Announcements: CfS Cambridge International Law Journal; Secondary Sanctions Conference; Navi Pillay Lecture; Human Rights Essay Award; International Criminal Justice in an Age of Misinformation; Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law Conference; Artificial Intelligence from the Perspective of Law and Ethics; Jindal Society of International Law Lecture; Racism and Law in Europe Conversation Series

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1. Call for Submissions: Cambridge International Law Journal. The Editorial Board of the Cambridge International Law Journal has issued a call for submissions for Volume 11 (issues to be published in June and December 2022). In tribute to Judge James Crawford, who served as the Journal’s inaugural Honorary Editor-in-Chief from 2011 until his appointment to the International Court of Justice, Issue 1 will include a special section that reflects upon the responsibility of States and other subjects of international law. Judge Crawford’s peerless contribution to the field is evident not only in the 2001 Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, but also his work as scholar, counsel, judge and arbitrator. The Board is particularly interested in contributions on this theme, which will be published as part of the special section. Other contributions will be published as part of the general section of Issue 1. Submissions can be made at any time. Articles submitted by 24 October 2021 will be considered for Volume 11 Issue 1. For full submission instructions, please see here. Submissions can be made for Volume 11 here. Alternatively, blog articles can be submitted here. Further information can be obtained from the Editors-in-Chief at editors {at} cilj.co(.)uk.

2. Secondary Sanctions Conference. On Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2021, the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI) and the Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE) will host a two-day international conference on secondary sanctions. The conference seeks to explore both the international legal framework governing such sanctions and the potential remedies to challenge them, as well as how these measures may shape the international legal order. The conference will feature separate panels devoted to discuss the impact of secondary sanctions; their compatibility with the law of jurisdiction and international economic law, and; to commercial practices and domestic litigation pertaining to secondary sanctions. A final panel will offer an outlook for the future, having regard, for instance, to the preparation of an EU ‘anti-coercion instrument’. The conference programme can be found here. The conference will take place at the ‘Pand’ conference venue in Ghent, but can also be attended online. For registration, please use the following link.

3. Navi Pillay “My Life as a Judge on the ICTR and ICC: Did I Make a Difference?”. The SNF-funded project “Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals”, led by Professors Neus Torbisco-Casals and Andrew Clapham (Graduate Institute), continues to host its monthly public lecture series on “Women’s Voices in the International Judiciary”. The series aims to reflect on the lack of diversity in the international judiciary — especially gender diversity —, which raises concerns not just in terms of descriptive representation and symbolic self-identification, but also regarding unconscious bias and systemic privileging of specific ideologies or positions in the process of adjudication. The fifth lecture will feature Navi Pillay, Judge ad hoc at the International Court of Justice, President of the Advisory Council of The Nuremberg Principles Academy, President of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, and Chair of the Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel established by the Human Rights Council. Register here.

4. 2022 Human Rights Essay Award (HREA). The Human Rights Essay Award, sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The topic of the 2022 Award is “Climate Change and Human Rights: Impacts, Responsibilities, and Opportunities.” International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. There will be two winners — one for submissions in English and one for submissions in Spanish — with a full scholarship (including lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C.) to complete the Certificate of Attendance or Diploma in the 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which will take place from 30 May – 17 June 2022. The deadline to enter submissions is 3 January 2022. This competition is open to lawyers around the world. However, only participants with a law degree are eligible to enter. Visit the website or email humanrightsessay {at} wcl(.)american.edu for additional information or questions. 

5. Online Zoom Conference – International Criminal Justice in an ‘Age of Misinformation’. Taking place on the 16 – 17 September 2021, this online event will explore the communication challenges facing internationalised criminal tribunals in today’s misinformation age. In association with the Society of Legal Scholars and the Journal of International Criminal Justice, the University of Northumbria Law School brings together scholars, practitioners, journalists, and public affairs professionals, to consider how, in a misinformation age, international(ized) criminal tribunals (ICTs) communicate with stakeholders and out to the public at large. Equally, and at a time of increasing demand for ‘freedom of information’, i.e., the ‘right to know’, the conference will renew analysis of activities such as outreach, public information, and external relations. All are invited to attend and contribute to the debate. For further details of the speakers, papers, programme and how to register for free, see here.

6. Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law Conference. The University of Georgia School of Law’s Dean Rusk International Law Center will be hosting its annual Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law conference on 8 October 2021. The 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment produced the “Stockholm Declaration,” an environmental manifesto that forcefully declared a human right to environmental health and birthed the field of modern international environmental law. In celebration of its 50th anniversary volume, the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law is convening this event to reflect on the first 50 years of international environmental law and the lessons this history may hold for the future. The conference is organized according to the three themes of Principle 1 of the Stockholm Declaration, including panels on the rights-based approach to environmental protection; anti-racism, decolonization, and environmental protection; and international environmental law’s future. It will feature a keynote address by Dinah Shelton, the Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law Emeritus, George Washington University School of Law. Details and registration can be found here.  

7. Artificial Intelligence from the Perspective of Law and Ethics: Contemporary Issues, Perspectives and Challenges, 11 November 2021 at the Faculty of Law Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. The aim of this scientific conference is to create a platform for practitioners, academia and young researchers to exchange knowledge and suggestions in the field of artificial intelligence regulation in various branches of national and international law on selected aspects of artificial intelligence, such as the legal personality of robots using artificial intelligence, or the legal liability deriving from a robot´s action, etc. The output of the scientific conference will be a peer-reviewed conference proceedings composed of contributions from conference participants. The deadline for registration is 30 September 2021. For registration visit the conference website.

8. Jindal Society of International Law Lecture. The Jindal Society of International Law is holding the Fall Lecture Series of 2021, titled, ‘Exploring the Ecosystem of International Law’. The lecture on ‘Re-Imagining International Organisations: Trends in State Practice in the Middle East and North Africa’ is the ninth lecture in this twenty-three part Lecture Series, which is being held from August to November 2021. The Fall Lecture Series endeavours to study the different contours of international law and to assist in this study, and guest speakers will cover and address their respective areas of expertise. This lecture is scheduled for 17:00 IST on 17 September 2021 and the speaker for this lecture is Mr. Siraj Khan. To be a part of this lecture, which will be held online on Zoom and be simultaneously live streamed on YouTube, attendees are requested to register themselves through the Registration Link. This link also provides all necessary information regarding the lecture. For any further queries or for additional information regarding the Fall 2021 Lecture Series or other initiatives of the Society, visit the website

9. Racism and Law in Europe: A Conversation Series – Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES), University of Amsterdam. The Black Lives Matter protests across European cities opened up a wider public discussion on racism and racial discrimination in Europe. One issue prominently raised, was that of the role of law in Europe in justifying, enabling, or even constituting racialized violence. Yet, despite the ubiquity of the concept of racial discrimination in European laws, as a conceptual category of critical inquiry, race is conspicuously absent in much of the European legal discourse. This is surprising, given the long legacies and continued persistence of racist ideologies in e.g., labour, immigration, family, and citizenship law. The monthly ACES conversation series Racism and Law in Europe aims to offer a space for academic and practise-oriented reflections on how law is implicated in racializing subjects in today’s Europe. The series will also discuss law’s potential in responding to racial discrimination, or even reversing structural racism.The conversation series features Ratna Kapur (Queen Mary University)), Mathias Moschel (Central European University), Shreya Atrey (Oxford University), Thomas Spijkerboer (VU Amsterdam) & Chris Gevers (University of KwaZulu-Natal). The series is hosted by Lys Kulamadayil and Stefan Salomon. For more information and to register for the series see here.

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