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Announcement: New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

Published on May 21, 2017        Author: 

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Philippe Gautier on “1996-2016 : 20 ans de jurisprudence internationale relative au droit de la mer”, Dr. Jean Ho on “State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts”, and Professor Michael Ewing-Chow on “Coherence in Trade and Investment Law”.

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Announcements: CfP Hague Yearbook of International Law; Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research Vacancy; Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law; Dispute Resolution in the Law of the Sea & International Watercourses; The Future of International Courts; Gender and the Law of the Sea Conference; Sustainable Development Goals Workshop Series

Published on May 14, 2017        Author: 

1. The Hague Yearbook of International Law (HYIL) – Call for Papers. Deadline: 30 June 2017. HYIL welcomes submissions of original articles – written in English or French – on any topic of public or private international law. Prospective authors should consult the HYIL house style. Submissions should be made by email at: hagueyearbook {at} gmail(.)com.

2. Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research Visiting Research Fellow in Human Rights Law. The Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research invites applications for the award of Visiting Research Fellow in Human Rights Law for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications are open to human rights law scholars who wish to spend time at Sussex Law School, attached to the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research. This ‘visiting’ status is normally offered to members of faculty at another institution, either in the UK or abroad, those working in the public or private sectors, and/or self-employed research consultants. Appointments can be made for periods of one to three terms (Autumn 2017, Spring 2018 and/or Summer 2018). Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are due no later than Monday 31 July 2017. Further details including the application process can be found on the Centre’s webpage.

3. Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law. The 30th Helsinki Summer Seminar on International Law, organized by the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights will discuss the Ideal of the International – Principles, Backlash and Resistance. The seminar will take place from 21 – 25 August 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. Registration is now open, and will be open until 31 May 2017. For more information see here. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: Sixth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law; Annual Conference on WTO Law; CfP Law in transition; Venice Academy of Human Rights; BIICL Event Private Security and Human Rights; Silent Leges Inter Arma? Conference; Workshop on Refugee Rights; New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfA – Assistant on MOOC in International Investment Law; Disaster Risk Reduction and International Law Symposium; International Law Weekend Extended Deadline

Published on May 7, 2017        Author: 

1. Sixth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law: University of Nottingham, May 8, 9 and 10, 2017. Over coming days, Dino Kritsiotis (Nottingham), Anne Orford (Melbourne) and JHH Weiler (NYU) will convene the Sixth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law at the University of Nottingham.

2. Annual Conference on WTO Law. Registration is now open for the Annual Conference on WTO Law, a two-day conference jointly organised by Georgetown Law and the Graduate Institute, Geneva. It has its origins in the partnership created in the year 2000 between University Professor John H. Jackson of Georgetown, and Professor Sir Francis Jacobs, KCMG, QC, a Trustee of BIICL, and has a longstanding affiliation with the Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL), published by the Oxford University Press. The Annual Conference on WTO Law pursues cutting-edge issues of interest to academics and practitioners alike. The 2017 Conference will be held in Geneva on 9-10 June 2017. The programme can be found here.

3. Call for Papers: Law in Transition – Interacting Legal Orders and Changing Actors. The conference ‘Law in transition – Interacting legal orders and changing actors’ arranged by the INTRAlaw (INternational and TRAnsnational tendencies in LAW) Research Centre will take place on 28 and 29 September 2017 in Aarhus. Proposals should be submitted by  1 June 2017.  The underlying idea of the conference is the fact that sovereign states are no longer the only actors in charge of establishing, implementing and enforcing legal norms. To an increasing extent, legal norms are established as a result of activities in international and supranational organizations, transnational corporations and through collaboration between public law and private law entities at national, supranational and international levels. The aim of the conference is to shed light on the impact of these new tendencies on legal regulatory mechanisms, on the role of the traditional legal actors, and on the subsequent challenges for legal research.

4. Venice Academy of Human Rights. The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 3-12 July 2017 on the topic “Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities”.  The faculty includes a distinguished opening lecture by Branko Milanović, a general course by Olivier De Schutter as well as lectures and discussion sessions with Wilfried Altzinger, Andreas Føllesdal, Dzidek Kędzia, Miloon Kothari, Manfred Nowak, Kate Pickett and Heisoo Shin. The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2016, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, discusses the prospects for economic and social justice against the background of rising inequalities. The course is aimed at academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students. A selected number of participants will have the opportunity to present their own ‘work-in-progress’ to faculty members and peers. Please see the call for applications and the detailed programme for more information. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: CfA International Law in a Dark Time; Athens PIL Summer School 2017; CfP The Military Law and the Law of War Review; CfP Melbourne Journal of International Law; CfP Brill Open Law; Summer Session of Salzburg Law School

Published on April 30, 2017        Author: 

1. Call for Audience – International Law in a Dark Time. The Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights and Peking University Institute of International Law Collaboration Project (ECI-PUIIL Project) will organize a seminar for doctoral students and junior researchers on “International Law in a Dark Time,” on 22 – 23 May 2017, in Helsinki. The seminar will be directed by professors Anne Orford (University of Melbourne) and Martti Koskenniemi (University of Helsinki). Up to 30 participants may register to be in the audience. Please register here. The deadline for registrations is 15 May 2017. See here for the seminar program.

2. Athens PIL Summer School 2017: ‘Migratory Flows in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Present and the Future’. The Athens Public International Law Center – Athens PIL is organizing a Summer School dedicated to ‘Migratory flows in the Eastern Mediterranean: The present and the future’. The Summer School will be hosted at the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens on 19 – 23 June 2017. The lectures will be delivered in English, by leading academic experts and practitioners in refugee and migration law and the course will include on-site visits to hotspots and first-reception camps around Athens. We particularly welcome mature postgraduate students and early-stage researchers but also practicing lawyers, policy-makers, NGO workers, international agency staff and other professionals working with refugees and migrants. The number of participants is limited to 25 participants from EU and non-EU countries. The deadline for submission is 15 May 2017. The Call for Applications is available here. For further information and registration please see here.

3. Call for Papers: The Military Law and the Law of War Review.  The Military Law and the Law of War Review / Revue de Droit Militaire et de Droit de la Guerre is a journal specialised in matters of interest for both civilian and military legal advisors as well as legal scholars and academics. The Review is published under the auspices of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. It features original and challenging articles, case notes, commentaries of the latest legal developments, as well as book reviews. As a distinct trait, it accepts contributions in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. For its 2016 – 2017 issue (vol. 55/1), the Review’s editorial board welcomes submissions that come within the broader scope of the Review (including military law, law of armed conflict, law on the use of force, as well as international criminal law and human rights law (inasmuch as related to situations of armed conflict)). In particular, the editorial board invites scholars and practitioners to submit articles pertaining to the international law of military operations. The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2017. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to brussels {at} ismllw(.)org and will be subject to double-blind peer review. Articles should normally not be longer than 15,000 words (footnotes included), although longer pieces may exceptionally be considered. Inquiries can be sent to the abovementioned e-mail address. Read the rest of this entry…

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New EJIL:Live! Interview with Liam Murphy on his Article “Law beyond the State: Some Philosophical Questions”

Published on April 29, 2017        Author: 

In this episode of EJIL: Live! the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Professor Joseph Weiler, speaks with Professor Liam Murphy of New York University, whose article, “Law beyond the State: Some Philosophical Questions”, appears as the central piece in an EJIL: Debate! in Volume 28, Issue 1.

A legal philosopher, Professor Murphy takes up the challenge of exploring the realm of international law, an area largely ignored by Anglo-American legal philosophers since H.L.A Hart. Professor Murphy seeks to offer new perspectives on the famous chapter 10 of Hart’s The Concept of Law, and to critique the understanding of the international legal system set out therein. This then serves as the framework for his discussion of two core issues: the relevant grounds of law in international law – what factors are relevant in determining the content of law in force – and what makes international law a legal order. Professor Murphy also reflects on the Replies to his article, published in the same issue of the Journal, and how these prompted him to give further thought to the issues addressed in his article.

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Announcements: Business and Human Rights Conference; Contemporary Challenges to International Criminal Justice Summer Academy

Published on April 23, 2017        Author: 

Conference on “Business and Human Rights: International Law Challenges, European Responses”, University of Milan. The Conference on “Business and Human Rights: International Law Challenges, European Responses” (organised by the University of Milan on 29 – 30 May 2017) focuses on several different legal instruments and legal areas, including: the international legal framework on Business and Human Rights (B&HR); domestic legislation and related practice and case law implementing it in Europe; the European Union legal framework on Corporate Social Responsibility, corporate behavior, and private international law; and, the EU trade and investment policy and the international agreements thereby negotiated or concluded. On the basis of the examination of these legal instruments, the Conference aims at identifying the solutions offered in Europe to the B&HR international law issues and at providing an overall assessment of their effectiveness. The programme is available here. Signing up is possible by sending an e-mail to EUlawbusinesshumanrights {at} unimi(.)it.

Contemporary Challenges to International Criminal Justice Summer Academy Northumbria University, Newcastle. The inaugural Summer Academy on Contemporary Challenges to International Criminal Justice (Law & Criminology) will take place in Northumbria University (Newcastle, UK) from 12 – 16 June 2017. This novel summer academy provides an opportunity for participants to acquire in-depth knowledge on the most pressing issues facing the international criminal justice system from leading scholars and practitioners. To view the list of speakers and the list of topics please visit our website.

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Announcements: Conference on Derogation from the ECHR; Seminar on Transitional Justice and Social Justice; International Law Weekend 2017; Annual BIICL-SLS 2017 Conference; International Criminal Court Summer School 2017

Published on April 16, 2017        Author: 

1. Conference on The Derogation from the ECHR under Contemporary Situations of Emergency. This conference will examine current practices of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights by Ukraine, France and Turkey as well as the United Kingdom’s proposal to derogate from the ECHR in foreign military operations. Marko Milanovic (University of Nottingham) will deliver a keynote speech and Raphaël Comte (Rapporteur of the Council of Europe) will provide a report on ‘State of emergency: proportionality issues concerning derogations under Article 15 of the ECHR’. The conference is open to all interested students, academics, diplomats and practitioners. For any questions please contact the organizing committee: Kushtrim Istrefi (kushtrim.istrefi {at} or Stefan Salomon (stefan.salomon {at} uni-graz(.)at). More here and here.

2. Netherlands Institute of Human Rights Seminar on Transitional Justice and Social Justice. The Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) is delighted to invite you to the Seminar on Transitional Justice and Social Justice on June 8th at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. The seminar will explore the conceptual relationship between transitional justice, social justice, and human rights. It aims to build upon current debates in the field and examine why economic, social, and cultural rights violations have or have not been included in transitional justice mechanisms with a view to providing answers both to the kinds of obstacles that prevent making these processes more inclusive, and to the dangers of doing so. The seminar will take place in the Raadzaal room at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, Achter Sint Pieter 200, 3512 HT Utrecht. Signing up is possible by sending an e-mail to k.j.aksamitowska {at} uu(.)nl. For more information, please visit our website. Read the rest of this entry…

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New Addition to our Team of Editors

Published on April 11, 2017        Author: 

It is such a pleasure to announce that Anthea Roberts has accepted the invitation to join the team of EJIL:Talk! Contributing Editors. Anthea is an Associate Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University.

Before returning to Australia, Anthea was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics, a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and a Professor at Columbia Law School. In addition to her ANU appointment, she is also a Visiting Professor on the Masters of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva. Anthea is a leading voice across many areas of public international law, having published on the sources of international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, use of force, jurisdiction, among other topics, in the leading international law journals. She has twice been awarded the annual Francis Deák Prize for the best article published in the American Journal of International Law by a younger scholar .

In addition to being on the editorial board of the European Journal of International Law, she is also on the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law, the Journal of World Trade and Investment, and ICSID Review. She is also a Contributing Editor for the International Economic and Policy Law Blog and a Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Before beginning her academic career, Anthea worked in private legal practice, served as an Associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian High Court and clerked at the International Court of Justice.

Anthea has already written a number of posts for EJIL:Talk! (see here and here), including that of yesterday. We very much welcome her contributions to the blog! Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: Laureate Program in International Law Conference; CfP The Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication; OTJR@10 Workshop; ITLOS Capacity-Building and Training Programme; Munich Advance Course in International Law

Published on April 9, 2017        Author: 

1. Laureate Program in International Law Conference. The Laureate Program in International Law is hosting a conference at Melbourne Law School from 24 – 25 August. Entitled ‘1917: Revolution, Intervention and International Law’, the conference marks the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution and the passage of the revolutionary Mexican constitution. Through drawing together a range of scholars and disciplines, the conference will explore the significance of these two revolutions for international legal fields, doctrines, and histories. It will also seek to understand the place of revolution in, and its relationship to, the international legal order. Further details and a call for papers can be found here. Abstracts should be submitted to Ntina Tzouvala (konstantina.tzouvala {at} by 1 May 2017. Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome by mid-May.

2. Conference on the Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication. On 26 and 27 October, the Conference on the Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication will take place in The Hague, co-organised by the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence (Oslo University) and the Europa Instituut (Leiden University). ‘Unseen actors’ are central to the ‘institutional makeup’ of international courts and tribunals as registries and secretariats, law clerks and legal officers may exert varying levels of influence on the judicial process. At this conference, legal and political science scholars and members of adjudicatory institutions will consider and discuss the legitimacy of assigning ‘unseen actors’ certain roles in the judicial process as well as the implications thereof for the legitimacy of the dispute settlement mechanism as such. The Call for Papers can be found here. The deadline for submission of abstracts via email to unseenactors {at} jus.uio(.)no is 31 May. Fee free to email Prof. dr. Freya Baetens (freya.baetens {at} jus.uio(.)no) for further information.

3. OTJR@10 Workshop: ‘Rethinking Transitional Justice: What Does It Mean Today?’ The Oxford Transitional Justice Research group is organising a PhD and early-career researchers workshop to mark its 10-year anniversary. The workshop will be held in Oxford on 22 June 2017 and will provide an opportunity for networking and exchanging ideas with other postgraduates and practitioners working on transitional justice issues. We will host Pablo de Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, as our keynote speaker. Researchers in international law and other disciplines are encouraged to apply. More info here.

4. ITLOS: 2017/2018 Capacity-Building and Training Programme. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is currently seeking applications for the 2017-2018 edition of its capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This is a nine-month programme starting in July 2017, which takes place at the seat of the Tribunal in Hamburg, Germany. The application deadline for this year’s programme is 20 April 2017. The Tribunal is looking for 7 junior to mid-level government officials or researchers between the ages of 25 and 40 dealing with ocean affairs or sea-related matters. The programme provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop their legal skills and deepen their practical knowledge of dispute settlement in the law of the sea under UNCLOS. All participants’ costs, including travel, accommodation and medical insurance are covered by the Nippon Foundation. For detailed information about the programme and how to apply, see here or contact the programme coordinator (Ms Shakeri) at training {at} itlos(.)org.

5. Munich Advance Course in International Law. The Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL) is a summer school held at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Germany) and dedicated to questions of public international law. Its next session, entitled ‘Human Rights – Keystone or Just another Brick in the Architecture of International Law?’, will take place in late July/early August 2017. Seminars will aim at discussing the role of human rights law within the broader context of the international legal order, both from a theoretical perspective and from the point of view of other ‘competing’ regimes of international law (like trade, investment, humanitarian or environmental law). The 2017 faculty is going to include Samantha Besson (Fribourg, Switzerland); Robert Cryer (Birmingham, UK); Malgosia Fitzmaurice (Queen Mary, UK); Markus Krajewski (Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany); Daniel Moeckli (Zurich, Switzerland); Brunno Simma (former judge at the ICJ; Munich and Michigan, USA); Christian Walter (Munich, Germany). Students of international law, young academics and practitioners of international law or related fields are warmly invited to apply. Deadline for application is 1 May 2017. For further information please refer to the MACIL homepage or contact the MACIL team (contact {at} macil-misu(.)de).

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Announcements: International Disaster Law Course; Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition; CfC – A Year in Elections; Groningen Summer Schools; UCALL Conference on Accountability and International Business Operations

Published on April 2, 2017        Author: 

1. International Disaster Law Course. The 4th Edition of the International Disaster Law Course is now open for applications (Sanremo, Italy, 12-16 June 2017). More information is available here. The Course is organized jointly by the IFRC, the IIHL Sanremo, the IDL Project in cooperation with the Roma Tre IEUDL Jean Monnet Module and the IRC. Confirmed speakers will include Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (former ILC SR on the Protection of Persons in the Event of Disasters) and Walter Kälin, along with academics and representatives of relevant organisations such as OCHA, WHO, IOM, IFRC.

2. 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. All universities in the world are invited to participate in the 2017 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, due to be held 18 – 21 July in Room XX in the Palais de Nations, Geneva – the room where the UN Human Rights Council meets. The Moot is organised by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. The first phase of the Competition is a written preliminary round: teams are evaluated on the basis of their heads of argument. The top five teams from each UN region are invited to Geneva to take part in the pre-final and final rounds, which involve oral arguments. Submissions received during the first phase (written) are evaluated by human rights experts. The judges in the final round of the Competition are eminent judges from international courts and tribunals as well as other experts. This year Justice Albie Sachs, from the Constitutional Court of South Africa, will be one of the judges. The Competition also entail a one-day conference that will expose participants to current developments in the UN human rights system. The deadline for submitting heads of arguments is 12 June 2017. See the competition website for the rules of procedure, the hypothetical case, and registration details. For further information, please contact eduardo.kapapelo {at} Read the rest of this entry…

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