, University of Turku, is organizing a workshop on changing notions of international legal personality in Turku, Finland on 12-13 May 2016. Deployed from a theoretical perspective, the Persons/Things workshop asks why our moral and legal commitment to persons differs greatly from that towards things. In recent years, this bifurcation has been called into question in many instances, whether by religious corporations or copyright owning apes. It is in this changed world the Persons/Things workshop seeks to explore the present and the past of classic Roman law persona/res distinction. Are challenges of the present world unheard of are they simple re-enactments of the past debates held over slaves and women? Or could there be something genuinely new in the seeming porosity of the border between things and persons? Abstracts are to be submitted by 1 March 2016. Further details of the call can be found on the Faculty’s website. PhD candidates and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Events

  • “The Future of Arbitration in Africa” will be the subject of a daylong conference to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, March 11, 2016.  The conference is cosponsored by the American Society of International Law, Penn State University, and Greenberg Traurig LLP.  The program brings together expert practitioners and law professors from around the world to discuss recent developments and the important trends and challenges that will animate the future of international arbitration in Africa.  The daylong program will include four panel discussions: The Legacy of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission; The Institutions and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration in Africa; Structural Challenges for Dispute Resolution in Africa: Culture, Diversity, and Development; and Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa.  Registration is required.  Seats are limited so early registration is suggested. For more details, or to register, visit this website.
  • On 11 March 2016 the FRAME workshop ´A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU´s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict´ will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville, in Seville (Spain), from 9 am to 7 pm. The workshop will consist of a keynote speech and two panels. The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence  Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali. The provisional programme is here. It takes place 11 March 2016, from 9 am to 7 pm at the Law School, University of Sevilla, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, Seville (Spain). If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo via linigo [at] us [dot] es

Our previous events and announcements post can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us with a one-paragraph description of your announcement along with hyperlinks to more information.

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, February 8, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

  • An elderly Australian woman kidnapped with her husband in Burkina Faso by a group affiliated to al Qaeda has been freed, neighboring Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Saturday.
  • Some of the 267 asylum seekers Australia wants to deport to an offshore immigration center following a court ruling are suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses, a senior government official said on Monday. The premier of an Australian state offered on Saturday to look after this group of asylum seekers facing repatriation to a camp on a remote Pacific island, adding to opposition to the federal government’s policy of offshore detention.

UN/World

Events and Announcements: February 7, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The GlobalTrust research project published a call for applications for post-doctoral fellowships for the academic year 2016-17. The GlobalTrust Research project at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law is funded by a  European Research Council Advanced Grant, and studies the extent to which states that exercise regulatory functions should take into account the interests and preferences of foreign individuals and communities located outside their boundaries. Participants in this project explore the possible moral and legal grounds for requiring states to take other-regarding considerations into account and the institutional mechanisms that could legitimize the external review of states’ compliance with such obligations.

Calls for Papers

  • Pluricourts at the University of Oslo, are pleased to announce a call for papers for their conference entitled ‘Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals’ which will take place in Oslo on 29th -30th August 2016. The conference will explore different controversies surrounding the field of international criminal law and seeks practical solutions to make international criminal justice more effective and relevant. They are interested in hearing perspectives from both practitioners and scholars and welcome contributions from different disciplines. Abstracts are to be submitted by 29 February 2016. Further details of the call can be found on Pluricourts’ website.
  • The Society of Legal Scholars, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the ESIL Interest Group on International Legal Theory are organising a conference on Monday 25th April 2016. For the conference, they’ve issued a call for papers.The theme is “Beyond our comfort zone? Situating the authority of international lawyers, institutions, & other international actors.” Here’s the call.
  • The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge) is now requesting submissions for Volume 3(2). Deadline is 20 May 2016 for both articles and book reviews. The Journal attracts contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of the jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law. The Journal invites submissions of unsolicited manuscripts. For articles, the suggested word length is between 8,000 and 25,000 words including footnotes, and for book reviews, which should significantly engage with the book under review, the preferred length will be 3-4,000 words including footnotes. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and should comply with the Journal’s style guidelines. Articles and book reviews can be submitted online here.
  • Proposals are invited for contributions to an interdisciplinary workshop,”International Criminal Justice On/And Film” at the London School of Economics Centre for International Studies and the LSE Department of Law 12 – 13 September 2016. Proposals for contributions (in the form of academic papers for the most part, though we would welcome contributions in other media, particularly film) should take the form of an abstract of 500 words and contain a filmography, where applicable. They should be accompanied by a 1 page CV and sent by email to the three organisers (see here) by 15 March 2016. PhD and junior faculty applications are particularly encouraged.

Events

  • State Department Legal Adviser’s Office Presents Program on Iran Nuclear Deal – The sixth annual live and webcast program presented by the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State will be held on February 18, 2016, from noon until 1:30 pm EST, on the subject of the Iran nuclear deal. Presenters include Mary McLeod, the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Newell Highsmith, a Deputy Legal Adviser, and Paul Dean, the Assistant Legal Adviser for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. Persons can attend the program at the Burns Moot Court Room at George Washington University Law School or participate remotely via the webcast of the program. An email address for questions during the program will be provided to registrants for the webcast. This program is cosponsored by the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, George Washington University Law School, and the American Society of International Law. The event is free but registration is required (non-members of the ABA may register by establishing a free “new customer” account). Details are found here.
  • A one-day conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past is organized jointly by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law. The programme includes presentations by judges from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as international law scholars. The conference will take place on Friday 26 February 2016 at the premises of the Court in Strasbourg. Registration is now open (deadline: 19 February). In order to register, please send an email to: ESIL-ECHR-Conf2016 [at] echr [dot] coe [dot] int

  • The concluding conference of the MultiRights project, “Reforms of the Individual complaint mechanisms in the UN treaty bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons?” will take place at the University of Oslo on February 29 and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) aiming at finding mutual learning experiences. A particular focus will be given to the following issues:
    • Procedure of selection of members and judges
    • Case load situation
    • Quality of reasoning
    • Margin of appreciation and subsidiarity

    For more information and to register for the event, please visit the conference website.

Our previous events and announcements post can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us with a one-paragraph description of your announcement along with hyperlinks to more information.

Weekly News Wrap: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

  • German Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere promised Afghanistan financial help to help reintegrate returned migrants during a visit to Kabul on Monday overshadowed by the latest in a series of deadly suicide bomb attacks.
  • China accused the United States on Monday of seeking maritime hegemony in the name of freedom of navigation after a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea.

Europe

Americas

  • A special mission sent by the Organization of American States met Haiti’s President Michel Martelly on Sunday as part of intensifying efforts to resolve an electoral crisis that threatens stability in the Caribbean nation.

Oceania

  • Human Rights Watch blasted Australia’s asylum-seeker policy as “abusive” and says a serious rethink is needed to restore the country’s standing globally; HRW also has said in its yearly report that Australia, while having a solid record on civil and political rights, was failing to respect international standards for asylum seekers and this was taking “a heavy human toll”.

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 25, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • The United Nations Security Council should place an arms embargo on South Sudan, while the oil-rich country’s President Salva Kiir and a rebel leader qualify to be sanctioned over atrocities committed in a two-year civil war, U.N. sanctions monitors said in an annual report.
  • A Rwandan man who had been accused of recruiting for the Islamic State was shot and killed in the capital Kigali while attempting to escape police custody, police said in a statement on Monday.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • Iraq summoned the new Saudi ambassador on Sunday after he suggested Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias were exacerbating sectarian tensions and should leave the fight against Islamic State to the Iraqi army and official security forces.
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he would allow Jewish settlers evicted by the Israeli army from two houses in the West Bank city of Hebron to return once proper permits were in place.
  • Libya’s internationally recognised parliament based in Tobruk has voted against the UN-backed unity government with rival authorities based in Tripoli, Libyan news agencies reported.

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

UN/World

Events and Announcements: January 24, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) based in The Hague, is currently seeking applications for legal interns to start as soon as possible in assisting Defence Counsel with ongoing cases. Interns will be involved in a range of tasks including, but not limited to; conducting legal research, preparing witness summaries, witness preparation, factual research, writing legal memoranda, case management tasks and supporting Defence Counsel in their daily work. Additionally to the internship, the ADC regularly organises field trips and social activities for its interns. Interns also have the possibility of joining the ADC Newsletter Team and the ICTY Intern Career Development Committee. Internships are available starting now, for a period of three to six months, full-time or part-time. Please note: The ADC-ICTY internships are unpaid. For more information on the internship opportunity and for application submissions, please visit the website here.

Calls for Papers

  • The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. The Journal appears twice a year and is available open access. All submissions are assessed through double-blind peer review. The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the second issue of 2016. This will be our ‘City Issue’ and the Editorial Board welcomes submissions that engage with this general theme. The topic is broadly conceived and leaves scope for any area of law or jurisprudence domestic, regional or international) that is deemed to be ‘City’ related. More information on potential topics and submission can be found here.
  • The Nappert Prize in International Arbitration is now accepting submissions.The Nappert Competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be either currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program (or their local equivalents). Those who are no longer in school must have taken their most recent degree within the last three years, or have been admitted to the bar (or the local equivalent) for no more than three years (whichever is later). The essay must relate to commercial or investment arbitration; must be unpublished (not yet submitted for publication) as of April 30; must be a maximum of 15, 000 words (including footnotes); can be written in English or in French; should use OSCOLA or some other well-established legal citation guide (e.g. McGill Red Book; Bluebook); must be in MS Word format. More information can be found here.

Events

  • On February 3rd, the TMC Asser Institute in the Hague will host: “The Tallinn Manual 2.0 and The Hague Process: From Cyber Warfare to Peacetime Regime.” How do existing international legal norms apply to cyber operations? Not just in times of war, but also to cyber operations that take place outside the context of an armed conflict? The upcoming ‘Tallinn Manual 2.0: The International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations’ represents an effort by the International Group of Experts to discuss these issues in depth. After a brief overview of the role of the Dutch government in supporting this process by Dr. Marten Zwanenburg, Legal Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, Project Director of the Tallinn Manual, will provide an update on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 process and its treatment of such topics as the law of State responsibility, the prohibition of intervention and the peaceful settlement of disputes as applied in cyberspace.Participation is free of charge and registration is not needed. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found here.

  • On 22-23 April 2016 a conference on ‘Representations of the (Extra)territorial: Theoretical and Visual Perspectives’ will take place at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University. The conference will consist of four panels, addressing respectively virtual reality, the environment, human rights, and general conceptual shifts in understandings of territoriality. The speakers will include Prof. Wouter Werner & Dr. Geoff Gordon (VU Amsterdam),  Prof. Peer Zumbansen (King’s College London), Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud University Nijmegen), Prof. Philip Steinberg (Durham University), Prof. Chris Armstrong (University of Southampton), Prof. Juscelino Colares (Case Western University), Dr. Kerry Woods (Leeds University), Prof. Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University) and Dr. Daniel Augenstein (Tilburg University). Participation is free but participants are kindly required to register before the 18th of April 2016 at the following email address: Secretariaat [dot] IER [at] uu [dot] nl

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, January 18, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • Burkina Faso and Mali have agreed to work together to counter the growing threat of Islamic militants in West Africa by sharing intelligence and conducting joint security patrols following two deadly and well-coordinated attacks in the region.
  • The UN says the worst drought in 30 years in Ethiopia means 400,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and more than 10 million people need food aid.
  • Somalia received a pledge of aid for $50 million from Saudi Arabia this month on the same day it announced it was cutting ties with Saudi rival Iran, a document seen by Reuters showed.

Middle East and Northern Africa

  • At least 42 people have been killed, including civilians, in suspected Russian air strikes in Syria’s Raqqa province, activists and a monitoring group say.
  • Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has described as “historic” and a “great victory” the lifting of sanctions against Iran, declaring that the country is now reopening its doors to the international economy.
  • Islamic State militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Saturday, a monitoring group said.

Asia

Europe

Americas

  • US president Barack Obama is expected to release a new plan in a bid to convince Congress to close Guantanamo Bay prison.
  • Two Swedish citizens whom U.S. prosecutors said fought alongside the Islamist militant group al Shabaab in Somalia in battles to take control of the country’s capital of Mogadishu were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday.

Oceania

UN/World

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 11, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Here’s your weekly selection of 2016 of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

  • Mali’s chief prosecutor said on Saturday that it has evidence that jihadist al-Qaida splinter group Al Mourabitoun, led by veteran leader veteran militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, was behind a November attack on a luxury hotel that killed 20 people.
  • Dozens of Ethiopian and Somali migrants died in the waters off the breakaway Somalia region of Somaliland when their vessel failed mechanically in the course of the voyage and drifted in the sea, a regional Somaliland official said.

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

Americas

Oceania

  • A “new deal” blueprint for sweeping reform of Australia’s environment laws that puts climate change at the centre of ­future economic decision-­making is being prepared by a coalition of 40 leading conservation groups in the wake of the Paris climate meeting.

UN/World

  • Iran’s foreign minister has complained to the United Nations about Saudi Arabia’s “provocations” toward Tehran, as a diplomatic crisis between the region’s two major powers entered its second week.

Events and Announcements: January 10, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology. The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation.

Calls for Papers

  • International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University. This proposed stream contains four panel sessions and invites submissions on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. Empirical work would be particularly welcomed and papers based on “works in progress” will be considered so long as the work is sufficiently developed. Both individual papers and panel submissions (of three related papers) can be submitted for consideration. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit abstracts. Selected papers from the conference will be published. Details of which will be available shortly. For an informal discussion please email the convenor, Anna Marie Brennan at Anna [dot] Marie [dot] Brennan [at] liverpool [dot] ac [dot] uk Abstracts may only be submitted via EasyChair. For more information on the submission process see here. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. The deadline for the submissions is Monday 18 January 2016.
  • The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8-9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. We welcome papers on this subject, which might include, but are by no means limited to: (1) the nature and position of non-state actors within the international legal system; (2) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (3) the source and scope of obligations for particular non-state actors, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (4) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (5) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms, whether judicial institutions, organs of international organisations or treaty regimes; (6) the special roles of non-state actors in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law, amongst others. For further details see the website here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a C.V. should be submitted to j [dot] summers [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk by 31 January 2016.
  • A reminder that 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.
  • Call for papers for the second joint meeting of ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals (ASIL ICTIG) and ESIL Interest Group on International Courts (ESIL ICTIG). The joint meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. during ASIL’s annual meeting (30 March-3 April 2016). Exact time and date are still being determined, however, we wish to share that three members of the interest groups will have the chance to present works in progress at the meeting, and receive feedback. If you would like the opportunity to present a work in progress, please submit an abstract describing unpublished works on the theme of  “Regional Approaches to International Adjudication.” Current (2016) members of either ASIL ICTIG and ESIL ICTIG, at any level of their careers, are invited to submit abstracts. The works submitted are to be original and on-going research. Three papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, and must be submitted to the following email addresses: geir [dot] ulfstein [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no and ngrossman [at] ubalt [dot] edu. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is February 1, 2016. Authors of selected papers will be notified byFebruary 15, 2016.  Authors of selected papers are requested to submit drafts of their works-in-progress by March 15, 2016. Along with the abstract, please include in your submission:
    – The author’s name and affiliation
    – A short author’s CV
    – Whether the author is an ESIL ICTIG member or an ASIL ICTIG member, or both.
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers on ‘General Issues’ within International and European law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and/or European law. All types of manuscripts, from socio-legal to legal technical to comparative, will be considered for publication. The Board of Editors will select articles based on quality of research and writing, diversity and relevance of topic. The novelty of the academic contribution is also an essential requirement. Prospective articles should be submitted online and should conform to the journal style guide on our website. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information, or for consultation on a potential submission, you can email the Editor-in-Chief at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org.

Events

  • The T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague is hosting a Hague Initiative on Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) Lecture by Dr. Katharine Fortin entitled: “The Accountability of Armed Groups Under International Law,” on 11 February 2016. The majority of the armed conflicts around the world today are between States and armed groups. This has heightened the imperative to clarify the obligations of armed groups under international law. In this lecture, Dr. Fortin will discuss the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law when holding armed groups to account. She will also discuss when and how the practice of holding armed groups to account under human rights law, as opposed to international humanitarian law, is legitimate. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Registration is not needed, but seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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.

National Security Challenges for the Next Administration: AALS Panel Discussion

by Jessica Dorsey

The Association of American Law Schools is hosting its 110th annual meeting, which starts today and goes through Sunday in New York City.

The program is vast, but one item of note takes place Saturday, 9 January, from 10:30am-12:15pm at the New York Hilton Midtown, Gramercy West, Second Floor. At this event, Deborah will be moderating a panel discussion entitled: “National Security Challenges for the Next Administration,” along with panelists John Bellinger, Gil Avriel, Marty Lederman, Hina Shamsi, and Dakota Rudesill. More information on the AALS meeting can be found here.

The description of the panel is as follows:

As the country embarks upon presidential election season 2016, this panel identifies and explores the most important challenges in national security law facing the next administration. While relatively discrete legacy issues from the U.S. response to the attacks of 9/11 remain, the emergence of new security threats from organizations such as ISIL has brought into sharp relief the broader unresolved questions surrounding the domestic and international legal framework for combating violent non-state and quasi-state actors. This panel assembles a distinguished group of experts on U.S. constitutional law, international law, and counterterrorism to consider which legal problem the next U.S. President should place highest on his or her to-do list – and what the President should do to address it.

Weekly News Wrap: January 4, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Happy New Year, OJ readers! Here’s your first weekly selection of 2016 of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Africa

Middle East and Northern Africa

Asia

Europe

  • Sweden has begun ID controls as part of the government’s efforts to limit the number of refugees entering the country.
  • Belgian investigators released three people on Friday after questioning them over an alleged plot to attack the capital on New Year’s Eve which forced the cancellation of the city’s annual fireworks display.
  • Poland could be open to compromise over British demands to limit the rights of European Union migrants if London helps it bolster the NATO presence in central Europe, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told Reuters.
  • The head of a special team investigating alleged abuses by British soldiers in Iraq has said he’s confident there will be sufficient evidence for war crimes prosecutions.

Americas

Oceania

UN/World