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Events and Announcements: July 20, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • A one-day conference on the UN Migrant Workers Convention will be held at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice on Monday, 28 July. The conference, which boasts a stellar line-up of speakers, will take place in the 12th century monastery of San Nicolò and is free and open to the public. 
  • Workshop: Foreign Investment in the Services Sector. A workshop – organized by Andreas R. Ziegler and Michael Hahn (University of Lausanne), Eric de Brabandere (Grotius Centre, Leiden University) and Tarcisio Gazzini (UNIL – Foreign Services in Africa Project) – will take place on 19 September 2014 at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in the context of the opening of the academic year of the LLM Programme on International and European Economic and Commercial Law, and it will explore the specific problems relating to foreign direct investment in services sector and thus the overlap of International Investment Law and Trade in Services.

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Events and Announcements: July 13, 2014

by An Hertogen

Calls for papers

  • Yale Law School is hosting its 4th Doctoral Scholarship Conference on November 14-15, 2014. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘law and responsibility’. The conference is open to current doctoral candidates, both in law and law-related disciplines, and those who graduated during the previous academic year. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 1, 2014. More information is available here and on Facebook.
  • The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ‘14 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 6, No. 2) in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews. Manuscripts received by September 17, 2014 pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law will be reviewed for publication in the Winter ‘14 issue. TL&D has the distinction of being ranked the best journal in India across all fields of law for three consecutive years and the 10th best trade journal worldwide by Washington and Lee University, School of Law. For more information, please go through the submission guidelines available at www.tradelawdevelopment.com or write to the editors.
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law,  is issuing a call for papers in relation to its forthcoming 80th edition on ‘Privacy under International and European Law’. More information can be found here.
  • Melbourne Law School will host the seventh annual Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory on December 1–2, 2014. The Forum brings together research students from all academic disciplines to engage with social, political, theoretical, and methodological issues raised by law and legal theory. This year’s workshop challenges participants to think about law legal theory in its transnational and domestic orders and forms through the concept of the borderline. Borderlines constitute the boundaries between and within legal orders. While borders assert their permanency and inviolability, guarding who the law protects and who it disregards, we know that they are contingent, moveable, transient and above all human creations. The word ‘borderline’ evokes many conflicting meanings — sharp divides, permeations and transgression, centre and periphery, the invisibility of some distinctions and the starkness of others, abnormality and a lack of normalcy, and the imprecision and vagueness of resting ‘on the borderline’ — each of which speaks to the relations between different legal orders that take on many forms, all of varying permanency. Where do the borders fall between and within the transnational and domestic, and why? How should we theorise the way the interactions between these orders take place? And how are these borders dealt with in different legal traditions and cultures? More information can be found on the Forum’s website, in the call for papers or on Twitter.

Announcements

  • During a Round Table on 23 May 2014 organized by the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) of the University of Amsterdam a number of experts have presented their thoughts on key aspects of Secession within the Union. This has resulted in a collection of think pieces that identify and outline a number of outstanding issues of both public international law and EU law. The integral booklet and/or the individual short essays can be downloaded here.

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Events and Announcements: June 22, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals will take place  on 18 July 2014 in Geneva. The seminar, the program of which is found here, will focus on the dialogue between the International Law Commission and international courts and tribunals. Members of the ILC, experts and practitioners will take part. The event is open to all.

Calls for Papers

  • The Editorial Board of Comparative Constitutional Law & Administrative Law Quarterly (CALQ) is inviting submissions for Vol. 2 No. 1 from legal academicians, professionals and students. The Journal attempts to initiate and foster academic dialogue concerning the subjects of Administrative Law and Constitutional Law keeping in mind a global perspective. More information can be found here.
  • Call for papers: Imagining post-neoliberal regulatory subjectivities @ Faculty of Law, University of Turku, Finland 15-17 October 2014. The Faculty of Law, University of Turku is pleased to announce a research seminar addressing post-neoliberal regulatory subjectivities. They have issued a call for papers dealing with different aspects of the “subjectivity turn”, understood here as the new art of neoliberal regulation aimed at producing actors with appropriate agency-a subjectivity. The papers could, for example, map the possible genealogies for the emergence of post-neoliberal law, or address the implications of anthropomorphic corporate regulation, or transformations in sovereign subjectivities. The organizers are able to pay for travel and accommodation for presenters.
  • Transnational Dispute Management has announced a new call for papers. The special will be edited by Craig Shepherd and Mike McClure and deals with “Arbitration in the Middle East - Expectations and Challenges for the Future.” 

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Events and Announcements: June 15, 2014

by An Hertogen

Events

  • BIICL is organising an event on ‘Due Diligence: From Rhetoric to Practice’ on Monday June 16, 2014 from 3.00-7.45pm. The event brings together expert speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including lawyers, academics, the private sector and non-governmental organisations. Their expertise will highlight the pertinent aspects of the UN Guiding Principles as a framework for all current approaches in this area as well as their practical implementation. More information and registration is here.
  • The Geneva Academy is holding an events on June 16 on The Situation of Women’s Rights 20 Years after the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights. More information is here.

Announcements

  • Pretoria University Law Press (Pulp) has just published an original book on the highest courts of Brazil, India and South Africa (BISA countries). The book Transformative Constitutionalism: Comparing the Apex Courts of Brazil, India and South Africa, published in December 2013 and now fully available online, is the first scholarly account on how the BISA highest courts manage to implement their respective transformative constitutions, including a critical view on instances where those courts fall short of it. You can read the book here.

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Events and Announcements, June 8, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Call for Papers

  • The American Society of International Law has extended the deadline for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the Society’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago November 6-8, 2014. Papers can be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished.  Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 1000 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Review of the abstracts will be blind.  Proposals should be submitted online by June 15, 2014. To submit a proposal, or for more information, please click here. 

Event

  • 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 June 18, 2014, 18:30. The speakers and topics are:
    Yahli Shereshevsky, PhD candidate, Hebrew University: “Serdar Mohammed v. Ministry of Defence and the battle over the laws of war.” and Ido Kilovaty, PhD candidate, Georgetown University: “Cyber Warfare and Jus ad Bellum: Does Economic Cyber Coercion Violate Article 2(4) of the UN Charter?” For more information, click here.

Announcement

  • Vacancies for: Book Review Editor, an Assistant Editor, and two Editorial Assistants for the journal Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) is a peer-reviewed international journal dedicated to the development of new ideas on law’s contribution to environmental governance in a global context. TEL is published by Cambridge University Press, and appears twice annually. For further information about the journal, including its full mission and scope, see: http://journals.cambridge.org/TEL A Book Review Editor. For more information, click here.

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Roundtable at the NY City Bar on International Law and the Crisis in Ukraine

by Chris Borgen

For those in the New York City area who may be interested, tomorrow (June 4th) I will be participating in a roundtable discussion with Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United Nations, concerning the crisis in Ukraine.   Mark Meyer, Moldova’s Honorary Consul in New York (and a member of the law firm Herzfeld & Rubin), will moderate the discussion.

The roundtable will take place at the New York City Bar on June 4th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, with a reception to follow. Full details are available here.

For some of my recent posts on this topic, please see: 1, 2, and 3.

Events and Announcements: June 1, 2014

by An Hertogen

Calls for Papers

  • Following a successful conference organised by the Qatar University, College of Law and the Qatari Branch of the ILA on the Syrian Crisis and International Law they now plan for a special issue of the International Review of Law on the same theme.  To this end, they are looking for contributions discussing: public international law, including collective security and the use of force as well as papers exploring the applicability of the Responsibility to Protect theory; international humanitarian law and international human rights law including the relationship of the two bodies of law in the Syrian context; international criminal law – procedural and substantive aspects; refugee protection and the international ramifications in the Arab region. The International Review of Law is a bilingual (English & Arabic content), open-access, peer-reviewed international law journal published by QScience.com. Those interested in contributing are requested to respond to this call for papers by sending in their submissions by August 15th, 2014. More information is here.
  • The University of Virginia School of Law’s Human Rights Program and the Virginia Journal of International Law are calling for papers for the Virginia Law Human Rights Student Scholars Writing Competition (HRSSWC). This global competition is designed to encourage student scholarly inquiry into human rights topics and afford emerging student scholars an opportunity to develop their research and contributions by interacting with Virginia’s pre-eminent international law faculty. The HRSSWC welcomes all student papers relating to human rights law from current J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. students from the United States and abroad. May 2014 graduates may also submit papers written as part of their law school curriculum. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, submitting any work that furthers understanding of a substantive area of human rights law. The student author of the top paper will receive a cash prize of $500 and expedited consideration for publication in the Virginia Journal of International Law. Additionally, the winning author will be invited to present his or her paper at a special Human Rights Student Scholars Workshop involving Virginia’s international law faculty, VJIL editors, and Virginia law students. The deadline for submission is June 27, 2014. More information is here.
  • The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU) in cooperation with the International and Comparative Law Center and the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia announce the 7th Yerevan International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, which will be held from October 30 to November 1, 2014 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia and will be dedicated to the 150th anniversary of adoption  of the First Geneva Convention. Young researchers in the field of IHL under the age of 35 are invited to take part in the Conference participants pre-selection process. In order to apply the applicants should complete the application form by September 14, 2014 and submit a research paper strictly within the scope of the announced conference topics presented in the Call for papers. See also the Conference’s Facebook page.

Events

  • On 14 June 2014, Edge Hill University (UK) is hosting an international conference titled “The ‘Cross-Fertilization’ Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals”. Speakers will discuss the outcomes of the presentations made by the participants in a workshop held at Edge Hill the day before. The main purpose of this initiative is to critically assess the manner in which human rights standards developed by the European Court of Human Rights have been used (or misused) by international criminal tribunals. The programme is here.
  • On Friday 20 June 2014 the Society of Legal Scholars International Law Section and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will co-host the 23rd Conference on Theory and International Law. The theme of this year’s conference is Sovereignty in the 21st Century. This conference will address aspects of both the theoretical and practical dimensions of sovereignty in the 21st century. Further details (including a link to the conference programme) are available here.
  • To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Geneva Convention, the Geneva Academy is holding a panel on Challenges Raised by Increasingly Autonomous Weapons on June 24, 6-8pm, at the Maison de la Paix, rue Eugène-Rigot 2 in Geneva. More information is here.
  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University’s Washington College of Law is organizing various panels for its 2014 Human Rights Month. For those of you outside DC, you can watch the panels via live webcast here.
  • From June 27-28, 2014, Bangor Law School and the Bangor Centre for International Law will host a conference on proof in international criminal trials, kindly supported by the British Academy. You can find the programme here, and register online here.

Announcements

  • Oil, Gas & Energy Law has issued a special issue on the Energy CommunityEnergy Community is the primary instrument in EU external energy policy. The large number of contributions to this special on the Energy Community edited by Dr Dirk Buschle (Deputy Director and Head of Legal of the Energy Community Secretariat) illustrate the diversity and complexity of the topic. Instead of providing a coherent account of where the Energy Community stands today, this special provides numerous tie-ins for the future debate. It provides for an inspiring reading on the current issues and future options for the Energy Community.

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Events and Announcements: May 25, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Just a couple things to note this weekend:

Call for Papers

  • The American Society of International Law’s Dispute Resolution Interest Group and the University of Colorado Law School are co-sponsoring a works-in-progress conference this August on international law and dispute resolution. Here is the Call for Papers

Announcements

  • The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is looking to hire a research coordinator to work on a collaborative project with the publishers Martinus Nijhoff/Brill, commemorating the 100th Anniversary in 2015 of the founding of the Grotius Society, resulting in several volumes examining British contributions to, and influences on, Public International Law. This is a part-time (0.5 fte) two year research post with no teaching duties and the possibility of flexible working arrangements. Full details can be found here. Informal enquiries may be made to the Publications Editor, Anna Riddell: a [dot] riddell [at] biicl [dot] org.

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Events and Announcements: May 11, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • Sociological Inquires into International Law” (LSE, May 16-17, 2014) is a workshop with the aim of bringing contemporary international law scholarship into a closer conversation with a number of inspiring and theoretically rich literatures on law and markets deriving from traditions of thinking within sociology and anthropology.  We are convinced that, particularly within the field of international economic law, a deeper and more informed engagement with a range of sociological and social theoretic modes of thinking is necessary for intellectual renewal. For details, please visit the workshop site. If you would like to attend the workshop (and due to the limited available seats), please contact  Gosia Brown (G [dot] M [dot] Brown [at] lse [dot] ac [dot] uk)  in advance.
  • On May 22, from 14:00-15:00, Bergen Resource Centre for International Development will arrange a book bath for Maja Janmyr and her new book Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps.
  • The United States Institute of Peace is offering a course on International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights as part of its highly regarded Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding.  The Academy provides practitioner-oriented education, training, and resources via facilities at USIP’s Washington headquarters, mobile training in conflict zones abroad, and online distance education and training. This course on IHL and HR runs June 17-19, 2014 and will focus on key questions: Why do we have these bodies of law? How do they apply? What is the practical impact of human rights and humanitarian law in conflict-affected states? How do these two bodies of law interact? How are human rights and international humanitarian law relevant to practitioner’s work in the field? The three-day course will be delivered through a variety of methodologies that seek to maximize the learning experience, with an emphasis on problem-based learning. Additional course and registration information is available here.

Calls for Papers

  • As noted previously, the research project Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, is seeking paper proposals for a workshop on “Transnational Standards in the Domestic Legal Order: Authority and Legitimacy,” to be held on October 24, 2014. The keynote speaker will be Professor Nico Krisch, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. Full details here (pdf). The deadline is 18 May 2014.
  • The AALS has announced a call for papers on International Human Rights New Voices Panel for the AALS Annual Meeting taking place January 2-5, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The deadline to submit a paper is September 15, 2014. More information can be found here.
  • Call for papers, Armenian Yearbook of International Law In January 2014 members of the International and Comparative Law Center of Armenia (one of the flagman research academic institutions on IPL/IHL in Armenia) has presented the first issue of the Armenian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law. ICLaw Center has recently published the call for papers. Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2014
  • Maastricht University has announced a call for papers for the conference on Denialism and Human Rights, taking place 22 and 23 January 2015. The deadline for the call is 1 August 2014.
  • A call for papers has been announced for the bilingual Colloque Doctoral 2015: The European Union and International Law/L’Union européenne et le droit international 17-18 April 2015 at the University of Fribourg. More information can be found here 
  • Imagining the Future: Conceptions of Risk and the Regulation of Uncertainty in International Law – Institute for Legal Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 17 – 19 October, 2014. Increasingly, international legal arrangements imagine future worlds, or create space for experts to articulate how the future can be conceptualized and managed. With the increased specialization of international law, a series of functional regimes and sub-regimes has emerged, each with their own imageries, vocabularies, expert-knowledge and rules to translate our hopes and fears for the future into action in the present. At issue in the development of these regimes are not just competing predictions of the future based on what we know about what has happened in the past and what we know is happening in the present. Rather, these regimes seek to deal with futures about which we know very little or nothing at all; futures that are inherently uncertain and even potentially catastrophic; futures for which we need to find ways to identify, conceptualise, manage and regulate risks the existence of which we can possibly only speculate about. In short, international law is increasingly becoming the preserve of HG Wells’ ‘professors of foresight’. The central theme of this workshop is how the future is imagined, articulated and managed across functional fields in international law. The deadline for abstract proposals is 1 June 2014. More information on this project and contact details can be found here.

Announcements

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross has published its quarterly Bibliography. You can subscribe to receive the bibliography by e-mailing library [at] icrc [dot] org.
  • An International Conference will be held at the Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law on Sovereignty as Trusteeship for Humanity Historical Antecedents – and their Impact on International Law from 15-17 June 2014. More information here.
  • The Changing Nature of Customary International Law: Methods of Interpreting the Concept of Custom in International Criminal Tribunals has been published by Routledge.
  • The IHL competition “Youth for Peace” is the biggest regional event of the kind in Eastern Europe. It is a truly unique event bringing on the annual basis the students from all over the world (not limiting to the East region only), e.g., in the past teams from Brazil, Kenya, Cuba, India, Singapore, China, Romania, the Netherlands, the USA and from all over the Eastern Europe and Central Asia  took part.  It is not a moot court as such, but rather the role play competition in the best traditions of the Pictet Competition.  Deadline: 1 June 2014 Open to: team should consist of two-three students (2-3) under the age of 31 who have not participated in the Competition before. Dates and venue: September 30th –October 4th, 2014, Minsk, Belarus. Registration form here.

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Events and Announcements: May 4, 2014

by An Hertogen

Events

  • The Inter-American Affairs Committee of the International Law Section, the International Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Law Section and the Inter-American Bar Association are sponsoring a DC Bar Lunchtime Conference on “Property Rights Protection in the Americas: the Non-Arbitration Options“, this Tuesday May 6, from 12-2pm at WilmerHale in Washington DC. More information and registration is here.

Call for Papers

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The End of Treaties? The End of History?

by Duncan Hollis

AJIL Unbound, the new on-line companion to the American Journal of International Law, has begun to publish short essays this week for its on-line Agora, The End of Treaties? (see the original call for papers here). So far, they have posts up by Tim Meyer (‘Collective Decision-making in International Governance‘) — and Joel Trachtman (‘Reports of the Death of Treaty Are Premature, but Customary International Law May Have Outlived Its Usefulness‘).  Additional posts will be rolled out over the course of the week here.

As for me, I regard this ‘End of Treaties?’ idea as analogous to Francis Fukuyama’s famous End of History thesis.  Like Fukuyama’s piece, I think the idea here is more an argument about the future of treaties as opposed to either an historical or empirical claim that treaties no longer matter much to international law.  Just as it’s hard to argue that history ended with the Cold War, it’s hard to make the case that we’re now witnessing the end of treaties.  On the contrary, there are more treaties in force today than ever before in human history. The United States has more than 10,000 treaties in force and the UN Treaty Office has registered more than 64,000 treaties (this notwithstanding widespread noncompliance by States with their obligation to register treaty commitments).  The breadth and depth of these treaty commitments is equally striking — one is hard pressed to find an international law issue today where there is not some treaty that speaks, directly or indirectly, to the question.  

Perhaps the “End of Treaties” idea should emphasize the decline in treaty-making as opposed to treaties themselves?  Again though, I’m not sure there’s evidence to support the claim.  True, the number of major multilateral treaty negotiations has fallen off in recent years (at least when compared to the late- and immediate- post Cold War periods) while other negotiations appear stalled. But it’s not clear to me that we’re heading to some definitive end-point of obsolescence rather than witnessing an oscillation over time in terms of when and how treaty-making gets done. Nor am I persuaded by the Senate’s recent recalcitrance on treaty-making.  For starters, it’s actually a pretty small piece of U.S. treaty-making; I believe Senate advice and consent treaties in recent decades constitute only about 7% of the international agreements concluded by the United States. And, it’s not like the Senate has refused to give advice and consent entirely; 2013 saw 4 treaties get through.  This is not to say that the Senate process is working well right now — it’s clear not — but rather to suggest it may not yet be time to write that process off completely.

Finally, I do not think one has to find that treaties as a form of international commitment are necessarily weakened by the emergence in recent years of all these new forms of what Tim calls ‘collective decision-making’.  I don’t accept the idea that we’re in a zero-sum game where every time we use a political commitment or code of conduct, there’s one less treaty going forward.  Instead, I wonder if the proverbial pie may be expanding with the expansion in forms of international cooperation; the future (or indeed, even the present) may bear witness to more treaties AND more political commitments, international institutional norm-making, soft law or what have you.  Thus, Tim and I may part ways a bit here as a descriptive matter since he’s inclined to think there’s been some decline in treaty usage.  I’d concede though that there’s research that we could do to settle the trade-off questions.

In the end, I may not be in agreement with the Agora’s theme, but I applaud its attention to the treaty topic.  For me, treaties deserve more attention, not because they are in some form of decline, but rather because of how critical they have become to the functioning of the modern international legal order.  So, I am looking forward to thinking more about Meyer and Trachtman’s posts and reading the remaining contributions later this week.  I trust it’s the start of a great conversation.

Events and Announcements: April 27, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Call for Proposals

  • Call for Proposals: “Differentiated integration inside and outside the EU: taking stock and charting the future.” Please send the proposals for the ECSA Conference of the Swiss, Austrian and German Branch to be held on 23/24 October 2014 at the University of Lausanne’s IDHEAP within the Facultyo of Law, Criminal Sciences and Administration to conference [at] ecsaswiss [dot] ch no later than June 15. The decision on the inclusion of the proposal in the Conference programme will be communicated no later than June 30, and the Conference Programme will be circulated at the latest during the month of September. The organizers retain the right of including in the programme invited speakers. The full call can be found here.

Events

  • The American Society of International Law’s International Economic Law Interest Group presents: What to Expect from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreements Thursday, May 8, 2014 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the American Society of International Law in Washington, DC. Registration information is here and the event is free for ASIL members with a $15.00 Registration fee for non-members. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreements currently are the most critical components of the United States’ trade agenda and negotiations. This timely event will survey the main interests at stake in these negotiations, what economic benefits the draft agreements are expected to deliver for the US and its trading partners, and what they mean for multilateral negotiations at the World Trade Organization (WTO). The briefing will also examine the US domestic political implications for entering into these agreements, including the likelihood of Congress passing a “fast track” authority. A reception will follow the discussion at 6.45 pm.
  • The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London is proud to host this year’s ILA (British Branch) Spring Conference from 23 to 24 May2014. The organizers aim to 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. The five parallel panel sessions will re-examinethe foundations of international lawin the light of new information and modes of thinking. In this respect, main goal of the organizers is to imagine possible futures in issues of concern to present and future generations, such as combatting climate change, preventing human trafficking, managing financial risk, encouraging businesses to respect human rights and promoting socially responsible investment. The Keynote speech will be delivered by Professor James Crawford at 10 am on 23 May 2014 (‘The identification and development of customary international law’) and after dinner speech by Professor Philip Allott the same day at Inner Temple (‘The Idealist’s Dilemma ). For more info on registration for the conference and the dinner, but also the full two-day programme are available here.
  • The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Sixteenth Summer Session, “International Criminal Law at the First World War Centenary — From Consolidation Towards Confrontation?”, Sunday 3 to Friday 15 August 2014. The SLS is a two-week summer programme aimed at postgraduate students, young academics and practitioners. This year’s session will scrutinize principles and procedures of international criminal law, their origins and contemporary challenges to their enforcement. In this context, there will be a special thematic focus on the principle of irrelevance of official capacity under international customary law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as on controversies stemming from the Court’s cases against sitting heads of States, proposed changes to the Rome Statute and policy considerations determining the selection of situations and cases. Other topics include the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute, the rights of the defence in international criminal proceedings, the role of international investigation commissions, as well as recent decisions and judgements of the ICC and the ICTY. Further information on the academic programme and a preliminary list of speakers are available hereThe application period ends on Friday 9 May 2014. 
  • The 2014 Summer Program of Marco Polo-Zheng He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy, P.R. China. The South China Sea Institute of Xiamen University, and Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, announce their annual summer program – Marco Polo- Zheng He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy, to be held from June 22 – July 18, 2014. These centers are leading interdisciplinary research institutes in China in the area of Oceans Law and Policy. This is the 9th year of this summer academy which has been attended in past by the scholars, practitioners, diplomats, and students from -: Australia, Belgium, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, DPR Korea, Rep. of Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.S., and others. The four week intensive summer program is divided into two sessions to be held in Chinese cities of Xiamen and Shanghai. The participants have an option to attend either or both the sessions. The program offers a unique chance to learn about the Chinese perspectives on Law of the Sea and its policies. The structure of the program is such that the class lectures are held in morning sessions and in the afternoon sessions trips to Chinese courts, law firms, governmental agencies related to oceanic administration, museums, etc., are planned. Participants also have the option of taking tests and getting credits transferred to their own schools. Limited number of scholarships are offered to outstanding candidates upon application and subsequent review. Please find more information about Xiamen Session here and Shanghai Session here. For queries regarding-: Xiamen Session contact: zhangxia-fly [at] 163 [dot] com; Shanghai Session sjtu_colp [at] 163 [dot] com; for general queries contact: arpita [dot] goswami7 [at] gmail [dot] com.
  • The registration for the Third Annual Conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) is still open, and can be accessed here.
  • Registration is now also open for the conference ‘National Security and Public Health: Exceptions to Human Rights’ organised at IALS on 29th May 2014. For more information and to register, click here.
  • Universal Jurisdiction on the XXI Century Congress in Madrid. A 4-day International Congress on Universal Jurisdiction will take place in Madrid in May 20-23 2014 organized by Baltasar Garzon International Foundation (FIBGAR). During those 4 days, Madrid will host some of the best experts on Universal Jurisdiction to discuss its nature, extension, current situation and future as an instrument to fight against impunity and to protect Human Rights. Among the 50 lectures there are Baltasar Garzón, Benjamin Ferencz, Diego García-Sayán, Shirin Ebadi, Luis Moreno Ocampo, Fabricio Guariglia, Remo Carlotto, Michael Ratner, Raúl Zaaroni, Hugo Relva. Registration is now open!

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