Announcements: Call for Papers – ESIL Research Forum; ESIL, HSE and Jessup Russia Conference; Call for Papers – Inequality and Human Rights; International Organizations Symposium; Growing Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals Panel; International Law Weekend 2015

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1. Call for Papers: ESIL Research Forum. The 2016 ESIL Research Forum will be held at Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law in Istanbul from 21-22 April 2016. A Call for Papers has been issued for papers addressing the theme of the making of international law,  including issues such as: the interaction between sources of international law; customary international law, its formation and nature; new sources of international law in international law making – formalism and beyond; international organizations and international law making; non-state actors and international law making; Fragmentation and sources of international law; the legitimacy of the sources of binding obligation in international law; the role of comparative law in relation to international law making; and specific problems relating to international law making in particular subject areas such as human rights law, environmental law, international trade law, etc. There is a scholarship fund to provide partial financial support to presenters. For further details and information on submissions of abstracts, see here. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2015.

2. ESIL, HSE and Jessup Russia Conference, Moscow. The European Society of International Law, the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, and Jessup Russia are organising a joint conference on 5 February 2016: The Evolutionary Interpretation of Treaties – The UN Charter and the European Convention on Human Rights Facing Modern Challenges. A Call for papers  has been issued, with a deadline for submission of 1 November 2015.

3. Call for Papers: “Inequality and Human Rights”. The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Inequality and Human Rights,” to be held 7-8 April 2016.  Papers are invited from any discipline that considers whether international human rights law, movements, and discourses have, could or should engage with the problem of economic inequality nationally or internationally. Are human rights frameworks equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world? See here for further details, including the process for submissions of abstracts by 1 December 2015. A limited number of travel grants are available.

4. International Organisations and the Rule of Law: Perils and Promise. Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law, New Zealand is running this symposium from 7-8 December 2015. It will take a fresh look at the resources that international law possesses to ensure that international organisations (IOs) are held accountable for their errors and excesses, while remaining relevant and effective in the face of ever growing global challenges. How can international law develop in a way that preserves and enhances the dynamic possibilities of IOs while making sure that they comply with the rule of law? Can the rule of law offer solutions, or is it part of the problem? The programme and registration form for the symposium are now available here.

5. Growing Competition Among International Courts and Tribunals Panel. This panel, organized by LPICT and the NYC bar, is on 5 November at 3.30. Speakers include Prof. Chester Brown (University of Sydney), Prof. Mathias Forteau (University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre), Prof. Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva), Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Editor-in-Chief of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals), Prof. August Reinisch (University of Vienna), Prof. Attila Tanzi (University of Bologna) and Dr. Catherine Tinker (Seton Hall University, Chair of the European Affairs Committee of the NYC Bar Association). For more information, see here. The event is free, but registration is required.

6. International Law Weekend 2015 – Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. This conference, from 5-7 November 2015 in New York City, will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law. ILW begins Thursday evening, 5 November, with a distinguished opening panel at the New York City Bar (42 W. 44th Street, New York, NY). A reception will follow and is open to all conference attendees. The conference continues Friday, 6 November and Saturday, 7 November at Fordham University School of Law (150 West 62nd Street, New York, NY). Friday’s activities feature a keynote address from Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel. The event is organised by The American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

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