Announcements: Junior Faculty Forum in Florence; Call for Papers on Legitimacy of International Tribunals; Training on EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; ICJ E-Bulletin on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights; Fellowships for Global Trust Project in Tel Aviv; Summer School on International Courts in Oslo; EJIL:Live; UN Audiovisual Library; Human Rights Essay Contest; Program in Washington on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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1.  Deadline for Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law. The deadline for the Fourth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law-of December 15, 2014-is fast approaching. Further information can be found here for the fourth Forum, which will be convened at the European University Institute in Florence in June 2015 by Dino Kritsiotis (Nottingham), Anne Orford (Melbourne) and JHH Weiler (EUI).

2.  In Whose Name? On the Legitimacy of International Adjudication. Agora Proposal for the ESIL Annual Conference. “The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?” Oslo, 10–12 September 2015. In whose name do courts decide? Many domestic courts provide an answer in the opening words of their decisions. They routinely evoke the source of their legitimacy right at the start. When it comes to international courts and tribunals, we find nothing comparable. International courts and tribunals do not say in whose name they speak the law. What is the source of their legitimacy? See the full Call for Papers here. With the help of this CfP, we wish to form a proposal for an agora at the ESIL Annual Conference in Oslo. Hélène Ruiz Fabri (MPI Luxembourg & Université de la Sorbonne) would act as the agora’s Chair. For more information about the ESIL Annual Conference 2015, see here. Proposals for papers can be submitted either in English or French. Please submit your paper proposal of less than 800 words and a CV (including your affiliation and contact information) to esilpanel2015 {at} mpil(.)de. The deadline is 15 January 2015. The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law will cover participants’ customary expenses for travel- and accommodation. Submissions will receive a response by 22 January.

3.  EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization is delighted to invite you to apply to the training seminar on the “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights”. The application period will last until the deadline of 7 January 2015, however 10% discount applies to candidatures received by 1 December 2014. The two-day seminar organised by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is going to take place on 6 and 7 February 2015. It will explore the scope and usefulness of the Charter for the legal practitioners facing the national courts or the Court of Justice of the EU, mostly by means of preliminary reference. The training seminar on the “EU Charter of Fundamental Rights” will provide practical training to judges, prosecutors and legal practitioners on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, or more generally to professionals who can be confronted with different case law where EU Law applies, and who can then uphold the rights guaranteed by the Charter against a national law or legal practice (family law, criminal law, asylum and immigration law, free movement of goods and workers, right of respect of private life, etc.). The seminar will focus on the Charter’s values, as well as on the main fields of application when a specific appeal is submitted. The academics and experts composing the Training seminar’s faculty are high level well-known professionals and leading professors coming from different European Universities. The seminar’s scientific responsible, Prof. Jean-Paul Jacqué, has contributed – within the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union – to the drafting of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Please note that there is a limited number of places available for this training seminar, hence EIUC will proceed by accepting candidatures on an ongoing basis. Don’t miss the opportunity! Interested candidates should register by compiling the online application form.
4.  ICJ E-bulletin on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights. The e-bulletin on counter-terrorism and human rights is the monthly newsletter of the International Commission of Jurists ( on proposed and actual changes in counter-terrorism laws, policies and practices and their impact on human rights at the national, regional and international levels. The E-bulletin on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights provides hyperlinks to full texts of reports, statements, laws, court judgments and legal analysis. It aims at fostering an informed debate on the implications of counter-terrorism measures for the promotion and protection of human rights. You can subscribe freely to the E-bulletin by accessing its last edition here.  You can find all past editions of the E-bulletin since 2004 here.
5.  The GlobalTrust research project at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law studies the extent to which states that exercise regulatory functions should take into account the interests and preferences of foreign individuals and communities located outside their boundaries. Participants in this project explore the possible moral and legal grounds for requiring states to take other-regarding considerations into account and the institutional mechanisms that could legitimize the external review of states’ compliance with such obligations. Funded by a European Research Council Advanced Grant, the project offers three types of fellowships: post-doctoral, doctoral and short-term visiting fellowships. Application deadline (for the academic year of 2015-2016): 1 February, 2015. The project description can be found here, and more information about the fellowships can be found here.
6.  The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international law and with a special interest in interdisciplinary studies of international law and its social and political context. We particularly welcome students and scholars who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves an interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts. See here for more information.

7.  In case you missed it, Episode 3 of EJIL:Live! features a fireside chat between the Editor-in-Chief of EJIL, Prof. Joseph Weiler and Prof. Jan Klabbers of the University of Helsinki, whose article “The Emergence of Functionalism in International Institutional Law: Colonial Inspirations” appears in Vol. 25, Issue 3. The interview was recorded at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Video and audio are available here.

8.  New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International LawThe Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Judge Kenneth Keith on “The International Court of Justice – The Reflections of One Judge as He Leaves Office” and “Interpreting in International Courts and Tribunals” as well as by Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos on “The United Nations Security Council Sanctions”.

9.  Human Rights Essay Award – Call for SubmissionsAre you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 39 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review. This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses. For detailed guidelines about the award please visit here or contact us at: hracademy {at} wcl.american(.)edu.
10.  Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law – Application now open. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce that the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is now accepting applicationsThe program will take place from May 26 to June 12, 2015. This Program offers 18 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 39 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and professors from all over the world. The Program is offered in three categories which include the modality of Certificate of Attendance for lawyers, law students and HR professionals of any country, ABA Credits for U.S. students and finally, the Diploma Course that is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. The application form for this program will be available here. For more information please contact us at

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