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Announcements: UN Courses and Fellowship, New IHL Events Website, Conferences and Calls for Papers

Published on November 16, 2013        Author: 

1.  The United Nations Regional Courses in International Law and the International Law Fellowship Programme are accepting applications for participants for their 2014 programmes. These unique training opportunities in public international law bring together leading scholars and practitioners from across the globe to engage in interactive discussions on a broad range of core subjects of international law. These courses are intended to enable qualified professionals, in particular government officials and teachers of international law, from developing countries and countries with emerging economies, to deepen their knowledge of international law and to engage in dialogue on current international law topics, as well as specific subjects of particular interest to the countries in a given region. More information can be found: for the Regional Courses, here; for the International Law Fellowship Programme, here. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2013.

2.  ALMA – Association for the Promotion of International Humanitarian Law has launched a new section of their website – Upcoming IHL Events – Worldwide. This database aims to provide general information about all upcoming events related to international humanitarian law. The events are divided by location (Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Asia) for an easier search of nearby events. Those who wish to add an event to the website can email events [at] alma-ihl [dot] org.

3.  Call for Papers – International Institutions: Law and Governance, ASIL IOIG Works-in-Progress Workshop 2014. The International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will hold a works-in-progress workshop on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th, 2014, at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  Authors interested in presenting a paper at the workshop can submit an abstract to David Gartner (David.Gartner [at] asu [dot] edu), Justin Jacinto (jjacinto [at] curtis [dot] com), and Julian Arato (arato.julian [at] gmail [dot] com) by the end of the day on December 2. Abstracts should be a couple of paragraphs long but not more than one page. Papers should relate to the topic of international institutions and governance.  Papers should not yet be in print so that authors will have time to make revisions based on the comments from the workshop.

4.  LSE’s Security in Transition Programme announces an international conference and call for papers. The conference title is ‘Law, Justice, and the Security Gap’. The conference will be held in London on 21 June 2014 at the London School of Economics & Political Science. The world is in the midst of a profound change in the way that security is conceptualized and practiced.  Up until 1989, security was largely viewed either as ‘internal security’ or as ‘national’ or ‘bloc’ security and the main instruments of security were considered to be the police, the intelligence services and the military.  This traditional view of security fits uneasily with the far-reaching changes in social and political organisation that characterize the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century. What we call the ‘security gap’ refers to the gap between our national and international security capabilities, largely based on conventional military forces, and the reality of the everyday experience of insecurity in different parts of the world.  Please send a paper abstract of 300-500 words and a CV to Pippa Bore at p.j.bore [at] lse [dot] ac [dot] uk by 6 January 2014.  More information here.

5.  The Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Poland, announces the conference ‘International Law between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation: the Role of Law in the Post-national Constellation’. The conference will be held on 18-19 November 2013 at the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Staszic Palace, Nowy Swiat 72, Warsaw, Poland. More information is available here.

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Announcements: Lieber Code Conference, ICC Moot, Postdoc Fellowships

Published on November 9, 2013        Author: 

1.  On Nov. 21, 2013, Columbia Law School will host a conference “From Gettysberg to Guantanamo: 150 Years of the Lieber Code and the Law of Armed Conflict”. Drafted by Columbia University Professor Francis Lieber and signed by President Lincoln in 1863 as General Order No. 100, the Lieber Code represented the world’s first attempt to codify the laws of war.  This conference celebrating its 150th anniversary will address the historical origins of the Code, its impact on the development of international humanitarian law and its continued significance to modern challenges in armed conflict. It will feature a lunch keynote address by Brigadier General Rich Gross, U.S. Army, Legal Counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Panelists will include Sir Adam Roberts, University of Oxford; Sir Daniel Bethlehem, former Legal Adviser to the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Prof. John Witt, Yale Law School; Prof. Robert Chesney, University of Texas; Dapo Akande, University of Oxford; Maj. Gen. Blaise Cathcart, Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces; Jelena Pejic, ICRC; Marten Zwanenburg, Senior Legal Advisor in the Netherlands Ministry of Defense; Dr. Bruce Oswald, Melbourne Law School; Naz Modirzadeh, Harvard Law School and Sarah Cleveland, Philip Bobbit and Matthew Waxman of Columbia Law School. Further details are available at the conference website.

2.  The International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition will take place from 19 until 23 May 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands. The ‘City of Peace and Justice’ will welcome over 250 students from 50 universities and over 30 different countries for this large-scale moot court, simulating the proceedings of the ICC. The Competition brings together students of diverse backgrounds and cultures from both Member States and Non-Member States. The Competition is organized in close cooperation with the International Criminal Court and will operate in English, Spanish (organized by the Iberoamerican Institute for Peace, Human Rights and International Justice), Arabic and French. Regional rounds will take place in the USA (organized by Pace University), Russia (organized by Moscow State Law Academy) and China (organized by China University of Political Science and Law). More information on the ICC Moot Court Competition can be found at the competition website. For questions or to become involved, email grotiuscentre [at] cdh [dot] leidenuniv [dot] nl.”

3.  Two postdoctoral fellowships at iCourts: Europe and New Global Challenges (EuroChallenge). Two 3-year postdoctoral fellowships are now available at iCourts, the Centre of Excellence for International Courts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. The fellowships are to be carried out as part of the interdisciplinary EuroChallenge Project in combination with the overall iCourts research agenda. More specifically, iCourts is looking for projects which address the broader question of the changing role of the “European legal-political space in a new global order? The global challenge to European markets, human rights and constitutionalized democracy”. See further here and apply on-line hereEuroChallenge is a major new research project with an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the place of Europe in the context of a rapidly and radically changing global order. iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts, is dedicated to the study of international courts, their role in a globalizing legal order and their impact on politics and society. To understand the crucial and contemporary interplay of law, politics and society, the centre hosts a set of integrated interdisciplinary research projects on the causes and consequences of the proliferation of international courts.

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Announcements: Call for Papers, ICJ Vacancies

Published on November 2, 2013        Author: 

1. Call for Papers: Subsidiarity in Global Governance. The Hertie School of Governance has issued a Call for Papers for a workshop on ‘Subsidiarity in Global Governance’ in Berlin on 19 and 20 June 2014. The workshop will gather around 25 scholars from law, politics and related disciplines for an in-depth debate over two days. The organizers welcome proposals from scholars at any level – PhD students at an advanced stage, postdoctoral and more senior researchers alike. Details can be found here.

2. Law Clerk Vacancies at the International Court of Justice. The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint several Law Clerks, each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. Details available here.
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Discussion of Martins Paparinskis’s Investment Treaty Arbitration and the (New) Law of State Responsibility

Published on October 21, 2013        Author: 

This week we will be hosting a discussion of Martins Paparinskis’s EJIL article, Investment Treaty Arbitration and the (New) Law of State Responsibility, and his related forthcoming chapter, Analogies and Other Regimes of International Law. Martins  is a Lecturer in Law at the University College London and a book review editor of the Journal of World Investment and TradeHis article  will be subjected to careful scrutiny this week by Anastasios Gourgourinis (Lecturer, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Jessica Howley (DPhil Candidate, Oxford), and Robert Howse (Professor, New York University). We are grateful to all four for agreeing to have this discussion here.

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Announcement: New Journal of World Investment and Trade, Call for Papers

Published on October 19, 2013        Author: 

The Journal of World Investment and Trade (JWIT) is under new editorial responsibility starting with the first issue 2014. It operates as a double-blind peer-reviewed journal and focuses on the law relating to foreign investment relations in a broad sense, including the law of investment treaties, investor-State dispute settlement, domestic law relating to foreign investment, and relevant trade law aspects, such as services, public procurement, trade-related investment measures, and intellectual property, both under the WTO and PTAs. JWIT aims to embed foreign investment law in its broader context, including its interactions with international and domestic law, both private and public, including general public international law, international commercial law and arbitration, international environmental law, human rights, sustainable development, as well as domestic constitutional and administrative law. It is open to doctrinal as well as interdisciplinary analysis covering the mainstream of foreign investment law and its frontiers. JWIT publishes articles, notes, case comments, and book reviews, and welcomes proposals for special issues in its fields of interest. For further information, including the full editorial board and instructions to authors, please visit Inquiries and submissions may be sent to jwit {at} mpil {.} de.

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Announcements: Essay Competition and Cassese Workshop

Published on October 13, 2013        Author: 

1. Human Rights Essay Award Competition. This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish.  Deadline: February 1, 2014. Detailed guidelines about the award are available here, or contact hracademy [at] wcl.american [dot] edu.

2. The Cassese Initiative announces its coming workshop on the topic “Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law“, which will be held at the European University Institute in Florence, on Friday 25 October 2013. This Workshop, inspired by Antonio Cassese’s early dedication to the eradication of enforced disappearance in Chile, seeks to address some of the problematic issues raised by the ‘modern’ forms of enforced disappearance, and evaluate the effectiveness of the existing international framework. Presentations will be given by leading experts in the field. In the active discussion that will follow each presentation, participants will have the opportunity to share views and experience in both an academic but also in a professional context. The Workshop is addressed to professionals in the fields of human rights and international criminal law, as well as PhD researchers and students with a demonstrated interest. Find out more about the programme here. Register here. See also the Cassese Initiative website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Announcement: International Law Weekend in New York

Published on October 6, 2013        Author: 

International Law Weekend 2013 — brought to you by the American Branch of the International Law Association — begins on Thursday night, October 24, 2013, at the Great Hall of the Association of the  Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, NYC, and continues at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, at the Lincoln Center facilities of Fordham Law School, at 140 West 62nd Street, NYC. This year’s theme is the “Internationalization of Law & Legal Practice.”  The opening panel, featuring the UN Undersecretary General for Disarmament debates the new UN Arms Trade Treaty. The keynote address will be given by international arbitrator Donald Donovan, current president of the American Society of International Law. Panels discussions include: the Well-Being of Children affected by Armed Conflict; Reform of the Inter-American Human Rights System, Teaching Law Outside Law Schools; practical panels on private international law; investment arbitration’s standards of review in regard to government regulatory conflict ; the revision of the U.S. “Restatement” of Foreign Relations Law; the new “Regime of Rocks and Islands” in maritime boundary disputes (see the contest over the South China Sea); bringing terrorists to justice, and forging a convention on Crimes Against Humanity.   Advance Registration, and further information, are available at the website of the ILA American Branch or the International Law Students Association website. As always, admission is free for all students, faculty, lawyers, and staff from co-sponsoring institutions, as well as all members of the American Branch of the International Law Association, the International Law Students Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Staff members of the United Nations and Permanent Missions to the United Nations can also attend for free.  The registration fee remains a modest $75 for the two days combined for all other practicing lawyers and members of the public.





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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 24: No. 3) Published

Published on September 30, 2013        Author: 

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law (Vol. 24, 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 articles in this issue include Ryan Goodman’s “The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants” (which has already received a lot of attention even prior to publication) as well as the reply to that article by Michael Schmitt and Ryan Goodman’s Rejoinder.  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.

Later this week, we will post a rejoinder by John Dugard and John Reynolds written in response to the reply by Yaffa Zilbershats to their article on “Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory” which appears in this issue of EJIL.

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Announcements and Events: Seminar on Foreign Investment in Africa, Investment Law Workshop

Published on September 28, 2013        Author: 

1. Expert seminar on Foreign Investment in Africa  – 10/11 October 2013

Professor Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva), Dr. Eric De Brabandere (Grotius Centre, Leiden University) and Dr. Tarcisio Gazzini (VU University Amsterdam) organize the 3rd Expert Seminar on Contemporary Perspectives on International Investment Law on 10 and 11 October 2013. The topic of this year’s seminar is ‘Foreign investment in Africa: Gaining Development Momentum’. Speakers include Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Gareth Austin, Jean-Louis Arcand, Elisabeth Tuerk,Mathabo Le Roux, Carin Smaller, Illy Ousséni, Francesco Seatzu, Kong Ngangjoh Hodu, Andreas Ziegler, Makane Mbengue, Tarcisio Gazzini and Eric De Brabandere. The Expert Seminar will take place at the University of Geneva Faculty of Law, 40 Bd. du Pont d’Arve, Room 3050. Attendance is free, but prior registration is necessary (via mail Makane.Mbengue [at] unige [dot] ch).

2. Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2014: International Investment Law and the Global Financial Architecture

The Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop is a forum for discussing fundamental problems of international investment law. (See here for the most recent conference volume.) The next workshop will be held 14-15 March 2014. It will focus on the relationship between investment law and the global financial architecture. The organisers invite proposals for original contributions on these or related topics. The call for papers is here.

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 24: No. 3) Out Next Week

Published on September 24, 2013        Author: 

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law will be published in the next week. Over the course of this week, we will have a series of post by Joseph Weiler – Editor in Chief of EJIL – which will then appear in the Editorial in the upcoming issue. Here is the Table of Contents of the next issue of EJIL:


European Parliament Elections 2014: Europe’s Fateful Choices; EJIL and ESIL; In this Issue


Congyan Cai, New Great Powers and International Law in the 21st Century

Claus D. Zimmermann, The Concept of Monetary Sovereignty Revisited

EJIL: Debate!

Ryan Goodman, The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants

Michael N. Schmitt, Wound, Capture, or Kill: A Reply to Ryan Goodman’s ‘The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants’

Ryan Goodman, The Power to Kill or Capture Enemy Combatants: A Rejoinder to Michael N. Schmitt

 EJIL: Debate!

John Dugard and John Reynolds, Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Yaffa Zilbershats, Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory: A Reply to John Dugard and John Reynolds

Roaming Charges: Moments of Dignity: Bar in San Juan

Critical Review of International Governance

 Ademola Abass, Prosecuting International Crimes in Africa: Rationale, Prospects and Challenges

 Literature Review Essay

Benoît Mayer, Climate Change and International Law in the Grim Days

 Book Reviews

Caroline Foster. Science and the Precautionary Principle in International Courts and Tribunals. Expert Evidence, Burden of Proof and Finality (Oren Perez)

Agnès Michelot (ed.). Equité et environnement. Quel(s) modèle(s) de justice environnementale? (Armelle Gouritin)

F. Francioni and N. Ronzitti (eds). War by Contract: Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Private Contractors (Rein Müllerson)

Paul Schiff Berman. Global Legal Pluralism: A Jurisprudence of Law Beyond Borders (Sujith Xavier)

Jeffrey L. Dunoff and Mark A. Pollack (eds). Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations: The State of the Art (Monika Zalnieriute)

The Last Page

Laura Coyne, A Mystic and a Stock Price


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