Announcements: Notion of War in Contemporary International Law Panel; NUS Centre for International Law Research Position; Spanish International Legal Podcast; CfP Netherlands Yearbook of International Law; Fragmentation of International Lawyers Lecture

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1. The Relevance of the Notion of War in Contemporary International Law Online Panel. The International Law at Westminster research cluster is hosting an online panel on “The Relevance of the Notion of War in Contemporary International Law” on 16 December. Presentations will be given by Professor Andrew Clapham (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), Professor Alejandro Chehtman (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires), Professor Heike Krieger (Freie Universität, Berlin), and Professor Naz Modirzadeh (Harvard Law School). Dr Marco Longobardo (University of Westminster) will chair the event. More information and free registration are available here.

2. NUS Centre for International Law Research Position: Research Associate/Assistant (Investment Law and Policy). The NUS Centre for International Law (CIL) is accepting applications for the position above. The position is for a new research project on investment law and policy at CIL. This project will focus on law and policy of international investment treaties, including in connection with CIL’s position as an official observer in UNCITRAL Working Group III.  Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. Full details of the position and application procedure are available here. For further information on the focus area including events, activities and publications, please see here.

3. Hablemos de Derecho Internacional (HDI) – The International Legal Podcast (Spanish). HDI recently added the following episodes in Spanish: Dr.Paulo Botta – Conflicto Israel-Palestino:Colisión del Pasado Presente y Futuro (Premium); TenienteCoronel de Artillería M. Gonzáles Hernández – ¿Cuál ha sido el papel de lareligión en el conflicto Palestino-Israelí?; Dr. Salem Hikmat Nasser – La Pregunta sobre Palestina a través del Derecho Internacional (Premium); Prof. Francesco Sindico – El Derecho Internacional en Asistencia del Clima; and, Dra. Rojas Corradi – La Ciencia detrás de la Crisis del Cambio Climático. The podcast is available on the main platforms: SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogle Podcasts, or through other podcast applications by searching “Hablemos de Derecho Internacional”. Updated information about the guests and episodes can be found on the new website or on HDI’s social media accounts: LinkedInTwitterInstagramFacebook, and Youtube.

4. Call for Papers: Netherlands Yearbook of International Law Vol. 52 (2021). The Netherlands Yearbook of International Law invites contributions for its next volume on “A Greener International Law: International Legal Responses to the Global Environmental Crisis”. Authors are invited to submit an an abstract (max. 500 words) on one of the listed themes and a short C.V. (including affiliations and principal publications) to Daniëlla Dam-de Jong (d.a.dam {at} law.leidenuniv(.)nl) and Fabian Amtenbrink (amtenbrink {at} law.eur(.)nl) with the subject line “NYIL Vol. 52”. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 1 December 2021. Selected authors will be informed by 24 December 2021. The deadline for submitting full contributions is 29 April 2022. They are interested in: (1) conceptual papers about what it means to translate environmental concerns into other legal vocabularies; (2) papers considering approaches to the greening phenomenon (focusing on underlying concepts such as ecocentrism); (3) papers that describe and evaluate how the greening phenomenon takes shape in specific areas of international/ transnational/ regional law; and (4) papers that address opportunities and constraints related to the greening phenomenon in international law.  

5. AUC Law Department Lecture Series: The Fragmentation of International Lawyers. This lecture, forming part of the AUC Law Department Lecture Series, will be online on 17 November at 6pm Cairo time, and will be given by Jason Beckett. The open zoom link is here. Jason will explore the idea that  the lack of materiality in PIL engenders an unbearable mass of “legally cognizable materials”, huddled indiscriminately together; and not subject to any authoritative ranking or evaluation. Thus we have no right to expect our analyses to lead to coherent results. PIL is not actually a thing, but a conflictual mass of discrete communities. Each with its own standards for norm-recognition, interpretation, and competent legal argument. He will reflect on the simple existence of these chaotically co-existing communities in PIL; particularly in light of its lack of material existence or effect.

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