Announcements: Launch of Articles of War; Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict Prize; CfP Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law; CfP German Yearbook of International Law; Postdoctoral Fellow for Toxic Crimes Project Vacancy

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1. Launch of Articles of War by the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at West Point. Articles of War is a curated digital publication that offers a platform for timely analysis, debate, and commentary on legal challenges arising from the contemporary battlefield. It publishes diverse perspectives – military, academic, policy, humanitarian, etc. Articles highlight new developments in law, analyze emerging legal issues, place current events in a legal context, and emphasize military operational perspectives on the law of armed conflict. Articles of War is published by the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare at West Point. In addition to an article by Co-Editors-in-Chief Colonel Shane Reeves and Professor Sean Watts introducing Articles of War, the launch includes articles discussing: the legacy of Francis Lieber by Lieutenant General Charles Pede and Colonel Joshua Berry; the impact of autonomy on legal decision-making in the U.S. military; an analysis of targeting non-state “mixed groups”; and the repercussions of civilian casualty aversion on the operational concept of shock. Be sure to connect with Articles of War on Twitter and with the Lieber Institute on LinkedIn. Sign up for the Articles of War mailing list here.

2. The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict. The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, has annually recognized a paper that significantly enhances the understanding and implementation of the law of war. The Richard R. Baxter Military Prize is awarded for exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality. Paper length may not exceed 35 pages if written with single line spacing or 70 pages if written with double line spacing, including footnotes. Paper size must be either 8.5 x 11 or A4, with all margins at least one inch and at least 12-point font. The paper should have been written or published in 2020.  Inquiries, as well as submissions, should be sent to the Baxter Military Prize Coordinator, Dr. Christopher E. Bailey, at christopherbailey286 {at} yahoo(.)com.

3. Extended Call for Papers: Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law. The Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law (EtYIL) is a peer-reviewed academic book series that focuses on international, regional comparative legal and policy matters that most concern developing countries more generally and Ethiopia and (the Horn of) Africa specifically. The Yearbook has recently been independently evaluated and included in Scopus. Interested scholars are now invited to consider submitting long or short articles, current development pieces, case reports and book reviews for consideration for the fifth (2020) volume of the Yearbook (submission guidelines and other details available here). Submission deadline for this volume is now 30 July 2021. Email your potential ideas and topics to ethiopianyearbook {at} gmail(.)com or Zeray.yihdego {at}

4. Call for Papers: German Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 63).. The German Yearbook for International Law (GYIL) has opened submissions for articles on all topics of relevance to public international law. In particular, however, they are interested in articles addressing recent international developments such as the impact of Covid-19 on global health and the World Health Organisation, the international dimensions of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against racism, the ongoing struggle against climate change, and the implications of political and legal changes in Hong Kong for democracy. Submissions from the entire academic community are welcomed. All work submitted will be scrutinised based on its intellectual quality and its advancement of academic discourse. Submission Guidelines can be found here.

5. Call for Applications: Postdoctoral Fellow for Toxic Crimes Project Vacancy. The successful postdoctoral researcher will join the research group, the “Toxic Crimes Project” (funded by Academy of Finland and Kone Foundation), for a 26-month period. The postdoctoral researcher will receive a monthly grant directly from the Kone Foundation and will be hosted at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki, Finland. The deadline for applications is 14 August 2020.  Full details are here. The project combines sociological and legal approaches to examine how activists, lawyers, and other experts push for accountability for environmental destruction as a consequence of war and conflict. The project has two parts. The first part examines how a network of international experts and activists is developing an international legal framework on wartime environmental destruction (for example, at the ILC and ICC). The second part examines specific case studies on environmental destruction during armed conflict, for instance, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

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