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Keeping up with the UN’s On-Line Lectures on International Law

by Duncan Hollis

We wanted to pass along a quick update from our friends at the UN Office of Legal Affairs who continue to build out an on-line international law research portal that can hopefully have lasting impact:

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients around the world free of charge.

The latest lectures were given by Sir Michael Wood on “International Law and the Use of Force: What Happens in Practice?”, Professor Djamchid Momtaz on “La sécession en droit international” and by Professor August Reinisch on “The Evolution of WTO Dispute Settlement”.

Events and Announcements: November 29, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The coordinators are pleased to announce the establishment of the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI). The Institute builds on a long tradition in the area of international law at Ghent University and brings together ca. 30 faculty members and doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Its activities span the entire realm of public international law, ranging from the law of armed conflict and international human rights law, to the law of the sea, international environmental law, international criminal law, and international economic law, as well as the history of international law. GRILI strives to be a vibrant and recognized centre of academic excellence, generating qualitative and innovative contributions to existing legal scholarship. The Institute combines doctoral research and contract research. Its members provide consultancy to (national, European and international) governmental and non-governmental bodies on issues of international law and contribute amicus curiae briefs to legal proceedings. The Institute frequently organizes lectures, workshops and international conferences. An overview of these events, including the ongoing International Order & Justice Lectures Series, can be found here. For further information on the Institute’s membership, activities, events and research output, please visit our webpage at http://www.grili.ugent.be/ or follow us on twitter (@GRILI_Ugent).

     

Calls for Papers

  • The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law has extended the deadline for submissions for our interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7 – 8, 2016. The new deadline is December 13, 2015.
  • The organizers are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Conference “Law Between Global and Colonial: Techniques of Empire“, hosted by the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights on 3-5 October 2016 in Helsinki. The conference will close the four and a half-year period of the Finnish Academy research project on “International Law, Religion and Empire” headed by Martti Koskenniemi, supported by Paolo Amorosa, Mónica García-Salmones, Manuel Jimenez and Walter Rech as research fellows. The conference proposes to discuss the legal languages and techniques through which colonial powers ruled non-European territories and populations throughout the modern age.  The aim of the Conference is to examine in detail the juridical practices and discourses of colonial powers when they exercised their supremacy over colonial subjects and disciplined them. Keynote speakers: Lauren Benton, Isabel. V. Hull, Luigi Nuzzo. The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 1st, 2016. For the full call for papers please refer to the link below. For further information contact the organizers at monica [dot] garcia [at] helsinki [dot] fi or paolo [dot] amorosa [at] helsinki [dot] fi.

Events

  • ALMA – Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law and the Radzyner Law School of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) would like to invite you to a special session of the Joint International Humanitarian Law Forum. The session will be held on Monday, November 30, 2015, 18:30, in room C110, Arazi-Ofer Building, IDC Campus, Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya. In this session, Adv. Tom Gal will present her article: Applicability of the Law of Occupation to War by Proxy. Tom will discuss the implication of classifying a prima facie non international armed conflict as international, and the legal and practical outcomes regarding the law of occupation and its applicability to non-state armed actors. Adv. Tom Gal is ALMA’s vice chairman and co-founder. Tom is a PhD candidate in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law at the University of Geneva and working as a teaching and research assistant at the Geneva Academy for Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. For this article Tom received the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2014.  Following the presentations, there will be an open round-table discussion. Please note that the session will be conducted in English. The meeting is free and open to the public. If you wish to attend the meetings of the Joint IHL Forum please register in advance via forum [at] alma-ihl [dot] org.

  • Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law at University College London since September 2014, will be giving his inaugural lecture entitled: “Curriculum Vitae: A Prequel,” in which he will tease out some recurrent international legal problems through the story of the life and opinions of D. H. G. H.-G. Salamander, lesser highly qualified publicist and minor poet. This takes place on Thursday 10 December. For more information and to register, please click here.
  • Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: ICSID at 50: Investment Arbitration as a Motor of General International Law? (11-12 March 2016). For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop – jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan W. Schill (Amsterdam), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) – has been a forum for the discussion of foundational issues of international investment law. As ICSID reaches its half-century, the next workshop asks whether and to what extent international investment law and investor-State arbitration are ‘motors of general international law‘? No doubt, investment law in its ‘BIT era’ operates within a framework of general international law – it does not exist, to take up a phrase coined in relation to WTO law, in ‘clinical isolation‘. But how about the reverse effect? Do investment law and investment arbitration have radiating effects? Do they shape international law more generally? The program and more information is available here; for edited collections that have grown out of earlier Frankfurt Investment Law Workshops see here, here and here. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, E-Mail: S [dot] Schimpf [at] jur [dot] uni-frankfurt [dot] de by 28 February 2016.

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Events and Announcements: November 23, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • Guest Researchers – Focus on the Environment and the International Judiciary: PluriCourts invite researchers in the field of law, political science, and philosophy with a focus on the environment and the international judiciary to apply for visiting research fellowship. The positions as guest researchers can vary between 3 to 12 months. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible and will prioritize applications for the academic year 2016. PluriCourts allocate financial support to selected researchers with a topic of special interest for the centre, but without other funding for travel and accommodation. Please indicate in the application the need for financial support (only for stays between 6 -12 months). For more information about the positions and how to apply, visit PluriCourts’ website.

Calls for Papers

  • The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’), Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, are now inviting submissions for volume 17(1) by January 31, 2016. MJIL is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at the University of Melbourne which publishes innovative scholarly research and critical examination of issues in international law. Submissions and inquiries can be directed to law-mjil [at] unimelb [dot] edu [dot] au. For more information, please visit the website here.
  • The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8-9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. We welcome papers on this subject, which might include, but are by no means limited to: (1) the nature and position of non-state actors within the international legal system; (2) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (3) the source and scope of obligations for particular non-state actors, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (4) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (5) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms, whether judicial institutions, organs of international organisations or treaty regimes; (6) the special roles of non-state actors in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law, amongst others. For further details see here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to j [dot] summers [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk by 31 January 2016.

Events

  • Reforms of the Individual complaint mechanisms in the UN treaty bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons? The concluding conference of the MultiRights project will take place at the University of Oslo on February 29 and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) aiming at finding mutual learning experiences. A particular focus will be given to the following issues: 1) Procedure of selection of members and judges; 2) Case load situation; 3) Quality of reasoning; and 4) Margin of appreciation and subsidiarity For more information and to register for the event, please visit the conference website.

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Events and Announcements: November 15, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcement

  • EIUC and its partner universities Birzeit University (Palestine), Saint Joseph University (Lebanon), International University of Rabat (Morocco) and Ca’ Foscari University (Italy) are proud to present to you the second edition of the Master in Democratic Governance – Democracy and Human Rights in the Mena Region (DE.MA), starting in January 2016. DE.MA is a multidisciplinary curriculum offering courses in law, political science, sociology and other fields relevant to the study of democratic governance and Human Rights. Open to professionals and graduates, it will combine a theoretical and practical approach and it will deliver a professional Master’s degree (60 ECTS) from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. The first semester from January to April 2016 is held at the EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from April to July 2016 takes place in one of the partner universities in the Master’s Consortium.

    This is meant to play an active role in the ongoing debate about the principles underpinning the transition of political regimes to democracy. It aims at:

    • Creating high-profile experts in the fields of democratic governance and the protection of human rights, allowing them to act as promoters of a process leading to the affirmation of the democratic principles;
    • Fostering the creation of an élite group of people committed to the promotion of democratic institutions;
    • Building a network of experts to be active in political institutions, in national and international, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the Region.

    Interested? Here are the practicalities: Registration deadline: 16 Nov 2015; First semester dates: 4 January 2016 to 15 April 2016; Second semester dates: from 18 April to 15 July 2016 Language: English, (knowledge of French and Arabic recommended); Teaching method: Face-to-face teaching. Tuition Fees: 3.750 euro. Tuition Waivers/Scholarships: EIUC offers financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver. This type of financial support is awarded to a limited number of students on the basis of academic achievement, need and geographical distribution. More information on the DE.MA, the professors and the programme can be found here.

Announcements

  • The Department of the Navy, Office of the General Counsel has an open billet for a GS 15-equivalent attorney to join Strategic Systems Program’s International Law team. The details of the billet are attached and are accessible via this link. The job is focused on treaty implementation and compliance (emphasis on arms control treaties), foreign military sales, and U.S. export controls. The ad closes on Monday, November 16th.

Calls for Papers

  • The ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group will hold a works-in-progress workshop on Friday, January 29, in Philadelphia, at the Wharton School.  If you are interested in presenting a paper at the workshop, please submit an abstract by the end of the day on November 31st, 2015 to submissions [at] asil [dot] org. Please place “IECLIG Works in Progress submission” in the subject line of your submission. Abstracts can range from a paragraph in length to a page, and should include the author’s name and institutional affiliation. Papers should relate to the study of international economic law, broadly construed, be it related to private ordering, trade, investment, finance, or any of the other subjects that constrain the way that business is done across borders. The workshop is designed to offer a resource for those who cannot attend our December Heidelberg workshop done in conjunction with ESIL, to help scholars prepare for the February publication cycle, and to continue to broaden and deepen the interest group’s intellectual community. Papers selected for presentation will need to be submitted on January 15th; they will be circulated to the attendees of the workshop.  Attendees will accordingly be able to comment on all of the papers during the workshop, and may also be given responsibility to lead the discussion of one of them in particular. One need not present a paper or comment on a paper to participate. As is the norm for workshops sponsored by ASIL interest groups, participants will need to cover their own travel expenses.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the workshop or paper submissions.

Events

  • On Friday 27 November 2015, the Research Unit in Law at the University of Luxembourg will be holding a conference on ‘Frontex: legal questions and current controversies’. The conference will examine various legal issues concerning the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) and its activities. Europe is faced with an ongoing influx of migrants, causing political controversy and public concern, and placing a critical focus on Frontex. The event will provide a platform for discussing of a number of issues starting with the legal status of Frontex in the EU legal order. Panels will cover the agency’s operational mandate and international activities and question its position as an actor on the global arena. The conference will also address the functional reality of joint operations
    led by the Agency. Matters related to Human Rights and the legal responsibility for agency activities will be discussed. An emphasis with be placed on particular cases of search and rescue operations, return operations and the obligation of non-refoulement under international law. The conference will bring together academics and practitioners from EU and international law backgrounds. Given the current refugee crisis and with Luxembourg currently holding the EU Presidency, the event could hardly be better-timed or placed. Details about the conference and how to register can be found here.
  • On 2 December 2015, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary (1965 – 2015), the T.M.C. Asser Instituut is launching the T.M.C. Asser Lecture for the benefit of The Hague’s national and international legal community, scholars, practitioners, judges, policy-makers and journalists who will be able to enjoy, on an annual basis, a lecture by an internationally renowned jurist and outstanding public intellectual. The Inaugural T.M.C. Asser Lecture, entitled, “Peace in the Middle East: Has International Law Failed?” will be delivered by Professor Joseph Weiler, President of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and University Professor at NYU School of Law. To further commemorate the Institute’s 50th anniversary, the afternoon’s programme includes the presentation of the first copy of the specially published Asser Jubilee Book entitled ‘Fundamental Rights in International and European Law. Public and Private Law Perspectives’, to Mr. Ard van der Steur, Minister of Security and Justice of the Kingdom of The Netherlands. With this annual lecture series, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut aims to contribute to The Hague’s tradition of promoting peace and international law. For further information, please consult the T.M.C. Asser website.
  • On the 14th of December 2015, a Seminar on Extraterritoriality in Port State Jurisdiction organized by the UNIJURIS research group will take place at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University. The seminar will be divided into four thematic panels. The first two sessions will deal with approaches to port state extraterritoriality, the first focused upon the international shipping sector and the second upon the international fishing sector. The third panel addresses the question of advancing adequate labour conditions through port state extraterritoriality, and the final panel reviews whether there is a clash between the existing approaches and increasing port state extraterritoriality. The seminar will take place in Utrecht from 11:00 – 18:00 hours. For more information, please see the flyer: UNIJURIS seminar on PSJ. Participation is free but participants are kindly required to register before the 10th of December at the following email address: Secretariaat [dot] IER [at] uu [dot] nl.
  • On 7-8 January 2016, the Center for International Criminal Justice (CICJ) and the Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will host a conference “Pluralist Approaches to International Criminal Justice”. The event is held with the financial support of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and concludes the research projectDealing with Divergence? National Adjudication of International Crimes funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The conference provides a platform for an interdisciplinary and critical debate on the methodological, institutional, and cultural diversity in international criminal justice (see further information). Speakers include Elies van Sliedregt, Kai Ambos, Robert Cryer, Megan Fairlie, Kevin Jon Heller, Charles Jalloh, Sarah Nouwen, Nicola Palmer, Darryl Robinson, Carsten Stahn, James Stewart, Sergey Vasiliev, Alex Whiting, Harmen van der Wilt and others (programme). The conference will take place in Het Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, Amsterdam. Attendance is free but places are limited. Please register before 28 December.

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Events and Announcements: November 8, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Call for Papers

  • The Rapoport Center Human Rights Working Paper Series (WPS) is happy to announce a call for papers for the 2015 – 2016 academic year. The WPS seeks innovative papers of the highest quality by both researches and practitioners in the field of human rights. Acceptance to the WPS series provides authors with an opportunity to receive feedback on works in progress and stimulate a lively, productive conversation around the subject matter of their paper. This process is designed to prepare papers for publication in academic journals or other venues. This year we are particularly interested in papers exploring the relationship between human rights and inequality, natural resources governance, and the future of labor. Please see the submission guidelines here and feel free to contact us at rcwps [at] law [dot] utexas [dot] edu with any inquiries. 

Announcements

  • Oxford University Press and the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) have been developing a database of annotated documents pertaining to the law of international organizations called ‘Oxford International Organizations’ (OXIO). They are now looking for rapporteurs who will be identifying relevant materials and providing short commentaries. Within a few years, OXIO is meant to become one of the largest databases of international law documents. The call for rapporteurs is available here. It is of the utmost importance that the pool of rapporteurs remains representative of the variety of practices in the field, the variety of geographical traditions, as well as the variety of international organizations.

Events

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Events and Announcements: November 2, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • International Organisations and the Rule of Law: Perils and Promise, Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law, New Zealand, 7-8 December 2015. This symposium will take a fresh look at the resources that international law possesses to ensure that international organisations (IOs) are held accountable for their errors and excesses, while remaining relevant and effective in the face of ever growing global challenges. How can international law develop in a way that preserves and enhances the dynamic possibilities of IOs while making sure that they comply with the rule of law? Can the rule of law offer solutions, or is it part of the problem? The programme and registration form for the symposium are now available here.

Events

  • The Global Rule of Law Exchange will be streaming a live web cast on 5 Thursday November, 2015 (from 14.00 BST).This web cast is one of the dissemination activities of the ‘research to practice’ project. The panellists (Georgia Harley from the World Bank; Nicole Stremlau from the University of Oxford; Brian Lucas from GSDRC; Justin Haccius from the UK Department for International Development; and Ajoy Datta from the Overseas Development Institute will discuss challenges and share experience with converting research into policy. They will also aim to share tips to help researchers better articulate their findings to a policy audience. A chat box will be available to post your comments or questions. For those who cannot stream the event live, the organizers expect video playback of the event will be available on our website. More information on the event, including instructions for registration can be found online.
  • Reminder: On November 5th, at 3.30:  Growing Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals, a panel organized by LPICT and the NYC bar. Speakers include Prof. Chester Brown (University of Sidney), Prof. Mathias Forteau (University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Prof. Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva), Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina Editor-in-Chief of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals), Prof. August Reinisch (University of Vienna), Prof. Attila Tanzi (University of Bologna) and Dr. Catherine Tinker (Seton Hall University, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the NYC Bar Association). More information here. The event is free, but you need to register.
  • Reminder: November 5-7, 2015 | New York City – International Law Weekend 2015 Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. The conference will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law. ILW begins Thursday evening, November 5, with a distinguished opening panel at the New York City Bar (42 W. 44th Street, New York, NY). A reception will follow and is open to all conference attendees. The conference continues Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY). Friday’s activities feature a keynote address from Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. The event is organized by The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA).
  • On Tuesday, November 17th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law  will host a Book Launch of Reconstructing Atrocity Prevention, edited by Sheri P. Rosenberg, Tibi Galis, and Alex Zucker. Please RSVP by November 3rd to info [at] auschwitzinstitute [dot] org.
  • The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will host “Three Presidents: Former Israeli Chief Justices in Conversation,” at 7:00 p.m. on November 9th. Please RSVP to saphir [at] yu [dot] edu (with “RSVP” noted in the subject line). For more information, visit The Israeli Supreme Court’s website, Versa.

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Events and Announcements: October 25, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The EIUC and KU Leuven are launching a new MOOC (massive open online course) on the EU and Human Rights. A short description from their website: “Whether you are an EU citizen or not, this course concerns you! The EU is a major global actor in the field of human rights. EU treaties state that human rights are a fundamental value of the Union, which must be a ‘silver thread’ in all its policies. The EU now acts within an impressive array of competences, and therefore has the potential to impact – positively or negatively – anyone’s human rights.” You can register now and find more information here.
  • The Centre for Business and Commercial Laws (CBCL) of National Law Institute University, Bhopal in collaboration with Tanikella Rastogi Associates, is organising the latest edition of the NLIU-TRA Contract Drafting Competition.The participants are required to draft a contract as per instructions provided to them. Subsequently, one representative from the top four teams will be interviewed on the contract for award of rankings.The last date for the submission of the draft is 22nd November, 2015 (11:59 pm). Submission of the draft shall be considered as registration of the team. A maximum of two persons can participate as a team for the competition. The dates of the telephonic negotiation shall be informed to the qualifying participants at a later stage. More information can be found here, the rules here and the case study here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • Call for papers: TDM special issue on international arbitration involving commercial and investment disputes in Africa. This special issue will explore topics of particular interest and relevance to international arbitration in light of Africa’s unique and evolving situation. The issue will focus on sub-Saharan Africa and will address issues pertaining to both commercial and investment arbitration. It will also likely explore alternative methods for resolving disputes, including litigation, mediation, and local dispute-resolution mechanisms. This issue will be edited by Thomas R. Snider (Greenberg Traurig LLP), Professor Won Kidane (Seattle University Law School and the Addis Transnational Law Group), and Perry S. Bechky (International Trade & Investment Law PLLC).
  • The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held April 7-8, 2016.Since the current global financial crisis began in 2008, income and wealth inequality both within and between countries has come under attack from multiple perspectives. While there is much methodological debate about how best to measure economic inequality globally, many of the figures are alarming. We invite papers from any discipline that consider whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally. Are human rights frameworks equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world? Please send an abstract of under 600 words to Julia Dehm (jdehm [at] law [dot] utexas [dot] edu) by December 1, 2015. More information can be found here.

Events

  • The UN Charter turns 70 this week, and the University of Georgia School of Law is joining in the global celebration – it’s also the 38th birthday of the school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center. Monday, October 26, from 4-6 p.m., will mark the rededication of the Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations in its new home, in the renovated Center. Dr. Kannan Rajarathinam (Georgia law LLM’88), Head of Office, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Basra, will speak on a critical topic: “The United Nations at 70: Pursuing Peace in the 21st Century.” Also giving remarks – on Georgia Law luminaries like Professors Sohn, Professor and former U.S. Secretary of State Rusk, Professor Gabriel Wilner, and Professor Sigmund Cohn – will be Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge, Associate Dean Diane Marie Amann, Professor Harlan Cohen, and alums Dorinda Dallmeyer and Ken Dious. Details can be found here and the event will be livestreamed here.
  • On November 20-21, 2015, the International Nuremberg Principles Academy will hold the conference The Nuremberg Principles 70 Years Later: Contemporary Challenges. The conference will take place on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Nuremberg trials. The conference program can be found here.

  • The Washington D.C. Delegation of the ICRC announces a panel on Wednesday, November 4th from 5:30-7pm at Georgetown Law School titled “Urban Warfare: Effects of Explosive Weapons on the Civilian Population.”  The panel is inspired by the ICRC’s recent report on the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. The panel features Commander Mike Adams, Jonathan Horowitz, Chris Harland, and Gary Solis as the moderator. Drinks will be served starting at 5pm, and the panel will begin at 5:30, ending at 7pm with time for questions. The panel will be held in McDonough 203 at the Georgetown University Law Center.  

  • The Eighth Annual Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Washington DC conference hosted by the University of Nebraska College of Law taking place Oct. 29th and 30th at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill will cover topics at the forefront of current policy discussions: U.S. commercial space legislation and cybersecurity. The conference will include presentations from the top lawyers and policy-makers at government agencies, such as FAA, FCC, NASA, US State Dept., US Cyber Command, and private corporations, including SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Planetary Resources, Boeing, Microsoft, and Comcast. This year, the space law portion of the conference will include panel discussions of current space legislation. The last major revisions to US commercial space legislation occurred over a decade ago. Choices that will be made in the legislation will impact the competitiveness of and investment in the US commercial space industry, one of critical importance to the US economy. The following day, the cyber law portion of the conference will feature panel discussions on “cybersecurity.” Despite its importance across many domains, cybersecurity is not a well-defined concept. The meaning and scope of cybersecurity problems, and the viability of potential solutions to these problems, differ substantially between, e.g., civilian, criminal, and national security institutions, between large and small businesses, between commercial, infrastructure, and consumer uses. The purpose of this event is to explore what different stakeholders mean when discussing “cybersecurity,” and in particular how these understandings relate to or conflict with one another. For more information, including how to register, click here. 

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Events and Announcements: October 18, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • Call for Papers: Society of International Economic Law and University of Luxembourg, Fifth PEPA/SIEL Conference. SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) and the Research Unit in Law of the University of Luxembourg are pleased to announce that the fifth PEPA/SIEL Conference will take place on 14-15 April 2016 in Luxembourg. We invite graduate students (enrolled in Master or PhD programmes) and early professionals/academics (generally within five years of graduating) to submit papers on any IEL topic. One or more senior practitioners and academics will comment on each paper after its presentation, followed by a general discussion. More information, including the process for submissions by 16 November 2015, can be found here.

Events

  • On October 21 (from 10am-12pm) the Open Society Justice Initiative is co-sponsoring a side-event at the UNGA where the Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, will present his new report on the extraterritorial application of the prohibition of torture. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion. It’s a strong report that deals with a broad range of very timely topics – including extraterritorial safeguards against torture, accountability for extraterritorial acts of torture, non-refoulement, and rules pertaining to the prohibition in times of armed conflict. A flyer is attached with additional information about the report and the side-event. The flyer is also available here.
  • On the occasion of the publication of the second edition of Helen Duffy’s book ”The War on Terror’ and the Framework of International Law’ the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, in cooperation with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague and the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, proudly present a high-level panel discussion on Thursday 22 October, entitled: ‘Accountability in the war on terror?’ Speakers are: Norman Farrell, Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Larissa van den Herik, Professor of International Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University and Helen Duffy, Director of ‘Human Rights in Practice’ and Professor Gieskes Chair of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Christophe Paulussen, Senior Researcher at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Research Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague and Coordinator of the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform. The event will be followed by a reception, kindly offered by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. For catering purposes, we would like to ask you to register for this event by sending an e-mail with subject “SCL panel discussion” and your name and affiliation to conferencemanager [at] asser [dot] nl.
  • Developing International Law at the Bar – A Growing Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals: On 5 November 2015 at 3:00 PM, The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals (Brill/Nijhoff) will offer its second Seminar in a series devoted to contemporary developments in international judicial practice. The Seminar aims at discussing some salient aspects of a growing competition among ICTs in the development of international law. The program is organized by Pierre Bodeau-Livinec (University Paris 8) and Chiara Giorgetti (Richmond Law School) and is co-sponsored by European Affairs committee of the NYCBA. Panelists include Chester Brown (University of Sidney), Mathias Forteau (University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva), Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Editor-in-Chief of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals), August Reinisch (University of Vienna), Attila Tanzi (University of Bologna) and Catherine Tinker (Seton Hall University, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the NYC Bar Association). More information and to enroll here.
  • University of Luxembourg conference on the Settlement of Tax Disputes under International Law. On 12-13 November 2015, the Research Unit in Law at the University of Luxembourg, with the support of the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, is holding a conference on the settlement of tax disputes under international law. The conference will examine the settlement of tax disputes under international law with the aim of analysing taxation issues through the lens of international law and its dispute settlement procedures, bringing together academics and practitioners from tax and international law backgrounds in order to do so. Details about the conference and how to register can be found here.

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Events and Announcements: October 4, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • iCourts (Center of Excellence for International Courts), The Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark is seeking applications for two or three positions as postdoc within the research area of one of the Faculty’s research centres – iCourts (the Center of Excellence for International Courts). The positions are available from 1st February 2016, and for duration of two (2) years. Start date is negotiable under special circumstances.
  • A new blog has joined us in the ether, Rights! a free, open online platform to read, write, discuss, share and act on human rights and democratisation: www.rightsblog.net. On one single platform, Rights! gathers together think pieces, comments from the field, case studies, interviews, critiques and provocations from established and emerging human rights professionals from all regions of the world. Find more here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies is organizing an international conference on global public goods, global commons and democracy (22-23 February 2016, Leuven, Belgium). The conference will explore the economic, legal and political underpinnings, premises and implications of global public goods and global commons for global governance institutions and international organizations, especially in relationship with the debate on their (non)-democratic nature. The aim is to assess, from an interdisciplinary perspective, how the respective discourses surrounding global public goods and global commons diverge in their relation to global democracy, and, in particular, to the advancement of democracy in global governance and international organizations. Abstracts (no longer than 500 words) should be submitted by the 8th of October 2015. More information can be found here.
  • The Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University (RAU) in cooperation with the Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Armenia announce the 8th Yerevan International Conference for Young Researchers on International Humanitarian Law, which will be held from 19 November to 21 November 2015 in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia and will be held under the theme “IHL Development: New Agenda and Reality Check”. The Yerevan Conference is a unique international platform for the discussion of contemporary issues and perspectives related to IHL development among the young scholars. Over the years the conference hosted a number of renowned international experts in the field of IHL, international criminal law and constitutional law thus providing a unique possibility to the young participants not only to be heard by the established professionals and experts, but also to engage with them in the open discussion over their opinions and views. Finally, the Conference provides the unique cultural experience of visiting always beautiful and hospitable Armenia and meeting old and new friends from all over the world. More information about the Conference can be found here. Young researchers in the field of IHL under the age of 35 are invited to take part in the Conference participants pre-selection process. In order to apply the applicants should submit a research paper strictly within the scope of the announced conference topics presented in the Call for papers found here. The deadline for submitting the application package is October 18, 2015.
  • The Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXV), which will be published in June 2016. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works. Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal. All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage. Please send manuscripts to pyil [at] inp [dot] pan [dot] pl. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016.

Events

  • International Conference: “International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare” Rome, 23-24 October 2015. The relationship between warfare and international humanitarian law is an ever-evolving one. New combat methods, novel technologies and the evolution of weaponry pose critical challenges to international humanitarian law; at the same time, the high task of protecting the principles of humanity during wars requires an evolution and an adaptation of the law. International humanitarian law is “law in motion”. Carabinieri are involved in a number of international missions and operations, so we have decided to organize this conference, because we consider it as an important objective to contribute to fostering the study and understanding of such important issues, in the interest of members of the military and society at large. The conference in Rome will last two days and the debate will spread across four panels: one will deal with new weaponry and the law; one will focus on the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law in the context of modern warfare; another will cover recent judicial developments in international humanitarian law and the last one will address the evolving relationship between the general principles of international humanitarian law and the features of modern warfare. Each panel will be composed of four/five experts, and it will be moderated by a young scholar in the field. The deadline for registration is today! For more details, please click here.
  • The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA) present: International Law Weekend 2015This year’s conference will be held in New York City on November 57, 2015. The theme of International Law Weekend (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 conference will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law. Register Now for ILW 2015. ILW begins Thursday evening, November 5, with a distinguished opening panel at the New York City Bar. The opening panel, “The Rule of Law and the Post 2015 Development Agenda,” will feature dialogue with senior UN officials and representatives of member states on efforts to advance the UN Rule of Law Initiative and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next fifteen years.  A reception will follow and is open to all conference attendees. The conference continues Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 at Fordham University School of Law. Friday’s activities feature a keynote address by Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. View the ILW 2015 Program (subject to change).

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ASIL’s Research Forum

by Duncan Hollis

I wanted to flag for interested readers the upcoming ASIL Research Forum in Washington, D.C., on October 23-24, 2015  I’ve been to a couple of the previous iterations and can attest that it’s a great way to catch up on some new scholarship and to hear a mix of new and old voices in the field.  This year’s event looks to continue that tradition.  Here’s how ASIL’s Executive Director Mark Agrast pitches the event:

This year’s Forum offers an exceptionally rich and diverse program, including expert-led discussions of 70 innovative papers, a luncheon program featuring remarks by former ICJ Judge and ASIL Honorary President Tom Buergenthal; and a ticketed dinner discussion of “Dispute Settlement with Iran: From the Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Accord” with key negotiators from the U.S. Department of State.

The Forum will also include events specifically designed for students and new professionals. Our “International Law Career Panel and Speed Mentoring Event” will feature practitioners from a variety of international law fields and a networking reception, and two leading law librarians will lead a session on “International Law Research Strategies.”

This will be an outstanding opportunity for lawyers interested in the latest developments in international law to connect with thought leaders in their areas of interest.

If interested, you can see the full program and submit your registration here.  I’ll be commenting on a few treaty papers on Saturday, so feel free to say hello if you see me there.

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Events and Announcements: September 27, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • Queen’s University Belfast has announced a position for a Lecturer in Human Rights Law. The closing date on applications is 5 October 2015. See the vacancy here.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society Announces a call for papers for the 2016 Richard R. Baxter Military Writing Prize. Persons submitting papers need not be ASIL members and can be citizens of any country but must be an active member of a state’s regular or reserve armed forces. Papers may address any aspect of international humanitarian law/law of armed conflict. Papers must be written in english and may not exceed 35 pages single spaced or 70 pages double spaced with 12 point font and 1inch/2.5 cm margins.  For more information, please contact Professor Chris Jenks at cjenks [at] smu [dot] edu
  • Averting the Battle?: Conflict Prevention and State-to-State arbitration in the context of International Investments. This call for papers of the Conflict Resolution Quarterly (CRQ) is designed to encourage a scholarly discussion on the advantages and obstacles associated to the use of both conflict prevention mechanisms and State-to-State dispute arbitration in the context of international investments. All articles should include a 100-word abstract, reflect an understanding of previous discussions in the literature on the chosen question (a literature review), and range from 2500 to 7500 words in length. CRQ uses a double-blind peer review process to assure fair and equal access to all authors. The deadline for submissions is January 15th 2016. More information can be found here.  Additional questions can be submitted to the guest editors:  Katia Fach Gómez, Professor, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain), katiafachgomez [at] gmail [dot] com, and Manuel A. Gómez, Professor, Florida International University, magomez [at] fiu [dot] edu.
  • The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development [TL&D] is pleased to invite original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Summer ‘16 Special Issue of the Journal on Trade & Public Health (Vol. 8, No. 1). The manuscripts may be in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews. All manuscripts received by March 15, 2016, pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law, will be reviewed by the editorial board for publication in the Summer ‘16 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. Towards these ends, we have published works by noted scholars such as Prof. Petros Mavroidis, Prof. Mitsuo Matsuhita, Prof. Raj Bhala, Prof. Joel Trachtman, Gabrielle Marceau, Simon Lester, Prof. Bryan Mercurio, Prof. E.U. Petersmann and Prof. M. Sornarajah among others. TL&D also has the distinction of being ranked the best journal in India across all fields of law for three consecutive years and the 10th best trade journal worldwide by Washington and Lee University, School of Law [The Washington & Lee Rankings are considered to be the most comprehensive in this regard]. For more information, please go through the submission guidelines available here or write to us at editors [at] tradelawdevelopment [dot] com.
  • Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers for its upcoming Special Issue (82nd edition) on ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law’. With technological advancement and innovative practices occurring ever more frequently, individuals and undertakings often turn to intellectual property law to protect their ideas and seek remedies where appropriate (e.g. the recentApple v Samsung design dispute). Recent developments in intellectual property are now a regular feature in popular media and a much-discussed topic amongst the general public. As such, the Utrecht Journal will be dedicating its 2016 Special Issue to ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing legal issues relating to intellectual property law from an international or European law perspective. Prospective articles should be submitted online via the Journal’s website and should conform to the Journal style guide. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information please consult our website or email the Editor-in-Chief at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org.

Events

  • PluriCourts – Center of excellence at the University of Oslo, organizes a symposium on The Present and Future Role of Investment Treaty Arbitration in Adjudicating Environmental Disputes (Oslo, November 5-6, 2015). Much of the discourse and analysis on this topic has focused on issues of fragmentation, conflict, and the balancing of obligations between legal regimes. But can international investment law and (inter)national environmental law be supportive and mutually complementary? The symposium will focus on investment treaty arbitration from a forward-looking perspective: how can future practice might be shaped or reformed in a way that can both promote environmental sustainability and protect responsible and legitimate foreign investments. Registration for the symposium is now open.
  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) is holding an interdisciplinary workshop on “Trust, Social Capital and Networks: A Different Perspective on International Courts”. The workshop, which will take place in February 4 and 5th 2016 at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), aims to provide participants with the opportunity to think through and develop a new research agenda on social capital, networks and trust to be applied to understand International Courts and legal regimes. The workshop will be open to new participants PhD researchers, junior and senior scholars from international institutions working on this topic with an empirical approach. Further details about the call might be found here. The proposals should be submitted by the 15th of October to Juan A. Mayoral – juan [dot] mayoral [at] jur [dot] ku [dot] dk

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Events and Announcements: September 20, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award topic: Extractive Industries and Human Rights. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the substantive law relevant to the field. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. This annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants must have obtained their law degree by the February 1st deadline to be eligible. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The lucky winners of this year’s Award will win a full scholarship to attend the Academy’s 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights, the first summer Program at American University Washington College of Law’s new Tenley Campus! The Award also covers travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms, a per diem for living expenses and the chance to be published in the American University International Law Review. For detailed guidelines about the award, including a link to our rules and regulations please visit the website here or contact us at: hracademy [at] wcl [dot] american [dot] edu.

Calls for Papers/Abstracts:

  • The Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) is holding its annual meeting on Friday, January 22, 2016, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. JILSA is an informal network of junior scholars at mostly American law schools who get together annually for a self-funded workshop.  Junior faculty and fellows interested in presenting at the meeting should email proposals to MJ Durkee and Jen Daskal by Monday, October 26.  If you are interested in presenting a working draft at the meeting, please send us the title, an abstract, and an indication of how far along the paper is at the time of submission.  Because of the nature of the workshop, we can only include working drafts that have not yet been accepted for publication.  If you are interested in presenting on an early stage project, please let us know the working title and a few lines about the idea you are pursuing.  Finally, let us know if you are interested in being a discussant.  We will do our best to get back to everyone in November, and participants are expected to distribute their working drafts by no later than Friday, January 8.

Events

  • On Thursday, September 24, at 12pm DC time, as part of its “Getting Started” series, ASIL’s New Professionals Interest Group is pleased to host a special event on how to pursue a career in international environmental law, together with ASIL’s International Environmental Law Interest Group. Panelists at this event will share their perspectives on professional development and career trajectories based on their diverse backgrounds. This special event will be online only involving panelists from organizations such as EarthJustice, government agencies including the U.S. State Department, academia, and private practice. Participants will be invited to participate from their own computers. For more information, please see the website here.

  • On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, the Bingham Centre of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law presents: Global Rule of Law Exchange Evening Discussion: “International Economic Agreements and the Rule of Law –The case of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).” The United States and the European Union are currently engaged in negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). TTIP primarily aims to align regulation and remove non-tariff barriers between the two blocs. It also includes a chapter on the treatment of foreign investment and establishes a dedicated regime of ad hoc arbitration for the settlement of investor-State disputes. If concluded, TTIP will become a landmark agreement between two of the world’s biggest and richest economic powers. For more information, please click here. To register online, please go here.

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Announcement: 11th Annual ESIL Conference 10-12 September

by Jessica Dorsey

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 10 to 12 September 2015. It is hosted by the PluriCourts,  Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo. The topic this year is the judicialization of international law. It is still possible to register for the conference by visiting this website.

Selected sessions of the conference will be streamed, and you can see the live webcast here.

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