Announcements: EJIL:Live!; Disaster Law Essay Contest; Conference at Queen Mary on EU Law and Public International Law; Launch in London of Book on Disaster Relief

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1.  In case you missed it: Episodes 1 and 2 of EJIL:Live! are available onlineEpisode 1 presents both video and (edited) audio versions of a “Fireside Chat” between the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Joseph H. H. Weiler, and Maria Aristodemou, whose article “A Constant Craving for Fresh Brains and a Taste for Decaffeinated Neighbours”, appears in EJIL 25:1 (2014). The audio podcast also features a conversation with EJIL’s Book Review Editor, Isabel Feichtner; and a discussion with the Editors of EJIL: Talk!, Dapo Akande and Marko Milanovic, on the recent decision of the International Court of Justice in Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening), the crisis in Crimea, and much more. Episode 2 features an extended “Fireside Chat” between the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler, and Oliver Diggelmann (University of Zurich) and Tilmann Altwicker (University of Basel), whose article “How is Progress Constructed in International Legal Scholarship?”, appears in Vol. 25, Issue 2 of EJIL.

2.  Disaster Law Essay Contest. The IFRC, the ASIL’s Disaster Law Interest Group, and the International Disaster Law Project are launching an essay contest for undergraduate and graduate students, on issues related to law and disasters, considered from an international and/or comparative law perspective. The winner will be admitted free of charge the next edition of the “International Disaster Law Course” which will be held in May 2015 at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in SanremoHe/she will also receive financial assistance to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

3.  The first cross-disciplinary dialogue of the Seminar Series of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context: ‘Beyond Pluralism? Co-Implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law’, will take place at Queen Mary Law School, Mile End Campus, on 12 November, from 12h to 14h. The dialogue will examine monetary policy from both the EU perspective and the PIL angle, focusing on the risks and opportunities of the interaction of rules from each regime. The event will gather Prof. Rosa Lastra (CCLS, Queen Mary); Dr Angelos Dimopoulos (Law Department, Queen Mary); and Prof. Takis Tridimas (King’s College London). Attendance is free but registration necessary. Please, click here for further details and to book your place.

4.  The Dickson Poon School of Law, together with the Disaster Law Interest Group at the American Society of International Law and and Cambridge University Press is delighted to invite you to a book launch of The International Law of Disaster Relief edited by David D. Caron, Michael J. Kelly & Anastasia Telesetky. Disasters can strike often and with unexpected fury, resulting in devastating consequences for local populations that are insufficiently prepared and largely dependent upon foreign aid in the wake of such catastrophes.  International law can play a significant role in recovery after natural disasters; however, without clear legal frameworks, aid may be stopped, delayed, or even hijacked – placing the intended recipients in critical condition.  This edited volume brings together experts, emerging scholars, and practitioners from North America, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, to analyse the evolution of international disaster law as a field that encompasses new ideas about human rights, sovereignty, and technology.  Chapters focus on specific natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, Cyclone Nargis, and Typhoon Haiyan, in addition to volcanic and earthquake activity, wildfires, and desertification.  This book begins a dialogue on the profound implications of the evolution of international law as a tool for disaster response. The launch will be held at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Somerset House East Wing, Strand, London WC2R 2LS, on Friday 31 October 2014, 15.00 – 18.00. The event will feature a keynote address by Mr David Fisher, Coordinator of the Disaster Law Programme at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and will be followed by a reception.

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