Announcements: The View from the EU Bench Event; University of Helsinki Vacancies; CfP Representing Extraterritorial Accountability; New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; BIICL Short Courses

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1. City, Univesity of London: The View from the EU Bench – A Conversation with Judge Lars Bay Larsen (European Court of Justice). The City Law School, under the aegis of the Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law, is delighted to invite you to the following event: The View from the EU Bench: Judge Lars Bay Larsen (European Court of Justice) in conversation with Professor Panos Koutrakos. Judge Bay Larsen will hold a conversation about his role as a Judge of the European Court of Justice, a position which he has held since 2006, with Professor Panos Koutrakos, Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law at City Law School.  Professor Sir Alan Dashwood, City, University of London will Chair. The event takes place on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 18:00 at City University London, College Building, St John Street, EC1V 4PB – Room A130. The event will be followed by a wine reception. Attendance is free. You may sign up here. The event will be accredited for 1 hour CPD. For information, you may contact Mr Ben Cope (Ben.Cope {at}

2. University of Helsinki Professor Vacancies. The Faculty of Law of the University of Helsinki is looking for two professors (or associate professors) in fields relevant to international law. One appointment is in Law and Globalisation, the other in Transnational European Law. Both positions can be filled either as regular professorships or as tenure track positions, depending on qualifications and experience.

3. Representing Extraterritorial Accountability – Call for Proposals. This conference will be held on 28-29 May 2017 at Haifa University, Israel and is a collaboration between the University of Haifa Master of Fine Arts program and the Faculty of Law. The conference aims to problematize representations of exterritorial accountability in law, media, and visual culture. It will offer a forum for discussion among lawyers, artists, and scholars whose work concerns events that occur beyond territorial jurisdiction and raises urgent moral, political, and legal questions. We propose to consider state action beyond its borders, whether such action produces violence or generates opportunities for rescue. Focusing on contemporary extraterritorial policies sheds light on multiple problems of global impact – refugee and climate crises, contemporary warfare and cross-border policing, surveillance, and cybercrime. We will dedicate our discussion to six themes, with one panel dedicated to each: (1) Interdiction, Detention, Interrogation; (2) Targeting and Assassination; (3) Pollution and Resource Extraction; (4) Humanitarian Intervention and Rescue; (5) Tax Havens and Offshore Finance; and (6) Surveillance and Espionage. We invite proposals from any discipline focusing on any of these general themes. Proposals must consist of an image you wish to respond to or present as a springboard for conversation, a short (400 word) abstract providing an outline of your talk, and a short resumé or biographical note. The proposal deadline is 28 February 2017. Submissions should be sent to Dr. Maayan Amir / Dr. Itamar Mann:

4. New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Jorge E. Viñuales on “The International Law of Climate Change after the Paris Agreement” and “Environmental Protection in Customary International Law”.

5. BIICL Short Course – Public International Law in Practice. This British Institute of International and Comparative Law short course, on 3 and 4 April 2017, is lead by Professor Robert McCorquodale, Institute Director. Public International Law in Practice and is a dynamic course of applied public international law run by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. This two-day programme is focused on current developments in public international law and their application in national and international litigation, in governmental and international policy-making and in international legal and diplomatic practice. Led by many of the Institute’s leading researchers and practitioners, the course is designed to give a concise introduction to key issues across a broad range of areas of public international law – from the nature of international law to international resolution of disputes, from human rights to international investment law. See here fore more details and booking information.

6. BIICL Short Course – Rule of Law: From Principles to Practice. This British Institute of International and Comparative Law short course, on 5 April 2017, is lead by Justine Stefanelli, Maurice Wohl Associate Senior Research Fellow in European Law. The rule of law has universal relevance for all involved in the law, justice system and legal policy. This innovative course introduces participants to using the rule of law as a practical tool for legal work in a wide range of areas both within the UK and internationally. When you attend this course, you will explore the different elements of the rule of law in concrete terms, thinking about how rule of law principles apply in a wide variety of areas, and discovering how to draw on the rule of law as an invaluable principle and framework. It will be conducted as interactive discussions, with case studies and practical examples, as applied learning. The Bingham Centre’s leading rule of law experts deliver the sessions that are aimed not only at those in legal practice, but also NGO staff and academics who work on law reform and legal policy. The sessions use rule of law standards, such as the Venice Commission’s Rule of Law Checklist, as a touchstone and resource that translates the rule of law into a detailed set of questions and issues. See here for more details and booking information.

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