Announcements: CfP Glasginburgh 2020; CfP Colloquium in Critical International Law; Glasgow Global Security Dialogue; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfA Migration Conference 2020; Positive State Obligations Concerning Fundamental Rights Conference; CfP: Historicization of Int Law and its Limits

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1. Call for Papers: Glasginburgh (Glasgow-Edinburgh) 2020. Announcing the keynote speakers for the Glasginburgh Conference June 2020: Priya Lal, Boston College (US) and Margot Solomon, London School of Economics (UK). The conference will be held at the University of Glasgow on Monday 8th – Tuesday 9th of June 2020. Our aim is to explore the relationship between international law and questions of “distribution” – broadly conceived. The two-day event will promote a dialogue about the myriad ways in which current ‘distributions’ inform or even determine the development of international law, and how, in turn, the practices of international legal institutions may impact upon distributions of income, resources, and power in the world. We welcome applications from the critical, doctrinal and visionary traditions of international law enabling a serious scholarly reflection on this topic. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to glasginburgh {at} gmail(.)com by 30th November 2019. For more information see our full call for papers.

2, Call for Papers: Postgraduate Colloquium in Critical International Law. Durham Law School’s Law and Global Justice research cluster and the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law at SOAS University of London have issued a call for papers for their second Postgraduate Colloquium in Critical International Law. The colloquium will focus on postgraduate research in international law that takes a critical approach (broadly understood). Relevent approaches might include, for example: feminism/gender studies, queer theory, Marxism, critical race theory, TWAIL/(post-)colonial approaches, international legal history/history and international law, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism, post-modernism, law and literature, law and art, realism, law and science, and/or empirical approaches. Further details can be found here. The deadline for responding to the call for papers is 16th December 2019 and the Colloquium will be held at Durham University on 27th April 2020.

3. Glasgow Global Security Dialogues. On the 5th December 2019, the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security is hosting an event on “Glasgow Global Security Dialogues”. This event will discuss contemporary global security challenges in the field of arms control, new technologies and collective security, and how they relate to the international rules-based order. Confirmed speakers are Steven Hill (Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, NATO), Katharina Stasch (Chief of Staff, Head of Minister’s Office, Federal Foreign Office, Germany), and Paul McKell (Legal Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office). For full details see here.

4. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs presents a lecture by Professor Diane Marie Amann on “Child Rights, Conflict, and International Criminal Justice”. After tracing the developments that led to the adoption of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child, Professor Amann describes parallel developments in two fields: international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The lecture further addresses relevant provisions of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and other instruments, in particular the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and assesses efforts made to respect and protect the rights of the child by preventing and punishing crimes committed against children. The Audiovisual Library of International Law is also available as a podcast, which can be accessed through the preinstalled applications in Apple or Google devices, through SoundCloud or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law”.

5. Call for Applications: The Migration Conference 2020. This event will take place 2nd – 5th June 2020 at the South East European University in Tetovo, North Macedonia and is dedicated to migration studies in the broadest sense. Looking at the “phenomenon” of migration from a wide range of perspectives, this event will also host a special session on Migration Law and Policy. For this session, we welcome submissions from legal experts, academics, policy makers and practitioners from all over the world. An indicative (but not exhaustive) list of topics can be found here. Abstracts of up to 500 words must be submitted by 5th January 2020 via

6. Conference: Positive State Obligations Concerning Fundamental Rights and ‘Changing the Hearts and Minds’. Increasingly positive state obligations are called for to further the effective protection of fundamental rights, including the prohibition of discrimination. However, many questions and grey areas remain: How far should states go with these positive obligations? What can reasonably be expected from states?  How far can states go without breaching (other) fundamental rights? This international conference (30 – 31 January 2020) will cover topics of enduring relevance and growing importance concerning (the reach of) positive state obligations in relation to prejudice and discrimination; and will address these from a multidisciplinary perspective. Eleven international speakers will present their draft papers for the ensuing special issue of Erasmus Law Review during the conference. The conference is free of charge. Registration is required and is possible until 22 January.

7. Call for Papers: Historicization of International Law and its Limits: Preconditions, Modes and Legacies. Professors Jean d’Aspremont (Sciences Po, Paris & University of Manchester) and Thomas Kleinlein (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) will convene a workshop on “Historicization of International Law and its Limits: Preconditions, Modes and Legacies” at Dornburg Castle on 4–5 June 2020. A keynote discussion will feature Professor Bhupinder Chimni (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) and Liliana Obregon (Los Andes, Colombia). Scholars interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit an abstract by 31 January 2020. For further information please see the CfP.

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