Announcements: Determinability of International Law Lecture; CfP Maastricht Study Group; CfS After COP26; Opinion 1/19 Istanbul Convention Workshop; COVID-19 and World Trade Conference; International Nuremberg Principles Academy Vacancy; Benchmarking in International Criminal Justice Discussion; History of International Law Lecture Series

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1. The Determinability of International Law: Situating Interpretative Authority Lecture. On Monday 13 December 2021 at 7pm GMT, Professor Gleider Hernández (Professor of Public International Law at the University of Leuven and the Open Universiteit) will join the co-convenors of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series, Dr Emily Jones and Dr Meagan Wong, to give a lecture entitled ‘The Determinability of International Law: Situating Interpretative Authority.’ As ever, this event is free and all are welcome. For more information and to register to join on Zoom, see here

2. Call for Papers: The Maastricht Study Group for Critical Approaches to International Law. The Maastricht Study Group for Critical Approaches to International Law invites applications for the upcoming conference entitled Deconstructing International Law. The conference will be held in hybrid online/offline format at Maastricht University, Netherlands, on 7 April 2022. Abstracts of maximum 500 words can be submitted through this online form​ before 23:59 CET on 16 January 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of January 2022 and will be expected to submit a paper of 6,000-8,000 words by 24 March, and to present their paper at the conference. Participation in the conference is possible both offline and online, subject to applicable health and travel regulations. Researchers from outside Europe and/or in an early stage of their career are especially encouraged to submit an abstract. Any questions may be directed to Sally Thin at The full Call for Papers can be found here.

3. Call for Submissions: After COP26 – Appraising the Transnational Climate Regime. After the much anticipated COP26, Transnational Legal Theory seeks submission of commentaries, opinion pieces and original articles that address the development of the climate regime at the conference in the context of the proliferation of transnational activity that has only increased in ambition, scope and volume since COP21 in 2015.  In addition, the injustices and inequalities exposed by the pandemic prompts us to consider the intersections between climate mitigation and adaptation as expressed in the Glasgow Pact, and other environmental and social issues, such as, food production and security, energy equality, climate migration, rights to land and access to water. Full call here. Submit abstracts for commentaries, opinions or original articles of between 6000-10000 word to Emily Webster (ew393 {at} and Phillip Paiement (P.M.Paiement {at} tilburguniversity(.)edu).  The deadline for submission of abstract is 31 December.

4. Opinion 1/19, Istanbul Convention – Exploring Legal Themes and Consequences Workshop. The University of Groningen is organising a workshop on the theme: “Opinion 1/19, Istanbul Convention – Exploring Legal Themes and Consequences“. The aim of this workshop is to explore the variety of legal themes raised by Opinion 1/19, as well as the broader consequences of the Opinion for the EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention. In doing so, the workshop seeks to assess the impact of Opinion 1/19 on the law and practice of EU external relations, and to highlight some of the remaining questions and problems that may impact the EU’s and/or the Member States’ future action on the international scene. The workshop will take place online on 17 December 2021. Register here. The programme can be found here.

5. 2021 BIICL WTO Conference COVID-19 and World Trade: Resilience and Building Back Better 10 December 2021. The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented disruption to the global economy and world trade, as production and consumption of goods and services have scaled back across the globe. At the same time, the WTO and international trade have proven more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, because commerce enabled the delivery of food, medicines, masks and vaccines. This Conference aims to take stock on the challenges posed by the pandemic on international trade and reflect on the solutions discussed and developed to help countries and businesses collaborating and coordinating their actions to mitigate trade and global supply chain disruptions on essential goods and services, to strengthen resilience and “Build Back Better”. Find out more and book your place here.

6. International Nuremberg Principles Academy Vacancy. The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is offering a full-time position as Project Officer starting on or after 1 April 2022.  For full details, see here

7. International Nuremberg Principles Academy  Academy Online Panel Discussion: Benchmarking in International Criminal Justice. The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is hosting an online panel discussion on  “Benchmarking in International Criminal Justice: Feasibility or Fiction?”. See here for further information. The panel discussion will take place on 7 December 2021 from 1.00 p.m. – 2.30 p.m. (CET) as a Zoom meeting. The first part of the panel discussion will reflect on the Nuremberg Academy and Hiil’s project throughout 2018 and 2021. The second part will look at the relevance of this project to the broader question of effectiveness, efficiency, and the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s work, and the Independent Expert Review’s recommendations in reflecting on the key performance indicators and wider debate of goal setting and tangible results displayed in the field of ICL but also wider debate in international criminal justice. After interventions from the podium, the floor will be opened for questions.

8. I-HILT History of International Law E-Lecture Series 2021-2022. Tilburg University’s research group on the history of international law (I-HILT) is starting a new e-lecture series, aiming to bring researchers from all over the world to explore and engage with the history of international law. Professor Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam) will be presenting his latest research: The Path not Taken: On Legal Change and its Context. In this e-lecture Professor Venzke will explore the fact that legal change does not take place in a vacuum, and in fact the context within which such change occurs can be of paramount importance. This e-lecture will take place on Zoom on 9 December at 1pm (CET). Visit the event page for more details.

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