Announcements: Expanding Human Rights Protection to Non-Human Subjects Symposium; Obligations Erga Omnes Event; Nottingham International Criminal Justice Conference; SIEL 2025 International Economic Law in a Changing World; EU’s Geopolitical Awakening PhD Workshop; Training Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation; CfP ASIL-ESIL Workshop; Property in Contemporary Capitalism Seminar; UK Withdrawal From the ECHR Seminar

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1. Expanding Human Rights Protection to Non-Human Subjects? Animals, Nature, Corporations, and Robots as (Potential) Human Rights Subjects Symposium. The Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg (CHREN) is holding a symposium on “Expanding Human Rights Protection to Non-Human Subjects? Animals, Nature, Corporations, and Robots as (Potential) Human Rights Subjects’ (8 June, online participation is possible). The symposium will consider the different regional human rights approaches to global challenges such as the planetary environmental crises, the globalisation of production networks, and digitalisation and critically analyse the potentials and risks of addressing these global challenges by granting human rights protection to non-human entities. Members of the three regional human rights courts will take part in the symposium and discuss with the speakers after their presentations. Details can be found here.

2. The Articulation and Enforcement of Obligations Erga Omnes: Recent Developments As seen in the ongoing cases of The Gambia v. MyanmarCanada and The Netherlands v. Syria and South Africa v. Israel, the characterisation of certain international obligations as obligations erga omnes or more precisely, in the context of multilateral treaty obligations, erga omnes partes has in recent years supported the enforcement of these obligations through the institution of contentious proceedings before the International Court of Justice by states other than injured states. Not only has this thrown up new procedural challenges for the Court. It has also raised the question of how obligations erga omnes are to be identified. In the latest in the series Bocconi Conversations in International Law, Dr Priya Urs (St John’s College, University of Oxford) will discuss with Prof. Roger O’Keefe (Bocconi University) recent developments in the articulation and enforcement of obligations erga omnes under international law. The event will take place in hybrid format on Friday, 7 June 2024, 4:30-6:00pm at Bocconi University, via Röntgen 1, 20136 Milan, room 1.c3.01. Registration is required for attendance in person (email dip.ius {at} unibocconi(.)it). To follow the event on Zoom, go here (Meeting ID: 993 0983 0316 Passcode: 539190).

3. Nottingham International Criminal Justice Conference. The field of international criminal justice is diverse and constantly evolving. International criminal justice continues to be viewed as an important aspect of any response to mass violence and conflict. The gaps in, and limits to, substantive criminal law and justice processes remain key concerns. And yet, despite this, the norms of international justice – and the expectation of, and calls for, accountability – are stronger than ever. Against this backdrop, opportunities to take stock of current issues and developments are more important than ever. With this in mind, the University of Nottingham School of Law, in partnership with the International Criminal Justice Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre, is hosting the Nottingham International Criminal Justice Conference on 8–9 July 2024. This conference will bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers to explore, discuss and debate current issues. For information and to register, see here

4. SIEL 2025: Navigating New Horizons: International Economic Law in a Changing World. The Ninth Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) will take place on 9-11 July 2025 in Taipei (Taiwan), in collaboration with National Taiwan University (NTU). SIEL’s Ninth Biennial Global Conference will be in person and address the pressures of escalating geopolitical tensions, environmental challenges, unbridled economic nationalism, profound digital transformations, and growing inequalities are reshaping not just economies, but societies globally. More information, including how to submit a paper, panel or poster is available here.

5. EU’s Geopolitical Awakening PhD Workshop. The T.M.C. Asser Institute’s Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and Leiden University are organising a two-day PhD workshop on the legal implications of the EU’s “geopolitical awakening” and are inviting current PhD scholars and early career researchers to submit an abstract of max. 800 words by 15 July 2024. The workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the EU’s growing role as a geopolitical actor in the wake of the war in Ukraine. For more information, see here.

6. 2024 Asser Institute/OPCW WMD Training Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. Registration is now open for the fifteenth training programme on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, co-organised with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 30 September – 4 October 2024 in The Hague. During this training programme, participants will receive an overview of the international non-proliferation and disarmament framework, learning from experts and practitioners in the field and engaging in active discussions about key topics and current debates. Five full scholarships (tuition fee, international travel, accommodation and per diem) are available for candidates working in the field of WMD from Low/Lower Middle Income Economies of the World Bank. Deadline 23 June 2024. Four tuition fee only scholarships are available for civil society representatives (including NGOs, think tanks, research or academic institutions). Deadline 23 July 2024.

7. Call for Proposals: ASIL-ESIL Workshop on the Law and Practice of International Organizations. The International Organizations Interest Groups (IOIGs) of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the European Society of International Law (ESIL) have issued a call for proposals for their biannual virtual workshop of academic works in progress addressing the law or practice of international organizations. The tentative date to hold the workshop is 17 February 2025, at a time convenient for the most number of selected authors. To be considered, send an abstract of around 400 to 800 words to dpickard {at} debevoise(.)com and igioesil {at} gmail(.)com by 29 June 2024. Selected authors will be expected to submit article- or chapter-length papers by 2 December 2024. Co-authorship is permitted. They also welcome expressions of interest from potential reviewers. Contact dpickard {at} debevoise(.)com or igioesil {at} gmail(.)com with any questions.

8. Goldsmiths Law, Law & Society Research Seminar Series: “Property in Contemporary Capitalism”. This Seminar will be given by Professor Paddy Ireland, University of Bristol. Tuesday 16 July 2024 12.00-13.00 BST, online. Professor Ireland will be introducing his new book ”Property in Contemporary Capitalism”, where he challenges the conventional theories of property law that have shaped our understanding for centuries, raising broader questions about ownership in society, and forcing us to confront that our current property system bears considerable responsibility for the current ‘polycrisis’. The registration link can be found here.

9. Goldsmiths Law, Law & Society Research Seminar Series: “UK Withdrawal From the ECHR (‘BrECHRit’) – From Taboo to Tenable?” This Seminar will be given by Dr. Ed Bates (in conversation with Prof. Giannoulopoulos). Tuesday 11 June 2024 12.00-13.00 BST, online. He will be discussing the controversial topic of the UK’s potential withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights. Is ‘BrECHRit’ a taboo subject or a tenable possibility? Dr. Bates will be joining us at Goldsmiths Law to chart the trend that presents the UK withdrawal from the ECHR (‘BrECHRit’) as a credible position – a tenable, not taboo option anymore- and will provide a critical analysis of the same, contextualised to the various legal developments occurring in parallel with it. Professor Giannoulopoulos will be chairing and taking the opportunity to investigate with Dr. Bates contemporary developments relating to the Human Rights Act debate, during the Q & A. The registration link can be found here.

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