Announcements: Accountability of Transnational Organisations Conference; BUL International Law Group Panel; Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration Lecture; CfP Legitimate International Authority and Institutional Diversity; Athens PIL Discussion Group Meeting; CfP Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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1. Accountability of Transnational Organisations Conference. Professor Philippa Webb and Associate Professor Rishi Gulati are hosing this conference to bring together academics, practitioners, and international organisation officials to discuss key developments around the legal accountability of transnational institutions. The use of the term ‘transnational’ is deliberate. The aim is not just to consider accountability concerns relating to public international organisations (IOs), but also ones relevant to multinational corporations (MNCs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The focus is on legal accountability, including the notion of access to justice for alleged victims of institutional conduct and due diligence obligations increasingly imposed on transnational institutions. The conferene will take place on Wednesday, 16 November 2022 at  King’s College London) (hybrid). Register here

2. BUL International Law Group Online Panel. Dr Solon Solomon and Dr Patricia Hobbs are hosting this year’s first online panel event of the BUL International Law Group, discussing the junction between international law and transatlantic defence and security with Oona Hathaway from Yale Law School, Jacqueline Hazelton from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Scott Anderson from Brookings Institution, Achilles Skordas from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and with Steven Wagner from Brunel University London as co-chair. The event will take place on 24 October at 17.00 UK time. Register in advance here

3. The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration Lecture. A lecture by Professor Ursula Kriebaum, entitled ‘The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration – an effective remedy?’ will take place on Monday 24 October at 6pm BST as part of the Public International Law Lecture Series co-convened by Dr Emily Jones and Dr Meagan Wong, Essex Law School, University of Essex. See here for more information and to register.

4. Call for Papers: Legitimate International Authority and Institutional Diversity. On 14-15 March 2023 Maynooth University, in association with PluriCourts and University of Graz, will host an interdisciplinary workshop, bringing together scholars in political philosophy and international law, to examine the ways institutional diversity and convergence shape international institutions’ legitimate authority. The Call for Papers with further information is available here. Abstracts (max 400 words) should be sent to AuthorityAndDiversity {at} gmail(.)com by Friday 25 November 2022. Queries should be addressed to the organisers, Dr Antoinette Scherz (antoinette.scherz {at} uni-graz(.)at) and Dr Oisin Suttle (oisin.suttle {at} mu(.)ie).

5. Athens PIL Discussion Group Online Meeting. This meeting (via Zoom) will take place on Wednesday, 26 October 2022 at 18.30-20.00 (Athens time zone, EET). The discussion will be with Professor Martin Scheinin on: “Between facts and norms: five reflections on theory, methodology and practice of international (human rights) law”. Register and book your ticket here. Or you can livestream the event on the Athens PIL Youtube page or via Facebook. 

6. Call for Papers: Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University Washington College of Law, U.S.A. A Call for Papers has been issued for the 2023 Human Rights Essay Award (HREA). The Human Rights Essay Award, sponsored by the Academy, seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The topic of the 2023 Award is “Equality and Human Rights: Confronting Racial Discrimination”. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to this topic, however, the scope of the essay must directly relate to the 2023 topic. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law.  Winning essays —in English and in Spanish— will be published in The American University International Law Review (AUILR). The deadline to enter your submission is 31 January 2023. Only participants with a law degree —Juris Doctor (J.D.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), or equivalent— are eligible to enter the competition. For additional information visit the website or email  humanrightsessay@wcl.american.edu.

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