Announcements: APPG on Drones Inquiry; CfP International Criminal Justice – Theory, Policy and Practice; New additions to UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfP Exploring the Human Element of the Oceans; New Blog, The Law of Nations; Berlin Potsdam Research Group Fellowships

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1. APPG on Drones Inquiry. The APPG on Drones is launching a new inquiry into ‘The Use of Armed Drones: Working with Partners.’ The purpose of the inquiry is to analyse the emerging technologies of drones and the ways in which they are used when working with allies. The inquiry will build on the recent report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Inquiry panel members invite written submissions on all aspects of our Terms of Reference. From a legal perspective, inquiry members are particularly interested in: the applicable law to isolated uses of lethal force; the extraterritorial application of human rights law; the threshold for, and territorial scope of, NIACs; and legal issues arising out of increased interoperability and inter-state assistance.

2. Call for Papers – International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference. The international criminal justice stream at the SLSA Annual Conference contains four panel sessions and invites submissions on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. The conference will take place at Newcastle University on 5 – 7 April 2017. Empirical work would be particularly welcomed and papers based on “works in progress” will be considered so long as the work is sufficiently developed. Both individual papers and panel submissions (of three related papers) can be submitted for consideration. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit abstracts. Selected papers from the conference will be published in a forthcoming edition of The Hague Justice Journal. For an informal discussion please email Anna Marie Brennan at Anna.Marie.Brennan {at} Abstracts must be no longer than 300 words and must include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. For further information see here.

3. New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Daniel Bradlow on “International Law and International Financial Institutions” and Professor Mia Swart on “Reparations in International Criminal Law”.

4. Call for Papers – Exploring the Human Element of the Oceans: The Gender Implications of the Law of the Sea. The School of Law of the University of Milano-Bicocca is organizing a conference on “Exploring the human element of the oceans: the gender implications of the law of the sea” to be held on 25-26 May 2017 in Milano (Italy). The full Call for papers can be download here. Proposed papers should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and a CV with list of the publications by 31 January 2017. Notification of the selected papers will be made by 20 February 2017.

5. New Blog: The Law of Nations. Public and private international law and arbitration play an increasingly important role in the decisions of the English courts. From commercial cases to human rights claims, a huge range of public and private international law principles are now regularly applied by the English courts. The Law of Nations aims to provide timely analysis of English court decisions across the vast range of areas where international law issues arise. We seek to combine sharp analysis with lively commentary, perspectives from abroad, and the occasional guest feature and interview. We welcome all comments and suggestions.
6. Fellowships with the Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?“. The Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?“ invites applications for three Fellowships from 1 September 2017. Fellowships are for 12-24 months and the deadline for Applications is 31 January 2017. The Research Group examines the role of international law in a changing global order. Fellows will work at Humboldt University Berlin, although applicants are not expected to speak German. The Junior Fellowships are designed for applicants worldwide with a doctorate in international law or in international relations.  Applicants should have completed their PhD by 1 September 2017 and should not have pursued more than 2 years of postdoctoral research. For further information, including information on eligibility, please see here.
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