Announcements: Summer Schools at Nottingham, EUI and Parnu; Investment Law and Trade in Services Workshop, Lausanne; Essay Prize SIEL

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1. The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre Summer School on the Rights of the Child will run from 23 to 27 June 2014. The objective of this exciting programme is to consider issues concerning the rights of the child that are a matter of current legal, political and societal attention, both internationally and comparatively. These include violence against children, child participation, child poverty, and child rights monitoring and advocacy. There will be sessions devoted to international and regional child rights law, including the work of the international courts and treaty monitoring bodies mandated to consider violations of the rights of the child. The Summer School faculty are all highly experienced international experts on child rights, with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice. The programme is available here. For further information please visit   or contact Miss Kobie Neita – +44 (0)115 84 66309 – hrlcsummerschool {at}

2. The 3rd Martens Summer School on International Law, organised by the University of Tartu Centre for EU-Russia Studies or CEURUS in the Estonian coastal resort town Pärnu, will deal with the comparative aspects of international law and human rights, particularly focusing on the issues related to Russia and Eastern Europe. One of the underlying ideas is to bring together Western, Russian and naturally also Estonian international law scholars, practitioners and students. Each year we invite 4 distinguished lecturers from different countries and each lecturer will present 5 lectures over 5 days of the week. More information here.

3. Call for Papers – International Investment Law and Trade in Services, 18-19 September 2014, University of Lausanne (Switzerland)  – This workshop [organized by Andreas R. Ziegler (University of Lausanne), Eric de Brabandere (Grotius Centre, Leiden University) and Tarcisio Gazzini (VU Amsterdam)] will explore the specific problems related to foreign direct investment in the services sector. Proposals for papers are particularly welcome in the following thematic areas: Investment law and public services;  Interaction between investment and services chapters in RTAs; Investment law and competition issues in services; Investment law and network industries; Problems of investment liberalization and protection in specific services sectors like telecommunications, financial services, utilities distribution, infrastructure projects, and security or professional services. Proposals should be submitted to Ms. Jorun Baumgartner (jorunkatharina.baumgartner {at} unil(.)ch) before 30 April 2014. The selected participants will be notified by 31 May 2014.

4. The Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) holds two summer courses each year, on Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union.  The Academy’s Summer Courses are renowned for their innovative and cutting-edge topics, combined with the highest standards of academic content presented by leading scholars and thinkers. Each year the courses attract highly qualified participants from all around the world and the mix of participants from different backgrounds makes the experience of attending the summer courses a very rewarding one. The 2014 Human Rights Law course (16 June – 27 June) comprises a General Course on ‘21st Century Human Rights’ by Harold Hongju Koh (Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Human Rights’. We are also pleased to have two distinguished lectures by Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice) and Joseph H.H. Weiler (President of the European University Institute). The 2014 Law of the European Union course  (30 June – 11 July) comprises a General Course on ‘The Internal Market as a Legal Concept’ by Stephen Weatherill (Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, Oxford University) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘EU Legal Acts: Challenges and Transformations’. The Summer School will also include a distinguished lecture by Marta Cartabia, an EUI alumna now Judge at the Italian Constitutional Court and Professor of Constitutional Law, Bicocca University in Milan.  The deadline for applications  is Thursday 10 April 2014. For further information, visit the Academy’s website at

5. The Society of International Economic Law welcomes submissions to its 2014 Essay Prize Competition. Submissions may be on any area of international economic law, except for international commercial arbitration and EU law, and the deadline is 30 September 2014. The Prize consists of £200, plus £300 worth of books from Cambridge University Press and a 3 year print subscription to the World Trade Review, and an invitation to present at the next SIEL Biennial Conference. The winning essay will be considered for publication by the World Trade Review. The Essay Prize Competition is open to students, practitioners and academics whose last degree was after before 30 September 2009. Further details are available here.

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