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International Law Weekend 2012: Call for Papers and Panels

Published on March 15, 2012        Author: 

After last year’s gathering of the flock (with over 1400 attendees and some 40 co-sponsors, a record draw), we’re ready to do New York City’s International Law Weekend again, in a continuing collaboration between the International Law Association’s American Branch and the International Law Students Association. This year’s International Law Weekend (ILW) conference dates will be October 25-27, 2012. The conference will be held in two venues, at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and at Fordham Law School.

The theme for ILW 2012 is “Ideas, Institutions, and Interests – Dynamics of Change in International Law”. The sponsors have issued a call for panels, roundtables, and lectures. That call can be found on the site of the American Branch of the International Law Association.  That call states that:

“The unifying theme for this year’s meeting is to explore the mechanisms of change in international law. Panels may focus on key regions undergoing particularly dramatic change, for instance in the Middle East or China, and subject matter areas undergoing rapid change, such as tariffs and trade, human rights and humanitarian intervention, immigration, labor, public health, sustainable development and the environment.”

“This year, we plan to have a broad array of public international law topics, but will also have dedicated tracks of private international law topics in each program slot. Thus, we welcome suggestions of cutting-edge issues in the international aspects of corporate, tax, securities, and investment law, as well as international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution.”

“Equally welcome are topics in public international law and institutions, including issues regarding the United Nations, human rights, peacekeeping, humanitarian intervention, arms control, the development of regional and sub-regional organizations, etc. We also encourage suggestions of varied formats, such as debates, roundtables, lectures, and break-out groups, as well as the usual practice of panel presentations.”

The online Proposal Submission form can be found on the ILSA website.

Ruth Wedgwood is President of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

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Venice Academy of Human Rights 2012

Published on March 13, 2012        Author: 

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 9-18 July 2012. The theme of this year’s Academy is “The Limits of Human Rights” (http://www.eiuc.org/veniceacademy/).

Online registration is open until 1 May 2012.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2012
Professor Philip Alston, NYU
Professor Seyla Benhabib, Yale
Assistant High Commissioner Erika Feller, UNHCR
Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Helsinki
Professor Friedrich Kratochwil, CEU/EUI
Professor Bruno Simma, Ann Arbor/Munich
Professor Henry Steiner, Harvard

Key Facts
Participants: Academics, practitioners and PhD/JSD students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars and optional workshops
Number of hours: 21 hours of compulsory courses (plenum), 16 hours of elective and optional courses (smaller groups)
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy
Fees: 500 €

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a center of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners and doctoral students with an advanced knowledge of human rights.

A maximum of 55 participants is selected each year.

Participants attend morning lectures, afternoon seminars and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and other experts. This includes the opportunity to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of doctoral theses, books and other projects.

At the end of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.

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Call for Papers: The ICC at 10

Published on March 13, 2012        Author: 

In 2012, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will celebrate the ten-year anniversary of its entry into force. The Grotius Centre is holding a conference to coincide with this anniversary. It will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines and practitioners from within the broader international law community to reflect on the ICC as an institution, its jurisprudence, the impact of its activities and to critically assess future possibilities for the Court.

The conference organizers are currently seeking submissions for panel discussants. Interested participants should send a draft title and abstract of their proposal (500 words), written in English, together with a CV to pcj {at} cdh.leidenuniv(.)nl. Proposals are due no later than Monday, April 16, 2012. Submissions should be related to one of the conference themes, and should indicate under which theme their proposal is to be considered. Accepted submissions may be considered for publication in a volume with a leading international publisher.

More information about the conference is available here.

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Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2012

Published on February 1, 2012        Author: 

Christian Tams sends along the following announcement.

Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop 2012 – Preferential Trade and Investment Agreements: A New Ordering Paradigm for International Investment Relations? (16-17 March 2012)

For a couple of years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop has been a forum to discuss conceptual issues of international investment law. Following previous events assessing the relationship between Investment Law and General International Law: From Clinical Isolation to Systemic Integration? (see here) and International Investment Law and Its Others (forthcoming 2012), this year’s workshop will explore the growing network of preferential trade and investment agreements (PTIAs) and assess their impact on ordering international investment relations. It will be held in Frankfurt/Main on 16-17 March 2012, immediately following the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot.

The workshop will open with a keynote speech by Professor Raúl Emilio Vinuesa. This is to be followed by panels addressing the interaction between PTIAs and traditional BITs; the impact of PTIAs on the Trade/Investment divide; and the role of regionalism and multilateralism in international investment law.

The event is designed to be a forum for discussion and much room is allocated to debate. Anyone interested in participating should contact Mrs. Sabine Schimpf, Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order, University of Frankfurt, RuW, Grüneburgplatz 1, 60323 Frankfurt am Main, Germany (S.Schimpf {at} jur.uni-frankfurt(.)de) by 28 February 2012.

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Deadline Approaching: ILA Conference in Nottingham

Published on January 27, 2012        Author: 

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is approaching for the Conference on “Security and International Law” (Nottingham, 20-21 April 2012) and Pre-Conference MPhil/PhD Workshop on research methods in public and private international law (Nottingham, 19 April 2012).

The International Law Association (ILA) British Branch invites submissions for papers for its Annual Spring Conference on “Security and International Law”, which will be hosted by the University of Nottingham School of Law from 20-21 April 2012.  The theme of the conference is open to broad interpretation in terms of human, political, military, socio-economic, environmental and energy security as well as security issues arising from the operation of international law in territorial and extra-terrritorial spaces, such as the high seas, aerospace, or the Internet. Full details of the Call for Papers are available here. Details of the Pre-Conference MPhil/PhD Workshop are listed in the Call for Papers in the same document.

Submissions for the Annual Spring Conference should be received by 31 January 2012 and expressions of interest for the Pre-Conference by 1 February 2012.

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Call for Papers: Conference on International Law in Africa

Published on January 19, 2012        Author: 

5 & 6 October 2012

Complexo Pedagogico, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane,

Maputo, Mozambique

THE QUEST FOR hUMAN SECURITY, PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES

BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE CONFERENCE

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 2013:

  • the African Foundation of International Law (AFIL)
  • the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA), University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

are pleased to announce a two-day conference on international law in Africa and invite proposals for papers.

This conference aims to provide a forum for reflection on the pan-African organisation in the specific context of human security, peace and development in Africa, and how the OAU/AU has responded to challenges in these areas.

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Reminder: ESIL in Valencia

Published on January 9, 2012        Author: 

Just a quick reminder to our readers that the deadline for the submission of abstracts under the call for papers for this year’s conference of the European Society of International Law in Valencia is 20 January. The conference homepage is here.

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Notice from the Hague Academy of International Law

Published on December 7, 2011        Author: 

Programme : Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations

The Centre is designed to bring together young international lawyers of a high standard from all over the world, to undertake original research on a common general theme which is determined each year by the Academy. The research work undertaken at the Centre may be included in a collective work published by the Academy.

There are between 20 and 24 participants, half in the English-speaking section and half in the French-speaking section.

Organisation : The Hague Academy of International Law

Topic: Criminal Acts at Sea

Period: 20 August – 7 September, 2012

Venue : Peace Palace, The Hague Netherlands

Directors of Studies:

French-speaking section: Dr. Kimberley N. TRAPP, Lecturer at Newnham College, University of Cambridge

English-speaking section: Dr. Douglas GUILFOYLE, Lecturer at University College London

Fee : free of charge, each participant receives a daily allowance of 35 euros according to the length of the stay and the reimbursement of half of the travel expenses, up to a maximum of 910 euros.

Application : online registration form, deadline to register : April 1st 2012

www.hagueacademy.nl

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Call for Papers: ESIL Conference in Valencia, September 2012

Published on October 21, 2011        Author: 

The European Society of International Law has announced a call for papers for the Valencia conference in September 2012 (note that there has been a slight change of dates with regard to what was previously advertised). The PDF of the call for papers with all off the relevant deadlines and information is here: CfP English.

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International Law Weekend 2011

Published on October 3, 2011        Author: 

International Law Weekend 2011 — the world-famous gathering of the flock of international lawyers for the fall season — begins on Thursday night, October 20, 2011, at the Association of the  Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, NYC, and continues at 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22, at Fordham Law School, at 140 West 62nd Street, NYC. This year’s theme is “International Law and National Politics.”

A blue ribbon opening panel at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday night at the City Bar will address whether international law has seen “The Death of Sovereignty?” in an era of debt downgrades, seccesionist conflicts, and covert military operations — and will be followed by a free wine and cheese reception.

Panels starting at 9 a.m. on Friday at Fordham will look at International Law and U.S. Grand Strategy, the Extraterritorial Reach of Anti-Bribery Legislation Libel Tourism, the UN Disabilities Convention, Sharia and U.S. Law, Developments in Commercial Arbitration, Access to Justice in the Middle East North Africa Region, Regulation of Private Military and Security Companeis, LGBT Rights in Africa, and the Impact of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty on National Politics.  State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh will give a keynote talk at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, after a free buffet lunch in the atrium, on “International Lawyering for the U.S. in an Age of Smart Power.”

Panels starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday include Civilian Casualties in Modern War, Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights Law – Emerging Risks for Corporate Counsel, Private Litigation against Alleged Terrorist Sponsors, Intellectual Property Law, the New International Investment Arbitration Lawyer, Current Challenges for the International Criminal Court, Tribunal Procedures and Ethical Dilemmas for the Guantanamo Bay Military Tribunals, and Promoting Independence for Human Rights Lawyers Worldwide.   Former Yugoslav Tribunal Prosecutor Richard Goldstone will give a keynote address at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday on “The Future of International Criminal Justice: The Crucial Role of the United States.”

As always, admission is free for all students, all faculty, lawyers, and staff from co-sponsoring institutions, as well as all members of the American Branch of the International Law Association, the International Law Students Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  Staff members of the United Nations and Permanent Missions to the United Nations can also attend for free.  The registration fee remains a modest $75 for the two days combined for all other practicing lawyers and members of the public.

We have a record number of co-sponsors this year, whose generous contributions makes the event possible. New sponsors include the International Bar Association, and law faculties from as far north as Maine and as far south as Virgina.    Further information and registration is available at www.ila-americanbranch.org or www.ilsa.org, or at the door

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