Announcements: CfP Reality of International Legal Theory; CfP IJLSA; From Sacred Trust to Common Heritage Lecutre; CELI Events; PhD Summer School; ILA American Branch Event; CfA Climate Change Conference; CfA Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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1. Call for Papers: Reality of International Legal Theory – Reality in International Legal Theory. The ESIL Interest Group on International Legal Theory and Philosophy (ESIL IGILTP) and iCourts have issued a call for papers for a conference on “The Reality of International Legal Theory – Reality in International Legal Theory” to take place 19 – 20 May 2022, at the University of Copenhagen. The call is here. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and other requested documents (see information in the call for papers) is 14 February 2022. Confirmed contributions include a key-note speech by Mikael Madsen (iCourts) and presentations by Arthur Dyevre (KU Leuven), Andreas Føllesdal (PluriCourts), Brad Roth (Wayne State), Urska Sadl (EUI) and Nora Stappert (Leeds).

2. Call for Papers: International Journal of Legal Studies and Arbitration. IJLSA is now receiving submissions for publication in its upcoming volume. IJLSA is an internationally recognised journal with a wide-ranging and in-depth focus on various issues of international law and arbitration. It aims to offer a platform for review of new developments in the field of international law and arbitration. Submissions on any issues of public international law or arbitration in English are welcomed. The Editorial Board will select articles based on their quality and relevance. Selected papers will be subject to peer-review before publication. Most published papers are around 6,000 words, but shorter and longer pieces may also be accepted. Submissions should follow the OSCOLA/Bluebook style guide and should be sent here before midnight on 15 February 2022. 

3. From Sacred Trust to Common Heritage: The Uncommons History of the Common Heritage of Mankind Lecture. The Convenors of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series are hosting a lecture to be given by Dr Cait Storr (University of Technology Sydney) entitled ‘From Sacred Trust to Common Heritage: The Uncommons History of the Common Heritage of Mankind.’ This event will be held on Monday 31 January 2022 at 9am GMT. For more information and to register, see here.  

4. Centre for European Law and Internationalisation Events. On 26 January, the University of Leicester’s Centre for European Law and Internationalisation (CELI) is hosting two events: (1) 12.30pm: Book launch of the volume The Emergent African Union Law: Conceptualization, Delimitation and Application (OUP 2021). The event is a collaboration between the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN), CELI, the African Union Law Research Network (University of Sussex) and the Institute for African Women in Law. The keynote speaker is Ambassador Namira Negm, the African Union’s Legal Counsel. The event will be held online (MS Teams). You can find the details of the event here. Please email Dr Eki Omorogbe (eki.omorogbe {at} to register; and (2) 5pm: Second event of the 2021-2022 CELI Annual Lecture Series: The future of human rights protection in the UK – a “Modern Bill of Rights”? The panel of speakers includes: Professor Merris Amos (Queen Mary, University of London), Dr Lewis Graham (Law Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford), Dr Kasey McCall-Smith (University of Edinburgh Law School) and Dr Ed Bates (University of Leicester). The event is delivered via Teams Live. To attend, click on the link, as indicated in the web page, on the day of the event (no registration required).

5. iCourts and PluriCourts PhD Summer School. For the tenth time in a row iCourts and PluriCourts are organizing a PhD Summer School for PhD students in the field of international courts and international organizations. They particularly welcome applications from students whose projects have a strong empirical approach, who are from the Global South and whose projects center on non-European institutions. This year’s Summer School takes place in Copenhagen 7 – 11 June 2022. The deadline for applications is 7 February and there are three grants available to cover travel costs and accommodation in Copenhagen. All relevant information may be found here

6. International Law Association American Branch Virtual Event. The International Law Association American Branch celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. They kick off with a virtual event on  27 January 2022, at 11:30 am – 12:30 pm EST. This event includes remarks from several prominent American Branch and ILA leaders, including ILA Chair Christine Chinkin and ILA President Shunji Yanai. Additional event information, including a program of speakers and RSVP link, can be found here.

7. Call for Abstracts: University of Surrey Spring Conference: International Law and Climate Change. On Friday 29 April 2022, the University of Surrey will host the annual Spring Conference in hybrid mode on the theme of ‘International Law and Climate Change’. The Conference will feature a mixture of invited and selected speakers on the following panels: impact of rising sea levels on migration and Statehood; climate change and international trade and investment law; human rights and climate change; and, litigating on climate change. The organising committee invite abstracts of no more than 300 words from academics and practitioners on any of these panels to be sent by 1 February 2022 to: ilaconference {at} conference(.) Full details of the call and the conference, including the list of speakers by invitation and the modes of attendance, are provided on the conference website.

8. Call for Applications: 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. American University Washington College of Law’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is hosting the 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This Program will be held in-person in Washington, D.C. See the following links for more information: Courses; Professors; Registration; Survey

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