Announcements: Venice Academy of Human Rights; World Court for Human Rights; New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; 18th Summer Session of Salzburg Law School

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1. Venice Academy of Human Rights. The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 4-13 July 2016 on the topic “Backlash against Human Rights?”. The faculty includes a distinguished opening lecture by Judge András Sajó (Vice-President of the ECtHR), a general course by Robert McCorquodale (BIICL), as well as lectures and discussion sessions with Joseph A. Cannataci (UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy), Helen Fenkwick (Durham University), Mark Goodale (University of Lausanne) and Geir Ulfstein (University of Oslo). The Academy, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, discusses the expansion and restriction of human rights regimes, questions of inequality and social change, counter-terrorist laws, same sex unions, privacy and data protection issues as well as the reform of the ECtHR and UN human rights treaty bodies. The course aims at academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students. Applications are accepted until 29 May 2016 with an early-bird discount until 24 April 2016.
2. World Court for Human Rights. The Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations will host a public event on the creation of a World Court for Human Rights. Two world-leading experts will be invited to engage in a dialogue on the following Resolution: A World Court for Human Rights should be established to contribute to the evolution of, and compliance with, human rights law. The discussants will be Professor Martin Scheinin, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, European University Institute (For the Resolution) and Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights at Columbia Law School (Against the Resolution). The debate will be moderated by Professor Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School The event will take place on 9 May from 3pm- 5pm at the Oxford Martin School and will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome and registration is required. Information about the event and a link for registration can be found here.

3. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice, the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has recently added the following interview recordings in French to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: President Abraham – “La Cour internationale de Justice à l’aube de son soixante-dixième anniversaire” and the Registrar, Mr. Couvreur, – “Le déroulement du procès devant la Cour internationale de Justice”.

4. Eighteenth Summer Session of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Eighteenth Summer Session31 July to 10 August 2016Under the title ‘Achieving International Criminal Justice by Safeguarding the Principle of Equality for Unequal Perpetrators of Crimes Under International Law’, SLS 2016 will assess the different roles of individual perpetrators within a macro-criminal context of concerted or mass violence. The course includes a workshop on Russian approaches to international criminal justice as well as the situations in Georgia and the Ukraine and will provide ample opportunity to discuss current developments in ICL. This year’s faculty include Mr. Gilbert Bitti (ICC); Prof. Gleb Bogush (Lomonosov Moscow State University/Russian Academy of Justice); Dr. Konrad Bühler (Austrian MFA); Ms. Eleni Chaitidou (ICC); Prof. Roger Clark (Rutgers University); Dr. David Donat Cattin (PGA/New York University); Prof. Benjamin Ferencz (via video message); Prof. Charles Garraway (University of Essex); Prof. Gerhard Hafner (University of Vienna); Prof. Frédéric Mégret (McGill University); Judge Daniel N. Nsereko (Special Tribunal for Lebanon); Prof. Alette Smeulers (Universities of Tilburg and Groningen); and Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini (University of Salzburg). SLS is an intensive course in ICL for advanced students, young academics and practitioners, founded by the late Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. Every year, it assembles around 40 participants from all over the world to learn from and discuss with distinguished scholars and experienced practitioners in the field of international criminal law. For the draft academic programme and further information see here or contact

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Jakob Cornides says

April 23, 2016

A World Court of Human Rights is really a terrible idea. I definitely prefer some perpetrators of human rights abuses going unpunished over the creation of a new institutional Leviathan with worldwide outreach, whose decisions would not be subject to any control or appeal.

quis custodiat custodes?