Announcements: Conference on Derogation from the ECHR; Seminar on Transitional Justice and Social Justice; International Law Weekend 2017; Annual BIICL-SLS 2017 Conference; International Criminal Court Summer School 2017

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1. Conference on The Derogation from the ECHR under Contemporary Situations of Emergency. This conference will examine current practices of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights by Ukraine, France and Turkey as well as the United Kingdom’s proposal to derogate from the ECHR in foreign military operations. Marko Milanovic (University of Nottingham) will deliver a keynote speech and Raphaël Comte (Rapporteur of the Council of Europe) will provide a report on ‘State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the ECHR’. The conference is open to all interested students, academics, diplomats and practitioners. For any questions please contact the organizing committee: Kushtrim Istrefi (kushtrim.istrefi {at} or Stefan Salomon (stefan.salomon {at} uni-graz(.)at). More here and here.

2. Netherlands Institute of Human Rights Seminar on Transitional Justice and Social Justice. The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) is delighted to invite you to the Seminar on Transitional Justice and Social Justice on June 8th at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The seminar will explore the conceptual relationship between transitional justice, social justice, and human rights. It aims to build upon current debates in the field and examine why economic, social, and cultural rights violations have or have not been included in transitional justice mechanisms with a view to providing answers both to the kinds of obstacles that prevent making these processes more inclusive, and to the dangers of doing so. The seminar will take place in the Raadzaal room at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, Achter Sint Pieter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht. Signing up is possible by sending an e-mail to k.j.aksamitowska {at} uu(.)nl. For more information, please visit our website.

3. International Law Weekend 2017. International Law Weekend 2017 will take place from 19 – 21 October 2017 in New York City, at the Association of the Bar of New York City and at Fordham Law School. This year’s conference theme, International Law in Challenging Times, is available on the International Law Students Association website. This is an opportunity for international law to reestablish its strong connection with the global community it serves. Panels at ILW 2017 will examine current global challenges, potential solutions, and a broad range of dynamic issues in both public and private international law. Panel proposals are due on 30 April 2017, and should be submitted using the online submission form available here. For complete instructions regarding the conference and the submission process, please review the 2017 Call for Proposals. Any questions regarding the conference should be sent to conferences {at} ilsa(.)org.

4. Annual BIICL-SLS 2017 Conference. Registration is open for the 26th Annual BIICL-SLS 2017 Conference on Theory and International Law, with the theme “Inside the Mind of International Decision-Makers”. It will be on the afternoon of 3 May and the programme is available hereSome of the questions we will explore are: Do decision-makers behave rationally and predictably? What factors influence their decision-making? What are the roles of cognitive skills, intuition, and background, including education and political persuasion? What are the implications for choosing a method of dispute settlement for a particular case or designing a dispute settlement mechanism for future disputes?

5. The International Criminal Court Summer School 2017. The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway is pleased to announce that the annual International Criminal Court Summer School will take place from 19 to 23 June. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to attend a series of intensive lectures over five days. The lectures are given by leading academics on the subject as well as by legal professionals working at the International Criminal Court Participants are provided with a detailed working knowledge of the establishment of the Court, its structures and operations, and the applicable law. Lectures also speak to related issues in international criminal law, including: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the crime of aggression, jurisdiction, fair trial rights, and the rules of procedure and evidence. This year’s ICC Summer School will include a topical special session on Corporate Crimes and the International Criminal Court. The closing date for registrations is 1 June 2017. To register and for more information please visit our website.

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