Announcements: University of Michigan Junior Scholars Conference; Graduate Institute, Geneva LLM; Human Rights Law Centre Annual Lecture; CfP Political Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals; TU Dresden International Summer School

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1. University of Michigan Law School 7th Annual Junior Scholars Conference. The University of Michigan Law School invites junior scholars to attend the 7th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will take place virtually on 16 – 17 April 2021. The conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers, and to receive detailed feedback from senior members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Michigan Law journals have also agreed to give serious consideration to publish selected papers. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from graduate students, SJD/PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, teaching fellows, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcomed. Abstracts are due by 4 January 2021. Further information and the full call for papers can be found at the Conference website.

2. Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, LL.M. in International Law. Applications are now open for the LL.M. in International Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, for the academic year 2021 – 2022 starting in September 2021. The programme of 10 months offers a course selection covering not only the foundations of international law, but also allowing students to concentrate in one of three different streams, namely: Protection of the Individual in International Law, International Environmental Law and Governance, and International Economic Law. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2021. Apply here.

3. The Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham 2020 Annual Lecture: Global Health and Human Rights. This year’s lecture will be given by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, and will take place online on Friday 11 December, 13:00-14:00 UK time. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A. All questions must be sent in advance to hrlc {at} nottingham(.) by Thursday 3 December at 12 noon. All welcome, but please register here.

4. Call for Papers: Political Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals 2021. Paper proposals are invited for the PluriCourts Annual Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals 2021: “The Input and Output Legitimacy of International Courts” to be held via zoom from Oslo, Norway, on 24 – 25 June 2021. PluriCourts at the University of Oslo is organising a workshop to bring together scholars of philosophy, political theory and legal theory who study regional and international courts and tribunals (ICs), and in particular issues concerning the input and output legitimacy of ICs. States have established manifold regional and international ICs to resolve disputes, interpret treaties, and deter illegal behaviour. These ICs cover a range of issues, including human rights, trade, investment, border disputes, and international crimes. ICs’ competences, level of authority, method of interpretation, and geographical reach vary widely. Their increase in number and influence naturally raises the question of whether and why they are legitimate. To apply, see here.

5. TU Dresden 2nd International Summer School “Human Rights in Theory and Practice”. Open for Registration Now, TU Dresden invite you to the 2nd International Summer School “Human Rights in Theory and Practice” from 5 – 10 September 2021 in Dresden. The Summerschool will focus on the topic of “The European Convention on Human Rights in Times of Crises” and will explore challenges and opportunities for the European Human Rights System arising out of situations of crisis. Themes such as emergency situations, populism, migration, and the role of economic, social and cultural rights in the context of crisis will be explored from an interdisciplinary perspective. Speakers will include both academics as well as practitioners, offering the opportunity to gain insights into current theoretical discussions as well as the everyday challenges of practicing law. Visit the website for more information. Check out the programme here, or register here.

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