Announcements: ICC Moot Competition (Leiden); Conference on Int’l Law and Domestic Policy (Ankara); Venice Academy on Human Rights; Geneva Summer School in Int’l Law; Workshop on Legal Positivism (Oxford); Int’l Law Weekend CfP New Deadline

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1. The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies – Leiden University is delighted to inform you that it will be the host of the ICC Moot Court Competition 2015. The Competition is set to take place from 17 until 22 May 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands and is organized with the support of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This year we will welcome 57 university teams (appr. 350+ students) from 38 different countries worldwide. A large number of the participating universities are from Non-Member States. The sheer volume of interest and diversity of support represents a growing commitment to international law and the ICC worldwide; our competition thus serves as a simple yet powerful instrument to cultivate this strong, youth-led interest and helps further cement the ICC’s future place in global affairs. If you are interested in attending the Competition as a Bench Member, and/or being involved by evaluating memorials, please contact us at grotiuscentre {at} cdh.leidenuniv(.)nl, and we will send you an official invitation including all relevant information. More information can also be found on our website.

2.  Turgut Ozal University School of Law, in cooperation with Association for Canadian Studies and IDI, invites scholars and policy-makers to submit paper proposals to International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies to take place on 30-31 October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey. The aim of this International Conference is to evaluate the impact of international law and transnational law on the legal orders and domestic policies of nation states in different national contexts. The importance of international law in an increasingly globalized world is duly and frequently acknowledged. However, it is difficult to say that international law produces the desired impact across different national legal orders. In this context, the aim of the Conference is to provide opportunities to discuss the interplay between international law and domestic policies. Besides focusing on the impact of international treaty and customary law, the Conference also welcomes submissions dealing with the effects on domestic policies of other sources of globalized norms, such as the emergence of global common law arising from pressures for regulatory commonality, different trade and investment regimes, international sanctions and others. For more information, including information on deadline for proposals and accommodation opportunities, please refer to the website of the conference.

3.  The Venice Academy of Human Rights, from 6 to 15 July, is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. The mission of the Venice Academy is to provide an enriching transdisciplinary forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in human rights research, education and training. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to participate in critical and useful research, innovation and exchange of current knowledge such as the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Queen’s University or Albie Sachs, activist and former judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa under appointment by Nelson Mandela. The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2015 will look at international, regional and transnational integration processes from an institutional, policy, dogmatic and interdisciplinary perspective. The discussion addresses communities of various actors, including citizens, peoples, minorities, but also communities of international and regional organisations, courts and private bodies. More information is available here.

4. University of Geneva Summer School in International Law will take place from June 15 – July 3, 2015 in Geneva. The University of Geneva is happy to invite applications for the Summer School in International Law. The Summer School in International Law, which is now in its third year, presents an excellent opportunity to learn from a wide range of expert international teaching staff in one of the world’s capitals of international law. The course is structured around three themes, one for each of the three weeks of the program: international economic law, international law and civil society, and international law and politics. Each theme is explored through a week-long “Foundations Course” and three to five “Snapshot Courses” on topics such as the creation of states, WTO law and neoliberalism, internet law, law without the state (transnational law), private international law, global governance, international commercial arbitration, controversial investment arbitration cases, the geopolitics of investment arbitration, the role of non-state actors in international institutions, the international law of intellectual property, and the resolution of international intellectual property disputes. Further information and application details are available online here.

5.  Workshop at University of Oxford Faculty of Law, 5 June 2015: (International) Legal Positivism: Custom, Interpretation and Subjectivity. You are invited to a one day workshop with papers by Christoph Kletzer of King’s College London; Grant Lamond of the University of Oxford; Jean d’Aspremont of the University of Manchester; and Janne Nijman of the University of Amsterdam. And discussing such weighty matters as: The diverging foundations of legal positivism; Custom as foundation and/or source of law; Interpretation and the variety of interpretive processes; and Subjects of law or agents of (re)cognition? There is no registration fee, but places are limited. Please register to attend on the Eventbrite website. Lunch is provided courtesy of the Oxford Law Faculty. Accommodation arrangements (if required) are your own. A draft programme is available for download. The precise venue will be announced shortly. Yours hosts will be Messrs d’Aspremont, Gardner, Kammerhofer & Tzanakopoulos to any of whom inquiries can be directed. More information can  be found here.

5.  The deadline for Call for Proposals, International Law Weekend 2015 (ILW 2015) has been extended to 10 April. ILW is the premier international law event of the fall season and is scheduled for November 5-7, 2015, in New York City.  The event is sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA) and the International Law Students Association (ILSA). The theme for 2015 is Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers. ILW 2015 will explore the many roles that international law plays in addressing global challenges. The aim is to provide an opportunity for discussion and debate about the ways in which international law provides fundamental tools and mechanisms to address emerging global issues. ILW 2015 will offer engaging panels on current problems and innovative solutions in both public and private international law.  Panel proposals may concern any aspect of contemporary international law and practice including, but not limited to, international arbitration, international environmental law, national security, cyber law, use of force, human rights and humanitarian law, international organizations, international criminal law, international intellectual property, the law of the sea and outer space, transnational commercial and trade law. We expect the audience to include practitioners, academics, UN diplomats, business leaders, federal and state government officials, NGO leaders, writers, journalists, and interested citizens. We plan to have a broad array of both public international law and private international law topics. The ILW Organizing Committee invites proposals to be submitted online on or before Friday, March 20, 2015 via the ILW Panel Proposal Submission Form located here. ILW 2015 is scheduled to be held at 42 West 44th Street on Thursday evening, November 5, and at Fordham Law School at Lincoln Center on November 6 – 7, 2015. For questions regarding ILW 2015, please contact conferences {at} ilsa(.)org.  The 2015 ILW Program Committee Members are Chiara Giorgetti (University of Richmond Law School), Jeremy Sharpe (Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State), David Stewart (President ABILA, Georgetown University Law Center), Santiago Villalpando (Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations), and Tessa Walker (ILSA).

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