Announcements: Online PhD Workshop; Human Rights Nudge Workshop; CfA Max Planck Masterclass; Brexit Conference; International Law Association Conference; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law IWD; Ukraine Online Webinar

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1. SLS International Law Section Online PhD Workshop on Responding to Complex Relationships in International Law. The SLS International Law Section will host its online PhD Workshop on Responding to Complex Relationships in International Law on 13 May 2022. The programme includes perspectives on global governance, climate change, international criminal justice, and technology and is available here. Attendance is free but the organisers encourage attendees to consider joining the Society of Legal Scholars for the International Law Section’s future events and annual conference. If interested, please contact a.f.gilder {at}

2. Human Rights Nudge Workshop on International Legal Research. As part of the Social Simulation Fest of the European Social Simulation Association, the Human Rights Nudge project is organising an interactive workshop bringing together legal scholars and modelling experts to discuss the potential application of agent-based modelling in international legal research. They are currently seeking ideas from scholars identifying international legal questions or puzzles that would benefit from an agent-based modelling approach. Applicants should send a 500-word description of their ideas (an international legal question or puzzle) that they would like to discuss/to which ABM might apply usefully. No experience with computational social science methods is required but do specify if you have such experience. 

3. Call for Applications: 9th Max Planck Masterclass, The Fate of International Courts. The 9th Max Planck Masterclass take place between 16 – 19 May 2022, and will be taught by Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Director of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law). This year’s workshop will address the topic “The Fate of International Courts”. In the four sessions, they will discuss the nature of international courts, critical perspectives on international adjudicators, the potential for dialogue and cross-fertilization, as well as ethical issues of international dispute settlement. Moreover, Professor Ruiz Fabri will also give a keynote on “Feminism and International Law”. The Call can be found here. Applications can be sent through the online application system until 31 March 2022. The working language will be English.

4. Brexit in European and International Legal Perspectives Conference. On 11 March 2022, Bocconi University will host a conference on Brexit. Ramses Wessel (University of Groningen) will start the debate with a presentation on ‘withdrawal from the European Union from the perspective of EU and international law’, followed by Enzo Cannizzaro (Sapienza University) discussing ‘the concept of statehood in the European Union after Brexit’. Afterwards, Niamh Nic Shuibhne (University of Edinburgh) will deal with ‘the constitutional implications of Brexit for the EU legal order’, and Aoife O’Donoghue (Durham Law School) on ‘Northern Ireland, Scale & Brexit’. Marise Cremona (EUI) will close the conference with a presentation on ’the European Union and its neighbours after Brexit’. Roger O’Keefe and Eleanor Spaventa will chair the event, which is organised by Paola Mariani and Lorenzo Gasbarri. You can find more information and the link to attend the event (in person or on Zoom) here.

5. International Law Association British Branch Spring Conference 2022. The International Law Association British Branch Annual Spring Conference will be held on Friday 29 April 2022 at the University of Surrey. The Conference will be held in hybrid mode on the theme ‘International Law and Climate Change’. Full details may be found in the conference programme enclosed and the conference website.  Tickets may be purchased at EventBrite. Capacity for in-person participants is limited to 150 persons and there is no limit for virtual participants. Entry to the conference dinner and keynote address at the Guildford Harbour Hotel is open to in-person attendees at no additional charge on a first-come, first-served basis. To mitigate the carbon footprint of the event, which is being estimated by the organising committee, registrants intending to attend in-person are requested to use low-carbon means of public transport, such as trains, buses and coaches. Queries may be addressed to the organising committee at: ilaconference {at}

6. Observance of International Women’s Day at the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. In observance of International Women’s Day, the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has launched a lecture, in English and Spanish, by Professor Cecilia Bailliet on “Women Refugees and Gender Persecution” / “Mujeres Refugiadas y Persecución de Género”, addressing the challenges that affect refugee women and girls. The Audiovisual Library of International Law is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud and can be accessed through the relevant preinstalled applications on Apple or Google devices, or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law”.

7. Online Webinar: The Force, Failure and Future of International Law after Russia’s Aggression against Ukraine: An International Law Therapy Session. The International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) wants to share and discuss thoughts, perspectives, and frustrations regarding international law in the context of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in a constructive way. This session is designed to provide a space for an ongoing thought process, building on an exchange of thoughts, ideas, and feelings. The goal is to learn from current events by confronting our legal perspectives and experiences in a hopefully re-animating reality-check on different aspects of the conflict. More information can be found on the IFHV’s website. Register for the webinar here. The webinar will take place on 8 March at 17:00 -18:30 (CET).

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