Announcements: Human Rights Law Centre Annual Lecture; International Legal Podcast Spanish; Rising Sea Levels Lecture; Prosecuting Ecocide Roundtable; Climate Justice Fellow 2022; e-books Young Authors Contest; Complex Relationships in International Law Workshop; EU Judicial Conversations Workshop

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1. Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham Annual Lecture. Hasina Safi, Women’s Rights are Human Rights: A Perspective from Afghanistan, Thursday 3 February 2022, 14:00-15:30 GMT. Hasina Safi served as Afghanistan’s Acting Minister for Women from May of 2020 until August 2021, and as Minister of Information and Culture prior to that. Ms. Safi has over 20 years’ experience in women’s development programs working with Afghan civil society organizations, international organizations and UN agencies. Please register at https://hrlcannuallecture2022.eventbrite.co.uk .

2. Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI) – The International Legal Podcast (Spanish). HDI recently added the following episodes in Spanish: Dr. Julian Bordaçahar – La Corte Permanente de Arbitraje y el Arbitraje Internacional; Prof. José Ignacio Hernández – Crisis Humanitaria de Migrantes y Refugiados en Venezuela; Dr. Pablo Fajardo- Los casos contra Chevron/Texaco y la Protección de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana; and, Gota 11: ” Causa Relativa a Ahmadou Sadio Diallo (Guinea c. Congo). The podcast is available on the main platforms: SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, or through other podcast applications by searching “Hablemos de Derecho Internacional”. Updated information about the guests and episodes can be found on the new website or on HDI’s social media accounts: LinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebook, and Youtube.

3. The Conundrum for International Law of Rising Sea Levels Lecture. The Convenors of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series (Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones) are hosting the Opening Lecture for the 2021-22 Spring Term on Monday 17 January, by Professor Sean D. Murphy, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at George Washington University in Washington, D.C, member of the U.N. International Law Commission, entitled ‘The Conundrum for International Law of Rising Sea Levels’, chaired by Dr Meagan Wong, School of Law, University of Essex. Join on Zoom at 6pm GMT. Registration and more information here.

4. Prosecuting Ecocide: Can we Fill the Accountability Gap for Environmental Harm Roundtable. On 19 January 2022 at 9:00-10:00 PT/18:00-19:00 CET/19:00-20:00 EET join the fifth Practitioner-Scholar Roundtable on ‘Prosecuting Ecocide: Can we Fill the Accountability Gap for Environmental Harm?’. The virtual Roundtable is hosted by the ActInCourts Network (University of British Columbia), the Toxic Crimes Project (Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki), and the Law Interest Group of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association. The panelists are: Rachel Killean, Richard RogersAlex Whiting, and Maud Sarliève. The Roundtable will be moderated by Stavros Pantazopoulos, and chaired by Lisa Sundstrom. Register and book a ticket here.

5. All for Climate Justice Fellow 2022 by Ideas Nepal. Ideas Nepal is a not-for-profit research group calling for proposals from early year academicians and researchers for the ‘Climate Change/Climate Justice Research Fellowship’.  For the details about the fellowship please see here. The last date to submit the proposal is 5 March 2022.

6. ideas KITAB brings the ‘e-books Young Authors Contest. Words have been a powerful tool to empower young minds. Words through books can create an ecosystem to nurture future world leaders and policymakers. Ideas Nepal through ideas KITAB brings the ‘e-books Young Authors Contest’ to give space and nurture individuals to publish their books with us and take a step forward to their journey of being world leaders. For more information, please see here

7. Responding to Complex Relationships in International Law Workshop. The SLS International Law Section, in collaboration with the European Journal of Legal Studies, invites abstracts from PhD researchers in international law (public or private) for an online Workshop on Responding to Complex Relationships in International Law to be held on 13 May 2022. The theme intends to encourage new voices in international law to critically consider the complex relationships emerging in different areas of the international system and, where challenges arise, propose innovative methods for actors to respond. Potential topics may include, but are in no way limited to, the role of non-state actors in international law-making, the future functions of international organizations, the continuing legitimacy of the state, and the need for cooperation between states and actors, such as multinational corporations and activist groups. Send an abstract of no more than 300 words to a.f.gilder {at} reading.ac(.)uk no later than 7 February 2022. If selected, full draft papers of 4,000-5,000 words must be submitted no later than 27 April 2022. Further details see here.

8. Whose Europe? Judicial Conversations in a Changing Union Workshop. The European Studies Council at the MacMillan Center of Yale University invites proposals for the Third Annual International Conference of European Studies Graduate Fellows to take place virtually or in a hybrid format on 29 – 30 April 2022, at Yale University.  Paper proposals are welcome for the following panel:  Whose Europe? Judicial Conversations in a changing Union. Since its inception, the European Union (EU) relied on courts to assert its authority and enforce EU law. At a moment when the EU is facing a series of (existential) crises—from the sovereign debt and “refugee” crisis to the rule of law and Brexit—national and supranational judges adopt various approaches and attitudes toward this assertion, ranging from allyship to hesitance or even resistance. Time and again, courts’ influence on the EU legal order—effective or potential—has come to the fore. In an ever-changing Union, it is crucial to understand the role of courts, both within and outside the EU, beyond that of rule-appliers and to recognize their influence as foundational actors in democracy and rule-of-law-building. What triggers judicial cooperation? What prompts backlash? Do either domestic courts or the European Court of Justice have the “upper hand” when it comes to shaping policy-making? How can the EU maintain its claim to autonomy and supremacy with or without the support of domestic judiciaries? How do these internal tensions affect the relations between the EU and the outside world?  Interested graduate students and early-career scholars should send an email to european.studies {at} yale(.)edu by 31 January 2022, with a tentative title and abstract (no more than 500 words). Please also include a copy of your resume or CV (1 page). The final papers should be approximately 2,000 words and will be due 31 March 2022. All papers of the Conference will be published online in the Yale European Graduate Fellows Conference Journal.

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