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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Lund (Sweden); ILaW Discussion on ICC Decision in the Al-Bashir Case; CfP Exploratory Workshop on Constitutions of Value

Published on June 16, 2019        Author: 
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1. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs recently added the following lectures to the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) website: Mr. Manuel Monteagudo Valdez on “The Singularity and Limitations of Contemporary International Economic Law” and on “Perspectives on International Economic Law: Searching for an Anthropological Approach” (in Spanish). The Audiovisual Library is also available as a podcast, which can be accessed through the preinstalled applications in Apple or Google devices, through Soundcloud or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law”.

2. Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Lund (Sweden). The Faculty of Law at Lund University intends to appoint full-time Professor of International Law and Human Rights with a starting date of 1 April 2020. Applications are to be submitted by 12 September 2019. The duties of the appointed professor include teaching on the professional law degree programme and on the international Master’s programme in International Human Rights Law (in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law), in the PhD-education, and within the Faculty’s distance learning and commissioned education courses. The further particulars can be accessed here.
 
3. ILaW Discussion on ICC Decision in the Al-Bashir Case. ILaW (International Law at Westminster), in co-operation with the ILSA at Westminster Chapter, is organising a rapid response event to discuss the recent decision of the International Criminal Court on head of state immunity in the Al-Bashir case. The event will take place on Wednesday 19 June 2019, 17.30 – 19.30 at the University of Westminster (4-12 Little Titchfield Street, Room 2.05C). It will gather scholars and practitioners to address the many contentious issues that are at the centre of the decision, taking into account customary international law, the mandate of the International Criminal Court in the fight against impunity, and the relationship between the Court and the UN. Register interest here
 
4. Call for Papers: Exploratory Workshop on Constitutions of Value. This workshop, which will take place 12 – 13 December 2019 at the University of Würzburg, has been convened by Isabel Feichtner (Würzburg) and Geoff Gordon (The Hague). This symposium intends to take a view of value not as exogenous to law and society, not merely something to be identified, promoted and protected by law. Rather, it will begin from a view of value, value production and measurement as endogenous. It is proposed to engage in a constitutional study of value that not only looks to the role of law, but also to the material dimensions of value production. The organisers seek to examine the ways in which value is (co-)constituted, structured and shaped by law, politics, science and technology, and thus hope to advance understanding of the foundational role of value in political economy as well as the law like effects of values and value measurements so constituted. For further information, see here
 
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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfS Trade, Law and Development

Published on June 9, 2019        Author: 
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1. New Addition to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs recently added the following lecture to the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) website: Ms Michelle Reyes Milk on “The Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunals and their Legacy” (in Spanish). The Audiovisual Library is also available as a podcast, which can be accessed through the preinstalled applications in Apple or Google devices, through Soundcloud or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law”.

2. Call for Submissions: Trade, Law and Development. The Board of Editors of Trade, Law and Development invites original, unpublished manuscripts for publication in the Winter ’19 Issue of the Journal (Vol. 11, No. 2) in the form of Articles, Notes, Comments and Book Reviews. Manuscripts received pertaining to any area within the purview of international economic law will be received for publication. Founded in 2009, the philosophy of TL&D has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in international economic law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail or ExpressO. For further information about the journal please click here. For submission guidelines, please click here. In case of any queries, please feel free to contact us at editors[at]tradelawdevelopment[dot]com. Last date for submissions is 30 September 2019.

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Announcements: Workshop on The Paths of Change in International Law; Prosecution of International Crimes in the UK; CfP The Trials and Prospects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; CfP Conference on International Economic Law; CfP EU Trade Agreements and the Duty to Respect Human Rights Abroad

Published on June 2, 2019        Author: 
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1. Workshop on The Paths of Change in International Law. The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop on The Paths of Change in International Law in Geneva on 6 – 7 June 2019. The workshop is part of an ERC-funded research project on processes of informal change in the international legal order and asks how international law changes, how this change is registered among participants in legal discourses, and how the pathways of change differ across issue areas and sites of international legal practice. The workshop will bring together leading and rising scholars from different disciplines – law, international relations, and political sociology – to explore these issues in a small and interactive format. More information is available here

2. The Prosecution of International Crimes in the UK: Present Problems and Future Possibilities. 6.30pm Tuesday 18 June 2019, Hogan Lovells, Holborn, London EC1A 2FG. Various pieces of legislation have been enacted in the UK to allow those suspected of having committed international crimes to be prosecuted domestically; the most notable example of such legislation is the International Criminal Court Act 2001, which gives effect to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Despite this, the prosecution of individuals in UK courts for international crimes remains incredibly rare, with other countries, such as Spain, Germany and Sweden taking the lead on this issue. In light of recent reports that individuals suspected of playing key roles in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide may be prosecuted in the UK in the near future, this Human Rights Lawyers Association organised panel event will discuss why prosecutions for international crimes have been wanting thus far and examine whether there is a future for such prosecutions in UK courts. To RSVP for this free event, please contact administrator@hrla.org.uk.

3. Call for Papers: The Trials and Prospects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Berlin Forum on Global Politics (Berlin, Germany), the Institute for Global Dialogue (Pretoria, South Africa) and the RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative (Germany, United States, and France) are pleased to announce their joint collaboration on an international call for papers on the trials and prospects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is the landmark document for the international human rights movement of the 20th century and remains its legal bedrock today. The aim of the multi-author publication is to share ideas that will make this document more effective in the world than it has been as a protector of human dignity and security. The publication will be revised and edited by experienced academics, and published as a free-to-the public .pdf formatted document – licensed as a CC-BY (Attribution only) Creative Commons. This will allow to inform a multiplicity of stakeholders about the UDHR and how its reaffirmation can address and effectively contribute to resolving the challenges of our times. The deadline for submitting papers is 24 June 2019. For further information, please read the call for papers  hereRead the rest of this entry…

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 30 (2019) No. 1) – Now Published

Published on May 29, 2019        Author: 
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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law (Vol. 30 (2019) No. 1) is now out. 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 are Martti Koskenniemi’s Imagining the Rule of Law: Re-reading the Grotian ‘Tradition’ and Hannah Woolaver’s From Joining to Leaving: Domestic Law’s Role in the International Legal Validity of Treaty Withdrawal. EJIL subscribers have full access to the latest issue of the journal at EJIL’s Oxford University Press site. Apart from articles published in the last 12 months, EJIL articles are freely available on the EJIL website.

 

 

 

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Announcements: CfA Hamburg Young Scholars’ Workshop; Feminist/Gendered Perspectives on Global Football Governance; CfP – Crisis of Multilateral International Order; Regional ILA Conference, Slovenia; Edinburgh Law School Teaching Fellow Vacancy; SOAS Executive Course in Public International Law; ELGS Summer Intensive; Chatham House Conference, The Legacy of Kofi Annan; CfP ILA Regional Conference

Published on May 26, 2019        Author: 
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1. Call for Abstracts: 3rd Hamburg Young Scholars’ Workshop in International Law. The deadline to submit an abstract for the 3rd Hamburg Young Scholars’ Workshop in International Law held from 20 – 21 September 2019 at the University of Hamburg is approaching.  Abstracts are accepted until 1 June 2019 to  workshop-PIL {at} uni-hamburg(.)de. For further information, see here.

2. Symposium on Feminist/Gendered Perspectives on Global Football Governance and FIFA. The Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice at NYU School of Law will host a symposium on 24 – 25 February 2020 to explore feminist/gendered perspectives on global football (soccer) governance and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The Symposium will aim to illuminate and nuance the relationship between gender and power within the transnational regulatory system that governs football (with FIFA at its helm); to identify specific gendered implications of existing governance structures, rules and procedures; and to consider innovative ideas for feminist reform or revolution. The deadline for abstracts is 15 July 2019. Further details about the symposium and submission process can be found here.

3. Call for Papers: The Crisis of Multilateral International Order: Causes, Dynamics and Consequences. The European Society of International Law, the Warsaw School of Economics, and the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences have issued a call for papers for a conference on “The crisis of multilateral international order: causes, dynamics and consequences,”. The conference will take place on  22 – 23 November 2019, in Warsaw (Poland).  Paper proposals, no longer than 250 words, should be sent to Lukasz Gruszczynski (lukasz [dot] gruszczynski [at] gmail [dot] com), Marcin Menkes (marcin [dot] menkes [at] sgh [dot] waw [dot] pl) and Paolo D. Farah (paolo [dot] farah [at] glawcal [dot] org [dot] uk), not later than 12.00 CET on 5 July 2019. All submissions need to be accompanied by a short CV (no longer than 2 pages). Selected speakers are expected to submit extended outlines (8-10 pages) of their papers before the conference. The call, with all technical details, is available here.

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 30 (2019) No. 1) Out Next Week

Published on May 25, 2019        Author: 
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The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law will be published next week. Over the coming days, we will have a series of editorial posts by Joseph Weiler, Editor in Chief of EJIL. These posts will appear in the Editorial of the new issue. 

Here is the Table of Contents for this new issue:

Editorial

Editorial: EJIL at 30; The EU – A Community of Fate, at Last; Vital Statistics; In this Issue; The Birth of EJIL 

The EJIL Foreword

Martti Koskenniemi, Imagining the Rule of Law: Re-reading the Grotian ‘Tradition’

Articles

Valentina Vadi, Perspective and Scale in the Architecture of International Legal History

Hannah Woolaver, From Joining to Leaving: Domestic Law’s Role in the International Legal Validity of Treaty Withdrawal

Claire E.M. Jervis, Jurisdictional Immunities Revisited: An Analysis of the Procedure Substance Distinction in International Law Read the rest of this entry…

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Symposium on the Genocide Convention: Is the Duty to Prevent Genocide an Obligation of Result or an Obligation of Conduct according to the ICJ?

Published on May 16, 2019        Author: 
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Editor’s note: This is the final post in our blog symposium arising out of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention. Read the other posts in this symposium here and here.

This post questions the findings of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the 2007 Bosnia v. Serbia case, according to which the duty to prevent a genocide is an obligation of conduct that can be assessed only after the occurrence of a genocide. The post first briefly explores the distinction between obligations of conduct and obligations of result on the basis of the International Law Commission (ILC)’s works and judicial practice. The post moves on to emphasise some inconsistencies in the ICJ’s reasoning in relation to the occurrence of a genocide as a prerequisite for the violation of the duty to prevent genocide. Finally, the post advances some possible explanations of the role of the event ‘genocide’ in relation to the duty to prevent genocide.

The 2007 ICJ’s Decision

In the 2007 Bosnia v. Serbia case, the Court for the first time declared that an autonomous obligation of diligent conduct to prevent genocide exists under Article I of the 1948 Genocide Convention (see my reflections here). According to the Court:

It is clear that the obligation in question is one of conduct and not one of result, in the sense that a State cannot be under an obligation to succeed, whatever the circumstances, in preventing the commission of genocide: the obligation of States parties is rather to employ all means reasonably available to them, so as to prevent genocide so far as possible. A State does not incur responsibility simply because the desired result is not achieved; responsibility is however incurred if the State manifestly failed to take all measures to prevent genocide which were within its power, and which might have contributed to preventing the genocide. In this area the notion of “due diligence”, which calls for an assessment in concreto, is of critical importance. (para 430, emphasis added)

The Court went on to affirm that a breach of the duty to prevent genocide can be assessed only after a genocide has occurred. The Court took the view that:

a State can be held responsible for breaching the obligation to prevent genocide only if genocide was actually committed. It is at the time when commission of the prohibited act (genocide or any of the other acts listed in Article III of the Convention) begins that the breach of an obligation of prevention occurs. […] If neither genocide nor any of the other acts listed in Article III of the Convention are ultimately carried out, then a State that omitted to act when it could have done so cannot be held responsible a posteriori, since the event did not happen. (para 431, emphasis added)

However, the view that a genocide must occur before a State’s compliance with the duty to prevent genocide can be assessed ignores the fact that this duty is a due diligence obligation of conduct. This conclusion is supported by the analysis of the evolution of the notion of obligations of conduct. Read the rest of this entry…

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Introducing Upcoming Blog Symposium on the Genocide Convention

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Editor’s note: Starting this afternoon, the blog will host a symposium arising out of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention.

On 9 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in response to the Holocaust. It was designed to prevent and punish ‘acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group’. At present, 150 states have ratified this treaty in the hope that current and future generations would not have to experience such heinous atrocities as committed during the Second World War.

Over the past seventy years, the legal concept of genocide has had time to evolve and mature. States and the international community have been given the impetus to prevent, prosecute and punish genocide to deliver on their historic promise that it would happen ‘never again’. The recent 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention inspires reflection on its development and critical assessment of its legacy.

The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, co-directed by Professors Mary Footer and Nigel White, organised and sponsored an interdisciplinary conference to mark the ‘70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention’ in November 2018. In three panels, the participants focused on the conceptualisation of genocide, jurisdictional matters and universality, and responsibility. Three of the best papers, one for each panel, were then selected for this small blog symposium on EJIL: Talk!. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: London Conference on International Law; CfP Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice; CfP International Investments and Ecological Sustainability; Stockton Center for International Law Visiting Research Scholar Program; CfA Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Right; Critical Approaches to International Law Symposium; Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals Rosalyn Higgins Prize; Law of Immunities of International Organisations after Jam

Published on May 12, 2019        Author: 
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1. The London Conference on International Law, 3-4 October 2019 at the Barbican, London. What is the use of international law and how do we engage with it? The London Conference on International Law will bring together international law academics, judges, practitioners, representatives of civil society, business-leaders, and other stakeholders to see how States and all other actors engage with international law. Visit the conference website for details on the programme and confirmed speakers. 
 
2. Call for Papers – Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law invites submissions for an interdisciplinary conference on the theme of “Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global,” to be held 26 – 28 September 2019. The full call for papers can be found here.
 
3. Call for Papers: International Investments and Ecological Sustainability. The International Investments in Latin America Network and the School of Policy and Government of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, with the support of the University of Dundee and the Transnational Institute, are organizing a workshop on International Investments and Ecological Sustainability on the 25 – 26 July 2019 at the Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. We call on scholars from across social sciences to submit abstracts by 31 May 2019. We particularly encourage submissions from the perspective of low and middle-income countries, noting that funding might be available to support their participation. Further information here.
 
4. Stockton Center for International Law Visiting Research Scholar Program. The Stockton Center for International Law is now accepting applications for its Visiting Research Scholar Program. An integral part of the U.S. Naval War College, the Stockton Center is an internationally recognized research institute focusing on the most challenging questions of international law pertaining to the use of force, the law of armed conflict, military operations, the law of the sea, and maritime security. Visiting Research Scholars typically spend two to three months at the Center, but shorter and longer stays are possible. Additional details and the application requirements are available here.
 
5. Call for Applications – Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Right, Finland, Helsinki Summer Seminar. The Eric Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights invites you to the 31th Summer Seminar on International Law – ‘International Environmental Law: Process as decline’. The seminar will take place 26 – 30 August 2019 at the University of Helsinki. The Summer Seminar applies a critical perspective to fundamental questions such as: Can the current preferred modus operandi of international environmental law respond effectively to the massive environmental and human health crises of the present and future? The seminar encourages international environmental law students, scholars and professionals to unlearn pragmatic, instrumentalist or functionalist ways of doing international environmental law. Further information and application deadlines can be found on our website. If you have further questions, contact intlaw-institute {at} helsinki(.)fi.
 
6. Critical Approaches to International Law Symposium. This Symposium will take place at Griffith College Dublin, Faculty of Law from 1 – 4 August, 2019. The deadline for registration has been extended, and there are 10 scholarships for scholars from the Global South available. For further information, see here

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Announcements: Utrecht Summer Schools on International Law; Liverpool Workshop on Co-operation with the ECHR; CfP Law of the Blue Economy – International and South Asian Perspectives; CfP International Law Weekend 2019; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

Published on May 5, 2019        Author: 
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1. Utrecht University Law School  Summer Schools on International Law. This summer, Utrecht University Law School offers three Summer School courses on international law. Everyone is welcome to register for these Summer Schools. The Public International Law course will look at the role of international law in responding to today’s global challenges. In the Law of the Sea course, an introduction is provided to the law that regulates the oceans. And in the Law and Sustainability course, students will learn how issues of sustainability are dealt with in the legal order at the international, national and EU levels. The three courses are coordinated by Otto Spijkers. For more information you can contact him at o.spijkers {at} uu(.)nl.

2. University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice Workshop on Co-operation with the ECHR. The International Law and Human Rights Unit of the University of Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice is organising a two-day workshop on loyal co-operation with the system of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and the means of reaction by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) when its judgments trigger discontent. Judges of the ECtHR, officials of the Council of Europe, young as well as established academics will discuss various aspects of interactions between states and the Strasbourg system of human rights protection. The programme is available here. A limited number of visitors can register here

3. Call for Papers: The Law of the Blue Economy – International and South Asian Perspectives. The South Asia International Economic Law Network (SAIELN) is pleased to announce a call for papers for its biennial conference on “The Law of the Blue Economy: International and South Asian Perspectives”. The network is a freestanding body associated with the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) and other IEL groups. The conference shall take place on 27 – 28 July 2019 in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. We welcome proposals of panels, posters and papers on topics related to the conference theme. An abstract of no more than 500 words should be submitted no later than 15 May 2019. The results shall be announced by 20 May 2019. The shortlisted participants are expected to submit the final papers (6000 – 8000 words) by 15 July 2019. For more details and submission procedure, see here and hereRead the rest of this entry…

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