Announcements: Paris COP21 Climate Change Conference; CfS Melbourne Journal of International Law; Conference on Non-State Actors; Vacant Positions at Columbia Law School; Concluding Conference of the MultiRights Project; PluriCourts Guest Researchers

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1. Paris, COP21: Conference on Climate Change Related Disputes. The conference “Climate Change Related Disputes: A Role for International Arbitration and ADR” will take place during the COP21 in Paris on 7 December 2015. The event is a one-off jointly organised event by the IBA, the ICC, SCC and the PCA and will bring together multi-disciplinary experts in international arbitration, trade and investment, environment and climate change, as well as representatives from business, government, international institutions and bodies, including members of state negotiating parties, to discuss existing use of international arbitration and ADR mechanisms in resolving climate change related disputes. It will also explore new uses for contractual and investment treaty mechanisms and the role for arbitration and ADR in enforcing the UNFCCC principles and state parties’ underlying pledges. See here for further details.

2. Call for Submissions, Melbourne Journal of International Law. The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’) are now inviting submissions for volume 17(1). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016. MJIL is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at the University of Melbourne which publishes innovative scholarly research and critical examination of issues in international law. Submissions and inquiries can be directed to law-mjil {at} For more information please see here.

3. Conference on Non-State Actors. The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8-9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors (NSAs) in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. We welcome papers on this subject, which could include: (i) the nature and position of NSAs within the international legal system; (ii) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (iii) the source and scope of obligations for particular NSAs, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (iv) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (v) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms; or (6) the special roles of NSAs in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law. For further details see here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to j.summers {at} by 31 January 2016.

4. Vacant Positions at Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute is hiring for two positions: Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights. The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies. The positions are available immediately. View more information on qualifications and the link to apply here.

5. Reforms of the Individual Complaint Mechanisms in the UN Treaty Bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons? The concluding conference of the MultiRights project will take place at the University of Oslo on 29 February and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights, with an aim of finding mutual learning experiences. A particular focus will be given to the following issues: (i) procedure of selection of members and judges; (ii) case load situation; (iii) quality of reasoning; and (iv) margin of appreciation and subsidiarity. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the conference website.

6. PluriCourts Guest Researchers – Focus on the Environment and the International Judiciary. PluriCourts invite researchers in the field of law, political science, and philosophy with a focus on the environment and the international judiciary to apply for visiting research fellowship. The positions as guest researchers can vary from 3 to 12 months. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible and will prioritize applications for the academic year 2016. PluriCourts allocate financial support to selected researchers with a topic of special interest for the centre, although other funding for travel and accommodation is not included. Please indicate in your application the need for financial support (only available for stays between 6 -12 months). For more information about the positions and how to apply visit PluriCourts’ website.

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