Announcements: Discussion on Intelligence Sharing in Multinational Military Operations; Berlin Potsdam Fellowship Vacancy; Lethal Autonomous Weapons Podcast; Corporate Human Rights Conference; Jindal Society of International Law Lectures; Workshop on Decolonization and Human Rights

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1. A Discussion on Intelligence Sharing in Multinational Military Operations and Complicity under International Law. The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre is delighted to invite you to a discussion on the international legal aspects of intelligence sharing in military operations. States regularly share intelligence with both state and non-state partners. If, for example, UK agencies were to share intelligence with another state while being aware of a risk that this intelligence could facilitate torture, would the UK violate international law in doing so? Conversely, if UK agencies were to receive intelligence that they knew may have resulted from the use of torture or from a violation of sovereignty or diplomatic law by a partner, would the receipt and subsequent use of such intelligence by the UK be unlawful? Marko Milanovic, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, will be discussing the findings of his British Academy-funded research project on intelligence sharing together with Miles Jackson, Associate Professor at the University of Oxford. Sangeeta Shah, Associate Professor at the School of Law will be chairing the discussion, followed by a Q&A session. The event with take place online on Tuesday 12 October 1.30-2.45pm UK time, via MS Teams (meeting link).

2. Application for Fellowship: Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?”. The Berlin Potsdam Research Group “The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?” invites applications for a Fellowship in International Law, International Relations or Political Philosophy. This is a fixed-term position for a period of 12 months which may be extended by up to a further year. The fellow will work at Freie Universität Berlin and co-operate with the group’s senior researchers and participate in the academic exchange of the Research Group. The Research Group examines the role of international law in a changing global order. Applicants should have completed their PhD before joining the group and should not have pursued more than 2 years of postdoctoral research. Applicants are not required to speak German. Further details are available here.

3. New Podcast Series: Lethal Autonomous Weapons – 10 Things We Want to Know. Professor Paola Gaeta has launched a new podcast series titled Lethal Autonomous Weapons: 10 Things We Want to Know, which is part of research project based at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In this podcast, Professor Gaeta and the members of the research team (Marta Bo, Alessandra Spadaro, and Abhimanyu George Jain) discuss with other experts the challenges and problems raised by autonomous weapons, covering issues such as the concept of autonomy in weapon systems, the compatibility of lethal autonomous weapons with the laws of war, the question of the attribution of responsibility in case of failures of autonomous weapons, whether these weapons are ethical, the respect for human rights when these weapons are used in law enforcement operations, the prospects for international treaty regulating them. The podcast is available on various streaming platforms such as Apple PodcastsAmazon Music, and Spotify. Episodes are released every other Wednesday.

4. Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities Conference. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the University of Copenhagen are pleased to announce that registration is now open for an international online conference on ‘Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence and Systemic Inequalities’ 25 – 26 October 2021. Co-organisers Lise Smit (BIICL) and Sorcha MacLeod (UCPH) are bringing together a diverse group of speakers from academia, civil society, practitioners, and industry who will focus an intersectional lens on how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) apply to systemic inequalities, and consider the human rights due diligence responsibilities of companies in relation to systemic inequalities. The panels will also consider how the concepts of going beyond formal equality to substantive equality and justice apply in this context. The full programme and free registration are here. For queries about registration please contact eventsregistration[@]BIICL[.]ORG.

5. Jindal Society of International Law Lectures 13 and 14. The Jindal Society of International Law is holding the Fall Lecture Series of 2021, titled ‘Exploring the Ecosystem of International Law’. The lecture on ‘Meaning and Relevance of a Third World Approaches to International Law’ is the thirteenth lecture in this twenty-three part Lecture Series, and will be held on 18:30 IST on 4 October 2021. The speakers for this lecture are Professor Dr. B.S. Chimni and Mr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal. To register, and for more information, see the Registration Link. The fourteenth lecture on ‘A TÊTE-À-TÊTE: European Union and International Law’  is scheduled for 17:00 IST on 8 October 2021, with the speaker for this lecture being Professor Dr. Nicolas Angelet. To register, and for more information, see the Registration Link. These lectures will be held online on Zoom and will be simultaneously live streamed on YouTube. For any further queries or for additional information regarding the Fall 2021 Lecture Series or other initiatives of the Society, see the website. You can also follow on LinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

6. Workshop on Decolonization and Human Rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Asser Institute for International and European Law in The Hague and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance, University of Amsterdam, are hosting an online workshop on 14 of October with the support of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research to critically assess the relationships between decolonization and human rights in the context of the Netherlands. Discussions will take place across three panels, exploring the relationships between human rights and the contexts of empire, citizenship and migration. The event is free but registration is required. The programme and panel descriptions can be found here. The registration form is here.

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