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Events and Announcements: March 23, 2014

by An Hertogen

Call for Papers

  • The ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group is calling for paper and panel proposals for its 2014 Biennial Research Conference, to be held at the University of Denver’s Sturm School of Law, on November 13-15, 2014. The theme of the conference is “Reassessing International Economic Law & Development: New Challenges for Law & Policy”. They strongly encourage scholars, practitioners, and advanced graduate students to submit proposals to present original research on the theme topic, or on other areas of international economic law. You do not have to be an ASIL or Interest Group member to participate. The full call for papers can be downloaded here. Please contact IEcLIG Co-Chairs Jason Yackee & Elizabeth Trujillo with any questions.
  • The European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Business and Human Rights is calling for papers in view of its 3rd Research Workshop at the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria, on September 3, 2014. Following the overarching theme of the Research Forum, “International Law and …: Boundaries of International Law and Bridges to Other Fields and Disciplines”, they invite papers addressing the interplay between international law and other fields of law or other disciplines from the perspective of business and human rights. Please submit a 500 words abstract proposal via email to Damiano de Felice by May 31, 2014. Successful applicants will be informed by June 15, 2014, and will need to submit final papers by August 15, 2014. In addition to the abstract, the following information must be provided on the submission: The author’s name and affiliation; The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications; The author’s contact details; Whether the author is an ESIL member. For the sake of blind peer-reviewing, candidates are requested to include their name and affiliation in the email, but NOT in the abstract itself. Selection criteria are: originality of the work, links to the panel theme, and geographical representation of the speakers. Only one abstract per author will be considered. At the moment of presentation, papers should be unpublished and in an advanced stage of completion. Publication in a book or a special issue of a journal will be considered. In order to participate in the Interest Group panel, speakers must be members of ESIL. The membership can be formalised once abstracts have been accepted.

Events

  • The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights invites you to a discussion, on March 28, of how human rights law regulates use, procurement, and transfer of weapons. A new book Weapons Under International Human Rights Law, a new publication by Cambridge University Press will be launched during the event. More information is here.

Summer Schools

  • From 29-30 April 2014, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) will be running a two-day programme called ‘Public International Law in Practice’. Click on the links for more information and for registration.
  • The Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, holds two summer courses each year, on Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union. The 2014 Human Rights Law course (June 16-27) comprises a General Course on ‘21st Century Human Rights’ by Harold Hongju Koh (Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Human Rights’. There will also be two distinguished lectures, by Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice) and Joseph H.H. Weiler (President of the European University Institute). The 2014 Law of the European Union course  (June 30-July 11)  comprises a General Course on ‘The Internal Market as a Legal Concept’ by Stephen Weatherill (Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, Oxford University) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘EU Legal Acts: Challenges and Transformations’. The Summer School will also include a distinguished lecture by Marta Cartabia, an EUI alumna now Judge at the Italian Constitutional Court and Professor of Constitutional Law, Bicocca University in Milan. The deadline for applications is Thursday April 10, 2014. For further information, visit the Academy’s website.
  • The ICC Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway will take place from June 16-20. More information is here.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Even More on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Hearing: Why International Law Won’t Matter Much for NSA Spying

by Julian Ku

I was fortunate to participate in a discussion held at a hearing of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board today in Washington D.C. I say “participate in a discussion” because it was not like giving testimony to a congressional hearing where the congressman make speeches and ask questions unrelated to your testimony.  Rather, it was closer to a mini-oral argument with five judges asking you questions about difficult legal issues (luckily, there were three other panelists though to field most of the questions).  The members of the PCLOB are all engaged and asked tough questions of me and of my fellow panelists. (I think C-SPAN will have video of our panel posted here)

The written testimony that was submitted (as well as  comments from the general public) can all be found here at the Regulations.Gov website. I want to flag for this blog’s readership the day’s last panel, which focused on international and transnational legal issues related to the NSA’s Section 702  surveillance program.  Three members of that panel (former State Dept. Legal Adviser John Bellinger, Human Rights Watch’s Laura Pitter, and the Max Planck Institute’s Ulrich Sieber) tackled the ICCPR’s applicability to overseas surveillance as well as the applicability of rules of customary international law.  (Video can be viewed here).  For those who don’t have the patience to watch the video or view the transcript, I live-tweeted the panel here).

Let me just add my two cents on the issues in this panel: Based on the questions, I don’t think the majority of the members of the PCLOB are convinced that international law does, or even should, constrain U.S. surveillance under Section 702.  They are also unimpressed with the complaints of foreign governments, most of whom have similar overseas surveillance schemes but with fewer oversight mechanisms.  The only concern that seemed to bother the Board was the fact that U.S. companies selling information technology overseas are being tarred with the NSA label, making it harder for them to compete in foreign markets.  These are just my impressions, mind you, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the final PCLOB report on Section 702 gives short shrift to international law issues.  (By the way, I would expect the opposite in their treatment of the Fourth Amendment, however).

Anyway, something to keep an eye on….

Wondering About the Legality of U.S. Overseas Spying? Tune Into Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Hearing

by Julian Ku

For those readers who are interested in the legal aspects of the U.S. government’s wide-ranging overseas intelligence gathering program, C-Span 2 will be broadcasting portions of today’s oversight hearing of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.  The PCLOB is a federal watchdog agency charged with reviewing the U.S. government’s intelligence efforts in light of privacy and civil liberties concerns (a preview of witness testimony can be found here).  Lawyers from the key federal agencies (FBI, CIA, NSA), as well as legal scholars and NGOs will be participating.  I will be speaking on the second panel focusing on constitutional and statutory issues related to Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which creates procedures for limiting the targeting of U.S. citizens overseas’ communications. (Spoiler Alert: I’m pretty OK with the constitutionality of U.S. overseas electronic surveillance).  In the afternoon, friends of the blog like Eric Posner and John Bellinger will be discussing international aspects of these programs. Should be interesting.

 

Events and Announcements: March 16, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • ALMA has recently published its invitation to the next session of the Joint IHL Forum that will take place on Wednesday, March 26, at the IDC – “Young Researchers Forum
    This is the highlight of a few months process in which four students from four different local academic institutions worked on academic papers under the supervision of designated ALMA members.
  • The Third Annual Conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) registration is now open, and can be accessed here.

Announcements

  • TDM has just announced its publication of TDM 2 (2014) – The New Frontiers of Cultural Law: Intangible Heritage Disputes. Editors Dr. Valentina Vadi (Lancaster University) and Prof. Hildegard Schneider (Maastricht University) prepared and edited this issue. It follows and complements TDM 5 (2013) – Art and Heritage Disputes in International and Comparative Law. Taken together the two special issues adopt a holistic approach to cultural heritage, considering the dynamic link or dialectical relationship between the tangible and intangible heritage. As intangible heritage is made up of processes and practices-its fate depending on oral transmission and being closely related to its creators and context-it may need ad hoc safeguarding approaches and methodologies. In particular, this special issue aims to explore some examples of intangible heritage related disputes, highlight the main tenets of the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and suggest avenues for ways forward and further research.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Events and Announcements: March 9, 2014

by An Hertogen

  • Law and Boundaries is an interdisciplinary yearly conference that aims to discuss and propose new perspectives on the challenges the legal discipline is facing regarding its object, its function, its theoretical foundations and its practical outcomes. The organizers are calling scholars from all disciplines to submit their abstracts (250-300 words) before March 14th, 2014. Abstracts are accepted in English and in French. Please note however that presentations should be done in English, and that working papers should preferably be written in English. More information is here.
  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is callling for applications for the 15th annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which runs from May 27th to June 13th, 2014, in Washington DC. The program offers 19 courses taught by more than 40 prominent scholars in the field of human rights, in both English and Spanish. 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 and Court on Human Rights, recognized members of NGOs and professors from all over the world. The Diploma is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. Access more information here.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Events and Announcements: March 2, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Center of Excellence “PluriCourts” at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, is organizing an international symposium on the Legitimate Role(s) of Human Rights Courts and Tribunals in Adjudicating Environmental Disputes in Oslo, 8 and 9 September 2014. Please send your abstract (word limit 500 words) to christina [dot] voigt [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no. Deadline is 1 May 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given in the beginning of June 2014. The aim is to publish 5-6 selected papers in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment. ContactProfessor Christina Voigt, coordinator for the environmental sector of PluriCourts (christina [dot] voigt [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no or: 0047-228-50246 (office)).
  • The University of Amsterdam has issued a call for papers for a workshop on “Transnational Standards in the Domestic Legal Order: Authority and Legitimacy”, to be held on 24 October 2014. The workshop explores the evolving interactions between transnational standards and the domestic legal order from the perspectives of authority and legitimacy. The workshop is organized by the research project “Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking” at the University of Amsterdam. The deadline for the submission of proposal of max. 500 words is 18 May 2014. The sponsoring organizations will cover the speakers’ travelling and accommodation expenses. More information is available here (pdf). 

Events

  • The ABA Section of International Law is Proud to Present: The 4th Annual “Live from L” The Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. Monday, March 10th, 2014 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM US EST, with the theme of The Geneva Framework for the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons: The Role of the Office of the Legal Adviser. The Section of International Law is pleased to announce the fourth 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. Speakers include Mary E. McLeod, Acting Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Newell Highsmith, Deputy Legal Adviser; Todd Buchwald, Assistant Legal Adviser, Office of United Nations Affairs; Mallory Stewart, Attorney Adviser, Office of Nonproliferation and Verification. It will be moderated by Sean D. Murphy, Member, U.N. International Law Commission, Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School. You can attend the program in person at George Washington University Law School or from the convenience of your desk, by webcast or teleconference. Registration ($15 and law students can sign up for the webcast at no charge) information is here. If you have any questions, please email Jonathan Lewis at jonathan [dot] lewis [at] americanbar [dot] org or call the Section at 202-662-1660.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Events and Announcements: February 23, 2014

by An Hertogen

Calls for Papers

  • TDM is calling for papers for a special issue on “The Pacific Rim and International Economic Law: Opportunities and Risks of the Pacific Century“. The formidable scale and pace of economic and legal development in the Pacific Rim region offers considerable opportunities, but also carries certain risks. The forthcoming Pacific Rim TDM Special Issue will collect views of experienced practitioners, academics, and policymakers on key economic and legal opportunities and risks in the Pacific Rim region today. Topics to be addressed could include, but are not limited to, the following: 1. TPP and RCEP: Competition, Coordination, or 2. A U.S.-China BIT as a 21st Century Model BIT?, 3. Pacific Rim Investment Treaty Practice: Regional Considerations, 4. Pacific Rim Approaches to Key Legal Issues. The editors of the Pacific Rim TDM Special Issue are Wenhua Shan (Xi’an Jiaotong University School of Law) and Mark Feldman (Peking University School of Transnational Law). See here for more details and contact information.
  • The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) is calling for papers for its 22nd annual conference in Canberra on July 3-5, 2014. This year’s theme is Towards International Peace through International Law. A postgraduate research students workshop will be held the day before the conference. Deadline for the submission of abstracts is March 7, 2014 for both the conference and the workshop.  More information is available here.
  • The Surrey International Law Centre of the School of Law of the University of Surrey with the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies, the McCoubrey Centre of the University of Hull and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (‘BIICL’) will host a two-day workshop on the identification of core standards of Procedural Fairness before International Courts and Tribunals. The deadline for the submission of abstracts of max. 500 words is April 1, 2014. More information is here (pdf).

Events

  • The final program for the February 25-26, 2014 Doha conference on the Syrian Crisis and International Law, organised by the Qatar University, College of Law and the Qatari Branch of the International Law Association, is now available online.
  • Applications for the EIUC training seminar for International Electoral Observers close on March 14, 2014. More information about the seminar is available here. 

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Events and Announcements: February 16, 2104

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The University of Cagliari (Italy), Department of Public Law and Social Studies has issued a call for papers with the theme of Conceptualising Accountability in International Economic Law. The University welcomes ”submissions that describe new (previously unpublished) cutting-edge research in the following focus areas : Accountability and Law of International Development Banks; Accountability and WTO Law; Accountability and International Environmental and Energy Law; Accountability and Investment Law; Accountability and International Development Aid Law;Accountability and Multinational Enterprises; Accountability and Non-governmental Organisations; Accountability and UN Agencies; Accountability and Regional Intergovernmental Organisations; Accountability and Law-makers.” Interested candidates are invited to submit to federico [dot] esu [at] gmail [dot] com a 500-word abstract in English, with indication of the author(s), their affiliation and full contact information. Closing date for abstracts’ submission: 31/03/2014. Acceptance of abstracts: 15/04/2014 Deadline for draft papers’ submission: 15/07/2014. Deadline for selected final drafts’ submission: 31/07/2014 .More information can be found here.
  • In anticipation of International Law Weekend 2014 – to be held on October 23-25, 2014, in New York City – the sponsors would like to invite submissions of proposals for panels, roundtables, and lectures at International Law Weekend (ILW) 2014. The overall theme of ILW 2014 is International Law in a Time of Chaos. The role of international law in conflict mitigation is  a focus  – whether by building commercial links between states, fighting corruption, improving democratic governance, providing methods for resolving international and ethnic disputes, or regulating the use of force.  International Law Weekend 2014 will seek to address the role of public and private international lawyers in each of these tasks. More information can be found here.

Events

  • The Federalist Society is hosting an event entitled: The NSA, Security, Privacy, and Intelligence on February 24th. From the description: “In the 12 years since 9/11, as the national security threat matrix has become increasingly complex, technological advances have expanded intelligence gathering capabilities significantly. Recently, public concern about government monitoring of individuals has come to the forefront of the discussion. To address the intersection of security, privacy, and intelligence, the President has proposed several reforms, and is studying others in consultation with Congress. This Symposium will analyze and offer observations on those proposals.” Speakers include: Steven G. Bradbury, Michael Chertoff, Harley Geiger, Jim Harper, Peter S. Margulies, Nathan A. Sales, Julian Sanchez, Vincent J. Vitkowsky, Kenneth L. Wainstein, Benjamin Wittes. More information can be found here.
  • NYU Law School will host a symposium from February 27-28, on the topic of New Approaches to International Regulatory Cooperation. The symposium kicks off with a keynote address by C. Boyden Gray on the topic of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, and altogether gathers leading practitioners, government officials, and
    scholars from different fields and regions of the world, to address the timely and important questions implicated by the growing need for effective regulatory cooperation.
    The full schedule is available here and registration information is here.
  • The University of Virginia School of Law’s Human Rights Program and the American Red Cross are hosting our 5th Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Workshop on March 22-23 (Saturday & Sunday) at the Law School in Charlottesville. The two day workshop consists of presentations and small group exercises that will guide participants through an extensive examination of international humanitarian law, with a focus on its application to combatants and civilians. Faculty includes international legal scholars and experts from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), American Red Cross, military Judge Advocates, and UVA School of Law. We are delighted to have Professor John Cerone and Justice Richard Goldstone join us again this year. This workshop attendance is free for participants. Applications are available on the UVA Law Human Rights Program website. The application deadline is February 24, 2014. Selected participants will be notified by March 1, and we will endeavor to find student hosts for those who need housing (though can’t promise that all will be accommodated). Contact Sadie Gardner, slg2cw [at] virginia [dot] edu, with questions.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

2014 ASIL Certificates of Merit Announced

by Duncan Hollis

I had the great pleasure the last several months to serve on ASIL’s Book Awards Committee (along with Jutta Brunnée, Jean d’Aspremont, Saira Mohamed, and a very well organized chair in Jacob Cogan).  I’m pleased to announce that the Society’s Executive Council has selected three winners for 2014 based on our nominations.  The winners (plus the Committee’s accompanying citation) are as follows:

Certificate of Merit for a Preeminent Contribution to Creative Scholarship:  Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks, Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law (Oxford University Press 2013).

In Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights Through International Law, Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks offer a groundbreaking theory of acculturation that illuminates how social processes can promote human rights and, more generally, can influence norms. “Acculturation” refers to “the general process by which actors adopt the beliefs and behavioral patterns of the surrounding culture.” The authors distinguish acculturation from two other mechanisms of social influence: “material inducement,” or the offering of rewards for conformity or punishments for nonconformity with a state’s or institution’s demands, and “persuasion,” whereby actors internalize new norms through a process of social learning and “redefine their interests and identities accordingly.” Goodman and Jinks offer a sophisticated account that both defends the relevance of acculturation and acknowledges its weaknesses in some areas. The theoretical complexity and methodological rigor of Socializing States make this a book that should be studied by any scholar interested in promotion of human rights, the spread of global norms, regime design, or compliance. It has already changed scholarship in these areas and will certainly continue to influence the field in the years to come.

Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility to Practicing Lawyers and Scholars:  Robert Kolb, The International Court of Justice (Hart Publishing 2013)

Robert Kolb’s International Court of Justice provides a magisterial, lucid study of its subject. The breadth and depth of the treatment are impressive: Kolb takes the reader from the history of the Court, to its role in international society, to the more technical questions concerning its composition, powers and procedures, to the development of its jurisprudence, and to its future. The finely grained discussion provides much more than a mere survey of the Court’s constitutive instruments and decisions. It engages the Court as an institution and asks how it actually operates, and secures efficacy and authority in doing so. The book’s careful and detailed coverage of the Court’s legal framework and operation will benefit practitioners and scholars alike. There is no doubt that Kolb’s volume immediately takes a place among the authoritative references on the Court.

Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law:  Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford University Press 2012).

The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law innovatively and comprehensively provides a timely and ambitious global history of international law from the sixteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Under the skilled editorship of Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters, the contributors, experts who themselves come from all parts of the world, present a history that imagines international law as the product of different regions, cultures, actors, and eras. Setting a new agenda for the field, the Handboowill be the indispensable starting point for students and researchers exploring the history of international law.

The awards will get presented at this year’s ASIL Gala Dinner.  I’m looking forward to seeing the authors there and having a chance to congratulate them personally on their achievements.

Events and Announcements: February 9, 2014

by An Hertogen

Calls for Papers

  • The ICTBEL Organising Committee has now issued a call for papers to be presented in June 2014 conference, which will be held in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. International Confer­ence on Trade, Business and Economic Law (ICTBEL) provides an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers and policy makers with different backgrounds and experience to present their papers in the conference. Papers may address, but are not restricted to, the main theme from any of the following sub-themes. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable: International Trade Law, International Economic Law,  International Business Law, Corpo­rate/Commercial Law, Climate Change, Sustainable development and International Trade, Im­pact of Liberalisation and globalisation on trade, business and investment, Globalisation and Free Trade,  Trade Policy,  Economic and Finance,  International Trade Frauds,  Money Laun­dering regulations, Bribery and Corruption, Foreign investments,  Mergers and Acquisition,  Ju­risdiction and Enforcement of Judgments, International commercial arbitration and litigation, Im­port and Export, Letters of Credit,  WTO and related agreements. An abstract between 300-500 words written on a topic within the broad conference theme of in­ternational trade, business and economic law should be submitted by e-mail before April 14, 2014.

Events

Announcements

  • OUP have just published a new debate map on the disputes in the South and East China Seas and has made some relevant OUP content freely available here.
  • The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is accepting applications for the 18th edition of the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).  E.MA provides students with the opportunity to share knowledge and skills with leading scholars from 41 prestigious European Universities and renowned Human Rights experts, in the classroom and during a week-long field trip. Applications for the academic year 2014/2015 are processed on an on-going basis. The Second Round Deadline is March 15, 2014Apply now.
  • The Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights open their application process for the Summer School 2014 on Transnational Justice: Conflict and Human Rights from July 7-11, 2014.
  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is proud to announce the call for applications for the 15th annual Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which runs from May 27th to June 13th 2014. The program offers 19 courses taught by more than 40 prominent scholars in the field of human rights, in both English and Spanish. 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 and Court on Human Rights, recognized members of NGOs and professors from all over the world. The program welcomed more than 165 participants from over 25 countries with differing backgrounds and levels of experience for an intensive three weeks in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Academy hosts special events, such as panels, a film series, and site visits to international organizations. The Diploma is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. Access more information here.
  • The Summer Academy on the Continental Shelf (SACS) will be held from June 21-28, 2014 under the auspices of the University of the Faroe Islands. You can download the information folder here.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Events and Announcements: February 2, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London is organizing a workshop on National Security and Public Health as exceptions to Human Rights’ on 29th May 2014 and is now calling for papers. The Institute is honoured to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Malcolm Dando who will speak on “Threats of dual use biomedical research – when nation security and public health collide”. Please note the deadline for submissions is 14th February 2014. All the information and the call for papers can be found here.

Events

  • On Monday, February 10, 2014 at the American University Washington College of Law, the ICRC presents: “Targeting The Sleeping Fighter and Other Hard Legal Issues: A Discussion on the Use of Force in Non-International Armed Conflict.” Should government forces be obligated to capture a rebel fighter located away from zones of active hostilities, or may they use lethal force as a first resort?  Can a soldier automatically fire on a car barrelling through the check-point in a conflict zone, or on fighters who mingle with civilians during a riot? How should government forces respond to criminal gangs that support rebel fighters, or to fighters who are escaping from detention centers? In response to these types of questions that frequently arise in modern warfare, the ICRC convened an expert meeting on the use of force in non-international armed conflict, and published a report summarizing the findings of this meeting in late 2013 .  The report highlights challenges militaries face when both human rights law and international humanitarian law may apply, thereby creating situations in which the relevant actors face difficulties identifying and applying the adequate legal framework. Speakers include: Brigadier General Richard Gross, US Army, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gabor Rona, International Legal Director, Human Rights First; Daniel Cahen, Legal Advisor, ICRC Regional Delegation to the United States; Moderated by Professor Robert Goldman, Washington College of Law. For further information, please contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education. To register (no charge), please click here.

Announcements

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Freie Universität Berlin announce two new Post-Doctoral Fellowships (one at each location) for the 2014-2015 Academic Year in the framework of the Joint Interdisciplinary Program “Human Rights under Pressure” (HR-UP). The Fellow will participate in the full HR-UP program curriculum, including interdisciplinary colloquia and annual summer schools. The Fellowship is open to researchers who received their doctorate no earlier than September 2010 – or who will submit their dissertation no later than March 2014 – in any discipline related to human rights. The research plan must deal with the current challenges confronting human rights, relevant to the HR-UP research program. The application deadline is 20th February 2014. For further information please click here 
  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students and junior scholars working on international law and with a special interest in interdisciplinary studies of international law and its social and political context. We particularly welcome students and scholars who are writing up a PhD thesis or a post-doc project that involves an interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts. The summer school will take place on June 23-27 2014 in the center of Copenhagen and is offered free of charge (excluding expenses relating to travel and accommodation). Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until 1 May 2014. To learn more please visit the website.

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Registration Deadline for This Year’s Joint ILA/ASIL Annual Meeting

by Julian Ku

[I am passing along this reminder of the upcoming registration deadline on behalf of ILA President Ruth Wedgwood since many of our readers are likely to attend this meeting.]

Register by February 7, 2014 to snap up the advantageous “Early-Bird Rate”– saving $160 over the walk-up rate– for the historic joint meeting between the 150-year-old global International Law Association and the American Society of International Law, running April 7-12, 2014.  The festivities will take place at the International Trade Center, next to the Washington Mall, during the height of Washington’s lovely Cherry Blossom Season.   Family members will enjoy the trip too, since the Trade Center is  close to all the best tourist stops in the nation’s capital, including the National Gallery, the Air and Space Museum, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Spy Museum, the Kennedy Center and the list goes on.  Incredible program of public and private international law debates is described at  www.ila2014.org  or www.asil.org/annualmeeting.  Adjacent J.W. Marriott Hotel at 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue has conference room rates that are well below market for Cherry Blossom Time.  Notables including judges of the International Court of Justice, the International War Crimes Tribunals, and Supreme Courts around the world will be at the ILA-ASIL Joint Meeting to engage in our robust debates.