Announcements: CfP Adjudicating International Trade and Investment Disputes; CfP Regional Approaches to International Adjudication; CfP DEBACLES – Illusions and Failures in the History of International Adjudication; Conference on Non-State Actors; Judge Rosas Conversation at City University; Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law; Representations of the (Extra)territorial Conference; 1st Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa;

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1. Call for Papers – Adjudicating International Trade and Investment Disputes. PluriCourts, Center of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals at the University of Oslo will host a conference from 25 – 26 August 2016 on “Adjudicating International Trade and Investment Disputes: Between Interaction and Isolation”. A call for papers has been issued for the conference across the disciplines of law, political science, and philosophy relating to three themes: the new mega-regionals, comparisons and practices, and cross-fertilization and learning. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 1 March 2016. Further details can be found here.

2. Call for Papers – Regional Approaches to International Adjudication. A call for papers for the second joint meeting of ASIL Interest Group on International Courts and Tribunals (ASIL ICTIG) and ESIL Interest Group on International Courts (ESIL ICTIG) has been announced. The joint meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. during ASIL’s annual meeting (30 March-3 April 2016) (exact time and date to be confirmed). Abstracts are requested describing unpublished works (original and ongoing research) on the theme of  “Regional Approaches to International Adjudication”. Current (2016) members of either ASIL ICTIG and ESIL ICTIG, at any level of their careers, are invited to submit abstracts. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, and must be submitted to geir.ulfstein {at} jus.uio(.)no and ngrossman {at} ubalt(.)edu. Deadline for submissions is 1 February 2016. Along with the abstract, please include the author’s name and affiliation, a short author’s CV and whether the author is an ESIL ICTIG member or an ASIL ICTIG member, or both

3.  Call for papers – “DEBACLES – Illusions and Failures in the History of International Adjudication”. The Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law launches a call for papers for the Research Workshop “DEBACLES – Illusions and Failures in the History of International Adjudication/ Illusions et échecs dans l’histoire de la juridiction internationale”. The purpose of the DEBACLES project is to share cutting-edge research on specific failed attempts to create and operate international judicial forums as well as on broader historical/theoretical issues related to such failures. For more information, please read the call for papers.

4. Lancaster University Conference on Non-State Actors. The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8 – 9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors (NSA) in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. Papers are welcomed on this subject, which could include: (1) the nature and position of NSA within the international legal system; (2) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (3) the source and scope of obligations for particular NSA, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (4) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (5) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms; or (6) the special roles of NSA in particular areas of international law. Further details can be found here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 31 January 2016.

5. The View from the EU Bench: Judge Allan Rosas (European Court of Justice) in conversation with Professor Panos Koutrakos. Judge Rosas will hold a conversation about his role as a Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position which he has held since 2002, with Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at City Law School. This will be held on 10 February 2016 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.

6. Customary IHL: Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law. In the framework of the co-operation between the ICRC and the British Red Cross to update the practice collection of the ICRC’s study on customary international humanitarian law (IHL), the ICRC and the British Red Cross seek to recruit a research fellow to join the customary IHL research team based in Cambridge/UK. To apply, and for details about the position, please visit the British Red Cross website here (search “research fellow” in role title section).  For further information, please see here and here. Closing date for applications is 7 February 2016.

7. Representations of the (Extra)territorial Conference. This innovative conference, from 22-23 April 2016 and organized by Utrecht University in collaboration with the Exterritory art project, will combine theoretical (academic) and visual (artistic) perspectives on what the evaporation of borders means for conceptualizations of representations of territoriality, sovereignty, and jurisdiction. On the basis of an artistic image, speakers are invited to reflect on specific issues of (ex-)territoriality. The conference is interdisciplinary, combining law, political science, philosophy, and art, and will feature leading scholars in the field. The conference will consist of four panels, addressing respectively virtual reality, the environment, human rights, and general conceptual shifts in understandings of territoriality.  Speakers are expected to present a paper, which should later be published in an edited volume or special issue of a journal.

8. 1st Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa. The London Centre of International Law Practice will be running a conference on ‘Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa’ between 7th-9th March 2016. More details can be found here. Attending will be leading stakeholders and executives from national oil companies, large law firms, governments, banks and consultancy firms and others.

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