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Events and Announcements: April 19, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • Call for papers for ‘The Latin American Challenge to the Current System of Investor-State Dispute Settlement’ will analyze current developments and the proposed design of UNASUR’s investment dispute settlement centre, as an example of the Latin American ‘challenge’ to investment arbitration and place it within the wider context of reform of investor-state dispute settlement as evidenced elsewhere in the  world. It will prioritise critical and theoretical (rather than descriptive) approaches that will guarantee a scientific interest in the volume long after its publication date. Scholars, IIA negotiators and experienced practitioners are invited to submit cutting-edge proposals that go beyond the state of the law to this call for papers for the Journal of World Investment & Trade. The guest editors of this  Journal of World Investment & Trade Special Issue areDr-  Katia Fach (University of Zaragoza, Spain) and Dr. Catharine Titi (University Panthéon-Assas, France).

Events

  • The final workshop of the Annual Seminar Series of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)Constructive Links or Dangerous Liaisons? The Case of Public International Law and European Union Law will take place at Queen Mary Innovation Centre, Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theatre, on 25-26 June 2015.The workshop concludes the ‘Beyond Pluralism’ project, building on the introductory round-table discussion held in October 2014 on general aspects of the EU-PIL interface and the ‘thematic dialogues’ on specific issue-areas that followed until March 2015. The event will gather top-rank contributors, coming from all over Europe, to consider findings and put them into perspective. The objective is to assess how best to articulate the link between the two regimes and possibly re-define their relationship offering a comprehensive account of their interaction, overcoming current limitations of monist, dualist and pluralist approaches. To register and for full programme details, please, visit the website here.

Announcements

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Events and Announcements: April 12, 2015

by An Hertogen

Events

  • On April 13-14, 2015, the University of Alabama School of Law will host a workshop and symposium event on the topic of the Rights of States in International Law.  The event will be organized by Professor Dan Joyner. The participants will workshop their papers, which are to comprise a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law, which is being organized by Professor Joyner and Dr. Marco Roscini. This project is devoted to the question of whether fundamental rights of states, which appear to be recognized in the provisions of a number of conventional and customary sources of international law, actually exist. These purported rights include the right to self-defense, the right to existence, the right to private life/noninterference, the right to permanent sovereignty over natural resources; the right to be free from economic coercion, and the right to peaceful nuclear energy. If in fact they do exist, what is their source and legal character? What are their juridical implications – e.g. when they come into conflict with the legal obligations of the right holder, or with the actions of other states and international organisations? The papers in this special issue seek to examine these questions both theoretically and doctrinally, and to provide a framework for understanding the fundamental rights of states, and their role in the international legal system. For questions concerning the workshop/seminar, please contact Professor Dan Joyner at djoyner [at] law [dot] ua [dot] edu
  • Registration is now open for the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s specialized course on the Conduct of Peace Support Operations (PSO) from June 15 – July 19, 2015 in Sanremo, Italy. The aim of this course is to prepare potential civilian and military staff and augmentees for PSOs by providing an understanding of the legal issues affecting their deployment and mission accomplishment. Participants will examine and discuss the wide ranging legal issues underpinning PSO mandates affecting mission design, and those legal aspects which will shape and govern the deployed force and mission. Seminar topics include the legal bases for PSO, the applicability of human rights and LOAC, criminal responsibility and the legal implications of detention, cyber activities, and emerging technologies on PSO.  For more information see here.

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Events and Announcements: April 5, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • Turgut Ozal University School of Law, in cooperation with Association for Canadian Studies and IDI, invites scholars and policy-makers to submit paper proposals to International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies. The Conference will take place on 30-31 October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey. The aim of this International Conference is to evaluate the impact of international law and transnational law on the legal orders of nation states in different national contexts. The importance of international law in an increasingly globalized world is duly and frequently acknowledged. However, it is difficult to say that international law produces the desired impact across different national legal orders. In this context, the aim of the Conference is to provide opportunities to discuss the interplay between international law and domestic policies. Besides focusing on the impact of international treaty and customary law, theConference also welcomes submissions dealing with the effects on domestic policies of other sources of globalized norms, such as the emergence of global common law arising from pressures for regulatory commonality, different trade and investment regimes, international sanctions and others. Scholars, Policy-makers, lawyers, judges and professionals from all disciplines are invited to submit a proposal to the conference organizing committee. For more information, including information on deadline for proposals and accommodation opportunities, please refer to the website of the conference.
  • The American Branch of the International Law Association has extended the deadline until April 10, 2015 on their earlier-issued call for proposals. The unifying theme for ILW 2015 is Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. ILW 2015 will explore the many roles that international law plays in addressing global challenges. The aim is to provide an opportunity for discussion and debate about the ways in which international law provides fundamental tools and mechanisms to address emerging global issues. ILW 2015 will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law. The ILW Organizing Committee invites proposals to be submitted via the ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form located here.

Events

  • On April 8, 2015, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Georgetown University Law Center’s Military Law Society are sponsoring a panel at the Law Center in Washington, D.C. to consider the question of whether and how the United States might ratify the 1977 Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions of 1949. This panel, addressing the topic: “Is it Time to Ratify AP I?” will consist of four distinguished European and North American legal experts, including: Major-General Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces; Nicolas Guillou, Justice Attaché of the French Embassy in the United States; Christopher Harland, Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada and William K. Lietzau, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rule of Law and Detainee Policy. The panel will be moderated by Richard “Dick” Jackson, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center. The event will take place on April 8, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m, at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Bernard P. McDonough Hall, Room 201, 600 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001. This is a short two blocks from the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, where the American Society of International Law is holding its Annual Meeting next week. The event is free and open to the public. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.

Announcements

  • Transnational Dispute Management published a new special: TDM 2 (2015) Arbitration in the Middle East: Expectations and Challenges for the Future. Edited by Craig Shepherd and Mike McClure (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP) the papers in this special, which between them discuss the arbitral regimes in Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), together with investment treaty arbitration and general trends in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, address the increasing use of arbitration in the Middle East, and the increasing use of Middle East seats.
  • University of Geneva Summer School in International Law will take place from June 15 – July 3, 2015 in Geneva. The University of Geneva is happy to invite applications for the Summer School in International Law. The Summer School in International Law, which is now in its third year, presents an excellent opportunity to learn from a wide range of expert international teaching staff in one of the world’s capitals of international law. The course is structured around three themes, one for each of the three weeks of the program: international economic law, international law and civil society, and international law and politics. Each theme is explored through a week-long “Foundations Course” and three to five “Snapshot Courses” on topics such as the creation of states, WTO law and neoliberalism, internet law, law without the state (transnational law), private international law, global governance, international commercial arbitration, controversial investment arbitration cases, the geopolitics of investment arbitration, the role of non-state actors in international institutions, the international law of intellectual property, and the resolution of international intellectual property disputes. Further information and application details are available online here.

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Israel’s “Defenders” Show Their True Colors Regarding Academic Freedom

by Kevin Jon Heller

From April 17-19, the University of Southampton is scheduled to host a conference entitled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism.” As the title indicates, the conference was always going to be controversial. (Full disclosure: I was originally scheduled to present at the conference, but pulled out a couple of weeks ago because I simply didn’t have time to prepare anything.) Indeed, the conference webpage contains the following statement by the organisers:

The conference “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility, and Exceptionalism” at the University of Southampton on April 17-19th will engage controversial questions concerning the manner of Israel’s foundation and its nature, including ongoing forced displacements of Palestinians and associated injustices. The conference will examine how international law could be deployed, expanded, even re-imagined, in order to achieve regional peace and reconciliation based on justice.  The conference is intended to broaden debates and legal arguments concerning historic Palestine and the nature, role, and potentialities of international law itself.

Participants will be a part of a multidisciplinary debate reflecting diverse perspectives, and thus genuine disagreements, on the central themes of the conference. Diligent efforts, including face-to-face meetings with leading intellectuals in Israel, were made to ensure the widest range of opinions possible. Those who chose to abstain, however, cannot derail the legitimate, if challenging, academic discussion the conference will inspire.

The conference organizers are grateful to the University of Southampton for ensuring academic freedom within the law and for taking steps to secure freedom of speech within the law. The conference organizers accept that the granting of permission for this event does not imply support or endorsement by the University of any of the opinions to be expressed at the conference.

The final paragraph is more than a little ironic — because earlier today the University of Southampton caved to pressure from self-appointed right-wing “defenders” of Israel and withdrew its permission for the conference. To be sure, the University did not have the integrity to admit the real reason why it was withdrawing permission. Instead, it fell back on that time-worn excuse, “security.” (Read: Israel’s right-wing “defenders” promised to disrupt the conference if the University didn’t cancel it.) The organizers’ statement in response makes clear just how pathetic that excuse really is:

A number of risks have been identified by the police but it is very clear from the Police’s report that they are more than capable of policing the conference and ensuring the safety of university staff, speakers, delegates, students and property. However, instead of accepting this at face value the University decided to focus on the risks identified by the Police and ignore their statement about their ability to police the event – we were told the Police will never say in writing they are not able to police an event, in other words the University had doubts about the Police’s ability to do their job of upholding the law! The university claims that the Police are not able or unwilling to become too involved because the University is ‘private property’, which we find astonishing. The University is a public space, it was established by a Royal Charter and it has public roles and duties including upholding freedom of speech and to that extent it should be able to resort to police assistance in order to curb security risks to enable it to fulfil its legal obligation to uphold freedom of speech. If this is not done, if commitment to safety is not undertaken by the police, freedom of speech becomes an idle worthless notion. At no point were we given an indication that the University has indeed allowed itself the time to seek viable police assistance to supplement its own resources. Additionally, and unconvincingly, the University claims that it is now too late to put proper security arrangements in place. We do not accept that in any way as there are still 18 days left before the conference.

It will be a great shame if the conference does not go ahead as planned, whether at Southampton or at another venue. But the University’s decision does have a silver lining: it makes clear the contempt that Israel’s right-wing “defenders” have for academic freedom. They love to invoke academic freedom in the context of academic BDS, where the freedom in question is that of Israeli academics. (Regular readers know that I oppose academic BDS, and I voted against it recently at SOAS.) But when academic freedom means permitting criticism of Israel — well, then censorship is just fine. Consider the following…

Events and Announcements: March 29, 2015

by An Hertogen

Calls for Papers

  • Opinio Juris’ own Peter Spiro will be the keynote speaker at the Skilled Migration Conference on Unravelling the Talent Tale: Skilled Migration Policies between National Images, Membership Bonds and Economic Priorities on September 15, 2015 at Sheffield University School of Law. The organizers are calling for paper considering a range of questions targeting the interrelation between attracting skilled migrants and redefining community boundaries and membership bonds. Abstracts of no more than 500 words are due by April 30, 2015. More information is available here.
  • 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 via the website and should conform to the journal style guide (See here for full details). Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information please consult the website or e-mail. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015.
  • On June 26, 2015, a conference will investigate the relationship between hybrid warfare and minority rights from three perspectives: 1. Protection of Minority Rights and Hybrid Warfare; 2. Freedom of Expression in the Media and Cyberspace; 3. Hybrid Warfare and the Threshold for Armed Attack and State Responsibility. The organizers welcome abstracts for papers of no more than one page from both established researchers and early career academics. Please send your proposals to Dr. James Summers. The deadline for abstracts is May 1, 2015. Further details can be found here.
  • The Journal of International Peace and Organisation (“Die Friedens-Warte”) is calling for papers for its upcoming issue of volume 90 (2015). The Journal adapts an interdisciplinary approach to all matters relating to peace research, with international law and political science as lead disciplines. All submissions are assessed through double-blind peer review by two experts in the field. The topic of the upcoming issue’s focus section is ‘Intelligence! – Conflict and Conflict Avoidance through Information Gathering’. Abstracts may be submitted until 4 May 2015. For more detailed information, please see the Call for Papers here or the Journal’s website.
  • The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law is now calling for submissions for the next issue 2(2). The deadline is June 30, 2015. More information can be found here.

Events

  • The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL), Brunel University London announces its annual guest lecture followed by an in-depth discussion, entitled “The Economic Crisis and The Failure of Human Rights”, to be held on Tuesday 21 April 2015, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Moot Court, Elliott Jacques Building, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UB8 3PH. Guest Speaker: Professor Aoife Nolan (University of Nottingham); Chair: Professor Manisuli Sssenyonjo (Brunel University London). A reception will follow at 5.00 pm by serving free refreshment. More information is here.
  • The Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana is organizing its second conference in a series of biannual international interdisciplinary scientific conferences entitled Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference on April 23-24, 2015. The aim of the conference is to provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners from around the word to engage in an interdisciplinary academic debate on the theoretical and practical implications of the concept of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The program is set up to present both the theoretical issues related to the understanding of the concept, its implementation in crisis situations and its importance in relation to conflict prevention and rebuilding, as well as practical issues by presenting case studies of the crisis situations with the potential for R2P consideration.  Participants of the conference will receive also a book entitled Responsibility to Protect: Where Do We Stand Ten Years After? Forty presenters at the conference include distinguished internationally renowned experts from around the world, among them Jennifer Welsh, Ruth Wedgwood, Judge Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh, Vladimir Kotlyar, Aiden Hehir, James Pattison, Enzo, M. Le Fevre Cervini and William R. Pace. A special R2P Song by a Slovenian rap duo Murat&Jose will be performed live in English at the conference gala dinner. The keynote speaker at the conference gala dinner will be Professor Dr Danilo Türk, Former President of the Republic of Slovenia. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit the conference web page.
  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce that the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is now accepting applicationsThe program will take place from May 26 to June 12, 2015. This Program offers 18 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 39 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and professors from all over the world. The Program is offered in three categories which include the modality of Certificate of Attendance for lawyers, law students and HR professionals of any country, ABA Credits for U.S. students and finally, the Diploma Course that is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. The application form for this program will be available here. For more information please contact the  Academy.

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Events and Announcements: March 22, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR), in collaboration with the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute (HRI), is publishing a symposium edition about the relationship between the U.S. ‘War on Terror’, sometimes referred to as the ‘Forever War,’ and human rights law. We invite proposals on topics of your own framing consistent with the symposium’s general purpose of advancing scholarship and critical analysis regarding human rights law and its relationship with international humanitarian law and jus ad bellum during and after the ‘Forever War.’ The review is seeking articles that examine both the short-term and long-term challenges that arise from the relationship between the ‘Forever War’ and human rights law, and is particularly interested in papers that seek to strengthen the role of human rights law in institutions and policy decisions worldwide. Papers are invited from both scholars and practitioners, and submissions are encouraged from outside the United States. Individuals interested in publishing should submit a prospectus summary of no more than 1000 words describing the paper’s proposed topic, themes, and research methodologies by no later than April 20, 2015.  HRLR and HRI will select 4–6 papers for presumption of publication. Please submit abstracts to HRLRsubmissions@law.columbia.edu under the subject line “HRLR Symposium Abstract.”  Visit the website for more information and suggestions for possible themes and issues.
  • Call for Submissions Volume 4, Issue 2 (October 2015) for a Special Issue on Theoretical Approaches to International Law. The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (UCLJLJ) is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. All submissions are assessed through double blind peer-review. Starting in 2015, the Journal will appear twice a year and will be available open access. The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the second issue of 2015. The Board welcomes submissions engaging with the issue’s general theme “Theoretical Approaches to International Law”. The topic is broadly conceived and leaves room in particular for any area of international law to be considered and for a wide range of theoretical traditions and approaches. We accept articles of between 8,000-12,000 words, case notes of 6’000-8’000 words and book reviews of 1’000-2’000 words in length. All submissions must comply with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Contributions that have already been published or that are under consideration for publication in other journals will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2015. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on our website. For further information and guidelines for authors please visit our website.

Events

  • The Academy of European Law summer courses in Human Rights Law and European Union law, given by leading authorities from the worlds of practice and academia, provide programmes for researchers and legal practitioners.This year’s Human Rights Law Course will be held on 15 – 26 June. It comprises a General Course on ‘The Future of Human Rights Fact-finding’ by Philip Alston (New York University Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘The Futures of Human Rights’ by leading scholars. The Law of the European Union Course will be held on 29 June – 10 July. It features a General Course on ‘What’s Left of the Law of Integration?’ by Julio Baquero Cruz (Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of  ‘Harmonization in a Changing Legal Context’ by leading scholars and practitioners in the Law of the European Union. The two-week courses are held at the European University Institute in Florence. Applications close on 8 April. For further information see the Academy’s website at www.ael.eu/AEL .

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Events and Announcements: March 8, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Conference of the African Association of International Law will take place in Libreville, Gabon from 29 – 31 August 2015. Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 15 March 2015. The African Association of International Law (AAIL) is pleased to announce its 2015 conference entitled: International Economic Law and Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. The working languages of the Conference are English and French. Submissions are welcome in either language. Only one submission per author will be considered. Submissions from women are strongly encouraged. Kindly send an abstract (300 – 500 words) of your paper including your curriculum vitae as well as contact details and institutional affiliation. These materials should be sent to: conference2015 [at] aail-aadi [dot] org before 15 March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2015. The deadline for submission of final papers is 30 June 2015. Conference fees will be waived for all selected panelists. An award will be given to the author(s) of the best paper of the conference. Selected papers will be published in the African Yearbook of International Law. Should you have any questions about the conference or the call for papers, kindly contact Adejoké Babington-Ashaye, AAIL Director of Programmes at conference2015 [at] aail-aadi [dot] org.
  • The University of Iceland Human Rights Institute and iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation´s Centre of Excellence for International Courts at Copenhagen University, invite all PhD students to attend a high-level seminar entitled Methods of Human Rights Law Research 26-27 May 2015

Announcements

  • The 4th Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL), organised by the Chair of Public International Law of University of Munich (Germany), will take place in August 2015. The 2015 session is entitled ‘International Law Beyond the State: Towards a New Role for Individuals and other Non-State Actors’. Classes are going to discuss the role of individuals and other non-state actors in international law both from a general international law perspective and with reference to specific case studies. Students of international law, young academics and practitioners of international law or related fields are warmly invited to apply. Deadline for application is 30 April 2015. Further information regarding the programme and the 2015 faculty can be found here.
  • PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order in the fields of human rights, trade, investment, international criminal courts and the environment, are offering up to five 3-year postdoctoral fellowships. For more information, click here.

Calls for Papers

  • AJIL Unbound has called for submissions for a Special Issue on Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). Third World Approaches to International Law constitute a distinctive voice in international law. These approaches have emphasized the centrality of colonialism and imperialism to the field. TWAIL has challenged the manner in which first world scholarship monopolized the production of knowledge about international law and, in so doing, has brought to the fore questions of race, culture, power relations, and class. While some TWAIL approaches have critically evaluated the continuities of colonialism and imperialism in post-cold war neo-liberal policies through a variety of lenses including Marxism, others have emphasized international law’s philosophic and theoretical features including its contingency, particularism, and indeterminacy. TWAIL scholars acknowledge that they are engaged in simultaneously critiquing and exposing the limits and the biases, blind spots and unanticipated bad consequences of international law, on the one hand, and embracing possibilities embodied in the guarantees of individual rights and self-determination, on the other. For these and other reasons TWAIL has been criticized for relying on the same underlying assumptions as the system it sought to transcend, for under-emphasizing the continuing marginalization of many women and of indigenous peoples, and for offering no positive agenda for the reform or transformation of international law. AJIL Unbound invites essays of no more than 3000 words reflecting on Third World Approaches to International Law along the foregoing non-exhaustive list of themes. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2015. Submissions should be sent to ajiltwail7 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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Events and Announcements: March 1, 2015

by An Hertogen

Events

  • On Tuesday, 3 MarchOpinio Juris‘ own Kevin Jon Heller will be giving a Supranational Criminal Law Lecture at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague entitled “What is an International Crime?” The event starts at 19:00 and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Calls for Papers

  • The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ’15 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 7, No. 2). The manuscripts may be in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews. All manuscripts received by September 15, 2015, pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law, will be reviewed by the editorial board for publication in the Winter ’15 issue. TL&D aims to generate and sustain a democratic debate on emerging issues in international economic law, with a special focus on the developing world. For more information, please go through the submission guidelines available at www.tradelawdevelopment.com or write to editors[at]tradelawdevelopment.com
  • International Law Weekend 2015 (ILW 2015) – the premier international law event of the fall season  – is scheduled for November 57, 2015, in New York City.  The event is sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA). The theme for 2015 is Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. The ILW Organizing Committee invites proposals to be submitted online on or before Friday, March 20, 2015 via the ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form located here. ILW 2015 is scheduled to be held at 42 West 44th Street on Thursday evening, November 5, and at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center on November 6 – 7, 2015. For questions regarding ILW 2015, please contact conferences [at] ilsa [dot] org.  2015 ILW Program Committee Members: Chiara Giorgetti (University of Richmond Law School), Jeremy Sharpe (Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State), David Stewart (President ABILA, Georgetown University Law Center), Santiago Villalpando (Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations), and Tessa Walker (ILSA).
  • The Canadian Council on International Law’s 44th Annual Conference will take place at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in Ottawa, Canada from November 5 – 7, 2015. This year, the theme is International Law: Coherence or Chaos? International law scholars, practitioners, and graduate students are invited to submit proposals for panels or papers. All proposals should be submitted to manager [at] ccil-ccdi [dot] ca no later than March 20, 2015. More information is available here.
  • The Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health (a collaboration between the University of Oslo and The Lancet medical journal) is preparing a report to be published in The Lancet in 2015. The topic is the implications for health and the social determinants of health of trade and investment treaties, agreements, and negotiation processes. International trade and investment agreements can have major effects – both positive and negative – on people’s health and wellbeing.  These agreements are formalized and interpreted according to legal procedures that are complex and technical. Powerful states and corporations exert a strong influence on the outcome because of the greater resources they bring to the negotiating table. As a result, affected communities and stakeholders may be excluded from the process. The Panel hereby invites submissions of evidence on this topic from all interested parties – academia, civil society, business, public administration etc. Submissions may be in various forms, ranging from peer-reviewed research papers to qualitative or quantitative evidence of the implications for health and the social determinants of health of trade and investment treaties, agreements, and negotiation processes. Also welcome are descriptive essays, personal stories, news and media articles, visual items etc. Submissions should describe the context, methods, and processes involved in gathering the evidence; specific lessons; and wider global lessons. Submissions may also include recommendations for action; these should be as specific as possible, with regard to identified actors, processes etc. Please send your submission to: globalgovhealth-contact [at] sum [dot] uio [dot] no by April 30, 2015.

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Events and Announcements: February 22, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • This Friday, February 27, from 12pm to 1pm ET, join the American Society of International Law New Professionals and International Criminal Law Interest Groups for a special online event featuring speakers from the international courts and tribunals in The Hague and other organizations engaged in international criminal law.  “Getting Started in International Criminal Law” is part of the ASIL New Professionals Interest Group’s “Getting Started” series. The webinar will be broadcast live through the ASIL website. Speakers will include staff from the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court, legal officers from the chambers of judges on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and defense counsel from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, as well as academic and non-governmental practitioners working in the field.  The event will be moderated by Professor Beth van Schaack of Santa Clara Law School. Viewers can stream the event on their personal computers and submit questions during the livestream by emailing events [at] asil [dot] org.  For more information and to register, go here.

Announcements

  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce that the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is now accepting applicationsThe program will take place from May 26 to June 12, 2015. This Program offers 18 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and professors from all over the world. The Program is offered in three categories which include the modality of Certificate of Attendance for lawyers, law students and HR professionals of any country, ABA Credits for U.S. students and finally, the Diploma Course that is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. You can review the brochure here and the application form for this program will be available here. For more information, please contact: hracademy [at] wcl [dot] american [dot] edu.

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Events and Announcements: February 15, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law announces: “Liberty and Security Today: A New Normal?” a panel discussion taking place Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 from 7pm – 8:30pm at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Given renewed fears of terrorism driven by the rise of ISIS and their skilled use of social media, how is the continuing conflict over security and liberty evolving? What can we expect in the future as the renewal of the Patriot Act looms and debate over authorizations for the use of force and surveillance come to the floor of Congress? Is there a new normal? And if so, what does it mean for civil liberties and for the safety and security of Americans? Panelists include our own Deborah Pearlstein, Associate Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; Jameel Jaffer, Deputy Legal Director, ACLU; and Scott Shane, New York Times. The discussion will be moderated by Karen J. Greenberg, Director, Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. Please RSVP to sutjipto [at] yu [dot] edu.
  • The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program at Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Foundation, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and the Law & Humanities Institute invite you to: The Abolition of War, from February 20-21, 2015. Why has war never become a taboo? This topic and others connected to the experience of war will be explored at a two-day symposium at Cardozo School of Law and Rutgers School of Law.

Announcements

  • The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has now made the preparatory documents to the Geneva Conventions available digitally.
  • The ICRC has also published its latest quarterly bibliography, which lists references to English and French publications on international humanitarian law. The bibliography is based on books and other material in the ICRC library.
  • The University of Geneva has announced its summer school program in international humanitarian law, taking place from June 22 to July 10, 2015. The course methodology insists on the importance of a practice-based teaching of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the law protecting persons affected by armed conflicts, thus combining theory and discussions of contemporary conflicts.The course welcomes applications from graduate or post-graduate students (currently enrolled in master degree or above) in law, international relations or related areas, Ph.D candidates, and humanitarian practitioners. Upper-year undergraduate students may also apply, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that this is a master-level course. Background in public international law is recommended, although not required.More information, including the program flyer, information about courses and faculty can be found on the website here.
  • The Kalliopi Koufa Foundation on the Promotion of International Law and Human Rights organizes the inaugural session of the Thessaloniki Summer Courses on International Law and Human Rights from 1 to 10 July 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the topic of “International Aspects and Issues of Energy Law”. The Thessaloniki Summer Courses are open to students, especially LLM students and PhD candidates, researchers and practitioners from all over the world. The registration deadlines are 1 March 2015 (early bird reduced fee) and 1 May 2015 (late application). For all other information concerning the provisional programme, please visit the website here, or contact the organizers at summercourses [at] koufafoundation [dot] org.
  • The Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?“ invites applications for three 12-24 months Fellowships in International Law or International Relations from 1 October 2015. The Group (Krieger, Nolte, Zimmermann (IL), Jachtenfuchs, Liese, Zürn (IR)) examines the role of international law in a changing global order. Developments in recent years give rise to the question whether the move towards an international rule of law, which seems to continue in some areas, has lost momentum in others. The Research Group addresses these questions from a legal and a political science perspective. The working language of the group is English. Fellows will work at Humboldt University Berlin. A monthly stipend of EUR 2500,00 plus one roundtrip is attached to the position from which all costs will have to be covered. The Fellowships are designed for applicants worldwide with a doctorate in international law or in international relations. The proposed projects should relate to the Group’s area of research. Applicants must have completed their PhD by 31 August 2015 and should not have pursued more than 3 years of postdoctoral research. Candidates from outside Europe are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should submit, apart from their CV and a list of publications, a description of current research and of a project to be pursued du-ring the first year of the Fellowship (no more than 1000 words), a summary of the candidate’s doctoral thesis, and two letters of recommendation. The deadline for application is 31 March 2015. Please send your application in PDF format to intlaw [at] rewi [dot] hu-berlin [dot] de.

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Events and Announcements: February 8, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Centre for International Law of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel has the pleasure of inviting you to a one-day conference: “The South China Sea: An International Law Perspective” on Friday, 6 March 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. Showcasing panels of renowned law of the sea experts, the conference will offer presentations and Q&A sessions centered on the themes of fisheries, navigation, islands and international dispute settlement. Attendance is free, but registration is required, on a first come, first serve basis, by Sunday, 1 March 2015. A walking lunch, coffee breaks and a closing reception will be provided. Please register here. The conference programme may be consulted here.
  • The International Institute of Humanitarian Law, in cooperation with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Disaster Law Project and with the support of the Italian Red Cross, will conduct the 2nd International Disaster Law Course from 27 April to 1 May, in Sanremo, Italy. More information can be found here.
  • The 5th Annual “Live from L,” presented by  the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State is taking place this Thursday, February 12th, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM US Eastern Standard Time. This year’s theme is: “The Role of the Law in the Fight Against ISIL: Use of Force, Sanctions, and Foreign Terrorist Fighters.” The Section of International Law is pleased to announce the fifth annual non-CLE webcast with the Office of the Legal Adviser from the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom of the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. Cosponsored by the American Society of International Law, the George Washington University Law School, and the Women’s Bar Association of DC International Law Forum Speakers: Mary E. McLeod Acting Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State Joshua L. Dorosin Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of Political-Military Affairs David M. DeBartolo Attorney Adviser, Office of United Nations Affairs Michael J. Gilles Attorney Adviser, Office of Economic and Business Affairs Samuel W. McDonald Attorney Adviser, Office of Law Enforcement and Intelligence Moderator: Susan L. Karamanian Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies, George Washington University Law School   Attend the program in person at George Washington University Law School or from the convenience of your desk by webcast or by teleconference. Time permitting, the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions; those who participate by conference call or by webcast will be provided an email address for questions. Registration: Register to attend in person for FREE Register for the webcast for FREE Register for the teleconference for $15 Click here to register now

Call for Papers

  • Time is an inherent component of many of the most important international law concepts. However, it also fundamentally determines international law as a field. International law has been in constant dynamic change since its inception. Capturing and understanding this change in time is one of the discipline’s fundamental challenges, as is the difficulty of working with the constantly changing materiae of international law in practice. The Graduate Institute Geneva’s International Law Department is opening a call for papers to create an opportunity to reflect and debate about the fundamentals of international law in depth. The conference is open to both junior and senior international law scholars and practitioners. The deadline for abstract submissions is February 15, 2015. The Conference will be held at the Graduate Institute’s Barton site.
  • The second workshop on Sociological Inquiries into International Law will take place at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on 9-10 October 2015. Scholars and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts by 1 April 2015. For full details, including information about application processes, please see the call for papers.

Announcements

  • Hart Publishing is delighted to announce that the 2nd  issue of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) is now available online. The contents include an Introduction by James A Green, Christian Henderson and Tom Ruys; An Editorial Comment on The Use of Force and Islamic State by Christian Henderson; Articles include: The Contemporary Discourse on the Use of Force in the Nineteenth Century: A Diachronic and Critical Analysis by Agatha Verdebout; The Lawfulness of a Use of Force upon Nuclear Facilities in Self-Defence by Arman Sarvarian; Remote Law-Making? American Drone Strikes and the Development of Jus Ad Bellum by Marie Aronsson; Extraterritorial Kidnapping and the Rules on Interstate Force by Helen McDermott; The Digest of State Practice covers the period: 1 January–30 June 2014. Please click here to read the abstracts.

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Events and Announcements: February 1, 2015

by An Hertogen

Events

  • The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Program at Cardozo School of Law, Jacob Burns Foundation, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and the Law & Humanities Institute invite you to a symposium at Cardozo School of Law and Rutgers School of Law titled “The Abolition of War” on February 20-21, 2015. More information is here.

Call for Papers

  • The Goettingen Journal of International Law will dedicate Vol. 7 Issue No. 2 to the protection of the atmosphere in international law. The atmosphere is our planet’s largest single natural resource and is vital to the survival of humankind and any life on earth. Therefore, the degradation of the atmosphere’s condition has long been a matter of concern to large segments of the international community. In 2013, the United Nation’s International Law Commission (ILC) took up this issue. Several conventions regulate atmospheric and related issues, yet there is still no coherent legal framework addressing the protection of the atmosphere. The work by the ILC will be the first attempt to derive rules from the current practice of States addressing the atmosphere’s protection. However, the work by the ILC is significantly complicated by the restrained scope of the topic, as the Commission deliberately decided not to deal with, inter alia, questions of liability, the polluter-pays principle, and the principle of precaution. In order to foster and critically accompany the codification and progressive development of the law surrounding the protection of the atmosphere, the Goettingen Journal of International Law, one of Germany’s leading international law publications, will dedicate the second issue of its seventh volume to this topic. The Editors are therefore inviting authors to submit papers on this subject. Submissions from an international law background as well as other disciplines such as international relations, geography, earth sciences, etc. are welcome. Papers will be submitted to a double-blind peer review and should not exceed 15,000 words including footnotes. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2015. For further information, please contact the Editors at info [at] gojil [dot] eu.

Announcements

  • TDM Journal has issued a special issue on “The Pacific Rim and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Risks of the Pacific Century“. Edited by Mark Feldman (Peking University School of Transnational Law) and Wenhua Shan (Xi’an Jiaotong University) this TDM special addresses key issues facing the Pacific Rim region at a particularly opportune time: a moment when the Pacific Rim region is shaping, to a very significant extent, the international economic law architecture for the 21st century. The special is introduced by J. Christopher Thomas, Q.C.
  • PluriCourts is announcing a position as research professor in political science. More details are available here.

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