Announcements: CfP Junior Faculty Forum for International Law; Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court; Behavioural Approaches in International Law Workshop; CfS Rosalyn Higgins Prize; CfP SOAS Law PhD Colloquium; CfS German Yearbook of International Law; Workshop on Freedom of Expression and Democracy; Kırımlı Dr. Aziz Bey IHL Competition/Summer School; Global Law and Populist Backlash Lecture; American University Washington Program on HR and IHL; CfS UN Yearbook

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1. Call for Papers: Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law. The Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law has launched the call for papers for its tenth edition which will be held at the University of Pretoria on 13 – 15 December 2021. The tenth Forum will be convened by Christof Heyns (Pretoria – Law), Dino Kritsiotis (Nottingham – Law), Sarah M.H. Nouwen (EUI/Cambridge – Law), Dire D. Tladi (Pretoria – Law) and J.H.H. Weiler (NYU – Law). Please note that the convenors are aiming at an in-person event (although are reserving the virtual format as a default option). This year, the Forum will be open to junior faculty who are working at an institution on the African continent or whose proposed work will have a strong African focus. Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 7 May 2021. Full details of the application procedure can be found here.

2. 26th Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law invites students to register as teams in the 2021 Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The Competition is a trilingual (English, Portuguese, and Spanish) event established to train law students on how to use the Inter-American human rights legal system as a legitimate forum for redressing human rights violations. The 2021 Competition will be held virtually from 16 – 28 May 2021. The hypothetical case “Human Rights and States of Emergency: Unexpected Crises and New Challenges” written by Carlos Ayala, former Commissioner of the IACHR, and Santiago Martínez, Human Rights Defender, operates as the basis of the competition. For more information see: Competition, FAQs, Information for Teams, and, Calendar and Registration. Deadline: 12 March 2021.

3. Workshop on Behavioural Approaches in International Law. On 22-23 April 2021, the ESIL Interest Group on Social Sciences and International Law will hold an online workshop on “Behavioural Approaches in International Law”. The program is here and registration is here. The workshop builds on the nascent literature that aims to integrate empirical insights regarding the bounded rationality of decision-makers from neighbouring disciplines to the analysis of international law. The workshop acts as a forum in which international legal scholars whose research adopts a behavioural approach can present their works-in-progress and gain feedback from a broad range of peers. Support for these workshops and open-access publications that are to follow is provided by the European Research Council, as part of Dr Veronika Fikfak’s project HRNUDGE and by the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, the Leiden University Fund/Dr. H.A. van Beuningen Fonds.

4. Call for Submissions: Rosalyn Higgins Prize. The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals now invites submissions for the 2021 Rosalyn Higgins Prize. Deadline: 30 June 2021. The Rosalyn Higgins Prize is an annual prize which awards EUR 1,000 of Brill book vouchers and a one-year LPICT subscription to the author of the best article on the law and practice of the International Court of Justice, either focusing solely on the ICJ or with the ICJ as one of the dispute settlement mechanisms under consideration. The winning article will also be published in LPICT and made freely available online for 90 days to maximize its dissemination. More information can be found here

5. Call for Papers: Thirteenth SOAS Law PhD Colloquium 2021. SOAS School of Law invites abstracts for the Thirteenth PhD Colloquium. This year’s Colloquium’s theme is ‘Law and Inequality’. It is to be held on 8 June 2021, and will be an online event. The Colloquium shall provide a platform for doctoral researchers to present/discuss their research (a chapter/ research paper/ overall PhD plan of work) before a leading academic in their respective field. They shall receive feedback in a supportive and collaborative environment from their discussant academic, other academics and researchers attending the event. Details about this event can be found here. Doctoral candidates are invited to submit abstracts (no more than 500 words) that fit within the broad theme. Deadline for abstracts to be submitted is 14 March 2021, to

6. Call for Submissions: German Yearbook of International Law. The Editors of the German Yearbook of international law invite submissions of papers for consideration in the General Articles section of Volume 64 (2021) of the GYIL. The call is open to all. Manuscripts dealing with any topic of interest in the field of Public International Law will be considered, and early submissions are welcome. All submissions must be in English and will be subject to a double-blind peer review process. Manuscripts should be 10,000-12,500 words inclusive of footnotes and must conform with the house style of the GYIL (which is available on their website). Submissions, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent by 1 September 2021 to the Assistant Editor of the GYIL via e-mail: yearbook {at} wsi.uni-kiel(.)de. Additional enquiries can be made to the same email address.

7. Workshop Series on the Relation Between Freedom of Expression and Democracy in Europe. The Research Program Egalibex has launched a workshop series on the relation between freedom of expression and democracy in Europe. The next session with George Lestas (UCL), will be held online on 1 March 2021, from 9-11am GMT. Its title is “Freedom of Expression, Proportionality and the Margin of Appreciation”. Participation in the seminar is subject to prior registration at seminaire.egalibex(at) More information can be found here.

8. Kırımlı Dr. Aziz Bey International Humanitarian Law Competition and Advanced Summer School. Istanbul Center of International Law (ICIL) and Türk Kızılay (Turkish Red Crescent), with the contributions of the ICRC, are happy to announce the 2nd Kırımlı Dr. Aziz Bey International Humanitarian Law Competition and Advanced Summer School. The Advanced Summer School will take place between 30 July – 3 August, and the Competition will take place between 4-8 August 2021. The Committee might transform the whole event to an online format if required due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021 (until 30 April 2021, there is an early-bird discount). For further information, please visit the program webpage.

9. Global Law and the Populist Backlash – How to Think About Them Lecture. The co-founders and co-convenors (Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones) of the Essex Public International Law Lecture series have issued an invite  to a lecture by Professor Martti Koskenniemi, entitled ‘Global Law and the Populist Backlash – How to think about them” chaired by Dr Emily Jones on 1 March 2021 at 6 – 7pm GMT. Zoom registration link available here.  For more information, see here. The Essex Public International Law Lecture Series is a weekly lecture series featuring judges of international courts and tribunals, academics, and practitioners of international law from governmental service, international organizations, and private practice from across the globe. The series prides itself on building on two important intellectual traditions of international law: formalism and international legal practice, and international legal theory including postcolonial and feminist perspectives.   

10. American University Washington 2021 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has announced the 2021 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Offering a robust program that includes 13 courses in English and Spanish, and bringing together human rights experts in the field. Participants will also network with mid-career professionals, human rights defenders and activists, and law students from all over the world. See here for more information on Courses; Professors; and, Registration

11. Call for Submissions: 25th Anniversary Edition of the UN Yearbook. The Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law is preparing to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. To mark this milestone, they are producing a special retrospective edition to look back on the key developments in the United Nations’ activities in the field of international law since 1997, and to contemplate the challenges ahead. Submissions are invited from academics and practitioners in various areas of international law. Previous volumes of the Yearbook can be found here. Contributions may be between 8,000 and 15,000 words in length and must be submitted by 31 October 2021. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis and the volume will be published in the second half of 2022. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to the Yearbook’s Managing Editor, Katherine Dagg, at unyb {at} mpfpr(.)de.

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