Announcements: Conference on Margin of Appreciation at Court; Lecturer in International Law; CfP Palestine Yearbook of International Law; CfS International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals; Director/Senior Legal Expert IHLRC; CfP Identity on the International Bench Series; CfP Colloquium on International Investment Law & Competition Law

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1. Conference on Margin of Appreciation at Court. The conference, entitled ‘European Human Rights Culture – What Role for the Margin of Appreciation‘, asks a simple question – what is the role of the Margin of Appreciation doctrine in contemporary Europe? By linking the interpretation of the doctrine to a broader conception of human rights, understood as complex political and moral norms, leading experts in the field will explore to what extent the tension between human rights and politics, embodied in the doctrine, might be understood as a mutually reinforcing interplay of variables rather than an entrenched separation. More information here

2. Lecturer in International Law. The University of Glasgow, School of Law, is looking to appoint a Full Time Lecturer in International Law. Closing date for applications is the 26th February 2018. More information here.

3. Palestine Yearbook of International Law Call for Papers. The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XXI (2018). This is a general call for papers. As such, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law, including but not necessarily in relation to Palestine. The Yearbook is published in the English language, is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (The Hague, The Netherlands). The Yearbook is now accepting abstracts for review. Abstracts should include a working title, with a preliminary outline of the author’s research and arguments, along with a current CV. For more information, see here. Prospective authors should express interest by e-mailing an abstract (of under 750 words) of the suggested paper as indicated above, along with a CV by 15 March 2018  All submissions should be made to Reem Al-Botmeh: rbotmeh@ and iol.pyil {at} birzeit(.)edu; Ardi Imseis: ai295 {at}; and, Ata Hindi: ahindi {at} birzeit(.)edu.

4. Call for Submissions – Special Issue on “International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals”. The Department of International Law, University of Groningen, with its 2017-2018 Workshop Series has set off to explore the relevance of international law to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. We are we now launching the Special Issue on “International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals” in coordination with the new, innovative publication platform BRILL Open Law. We warmly welcome submission of papers which address the relationship of international law (broadly conceived) with the SDGs. Subject to double-blind, peer-review process, all papers submitted to the Special Issue by end of June 2018 will be considered for open access publication free of charge and will be published under a Creative Commons License 4.0. For more information please consult the Call for Papers available here. The deadline to submit your papers to BRILL Open Law is set for the 28 June 2018. For any questions or informal inquiries, please contact Dr Mando Rachovitsa a.rachovitsa {at} rug(.)nl, or Ms Marlies Hesselman, m.m.e.hesselman {at} rug(.)nl.

5. Director/Senior Legal Expert, IHL Resource Centre (IHLRC). Senior level position for an experienced international humanitarian law (IHL) specialist to join Diakonia’s expanding global work on IHL. Diakonia is currently in a dynamic expansion phase of its IHL work, with the programme developing on a global level. Diakonia has over ten years’ experience running an International Humanitarian Law Resource Centre in Jerusalem. For more information, see here

6. Call for Papers – Identity on the International Bench Series. On 17 and 18 May 2018, the second conference in the Identity on the International Bench Series (Geography and Legal Culture on the International Bench) is taking place in The Hague, organized by the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence, Oslo University. The Organising Committee (chaired by Prof. dr. Freya Baetens) welcomes abstracts from scholars as well as practitioners, including staff of adjudicatory institutions and international organisations. Abstracts should address one or more issues relating to geography and legal culture of international adjudicators from the perspective of their effect on the legitimacy of the international courts and tribunals. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 28 February 2018. For more information, see here.  

7. Call for Papers – Colloquium on International Investment Law & Competition Law. The Faculty of Law of the University of Zaragoza (Spain) is hosting, in the context of the Investment Law Initiative, a Colloquium on ‘International Investment Law & Competition Law’, which will take place on 27 & 28 September 2018, in Zaragoza. Although international investment law and competition law coexist regularly in international praxis, scholarly analysis largely treats them as parallel universes, and as a result their actual and potential overlap has yet to be sufficiently explored. The Colloquium on ‘International Investment Law & Competition Law’ aims to address this topic and, to this end, interested academics and practitioners, senior and junior, are invited to submit paper abstracts (deadline 31 March 2018) on the interaction of the two disciplines, addressing the fairly broad suggested topics. The Colloquium is jointly organized by the University of Zaragoza and its Faculty of Law; the Athens Public International Law Center (Athens PIL) of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Faculty of Law (Greece); the Research Centre on Procurement Law and International Investment (CREDIMI) of the University of Burgundy (France); and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) (France).  For further information, see here

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