1. On Friday 20 June 2014 the Society of Legal Scholars International Law Section and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will co-host the 23rd Conference on Theory and International Law in London. The theme of this year’s conference is Sovereignty in the 21st Century. This conference will address aspects of both the theoretical and practical dimensions of sovereignty in the 21st century. Topics to be discussed include: the future of the concept of permanent sovereignty over natural resources; the future of the anthropomorphic conceptualization of the state in the context of the debates concerning statehood and recognition; international law and the value of statehood; state power and corporate sovereignty; monetary sovereignty; and counterterrorism, international organisations and state sovereignty. This conference will be of interest to academics, students and practitioners in the fields of international law, international relations, political science and diplomacy, civil liberties and human rights law. All those with an interest in current affairs will find much of interest in the subject matter of the conference and will be most welcome. Further details (including a link to the conference programme) are available here.
2. On 14 June 2014, Edge Hill University (UK) is hosting an international conference titled “The ‘Cross-Fertilization’ Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals”. Speakers will discuss the outcomes of the presentations made by the participants in a workshop held at Edge Hill the day before. The main purpose of this initiative is to critically assess the manner in which human rights standards developed by the European Court of Human Rights have been used (or misused) by international criminal tribunals. See here for details.