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Announcement: Workshop on Procedural Fairness

Published on July 20, 2014        Author: 

The Surrey International Law Centre of the University of Surrey School of Law, with the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies, the McCoubrey Centre of the University of Hull and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, will host a two-day workshop on the identification of core standards of procedural fairness before international courts and tribunals. All interested persons are warmly invited to participate in the workshop and should register by 31 August. Full details, including the workshop programme, may be accessed at the workshop website.

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The Peace of Utrecht in 1713, a Painting by Semiramis Öner Mühüdaroğlu

Published on July 7, 2014        Author: 

Treaty of UtrechtThe Treaty of Utrecht was until recently one of the few major peace treaties that had not been commemorated in a painting or photograph. The  treaty was finally memorialized on the occasion of its 300-year anniversary last year in a painting (pictured left, click to enlarge) by Turkish artist Semiramis Öner Mühüdaroğlu.

The Treaty of Utrecht was in fact a group of bilateral treaties that helped to end the War of Spanish Succession, which was being fought among European States including Spain, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Savoy, and the Dutch Republic. During negotiations lasting nearly fourteen months, from 29 January 1712 to 11 April 1713, the States reached compromises that included cessions of territories in both Europe and the Americas as well as recognitions and renunciations of various sovereign titles. 

Although the treaties were not concluded in a single signing moment, the artist depicts the diplomats who negotiated the various agreements together in the ballroom of the Utrecht Town Hall, posed as if they have just signed an agreement. Among the diplomats are five allegorical figures. These include a child holding a globe, symbolizing the various geographies touched by the treaty; a female figure holding an olive branch and dove, representing peace; and another woman holding an open book to symbolize  justice.

The painting was commissioned by the foundation that owns the Oudaen City castle, where the French emissary Melchior de Polignac and his retinue stayed during the protracted peace negotiations. The painting is housed at the Townhall of Utrecht.

 
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Announcements: Conference on Asylum in Europe, Website Covering Italian Practice on International Law

Published on June 28, 2014        Author: 

1.  ‘Using Human Security as a legal framework to analyse the Common European Asylum System,’ 4 July, T.M.C Asser Instituut, The Hague, Netherlands. This expert conference will explore new territory in its analysis of protection under the Common European Asylum System through the prism of Human Security. The four thematic panels of the conference will analyse the added value of using Human Security as a legal framework for protection in Asylum law whilst assessing the prospects of legal interaction between both fields. It will take stock of recent developments in legislation, jurisprudence and doctrine; proposing insightful approaches to contemporary asylum challenges. The event is free of charge, however registration is required. Please register here. More information is available here.

2.  A team of scholars and students mainly based at the University of Trento, Italy announces the launch of www.italyspractice.info is a collection of Italian parliamentary and diplomatic statements on issues of international law. The website’s main purpose is to provide access to the Italian Government’s practice to non-Italian speakers.  The team constantly monitors the statements of the Italian Government as expressed before the Italian Parliament, as well as within the United Nations system, both in New York and Geneva.  Whenever necessary, it translates the statements into English. Then it classifies them chronologically, as well as through keywords and tags: the entire database is searchable. Each post is identified by a topic-based title and introduced by a short summary. When possible, a link to the official document is made available. This website will be a useful tool for scholars and practitioners of international law and international relations, as it provides for wide-ranged and easily accessible materials. 

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Announcements: Job Openings–Professor/Reader at University of Essex, Legal Advisor at ICRC

Published on June 14, 2014        Author: 

1.  The University of Essex announces an opening for a Professor/Reader in Law (IHRL/ICL/IHL or related PIL). To be appointed to the Professorship an individual will have a clearly established international level reputation in the field of International Human Rights Law or a related field of Public International Law, such as International Criminal Law or International Humanitarian Law, and will be recognised as one of the leaders in their field. For the Readership the appointee will have an outstanding record of excellent research and be able to display clear potential to achieve a chair level appointment in a UK university. The closing date is 14 July 2014. Further details are available here.

2.  The Commentaries Update Project of the International Committee of the Red Cross has a job opening for a legal adviser. Further details  are available here.

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Announcements: Conference in Bangor on Proof in International Criminal Law, ASIL Research Forum Call for Papers: New Deadline, Conference on 21st Century Borders

Published on June 6, 2014        Author: 
1.  From 27-28 June 2014, Bangor Law School and the Bangor Centre for International Law will host a conference on proof in international criminal trials. It promises to be of great interest to academics and practitioners alike. The full conference programme is available here. Register here.

2.  ASIL Research Forum – November 6-8, Chicago, USA. The American Society of International Law has extended the deadline for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the Society’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago November 6-8, 2014. Papers can be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished.  Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 1000 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Review of the abstracts will be blind.  Proposals should be submitted online by June 15, 2014. To submit a proposal, or for more information, please visit here. 

3. The Keele School of Law is hosting a workshop on June 13th on the theme: ‘Theorising and Historicising International Law and the Environment’. The workshop brings together scholars with a shared interest in legal history to critically engage with the pre-history of international environmental law and its relationship to empire. Speakers include Yoriko Otomo (SOAS), Stephen Humphreys (LSE), Celine Tan (Warwick), Matthew Nicholson (Southampton) and Mario prost (Keele). For more information, and to register, please visit here.
4. Conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution, Friday 13th June 2014, University of Lancaster. 21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with the recent annexation of the Crimea and disputes over islands and maritime delimitation in Asia, amongst others. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them. Full details and registration information can be found at the Centre’s website www.lancaster.ac.uk/cilhr/

 

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Announcements: International Legal Theory Conference in London, Conference in UK on ECtHR Jurisprudence in International Criminal Tribunals

Published on May 31, 2014        Author: 

1. On Friday 20 June 2014 the Society of Legal Scholars International Law Section and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law will co-host the 23rd Conference on Theory and International Law in London. The theme of this year’s conference is Sovereignty in the 21st Century. This conference will address aspects of both the theoretical and practical dimensions of sovereignty in the 21st century. Topics to be discussed include: the future of the concept of permanent sovereignty over natural resources; the future of the anthropomorphic conceptualization of the state in the context of the debates concerning statehood and recognition; international law and the value of statehood; state power and corporate sovereignty; monetary sovereignty; and counterterrorism, international organisations and state sovereignty. This conference will be of interest to academics, students and practitioners in the fields of international law, international relations, political science and diplomacy, civil liberties and human rights law. All those with an interest in current affairs will find much of interest in the subject matter of the conference and will be most welcome. Further details (including a link to the conference programme) are available here.

2. On 14 June 2014, Edge Hill University (UK) is hosting an international conference titled “The ‘Cross-Fertilization’ Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals”. Speakers will discuss the outcomes of the presentations made by the participants in a workshop held at Edge Hill the day before. The main purpose of this initiative is to critically assess the manner in which human rights standards developed by the European Court of Human Rights have been used (or misused) by international criminal tribunals. See here for details.

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Announcements: Territorial Conflict Conference in Lancaster, Call for Papers for Conference in Louvain on Territoriality, Conference in Berlin on the Wall case

Published on May 26, 2014        Author: 

1. Conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution, 13th June 2014, University of Lancaster. 21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with the recent annexation of the Crimea and disputes over islands and maritime delimitation in Asia, amongst others. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them. Full details and registration information can be found at the Centre’s website.

2.  A workshop for junior scholars in international will be held in Belgium, at the University of Louvain, on 13-14 November 2014 on the topic of “International Law and Territoriality – Protecting, making sense and going beyond sovereign limits in contemporary practice”. Immediately after the workshop, the biannual joint conference of the Société française pour le droit international and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht will take place from 14-15 November 2014, on ´The Law of International Boundaries´. Proposals (4 pages at most, written either in French, German or English), together with a curriculum vitae must be sent not later than 15th June 2014 to pierre.dargent {at} uclouvain(.)be. The extended version of the call for papers is posted on ESIL website.

3. Ten years ago, on 9 July 2004, the International Court of Justice rendered its advisory opinion concerning the ‚Legal consequences of the construction of a wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory’. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the ICJ’s Wall Opinion, ‘Bread for the World’ and ‘MISEREOR’, two German NGO’s, together with Prof. Andreas Zimmermann from the the Human Rights Centre of the University of Potsdam (Germany) organise an international conference to take place in Berlin on 7th July 2014. Representatives of human rights organisations, as well as international legal scholars, policy makers and others will discuss the continued relevance of the Court’s opinion on the situation on the ground, as well as its impact on the development of general international law and will also focus on the impact of the wall and its associated regime on the population, the role of the United Nations and the obligations under international law, as circumscribed by the ICJ, of third parties including the European Union in ensuring the implementation of the legal obligations set forth in the Court’s advisory opinion. For more information see here.

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Announcements: Workshop at LSE, Tel-Aviv Conference-Call for Papers, Boat Refugees Conference in London, Postdoc Positions in Oslo, Call for Papers on Syria, Lecture in Brussels on Ethics in International Disputes

Published on May 17, 2014        Author: 

1.  “Sociological Inquires into International Law” (LSE, May 16-17, 2014). The aim of this workshop is to help bring contemporary international law scholarship into a closer conversation with a number of inspiring and theoretically rich literatures on law and markets deriving from traditions of thinking within sociology and anthropology.  We are convinced that, particularly within the field of international economic law, a deeper and more informed engagement with a range of sociological and social theoretic modes of thinking is necessary for intellectual renewal. For details, please visit the workshop site here. If you would like to attend the workshop (and due to the limited available seats), please contact  Gosia Brown (G.M.Brown {at} lse.ac(.)uk)  in advance.

2. Call for Papers – The 2nd Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars: Law Between Normativity and Pragmatism, Tel-Aviv, 10-11 November 2014. When courts are required to reach a decision, they are often faced with the dilemma whether to give primacy to the pragmatic implications of the litigation on the case or to its normative effects on society at large. This pull between normativity and pragmatism is not only the province of courts, but defines law in its essence throughout its diverse fields and manifestations. How ought law deal with the inherent tension between solving specific cases and setting general rules? What are the obligations of states towards foreign individuals or communities under this framework? Read the full call for papers here.

3.  Registration is now open for the Conference ‘”Boat Refugees” and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach – Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights’, to be held on 23-24 June at Senate House, London. This conference aims to comprehensively address the contemporary phenomenon of ‘boat migration’ with a holistic approach. We will consider its multiple facets, combining knowledge from several disciplines and regions of the world, with a view to making a decisive contribution to our understanding of current trends, against the background of the fragmentary responses adopted and innumerable tragedies occurred thus far. Convened by the Refugee Law Initiative and Queen Mary University of London – with support from Athens University and UACES – this innovative event brings together more than 30 expert speakers from academia, NGOs, Frontex, UNHCR, IOM and other institutions. The keynotes are from Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill (Oxford) and Professor François Crépeau (Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants). For further information on the conference, including the programme, please see here. As places are limited, register at the earliest opportunity. The relevant link to the online registration facility with an indication of the applicable fee categories (full, UACES members, and students) is here.

4.  PluriCourtsCentre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo–is announcing three positions as postdoctoral researcher in the following fields: International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law and International Investment Tribunals. For details, see here.

5.  The Qatar University, College of Law and the Qatari Branch of the ILA announce a special issue of the International Review of Law on the Syrian Crisis and International Law. Contributions should discuss public international law, including collective security and the use of force as well as papers exploring the applicability of the Responsibility to Protect theory; international humanitarian law and international human rights law including the relationship of the two bodies of law in the Syrian context; international criminal law – procedural and substantive aspects; or refugee protection and the international ramifications in the Arab region. International Review of Law is a bilingual (English & Arabic content), open-access, peer-reviewed international law journal published by QScience.com. Those interested in contributing are requested to respond to this call for papers by sending in their submissions by August 15th, 2014. For more information, see here.

6.  The European Society of International Law (ESIL), together with the law firm Stibbe, will co-organize a lunchtime lecture entitled: Ethics in International Disputes. This lecture will be delivered by Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and former ad hoc Judge at the International Court of Justice, on Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 12h00 at the office of Stibbe, Central Plaza, Loksumstraat 25 Rue de Loxum, 1000 Brussels. Judge Cot’s address will be followed by comments in response by Françoise Lefèvre, Partner and Global Head of Arbitration at Linklaters in Brussels. Opening and closing remarks will be provided by ESIL President Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Kathleen Claussen, ESIL member, and Bart Volders, Partner at Stibbe. A light sandwich lunch will be available. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required as space is limited. Please register at this website by 27 May 2014.

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Announcements: Workshop in Budapest–Imagining the Future; Workshop in Reykjavik

Published on May 10, 2014        Author: 

1. Imagining the Future: Conceptions of Risk and the Regulation of Uncertainty in International Law – Institute for Legal Studies, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, 17 – 19 October, 2014. Increasingly, international legal arrangements imagine future worlds, or create space for experts to articulate how the future can be conceptualized and managed. With the increased specialization of international law, a series of functional regimes and sub-regimes has emerged, each with their own imageries, vocabularies, expert-knowledge and rules to translate our hopes and fears for the future into action in the present. At issue in the development of these regimes are not just competing predictions of the future based on what we know about what has happened in the past and what we know is happening in the present. Rather, these regimes seek to deal with futures about which we know very little or nothing at all; futures that are inherently uncertain and even potentially catastrophic; futures for which we need to find ways to identify, conceptualise, manage and regulate risks the existence of which we can possibly only speculate about. In short, international law is increasingly becoming the preserve of HG Wells’ ‘professors of foresight’. The central theme of this workshop is how the future is imagined, articulated and managed across functional fields in international law. The deadline for abstract proposals is 1 June 2014. More information on this project and contact details can be found here and here.

2. Call for Papers – The Changing Practices of International Law: Sovereignty, Law and Politics in a Globalising World, Reykjavik, 27-29 August 2014. This interdisciplinary workshop explores this paradox of international legalisation increasing the room for political manoeuvre in international relations by examining how the proliferation of legal regimes and its various mechanisms are utilized by sovereign states to bolster political positions and barter off responsibilities under international law. We invite papers that analyse how the increasing role of international law in international relations both changes the obligations of states but equally provides the backdrop for “creative legal thinking” and governmental strategies to instrumentalise legal discourse and/or design policies to circumvent or shift legal obligations otherwise owed. Read the full call for papers here.

 

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Announcements: International Environmental Law Conference, Corporate Social Responsibility Workshop, Symposium: The End of Treaties?, ASIL Research Forum, University of Amsterdam Workshop

Published on May 2, 2014        Author: 

1.  Combustion: Energy, Resources and Environmental Issues Igniting International Law, November 13-15, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario. The Canadian Council on International Law is pleased to announce its 43rd Annual Conference: “Combustion: Energy, Resources, and Environmental Issues Igniting International Law”. Practitioners and legal scholars are invited to submit paper and presentation proposals relating to the theme of energy, natural resources, and related environmental issues. The 2014 Annual Conference will explore the role of international law in global energy transactions, resource extraction and environmental issues. Topics will include but are not limited to the arbitration of mining and energy disputes, the role of the private sector in sustainable development, civil and criminal liability in the extractive industries, and the illegal wildlife trade. The Conference invites the active participation of practitioners, academics, and graduate students in the international legal community. Paper proposals or summaries of proposed presentations in English or French should be no longer than a single page in length and should include a biographical statement or curriculum vitae.  Proposals are due June 9, 2014 and should be sent to manager {at} ccil-ccdi(.)ca with “Annual Conference Call for Papers” in the subject line. Please see the website for more information.

2.  The Centre for International and Public Law (CIPL) at Brunel University and the Commercial Law Research Group, Brunel Law School, Brunel University, London, are organising a Reflective Workshop, supported by the International Human Rights Law Review, at Brunel Law School, London, on 8 May 2014, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The workshop is entitled “Business and Corporate Social Responsibility“. The full details and abstracts can be found here.

3.  This week, AJIL Unbound launches an exploration into The End of Treaties? Our intention is to explore a variety of issues related to the possible decline in formal treaties as a mechanism of cooperation in international law. Are treaties in decline as a form of international cooperation? Possible evidence for such a decline includes the rise of soft law commitments, intergovernmental networks, hybrid governance arrangements, and other less formal cooperation schemes, as well as unilateral denunciations of some treaties (such as BITs and the ICSID Convention) and threats of withdrawals from others (African nations and the ICC, for example). In addition, major multilateral negotiations in the trade and environmental protection regimes are stalled, and the leading UN entity in charge of the progressive development and codification of international law, the International Law Commission, is now generating draft articles or studies in lieu of draft conventions. There is also a domestic challenge to treaty power in the United States, embodied in Bond v. U.S., and the continuing unwillingness of the Senate to give advice and consent to what are widely viewed as noncontroversial treaties. Are treaties really in decline? If so what are the implications for international cooperation and international law? What is the role of global power shifts in explaining decline? Is there regional and national variation in propensity to adopt treaties? Are there any signs of ‘the return of the treaty’?

4.  ASIL Research Forum – November 6-8, Chicago, USA. The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the Society’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago November 6-8, 2014. Papers can be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished.  Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 1000 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Review of the abstracts will be blind. Proposals should be submitted online by June 8, 2014. To submit a proposal, or for more information, please visit the website. Read the rest of this entry…

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