Announcements: Workshop at Brunel; International Society for Public Law Conference in New York; EJIL: Live! Extras; CfP: Palestine Yearbook of International Law; The Hague YB of International Law – CfP; Call for Applicants for Harvard Human Rights Program; CfP for Conference in Berlin on FTAs and Democratic Standards

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1.  The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at Brunel University London is delighted to invite you to a Reflective Workshop on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The workshop, supported by the International Human Rights Law Review – and Brunel Law School, will be held in the Moot Court Room at Brunel Law School, London (UK), on 28 January 2015, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The workshop is entitled “International Criminal Court in Action” and will include presentations by researchers on the ICC chaired by Professor Manisuli Ssenyonjo (Professor of International Law and Human Rights). The workshop will take the form of presentations, a round table discussion with questions from the Chair and the floor. It will be followed by refreshments. Attendance is free. Further details and abstracts are available here.

2.  The 2015 ICON·S Annual Conference will take place on July 14, 2015, at New York University (NYU) School of Law in New York City. The Call for Panels and Papers will be published by February 28, 2015. More information will be available soon on the ICON·S website. The International Society of Public Law (ICON·S) was officially launched in June 2014 at an Inaugural Conference sponsored by the European University Institute and NYU School of Law in Florence, Italy. The conference featured a keynote address by Jeremy Waldron, plenary papers by Robert Keohane, Ruth Rubio Marin and Joseph H.H. Weiler, and hundreds of participants in concurrent panels on all subjects in public law. Presided by Sabino Cassese, ICON·S emerged from the Editorial Board of I·CON—the International Journal of Constitutional Law. The ICON·S Executive Committee includes Sujit Choudhry, Gráinne De Búrca, Ran Hirschl, Bing Bing Jia, Susanna Mancini, Phoebe Okowa, Michel Rosenfeld, Ruth Rubio Marin, Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Anne van Aaken, and Joseph H.H. Weiler.

3. In case you missed it, 3 episodes of EJIL:Live Extra! are available for viewing. EJIL: Live Extras! are shorter, in-a-nutshell, episodes of EJIL:Live addressing a variety of topical and interesting issues.  The available episodes are interviews with Aharon Barak, former President of the Israeli Supreme Court on the Israeli Supreme Court’s approach to standing and justiciability; Brian Leiter, University of Chicago on whether freedom of religion deserves special protection; and André Nollkaemper, President of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), on the first 10 years of ESIL.

4.  Call for Papers: Palestine Yearbook of International Law. The Palestine Yearbook of International Law is now inviting submissions of scholarly articles for publication for its next volume, XVIII (2015). Unlike recent years, this upcoming volume will not be based on a specific theme. Therefore, the editors encourage the submission of scholarly pieces of relevance to public international law and Palestine. The Yearbook is edited at Birzeit University’s Institute of Law (Birzeit, Palestine), and published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (The Hague, The Netherlands). The Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook is Mr. Ardi Imseis. At this stage, the Institute of Law will be accepting abstracts for review. Abstracts should include a working title, with a preliminary outline of the author’s legal arguments, along with a CV. More details are available here.

5. The Hague Yearbook of International Law – Call for Papers. Deadline: 1 March 2015. We welcome articles (8,000-20,000 words) and shorter commentaries (4,000-7,000 words) on any aspect of private or public international law, written in either English or French. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. For more information visit here.
6. The Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School invites applications from scholars, advocates and/or practitioners to be in residence for a period of one or two semesters, to take a step back and conduct a serious scholarly inquiry into the field of human rights. Our visiting fellows come from all around the world: Africa, Europe, Latin America, and occasionally the US and beyond. They are usually scholars with a substantial background in human rights, or experienced activists. A residential appointment at the Human Rights Program offers considerable benefits to scholars and practitioners. We provide shared office space and access to a computer and wireless network. Visiting Fellows have full access to the extensive research and library resources of Harvard University. Fellows may audit classes and interact and engage with faculty as well as with other visiting scholars in fellows programs across the university. Visiting Fellows are expected to participate in a number of activities, the most important of which is the bi-monthly visiting fellows colloquium. Attendance is required of Visiting Fellows. Chaired by the Human Rights Program’s Co- Director, Professor Gerald Neuman, the colloquia offer Visiting Fellows the opportunity to share their work among colleagues, Harvard Law faculty, law (LLM) students, and the occasional visitors. The deadline for applications is February 13, 2015. Applications are available here.

 7.  A young scholars conference on free trade agreements and democratic standards in Berlin – Call for Papers, Deadline: 31 January 2015. Young scholars of public (international) law are invited to turn in proposals to this call for a conference called “Free trade vs. democracy”, taking place in Berlin on 24 April 2015. The aim of the conference is to develop adequate standards of participation, revisibility and transparency and apply them to currently negotiated free trade agreements and investment treaties like TTIP. For further information please visit the website of the conference.

8. Managing Legitimacy: Empirical Approaches for Measuring How International Judges and Arbitrators Respond to Backlash and Discontent. Agora Proposal for the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Annual Conference: The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?

This is a call for papers for a roundtable discussion on measuring judicial responses to legitimacy crises that a number of international courts and tribunals have experienced in recent years. Can we identify trends whereby judicial actors (international judges and arbitrators) attempt to manage (strategically or not) their legitimacy in response to discontent from stakeholders and citizens at large? We are particularly interested in papers that identify new or diverse methodologies (quantitative, qualitative and interpretive) for measuring the extent of such judicial responses, their casual pathways, and that are rooted in theories of judicial behavior.

In a roundtable discussion moderated by Prof. Ole Kristian Fauchald of PluriCourts, University of Oslo, we seek to invite four or five participants to present on-going work relating to this topic. We hope to include participants focused on a wide-array of international courts and tribunals including, but not limited to: the International Court of Justice, the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO, international human rights courts and bodies, the International Criminal Court, and investment treaty arbitration.

Please submit your paper proposal of less than 500 words and a CV (including your affiliation and contact information) to dfbehn {at} jus.uio(.)no. The deadline is 25 January 2015. Submissions will receive a response by 30 January 2015. Depending on the results of this call, and its acceptance to the conference, this agora will be presented at the Eleventh Annual ESIL Conference in Oslo, Norway from 10-12 September 2015. PluriCourts will assist participants in securing funding for travel and accommodation. The topic for this year’s conference will be ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?’ and will focus on the increasing number, impact, and importance of international courts and tribunals from an interdisciplinary perspective. More information on the conference and the call for agora proposals is available here.

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