Announcements: Territorial Conflict Conference in Lancaster, Call for Papers for Conference in Louvain on Territoriality, Conference in Berlin on the Wall case

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1. Conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution, 13th June 2014, University of Lancaster. 21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with the recent annexation of the Crimea and disputes over islands and maritime delimitation in Asia, amongst others. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them. Full details and registration information can be found at the Centre’s website.

2.  A workshop for junior scholars in international will be held in Belgium, at the University of Louvain, on 13-14 November 2014 on the topic of “International Law and Territoriality – Protecting, making sense and going beyond sovereign limits in contemporary practice”. Immediately after the workshop, the biannual joint conference of the Société française pour le droit international and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht will take place from 14-15 November 2014, on ´The Law of International Boundaries´. Proposals (4 pages at most, written either in French, German or English), together with a curriculum vitae must be sent not later than 15th June 2014 to pierre.dargent {at} uclouvain(.)be. The extended version of the call for papers is posted on ESIL website.

3. Ten years ago, on 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice rendered its advisory opinion concerning the ‚Legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory’. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the ICJ’s Wall Opinion, ‘Bread for the World’ and ‘MISEREOR’, two German NGO’s, together with Prof. Andreas Zimmermann from the the Human Rights Centre of the University of Potsdam (Germany) organise an international conference to take place in Berlin on 7th July 2014. Representatives of human rights organisations, as well as international legal scholars, policy makers and others will discuss the continued relevance of the Court’s opinion on the situation on the ground, as well as its impact on the development of general international law and will also focus on the impact of the wall and its associated regime on the population, the role of the United Nations and the obligations under international law, as circumscribed by the ICJ, of third parties including the European Union in ensuring the implementation of the legal obligations set forth in the Court’s advisory opinion. For more information see here.

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