1. On Nov. 21, 2013, Columbia Law School will host a conference “From Gettysberg to Guantanamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict”. Drafted by Columbia University Professor Francis Lieber and signed by President Lincoln in 1863 as General Order No. 100, the Lieber Code represented the world’s first attempt to codify the laws of war. This conference celebrating its 150th anniversary will address the historical origins of the Code, its impact on the development of international humanitarian law and its continued significance to modern challenges in armed conflict. It will feature a lunch keynote address by Brigadier General Rich Gross, U.S. Army, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Panelists will include Sir Adam Roberts, University of Oxford; Sir Daniel Bethlehem, former Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Prof. John Witt, Yale Law School; Prof. Robert Chesney, University of Texas; Dapo Akande, University of Oxford; Maj. Gen. Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces; Jelena Pejic, ICRC; Marten Zwanenburg, Senior Legal Advisor in the Netherlands Ministry of Defense; Dr. Bruce Oswald, Melbourne Law School; Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard Law School and Sarah Cleveland, Philip Bobbit and Matthew Waxman of Columbia Law School. Further details are available at the conference website.
2. The International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition will take place from 19 until 23 May 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The ‘City of Peace and Justice’ will welcome over 250 students from 50 universities and over 30 different countries for this large-scale moot court, simulating the proceedings of the ICC. The Competition brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures from both Member States and Non-Member States. The Competition is organized in close cooperation with the International Criminal Court and will operate in English, Spanish (organized by the Iberoamerican Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice), Arabic and French. Regional rounds will take place in the USA (organized by Pace University), Russia (organized by Moscow State Law Academy) and China (organized by China University of Political Science and Law). More information on the ICC Moot Court Competition can be found at the competition website. For questions or to become involved, email grotiuscentre [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl.”
3. Two postdoctoral fellowships at iCourts: Europe and New Global Challenges (EuroChallenge). Two 3-year postdoctoral fellowships are now available at iCourts, the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. The fellowships are to be carried out as part of the interdisciplinary EuroChallenge Project in combination with the overall iCourts research agenda. More specifically, iCourts is looking for projects which address the broader question of the changing role of the “European legal-political space in a new global order? The global challenge to European markets, human rights and constitutionalized democracy”. See further here and apply on-line here. EuroChallenge is a major new research project with an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the place of Europe in the context of a rapidly and radically changing global order. iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts, is dedicated to the study of international courts, their role in a globalizing legal order and their impact on politics and society. To understand the crucial and contemporary interplay of law, politics and society, the centre hosts a set of integrated interdisciplinary research projects on the causes and consequences of the proliferation of international courts.