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Announcements: Conference on Hybrid Warfare and Minorities (Lancaster); Conference on Fundamental Rights in the EU (Trier); EJIL:Live! Extra on IHL and IHRL

Published on May 30, 2015        Author: 

1.  Conference on Hybrid Warfare and Minorities, University of Lancaster, 26 June 2015. This conference looks at recent trends in unconventional warfare involving cyber-attacks, the media and the use of irregular forces, and their relationship with human and minority rights. Three panels will address 1. Cyberwarfare, Freedom of Expression and Minorities; 2. Hybrid Warfare and Attribution; 3. Hybrid Warfare and the Concept of “Attack”. Keynote speakers are Dr Thomas D. Grant (University of Cambridge) and Professor Bill Bowring (Birkbeck, University of London). Further details can be found here.

2.  ERA Conference: Protecting Fundamental Rights in the European Union. Tools, challenges and way forward. Trier, 18-19 June 2015. The aim of this conference is to analyse recent developments in the field of fundamental rights protection in the European Union. It will address the challenges legal practitioners face when dealing with fundamental rights issues, shed light on the current state of the EU system of fundamental rights protection and provide tools regarding its effective implementation. See more information here.

3.  In case you missed it, the latest EJIL: Live Extra! features Joseph Weiler and Dapo Akande of the University of Oxford discussing the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law.  The EJIL: Live Extras series comprises short video conversations with leading international law scholars.

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Announcements: EJIL:Live Extra Featuring Dapo Akande on IHL and IHRL; CfP Int’l Orgs and the Rule of Law (Wellington, NZ); CfP Development and Rule of Law (London & USA); Conference on Rule of Law in the EU (London); Seminar on Ethics in the Int’l Bar (London); ILA Conference Registration Extended (Essex)

Published on May 23, 2015        Author: 

1.  In case you missed it, the latest EJIL: Live Extra! features Joseph Weiler and Dapo Akande of the University of Oxford discussing the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law.  The EJIL: Live Extras series comprises short video conversations with leading international law scholars.

2.  Call for Papers – International Organisations and the Rule of Law: Perils and Promise, Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law, New Zealand, 7-8 December 2015. This workshop will take a fresh look at the resources that international law possesses to ensure that international organisations (IOs) are held accountable for their errors and excesses, while remaining relevant and effective in the face of ever growing global challenges. How can international law develop in a way that preserves and enhances the dynamic possibilities of IOs while making sure that they comply with the rule of law? Can international law offer solutions, or is it part of the problem? The workshop organisers welcome papers that present original legal or empirical research; theoretical reflections; case studies from practice; and critical and historical perspectives. For more details see the call for papers here.

3.  The Global Rule of Law Exchange, a new project at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, seeks to address key challenges posed by global development and its relationship to the rule of law. To this end, the Exchange will compile a list of short papers (such as think pieces, practice notes, policy documents, etc.) of around 1,500 – 3,000 words presenting research, case-studies and evidence from the field. Multidisciplinary analyses are encouraged, as are quantitative and qualitative studies. Conferences will be organised in London and in the United States in late 2015 and early 2016 to discuss the papers (date TBA). Shortlisted papers will feature in an edited publication, but the Exchange is also exploring opportunities of publishing a collection of these articles in a peer-reviewed journal. It will consider the challenges in respect of developing the rule of law in emerging economies, with regard to issues such as access to justice, corruption, legal certainty, government decision-making and the measurement of success in rule of law interventions. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: Legal Theory Workshop for Junior Scholars (Tel Aviv); Chagos Litigation Conference (Greenwich); Summer Academy of Int’l Oceans Law & Policy (Xiamen & Shanghai)

Published on May 16, 2015        Author: 

1.  Call for Papers – The 3rd TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars in Law: Theory Coming to Life, Tel-Aviv, 26-27 October 2015. Through law, theory comes into our daily lives in many ways. The workshop will explore the connection between theory and life: how different theories are applied through legal doctrines, how theory comes to life through its application and how theory influences society and our lives. For more details see the call for papers.

2.  Delegates are now able to reserve places for The Chagos Litigation: A Socio-Legal Dialogue conference, which takes place on 29th June 2015 at the University of Greenwich. The keynote speaker is Professor Philippe Sands QC (University College London), who recently represented Mauritius in its proceedings against the United Kingdom at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The conference is free to attend and is open to academics, legal practitioners and postgraduate students. Delegates can reserve their place by emailing: lawevents {at} gre.ac(.)uk. Further information can be found here.

3.  The 2014 Summer Program of Marco Polo-Zheng He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy, P.R. China. The South China Sea Institute of Xiamen University, and Center for Polar and Deep Ocean Development of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, announce their annual summer program – Marco Polo- ZHENG He Academy of International Oceans Law and Policy, to be held from July 5 – July 31, 2015. These centers are leading interdisciplinary research institutes in China in the area of Oceans Law and Policy. This is the 10th anniversary of the summer academy which has been attended in past by the scholars, practitioners, diplomats and students from -: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, DPR Korea, Rep. of Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, U.S., and others. The four week intensive summer program is divided into two sessions to be held in Chinese cities of Xiamen and Shanghai. The participants have an option to attend either or both the sessions. The program offers a unique chance to learn about the Chinese perspectives on Law of the Sea and its policies. The structure of the program is such that the class lectures are held in morning sessions and in the afternoon sessions trips to Chinese courts, law firms, and governmental agencies related to oceanic administration, museums, etc., are planned. Participants also have the option of taking tests and getting credits transferred to their own schools. Limited number of scholarships is offered to outstanding candidates upon application and subsequent review. Please find more information about Xiamen Session here and Shanghai Session here.

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Announcements: Call for Papers and Panels, ICON-S Conference (NY); BIICL Seminar on Interpretation in International Law; ILA British Branch (Spring Conference); Doctoral Grants (Brussels); New Additions to UN AV Library; CfP on Ecology of Governance (NY); CfP Irish Journal of European Law

Published on May 9, 2015        Author: 

1)  ICON-S 2015 Conference in New York City, July 1-3, 2015—Call for Papers & Panels—Public Law in an Uncertain World. I-CONnect is pleased to announce the Call for Papers & Panels below for the 2015 Conference of ICON-S: the International Society of Public Law. ICON-S, a new international learned society now entering its second year, is guided by a Pro Term Executive Committee featuring many of the world’s leading scholars in the field of public law. This edition of the ICON-S Conference will be held in New York City, on July 1-3, 2015, at the New York University School of Law. The conference will feature plenary and concurrent panels. Scholars–both senior and junior, including graduate students, as well as practitioners–are invited to submit papers and/or fully-formed panels for the conference. The full call for papers and panels is here.

2) On 14 May 2015, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) will host a seminar on ‘Interpretation in International Law: The Object, the Players, the Rules, and the Strategies’. This is the next event in the Temple Garden Chambers Seminar Series in International Adjudication. Interpretation in international law is usually referred to as an art or a science. These perspectives imply that interpretation is a static exercise, tied to the rules in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT). However, in today’s international legal reality, characterised by the proliferation of international judicial bodies and a variety of participants before them, such understandings have become too narrow. Although the VCLT remains the primary legal source, there is no doubt that interpretation in international law has become a complex and purposeful process, which involves numerous players (litigators, judges, academics, NGO counsels, legal advisers) who devise various strategies to bring a case to a persuasive conclusion. This event will explore the dynamic understanding of interpretation of international law before international and English courts. Speakers will include: Professor Andrea Bianchi (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva); Professor David D. Caron (The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London); Shaheed Fatima (Blackstone Chambers) and Professor Larissa van den Herik (Leiden Law School). The event will be chaired by Rodney Dixon QC (Temple Garden Chambers).  Find out more and book online on the BIICL website. Download the Event Flyer here .

3) The University of Essex is hosting the Spring Conference of the International Law Association (British Branch) on 29th – 30th May 2015, on the theme of ‘International Law as a Mechanism for Justice’. The keynote speakers will be: Howard Morrison CBE QC, Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Professor Francesco Francioni, European University Institute. The provisional programme and information on registration and accommodation are available at here. Please ensure that you register by 14th May.  Should you have any queries about the conference, please feel free to get in touch at the following address: ilaconference2015 {at} essex.ac(.)uk.

4) Université libre de Bruxelles – Faculty of Law, ARC “Strategic Litigation: Using Courts to Achieve Social Change? Fighting Poverty and Impunity in Judicial Arenas.” Call for applications for two doctoral grants in law (Deadline: 15 June 2015). More details available here.

5) Announcements: New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International LawThe Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law  website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to an unlimited number of recipients around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Guy S. Goodwin-Gill on “Migrants’ Rights”, Professor Bing Bing Jia on “The Regime of International Straits: Current State of the Law” and by Professor Lea Brilmayer on “The Problem of Secession in International Law”.

6)  Call for Papers, Indicators and the Ecology of Governance. On July 6-7, 2015, the Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ) at New York University School of Law will convene a conference on indicators and the ecology of governance. This conference has three objectives: to take stock and analyze key ideas from very recent work in the field; to bring together interested scholars and celebrate the launch of several recent books on indicators in global governance; and above all to explore promising directions in current and future research, with a particular focus on the dynamics or ecology of governance in which indicators are one of several competing technologies. More details are available here.

7) Irish Journal of European Law, Call for Papers: Reminder. The Irish Society for European Law recently re-launched the Irish Journal of European Law as an e-journal. The Journal, which has been published since 1992, is a leading international journal on European law edited by Irish scholars and practitioners. The 2014 volume is now available on the Society’s website. The Journal – which is blind peer-reviewed – is now issuing a call for original papers for its 2015 volume. The call is available here. Submissions are to be sent to ijel.submissions {at} gmail(.)com by Friday 15th May 2015.

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Announcements: Event on Corporate Responsibility for Int’l Crimes (London); Conference on Urgency and Human Rights (Nijmegen, NL); CfP on Int’l Disaster Law in Asia-Pacific (Sydney)

Published on May 1, 2015        Author: 

1.  The International Law Programme at Chatham House and Doughty Street are hosting an event on 19 May 2015  – ‘Corporate Responsibility for International Crimes?’. The meeting will discuss the question of whether corporations can be held accountable for international crimes. The speakers will address the advantages to, and obstacles in the way of, prosecuting corporations for their responsibility for international crimes in domestic courts, as well as the prospect of prosecuting corporations at the International Criminal Court. Please note this event will be followed by a drinks reception. The event will take place from 17:30 to 19:00 at Doughty Street Chambers, London. Attendance is free but prior registration is required. For further details and to register see here.

2. Conference Urgency and Human Rights 29 & 30 May 2015. Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Addressing urgent human rights situations pending litigation. Could the tool of interim measures be used to order states to halt cooperation with drone attack operations, protect persons against death threats, or ensure access to basic facilities for undocumented persons? Among others, the conference will feature Dinah Shelton (the expert on remedies in international law and on regional human right protection), Sacha Prechal (EU judge), Philip Leach (director of EHRAC), Cees Flinterman (former member UN Human Rights Committee and CEDAW), Theo van Boven (former UN Rapporteur against Torture and Rapporteur on the Principles and Guidelines on the Right to  Remedy and Reparation). Conference fee: only €20 euro a day. For more information and registration see: Conference Urgency and Human Rights.

3.  Proposals for papers are welcomed for a workshop on International Disaster Law in the Asia-Pacific region, to be held at UNSW, Sydney on Friday 24 July 2015. The deadline for proposals is 25 May 2015. Further details are available here.

4. The ICRC-British Red Cross customary IHL research team announces a job opening: Customary IHL: Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law. In the framework of the co-operation between the ICRC and the British Red Cross to update the practice collection of the ICRC’s study on customary international humanitarian law (IHL), the ICRC and the British Red Cross seek to recruit a research fellow to join the customary IHL research team in Cambridge/UK. For further information, please see  here and here. To apply and for details about the position, please visit here and, under “UK Jobs”, search for the role title “Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law”. Closing date for applications is Monday, 18 May 2015.

 

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New EJIL:Live Extra! Joseph Weiler and Dapo Akande Discuss the Relationship Between IHL and IHRL

Published on April 29, 2015        Author: 

The EJIL: Live Extras series comprises short video conversations with leading international law scholars. In our latest EJIL: Live Extra! Joseph Weiler and Dapo Akande of the University of Oxford discuss the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

 

 
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Announcements: CfP on Int’l Health Law; Int’l Energy Law Summer Course: Extended Registration Deadline (Thessaloniki); Int’l Law and Time Conference (Geneva)

Published on April 25, 2015        Author: 

1.  The Groningen Journal of International Law is now taking abstracts for its Volume III, Issue II on International Health Law. Deadline for submissions is 1 May 2015, and more information is available here.

2.  The Kalliopi Koufa Foundation on the Promotion of International Law and Human Rights organizes the inaugural session of the Thessaloniki Summer Courses on International Law and Human Rights from 1 to 10 July 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the topic of “International Aspects and Issues of Energy Law”. The programme is open to advanced law students, researchers and practitioners. The Faculty of this 10-day intensive course on international energy law includes Catherine Redgwell (Oxford), August Reinisch(Vienna), Andreas Ziegler (Lausanne), Andrea Bjorklund (McGill), Anastasia Strati (Brussels), Danae Azaria (UCL). The inaugural lesson will be given by Christos Rozakis (President of the Administrative Court of the CoE). There will be also a series of seminars on the geopolitics of energy. The registration deadline has been extended until 15 May 2015. The registration fee is 300 euros. For more information including the provisional programme, please visit here.

3.  Conference on International Law and Time (12-13 June 2015) – Registration Open. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (IHEID), International Law Department holds a conference entitled “International Law and Time” in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12-13 June 2015. Registration for the conference is now open. For more information please visit the conference website or email lawconference {at} graduateinstitute(.)ch. The conference is intended to create an opportunity to reflect and debate the fundamentals of international law in depth as time is an inherent component of many of the most important international law concepts. Time, however, also fundamentally determines international law as a field. The notion of time cuts across themes to provide context and sensitivity to the shifting values of international society. International law has been in constant dynamic change since its inception. Capturing and understanding this change in time is one of the discipline’s fundamental challenges, as is the difficulty of working with the constantly changing materiae of international law in practice. Panels will address the significance, measurement and narratives of time, as well as their impact on international law.

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Announcements: Human Rights Integration Conference (Ghent); ICC Summer School (Galway); Conference on ECHR & General Int’l Law (Strasbourg); Gary Born’s ESIL Lecture Online; New EJIL:Live! Episode Online; Seminar on Public Int’l Law and EU Law (London); Int’l Law MOOC

Published on April 18, 2015        Author: 

1.  On 9-11 December 2015, the Human Rights Integration network will organize an international conference in Ghent to explore the foundations and implications of human rights fragmentation and integration, entitled ‘The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration-Towards a Users’ Perspective’. As a political and ethical project, human rights are one, indivisible and universal. As law however, they are fragmented. Human rights law today is characterized by the simultaneous existence of a large variety of norms, developed by numerous actors, at different geographical levels, addressing similar or different topics, individuals and groups. As a result, human rights scholarship often focuses on one or more specific rights, target groups or jurisdictions, which in turn contributes to creating a fragmented, compartmentalized view of human rights law. However, rights holders, duty bearers and other ‘users’ of human rights are confronted simultaneously with multiple layers of human rights law, amongst which there is generally little coordination. For justice seekers, the complex architecture of human rights may create opportunities as well as obstacles. The starting proposition of the conference organizers is that it is highly relevant for human rights scholars to add an integrated perspective of human rights law to our work. This implies studying not only separate norms or mechanisms, but also their simultaneous application, what that implies for the users of human rights law, and how these users deal with that reality. The conference intends to facilitate a dialogue among legal and socio-legal perspectives on human rights fragmentation and integration. Through this dialogue, the conceptual, theoretical and methodological foundations of human rights fragmentation and integration will be refined and the legal and practical implications of human rights fragmentation and integration will be studied. For more information on the conference see here.

2.  The Irish Centre for Human Rights is hosting its annual International Criminal Court Summer School from 15-19 June 2015 at NUI Galway. An early bird registration fee of €400 is available before 20 April 2015 (registration costs €450 after this date). To register and for more information, please see here.

3.  The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law. A one-day conference entitled The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law is being organized jointly by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Society for International Law. The programme includes presentations by ten judges from the European Court of Human Rights, as well as presentations by judges from the International Court of Justice, and other judges and international law scholars. More information here. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: CfA, UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy; ICL/IHL/Human Rights Summer Session (Salzburg); Course on Conduct of Peace Support Operations (Sanremo)

Published on April 11, 2015        Author: 
1.  Call for Applicants for UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy. At the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council, 15 June – 3 July 2015, the President of the Council will appoint the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, the new special procedure created by the Council in March. The deadline for receipt of nominations by OHCHR is 30 April 2015. All applicants must submit an application for the mandate through the OHCHR online application system available here. Privacy International, together with Access, the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Article 19, the Association for Progressive Communications, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the International Commission of Jurists, have developed an outline of qualifications that we believe are relevant to the selection and appointment of the Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. The checklist is aimed to support governments, NGOs, academics, relevant professional networks, national human rights institutions and others in the identification of and outreach to highly qualified and independent candidates.

2.  Seventeenth Summer Session of the 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 Seventeenth Summer Session, Sunday 2 to Wednesday 12 August 2015. SLS is an intensive summer course founded by Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. It is targeted at advanced law students, young scholars, and professionals with experience in international criminal law who wish to deepen their knowledge and engage in academic discourse. Under the title ‘Strategies to Narrow the Impunity Gap: Improving the Effectiveness of International Criminal Law and Exploring Alternative Forms of Accountability’, this year’s session will critically assess the notion of an ‘international criminal justice system’ and will glimpse beyond the framework of criminal justice for inclusive strategies to fight impunity. SLS 2015 faculty includes Prof. Olympia Bekou (University of Nottingham), Mr. Gilbert Bitti (ICC), Ms. Eleni Chaitidou (ICC), Prof. Roger Clark (Rutgers University), Dr. David Donat Cattin (PGA/New York University), Prof. Benjamin Ferencz (Einsatzgruppen trial), Prof. Don Ferencz (Global Institute for the Prevention of Aggression/Middlesex University), Mr. Orchlon Narantsetseg (ICC), Dr. Rod Rastan (ICC), Prof. Darryl Robinson (Queen’s University), Prof. William A. Schabas (Middlesex University/Leiden University), Mr. David Tolbert (ICTJ), Mr. Thomas Unger (Geneva Academy), Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini (University of Salzburg). Detailed information on the academic programme and the application procedure is available here.

3.  Course on Conduct of Peace Support Operations, 15 June-19 July 2015 Sanremo, Italy. Registration is now open for the International Institute of Humanitarian Law’s specialized course on the Conduct of Peace Support Operations (PSO). The aim of this course is to prepare potential civilian and military staff and augmentees for PSOs by providing an understanding of the legal issues affecting their deployment and mission accomplishment. Participants will examine and discuss the wide ranging legal issues underpinning PSO mandates affecting mission design, and those legal aspects which will shape and govern the deployed force and mission. Seminar topics include the legal bases for PSO, the applicability of human rights and LOAC, criminal responsibility and the legal implications of detention, cyber activities, and emerging technologies on PSO.  For more information see here.
 
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New EJIL:Live!: Interview with Jan Klabbers on International Organizations

Published on April 8, 2015        Author: 

A new episode of EJIL:Live! is now available online. Episode 5 features an extended “Fireside Chat” between the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler and Professor Jan Klabbers of the University of Helsinki, whose article “The Transformation of International Organizations Law”, appears in Volume 26, Issue 1. The article, the first in a new series called The EJIL Foreword, magisterially analyses the current state of international organizations. The interview provides background to the article and probes the issues raised by it in further depth.

 
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