Announcements: ECHR and the Crimes of the Past; Journal on the Use of Force and International Law RfS; Women in International Law Network; International Cultural Heritage Law Summer School; CfC for International Criminal Justice On/And Film Workshop; Conference on the Protection of Persons in Times of Disasters; Drones and International Law Event; Reforms of the Individual Complaint Mechanisms Conference

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1. European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past. A one-day conference entitled European Convention on Human Rights and the Crimes of the Past is organized jointly by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law.  The programme includes presentations by judges from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as international law scholars.  The conference will take place on Friday 26 February 2016 at the premises of the Court in Strasbourg. Registration is now open (deadline: 19 February). In order to register, please send an email to ESIL-ECHR-Conf2016 {at} echr.coe(.)int.

2. Request for Submissions: Journal on the Use of Force and International Law. The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (Routledge) is requesting submissions. The Journal attracts contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of the jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law. The Journal invites submissions of unsolicited manuscripts for both articles (suggested word length between 8-25,000 words including footnotes) and book reviews (suggested word length between  3-4,000 words including footnotes).  All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and should comply with the Journal’s style guidelines. The deadline for submissions is 20 May 2016.  Articles and book reviews can be submitted online here.

3. Women in International Law Network: The Olive Schill Society. At a time where there are continuing efforts to promote the place of women working in international law, such as the recently launched global campaign for gender parity in international representation, the Manchester InternationaI Law Centre is proud to launch the Women in International Law Network: The Olive Schill Society (WILNET). Founded by female researchers of MILC, and dedicated to Miss Olive B. Schill (whose bequest to the University of Manchester funds public lectures in commemoration of her brother, Edward Melland Schill, who was killed in the First World War), this new platform aims to provide a professional community for women international lawyers at any stage of their career to discuss both their experiences in — and pathways into — the field. WILNET will be formally launched in Manchester on 1 February: see here for further information.  WILNET invites female international lawyers at any stage of their careers, including students, to join us in this initiative. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email us at wilnet {at} Place “Membership” in the subject title, and provide us with your name, affiliation, and a short bio.

4. University of Geneva International Cultural Heritage Law Summer School. The University of Geneva invites applications for the International Cultural Heritage Law summer school (27 June – 8 July 2016). The summer school aims to develop students’ awareness and general understanding of the main substantive themes of international cultural heritage law, including the trade in cultural objects, the restitution of stolen or looted artworks, the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict, the protection of the built heritage from natural and human-induced disasters, the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage and of the diversity of cultural expressions. More information on the course, program, fees, and deadlines are available here.

5. Call for Contributions for International Criminal Justice On/And Film Workshop. Proposals are invited for contributions to an interdisciplinary workshop run by Centre for International Studies and the LSE Department of Law on International Criminal Justice On/And Film Workshop from 12 – 13 September 2016.  The workshop is a creative effort to analyse and make sense of disparate ways in which film and international criminal justice relate to each other with different logics, such as in aesthetic, truth, political and legal relations. The workshop is exploratory — we invite participants from a variety of disciplines, backgrounds and practices, with a view to developing more research over time. We invite experts, academics and film-makers to create an event of rich multidisciplinary exchange. Further information can be found here.

6. Conference on the Protection of Persons in Times of Disasters. The Universities of Bologna, Roma Tre, Uninettuno and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (acting through their “International Disaster Law Project“) have organized an international conference on “The Protection of Persons in Times of Disasters – International and European Legal Perspectives” (3 – 4 March 2016). The event will be held in Rome, at the premises of the Information Office of the European Parliament in Italy (Via IV Novembre 149). Academics and practitioners from several countries will discuss how international and EU law may assist in ensuring that the basic needs of victims of natural and human-made disasters are met. For more information (and to access the agenda), please visit the conference webpage.

7. Drones and International Law, 10 March 2016. The UK Government has admitted that it has used drones for targeted killings. The use of drones in this way raises issues of international law, including the law concerning the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law. This event will be chaired by Professor Robert McCorquodale (Director of BIICL), with Speakers including Professor Dapo Akande (University of Oxford), Kat Craig (Legal Director, Reprieve), Professor Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS) and Professor Murray Hunt (Legal Adviser to the Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights). The event will take place at BIICL, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP on 10 March 2016. Find out more and book here, or download the Event Flyer.

8. Reforms of the Individual Complaint Mechanisms in the UN Treaty Bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons? The concluding conference of the MultiRights project will take place at the University of Oslo on February 29 and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights aiming at finding mutual learning experiences. A particular focus will be given to the following issues: procedure of selection of members and judges; case load situation; quality of reasoning; and, margin of appreciation and subsidiarity. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the conference website.

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