Announcements: Max Planck Masterclass; CfA EU’s Geopolitical Awakening; Summer School on European Union Law; CfS Jean Monnet Saar; Special Issue of the King’s Law Journal

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1. Max Planck Masterclass: Philipp Dann. The next Max Planck Masterclass with Professor Philipp Dann is now open for applications (deadline 17 April). The Masterclass on “Colonial Legacies in Public Law: Histories, Theories, Pitfalls and Potentials” will take place on 17 – 20 June 2024 at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. More information can be found here.

2. Call for Abstracts: PhD Workshop on EU’s Geopolitical Awakening. The T.M.C. Asser Instituut’s Centre for the Law of EU External Relations (CLEER) and Leiden University are inviting current PhD scholars and early career researchers to submit abstracts for a two-day PhD workshop on the legal implications of the EU’s “geopolitical awakening.” The workshop will take place at the Asser Institute in The Hague on 6 – 7 May 2024. The workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities posed by the EU’s growing role as a geopolitical actor in the wake of the war in Ukraine. Participants will discuss how the EU can balance its commitment to multilateralism and international law with its need for strategic autonomy in a complex and uncertain global environment. More information can be found here.

3. Summer School on European Union Law, Corfu 2024. The ‘Summer School on European Union Law, Corfu 2024’ will take place from 22 – 26 July 2024 in Corfu, with the topic ‘EU Law in times of crisis’, and applications are now open. The Summer School is yearly organised by the European Law Masters Alumni Association of the Law School of Athens (ELMAA) in collaboration with the Ionian University of Corfu and the Corfu Bar Association. The Summer School’s professors are members of the Court of Justice of the European Union, civil servants of the EU institutions, as well as professors and lawyers from European universities and law firms respectively. The 50 Summer School’s students are mainly LLM/PhD students and young practicing lawyers from all over Europe and abroad. The participation fee covers 6 nights’ accommodation, half board (breakfast, coffee break and dinner) and social activities. More information about the Summer School and the application procedure can be found here

4. Call for Submissions: Jean Monnet Saar. The Jean Monnet Saar blog invites interested persons to contribute scholarly articles in English or German. Jean Monnet Saar is an academic blog run for over ten years by Prof. Dr. Thomas Giegerich, LL.M. (Univ. of Virginia), Director of the Europa-Institut and Professor of European Law, International Law and Public Law, and his team at Saarland University. The Blog actively contributes to the open access transformation of academic publishing in order to make European law and developments in European integration accessible to the general public. Details on possible publication formats can be found on the website. Direct any queries or send your submissions to

5. Special Issue of the King’s Law Journal: The Legal Accountability of Transnational Institutions: Past, Present and Future. Co-edited  by Rishi Gulati and Philippa Webb, the Special Issue of the King’s Law Journal, Volume 34, Issue 3 on “The Legal Accountability of Transnational Institutions: Past, Present and Future” is now out. The 9 articles in this Special Issue are authored by leading experts on the accountability of public international organisations (IOs), MNCs, as well as NGOs. The Introduction is open access and discusses what may be learnt by comparing the legal accountability of IOs, MNCs and NGOs. In addition to the Introductory article by Rishi Gulati and Philippa Webb, the Special Issue consists of the following contributions. Assessing the Accountability Mechanism of Multilateral Development Banks Against Access to Justice: The Case of the World Bank (Edward Chukwuemeke Okeke); Holding International Organizations Accountable: Recent Developments in U.S. Immunities Law (David P. Stewart); Protecting Human Rights in UN Peacekeeping: Operationalising Due Diligence and Accountability (Nigel D. White); Nature and Scope of an International Organisation’s Due Diligence Obligations Under International Environmental Law: A Case Study of the Caribbean Development Bank (S. Nicole Liverpool Jordan); Civil Liability Under Sustainability Due Diligence Legislation: A Quiet Revolution? (Youseph Farah, Valentine Kunuji & Avidan Kent); Accountability of NGOs: The Potential of Business and Human Rights Frameworks for NGO Due Diligence (Rosana Garciandia); Arbitrating disputes with international organisations and some access to justice issues (August Reinisch); Transnational Procedural Guarantees – The Role of Domestic Courts (Dana Burchardt).

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