Announcements: CfA ITLOS/Nippon Foundation 2018/2019; IHL Research Fellow Vacancies; Analysing the Western Sahara Campaign Case; Sufficient Gravity before the International Criminal Court Conference; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfP Taking Stock of Global Constitutionalism;

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1. Call for Applications: ITLOS/Nippon Foundation 2018/2019. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is currently seeking applications for the 2018-2019 edition of its capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This is a nine-month programme starting in July 2018, which takes place at the seat of the Tribunal in Hamburg, Germany. The application deadline for this year’s programme is 30 April 2018. The Tribunal is looking for up to 7 junior to mid-level government officials or researchers (including doctoral researchers) between the ages of 25 and 40 dealing with ocean affairs or sea-related matters. Participants’ costs, including travel, accommodation, medical insurance and a monthly subsistence allowance are covered by the Nippon Foundation. For detailed information about the programme and how to apply, see here, or contact the programme coordinator at training {at} itlos(.)org

2. Customary IHL: Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law (Two Positions Available). In the framework of the co-operation between the ICRC and the British Red Cross to update the practice collection of the ICRC’s study on customary international humanitarian law (IHL), the ICRC and the British Red Cross seek to recruit for two Research Fellow positions in the customary IHL research team based in Cambridge/UK. To apply, and for details about the position, please visit the British Red Cross website. For further information, please see here and here. Closing date for applications is Sunday 29 April 2018.  Interviews will take place during the week commencing 21 May 2018. 

3. Analysing the Western Sahara Campaign CaseThe Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) is hosting a Lunchtime Seminar (12-2pm) on Thursday 3 May 2018 in Room 313, Laws Building, at Queen Mary, University of London (Mile End Campus). The Seminar is dedicated to a discussion of the CJEU’s recent preliminary ruling in the Western Sahara Campaign Case. The event is free and open to all but there is a registration requirement. A sandwich lunch and light refreshments will be provided. Please register here. The Chair is Dr Anne Thies (Reading University), and speakers are Mr Fernando Castillo de La Torre (Principal Legal Advisor, EU Commission), Professor Pål Wrange (Stockholm University) and Dr Mario Mendez (QMUL)

4. Sufficient Gravity before the International Criminal Court Conference. On 11 May 2018, from 2.00 to 6.30 pm, at the Law School of the University of Westminster, Board Room, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW, a conference on ‘Sufficient Gravity before the International Criminal Court’ will take place. Please see the flyer here. Attendance is free but previous registration is required here. More information can be found here.

5. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added the following lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: Professor Charles C. Jalloh on “The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law” and Professor Edith Brown Weiss on “The Commons, Public Goods and International Law”. The UN Audiovisual Library of International Law provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge.

6. Call for Papers: Taking Stock of Global Constitutionalism – To What Extent did it Really Change International Law? A workshop at the Annual Ius Commune Conference, Amsterdam, 29 November 2018, 14.00-18.00h. Over the past twenty years or so the study of international law has been confronted with an abundant attention for ‘constitutionalism’. The main reason was that international law had changed, at least in the eyes of its observers. No longer was international law a law between states; it had become a law within states, with a clear impact on individuals, for example  rules on terrorism and on climate change. This workshop aims to collect papers that either clearly confirm that these developments (or at least our perception of them) have indeed changed the nature and/or the study of international law, or that argue that in the end nothing really changed in the nature or the study of international law. The workshop takes place in the framework of the research theme Constitutional Processes in the Global Legal Order. Paper proposals (max. 500 words) can be sent to the organisers of the workshop at r.a.wessel {at} utwente(.)nl by 15 June 2018. We welcome proposals by both Ius Commune members and others. The result of the selection process will be made known by 1 July. The deadline for draft papers is 15 November. Depending on the quality of the papers, the organisers will consider drafting a proposal for a special issue of a journal in the field. Unfortunately, Ius Commune will not be able to cover travel and accommodation. Further information on the Annual Congress will soon be available here

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