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Junior Faculty Forum for International Law; The Last Page and Roaming Charges; Eric Stein RIP

Published on September 26, 2011        Author: 

Junior Faculty Forum for International Law

An Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law is a new and much needed venture in the international law calendar to be convened by Dino Kritsiotis, Professor of Public International Law at the Universityof Nottingham, Anne Orford, Michael D. Kirby Professor of International Law at the Universityof Melbourne, and myself. The Forum is designed as an annual event to allow international legal scholars, in the first six years of their academic career, an opportunity to discuss a working paper, idea or set of arguments, by being paired with a senior scholar in the field of international law who will be assigned to comment on the paper when it is presented to the Forum. The inaugural Forum will be hosted by the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at NYU. It will take place in New York City in May 2012, and, to mark the importance of this initiative, selected presentations from the inaugural Forum will be invited to appear in EJIL.  Full details and application procedures may be found at www.annualjuniorfacultyforumil.org

The Last Page and Roaming Charges

We have had nice reactions (not by everyone) to The Last Pages and Roaming Charges. I would like to remind those of our readers who also dabble in poetry or photography not to hesitate and submit their work for consideration. Kindly email: ejil{at}eui.eu.

Eric Stein RIP

It is with infinite sadness that we mark the passing of Eric Stein, my friend and mentor of many years. As a scholar Eric made signal contributions to the fields of International, comparative and European law. His career spanned the vital moments of  the 20th century: a Jewish escapee  fromCzechoslovakiato theUSAhe served with the American Army inEurope, was involved with both the nascent UN and then, prophetically, with the nascent project of European Integration. As a human being, his life, alongside his wife Virginia, was rich and marked by an uncommon generosity of spirit and endless intellectual curiosity and energy. He died a young 98 years old. In our Last Page we publish a Poem written by Eric Stein.

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Launch of Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law

Published on July 31, 2011        Author: 

Today Anne Orford of the University of Melbourne Law School, JHH Weiler of the NYU School of Law, and Dino Kritsiotis of the University of Nottingham School of Law launched the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law. The Forum is designed to assist junior faculty, i.e. those within the first six years of their academic careers, with their research by staging an annual competition in which six to nine individuals will be selected and asked to make presentations to the Forum in a given year: these presentations will then be paired with senior international legal scholars, who will comment on each of the presentations given to the Forum, so that the papers are eventually worked up and prepared for publication. The Forum will be an annual event on the international law calendar, and the inaugural Forum will be hosted in New York City by the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice; it will occur in May 2012.

Further particulars of the process are now available on www.annualjuniorfacultyforumIL.org . Selected presentations from the inaugural forum will be published in a special issue of the EJIL.

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Call for Applications: The vices and virtues of international constitutionalism

Published on July 11, 2011        Author: 

European University Institute, PhD Training School

A three-day doctoral training school shall be held at the European University Institute, Florence, on October 20-22, 2011, in context of COST Action 1003.

The topic of this training school will be “the vices and virtues of international constitutionalism”, and submissions are invited from PhD students working in areas related to this topic who are interested in debating the topic with fellow PhD students and with internationally recognised experts in the field of interntional constitutionalism. .

The doctoral training school is intended to bring PhD students from different European countries together on topics related to COST Action 1003, International Law between Constitutionalisation and Fragmentation: the role of law in the post-national constellation. (to be found at the Action website: http://www.il-cf.eu/ ).  Support can be offered to PhD students from participating countries. Currently the following countries participate in the Action: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden and the European Institute in Florence. Serbia, South Africa and Australia are currently applying for partnership.

Topic

Two recent tendencies have shaped recent discourses on international constitutionalism. On one side, the expansion of international law to areas never touched before has put into question the legitimacy and ability of international law in managing subjects that belonged previously to states. On the other side, international law is fragmenting into functionally separated regimes, challenging the unity and coherence of international law. Read the rest of this entry…

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Call for Papers: Public International Law, International Criminal Law & International Human Rights Law: A Critical Evaluation of the Scholarship of Professor William Schabas

Published on July 9, 2011        Author: 

From: Dr. Kathleen Cavanaugh, Senior Lecturer, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland & Prof. Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law & Head of Law Department, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.

Over the last half a century the discourse of public international has been enlivened by a growing emphasis on international human rights law, spawning robust debate and discussion, and also the creation of an imperfect system of accountability for crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. In the last two decades in particular, the scholarship and activism of Professor William Schabas has had a significant impact on the growth and direction of the normative frameworks around these subjects. In addition through his own engagement in different theatres, Professor Schabas has also contributed to the spread of implementation models worldwide, and has supervised a growing number of successful doctoral contributions that have further enhanced the quality of the debate. His sterling role on the Sierra Leone Truth Commission is but one manifestation that that his contribution has spread well beyond the realms of the classroom: recognition that is also reflected in the bestowal of the Order of Canada upon him for his contribution to human rights.

On the occasion of his 60th year, we are seeking contributions from scholars, practitioners, judges and others that critically engage with the published contributions of Professor William Schabas. We seek this in the belief that the best testament to a scholar is a critical engagement with their work. We therefore invite contributions of between 8,000 and 10,000 words, in English or French that critically assess the work and impact of Professor Schabas’ writing. The book is likely to be published by Cambridge University Press and will therefore adhere to the house style of that publisher, with further details provided with the invitation letter to those whose abstracts have been accepted. The range of topics that we anticipate include: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, the creation and functioning of the International Criminal Court, the death penalty, the concept of reservations to treaties, norms of jus cogens, minority rights, religion and human rights, truth commissions, reparative justice and  other topics including literature and human rights.

To be considered for publication we request interested authors submit a 500 word abstract, outlining the general thrust of their contribution and highlighting the aspect of Professor Schabas’ scholarship that will be engaged. This abstract should be sent to either of the two editors by the 1st of October 2011. Read the rest of this entry…

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UNCTAD and UAM announce a Call for Papers

Published on July 2, 2011        Author: 
UNCTAD and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid are organizing a conference taking place in Madrid in March 2012 in order to discuss UNCTAD’s draft Principles for promoting responsible sovereign lending and borrowing.

For this conference, a call for papers has been released and all interested scholars and practitioners are encouraged to submit their work on the relevant topics before 4 October 2011. Details of the call for papers can be found in English and Spanish below.

Convocatoria de Articulos (esp)

 

Call for Papers (eng)

 

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ESIL Update

Published on May 29, 2011        Author: 

I am just on my way back from the 4th Research Forum of the European Society of International Law in Tallinn, Estonia. Many thanks are due to Lauri Malksoo and his team for organizing an excellent event. Some news from ESIL follow below.

The ESIL-ASIL-EJIL-HiiL symposium “Global Public Goods and the Plurality of Legal Orders” will be held at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, on 24 -25 October 2011. The symposium is arranged by the Academy of European Law (EUI), the European Society of International Law, the American Society of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, and the HiiL project on Private Transnational Regulatory Regimes. Further details will be available on the ESIL website shortly.

The 5th ESIL Biennial Conference “Regionalism and International Law” will be held in Valencia, Spain, on 6-8 September 2012.

The 5th ESIL Research Forum “International Law as Profession’’ will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in May 2013. The Society particularly wishes to encourage younger scholars to engage in research, particularly empirical research, about the various aspects of the international legal profession and legal professionals.

Finally, ESIL would like to invite its members to register for the MILE 2.0 project, the first professional directory specifically dedicated to international law professionals. The database is fed by ESIL members themselves, who create and manage their profile online. All profiles can then be browsed or searched through a powerful search engine.

 

The ESIL-ASIL-EJIL-HiiL symposium “Global Public Goods and the Plurality of Legal Orders” will be held at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, on 24 -25 October 2011. The symposium is arranged by the Academy of European Law (EUI), the European Society of International Law, the American Society of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, and the HiiL project on Private Transnational Regulatory Regimes. Further details will be available on this website shortly.
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Call of Papers: The Eichmann Trial at 50

Published on May 10, 2011        Author: 

Kevin Heller sends on this very interesting call for papers – it’s bound to be an excellent symposium.

 

THE EICHMANN TRIAL AT 50

A two-day international symposium to discuss one of the most important trials of the 20th Century

Melbourne Law School

14-15 October 2011

Presented by The Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Melbourne Law School, and supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant

Organizers: Kevin Jon Heller & Gerry Simpson

CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 June 2011

On 11 April 1961, the trial of Adolf Eichmann began in the District Court of Jerusalem.  The trial was broadcast internationally, the first televised trial in the history of television, drawing millions of viewers around the world.  Eight months later, after the testimony of nearly 100 witnesses had changed perceptions of the Holocaust forever, the court convicted Eichmann and sentenced him to death.  Five months after that, Eichmann was hanged and his ashes were scattered at sea, bringing to a close one of the most important trials of the 20th century.

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Eichmann trial.  The trial has had a profound impact on a variety of academic disciplines – law, philosophy, literary theory, political science, and history, to name only a few – yet scholars in those disciplines have rarely interacted with each other.  The goal of symposium is to bridge that gap by bringing together scholars who have nothing in common other than a shared interest in the trial.  The organizers thus encourage proposals from any discipline on any topic related to Eichmann.

The symposium will be held over two days.  We regret we cannot offer travel or accommodation expenses, but lunches and teas (morning and afternoon) will be provided.  A speakers’ dinner will be held on the evening of the 14th and an informal dinner on the 15th for those who remain in town.

The symposium is the third of four symposia being held as part of the Australian Research Council-funded project “Invoking Humanity: A History of War Crimes Trials.”  The organizers intend to publish a selection of papers presented at the symposium as an edited book, although there will be no obligation to publish.  Conversely, the organizers are happy to consider contributions to the book from scholars who are unable to attend the symposium.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the symposium or contributing to the planned book, please send a 300-500 word abstract and a short C.V. no later than 15 June 2011 to Kevin Jon Heller, c/o Cathy Hutton, the APCML Administrator (c.hutton {at} unimelb.edu(.)au).  Doctoral students are welcome to submit abstracts.  Participants will be selected by July 1 to facilitate travel plans.

Questions about the symposium should be directed to Kevin at kheller {at} unimelb.edu(.)au.

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Call for Papers for The Military Law and the Law of War Review

Published on April 23, 2011        Author: 

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.  It is among the oldest publications at the international level in the areas of military/security law and the law of war.  For decades, the Review has been an important forum of discussion for scholars and practitioners from all over the world.

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of its foundation, a dedicated issue of the Review’s 2011 Volume will deal with ‘The Role and Responsibilities of Legal Advisors in the Armed Forces: Evolution and Present Trends’. Another issue of the 2011 Volume will mostly concern the current military operations in Libya.

The Role and Responsibilities of Legal Advisors in the Armed Forces: Evolution and Present Trends

Articles related to this topic should in principle be between 2500 and 6000 words long (footnotes included) and should be submitted by 15 July 2011 at the latest.  The Editorial Board welcomes in particular contributions from current/former civilian/military legal advisors who have experience in this field.  Contributions should focus on legal questions associated with the conduct of operations (taking jus in bello and international human rights law, as applicable, duly into account) and may embrace one or more of the strategic, operational, or tactical level perspectives.

The Editorial Board will select papers for publication in The Military Law and the Law of War Review by 31 August 2011.

Selected papers may also be circulated as background readings at the International Conference on Military Justice, to be held in Rhodes (Greece) from 28 September 2011 to 2 October 2011, organized by the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.  This conference will see the organization of separate special panel on ‘The Role and Responsibilities of Legal Advisors in the Armed Forces’.  Selected authors will receive an invitation to attend this conference, including the special panel, and may be approached to present their paper to the participants.

This initiative is intended to be the starting point for a continuing global dialogue on the same topic, under the auspices of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War, with a view to promoting the rule of law worldwide.  It is understood that this dialogue will also benefit from contributions addressing legal aspects of cooperation between armed forces and civilian government agencies as well as with private sector entities (such as contractors and non-governmental organizations).

Military Operations in Libya

Articles discussing legal questions associated with the current military operations in Libya should be submitted by 15 September 2011.  The Editorial Board welcomes brief contributions (about 3000 words – footnotes excluded) as well as larger contributions (about 6500 words – footnotes excluded) from practitioners and scholars.  Focus areas may include – but are not limited to – questions regarding the interpretation and application of Chapter VII of the UN Charter (e.g. the measures carried in the framework of the ‘No-Fly Zone Plus’ and the embargo operations), including in relation to the Responsibility to Protect (in the context of which recent UNSC Resolutions regarding Cote d’Ivoire may also be considered relevant); the manner in which Balkans/Rwanda Lessons Learned have been taken into account in the decision-making process concerning UNSCRs 1970 and 1973; the conduct of operations; and the legal ramifications of the recognition of and cooperation with the Libyan insurgency.

The Editorial Board will select papers for publication in The Military Law and the Law of War Review by 1 November 2011.

The Editorial Board may be contacted at: soc-mil-law {at} scarlet(.)be

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Third ILDC Colloquium on Domestic Courts as Agents of Legal Development

Published on April 14, 2011        Author: 

The Third ILDC Colloquium on ‘Domestic Courts as Agents of Legal Development’ is to be held in Glasgow on 19 and 20 May 2011. The Third ILDC Colloquium, part of COST Action 0602 on International Law in Domestic Courts, is organized by the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam and the School of Law of the University of Glasgow.

The Colloquium will address the function of domestic courts as agents for the development of international law, will aim to give a detailed account of domestic court influence on international law, and to help clarify the general problem of how to situate domestic courts within the international law-making process.

Registration is open, and those interested can find the Colloquium’s programme, as well as information about registration and accommodation on the Colloquium’s website.

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International Law Weekend 2011: Call for Panel Proposals

Published on March 31, 2011        Author: 

On October 20-22, 2011, the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association will host the annual New York-based International Law Weekend (“ILW”), in conjunction with the 90th annual meeting of the American Branch.  “ILW 2011” will bring together hundreds of legal practitioners, professors, U.N. diplomats, experts from government, NGO’s and private industry, and students.  It will feature lively and contentious panels, distinguished speakers, and delicious receptions.

The overall theme of ILW 2011 is “International Law and National Politics.”

This year’s three-day conference will focus on issues arising from the interplay and intersection of international rules and norms and domestic politics and policymaking.  To what extent do international standards influence the application and interpretation of national law including complimentary or contrary policies sought by domestic policymakers, non-governmental actors and/or civil society?  Expert panels and discussion sessions will examine these and other issues with regard to such diverse areas as human rights and humanitarian intervention, national security, immigration, trade, labor, health care and the environment.  Though this is the primary focus of the conference, other inventive ideas and proposals, especially arising from current events, are always welcome for consideration as well.

The Co-Chairs of ILW 2011 are Professor Martin S. Flaherty, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, mflaherty17{at}yahoo.com, Sahra Diament of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, diament{at}un.org, and Jill Schmieder Hereau, Program Coordinator at the International Law Students Association, jshereau{at}ilsa.org.

The Co-Chairs invite proposals for panels for ILW 2011.  Please submit proposals by email to each of the Co-Chairs no later than Wednesday, May 4, 2011.  Please also submit a copy of your proposal to ILA president Ruth Wedgwood, at rwedgwood{at}jhu.edu and to ILA executive committee chairman John Noyes, jen{at}cwsl.edu.

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