Announcements: New Episode of EJIL:Live!, Calls for Papers on Migration and Human Rights and Objects of International Law, UN Audiovisual Library, Conference on Italy’s Practice of International Law

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1.  A new episode of EJIL:Live! was published this week. Episode 3 of EJIL: Live! features a fireside chat between the Editor-in-Chief of EJIL, Prof. Joseph Weiler and Prof. Jan Klabbers of the University of Helsinki, whose article “The Emergence of Functionalism in International Institutional Law: Colonial Inspirations” appears in Vol. 25, Issue 3. The interview was recorded at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Video and audio are available here.

2.  The 16th Annual Student Human Rights Conference, Migration and Human Rights: Perception v Reality, will be convened by the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre.  The conference will be held on Saturday 7 March 2015. This year, the conference committee will be welcoming papers that discuss the themes outlined in the attached Call for Papers that identify current issues relating to the issue of migration. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Thursday 11 December 2014. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Conference Committee on humanrightsconference {at}

3.  New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International LawThe Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Marko Milanovic on “The Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties” and by Professor Dire Tladi on “Immunities and the Obligation to Cooperate under the Rome Statute”.

4. is a website aimed at collecting, categorising and translating into English the practice of the Italian government on issues of international law. Only five months after its appearance, it has registered approximately 7,000 views from all over the world and gathered more than 560 followers. The authors of firmly believe in this project and their purpose is to develop it further. Thus, they are now organising a conference that will take place in Trento on 27 November 2014, to make their work known, discuss some of its preliminary outcomes and announce its planned expansion. The main goal is twofold: on the one side, to give an account of recent Italian practice on international law by illustrating and commenting upon a number of cases related to Italy’s foreign policy; on the other – and most importantly – to place this practice in the wider context of the role and nature of custom, situating the website in the framework of the ongoing theoretical debate with the help of three well-known experts of customary law and other international guest speakers. The flyer with the full programme of the conference may be downloaded here.

5.  International Law’s Objects: Emergence, Encounter and Erasure through Object and Image. Despite the deep infiltrations of international law in the material world around us, the relationship between international law and physical objects has not preoccupied international lawyers or international law scholars. By considering international law through a new lens – that of its objects, symbols and images–this project will provide a new way of thinking about international law in terms of its material and visual culture, interrogating the relationship between material objects and objects as purposes.  We invite you to select one image or object, which in your view best represents your area of expertise in international law, or international law as a whole, and to write about its significance in international law.  For more information, please see the call for papers.

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