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Announcements: ICJ Law Clerk Vacancies; CfP Groningen Journal of International Law; iCourts & PluriCourts Summer School; CfP Asian Society of International Law; CfP AsianSIL Interest Group; Geoffrey Nice Foundation Master Class; CfS Harvard International Law J​ournal; CfP Rights!

Published on February 19, 2017        Author: 

1. ICJ Law Clerk to Judges of the Court (Associate Legal Officer) Vacancies (Multiple Positions). The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint a number of Law Clerks (P2), each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court.  The deadline for applications is 10 March 2017. For further information see here and here.

2. Groningen Journal of International Law Call for Papers. The Groningen Journal of International Law (GroJIL) is now receiving submissions on general topics related to international law for its Volume 5, Issue I to be published in summer 2017. The GroJIL is a not-for-profit, open access electronic journal. It is led and edited by students at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. It seeks to advocate an outlook where legal change, rather than legal description, is at the forefront. Consequently, we particularly welcome submissions that use innovative methods and/or suggest new solutions to overcome the contemporary issues facing international law. The word limit for accepted articles is 15,000 words. If you want your article to be considered for publication in the summer 2017 issue please submit it before the deadline of 28 April 2017 at 23:59 CET by sending an email to groningenjil {at} gmail(.)com. For more information on the issue and GroJIL’s publishing profile, please see here.

3. iCourts and PluriCourts Summer School. The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology. The summer school will be hosted from 26 June – 30 June 2017 at iCourts, Karen Blixens Plads 16, DK-2300 Copenhagen S. The course is offered free of charge but the participants pay for expenses relating to travel and accommodation. The deadline for submission is 1 April 2017. Please use this registration form.

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Celebrating Professor Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC LLD, 13 July1928–8 February 2017: When Death Becomes Really Personal

Published on February 14, 2017        Author: 

I had just returned from work on 9 February when I received a text message from my good friend and colleague Jean d’Aspremont. He asked if I had heard the “sad news about Eli Lauterpacht”. Jean did not need to be explicit. I knew that Eli had been ill for some time. I knew that Jean was telling me that Eli had died. I disregarded my plans for dinner and poured myself a serious whisky to start to toast Eli, and to recall my fond memories of him–the man, the mentor, the teacher. Because Eli was a man who deserves to be toasted. A man to be celebrated for so many reasons. A man well worth remembering, professionally and personally, but above all else with affection.

But let us start with the basic professional biography: the only child of Rachel and Hersch Lauterpacht, he was born in London in 1928. Educated at various private schools in the UK and USA, he became a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1945, initially reading history before switching to law, completing the undergraduate law tripos in 1949, and then the postgraduate LLB and his bar exams in 1950, when he was also awarded the Whewell Scholarship. He was called to the bar in Gray’s Inn in 1950, where he became a bencher in 1983. He was awarded a CBE in1989, and knighted in 1998. Despite the demands of his busy practice, he retained a serious foot in academia. He initially taught part-time at both the LSE and Cambridge, but in 1953 he returned to Cambridge to lecture in law. He was appointed as Reader in 1981, established the Research Centre in International Law in 1983, which he directed until 1995, and became a Honorary Professor in 1994. These are brief bones of a busy life lived long and well. The Cambridge Eminent Scholars Archive contains a more detailed biography, transcripts of interviews with Eli, as well as photographs and the video of a lecture, International Law: Reflections and Recollections, which he delivered in 2012 at the Research Centre, which by then had been renamed the Lauterpacht Research Centre in honour of both Eli and his father.

The father and son were very different lawyers: while both were manifestly talented, Eli maintained a much closer focus on practice and advocacy in the application of international law in contrast to his father’s more academic and conceptual concerns. This is not to deny that Eli has left a lasting academic legacy: from a classic early work on munitions de guerre (32 British Yearbook 218 (1955-56)), through perceptive lectures in 1976 at the Hague Academy on international organisations whose title, “The Development of the Law of International Organisations By International Courts”, echoed that of one of his father’s most influential monographs, to analyses of international arbitration later in his career. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Refugee Crisis and International Criminal Law; CfA Transregional Academy; Course for Junior Prosecutors on International Criminal Justice; International Cultural Heritage Law Summer School

Published on February 5, 2017        Author: 

1. New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law.  The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Judge Kenneth Keith on “The Advisory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice” and Professor Donald Rothwell on “The Law of the Sea and the Polar Regions”.

2. City, University of London: The Refugee Crisis and International Criminal Law: Are Australian Agents and Corporate Actors Committing Crimes Against Humanity? City Law School invites you to a panel discussion of international criminal law aspects of the refugee crisis, with a focus on the Australian detention facilities on Monday 13 February 2017 at 18:00. The discussion will follow the announcement and launch of a new major initiative by the Stanford International Human Rights Clinic and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN).The event takes place on Monday 13 February 2017 at 18:00 at City, University of London, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB – Room AG21. The event will be followed by a wine reception. Attendance is free. You may sign up here.

3. Call for Applications: Transregional Academy. The Forum Transregionale Studien and the Max Weber Stiftung – Deutsche Geisteswissenschaftliche Institute im Ausland invite doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to apply for a transregional academy on the topic of redistribution and law. A call for applications has been issued for the forum, entitled “Redistribution and the Law in an Antagonistic World”, to be held on 21-30 August 2017 in Berlin. The application deadline is 12 March 2017. Further information can be found here and the call for applications can be found here. Read the rest of this entry…

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In memoriam: Professor Sir Nigel Rodley

Published on February 2, 2017        Author: 

There are international lawyers who make outstanding contributions to their fields. And there are international lawyers who actually create the fields we study and insert life into them.

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley was both.

Nigel’s scholarly interests long focused on the place of human rights in international law and the development of human rights law within international law.

nigel_rodley_landscapeHis early work on international law was at the intersection of the law on the use of force and human rights. His 1973 American Journal of International Law article, co-authored with Tom Franck, ‘After Bangladesh: The Law of Humanitarian Intervention by Military Force remains the authoritative piece on the legality of unilateral humanitarian intervention under international law. His 1979 piece ‘Enhancing Global Human Rights’ in Foreign Affairs, co-authored with Louis Henkin, Richard Falk and Jorge Dominguez, asked how global human rights could be enhanced against the background of UN human rights treaties coming into force.

Nigel’s contribution to human rights in international law continued throughout his career. By the end of the 1980s, Nigel focused on the role of the International Court of Justice in advancing human rights in international law. His 1992 edited book To Loose the Bands of Wickedness: International Intervention In Defence of Human Rights – the astute and witty title as always a hallmark of Nigel’s writing – was one of the first to spot the then unexpected sea change in the involvement of the Security Council in humanitarian interventions. In 2007, revisiting humanitarian intervention in the aftermath of Kosovo in an article we co-authored, Nigel perceptively outlined the methodological challenges of international law in legalizing humanitarian intervention.

It goes without saying that general international law and how human rights figure in it would have benefited from more contributions from Nigel. His calling, however, was elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry…

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Remembering Professor Gillian White (1936—2016)

Published on January 30, 2017        Author: 

The Manchester International Law Centre is saddened to announce the death of Professor Gillian White, former Professor of International Law at the University of Manchester, in Tamworth, New South Wales, on 2 August 2016.

Gillian Mary Fraser, née White, was born on 13 January 13 1936 in Woodford, Essex. She obtained a first class Bachelor of Laws degree from King’s College, London in 1957, attending classes as an evening student while she worked as an Assistant Examiner in the Estate Duty Office. She then proceeded to study for her Doctor of Philosophy, awarded by the University of London in 1960, the year in which she was also admitted to Gray’s Inn. In 1961, she moved to Cambridge, where she acted as research assistant to Sir Elihu Lauterpacht QC, and as Research Fellow in Law and Director of Legal Studies at New Hall, now Murray Edwards College, and subsequently to the then Victoria University of Manchester, where she spent the remainder of her career. Appointed as a lecturer by Manchester in 1967, she was promoted to senior lecturer in 1971, and to reader in 1973, before succeeding Ben Wortley as Professor of International Law in 1975. This was a significant appointment as Professor White was the first woman appointed as a professor in law in mainland Britain, and the first as a professor of international law in the United Kingdom. She subsequently acted as Dean and Head of Department at Manchester for a number of years, before retiring in 1991. Read the rest of this entry…

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 27 (2016) No. 4) Published

Published on January 30, 2017        Author: 

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law (Vol. 27, No. 3) is out today. As usual, the table of contents of the new issue is available at EJIL’s own website, where readers can access those articles that are freely available without subscription. The free access article in this issue is Simon Chesterman’s Asia’s Ambivalence about International Law and Institutions: Past, Present and Futures. EJIL subscribers have full access to the latest issue of the journal at EJIL’s Oxford University Press site. Apart from articles published in the last 12 months, EJIL articles are freely available on the EJIL website.

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Announcements: The View from the EU Bench Event; University of Helsinki Vacancies; CfP Representing Extraterritorial Accountability; New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; BIICL Short Courses

Published on January 29, 2017        Author: 

1. City, Univesity of London: The View from the EU Bench – A Conversation with Judge Lars Bay Larsen (European Court of Justice). The City Law School, under the aegis of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, is delighted to invite you to the following event: The View from the EU Bench: Judge Lars Bay Larsen (European Court of Justice) in conversation with Professor Panos Koutrakos. Judge Bay Larsen will hold a conversation about his role as a Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position which he has held since 2006, with Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at City Law School.  Professor Sir Alan Dashwood, City, University of London will Chair. The event takes place on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 18:00 at City University London, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB – Room A130. The event will be followed by a wine reception. Attendance is free. You may sign up here. The event will be accredited for 1 hour CPD. For information, you may contact Mr Ben Cope (Ben.Cope {at}

2. University of Helsinki Professor Vacancies. The Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki is looking for two professors (or associate professors) in fields relevant to international law. One appointment is in Law and Globalisation, the other in Transnational European Law. Both positions can be filled either as regular professorships or as tenure track positions, depending on qualifications and experience.

3. Representing Extraterritorial Accountability – Call for Proposals. This conference will be held on 28-29 May 2017 at Haifa University, Israel and is a collaboration between the University of Haifa Master of Fine Arts program and the Faculty of Law. The conference aims to problematize representations of exterritorial accountability in law, media, and visual culture. It will offer a forum for discussion among lawyers, artists, and scholars whose work concerns events that occur beyond territorial jurisdiction and raises urgent moral, political, and legal questions. We propose to consider state action beyond its borders, whether such action produces violence or generates opportunities for rescue. Focusing on contemporary extraterritorial policies sheds light on multiple problems of global impact – refugee and climate crises, contemporary warfare and cross-border policing, surveillance, and cybercrime. We will dedicate our discussion to six themes, with one panel dedicated to each: (1) Interdiction, Detention, Interrogation; (2) Targeting and Assassination; (3) Pollution and Resource Extraction; (4) Humanitarian Intervention and Rescue; (5) Tax Havens and Offshore Finance; and (6) Surveillance and Espionage. We invite proposals from any discipline focusing on any of these general themes. Proposals must consist of an image you wish to respond to or present as a springboard for conversation, a short (400 word) abstract providing an outline of your talk, and a short resumé or biographical note. The proposal deadline is 28 February 2017. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Maayan Amir / Dr. Itamar Mann: Read the rest of this entry…

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 27 (2016) No. 4) – Out Next Week

Published on January 24, 2017        Author: 

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law will be published next week. Over the coming days, we will have a series of posts by Joseph Weiler – Editor in Chief of EJIL. These posts will appear in the Editorial of the upcoming issue. Here is the Table of Contents for this new issue:


On My Way Out IV – Teaching; Emma Thomas – May the Force Be with You!; EJIL Roll of Honour; In this Issue

EJIL: Keynote

Philippe Sands, Reflections on International Judicialization


Vincent Chetail, Sovereignty and Migration in the Doctrine of the Law of Nations: An Intellectual History of Hospitality from Vitoria to Vattel

Jan Martin Lemnitzer, International Commissions of Inquiry and the North Sea Incident: A Model for an MH17 Tribunal? Read the rest of this entry…

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New EJIL:Live! Interview with Philippe Sands on his New Book, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

Published on January 23, 2017        Author: 

In this episode of EJIL:Live! Professor Philippe Sands, whose article on “Reflections on International Judicialization” appears in EJIL vol. 27, no. 4, speaks with the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler. Unlike other editions of EJIL: Live!, this episode offers a fascinating and moving discussion of Sands’ remarkable new book, East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity.

The conversation takes viewers along the many paths of research and discovery that Sands took in writing the book, beginning from a chance invitation to deliver a lecture in Lviv in 2010. In the conversation, as in the book, Sands explores the geographical “coincidence” of his own grandfather as well as Hersch Lauterpacht, founder of the concept of crimes against humanity, and Raphael Lemkin, who invented the concept of genocide, having their origins in the small town of Lviv. He notes that the big lesson he learnt from writing the book is that in order to understand the concepts we deal with in international law, we have to understand personal histories.

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Announcements: CfP Annual Conference on WTO Law; Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2017; CfP Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law; CfS UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

Published on January 22, 2017        Author: 

1. Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration and Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law Annual Conference Call for Papers. The Graduate Institute’s Centre for Trade and Economic Integration and Georgetown University’s Institute of International Economic Law are proud to present a call for papers for the Annual Conference on WTO Law, to be held in Geneva from June 9-10, 2017. For details, please see the announcement here.

2. Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2017: Oceans and Space: New Frontiers in Investment Protection? For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop – jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan W. Schill (Amsterdam), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) – has been a forum for the discussion of foundational issues of international investment law. With activities ranging from energy production at sea via deep seabed mining to space mining, spacefaring and space tourism, areas beyond territorial sovereignty increasingly attract foreign investment. These investments raise questions that go to the core of investment law, but have so far hardly been explored, such as: How are commercial activities on the oceans or in space protected against political risk? What law, if any, protects them, and how does it balance commercial interests against regulatory concerns? How can disputes be settled in an effective and balanced manner? The 2017 Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop will offer a systematic analysis of these issues by inquiring into traditional sources of investment protection, and by addressing the interaction of the law of the sea, space law and international investment law. The Workshop will bring together academics and practitioners. The Workshop program is available here; for edited collections that have grown out of earlier Frankfurt Investment Law Workshops see here, here, here and here. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt at S.Schimpf {at} jur.uni-frankfurt(.)de by 28 February 2017.

3. 25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law Call for Papers. A Call for Papers has been announced for the 25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law,  which is on the subject of “Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism.” The Conference will take place from Thursday 29 June to Saturday 1 July 2017 at Hotel QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, Australia. The Conference Organising Committee invites proposals for papers to be presented at the conference, either individually, or as a panel. The deadline for paper and panel proposals is 24 February 2017. For further details please see here. Read the rest of this entry…

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