Announcements: Martens Summer School in Estonia; Summer Human Rights Courses in Greece; Int’l Law Lecture Series in London; Conference in London on Sexual Violence in Conflict; CfP and Agora Proposals for ESIL Conference in Oslo; Seminar in London on Pluralism

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1. The 4th Martens Summer School on International Law will be organized by the University of Tartu in Pärnu, Estonia, on 26-31 July 2015. The focus of the Martens Summer School is on comparative inetrnational law and human rights, particularly in the context of Russia and the Eurasian region. In 2015, Professors include Kirill Koroteev, lawyer of the Moscow’s NGO Memorial and expert on human rights law in Russia, Alexander Trunk and Marina Fedorova-Trunk, both experts on international economic law and dispute resolution in Eurasia, and Ineta Ziemele from the Latvian Constitutional Court (until recently judge in the European Court of Human Rights). We particularly encourage to apply graduate and postgraduate students in international law and political science who conduct research on Russian and Eurasian matters. The course director is Professor Lauri Mälksoo from the Unievrsity of Tartu, whose monograph “Russian Approaches to International Law” will be published at Oxford University Press in March 2015. For more information see here.

2.  The Kalliopi Koufa Foundation on the Promotion of International Law and Human Rights organizes the inaugural session of the Thessaloniki Summer Courses on International Law and Human Rights from 1 to 10 July 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the topic of “International Aspects and Issues of Energy Law”. The programme is open to advanced law students, researchers and practitioners. The Faculty of this 10-day intensive course on international energy law includes Catherine Redgwell (Oxford), August Reinisch (Vienna), Andreas Ziegler (Lausanne), Andrea Bjorklund (McGill), Anastasia Strati (Brussels), Danae Azaria (UCL). For more information including registration deadlines, applicable fees and the provisional programme, please visit here.

3.  ‘International Law in a Troubled World’ – Lecture series from the University of Greenwich. The University of Greenwich’s School of Law’s six-lecture evening series (delivered by Professor Steven Haines, Chair of Public International Law at the University of Greenwich), continues with ‘Protecting Education in Armed Conflict’ on Wednesday 21 January 2015. (Please see the recent press release concerning Professor Haines’ work in this area). Following ‘Protecting Education in Armed Conflict’, the remaining lectures in the series include ‘Refugees and Asylum Seekers: Rights and Obligations’ (Wednesday 18 February 2015), ‘Bringing Criminals to Justice’ (Wednesday 4 March 2015) and ‘Law and Order at Sea’ (Wednesday 1 April 2015). For further details and tickets, please contact lawevents {at}

4.  The Graduate Institute is looking to hire promising scholars at the rank of Assistant Professor in International Law with a specialisation in one of the following fields: International Economic Law / Protection of Human Dignity / International Environmental Law / Transnational Law. For more information, candidates are encouraged to consult the Institute’s website.

5.  The International Law Programme and International Security Department at Chatham House will be hosting an event on  ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict: What Use is the Law?’  with Professor Anne-Marie La Rosa (ICRC), Madeleine Rees (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) and Margaret Purdasy (UK Mission in Geneva) on Friday 23 January 2015,  9:30 to 11:30 at Chatham House in St James’s Square, London. The event is being held in partnership with ICRC and is free. For further details and to enquire about registering see here.

6.  2015 ESIL Oslo Conference: Call for papers, agora proposals and posters – Deadline 31 January 2015. The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 10 to 12 September 2015.  The conference will be hosted by the PluriCourts Center on the Legitimate Roles on the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo. Entitled “The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?”, the conference will address the international law aspects of the increased judicialization from an interdisciplinary perspective. The conference will feature plenary sessions with invited speakers, and a number of agorae with speakers selected on the basis of a call for papers and agora proposals. The event will also offer poster sessions for early career scholars following a call for posters.  The deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals is 31 January 2015. For more information, please visit here.

7.  The third cross-disciplinary dialogue of the Seminar Series of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context: ‘Beyond Pluralism? Co-Implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law’, will take place at Queen Mary Law School, Mile End Campus, on 21 January, from 14h to 16h. The dialogue will examine legal aspects of Crime, Justice, and Terrorism from both the EU perspective and the PIL angle, focusing on the risks and opportunities of the interaction of rules from each regime. The event will gather Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas (Queen Mary, Law Department); Dr Saskia Hufnagel (Queen Mary, Law Department); and Dr Isobel Roele (Queen Mary, Law Department) as chair. Attendance is free but registration necessary. Please, click here for further details and to book your place.

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