Events and Announcements: 23 June 2024

Events and Announcements: 23 June 2024

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Calls for Papers

Renewing the Social Contract: The Challenge of Inclusivity and Democratic Government in Social Contract Theory: The Center for Critical Democracy Studies at the American University of Paris is pleased to announce an international conference on “Renewing the Social Contract: The Challenge of Inclusivity and Democratic Government in Social Contract Theory” scheduled for December 18-19, 2024. The conference will explore how the idea of a social contract should be adapted or reconsidered to address its relationship to democracy, and in particular to democratic government. How should social contracts be amended in contemporary transformations of popular government, administrative power, and regulatory frameworks? What is the role of law and legal institutions in these transformations? Are there alternative models that may keep social contracts open to contestation while establishing a legitimate foundation for governance? How are social contracts renewed or made resilient?

We invite researchers in political theory, philosophy, law, history, sociology, economy, and other related fields to submit abstracts on the theme of the conference conceived broadly. Proposals in English or French must be submitted by September 15, 2024 and include an abstract (400 words) and a short CV (250 words). The full call for papers is available here.

RGNUL Student Research Review Volume 10 Issue 2: The RGNUL Student Research Review is inviting papers and submissions for Volume 10 Issue 2 on the theme titled ‘From the Margins to the Centre: Exploring Third World Approaches to International Law’. We invite submissions under the following categories: (i) Articles (5,000 to 10,000 words), (ii) Short Notes (3,500 to 5,000 words), (iii) Case Comments (2,000 to 4,000 words), (iv) Legislative Comments (2,500 to 4,000 words), and (v) Normative Law Articles (3,000 to 5,000 words). The deadline for the submission of abstracts (250 words) is 25 June 2024. Subject to acceptance by the Editorial Board, the deadline for final paper submission is 31 July 2024. For illustrative sub-themes and further details, see here.


Symposium: The Situation in Palestine- Emerging Domestic and International Jurisprudence: On 9 July 2024, the Research Centre in International Justice in Maynooth University and the Centre for Evidence & Criminal Justice Studies in Northumbria University will jointly host a symposium on ‘The Situation in Palestine- Emerging Domestic and International Jurisprudence’. This event reflects on international and domestic developments to defend Palestinian rights. This symposium brings together leading practitioners and scholars of international law who have been at the forefront of pursuing and analysing this emerging jurisprudence. We will reflect critically on the situation in Palestine today and the possibilities and limits of these various legal initiatives in different judicial arenas. The event’s keynote speakers will be Raji Sourani (founder and director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza) and Professor William Schabas (Middlesex University, Leiden University). This symposium takes place online and in person. For more information and to register, click here.

Hybrid workshop: The Contribution of the United Nations War Crimes Commission to International Criminal Law: Last year marked 80 years since the establishment of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) in London. To mark this occasion, the Research Centre in International Justice in Maynooth University is organising a workshop on the contribution of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) to International Criminal Law. This event will take place on 12 July 2024 online and in person. It brings together UNWCC experts and new scholars  to explore the contribution of the work of the UNWCC to contemporary international criminal law. The keynote presenters are: Professor Dan Plesch (SOAS, University of London), Professor Andrew Williams (University of Warwick, UK) and Dr Dominika Uckiewicz (Pilecki Institute, Warsaw). Such items to be addressed include: lessons learned from the limitations and barriers faced by the UNWCC; the legal treatment of questions of immunity in the work and trials under the UNWCC; the prosecution of international crimes under the UNWCC framework; the right to a fair trial in UNWCC practice; the UNWCC as an early example of complementarity. To register for this event, please click here. For further information, please contact

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