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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 The University welcomes ”submissions that describe new (previously unpublished) cutting-edge research in the following focus areas : Accountability and Law of International Development Banks; Accountability and WTO Law; Accountability and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.

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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.

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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.

Events and Announcements: January 26, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • This serves as a reminder that the deadline for submissions for the 2014 Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Conference is fast-approaching. The original deadline has been extended to 29 January 2014. Please also note that the keynote address will be given by Judge Kenneth Keith of the International Court of Justice. For more information, please click here (.pdf).
  • Transnational Legal Theory publishes theoretical scholarship that addresses transnational dimensions of law and legal dimensions of transnational fields, regulatory regimes and evolving normative-institutional arenas. The journal is currently accepting submissions for a special symposium issue that addresses the potential and substance of Transnational Criminal Law (TCL), an evolving and still largely under-explored field of law. TCL is at the intersection of domestic, international and comparative criminal law and reaches deep into contemporary debates over conceptions of crime and illegality, social values and regulatory politics. Abstracts outlining the direction of the planned submission are invited by Monday 17 February 2014 and final papers are due by Monday 28 April 2014. Abstracts and/or submissions as well as any inquiries should be directed to tlteditorial [at] hartpub [dot] co [dot] uk or PZumbansen [at] osgoode [dot] yorku [dot] ca. For more information, click here (.doc).

Events

  • ASIL has announced an event entitled: “Careers in International Organizations,” scheduled for this Wednesday, January 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm in Washington, D.C. This event will also be livestreamed. Please register/get more info here. A quick description: “Working at an international organization offers unique insight into how international law is made through the convergence of national interests, personal dynamics, global realities, and constantly evolving norms.  But how does a lawyer enter these labyrinths?  What is it like to work in them?  How do you get the assignments that advance your career once inside?  And where do you go from there? Panelists at this event sponsored by ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group will share the perspectives they have gained from the United Nations, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and other international organizations, answering these questions and ones posed by the audience. Panelists include: Simone Schwartz-Delgado, United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesGrace Menck, Inter-American Development BankHeidi Jimenez, Pan-American Health Organization; and Steve Koh, ASIL (former attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Court).”
  • Students for the Promotion of International Law (SPIL), Mumbai is proud to present its flagship event to you “Reliance Industries Limited presents 5th Government Law College International Law Summit, Government Law College, Mumbai.” SPIL, Mumbai  has endeavored for the past four years to promote International Law among the students and legal fraternity alike through its flagship event, the “International Law Summit”. In line with its past tradition, SPIL, Mumbai will be hosting the “5thGovernment Law College International Law Summit” with its theme “International Investment Law”,  from 31st January to 2nd February, 2014.
  • On February 7-8, 2014, the Brigham Young University Law School and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will host a Workshop on Teaching International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at BYU Law School in Provo, Utah. The Workshop is targeted at law professors interested in teaching an IHL course for the first time (otherwise known as the Law of Armed Conflict), integrating IHL modules into their current courses and/or rethinking their current teaching of this important subject. Topics covered will include: Building a Course Structure; Integrating IHL into non-IHL Courses; Using Problems, Scenarios and Hot Topics in Teaching IHL; Experiential Learning in IHL Instruction; and Internships, Jobs, and Other Opportunities in IHL. The Workshop provides an opportunity for law faculty to think creatively about teaching IHL, network with others, exchange ideas, and expand teaching of these topics. The cost of the two-day seminar is $250 per person and includes breakfast and lunch both days, dinner the first day, and all workshop materials.  For further information and to register, please click here.

Announcements

  • Transnational Dispute Management announces another journal issue: TDM 1 (2014) – Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap. From TDM:
    “Edited by Jean E. Kalicki (Arnold & Porter LLP and Georgetown University Law Center) and Anna Joubin-Bret (Cabinet Joubin-Bret) this TDM special issue on the “Reform of Investor-State Dispute Settlement: In Search of a Roadmap” has close to 70 papers making it the largest TDM Special Issue to date. The interest in this topic, and the breadth of proposals offered by our contributors, demonstrates both the importance of holding this dialogue and the creativity of astute users and observers of the present system. This Special Issue is particularly timely in light of the European Union public consultation on investor-state dispute settlement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership just begun by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.”

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Events and Announcements: January 19, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The European Society of International Law’s IEL group is holding a workshop on Sept 3, 2014 in Vienna. Their Call for Papers can be found here. Please note the 1st March deadline to submit proposals.
  • The Organizing Committee of the 2014 Society of Legal Scholars’ PhD Conference, to be held at the University of Nottingham on 8th of September, 2014, are inviting the submission of abstracts. This year’s theme is ‘Judging in the Twenty-First Century’. Details of the event, the call for papers and how to submit an abstract can be found here.

Events

  • Cardozo School of Law, the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition present an event: Snowden, Surveillance and the Pentagon Papers, on January 23, 2014 at the Cardozo School of Law in New York. More information can be found here; RSVP to cjones [at] yu [dot] edu

Announcements

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Events and Announcements: January 12, 2014

by An Hertogen

  • Oliver Windridge has started ACtHPR Monitor, a forum for news, comment and debate on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Its first article is an in-depth interview with the court’s Registrar, Dr. Robert Eno. The website also contains an introduction to the court and our Country Tracker, designed to give prospective applicants and other interested parties a quick reference on the court’s jurisdiction. You can also find them on Twitter via @acthpr_monitor.
  • The Institute for Migrant Rights and the Centre for Local Law Development Studies Faculty of Law, Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) are launching the Indonesian Society for International & Comparative Law and the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law (IJICL) of the Institute for Migrant Rights on January 21 at UII in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The speakers for the event will include: Dr. Hamdan Zoelva, Chairman of the Indonesian Constitutional Court, Professor Ana Vrdoljak, Associate Dean of University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Law, Dean Philip McConaughay, School of Transnational Law Peking University, Shenzen. In addition, Dr. Adam Wallwork of the University of Chicago Law School will be presented the 2014 Ridwan Mukti Prize for his outstanding contribution to IJICL. For more information, please contact Mr. Aditya Rakhman or Ms. Erna Wati.
  • The European Database of Asylum Law (EDAL) is holding an international conference on asylum law in Europe on January 17-18, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. More information, and registration, is available here.
  • The Yale Institute of International Arbitration is pleased to announce its next breakfast roundtable on The Future of Investment Arbitration in Latin America. It will be held the morning of April 2, 2014, from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., at the New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton located at 919 Third Avenue. Panelists are Meg Kinnear, Donald Donovan and Hugo Perezcano Díaz. Andrés Jana will moderate. The proceedings will be simulcast via video teleconferencing to various locations in the Americas and Europe. Registration is required, although there is no fee. CLE credit for the New York Bar is available. To register or obtain more information, simply contact Bradley Hayes.

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Events and announcements: January 5, 2014

by An Hertogen

  • The Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) will hold its Third Annual Conference on May 10-11, 2014 at the St John’s College Divinity School, University of Cambridge. This conference will explore approaches that question the traditional state-centric view of international and comparative law. The idea of universality suggests that international law applies equally and indiscriminately across domestic legal systems, and within sub-systems of international law itself. Cosmopolitanism conceives of the world as a single entity, with resonances between people irrespective of their location, nationality and culture, and asks how legal actors can access legal regimes beyond their state’s domestic framework.  Abstract submissions, no longer than 300 words and accompanied by a brief biography or CV, should be submitted online by January 26, 2014. More information is here.
  • The European Law Journal, HEC Paris and the Center for Research on Transnational Law
    (CTL), Peking University School of Transnational Law (PKUSTL), Peking University
    Shenzhen Graduate School, are welcoming proposals for presentation at the 10th
    International Workshop for Young Scholars (WISH)/10ème Rencontre Internationale des Jeunes Chercheurs (RIJC), scheduled to take place in Paris in December 2014. Proposals must be written by doctoral candidates (or equivalent) who have not yet submitted their thesis or have been awarded their doctorate in the 12 months prior to March 15, 2014. More information is here.

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Events and Announcements: December 22, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • The Stanford Journal of International Law seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and policymakers for its Symposium titled Governing Intelligence: Transnational Threats & the National Security State, which will take place on May 2, 2014 at Stanford Law School. Governing Intelligence will move beyond the surveillance debate to start an interdisciplinary dialogue about the power and limits of intelligence agencies from a comparative and international perspective. Contributions must address either of the following topics: (a) National Intelligence & Transnational Threats; or, (b) Individual Rights & Intelligence Gathering.  The abstract submission deadline is February 1, 2014. Decisions will be released on a rolling basis. The full announcement, along with sub-topics, contact information, and submissions guidelines, can be found here.
  • The Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ) invites submissions for a Special Issue provisionally titled The Interaction between Refugee/Migration Law and International Criminal/Humanitarian Law. The editors welcome submission of abstracts not exceeding 400 Words on any of the themes described above, or related areas of interest, on or before 28 February 2014, by email, at jicj [at] geneva-academy [dot] ch. The abstract should contain the author’s name, home institution, and the title of the proposed paper.  Please also send a current CV. For more information, please click here (.doc).
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers to be published in its forthcoming general edition on International and European Law. The Board of Editors of Utrecht Journal invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and European law; topics may include, but are not limited to, International and European Human Rights Law, International and European Criminal Law, Family Law, Health and Medical Law, Childrens’ Rights and the Law, Commercial Law, Media Law, Law of Democracy, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation, Comparative Law, Competition Law, Employment Law, Law of the Sea, Environmental Law, Indigenous Peoples, Land and Resources Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution or any other relevant topic. Deadline for Submissions: 30 March 2014Author guidelines and more information can be found here.
  • The Grotius Center of Leiden University in The Hague has announced a call for papers for its upcoming seminar: Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices taking place June 11 – 12, 2014. Traditional approaches to environmental protection face particular challenges during and after conflict. Calls for the acceptance of specific ecological obligations and procedures in post-conflict environments encounter resistance and constraint in military operations. Some harms and obligations lend themselves to systemic or abstract regulation. Others require context- and case-specific consideration. Jus post bellum provides a potential framework to take into account these specificities. It allows exploration of otherwise disparate areas of law and practice under a unified framework that focuses on post-conflict societies and the creation of sustainable peace.
    The full call for papers can be read here. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Please indicate for which seminar the abstract is intended. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j [dot] m [dot] iverson [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl and j [dot] s [dot] easterday [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl no later than 27 January 2014.
  • The second event being hosted by the Grotius Center, Property and Investment in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices is also seeking papers. This event will focus specifically on three main areas: (i) Housing, land and property of displaced persons, (ii) protection of culturally significant property, and (iii) investment. It will investigate how property and investment rights can be reconciled with other rights in the context of jus post bellum; and what approaches law are most likely to produce a just and sustainable peace.The full call for papers can be read here. Just as with the first seminar’s call for papers, submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Please indicate for which seminar the abstract is intended. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j [dot] m [dot] iverson [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl and j [dot] s [dot] easterday [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl no later than 27 January 2014. Selected participants for both seminars will be informed 22 February 2014. Final papers should be submitted by 16 May 2014.

Events

  • Max Planck Masterclass in International Law will take place from 29 April – 2 May 2014 in which Professor Martti Koskenniemi will discuss: Critical Studies of International Law. The scholarship of international law is often caught in the dichotomy between apologetic etatism and utopian humanism. No one has described this contraposition and its implications more clearly than Martti Koskenniemi, most prominently in “From Apology to Utopia” (1989). During the last decades, he has been preeminent in criticizing what he calls the “Kitsch” of international legal scholarship. He emphatically describes the perplexities and disputability of concepts such as human rights or the international community. Beside his contributions in the field of deconstructivist thinking, Martti Koskenniemi has also published several pieces with a historical take. To name again but one lighthouse publication, “The gentle civilizer” (2004) tells an insightful and critical story about the emergence of international law as part of liberal modernity. The number of participants is limited in order keep the character of a seminar. Please send your applications, including a letter of motivation and a CV, till 31 January 2014 to masterclass2014 [at] mpil [dot] de. During the Masterclass, one afternoon will be dedicated to presentations from participants. Whoever would be interested in presenting his or her work in that session, is invited to indicate so and to send a short abstract along with the application. On Thursday, 1 May 2014, Professor Koskenniemi is going to give a public lecture at the DAI Heidelberg (http://www.dai-heidelberg.de/), entitled “Sovereignty, Property and International Law. A Historical View”. Everybody is cordially invited to join for that lecture.
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HUAS) has announced an upcoming multidisicplinary conference entitled: Africans and Hague Justice: Realities and Perceptions of the International Criminal Court in Africa, from 23-24 May 2014 at the HUAS in The Hague. Professor Kamari M. Clarke (University of Pennsylvania) Professor Charles C. Jalloh (University of Pittsburg) and Professor Makau W. Mutua (SUNY Buffalo Law School) will be speaking during the conference. For more information and registration, please visit the conference website.

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Discussing Argentina’s Debt Litigation and Sovereign Immunity at the Cato Institute

by Julian Ku


I had the pleasure of participating in a very interesting discussion yesterday of Argentina’s debt litigation at the Cato Institute in Washington D.C. Richard Samp offered a useful overview of this litigation, and my own talk focused on the strange (and in my view inappropriate) way that the U.S. legal system allows sovereigns to waive immunity from courts, but continues to protect them against most judgments.  Other panelists, including an economist from Moody’s, offered a very interesting set of slides explaining why Argentina’s treatment of its creditors is substantially harsher than almost all other sovereign defaulters in recent decades.I also would recommend watching the video from about the 57th minute to see Arturo Porzecanski of American University criticize the overall policies of the Kirchner government.

I think Argentina is in a bad spot right now and it is possible they will end up losing their final appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court. Indeed, it is possible the Court will not even hear their petition (although hiring former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement will no doubt help Argentina).  Still, I doubt the Court will rush to hear this case and if they do, any final resolution might have to wait quite a bit longer. This case has quite a ways to go.

Events and Announcements: December 8, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers

  • As the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report approaches, the recurring dispute over the boundaries of the post-9/11 national security state is once again in full swing. Governing Intelligence will move beyond the surveillance debate to start an interdisciplinary dialogue about the power and limits of intelligence agencies from a comparative and international perspective. The Stanford Journal of International Law seeks contributions by academics, practitioners, and policymakers in the form of approx. 10-15,000-word scholarly essays or 5,000-word white papers on either of the following topics: (a) National Intelligence & Transnational Threats; or, (b) Individual Rights & Intelligence Gathering. Please send a 1-2 page abstract of your essay or white paper in Word format, a C.V. of the author(s), and point of contact information to sjilboard [at] gmail [dot] com by 5:00PM PST on February 1, 2014. The full announcement, along with sub-topics and submissions instructions, can be found here.
  • The British Branch of the International Law Association has issued a call for papers for the Spring Conference (May 23-24, 2014). The organizers are particularly interested in contributions that 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. Re-examining foundations in the light of new information and modes of thinking leads naturally to the imagination of possible futures. In this respect we are also seeking papers that explore the relevance of new theoretical paradigms (for example, the idea of transnational law) or analyze issues of concern to present and future generations, such as combating climate change, preventing human trafficking, managing financial risk, encouraging businesses to respect human rights and promoting socially responsible investment.This conference will combine pace-setting panels with keynote speeches that will present a striking vision of lawmaking in the future. The organisers also welcome the submission of unsolicited proposals. These should be one page long and sent to ilaconf [at] kcl [dot] ac [dot] uk by 30 January 2014. The call can also be found here (.pdf).

Events

  •  ALMA and the Radzyner School of Law of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to the next session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on December 16, 2013.  In this session Dr. Ruvi Ziegler will present his new paper: Non refoulement Between Common Article 1 and Common Article 3. The article considers whether, in the context of armed conflicts, certain non-refoulement obligations of non-belligerent States can be derived from the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Following the lectures there will be an open round-table discussion, all of which will be conducted in English. Those who wish to participate are asked to register in advance at forum [at] alma-ihl [dot] org. More information can be found here.

Announcements

  • ASIL’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict has submitted a reminder for its call for the Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize (.pdf). Deadline for submission is December 31, 2013.
  • The GlobalTrust Project at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, directed by Professor Eyal Benvenisti, invites candidates interested in exploring themes related to this project, to apply. There is one post-doctoral fellowship ($25,000 per one year), two doctoral fellowships ($20,000 per year, up to three years) and two visiting fellowships ($1,500 per month, between 3-6 months). The application deadline (for the academic year of 2014-2015) is 1 February, 2014. For more information about the project, click here. Click here for information about the fellowships.

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