Announcements: CfP Ecocide, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice; Academy in Advanced Legal Research and Method; United Nations War Crimes Commission Workshop; Situation in Palestine Symposium; CfP MenschenRechtsMagazin; Natural and Artificial Intelligence in Armed Conflict Lecture; RGNUL Student Research Review; CfP Renewing the Social Contract

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1. Call for Papers: Ecocide, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice, Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights. Interest in a crime of ecocide has ignited in recent years, following the proposed definition by an Independent Expert Panel in June 2021 as well as subsequent legislative developments in many jurisdictions. To advance the dynamic conversation, the International Journal of Human Rights will feature a special issue on “Ecocide, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice”. Articles are invited from a range of disciplinary perspectives, on any facet of ecocide, human rights, and environmental justice. They particularly encourage views from the Global South. Contributions will appear online and in the IJHR, and authors may also be invited to include their contributions in a book publication, if there is sufficient interest. Short proposals (300 words max.) should be sent to editors {at} ecocidelaw(.)com by 26 July 2024, along with a brief bio (100 words max.). Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed by 1 September 2024, and invited to submit articles of 6,000-9,000 words by 28 February 2025.

2. 2024 Academy in Advanced Legal Research and Method (TALS Academy). The Transnational Association of Legal Scholars (TALS) is a group of legal scholars experienced in research and supervision and interested in the conduct and method of research in law. The goal of the virtual TALS Academy is to provide a short period of intensive training to a carefully selected group of 16 graduate students and early career legal researchers in the legal academic activities of research writing, careful reading, and effective academic communication. The 2024 TALS Academy will be held between 18 – 22 November 2024. Preference will be given to legal scholars and doctoral students based in Universities in the Global South. Applications are due by 26 July 2024. For more information and a link to the application form, see here.

3. Hybrid Workshop: The Contribution of the United Nations War Crimes Commission to International Criminal Law. Last year, marked 80 years since the establishment of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) in London. To mark this occasion, the Research Centre in International Justice in Maynooth University is organising a workshop on the contribution of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) to International Criminal Law. This event will take place on 12 July 2024 online and in person. It brings together UNWCC experts and new scholars  to explore the contribution of the work of the UNWCC to contemporary international criminal law. The keynote presenters are: Professor Dan Plesch (SOAS, University of London), Professor Andrew Williams (University of Warwick, UK) and Dr Dominika Uckiewicz (Pilecki Institute, Warsaw). For further information and to register, see here.

4. Symposium: The Situation in Palestine – Emerging Domestic and International Jurisprudence. On 9 July 2024, the Research Centre in International Justice in Maynooth University and the Centre for Evidence & Criminal Justice Studies in Northumbria University will jointly host a symposium on ‘The Situation in Palestine – Emerging Domestic and International Jurisprudence’. This event reflects on international and domestic developments to defend Palestinian rights. This symposium brings together practitioners and scholars of international law who have been at the forefront of pursuing and analysing this emerging jurisprudence. They will reflect critically on the situation in Palestine today and the possibilities and limits of these various legal initiatives in different judicial arenas. The event’s keynote speakers will be Raji Sourani (founder and director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza) and Professor William Schabas (Middlesex University, Leiden University). This symposium takes place online and in person. For more information and to register, see here.

5. Call for Papers: MenschenRechtsMagazin 2024/2. Contributions are sought in German and English for the upcoming issues. Contributions can be submitted directly via the  website. The MRM is published twice a year at the beginning of the summer and winter semesters.  Deadline: Submissions for Issue 2 2024 should be received by 1 July. Further information on the categories and guidelines for authors can be found on here. Any questions can be sent to redaktion-mrm@uni-potsdam.de.

6. DILEMA-HILAC Lecture: Natural and Artificial Intelligence in Armed Conflict – Exploring Settled and Open Legal Questions. On 11 July 2024 at 16:00 CEST, Dustin A. Lewis will join the Asser Institute for a joint DILEMA-HILAC Lecture on ‘Natural and artificial intelligence in armed conflict: Exploring settled and open legal questions’. A growing number of States are reportedly preparing to use, or have already employed, in armed conflicts various techniques and methods derived from the science of artificial intelligence and associated fields. The range of applications spans diverse activities, functions, and authorities, including in such areas as the conduct of hostilities, detention, humanitarian services, and legal advice. These developments might amplify or transform existing concerns — and potentially raise new ones — regarding linkages concerning decision-making and judgment in war, accountability, and the legal regulation of armed conflict. Against that backdrop, this hybrid in-person/online lecture will seek to frame, identify, and evaluate certain key settled and open legal questions regarding natural and artificial intelligence in armed conflict. Register here.

7. RGNUL Student Research Review Volume 10 Issue 2. The RGNUL Student Research Review is inviting papers and submissions for Volume 10 Issue 2 on the theme titled ‘From the Margins to the Centre: Exploring Third World Approaches to International Law’. They invite submissions under the following categories: (i) Articles (5,000 to 10,000 words); (ii) Short Notes (3,500 to 5,000 words); (iii) Case Comments (2,000 to 4,000 words); (iv) Legislative Comments (2,500 to 4,000 words); and (v) Normative Law Articles (3,000 to 5,000 words). The deadline for the submission of abstracts (250 words) is 25 June 2024. Subject to acceptance by the Editorial Board, the deadline for final paper submission is 31 July 2024. For illustrative sub-themes and further details, see here.

8. Call for Papers: Renewing the Social Contract. The Center for Critical Democracy Studies at the American University of Paris has announced an international conference on “Renewing the Social Contract: The Challenge of Inclusivity and Democratic Government in Social Contract Theory” scheduled for 18 – 19 December 2024. The conference will explore how the idea of a social contract should be adapted or reconsidered to address its relationship to democracy, and in particular to democratic government. They invite researchers in political theory, philosophy, law, history, sociology, economy, and other related fields to submit abstracts on the theme of the conference conceived broadly. Proposals in English or French must be submitted by 15 September 2024 and include an abstract (400 words) and a short CV (250 words). Full call for papers and application form here

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