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EJIL Call for Papers: International Law and Democracy Revisited – The EJIL 30th Anniversary Symposium

Published on November 17, 2018        Author: 
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EJIL was founded in 1989, coinciding with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the attendant excitement encapsulated by that well-known optimistic/hubristic End of History phraseology, with predictions of liberal democracy to become regnant in the world and a New International Legal Order to replace the old First World-Second World-Third World distinctions.

Thirty years later the state of democracy, whether liberal or social or any other variant, seems to be far from sanguine.

Here is but a partial list of the challenges to democracy in the contemporary world:

  • The advent of so-called ‘illiberal democracies’
  • The crisis and breakdown of trust within established democracies
  • The reality or otherwise of states with ‘formal democracy’ often reduced to little more than elections, more or less free
  • The accountability and rule of law concerns, famously termed GAL concerns, which transnational governance regimes raise as indispensable features of democracy
  • The persistent ‘democracy deficit’ or ‘political deficit’ of the European Union and similar Organizations
  • The emergence of the global ‘data economy’ with mega platforms calling into question basic assumptions about territory and jurisdiction and calling into question the ability of democratic regimes to reign in such platforms increasingly questioned
  • The impact of both financial markets and international monetary bodies on the internal margin of manoeuvre and democratic choices of economic management
  • Democracy and global inequality: The relationship between counter-democratic ideologies, legal reforms and political processes at the domestic and global levels and social and economic processes such as the shrinking middle class and the lasting ramifications of the 2008 economic crisis.

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Announcements: CfP The Legacy of the League of Nations Conference

Published on November 11, 2018        Author: 
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Call for Papers: The Legacy of the League of Nations Conference. We invite proposals of early career researchers for papers to the conference on ‘The Legacy of the League of Nations’ to be held at Leicester Law School on 31 January 2019.  The aim of the conference is to critically assess the legacy of the League of Nations and the role of its successor, the United Nations, as a driving force for the development of international law. Deadline for submissions is 30 November 2018. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent via email to  Dr Rossana Deplano (rossana.deplano {at} le.ac(.)uk). Abstracts must include the institutional affiliation of the author. For more information, please check our website.

 

 

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 29 (2018) No. 3) Published

Published on November 9, 2018        Author: 
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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law (Vol. 29, No. 3) is out today. As usual, the table of contents of the new issue is available at EJIL’s own website, where readers can access those articles that are freely available without subscription. The free access article in this issue is Frédéric Mégret’s International Criminal Justice as a Peace Project. EJIL subscribers have full access to the latest issue of the journal at EJIL’s Oxford University Press site. Apart from articles published in the last 12 months, EJIL articles are freely available on the EJIL website.

 

 

 

New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 29 (2018) No. 3) Out This Week

Published on November 7, 2018        Author: 
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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law will be published this week. Over the coming days, we will have a series of editorial posts by Joseph Weiler, Editor in Chief of EJIL. These posts will appear in the Editorial of the new issue. 

Here is the Table of Contents for this new issue:

Editorial

Editorial: Publish and Perish: A Plea to Deans, Faculty Chairpersons, University Authorities; In this Issue

Perpetrators and Victims of War

Articles

Sofia Stolk, A sophisticated beast? On the construction of an ‘ideal’ perpetrator in the opening statements of international criminal trials

Christine Schwöbel-Patel, The ‘Ideal Victim of International Criminal Law

Line Gissel, A Different Kind of Court: Africa’s Support for the International Criminal Court, 1993-2003

Alexandra Adams, The Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and its Contribution to the Definition of Rape

Symposium: International Law and the First World War

International Law and the End of War

Randall Lesaffer, Aggression before Versailles

Markus M. Payk, ‘What We Seek is the Reign of Law’: The Legalism of the Paris Peace Settlement after the Great War

 Roaming Charges

The Crucifixion – Do It Yourself

 Symposium: The Crime of Aggression before the International Criminal Court

Dapo Akande and Antonios Tzanakopoulos, The Crime of Aggression before the International Criminal Court: Introduction to the Symposium

Frédéric Mégret, International Criminal Justice as a Peace Project

Tom Dannenbaum, The Criminalization of Aggression and Soldiers’ Rights

 

Tom Ruys, Criminalizing Aggression: How the Future of the Law on the Use of Force Rests in the Hands of the ICC

Marieke de Hoon, The Crime of Aggression’s Show Trial Catch-22

Dapo Akande and Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Treaty Law and ICC Jurisdiction Over the Crime of Aggression

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Announcements: CfP Cambridge International Law Conference 2019; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Stirling Law School Lecturer in International Commercial Law Vacancy; Human Rights and Climate Change Event; CfP JIEL – Trade Wars

Published on November 4, 2018        Author: 
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1. Call for Papers: 8th Annual Cambridge International Law Conference 2019. The Editors of the Cambridge International Law Journal (CILJ) and the Conference Convenors welcome submissions for the Cambridge International Law Conference 2019, which will be held at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge on the 20 – 21 March 2019. This year, the Conference invites the submission of papers under the theme ‘New Technologies: New Challenges for Democracy and International Law’. The deadline for abstracts for both panel and roundtable presentations is 3 December 2018. Submissions should be made here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted together with your CV. Authors that will present at the Conference will also be invited to submit their papers to be considered for publication in Volume 8(2), the conference issue of the Journal, to be published in December 2019. Further information will be posted on the CILJ website in due course. In the interim, please contact conference {at} cilj.co(.)uk with any question or concerns.
 
2. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs has updated its Moot Courts section under the Research Library of the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL), which provides a selection of lectures and legal instruments useful for preparing for moot courts competitions. A new page has been launched for the 2019 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The page for the Concours Charles-Rousseau has also been updated for the current edition. Both pages are available on the AVL’s Moot Courts section. 
 
3. Stirling Law School Lecturer in International Commercial Law Vacancy. Stirling Law School is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in International Commercial Law. International Commercial law is broadly defined but we would be particularly interested to hear from applicants with specialisms in areas such as dispute resolution, international trade and/or corporate finance (including energy finance). The successful candidate would be able to teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the Scots law LLB, BA degrees and the proposed common law LLB and would be part of a team developing short course for international partners. The successful candidate would be expected to contribute effectively to our strong research culture and expected to produce high quality outputs, make grant applications and work towards creating impact. It is essential that the candidate has a Scots law LLB or an LLB from another UK jurisdiction or from a Common Law jurisdiction to be able to teach on accredited modules. For further information, including essential criteria and details on how to apply, please see hereRead the rest of this entry…
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Announcements: Chatham House Event – Protecting Civilians; iCourts and PluriCourts PhD Summer School; CfP Human Rights Working Paper Series; CELI Peace Talks Series; CfP The ‘Greek Case’ in the Council of Europe; Global Fellowship Applications for New York University School of Law; Vacancy at Max Planck Institute; CfS UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; The Era of Disintegration Conference; Launch of Odysseus Academic Network PhD Catalogue

Published on October 28, 2018        Author: 
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1. Chatham House Event: Protecting Civilians – When is ‘Incidental Harm’ Excessive? Geneva Launch. There have been large numbers of civilian deaths in the armed conflicts in Yemen and Syria. Is international humanitarian law being ignored? This meeting will take place on 14 December 2018, 10:00am to 11:30am, at the Graduate Institute, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland. This meeting coincides with the launch of a Chatham House research paper on the incidental harm side of the proportionality assessment which belligerents are legally required to make. The panel at the meeting will consider the types of harm that fall within the scope of proportionality assessments, what constitutes ‘excessive’ harm and measures that belligerents can take to give effect to the rule on  proportionality. This event will be followed by a reception. See here for more information and to register.

2. iCourts and PluriCourts PhD Summer School. The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are again hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students whose PhD thesis involves a strong focus on methods and interdisciplinary. The summer school will be hosted from 17 June – 21 June 2019 at iCourts, Karen Blixens Plads 16, DK-2300 Copenhagen S. The deadline for submission is 1 February 2019. See here and here for more information about the summer school 2019.

3. Human Rights Working Paper Series Call for Papers. Dedicated to interdisciplinary and critical dialogue on international human rights law and discourse, the Rapoport Center’s Working Paper Series (WPS) publishes innovative papers by established and early-career researchers as well as practitioners. The goal is to provide a productive environment for debate about human rights among academics, policymakers, activists, practitioners, and the public. Authors from all disciplines and institutions are welcome to submit papers on any topic related to human rights. Publication in the WPS does not preclude future publication elsewhere; in fact, many of our working papers have since been published in academic journals and edited volumes. For the 2018-9 series, the Editorial Committee is accepting submissions on a rolling basis. For more information, please see here or contact rcwps {at} law.utexas(.)edu. The full call for papers is here
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New EJIL: Live! Interview with Professor Bhupinder Chimni on his Life and Life Work

Published on October 26, 2018        Author: 
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In this episode of EJIL: Live! the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler, speaks with Bhupinder Chimni, Professor of International Law at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, India. The interview, rather than discussing a specific article, looks at the life and the life work of Professor B.S. Chimni.

The conversation ranges across many subjects, including the influences that shaped Prof. Chimni’s life and thought, the meaning, significance and influence of the TWAIL movement, legal education in India, his writings on international refugee law and scholarly projects for the future. EJIL vol. 29(2) features a review essay by Dr Akbar Rasulov on Professor Chimni’s most recent book, “International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches”, which viewers are also invited to read. The interview was recorded at the National University of Singapore.

 

 
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Announcements: Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights Conference; CfS Melbourne Journal of International Law; CfP Redistributive Human Rights? Workshop; CfP International Community Law Review Journal; CfP Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies; CfP The Rule of Law in Cyberspace; Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 Conference

Published on October 21, 2018        Author: 
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1. Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights Conference. This two-day international conference will be on Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights: exploring new avenues in the fight against corruption. The conference will be hosted by the European University Institute in Florence on 20 – 21 June 2019. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 26 February 2019. See the conference website for more details. Enquiries or abstract submissions should be made to Corruption2019 {at} port.ac(.)uk.

2. Call for Submissions: Melbourne Journal of International Law. The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’) are now inviting submissions for volume 20(1).MJIL is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at the University of Melbourne that publishes innovative scholarly research and critical examination of issues in international law. In addition to considering general international law pieces, volume 20(1) will have a special focus on science and technology in international law. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2019. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to law-mjil {at} unimelb.edu(.)au. For more information, please see here

3. Call for Papers: Redistributive Human Rights? Workshop. 31 January – 1 February 2019, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales (Australia). This workshop aims to consider the different ways in which the language and frameworks of human rights have been deployed and mobilized both to make redistribute justice claims or to contest economic inequalities, but also to close down political discussions around distributional questions and crush Third World demands for global wealth redistribution. We hope to interrogate, why and how, at specific moments and in specific places, human rights movements and NGOs operated as either “powerless companions” or as “fellow travellers” to elitist economic agendas as well as to excavate moments when rights movements committed to companionships of solidarity based on building the power of the marginalized. We invite papers that seek to understand the historical, political and economic conditions in which rights frameworks function. Please send a 400 word abstract of your proposed paper to the workshop organisers at: j[dot]dehm[at]latrobe.edu.au by Monday 12 November 2018. Further information is available here

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Announcements: CfP Dornburg Workshop – A Review of Current Trends in Foreign Relations Law; CIL Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Published on October 14, 2018        Author: 
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1. CfP Dornburg Workshop ‘A Review of Current Trends in Foreign Relations Law’Professors Helmut Philipp Aust (Freie Universität Berlin) and Thomas Kleinlein (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) will convene a workshop on ‘Current Trends in Foreign Relations Law’ at Dornburg Castle on 9 – 10 May 2019. A keynote lecture will be given by Professor Campbell McLachlan, QC, University of Wellington. Scholars interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit an abstract by 15 November 2018. For further information please see the Call for Papers

2. 2 Year Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Academic Years 2019-21 (September 2019 – August 2021). CIL invites applications for Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions commencing in Academic Year 2019/20. We seek applications from those with expertise in international economic law or international trade law, international investment law, comparative constitutional law, and law and transnational crime. Applications are particularly sought from those with or interested in developing a research interest in the emerging trade and investment regime in the Asia-Pacific region, notably the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or the Belt and Road initiative. For more details, see here

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Announcements: CfA Yearbook of International Disaster Law; Role and Contributions of the ILC to the Development of International Law; CfP Conference on The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation

Published on October 7, 2018        Author: 
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1. Call for Abstracts – Yearbook of International Disaster Law (Brill/Nijhoff). The Yearbook of International Disaster Law aims to foster the interest of academics and practitioners on legal and institutional issues relevant to natural, technological and human-made disasters. The YIDL is a double-blind peer review journal published by Brill/Nijhoff. For its inaugural issue (vol. 1, 2018) the Yearbook welcome submissions of abstracts for papers addressing topics pertaining to any issue of international disaster law. Abstracts should be sent by 15 November 2018 to info {at} yearbookidl(.)org. Further details can be found here.
 
2. The Role and Contributions of the ILC to the Development of International Law Symposium. The FIU Law Review and Professor Charles C. Jalloh will be hosting The Role and Contributions of the ILC to the Development of International Law, a Symposium celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the International Law Commission. The International Law Commission’s past, present, and future will be assessed from the perspective of progressive development and codification of international law. Leading scholars and practitioners of international law from around the world will convene to interrogate how the foundational pillars of “progressive development” and “codification” of international law took concrete expression in the mandate and practice of the ILC. This 70th Anniversary Symposium will review the key accomplishments of the ILC over its 70 years, its distinctive features, and celebrate the Commission’s contributions to the establishment of a rule-based international legal order. 
 
3. Call for Papers – First TRICI-Law and ECTPIL Conference on The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation. The ERC project on The Rules of Interpretation of Customary International Law (TRICI-Law project) and the ESIL Interest Group on the Theory and Philosophy of International Law have issued a call for papers for a conference on “The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and Its Interpretation,” which will take place 24 – 25 May 2019, at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The call is available here. Applicants are advised to consult the list of potential questions/panels of the conference, with more detailed explanation of each, which can be found here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to trici-law {at} rug(.)nl by 15 November 2018.
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