Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; PhD Summer School; CfP The Legitimacy of International Investment Law and Arbitration; Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop; Junior Faculty Forum for International Law; International Workshop on the Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict; The International Institutional Lawyer as Scholar and as Practitioner

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1. New Addition to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs recently added the following lecture to the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) website: Mr. Carlos Espósito on “State Immunity and Human Right” (in Spanish). The Audiovisual Library is also available as an audio podcast, which can be accessed through the preinstalled applications in Apple or Google devices, through Soundcloud or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law”. The UN Audiovisual Library of International Law provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge.

2. PhD Summer School. iCourts – Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of Copenhagen and PluriCourts will host their 7th PhD Summer School 17 – 21 June 2019. The PhD Summer School is a high-level Summer School for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. Are you willing to present your work and to share your intellectual curiosity with others this is the place for you? You will exchange and confront the thoughts of your thesis with people from around the world with different backgrounds, while being guided by expert researchers and professors. Deadline for application is 1 February 2019. For more information, see here

3. Call for Papers: The Legitimacy of International Investment Law and Arbitration in Protecting Human Rights. LEGINVEST and PluriCourts, in collaboration with Monash University and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, are organizing an international symposium on the legitimacy and increasingly important role for international investment law and arbitration in the protection of international human rights (4 – 5 September 2019 in Oslo). This  workshop/symposium invites papers from a wide array of perspectives and disciplines, focusing on the questions of synergetic linkages between investment law and human rights law and how that can be achieved. Comparative, empirical and cross-disciplinary work is especially welcome. Deadline for submitting an abstract is 1 March 2019. Read the Call for Papers here

4. Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2019: ‘International Investment Law in the Age of Digitalization’. For many years, the annual Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop has been a forum to discuss fundamental challenges to investment law. This year‘s workshop, held on 8 – 9 March 2019, addresses the challenges investor-state dispute settlement and substantive investment protection face in light of increasing digitalization. Key questions include: Can processing data be a protected investment? Which State is the host State of a digital investment without physical presence? What are the host State’s responsibilities towards investors facing digital threats, such as cyber-attacks? Do current investment protection standards leave enough regulatory space for States to regulate the digital transformation of their economies and societies?  Digitalization is also reshaping the settlement of investment disputes. How must proceedings be conducted in order to provide for sufficient cybersecurity? Are online-hearings an effective tool to enhance transparency and efficiency of proceedings? How do tribunals keep up with the challenge of having to analyze the authenticity and legal value of (potentially large amounts) of digital evidence? To which extent can technology help the advocate’s cause in convincing the tribunal? The program is available here. Attendance is free, but subject to registration. If you are interested in participating, please contact Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt by 23 February 2019.

5. Applications for the Eighth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law. The deadline for applications for the Eighth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law closes next week (Thursday 31 January 2019). The Forum will be convened by Dino Kritsiotis (Nottingham – Law), JHH Weiler (NYU – Law), Antony Anghie (NUS – Law), Simon Chesterman (NUS – Law), and Lucy Ferguson (NUS – Law), and will be held at the National University of Singapore on 12 – 14 August 2019. Details regarding applications can be found here.

6. International Workshop on “The Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict – Beyond the ILC”. On 7 – 8 March 2019, an international workshop on “The Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflict – Beyond the ILC” will be held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hamburg, Germany. Several members of the International Law Commission as well as scholars and practitioners will give presentations. A Call for Engaged Listeners has been published (Deadline: 30 January 2019, submit your application to Anne Dienelt: anne.dienelt {at} uni-hamburg(.)de). The purpose of this workshop is to review the work of the ILC on this topic in  order to assess and address issues that have not dealt dealt with yet. Since 2011, the ILC has dealt with the topic “Protection of the Environment in Relation to Armed Conflicts”. So far, it has adopted 18 draft principles which address questions of environmental protection  in the three phases of armed conflict: before, during and after. The Commission intends to bring the work on the topic to conclusion in a first reading in 2019. The workshop attempts to integrate the legal protection during the pre, during and post conflict phases by the laws of armed conflict, human rights law and international environmental law. For more information, see here

7. Two Souls in One Breast: The International Institutional Lawyer as Scholar and as Practitioner Event. This event, ‘Two souls in one breast: The international institutional lawyer as scholar and as practitioner’, is organised by T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Amsterdam Center for International Law, Manchester International Law Centre, Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) and Oxford University Press. This OXIO Talk features an informal conversation between Gabrielle Marceau and Niels Blokker, two prominent scholars-practitioners, revolving around these questions. Catherine Brölmann serves as moderator. The audience is warmly invited to take part in the discussion. The event will take place at the Asser Institute on 7 March 2019, 17:00-18:30, followed by a reception. Please register online. For more information on OXIO, view here.

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