Announcements: CfP Critical Legal Conference 2023; CfC ICCA 2024 Hong Kong Congress; CfA 3rd Kırımlı Dr. Aziz Bey IHL Competition & Advanced Summer School; The Crime of Apartheid in South Africa & Beyond Conference; No Safe Haven for War Criminals Hybrid Talk

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1. Call for Papers: Critical Legal Conference 2023. The Critical Legal Conference 2023 will take place at Durham University (UK) from 11 – 13 September 2023. Although it has been organized annually since 1986, every edition has its own vital topic. This year it will focus on the idea of sanctuary and its both legal and non-legal connotations. The call for papers is now available with the deadline set at 30 June (max. 350 words). Read descriptions of all the 19 streams here.

2. Call for Contributions: ICCA 2024 Hong Kong Congress. ICCA is inviting expressions of interest from potential speakers for its next Congress taking place in Hong Kong (5 – 8 May 2024). The theme of the Congress is “International Arbitration: A Human Endeavour”. The Programme Committee for is seeking expressions of interest on the following sub-themes: (i) the human impact and influence on arbitration (e.g. the impact of the advocate, arbitrator, witness, expert, mediator); (ii) the human experience and interaction in arbitration (e.g. culture, semantics, heuristics, connections, civility, ethics); (iii) the human condition (e.g. wellbeing, human fallibility); (iv) wider community (e.g. sociology, origins and conceptions of dispute resolution, localization/ regionalism, sustainability); (iv) costs and economics (e.g. human and financial resourcing, market opportunities and barriers, value, pricing); and (v) an AI endeavour (e.g. developments in AI and technology affecting arbitration). Contributions to the conference are expected to be published later in an edited volume. Interested applicants are requested to submit their CV and a 300-word abstract of the potential contributions no later than 17 July 2023. The full call and form for submissions can be found in the ICCA website here.

3. Call for Applications: 3rd Kırımlı Dr. Aziz Bey International Humanitarian Law Competition & Advanced Summer School. This summer school will take place between 4-9 September 2023 in Heybeliada, İstanbul, Türkiye. The Competition & the Advanced Summer School are organized by the Istanbul Center for International Law (ICIL) and Türk Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent), with the contribution of the ICRC. The main themes of this year’s Advanced Summer School & Competition are as follows: Classification of the Conflict; Scope of Application; Protection of Medical Personnel and Buildings; Protection of Prisoners of War; Protection of Animals; Terrorism and IHL; Cyber Attacks in IHL; Weaponization of AI; and, Interplay Between IHL and Human Rights. For further information, visit the website or contact the team via e-mail (azizbeyihl {at}

4. The Crime of Apartheid in South Africa & Beyond Conference. On 22 – 23 June, the School of Law and the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham will be hosting a conference on The Crime of Apartheid in South Africa & Beyond. Barney Pityana, an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, and contemporary of Steve Biko in founding the Black Consciousness Movement, will deliver the opening keynote. Pityana, a lawyer and Anglican priest, also headed the South African Human Rights Commission for many years. Other speakers include: Thulasizwe Simpson, Onyeka Nubia, Rachel Johnson, William Beinart, David Keane, Noura Erakat, Carola Lingaas, Catherine Besteman, Penny Andrews, Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Urmila Bhoola, Kate O’Regan, John Dugard, David Dyzenhaus, Mia Swart, Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango, Gerhard Kemp, Russell Rickford, Robyn Spencer-Antoine, Francesca Albanese, Omar Shakir, Daniel Levy, and Hassan Jabareen. The panels will cover the history of apartheid in South Africa; apartheid, race, and racism; forms of apartheid (gender apartheid, global apartheid, apartheid in labour relations etc.), reflections on the law of apartheid (1948-1991), apartheid as a crime against humanity, and apartheid beyond South Africa. The speakers cover the fields of anthropology, history, theology, political science, and law. The conference will take place in B63, Law and Social Sciences Building. Visit the conference page for further information and a link to registration. There is a small (subsidised) fee for attendance, which includes tea & coffee and a hot buffet on both days, as well as drinks and canapés on the Thursday evening.

5. Hybrid Expert Talk: No Safe Haven for War Criminals! – The Future of the German Code of Crimes against International Law. June 26 marks the 21st anniversary of the promulgation of the Völkerstrafgesetzbuch (VStGB) – the Code of Crimes against International Law (CCAIL). Since then, on the basis of the principle of international law, the German judiciary has been empowered to take action against the most serious crimes under international law on behalf of the international community. However, the experience of recent years has also shown that there is still a lot of work ahead. “Can humanity really strike back?” What will the future of the VStGB look like? How can German international criminal law be reformed to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges?  This and other aspects of the prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity will be discussed with experts. The event will be interpreted into English for online participants. Registration and program here.

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