Announcements: Human Rights Integration Conference (Ghent); ICC Summer School (Galway); Conference on ECHR & General Int’l Law (Strasbourg); Gary Born’s ESIL Lecture Online; New EJIL:Live! Episode Online; Seminar on Public Int’l Law and EU Law (London); Int’l Law MOOC

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1.  On 9-11 December 2015, the Human Rights Integration network will organize an international conference in Ghent to explore the foundations and implications of human rights fragmentation and integration, entitled ‘The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration-Towards a Users’ Perspective’. As a political and ethical project, human rights are one, indivisible and universal. As law however, they are fragmented. Human rights law today is characterized by the simultaneous existence of a large variety of norms, developed by numerous actors, at different geographical levels, addressing similar or different topics, individuals and groups. As a result, human rights scholarship often focuses on one or more specific rights, target groups or jurisdictions, which in turn contributes to creating a fragmented, compartmentalized view of human rights law. However, rights holders, duty bearers and other ‘users’ of human rights are confronted simultaneously with multiple layers of human rights law, amongst which there is generally little coordination. For justice seekers, the complex architecture of human rights may create opportunities as well as obstacles. The starting proposition of the conference organizers is that it is highly relevant for human rights scholars to add an integrated perspective of human rights law to our work. This implies studying not only separate norms or mechanisms, but also their simultaneous application, what that implies for the users of human rights law, and how these users deal with that reality. The conference intends to facilitate a dialogue among legal and socio-legal perspectives on human rights fragmentation and integration. Through this dialogue, the conceptual, theoretical and methodological foundations of human rights fragmentation and integration will be refined and the legal and practical implications of human rights fragmentation and integration will be studied. For more information on the conference see here.

2.  The Irish Centre for Human Rights is hosting its annual International Criminal Court Summer School from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway. An early bird registration fee of €400 is available before 20 April 2015 (registration costs €450 after this date). To register and for more information, please see here.

3.  The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law. A one-day conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law is being organized jointly by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law. The programme includes presentations by ten judges from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as presentations by judges from the International Court of Justice, and other judges and international law scholars. More information here.

4.  New ESIL Lecture: Gary Born, ‘BITs, BATs, and Buts: Reflections on International Dispute Resolution’, University of Nottingham School of Law, 25 March 2015 (available here).

5.  In case you missed it, A new episode of EJIL:Live! is now available online. Episode 5 features an extended “Fireside Chat” between the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler and Professor Jan Klabbers of the University of Helsinki, whose article “The Transformation of International Organizations Law”, appears in Volume 26, Issue 1. The article, the first in a new series called The EJIL Foreword, magisterially analyses the current state of international organizations. The interview provides background to the article and probes the issues raised by it in further depth.

6.  Venice School of Human Rights 2015: Human Rights as our Responsibility. EIUC is ready to accept applications for the Venice School of Human Rights which will take place in Venice, Lido from 26 June to 4 July 2015. Candidatures will be accepted until 17 May 2015. Since 2010 EIUC’s Venice School of Human Rights studies today’s challenges in the field of human rights examining their reasons and possible solutions to deploy. In 5 years more than 500 participants from all over the world have attended the Venice School in the beautiful surrounding of the Monastery of San Nicolò at the Lido of Venice. Further information and contacts are available here.

7.  The final workshop of the Annual Seminar Series of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)Constructive Links or Dangerous Liaisons? The Case of Public International Law and European Union Law will take place at Queen Mary Innovation Centre, Clark-Kennedy Lecture Theatre, on 25-26 June 2015. The workshop concludes the ‘Beyond Pluralism project, building on the introductory round-table discussion held in October 2014 on general aspects of the EU-PIL interface and the ‘thematic dialogues’ on specific issue-areas that followed until March 2015. The event will gather top-rank contributors, coming from all over Europe, to consider findings and put them into perspective. The objective is to assess how best to articulate the link between the two regimes and possibly re-define their relationship offering a comprehensive account of their interaction, overcoming current limitations of monist, dualist and pluralist approaches. To register and for full programme details, please, visit here.

8.  Pierre d’Argent, professor at Louvain University, authored an International Law MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on, starting on 30 April. The course is 8 weeks long and will cover subjects, sources and application of international law, international responsibility, pacific settlement of disputes and rules on international peace and security. There is still time to enroll or share the Facebook or Google+ pages of the course with your friends and contacts!

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