Events and Announcements: 24 March 2024

Events and Announcements: 24 March 2024

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Calls for Papers

Climate Change and Migration: New Challenges, Legal Responses, and Policy Solutions: The University of Nottingham’s Human Rights Law Centre and Nottingham Trent University’s Climate Justice Hub, along with the ICON•S Interest Group on Climate Change and Migration and the ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, are inviting submissions for their seminar on 19 June 2024 in Nottingham. Sponsored by the Socio-Legal Studies Association, this event aims to foster discussions among UK-based researchers, practitioners, and scholars from diverse fields interested in climate-related human (im)mobility through small group workshops. Submissions are welcome from individuals at any career stage, especially PhD candidates, early career researchers, and those with firsthand experience of displacement. Civil society organisations working with displaced populations are also encouraged to express interest. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be submitted by 12 April 2024. Selected participants will be invited to provide full draft papers of maximum 3,000 words by 7 June 2024. For further details, see the full text of the call


Surviving Peer Review: from Submission to Publication: The Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR), one of the world’s leading human rights journals, is organising a public online workshop on peer reviewing, geared towards early career researchers from any country in the world. The workshop entitled ‘Surviving Peer Review: from Submission to Publication’ will take place on Microsoft Teams at 14.30-15.30 CET on 8th April.

The workshop aims to bring academics who regularly review articles and/or sit on the editorial board of the NQHR into conversation with those who are embarking on an academic career. Chaired by Dr. Katharine Fortin, Editor-in-Chief of the NQHR, the panel will consist of two long-standing members of the journal’s International Board – Professor Anja Mihr and Professor Eleni Pirjatanniemi – and one member of the journal’s Executive Editorial Board, Professor Yvonne Donders. Together, they will share their methods of peer reviewing, the dos and don’ts when it comes to writing and submitting academic articles for publication, and many other important insights relating to the peer review process, so that attendees learn how to increase their chances of getting their articles published. The workshop will end with a Q&A. Register here.

‘Surviving in conflict’: Civilians continue to bear the brunt of armed conflicts. As hostilities are increasingly waged in urban areas, civilians have been caught up in fighting in Gaza, Yemen, Ukraine, and Sudan. Military operations have caused civilian death and injury, lack of much needed services, and the destruction of homes and basic infrastructure. To alleviate suffering, there have been calls in these conflicts to establish arrangements, including notifications, evacuations, humanitarian corridors, and suspensions of hostilities, devised to spare civilians from the effects of hostilities and to facilitate humanitarian relief operations. However, to ensure their effectiveness, there first needs to be a common understanding around what they are, what they entail operationally, and the interplay between arrangements and the rules of international humanitarian law (IHL).

With experience in the implementation of humanitarian arrangements, panellists will discuss how arrangements can contribute to the protection of civilians caught in hostilities and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. This event will be hosted on 24th April 2024 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm UK time at Chatham House and online. To register your attendance, please register online or email Kindly advise whether you will be attending in person or virtually.

9th Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture: Professor Fleur Johns, a recognised expert on international law and on the role of automation and digital technology in global legal relations, will deliver the 9th Annual T.M.C. Asser Lecture on Thursday 25 April 2024 in the Peace Palace in The Hague.

In this free lecture, Professor Johns will explore the concept of ‘community’ in today’s international law, especially in the context of humanitarianism. The concept of ‘community’ is a double-edged sword, historically used to promote cooperation and to hold states accountable, as seen in recent cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) by South Africa against Israel, and The Gambia against Myanmar, for instance. However, it has also served racist and exclusionary purposes, as evidenced, for example, by references in the ICJ Statute to the “law recognized by civilized nations”. Today, technological advancements create new divides within the international community, and the concept of ‘community’ in international law is once more in contention. Seats are limited, so make sure to book your seat now.

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