Announcements: Öresund International Law Workshop; Non-Binding Norms in the Law of Armed Conflict Lecture; Climate Change and Human Rights School; CfP Frames of European Human Rights; CfP The Monroe Doctrine; Traditional Harmful Practices and the Protection of Human Rights; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfA War and Peace in the 21st Century; ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum; Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference

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1. 5th Öresund International Law Workshop. The 5th Öresund International Law Workshop will take place at Lund University Faculty of Law on 13 June 2023. Addressing the topic of ‘International Law and Attachment’, the workshop will feature a keynote lecture by Gerry Simpson (London School of Economics and Political Science), and presentations by Alberto Rinaldi (Lund University), Zhen Sun (WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute), Ranyta Yusran (Lund University), and Marie Thøgersen (University of Copenhagen). The workshop is co-organised by international law researchers at Lund University Faculty of Law, the World Maritime University-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, and the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. The full programme and registration information are available here.

2. Annual James Muiruri Lecture: Non-Binding Norms in the Law of Armed Conflict – The End of a Golden Age? This lecture will take place on Wednesday 17 May 2023 from 2-5pm, with a hybrid format: Bartolomé House (DB13), Winter Street, Sheffield, S3 7ND; Online link will be sent to those that book the morning of the event. In the last 30 years, there has been a proliferation of non-binding instruments (NBIs) in the field of the law of armed conflict (LOAC, also known as international humanitarian law or IHL). During the ‘hey day’ of these instruments – between 2004-2020, around 15 instruments were produced that aimed to guide State and non-State practice in areas such as cyber war, air and missile warfare, the use of private military and security contractors, and peace-keeping operations. For a period of time, it looked like non-binding instruments were become the standard for creating new norms in IHL. However, in the last few years, notable attempts at creating non-binding instruments have stalled and, in some cases, fallen apart completely. Drawing on research previously published in her book, Non-Binding Norms in International Humanitarian Law: Efficacy, Legitimacy and Legality (OUP 2021), Professor Emily Crawford will examine possible causes for this seeming turn around in the “fortunes” of NBIs and explore whether soft law instruments have had their day in IHL. Book here.

3. Seasonal School: Climate Change and Human Rights – New Developments in Law, Litigation and Beyond, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa. The Seasonal School will take place from 3 – 7 July 2023. The course will examine recent legal, judicial and policy developments regarding the complex interplay between climate change and human rights, through an interdisciplinary and interactive approach. In addition to frontal lectures, the course will include role-playing exercises on climate change negotiations and litigation, with the participation of practitioners and experts. The course is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. The deadline for application is 5 June 2023. For more information and to apply, see here.

4. Call for Papers: Frames of European Human Rights – How are Climate Change, Migration, and Authoritarianism Framed within the Council of Europe?  On 16 – 17 October 2023, the Hertie School Centre for Fundamental Rights will host the workshop “Frames of European Human Rights – How are climate change, migration, and authoritarianism framed within the Council of Europe?” with the support of the Volkswagen Foundation and in collaboration with Helmut Schmidt University. The workshop will reflect critically on the frames, language, and assumptions underpinning discussions on climate change, migration, and authoritarianism within the Council of Europe. The deadline for abstract submission is 23 June 2023. Send your abstracts to e.guersel[at]hertie-school[dot]org. Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by 7 July 2023 and will be asked to submit a think paper by 31 October 2023. Read the Call for Papers here

5. Call for Papers: The Monroe Doctrine – History, Interpretations, Legacy.  The Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen and the TRACE Research Center “Transformations of Political Violence” is convening an international conference to mark 200 years since the pronouncement of the Monroe Doctrine. Panels will address the historical background of the Monroe Doctrine in transnational perspective, the rearrangement and new interpretation of the Monroe Doctrine from the 1880’s to the 1940’s, and the contemporary legacies of the Monroe Doctrine. Proposals can be sent in English, French, German and Spanish by email to raphael.cahen {at} recht.uni-giessen(.)de ; L.Castellanos {at} asser(.)nl ; simon {at} soz.uni-frankfurt(.)de by 15 May 2023 with an abstract of 250 words and a short CV. The proceedings will appear in a peer-reviewed publication. In principle, transportation should be covered by participants, but accepted panelists will be able to apply for travel grants subject to available funding. The full call for papers is here.

6. Traditional Harmful Practices and the Protection of Human Rights: Female Genital Mutilation and Early and Forced Marriages Conference. This conference is being hosted by the University of Milan on 19 May 2:30 pm / 5.30 pm. The conference is organized within the Jean Monnet Module – Cultural Diversity and Human Rights Law (CultHum), co-funded by the European Union. To register (for attending in person or online) write to CultHUm {at} unimi(.)it. More information can be found here

7. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs recently added a new lecture to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law: A lecture on “The End of an Armed Conflict under International Law“, by Mr. Dustin A. Lewis, Research Director, Program on International Law and Armed Conflict at Harvard Law School. The Audiovisual Library of International Law is also available as an audio podcast on Apple, Google and SoundCloud.

8. Call for Applications: War and Peace in the 21st Century, 2nd Edition – The Fate of Human Rights. As the international community is ravaged by armed conflicts to a previously unthinkable degree, one aspect of public international law often gets side-lined: human rights. This year’s conference aims to tackle the issue of what challenges arise on the universal, regional and domestic level for human rights. Whether in an armed conflict or during peace, certain core obligations continue to bind States, however the implementation of these norms is often doubtful or lacking. The goal of the event is to bring together academics and practitioners in order to initiate a discussion on the current status and future of human rights from the prevention of violations to enforcement. 29 – 30 September 2023. Venue: Ludovika Campus (Budapest, Hungary). More information can be found here.

9. ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum. In recognition and celebration of the 150th anniversary of the International Law Association, the Research Center for International Legal Studies of the NCCU College of International Affairs will host the ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on 3 -4 December 2023, at the Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei, Taiwan. The Research Forum’s topic is “Indo-Pacific Strategies and International Law.” The objective of the Research Forum is to provide a venue for academics, private practitioners, and government attorneys to present works-in-progress on international and transnational law issues pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region. Proposals for papers must be submitted through 2023 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum – Proposal Submission ( by 30 June 2023. The proposal must not exceed 500 words and include the author’s name and email address. You should also submit a 1-2 page resume that includes a list of recent English publications. The conference’s call for papers and other pertinent information can be found here.

10. 6th Biennial Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference. 11 – 12 May 2023, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference series is set up as an interdisciplinary debate between scientists, experts and practitioners offering a forum for discussions and innovative thinking on the principle of Responsibility to Protect (R2P). The conference will host 86 panellists and poster presenters coming from different parts of the world, addressing a wide range of topics related to the R2P principle from the legal nature of the concept to practical case studies of (non)implementation in various crises around the world. They will also have panels on R2P and the protection of children, the role of women in implementation of R2P and deployment of artificial intelligence systems and R2P. For the full program and registration, see here.  

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