Events and Announcements: 6 August 2023

Events and Announcements: 6 August 2023

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Featured Announcement

BIICL Short Courses – Autumn 2023: The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) is delighted to launch its programme of training courses for 2023. In autumn 2023, we will be offering a number a range of courses including Cyber Operations and International Law, Migration and Refugee Law, Artificial Intelligence, Law and Ethics, Public International Law in Practice, Climate Change Litigation, Energy Law, Cultural Heritage Law, Labour Law, Climate Change Law, Law of the Sea and Business and Human Rights. Details of all our courses can be found on our training page.

BIICL training combines world leading research with an applied perspective. Our courses are convened and taught by experts from BIICL’s own team in collaboration with external partners, combining academic expertise with practical experience in these fields of law. They are designed to enable legal practitioners, policy makers, government officials, civil society, organisations, academics and students to gain expert insights and to deepen their knowledge in areas of international law. 

Places on all our courses are limited to ensure a highly interactive experience. Some courses are offered virtually whilst some are offered in hybrid format facilitating participation from anywhere in the world. 

Discounts for group bookings and for individual members of BIICL are available. A limited number of scholarships are available to enable participation from individuals who cannot otherwise join the courses, and for people from communities that are currently under-represented in the legal community.

Find out more about our courses and book a place

Calls for Papers

A Decolonial and Anti-Racist Approach to Legal Education and Pedagogy – Sharing Good Practice: This one-day hybrid conference on 8 November 2023, funded by the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS), and organised by Dr Renginee G. Pillay (University of Greenwich), Dr Suhraiya Jivraj (University of Kent), Professor Foluke Adebisi (University of Bristol) and Dr Ntina Tzouvala (Australian National University) is to build on the recent work on decolonising and anti-racist approaches to legal pedagogy. In this context, we hope to bring together emerging and established legal scholars, researchers and teachers to share good practice and case studies of decolonial and antiracist approaches, especially (but not limited to) the core curriculum within law degrees. As such, we invite abstracts in this area from scholars of all genders and career stages. Delegates will be able to present their papers in-person or online.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to by 30 September 2023. Submissions should be accompanied by a 100-word bio summarising their current and previous academic and professional history and contact information. Successful participants will be notified by 9 October 2023. For more information, click here.


Nuremberg Forum 2023 “Legally Undeniable: Criminalising Genocide Denial”: The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is organising its annual high-level international conference Nuremberg Forum from 19 to 21 October 2023. The Nuremberg Forum 2023 will be held as a hybrid event. The speakers and a limited number of participants will gather at Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice. An interactive online platform allows broad attendance including interactive engagement and discussion. Prior registration is required.

The Nuremberg Forum 2023 will address the timely topic of genocide denial, by exploring it as a concept and in context, what it is, how it manifests itself and how to regulate it. With regard to genocide denial, the main focus will be on the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide and the Srebrenica massacre. Experts will assess what multilateral and national efforts have been undertaken to address genocide denial, including prevention and punishment. Special attention will also be on legal responses to denial, including relevant jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals related to speech crimes. The conference will consist of five panels:

  • Panel I: Denial: De Facto, de Jure and in Doctrina
  • Panel II: The Effects of Denial in Post-Conflict Societies
  • Panel III: Denial, its Regulation and Legal Peculiarities
  • Panel IV: Redress, Recognition and Reconciliation
  • Panel V: Undeniable and not Unsolvable. Other Ways Forward

Some of the leading questions at the heart of this conference are: “Do anti-denial laws infringe unjustifiably upon freedom of speech?”, “What are the legal and practical issues when regulating genocide denial?”, “How can anti-denial measures contribute to guarantees of non-repetition?” and “What can online platform companies do to tackle genocide denial?”

The Nuremberg Forum will bring together distinguished practitioners, academics and other scholars from across the international criminal justice field and related domains. Confirmed speakers are inter alia: Serge Brammertz (Chief Prosecutor, United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals), Alice Wairimu Nderitu (Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to the United Nations Secretary General, United Nations), Dr Navi Pillay (former High Commissioner, United Nations High Commission for Human Rights; former Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and International Criminal Court) and Dr Ludwig Spaenle (Commissioner for Jewish Life and Against Anti-Semitism, For Remembrance Work and Historical Heritage, Bavaria).

Please visit the website for more information and to register.

ICLC Webinar: The Ljubljana-The Hague MLA Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance with Pamela Capizzi: After two weeks of intensive negotiations between nearly 300 experts in public international law and international criminal law, the Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and Other International Crimes — referred to as the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLA), and now formally titled the Ljubljana-The Hague MLA Convention — was adopted at the 18th Plenary Session of the MLA Diplomatic Conference in Ljubljana on 26 May 2023.

Developed outside the UN framework at the initiative of a few States, the Convention aims “to facilitate international cooperation in criminal matters between States Parties with a view to strengthening the fight against impunity” for the most serious crimes under international law.

Please join us for a presentation from Pamela Capizzi, the Head of Pool of Legal Expertise at TRIAL International, a Geneva-based NGO whose mission is to fight impunity for international crimes and support victims in their quest for justice. Ms. Capizzi represented TRIAL International at the MLA Diplomatic Conference which adopted the Ljubljana-The Hague Convention in May 2023 and recently co-authored a post on this topic (available here). The webinar will be held on 16 August from 11am to 12pm EDT. To register, click here.

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