Announcements: Maastricht Prize for International Law; Making Technology Work for Human Rights Professionals Summer School; CfA – The Impact of the Law of Armed Conflict on General International Law; Third Edition of the International Disaster Law Course; Public Health and Human Rights Seminar; CfP for Fourth Annual International Criminal Law Workshop; New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law.

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1. The Maastricht Prize for International Law 2016 Call For Nominations. The Faculty of Law of Maastricht University has taken over The Hague Prize for International which was established in 2002. Maastricht University will collaborate with the Municipality of Maastricht. The main Prize will be awarded every five years to individuals who have made – through publications or achievements in the practice of law – a special contribution to the development of public international law or private international law or the advancement of the rule of law in the world. The Prize consists of a diploma, a monetary award of €10,000 and a drawing. The prize will be awarded for the first time in Maastricht on 8 December 2016. In the intervening years when the main Prize is not awarded, a Junior Prize will be awarded to promising younger academics in the field of human rights. The Junior prize will be awarded for the first time in 2018 and will carry a financial award of €3,000. Reasoned nominations are now invited and should be sent to Prof. Jure Vidmar, Secretary of the Nominating Committee, Maastricht University, Department of International and European Law, P.O. Box 616 Maastricht, The Netherlands, or by email to law-maastrichtprize {at} maastrichtuniversity(.)nl by 1 August 2016. See here or further information.

2. Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, Summer School on Making Technology Work for Human Rights Professionals. The Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, will run this Summer School on 4 – 5 July 2016. The module is very practically focused and addresses how technology can be used to assist and improve human rights work. Emphasis is placed on the use of accessible technology (including social media) to monitor, document and report on human rights violations, and to improve human rights workers’ digital security. It mixes lectures – focused on exploring relevant issues, analysing the context in which this work takes place, and examining pertinent case studies – and practical sessions – where participants will learn how to put the issues discussed in lectures into practice, in an interactive and supported environment. It is designed to teach practical skills, that will be of direct use to individuals either working, or intending to work, in the field of human rights or humanitarian response. This year’s teaching team includes Tanya O’Carroll, Adviser on Technology & Human Rights at Amnesty International, Sam Dubberley, co-founder of Eyewitness Media Hub, Rory Byrne, co-founder of Security First, Dr.Daragh Murray, Lecturer and Director of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre Clinic, and a representative of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in Goldsmiths. Details are available here. Contact hrcsummerschool {at} with questions.

3. Call for Abstracts: The Impact of the Law of Armed Conflict on General International Law. Dr Kubo Macak (Exeter) and Dr Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne (Reading) are holding an expert roundtable on 22-23 September 2016 on the topic of ‘The Impact of the Law of Armed Conflict on General International Law’. They are issuing a call for abstracts of no more than 500 words on this topic to be submitted by email to loacimpact {at} gmail(.)com by no later than 20 May 2016. Those chosen to attend will have their domestic travel expenses and accommodation covered. The full details and call for papers can be found here.

4. Third Edition of the International Disaster Law Course. The Universities of Bologna, Roma Tre, Uninettuno and the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (acting through their “International Disaster Law Project“) and the IFRC Disaster Law Programme co-convene the third edition of the “International Disaster Law Course”. The event will be hosted by the International Institute for Humanitarian Law in Sanremo (Italy), and will be held on 13 – 17 June 2016. The 5-day course is aimed at graduate and post-graduate students with a specific academic interest in international disaster law, disaster management practitioners (e.g. staff of civil protection departments, staff of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, NGOs), and other persons with an academic background in areas such as law, security studies, international relations, conflict studies, humanitarian assistance or other related fields. Confirmed speakers include Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the topic “Protection of persons in the event of disaster”, and Walter Kälin, Former Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the human rights of internally displaced persons and Special Envoy of the Nansen Initiative. Click here for further details and to apply.

5. European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights Public Health and Human Rights Seminar. The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights in Venice is organizing the seminar “Public Health and Human Rights – Current Challenges and Possible Solutions” on 19 May 2016 on the Lido, Venice. The issue of global health governance deals with the question how to regulate efficiently a panoply of actors in global health, including international organisations, States, NGOs (including philanthropic foundations), private-public partnerships, pharmaceutical companies and individuals. The seminar will host some of the most renowned experts on health related human rights. Their presentations will be organized in three panels: (a) public health and human rights at national, regional and national levels; (b) global health security and the protection of human rights; and (c) public health systems and prevention of human rights. Presentations in each panel will be followed by an interactive discussion with participants. The key-note lecturer at the seminar is Prof. Stefano Semplici, “Tor Vergata” University in Rome, who is a former Chairperson of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO. Other lecturers include: Prof. Brigit Toebes (Groningen), Prof. Vesna Švab (Ljubljana), Dr. Gorik Ooms (Protection International), Dr. Sondus Hassounah (Imperial College), Dr. Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy (Hertfordshire), Prof. Stefania Negri (Salerno), Prof. Stéphanie Dagron (Geneva), Rossella Miccio (EMERGENCY) and Prof. Sarah Hawkes (University College London).

6. Call for Papers for Fourth Annual International Criminal Law Workshop. The Faculty of Law at The University of Western Australia is convening the Fourth Annual International Criminal Law Workshop on 15-16 September 2016The keynote speaker for this event is the Honourable Justice Kevin Parker, former Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  The Workshop organizers – Professors Holly Cullen, Philipp Kastner and Sean Richmond – request paper proposals of up to 400 words that examine the theme “The Politics of International Criminal Law”, or ICL more generally. The deadline for abstract submission is 9 May 2016. Following the Workshop, selected papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed International Criminal Law Review and, possibly, an expanded edited book with Brill Publishing. To support and incentivize leading PhD students and Early Career Researchers throughout Australia and abroad to present at the Workshop, we are pleased to provide up to five travel awards of up to $1,000. For more information, consult the Call for Papers.

7. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Maurice Mendelson on “Customary International Law” and Dr. Kimberley Trapp on “State Responsibility for International Terrorism”.

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