Announcements: Amsterdam Workshop; Symposium in Oslo; “Boat Refugees” & Migrants at Sea; Procedural Fairness in International Courts

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1. The research project “Architecture of Postnational Rulemaking” at the University of Amsterdam has issued a call for papers for a workshop on “Transnational Standards in the Domestic Legal Order: Authority and Legitimacy”, to be held on 24 October 2014. The deadline for the submission of proposal of max. 500 words is 18 May 2014. The sponsoring organizations will cover the speakers’ travelling and accommodation expenses. More information is available here (pdf).

2. Call for Papers: The Legitimate Role(s) of Human Rights Courts in Environmental Disputes: The Center of Excellence PluriCourts at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, is organizing an international symposium on the legitimate role(s) of Human Rights courts and tribunal in adjudicating environmental disputes in Oslo, 8 and 9 September 2014. The list of experts invited to speak at the symposium includes: Dinah Shelton, Professor of Law, George Washington University; Dan Magraw, President emeritus, Center for International Environmental Law, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Alan Boyle, Professor of Law, University of Edinburgh; Judge Margarette May Macaulay, Inter-American Court of Human Rights; and Judge Hellen Keller, European Court of Human Rights.

PluriCourts invite for papers to be presented and discussed at the symposium. Deadline  for the submission of abstracts (500 words) is 1 May 2014. Read the Call for papers here. For further enquiries about the symposium, please contact Annette.hovdal {at} jus.uio(.)no.

3. Call for Papers: “Boat Refugees” and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach – Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights: Venue: Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, London Dates: 23 and 24 June 2014 Organizers:Refugee Law Initiative and the Law Department of Queen Mary (with support from HRC and UACES). This 2-day conference aims to comprehensively address the contemporary phenomenon of ‘boat migration’ with a holistic approach. We will consider its multiple facets, combining knowledge from several disciplines and regions of the world, with a view to making a decisive contribution to our understanding of current trends, against the background of the fragmentary responses adopted and innumerable tragedies occurred thus far. Abstracts, not exceeding 300 words, should be sent by 20 March to both: Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax (v.moreno-lax {at} and Dr Efthymios Papastavridis (papastavridis {at} Academyofathens(.)org). See here for more details.

4. Call for Papers: Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals The Surrey International Law Centre of the School of Law of the University of Surrey with the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies, the McCoubrey Centre of the University of Hull and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (‘BIICL’) will host a two-day workshop on the identification of core standards of procedural fairness before international courts and tribunals. A topical and timely subject for study, the question of procedural fairness entails the identification of fundamental principles inherent to the judicial and arbitral processes. The aim of this workshop is to bring academics and practitioners together to initiate ground-breaking research into this novel topic. This call is directed to academics at all career stages who wish to bring fresh perspectives to the workshop with established scholars and practitioners. Interested parties should submit an abstract of maximum 500 words by the 1st of April 2014 to the workshop website, where the full call for papers may also be accessed:

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