1. Human Rights Essay Award Competition. This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. Deadline: February 1, 2014. Detailed guidelines about the award are available here, or contact hracademy [at] wcl.american [dot] edu.
2. The Cassese Initiative announces its coming workshop on the topic “Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law“, which will be held at the European University Institute in Florence, on Friday 25 October 2013. This Workshop, inspired by Antonio Cassese’s early dedication to the eradication of enforced disappearance in Chile, seeks to address some of the problematic issues raised by the ‘modern’ forms of enforced disappearance, and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing international framework. Presentations will be given by leading experts in the field. In the active discussion that will follow each presentation, participants will have the opportunity to share views and experience in both an academic but also in a professional context. The Workshop is addressed to professionals in the fields of human rights and international criminal law, as well as PhD researchers and students with a demonstrated interest. Find out more about the programme here. Register here. See also the Cassese Initiative website, Facebook and Twitter pages.