Announcements: Course in Munich; 3rd Annual Cambridge J. Int & Comp. Law Conference; Symposium at Durham

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1) The Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL) is a summer school held at Ludwig Maximilians University Munich and dedicated to questions of Public International Law. Its next session, entitled A No Man’s Land in International Law? Towards a New Public International Law for the Cybersphere”, will take place from 4 to 15 August 2014. Classes will aim at discussing the challenges posed by the cybersphere to several aspects of ‘classical’ Public International Law doctrine. This will include, amongst others, questions of cyber warfare, cyber regulation, the applicability of the rules on state responsibility and jurisdiction as well as the adaptation of norms of international economic law to conducts in virtual surroundings. The 2014 faculty will include Oren Gross (Minnesota), Jutta Brunnée (Toronto), Thomas Cottier (Bern), Terry Gill (Amsterdam) and others. For further information please visit the MACIL homepage.”

2) Registration for the Third Annual Conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law is now open. The CJICL Conference  will be held on 10–11 May 2014 at the St John’s College Divinity School, University of Cambridge under the theme: “Stepping Away from the State: Universality and Cosmopolitanism in International and Comparative Law”. This Conference will explore approaches that question the traditional state-centric view of international and comparative law.  The idea of universality suggests that international law applies equally and indiscriminately across domestic legal systems, and within sub-systems of international law itself. Cosmopolitanism conceives of the world as a single entity, with resonances between people irrespective of their location, nationality and culture, and asks how legal actors can access legal regimes beyond their state’s domestic framework.

Some of the conference highlights will include: Keynote address by Judge Kenneth Keith of the International Court of Justice; Keynote debate between Judge Angelika Nussberger (European Court of Human Rights) and Lord Kerr (Supreme Court of the United Kingdom); Launch of Dr Kate Miles’ recently published book, The Origins of International Investment Law: Empire, Environment and the Safeguarding of Capital (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Forty presentations over more than ten panels.
3) The relationship between law and negotiation is increasingly at the forefront of the international agenda. International organisations whose role includes the mediation of peace, such as the MediationSupport Unit of the United Nations, and the European Union, are seeking to understand the relationship between mediation, law and justice in conflict and post conflict societies. While such organisations cknowledge that international law places normative constraints on the practice of peace making, they also recognise that key principles ofmediation, such as consent, inclusivity and local ownership, are crucial to the success of negotiated peace processes. These questions have risen to the top of international policy agendas, but there is to date a lack of academic scrutiny of how the relationship between law and negotiation itself it to be negotiated. Research to date has focused on discrete aspects of the relationship between law and negotiation, such as the role of human rights in peace agreements, or in setting transitional justice priorities. It has not addressed the overarching question of the relationship between law and negotiation that underpins these divisive issues.
On Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March a symposium hosted  by Law and Global Justice at Durham will address the ways in which law and negotiation can play a mutually supportive role in the conflict and post conflict environments, speakers and invited guests at the symposium will discuss three key themes; those of violence, of culture and gender. Speakers include Ms Rashida Manjoo, (UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women) Mr Francesc Vendrell, (Former EU High Representative to Afghanistan); Dr Sari Kouvo (University of Gothenburg & Afghanistan Analysts); Dr Christopher Lamont (University of Groningen); Dr Aisling Swaine (George Washington University); Mr Martin Waehlisch (European University Viadrina); Dr Richard Collins (University of Sheffield); Dr Jeroen Gunning (Durham Global Security Institute). For further information or to register to attend please email CatherineTurner (Catherine.turner {at}
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