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Greek Court Acquits Immigrants who Escaped Appalling Detention Conditions

Published on January 12, 2013        Author: 
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In the midst of ever deepening economic woes, Greece is struggling with yet another crisis, this time of a humanitarian character. It is no secret that thousands of immigrants crossing into Greece mainly from Asia and Africa are held in appalling conditions in Greek detention centres. The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants visited such centres just before the end of 2012 and faced a bleak situation (the relevant report is still forthcoming, but see the Reuters report here), while the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights found already in January 2011 that returning an asylum seeker to Greece under Dublin II violates Article 3 of the ECHR (see M.S.S. v Belgium and Greece, paras 344 seq, along with a description of the horrible conditions of detention facing immigrants and asylum seekers in Greece).

Today, media in Greece are reporting that the single-judge formation of the Criminal Court of First Instance of Igoumenitsa in northwestern Greece (Μονομελές Πλημμελειοδικείο Ηγουμενίτσας) has returned a remarkable decision (Nr 682/2012) in a prosecution brought against a number of immigrants awaiting expulsion who escaped a local detention centre. Relevant reports in the Greek press can be found here and here, and a redacted version of the rather short decision is published here (all three documents are in Greek) Read the rest of this entry…

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International Law Association (British Branch) Annual Conference 2013 – Deadline for Call for Papers Extended

Published on January 2, 2013        Author: 
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Last month, I announced that the The  International Law Association (British Branch)will be hosting its 2013 annual conference at the University of Oxford on 12 and 13 April. The theme for the conference is:The Changing Face of Global Governance: International Institutions in the International Legal Order. The deadline for responses to the call for papers for the conference is now January 31, 2013 (and not Jan. 15 as I had previously noted). Abstracts of no longer than 500 words should be submitted by the end of this month to ila2013oxford {at} gmail(.)com. The conference will focus on the changing nature and role of international institutions across different areas of international law as well as on the law regulating international institutions.

The full call for papers can found in my previous post.

The Conference Keynote Address and Inaugural Oxford Global Justice Lecture will be delivered by: by Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel

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Dr. Amanda Perreau-Saussine Ezcurra

Published on December 28, 2012        Author: 
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Patrick Capps is Professor of International Law at the University of Bristol.

Amanda Perreau-Saussine Ezcurra

At the time of her death, Amanda Perreau-Saussine Ezcurra  (right) held the posts of Fellow of Queens’ College, and University Lecturer in Law, at the University of Cambridge. She wrote and taught jurisprudence, public international law and public law. She lost her battle with cancer on 1 August 2012, aged 41. I have been asked by Iain, Marko and Dapo to write something about her life and career. While able to count Amanda as a good friend and colleague, I will restrict this comment to a consideration of her written contribution to legal scholarship. I will not comment on Amanda’s life or faith, except to note that she was a devout Catholic. Amanda may have approved: in an essay in the 2006 University of Toronto Law Journal, while reflecting upon Nicola Lacey’s biography of HLA Hart, she wrote that she was sceptical about the relevance of the subject’s personal beliefs when writing intellectual biography. While she may well be correct to take such a view about Hart, I am not convinced that it can equally be applied to the relationship between her faith and work. But this said, I do not feel qualified to judge either way.

As mentioned, Amanda’s published work is in the areas of jurisprudence, public international law and public law.

 

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Call for Papers: International Law Association (British Branch) Annual Conference – April 2013

Published on December 5, 2012        Author: 
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The  International Law Association (British Branch) has issued a call for papers its 2013 spring conference which will be on the following theme:

The Changing Face of Global Governance: International Institutions in the International Legal Order

Venue: University of Oxford

Date: 12-13 April 2013

The Conference Keynote Address and Inaugural Oxford Global Justice Lecture will be delivered by:

by Patricia O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel

CONFERENCE THEME

The conference will explore the changing nature of international institutions and their impact on international governance, international law-making and law-enforcement. Read the rest of this entry…

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Oxford University Seeks Three Human Rights Post Doctoral Fellows

Published on December 5, 2012        Author: 
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The Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations is seeking three Postdoctoral Research Fellows. This interdisciplinary research programme, which I will co-direct, will commence in January 2013 and will focus on the extent to which human rights constitutes an appropriate framework for confronting some of the most serious problems facing current and future generations. Within this shared framework the research programme focuses on three of the most urgent aspects of insecurity: armed conflict, poverty and environmental change. This programme is a collaboration of academics in the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Philosophy, and the Department of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Oxford. The Research Fellows will have completed (or be about to to complete) a doctorate in Law, Philosophy, Politics or International Relations. Each of the posts is for three years starting in January 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Further information about these positions can be found here  and  here

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Human Rights Essay Award Competition Deadline: February 1, 2013

Published on November 29, 2012        Author: 
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This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

The 2013 topic is The Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered People and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

 The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies
  • travel expenses to Washington D.C.
  • housing at the university dorms
  • a per diem for living expenses

 For detailed guidelines about the award please visit: www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm or contact the Academy at hracademy {at} wcl.american(.)edu

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The University of Michigan Law School is looking for an Assistant Dean for International Affairs

Published on November 20, 2012        Author: 
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This opening follows the announcement that their longtime Assistant Dean, Virginia Gordan, will be retiring. The announcement is here. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in serving as an academic administrator at one the top institutions for international, comparative, and foreign law.

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Job Announcement: Glasgow

Published on November 6, 2012        Author: 
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The University of Glasgow School of Law is looking to hire a professor or a reader in international law and international security – details here.

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Blog Revamp and Downtime

Published on November 3, 2012        Author: 
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We are happy to report that we will shortly be launching a revamped, visually and technically much-improved version of the blog. The launch will most likely happen on Monday, and readers can expect a couple of hours of downtime.

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Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity

Published on November 2, 2012        Author: 
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It is still hard to believe that Antonio Cassese, one of the leading and most influential international lawyers of our time, and one of the founders of the European Journal of International Law passed away almost exactly a year ago (see here, here and here). Nino Cassese was a distinguished jurist and scholar, an illustrious judge and an inspirational teacher, who will be remembered for his profound humanity and generosity of spirit. In order to continue his legacy, the Antonio Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity has recently been founded.

The mandate of Antonio Cassese Initiative is to promote global education, learning and training (particularly in developing countries and countries facing political transtion) in the disciplines to which Antonio Cassese dedicated his professional life. These include human rights, peace, international justice, transitional justice and development. The Initiative will conduct its work mainly through the global network of experts, friends and admirers of Antonio Cassese. Operating from its base at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, all activities of the Antonio Cassese Initiative will be infused with the spirit of humanitarianism and public service that characterized the life and work of Antonio Cassese. As a teacher, jurist and statesman, Antonio Cassese believed passionately in the power of law as a force for good and change; he believed in using the law to achieve justice, peace and humanity. Antonio Cassese strived to make learning egalitarian and accessible to all and he sought to empower and liberate through his teaching and his books, but also by dedicating his life work to effect practical changes.

The Antonio Cassese Initiative will also rely on the pro bono efforts of its network. If you wish to apply to be included in the roster of experts and instructors to offer your specific expertise to the various activities sponsored by the Initiative, click here. If you wish to become a supporter or a sponsor of the Initiative, click here.

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