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Weekly News Wrap: December 2, 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: November 25, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

Events and Announcements: November 24, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

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 All submissions must be original and unpublished.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

Events

Announcements

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

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, November 18, 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: November 11, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

Events and Announcements: November 10, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

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

Announcements

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

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: Thursday, October 31, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

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Worldwide

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

Events and Announcements: October 27, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

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

Calls for Papers

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

Announcements

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

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: Thursday, October 24, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

  • The United States has denied its drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan and elsewhere infringed international law and said it did all it could to avoid civilian casualties.
  • American and Israeli officials have differed over Iran’s nuclear program, as Israel called for its effective dismantlement and the US suggested safeguards could show that it was peaceful rather than military.

Worldwide

Weekly News Wrap: Thursday, October 17, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Middle East

Asia

  • US military forces have captured Latifullah Mehsud, a senior commander with the Pakistani Taliban, according to the US State Department.
  • Japanese authorities may have underestimated by 20 percent the radiation doses workers got in the initial phase of the Fukushima plant disaster, a Japanese newspaper reported citing a U.N. panel.

Africa

Europe

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Events and Announcements: October 13, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Cassese Initiative is pleased to inform you about its coming workshop on the topic “Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law”, which will be held at the European University Institute in Florence, on Friday 25 October 2013. Register here. From the organization: “Enforced disappearance remains one of the most heinous human rights violations. From the ‘political cleansing’ campaigns of oppressive regimes to the ‘war on terror’, hundreds of thousands of targeted opponents have disappeared without a trace, and their families left to live in uncertainty over their fate. Due to its complex nature as a multiple human rights violation and a very serious international crime, and the fact that it is, by definition, shrouded in secrecy, enforced disappearance poses particular problems with regard to accountability. Today, in spite of a framework which includes the 2007 United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, several international courts and monitoring bodies with competence over the violation, as well as the International Criminal Court, these problems persist and new challenges emerge in the fight against impunity.” More information can be found on their websiteFacebook and/or Twitter pages.
  • The Nineteenth Annual Herbert Rubin and Justice Rose Luttan Rubin International Law Symposium, entitled:“The Function of Judges and Arbitrators in International Law” Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Symposium will examine the function of judges and arbitrators in international law. As the importance of formal international adjudication increases, more and more focus is placed on the role that its adjudicators play, and the functions they are meant to fulfill. One of the highlights of this year’s Symposium is the participation of PluriCourts, whose directors Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein will be speaking. If you would like to register now, please click here.

Call for Papers

  • The Centre for Global Governance Studies at Catholic University Leuven presents: The Rule of Law: A Strategic Priority of the European Union’s External Action (ROLA)–International Workshop on 27-28 February 2014 in Leuven (Belgium)Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th October 2013. From their announcement: ‘The Rule of Law – A Strategic Priority of the European Union’s External Action’ (ROLA) is an interdisciplinary Jean Monnet project conducted by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS) and co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The purpose of this project is to assess the importance of the rule of law as a strategic priority of the European Union (EU)’s external action as mandated by article 21 of the Treaty on European Union. ROLA aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines (inter alia law, economics, international relations and political science), officials from EU institutions and EU partner countries, and representatives from civil society. Generating theoretically and practically relevant findings for both researchers and practitioners, this project focuses on an increasingly important though still under-theorized and underexplored research topic: the EU’s strategic prioritization of the rule of law towards emerging powers.” Contactmatthieu [dot] burnay [at] ggs [dot] kuleuven.be A full call for papers in PDF format can be found here. For more information on the project: www.rola-ggs.eu

Announcements

  • The annual Human Rights Essay Award Competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. For detailed guidelines about the award please click here.

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Weekend Roundup: October 5-11, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

This week on Opinio Juris, we had two guest posts from Tomer Broude, the first giving an introduction to behavioral law and the second discussing a methodological framework to behavioral law. Carsten Stahn also delivered a guest post on cautioning against a new affirmative defense to Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, in response to argumentation put forth by Harold Koh’s Just Security contribution.

Kevin discussed Charles Taylor’s disproportionate sentencing in a post examining the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s treatment of customary international law. Duncan posted this week with his analysis on the existential function of interpretation in international law and Roger pointed out “the fact that” we lawyers ought to omit needless words.

Kristen highlighted the recent class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York by the lawyers for the Haiti Cholera victims while Deborah offered insight into the raids in Somalia and Libya recently by the US and their implications on the theories of self defense and responded to Marty Lederman’s Just Security take on her analysis here. Deborah also pointed out an upcoming event on counterterrorism strategies taking place Monday, which she will moderate. Rounding things out, I provided the Weekly News Wrap and you can find An’s Events and Announcements post here.

Many thanks to our guest contributors and have a nice weekend!