Announcements: CfS Jus Cogens; CfA HR & Climate Change; CfP PluriCourts Workshop; UN War Crimes Commission Conference; GMU Maritime Labour Law Academy; Digitization of Humanitarianism Lecture; CfP Polish Yearbook of International Law; CfP Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict; EU-US Relations Seminar; Public Interest Litigation Workshop; LLM in International Operational Law; IFHV Bochum

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1. Call for Submissions: Jus Cogens – The International Law Blog. Jus Cogens: The International Law Blog has issued a Call for Submissions on the theme of International Law and Technology for a new Blog series. All interested persons are invited to submit articles (between 1000 – 1500 words). Academics, students, and practitioners from the Global South are particularly encouraged to submit. Potential topics can include the role of autonomous weapons under IHL; challenges and perspectives of artificial intelligence under international law; human rights in the digital age; and other recent developments in international law and technology. Authors of the top two submissions will be invited to participate in a special series of the Jus Cogens Podcast. Submissions should include a short bio of the author and be sent to juscogensblog {at} gmail(.)comby 15 December 2021.

2. Call for Abstracts: Human Rights and Climate Change. On 27 – 28 January 2022, Leiden University’s interdisciplinary seed grant programme ‘Beyond Anthropocentric Interests and Values? Human Rights and Climate Change’ will host a conference on human rights and climate change. Researchers are welcome to join and contribute their view. The deadline for the submissions of abstracts is 19 November 2021. More information here.

3. Call for Papers: PluiCourts Workshop on International Courts and Tribunals. The research Centre PluiCourts is planning a multidisciplinary workshop on international courts and tribunals which will take place 20 – 21 June 2022 in Oslo. The workshop will bring together scholars of philosophy, legal theory, and political theory who study regional and international courts and tribunals, and in particular issues surrounding legitimacy and adjudication. The call for papers has a deadline of 1 January 2022. More information on the workshop and the call for papers is available on this webpage.Abstracts can be submitted using this link.

4. Conference on the United Nations War Crimes Commission. Maynooth University Law Department and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy in SOAS are holding a joint online joint conference on the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which will take place on 19 November 2021. To register for this event and to view the programme see here.

5. GMU Maritime Labour Law Academy (GMLLA-2021) (22 November- 27 November 2021). Centre for Research on Maritime Labour Law, Gujarat Maritime University, India is organising the 2nd Edition of GMU Maritime Labour Law Academy (GMLLA). The Academy is scheduled to take place virtually from 22 – 27 November 2021. The objective of the Academy is to equip participants with knowledge on contemporary and advanced issues related to Maritime Labour Law. The brochure of the event can be accessed here.  The registration fee for the event is 50USD.  Any query about the event can be sent to cmll {at} or organizers can be contacted at +91 9605120052.

6. Essex Public International Law Lecture Series: The Digitization of Humanitarianism and its Discontents. The Convenors of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series (Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones) are hosting a lecture on Monday 15 November 2021 at 9:30am GMT to be given by Professor Fleur Johns of the Faculty of Law & Justice at UNSW Sydney, entitled ‘The Digitization of Humanitarianism and its Discontents.’ The lecture is free to attend, and all are welcome. Registration and more information are available here.

7. Call for Papers: Polish Yearbook of International Law, vol. XLI. 2021. The Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is seeking articles for its next volume (XLI), which will be published in the fall of 2022. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, they are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works. Submissions should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases they may also accept longer works. All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage. Submit manuscripts via the PYIL’s submission system. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2022.

8. Call for Papers: Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict / Humanitäres Völkerrecht (JILPAC / HuV). The JILPAC  is welcoming articles for its first issue of 2022. In light of the ever-increasing importance of non-state actors on the international plane, this issue focuses on the status, rights, and obligations of non-state actors in international (humanitarian) law and related issues from international and regional perspectives. Articles focusing on other topics are equally welcome. Contributions can be submitted in English or German. The deadline for submissions is 15 January 2022. See the full Call for Papers here and the instructions for contributors here.

9. Seminar: Contemporary Issues in EU-US Relations – On the State of Trade and Technology. This event is organised by the City Law SchoolInstitute for the Study of European LawsJean Monnet Chair in Transatlantic Relations. The seminar will take place on Monday 8 November 5-6.30pm (UK time) hybrid and via zoom. Register here. The location of the event will be Room TLG11, The City Law School, Sebastian Street, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB.

10. Potential of Public Interest Litigation in International Law Workshop. Today more than ever, contemporary challenges lead us to reflect on the role of public interest litigation in proceedings before international courts. The political and legal landscape that surrounds international tribunals has evolved drastically since their creation. One aspect of this evolution is the growing interest in using international courts in the public interest. In the context of the workshop “The Potential of Public Interest Litigation in International Law” organised by the University of Exeter and the University of Geneva, Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue will deliver a keynote speech at the opening day of the event, entitled “Public interest litigation before international courts and tribunals: Past, present, and future”. Join for his keynote speech on Zoom (link) on Thursday 11 November 2021 at 4:30pm BST (3:30pm CEST).

11. LLM in International Operational Law. The Swedish Defence University is now accepting applications for this one-year programme. In September 2022, members of the inaugural cohort will commence their curriculum on how international law regulates the actions of armed forces and other actors in armed conflicts and crises. Taught entirely in English, the programme offers advanced and practice-informed courses not only on the law of armed conflict, human rights and peace operations, but also on cutting-edge areas such as operational planning, hybrid warfare, disaster management and emerging technology. Submit an application here by 17 January 2022.

12. IFHV Bochum, 10 November 2021: A hybrid Conference on ‘Health Security Law. The COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges to all levels of legal systems around the globe. As a consequence, far-reaching calls for fundamental legal reforms have been discussed on the international, national, and regional level. After one and a half pandemic years, we will take stock: Where did the pandemic reveal structural and organisational deficits in global health law and within the German system of constitutional and administrative law which need to be addressed in a post-pandemic future? What could be the broad outlines of a new integrative ‘health security law’? During the conference, IFHV researchers and distinguished experts from different fields will discuss these and other questions related to the legal response to COVID-19. For in-person participation at the IFHV register with ifhv {at} rub(.)de. To participate online via Zoom register at any time using this link.

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