Events and Announcements: March 6, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce its call for applications to the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which takes place in Washington D.C. from May 31 – June 17. This annual Program offers 19 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from over 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience for an intensive 3 week immersion into the dynamic world of Human Rights. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of International Tribunals such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs and Committee Members of the United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, experts from prominent NGO’s and professors from all over the world. More information, including the application form and a complete list of Faculty for this program, is available at www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy. For more information please contact us at: hracademy [at] wcl [dot] american [dot] edu.
  • Admissions to the 2016/2017 edition of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) are open until the 15th March 2016. E.MA was created thanks to the support of EIUC and 41 participating universities from all member states of the European Union. E.MA is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s Degree is also an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning that combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives with skills building activities, an in-depth study of the following areas: Human Rights Institutions, Mechanisms and Standards; Human Rights in Context: Historical, Philosophical, Religious and Anthropological Perspectives; Democratisation; Human Rights and Globalisation; Human Rights and Security. E.MA is the foundation for a successful career in national, international, governmental, inter- and non-governmental organisations, as well as academic institutions dealing with human rights and democratisation. E.MA is both a residential and an exchange programme, the first semester from September 2016 to January 2017 is held at EIUC premises in Venice and the second one from February to July 2017 takes place in one of the 41 participating universities within the members states of the European Union. After graduation E.M Alumni can be found worldwide in key international human rights organisations and academic institutions, but also in field missions or back home working for their own Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Development Aid agencies or national NGOs. Tuition fees amount to 4.900 euro (plus enrolment fee of 150 euro). Tuition fees cover the following: all courses of the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation, both in the first and second semesters; the reading materials for the first semester; tutorship; access to the EIUC specialised library; individual access to our closed e-learning environment; use of available IT facilities (including wireless area and computer room) and the field trip.More information of the E.MA, the professors and the programme can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • INTRAlaw (International and Transnational Tendencies in Law) is organising an academic workshop on 29–30 September 2016 on the theme of Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants. The colloquium will bring together scholars working on the interaction within the human rights regime on the international, regional and domestic planes. What is of interest is the way that the two covenants have influenced each other in their legal development; and, significantly, the way that different human rights systems have influenced each other in the definition and implementation of these rights. Particular attention will be given to the activities of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and their role in interpreting and driving implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Guest speakers include Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Prof. Xavier Groussot, Mr. Morten Kjærum, Dr. Jonas Christoffersen, Prof. Sarah Cleveland, Prof. Mikael Rask Madsen, Prof. Geir Ulfstein, Prof. Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen and Prof. Gregor Noll. Abstracts are being accepted on a number of themes, all of which can be found at the website here.

Announcement

  • The Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”) 115th Annual Report for 2015 is now available online. The report, which summarizes the PCA’s major activities over the course of the previous year and provides an overview of its case docket, is targeted at Member States as well as the wider international arbitration community. Over the course of the past year, the Permanent Court of Arbitration administered 138 cases, 42 of which were initiated that year. The PCA also received 42 requests relating to its appointing authority services. With its accession to the 1907 Hague Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes on 22 March 2015, the Republic of Georgia became the 117th Member State of the PCA. For more information, please contact bureau [at] pca-cpa [dot] org.

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Events and Announcements: February 28, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Sponsored Announcements

  • This summer 2016, SOAS will be offering five different law short courses, co-convened by leading academics in the field. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, discussions and activities, the courses will explore contemporary issues of; Gender, Conflict & Law, English Law in the Global Context, Climate Change Law and Policy, International Law: Contemporary Issues, Migration, Radicalisation and the Law. For more information, on dates, fees and content, please visit the SOAS website.
  • Admissions to the two-days training seminar on the “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights” (8-9 April 2016), organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) are open until 18 March 2016, early bird 1 March 2016 with 10% discount. The object of this training seminar is to explore the scope and usefulness of the Charter for the legal practitioners facing the national courts or the Court of Justice of the EU, mostly by means of preliminary reference. Beyond illustrating the key features of the Court and essential aspects of its functioning, the training seminar will be dedicated to the analysis of relevant case law in parallel working groups with a view to allow discussion and exchange on specific concrete questions, among which:
    • Privacy/Data Protection
    • Internal Market
    • Asylum and Immigration
    • Economic and Social Rights

    The seminar will focus on the Charter’s values, as well as on the main fields of application when a specific appeal is submitted. The academics and experts composing the Training seminar’s faculty are high level well-known professionals and leading professors coming from different European Universities. The seminar’s scientific responsible, Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué, has contributed – within the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union – to the drafting of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Please note that there is a limited number of places available for this training seminar, hence EIUC will proceed by accepting candidatures on an ongoing basis. Don’t miss the opportunity! Organised with the Patronage of the European Agency for Fundamental Rights. Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form.

Announcements

  • New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International LawThe 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 users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Concepción Escobar Hernández on “Inmunidad de jurisdicción penal extranjera de los funcionarios del Estado” and by Professor Françoise J. Hampson on “Reservations to Human Rights Treaties”.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships on the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals: PluriCourts announces up to three 3-year positions as postdoctoral research fellow studying international courts and tribunals in the following fields: human rights, trade, international criminal law or the environment. Deadline: 21 March 2016. Up to three 3 year postdoctoral fellowships are available at PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of University of Oslo.The postdoctoral researchers will study international courts and tribunals (ICs) in one or more of four issue areas: human rights, trade, international criminal courts or the environment. The research should apply methodology from the fields of philosophy and/or law, with a slight preference for applicants in political philosophy.The candidate may be assigned a 10 % workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks. The full announcement can be found here.
  • A position as professor (or associate professor) in International Economic Law is announced at PluriCourts. The application deadline is 1 April. PluriCourts is a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order. PluriCourts is a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Department of Public and International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The Faculty may appoint an associate professor if no applicant is found qualified as professor. While at PluriCourts the candidate will primarily conduct research, with the exception of 10% workload of tasks such as teaching and supervision. More teaching and supervision may be agreed with the Faculty. The position will be integrated in the Faculty of Law when PluriCourts expires in the year 2023, at which time the position will have the same obligations concerning research, teaching and administrative tasks as other professors at the Faculty. More information can be found here.
  • A position as professor (or associate professor) in Legal Theory/Political Philosophy is announced at PluriCourts. The application deadline is 1 April. The Faculty may appoint an associate professor if no applicant is found qualified as professor. While at PluriCourts the candidate will primarily conduct research, with the exception of 10% workload of tasks such as teaching and supervision. More teaching and supervision may be agreed with the Faculty. The position will be integrated in the Faculty of Law when PluriCourts expires in the year 2023, at which time the position will have the same obligations concerning research, teaching and administrative tasks as other professors at the Faculty. More information can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • A one-day workshop will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK on 4 July 2016. The aim of this workshop is to address a fundamental gap in academic literature and policy making; namely the legal ‘no-man’s land’ in which the issue of climate refugees currently resides. We intend to address this gap by bringing together experts from two separated legal fields – environmental law and refugee law – and initiate a dialogue in which novel linkages between these two worlds can be explored and developed. Papers which address the following areas will be considered: Questions of international rights and responsibilities; the role of international institutions; legal interactions and tools for systemic integration; the relevance of the emerging concept ‘environmental justice’ to climate refugees, and creative future pathways and ways to overcome the impasse. Please send the title of your proposed paper along with a 200-word abstract and your contact details to avidan [dot] kent [at] uea [dot] ac [dot] uk . Submissions of abstracts will be accepted until 15 April 2016. All proposals will be answered by 30 April 2016. Proposals from graduate students are encouraged. For further information and questions, please email Dr Simon Behrman s [dot] behrman [at] uea [dot] ac [dot] uk
  • The Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna and the Institute of Law, Politics and Sustainability are accepting proposals for the International AgLaw Colloquium on Agri-Food and Environmental Regulatory Agenda in Regional Trade Agreements: Legal Implications and Trends on October 20-21, 2016. Submission forms are due on May 16, 2016 while the paper draft deadline is September 25, 2016. For more details, please see the complete call. The AgLaw Colloquium is intended to be an opportunity for early-career researchers (Ph.D. candidates and post-docs) to present and discuss their results and methodological approaches in a supportive environment. It is inspired by the wish to share on-going analysis, questions and exploration fields in agricultural law from a global perspective. Based on the feedback received from the 2015 edition, the AgLaw Colloquium represents a key opportunity to bring scholars together from all over the world and to build a network of young researchers interested in the legal aspects of the agriculture, food and the environment.
  • The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, the Lauder School of Governance, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC (Herzliya), and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung are pleased to announce a call for papers for two workshops on “The Rule of Law in Areas of Limited Statehood: Internal and International Dilemmas”. The workshops will take place in Herzliya (Israel) on 27-28 June 2016and Leuven (Belgium) on 29-30 September 2016. Areas of Limited Statehood are territories where governments lack the ability or will to implement and enforce rules, provide essential public services – including law and order – or in which the legitimate monopoly over the means of violence is lacking. The goal of the two workshops is to explore, in a focused manner, the various challenges that Areas of Limited Statehood pose to both internal Rule of Law conditions and international law. We are interested in hearing perspectives from both practitioners and scholars. Abstracts of no longer than 250 words, together with a short CV are to be submitted by 21 March 2016. Further details of the call can be found here.

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Events and Announcements: February 14, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • Conflict Dynamics International presents a new tool for national judicial actors and others working on accountability for children in armed conflict: Anti-Impunity Tool: Guidance for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict. This user-friendly tool provides concrete guidance and tips for investigating and prosecuting serious violations against children in armed conflict, such as recruitment and use of children by armed actors and attacks on schools. In addition, the Tool includes guidance on outreach to affected children and communities and on involving child protection actors and child victims/survivors in judicial processes. An annex features an example of a domestic legal and procedural framework, using the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a case study. The Tool is available in English and French hereConflict Dynamics International’s Children and Armed Conflict (CAC) Accountability Initiative promotes timely and effective accountability for serious violations of international law committed against children in armed conflict. For more information about the Initiative, please visit the website here.
  • The ICRC is offering an upcoming IHL course that will take place in April on the island of Gorée, Senegal. For more information (in French) please see the website here
  • Max Planck Group Leader in Bogotá, Colombia: The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) and Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) are looking to hire a Principal Investigator to lead a newly established Max Planck Tandem Group in Transformations of Public Law. Other than research, responsibilities include supervision of two doctoral students at Universidad de Los Andes. There is no mandatory teaching load. The Group will be located in Bogotá, and the Leader will be expected to reside in that city. The initiative will provide funding for at least one extended research stay per year of the Group at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. Additional information may be found here. The deadline for applications is May 15th, 2016.

Calls for Papers

  • The faculty of Law, University of Turku, is organizing a workshop on changing notions of international legal personality in Turku, Finland on 12-13 May 2016. Deployed from a theoretical perspective, the Persons/Things workshop asks why our moral and legal commitment to persons differs greatly from that towards things. In recent years, this bifurcation has been called into question in many instances, whether by religious corporations or copyright owning apes. It is in this changed world the Persons/Things workshop seeks to explore the present and the past of classic Roman law persona/res distinction. Are challenges of the present world unheard of are they simple re-enactments of the past debates held over slaves and women? Or could there be something genuinely new in the seeming porosity of the border between things and persons? Abstracts are to be submitted by 1 March 2016. Further details of the call can be found on the Faculty’s website. PhD candidates and junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

Events

  • “The Future of Arbitration in Africa” will be the subject of a daylong conference to be held in Washington, DC on Friday, March 11, 2016.  The conference is cosponsored by the American Society of International Law, Penn State University, and Greenberg Traurig LLP.  The program brings together expert practitioners and law professors from around the world to discuss recent developments and the important trends and challenges that will animate the future of international arbitration in Africa.  The daylong program will include four panel discussions: The Legacy of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission; The Institutions and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration in Africa; Structural Challenges for Dispute Resolution in Africa: Culture, Diversity, and Development; and Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa.  Registration is required.  Seats are limited so early registration is suggested. For more details, or to register, visit this website.
  • On 11 March 2016 the FRAME workshop ´A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU´s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict´ will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville, in Seville (Spain), from 9 am to 7 pm. The workshop will consist of a keynote speech and two panels. The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence  Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups. Speakers include Prof. Dr. Gerd Oberleitner, University of Graz/ETC Graz; Prof. Dr. Francesco Seatzu, University of Cagliari; Dr. Mikaela Heikkilä, Åbo Akademi University; Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Salmón, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Prof. Dr. Cristina Churruca, University of Deusto; Ms. Ines Thevarajah, Human Rights Focal Point at the CPCC (EEAS); and Mr. Gabino Regalado de los Cobos, Colonel, EUTM Mali. The provisional programme is here. It takes place 11 March 2016, from 9 am to 7 pm at the Law School, University of Sevilla, Av. Enramadilla 18-20, Seville (Spain). If you would like to attend the workshop, please register with Laura Iñigo via linigo [at] us [dot] es

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Events and Announcements: February 7, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The GlobalTrust research project published a call for applications for post-doctoral fellowships for the academic year 2016-17. The GlobalTrust Research project at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law is funded by a  European Research Council Advanced Grant, and studies the extent to which states that exercise regulatory functions should take into account the interests and preferences of foreign individuals and communities located outside their boundaries. Participants in this project explore the possible moral and legal grounds for requiring states to take other-regarding considerations into account and the institutional mechanisms that could legitimize the external review of states’ compliance with such obligations.

Calls for Papers

  • Pluricourts at the University of Oslo, are pleased to announce a call for papers for their conference entitled ‘Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals’ which will take place in Oslo on 29th -30th August 2016. The conference will explore different controversies surrounding the field of international criminal law and seeks practical solutions to make international criminal justice more effective and relevant. They are interested in hearing perspectives from both practitioners and scholars and welcome contributions from different disciplines. Abstracts are to be submitted by 29 February 2016. Further details of the call can be found on Pluricourts’ website.
  • The Society of Legal Scholars, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the ESIL Interest Group on International Legal Theory are organising a conference on Monday 25th April 2016. For the conference, they’ve issued a call for papers.The theme is “Beyond our comfort zone? Situating the authority of international lawyers, institutions, & other international actors.” Here’s the call.
  • The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge) is now requesting submissions for Volume 3(2). Deadline is 20 May 2016 for both articles and book reviews. The Journal attracts contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of the jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law. The Journal invites submissions of unsolicited manuscripts. For articles, the suggested word length is between 8,000 and 25,000 words including footnotes, and for book reviews, which should significantly engage with the book under review, the preferred length will be 3-4,000 words including footnotes. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and should comply with the Journal’s style guidelines. Articles and book reviews can be submitted online here.
  • Proposals are invited for contributions to an interdisciplinary workshop,”International Criminal Justice On/And Film” at the London School of Economics Centre for International Studies and the LSE Department of Law 12 – 13 September 2016. Proposals for contributions (in the form of academic papers for the most part, though we would welcome contributions in other media, particularly film) should take the form of an abstract of 500 words and contain a filmography, where applicable. They should be accompanied by a 1 page CV and sent by email to the three organisers (see here) by 15 March 2016. PhD and junior faculty applications are particularly encouraged.

Events

  • State Department Legal Adviser’s Office Presents Program on Iran Nuclear Deal – The sixth annual live and webcast program presented by the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Department of State will be held on February 18, 2016, from noon until 1:30 pm EST, on the subject of the Iran nuclear deal. Presenters include Mary McLeod, the Principal Deputy Legal Adviser, Newell Highsmith, a Deputy Legal Adviser, and Paul Dean, the Assistant Legal Adviser for Nonproliferation and Arms Control. Persons can attend the program at the Burns Moot Court Room at George Washington University Law School or participate remotely via the webcast of the program. An email address for questions during the program will be provided to registrants for the webcast. This program is cosponsored by the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association, George Washington University Law School, and the American Society of International Law. The event is free but registration is required (non-members of the ABA may register by establishing a free “new customer” account). Details are found here.
  • A one-day conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past is organized jointly by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law. The programme includes presentations by judges from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as international law scholars. The conference will take place on Friday 26 February 2016 at the premises of the Court in Strasbourg. Registration is now open (deadline: 19 February). In order to register, please send an email to: ESIL-ECHR-Conf2016 [at] echr [dot] coe [dot] int

  • The concluding conference of the MultiRights project, “Reforms of the Individual complaint mechanisms in the UN treaty bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons?” 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:
    • Procedure of selection of members and judges
    • Case load situation
    • Quality of reasoning
    • 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: January 24, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY) based in The Hague, is currently seeking applications for legal interns to start as soon as possible in assisting Defence Counsel with ongoing cases. Interns will be involved in a range of tasks including, but not limited to; conducting legal research, preparing witness summaries, witness preparation, factual research, writing legal memoranda, case management tasks and supporting Defence Counsel in their daily work. Additionally to the internship, the ADC regularly organises field trips and social activities for its interns. Interns also have the possibility of joining the ADC Newsletter Team and the ICTY Intern Career Development Committee. Internships are available starting now, for a period of three to six months, full-time or part-time. Please note: The ADC-ICTY internships are unpaid. For more information on the internship opportunity and for application submissions, please visit the website here.

Calls for Papers

  • The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. The Journal appears twice a year and is available open access. All submissions are assessed through double-blind peer review. The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the second issue of 2016. This will be our ‘City Issue’ and the Editorial Board welcomes submissions that engage with this general theme. The topic is broadly conceived and leaves scope for any area of law or jurisprudence domestic, regional or international) that is deemed to be ‘City’ related. More information on potential topics and submission can be found here.
  • The Nappert Prize in International Arbitration is now accepting submissions.The Nappert Competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. To be eligible for the prize, authors must be either currently enrolled in a B.C.L, LL.B., J.D., LL.M., D.C.L., or Ph.D. program (or their local equivalents). Those who are no longer in school must have taken their most recent degree within the last three years, or have been admitted to the bar (or the local equivalent) for no more than three years (whichever is later). The essay must relate to commercial or investment arbitration; must be unpublished (not yet submitted for publication) as of April 30; must be a maximum of 15, 000 words (including footnotes); can be written in English or in French; should use OSCOLA or some other well-established legal citation guide (e.g. McGill Red Book; Bluebook); must be in MS Word format. More information can be found here.

Events

  • On February 3rd, the TMC Asser Institute in the Hague will host: “The Tallinn Manual 2.0 and The Hague Process: From Cyber Warfare to Peacetime Regime.” How do existing international legal norms apply to cyber operations? Not just in times of war, but also to cyber operations that take place outside the context of an armed conflict? The upcoming ‘Tallinn Manual 2.0: The International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations’ represents an effort by the International Group of Experts to discuss these issues in depth. After a brief overview of the role of the Dutch government in supporting this process by Dr. Marten Zwanenburg, Legal Advisor at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, Project Director of the Tallinn Manual, will provide an update on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 process and its treatment of such topics as the law of State responsibility, the prohibition of intervention and the peaceful settlement of disputes as applied in cyberspace.Participation is free of charge and registration is not needed. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found here.

  • On 22-23 April 2016 a conference on ‘Representations of the (Extra)territorial: Theoretical and Visual Perspectives’ will take place at the Faculty of Law of Utrecht University. The conference will consist of four panels, addressing respectively virtual reality, the environment, human rights, and general conceptual shifts in understandings of territoriality. The speakers will include Prof. Wouter Werner & Dr. Geoff Gordon (VU Amsterdam),  Prof. Peer Zumbansen (King’s College London), Prof. Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud University Nijmegen), Prof. Philip Steinberg (Durham University), Prof. Chris Armstrong (University of Southampton), Prof. Juscelino Colares (Case Western University), Dr. Kerry Woods (Leeds University), Prof. Marcus Düwell (Utrecht University) and Dr. Daniel Augenstein (Tilburg University). Participation is free but participants are kindly required to register before the 18th of April 2016 at the following email address: Secretariaat [dot] IER [at] uu [dot] nl

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Events and Announcements: January 10, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology. The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation.

Calls for Papers

  • International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University. This proposed stream contains four panel sessions and invites submissions on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. Empirical work would be particularly welcomed and papers based on “works in progress” will be considered so long as the work is sufficiently developed. Both individual papers and panel submissions (of three related papers) can be submitted for consideration. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit abstracts. Selected papers from the conference will be published. Details of which will be available shortly. For an informal discussion please email the convenor, Anna Marie Brennan at Anna [dot] Marie [dot] Brennan [at] liverpool [dot] ac [dot] uk Abstracts may only be submitted via EasyChair. For more information on the submission process see here. Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. The deadline for the submissions is Monday 18 January 2016.
  • 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 the website here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a C.V. should be submitted to j [dot] summers [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk by 31 January 2016.
  • A reminder that 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.
  • Call for papers for the second joint meeting of ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals (ASIL ICTIG) and ESIL Interest Group on International Courts (ESIL ICTIG). The joint meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. during ASIL’s annual meeting (30 March-3 April 2016). Exact time and date are still being determined, however, we wish to share that three members of the interest groups will have the chance to present works in progress at the meeting, and receive feedback. If you would like the opportunity to present a work in progress, please submit an abstract describing unpublished works on the theme of  “Regional Approaches to International Adjudication.” Current (2016) members of either ASIL ICTIG and ESIL ICTIG, at any level of their careers, are invited to submit abstracts. The works submitted are to be original and on-going research. Three papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, and must be submitted to the following email addresses: geir [dot] ulfstein [at] jus [dot] uio [dot] no and ngrossman [at] ubalt [dot] edu. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is February 1, 2016. Authors of selected papers will be notified byFebruary 15, 2016.  Authors of selected papers are requested to submit drafts of their works-in-progress by March 15, 2016. Along with the abstract, please include in your submission:
    – The author’s name and affiliation
    – A short author’s CV
    – Whether the author is an ESIL ICTIG member or an ASIL ICTIG member, or both.
  • The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers on ‘General Issues’ within International and European law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of International and/or European law. All types of manuscripts, from socio-legal to legal technical to comparative, will be considered for publication. The Board of Editors will select articles based on quality of research and writing, diversity and relevance of topic. The novelty of the academic contribution is also an essential requirement. Prospective articles should be submitted online and should conform to the journal style guide on our website. Utrecht Journal has a word limit of 15,000 words including footnotes. For further information, or for consultation on a potential submission, you can email the Editor-in-Chief at utrechtjournal [at] urios [dot] org.

Events

  • The T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague is hosting a Hague Initiative on Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) Lecture by Dr. Katharine Fortin entitled: “The Accountability of Armed Groups Under International Law,” on 11 February 2016. The majority of the armed conflicts around the world today are between States and armed groups. This has heightened the imperative to clarify the obligations of armed groups under international law. In this lecture, Dr. Fortin will discuss the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law when holding armed groups to account. She will also discuss when and how the practice of holding armed groups to account under human rights law, as opposed to international humanitarian law, is legitimate. The lecture starts at 7 p.m. Registration is not needed, but seats are available on a first-come first-served basis.

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Events and Announcements: January 3, 2016

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law: 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 include the Shabtai Rosenne Memorial Lecture by Professor John Norton Moore delivered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 18 November 2015. It is the fifth in a series of Memorial Lectures commemorating Professor Rosenne’s unique contribution to the development of international law and its practice. The second lecture was given by Judge Theodor Meron on “The Mechanism: A New Model of International Criminal Tribunal”.
  • Di Tella University, from Argentina, is delighted to announce that the third issue of the Latin American Journal of International Law (Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional -LADI-) is now available online. The Journal, published in Spanish, is the first Latin American publication devoted to promoting the discussion of general topics of Public International Law from different perspectives in the region. LADI’s third issue includes articles by Marko Milanovic, Ariel Dulitzky, Mark Pieth and Liliana Obregón, amongst others, as well as interviews to Professor Alicia Yamin and UN Special Rapporteur Juan Méndez. The latest issue can be found here.  LADI has also launched its new multimedia section –LADI Conversations- with interviews to prominent international law scholars and practitioners on current peace talks in Colombia. LADI Conversations can be found here.

Calls for Papers

  • The University of Portsmouth School of Law, the European University Institute and the McCoubrey Centre for International Law of the University of Hull Law School are organising a two-day international conference on “Building Consensus on European Consensus” (EUI, Florence, 1st and 2nd June 2016). The conference aims to examine the meaning, mechanics and normative consequences of European consensus as a method of interpretation used by the European Court of Human Rights when it recognises the emergence of “new” rights within the Convention system, particularly in areas regarded as politically, socially of morally sensitive. In an attempt to study European consensus through an interdisciplinary lens, the conference will bring together scholars in Human Rights law, Constitutional law, Legal Philosophy and Public International law, as well as members of the European judiciary, with a keynote from Professor Conor Gearty (Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics). To submit an abstract, please visit the conference’s webpage here.
  • The editors of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) welcome submissions for the CJICL 5th Annual Conference to be held at the University of Cambridge on 8-9 April 2016. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law. Abstracts should be submitted on the basis that the subsequent paper will be available for publication if selected. The theme for the CJICL 5th Annual Conference is “Public and Private Power”. We are interested in doctrinal, theoretical, institutional and comparative perspectives from international, European and comparative law on the regulation of public and private power. Further details are available here.

Events

  • The 13th Otto-Riese-Lecture on occasion of the opening of the Academic year of the LLM Programme in International and European Economic and Commercial Law entitled: “Leading the reform of the global investment regime?” – The EU’s approach towards international investment law, will be given by Professor Markus Krajewski (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany) who was the author of a report leading to the German Government’s proposal to include a permanent investment Court in the agreements concluded by the European Union on Thursday 25 February 2016 (16:00 – 17:15)  –  Internef UNIL – Dorigny  –  231. More information can be found here.

  • Workshop “International Commodity Law” In cooperation with FOKOS (University of Siegen), the Europa-Institute of the University of the Saarland and the Swiss Branch of the International Law Association, the LLM Programme in International Economic and Commercial Law at the Centre for Comparative, European and International Law of the University of Lausanne organizes a one-day event on legal aspects of international commodity trade and investment. Friday 26 February 2016 (9:00 – 17:00)  –  Internef UNIL – Dorigny  –  231. You can sign up from  04.01.16  to  19.02.16. Participation is free of charge but registration at llm [at] unil [dot] ch absolutely necessary. More information can be found here.

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Events and Announcements: December 13, 2015

by Jessica Dorsey

Announcements

  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Freie Universität Berlin are accepting applications for the third round of Doctoral and Post-Doctoral fellowships in the fully-funded joint 3-year interdisciplinary Doctoral Program “Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law and Politics” (HR-UP), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Einstein Foundation Berlin. HR-UP offers young researchers a unique opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research on the most pressing contemporary challenges for human rights, including issues arising from crises and emergencies, globalization and diversity. Doctoral researchers admitted to the program will receive competitive fellowships and mobility funds for research terms at the partner university. They will be jointly supervised by senior researchers from Germany and Israel, and participate in both jointly and locally held courses, including a two-week introductory intensive course in Jerusalem, joint interdisciplinary colloquia, research ‘master-classes’, and three annual summer schools in Berlin. The program also includes two post-doctoral positions (one in each university). The deadline for doctoral applications is January 31st, 2016. Applications for the post-doctoral fellowship will run from January 11th-February 21st, 2016. For further information, and to apply, please visit  www.hr-up.net.
  • iCourts, Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen seeks applications for fully funded PhD scholarships. Applications are due 28 January 2016. Successful candidates will begin as early as 1 July 2016. The PhD fellowship has a duration of three (3) years.
  • The Goettingen Journal of International Law has recently pre-published an article by Prof. Peter H. Sand & Prof. Jonathan B. Wiener. The article was a submission to GoJIL’s Call for Papers on the Protection of the Atmosphere. Their contribution assesses the prospects and limitations of the initial ILC reports and debates on the topic in 2014 and 2015, and potential avenues for progress in the years to come. It can be accessed at www.gojil.eu.
  • The board of editors is glad to announce that the University of Bologna Law Review is born! The University of Bologna Law Review is a student-run law journal published by the Department of Legal Studies of the University of Bologna, which boasts an almost millennial history as the oldest university of the Western World. In the wake of the glorious anglo-saxon tradition of student-run reviews – many of which have become renowned journals, recognized as a reference for academics in their fields of specialization – the University of Bologna Law Review is one of the very few student-run journals in Italy, and aims at establishing itself as a leading publication in its category. To this end, the Editorial Team opted for a double-blind peer-review system so as to assure the undisputed scientific soundness of the manuscripts, and strengthened it by setting up an Advisory Board who comprises both up-and-coming young scholars and highly-esteemed professors holding positions in prestigious universities all around the world. The University of Bologna Law Review is sponsored by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Calls for Papers

  • The University of Bologna Law Review welcomes articles, case notes and book reviews for its first issue on the following topics: trust law; international business and commercial litigation; commercial and investment arbitration; tax law; investment law; competition law; monetary law. All these subjects can be tackled with a comparative, an European or an international approach. However, manuscripts on other subjects can certainly be submitted. The first issue will be published in June 2016. The deadline for submitting manuscripts is May 1st, 2016 at 11:59 pm (GMT+1). Submission must be in English and maximum 25,000 words in length, including footnotes. The University of Bologna Law Review follows the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.), providing you with the necessary support if needed. Further information is available here.
  • The Cambridge Student Law Journal is a blind reviewed, student-run legal journal run in association with Cambridge University Law Society and Slaughter & May. The Journal will be publishing its inaugural volume in the first half of 2016. The aim is to publish articles on a variety of legal topics written by students at all levels as well as early career researchers. We hope that the Journal will contribute to legal scholarship and stimulate academic debate. The Editorial Board welcomes long articles, short articles, and case comments on all aspects of law, legal history, and legal theory. Long articles should not exceed 12,000 words and case comments should ideally be between 1,000 words and 5,000 words. The board is particularly interested in articles from our international colleagues. Articles are to be submitted for consideration to journal [at] camlawsoc [dot] com on or before Friday, January 15th, 2016.

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 Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 18:30,  in room C110, Arazi-Ofer Building, IDC Campus, Kanfei Nesharim St., Herzliya, Israel. In this session Adv. Christie Edwards will present: Women and Armed Conflicts. Christie will discuss the ways in which women are particularly affected by armed conflict, some of their specific vulnerabilities, and the ways in which the law does (or does not) provide protections for crimes of sexual violence in conflict. Christie is the Director of International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross  leading the organization’s legal education and public outreach efforts on IHL. Christie also serves as the Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG). 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.

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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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