1. Call for Applicants for UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. At the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, 15 June – 3 July 2015, the President of the Council will appoint the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, the new special procedure created by the Council in March. The deadline for receipt of nominations by OHCHR is 30 April 2015. All applicants must submit an application for the mandate through the OHCHR online application system available here. Privacy International, together with Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Article 19, the Association for Progressive Communications, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed an outline of qualifications that we believe are relevant to the selection and appointment of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The checklist is aimed to support governments, NGOs, academics, relevant professional networks, national human rights institutions and others in the identification of and outreach to highly qualified and independent candidates.
2. Seventeenth Summer Session of the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS)welcomes applications for its Seventeenth Summer Session, Sunday 2 to Wednesday 12 August 2015. SLS is an intensive summer course founded by Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. It is targeted at advanced law students, young scholars, and professionals with experience in international criminal law who wish to deepen their knowledge and engage in academic discourse. Under the title ‘Strategies to Narrow the Impunity Gap: Improving the Effectiveness of International Criminal Law and Exploring Alternative Forms of Accountability’, this year’s session will critically assess the notion of an ‘international criminal justice system’ and will glimpse beyond the framework of criminal justice for inclusive strategies to fight impunity. SLS 2015 faculty includes Prof. Olympia Bekou (University of Nottingham), Mr. Gilbert Bitti (ICC), Ms. Eleni Chaitidou (ICC), Prof. Roger Clark (Rutgers University), Dr. David Donat Cattin (PGA/New York University), Prof. Benjamin Ferencz (Einsatzgruppen trial), Prof. Don Ferencz (Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression/Middlesex University), Mr. Orchlon Narantsetseg (ICC), Dr. Rod Rastan (ICC), Prof. Darryl Robinson (Queen’s University), Prof. William A. Schabas (Middlesex University/Leiden University), Mr. David Tolbert (ICTJ), Mr. Thomas Unger (Geneva Academy), Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini (University of Salzburg). Detailed information on the academic programme and the application procedure is available here.
3. Course on Conduct of Peace Support Operations, 15 June-19 July 2015 Sanremo, Italy. Registration is now open for the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s specialized course on the Conduct of Peace Support Operations (PSO). The aim of this course is to prepare potential civilian and military staff and augmentees for PSOs by providing an understanding of the legal issues affecting their deployment and mission accomplishment. Participants will examine and discuss the wide ranging legal issues underpinning PSO mandates affecting mission design, and those legal aspects which will shape and govern the deployed force and mission. Seminar topics include the legal bases for PSO, the applicability of human rights and LOAC, criminal responsibility and the legal implications of detention, cyber activities, and emerging technologies on PSO. For more information see here.