Events and Announcements: 12 November 2023

Events and Announcements: 12 November 2023

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Young ITF Debate – “This House Believes That States Rather Than Tribunals are Responsible For The Failure To Give Sufficient Weight to Environmental Concerns”: In the wake of the climate crisis, States are increasingly reconsidering whether their existing international commitments have struck the right balance between economic liberalisation and the sovereign right to regulate. This was nowhere more pronounced than in the European Union’s announcement that it would be withdrawing from the Energy Charter Treaty, citing concerns about the impact of investor-State dispute settlement on transforming the energy sector. But who is to blame for this growing dissatisfaction? States themselves, who have negotiated treaties with inherent asymmetries? Or the tribunals, who have routinely rendered multi-million and billion dollar awards in favour of energy and gas conglomerates? In this debate, to be held at RPC in London on 14 November 2023 at 6.30pm, both senior and junior professionals will consider whether States or tribunals are responsible for the failure to give sufficient weight to environmental concerns.

A Major Development to End Impunity for Mass Atrocities: On Wednesday, November 15, 12-1:30 pm, the Cardozo Law School Institute on Holocaust and Human Rights and the American Branch of the International Law Association’s IHL Committee will host a Zoom panel discussion on the new Ljubljana/The Hague Convention on International Cooperation in the Investigation and Prosecution of the Crime of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity, War Crimes and other International Crimes. Many treaties define and prohibit genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes but fail to address enforcement. The recently negotiated Ljubljana-The Hague Convention aims to fill that gap. This panel event brings together academics and expert representatives of States and NGOs who were responsible for successful conclusion of treaty negotiations and who will discuss what comes next. To register, click here.

Moderated by: Gabor RonaProfessor of Practice International Humanitarian Law, Cardozo Law


Raquel Saavedra, International Legal Adviser for the International Commission of Jurists’ Accountability Initiative.

Prof. Ezéchiel Amani Cirimwami, Professor of International Law at the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guest Professor of International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the Royal Military Academy of Belgium.

Dr. Marko Rakovec, Director General for International Law and Protection of Interests at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

Prof. Vaios Koutroulis, Professor of Public International Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles Faculty of Law and Criminology.

Calls for Applications

The IEL Collective Mentoring and Professional Development Scheme: The IEL Collective invites early career scholars to apply to be a mentee as part of the 2024 Collective Mentoring and Professional Development Scheme and advance their academic practice. This scheme provides opportunities for online and in-person networking and will be holding masterclasses and workshops on aspects of academic work, including on research and writing, methodology, and pathways to impact and public engagement. The scheme will be open for expressions of interest until 15 December 2023 and run from January to December 2024. Applicants are asked to commit to participating in the scheme for the full year and should be no more than three years post-PhD. For PhD researchers, we will be prioritising those who are in the later stages of the PhD or have just completed their PhDs with exceptions of established scholars who are currently undertaking a PhD. If interested in participating as a mentee, please fill out an expression of interest form by Friday, 15 December 202

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