Announcements: Launch of the Young Public International Law Group; CfP Quality Control in Preliminary Examination; CfS Melbourne Journal of International Law; CfP Austrian Review of International and European Law; Michigan Law School Young Scholars’ Conference

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1. Launch of the Young Public International Law Group. The Young PIL Group (“YPILG”) is a newly-established network of public international law practitioners from law firms, the bar, international organisations, governments and academic institutions. It aims to connect early to mid-career public international law practitioners, to facilitate knowledge-sharing and to promote the next generation of PIL professionals. YPILG will host a number of PIL-focused events throughout the year: a drinks reception to launch the group will take place on 29 November 2016 at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Professor Vaughan Lowe will be the guest speaker at the reception. Further information about the group, including details of how to register for the launch event, can be found on the YPILG website.

2. Call for Papers: Quality Control in Preliminary Examination: Reviewing Impact, Policies and Practices. Preliminary examinations are one of the most important, yet crucially understudied areas of international criminal justice. The Grotius Centre and the Centre for International Law Research are seeking submissions for the second phase of the “Quality Control in Preliminary Examination” project which seeks to identify approaches to preliminary or pre-investigation examination, review ICC and national policies and practices, and provide lessons from countries where the ICC has engaged. Papers will be discussed in a project conference to be held in The Hague on 13-14 June 2017, and considered for publication in an anthology to be edited by Professors Carsten Stahn and Morten Bergsmo. Please find the full call here.

3. Call for Submissions: Melbourne Journal of International Law. The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’), Australia’s premier generalist international law journal, are now inviting submissions for volume 18(1). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2017. MJIL is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at the University of Melbourne which publishes innovative scholarly research and critical examination of issues in international law. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to law-mjil {at} For more information please see here.

4. Call for Papers: Austrian Review of International and European Law. The Austrian Review of International and European Law (ARIEL) is an annual publication that provides a scholarly forum to discuss issues of public international law and European law, with particular emphasis on topics being of special interest to Austria. It focuses on theoretical as well as practical questions and current developments in all areas of public international and European law. The editors have issued a Call for Papers for ARIEL 21 (2016) and welcome contributions submitted by 1 March 2017. The editors welcome longer analytical articles of 8,000-12,500 words and shorter notes on current developments of 6,000-8,000 words. Only exclusive submissions are accepted. Authors are requested to adhere to the guidelines set out in the general information for authors of the ARIEL and to comply with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). The editorial staff may be reached via email to {at} or directly through the mail addresses indicated on the website. Further information on the ARIEL, as well as the Call for Papers, may be found on our website.

5. Michigan Law School Third Annual Young Scholars’ Conference. The university of Michigan Law School will be hosting its Third Annual Young Scholars’ Conference on 31 March – 1 April 1 2017. The conference brings together promising junior scholars to present their work and receive feedback from prominent Michigan Law School faculty. It aims to promote fruitful research collaboration between its participants and to encourage their integration in a community of legal scholars. The Young Scholars’ Conference is intended for junior faculty, doctoral students, lecturers, fellows, and individuals in other academic capacities (with an academic appointment of no more than four years) in law and law related disciplines. It also is open to exceptionally promising aspiring legal scholars who are currently engaged in legal practice, and who wish to present a substantial piece of scholarly work in preparation for the entry level teaching market. We are very excited that this year, the Michigan Journal of International Law intends to publish selected papers from the conference. More information about the call for papers and the conference can be found here.


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