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Announcements: CfP Dornburg Workshop – A Review of Current Trends in Foreign Relations Law; CIL Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Published on October 14, 2018        Author: 
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1. CfP Dornburg Workshop ‘A Review of Current Trends in Foreign Relations Law’Professors Helmut Philipp Aust (Freie Universität Berlin) and Thomas Kleinlein (Friedrich Schiller University Jena) will convene a workshop on ‘Current Trends in Foreign Relations Law’ at Dornburg Castle on 9 – 10 May 2019. A keynote lecture will be given by Professor Campbell McLachlan, QC, University of Wellington. Scholars interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit an abstract by 15 November 2018. For further information please see the Call for Papers

2. 2 Year Post-Doctoral Fellowships for Academic Years 2019-21 (September 2019 – August 2021). CIL invites applications for Post-Doctoral Fellowship positions commencing in Academic Year 2019/20. We seek applications from those with expertise in international economic law or international trade law, international investment law, comparative constitutional law, and law and transnational crime. Applications are particularly sought from those with or interested in developing a research interest in the emerging trade and investment regime in the Asia-Pacific region, notably the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or the Belt and Road initiative. For more details, see here

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Announcements: CfA Yearbook of International Disaster Law; Role and Contributions of the ILC to the Development of International Law; CfP Conference on The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation

Published on October 7, 2018        Author: 
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1. Call for Abstracts – Yearbook of International Disaster Law (Brill/Nijhoff). The Yearbook of International Disaster Law aims to foster the interest of academics and practitioners on legal and institutional issues relevant to natural, technological and human-made disasters. The YIDL is a double-blind peer review journal published by Brill/Nijhoff. For its inaugural issue (vol. 1, 2018) the Yearbook welcome submissions of abstracts for papers addressing topics pertaining to any issue of international disaster law. Abstracts should be sent by 15 November 2018 to info {at} yearbookidl(.)org. Further details can be found here.
 
2. The Role and Contributions of the ILC to the Development of International Law Symposium. The FIU Law Review and Professor Charles C. Jalloh will be hosting The Role and Contributions of the ILC to the Development of International Law, a Symposium celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the International Law Commission. The International Law Commission’s past, present, and future will be assessed from the perspective of progressive development and codification of international law. Leading scholars and practitioners of international law from around the world will convene to interrogate how the foundational pillars of “progressive development” and “codification” of international law took concrete expression in the mandate and practice of the ILC. This 70th Anniversary Symposium will review the key accomplishments of the ILC over its 70 years, its distinctive features, and celebrate the Commission’s contributions to the establishment of a rule-based international legal order. 
 
3. Call for Papers – First TRICI-Law and ECTPIL Conference on The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and its Interpretation. The ERC project on The Rules of Interpretation of Customary International Law (TRICI-Law project) and the ESIL Interest Group on the Theory and Philosophy of International Law have issued a call for papers for a conference on “The Theory and Philosophy of Customary International Law and Its Interpretation,” which will take place 24 – 25 May 2019, at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. The call is available here. Applicants are advised to consult the list of potential questions/panels of the conference, with more detailed explanation of each, which can be found here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to trici-law {at} rug(.)nl by 15 November 2018.
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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfP The League of Nations Decentred; Cynical International Law? Conference

Published on September 29, 2018        Author: 
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1. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added the following lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: Dr. Anthea Roberts on “Is International Law International?” and Mr. Dire Tladi on “The African Peace and Security Architecture”. The UN Audiovisual Library of International Law provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge.

2. Call for Papers – The League of Nations Decentred: Law, Crises and Legacies. Melbourne Law School is hosting a conference on 18 – 19 July 2019 which intends to bring together scholars working in law, history, international relations, and political theory to think critically about the League of Nations, law, institutions, practices, ideologies and technologies in relation to or with a view from the South. Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted to Dr Ntina Tzouvala (konstantina.tzouvala {at} unimelb.edu(.)au) by 30 of November 2018.

3. Cynical International Law? Conference: Abuse and Circumvention in Public and Private International law, as well as European Law. The conference departs from the idea that cynicism in international law appears to be ubiquitous. Actors seem to abuse international law or circumvent the purpose of its rules on many occasions. This is particularly evident where illiberal, populist or autocratic actors try to profit from the legitimacy of lawful conduct, while arguably acting against the spirit of the law. Situations in which states advance international legal arguments of self-determination and humanitarian intervention in this manner in order to justify the use of force have received much attention. Further, one could call it cynical when states undermine international organizations, e.g. by obstructing the election process of the organizations’ organs, or when international standards are eroded due to minimalist implementation, e.g. by reducing climate law’s ‘nationally determined contributions’ to zero. Likewise, non-state actors might use international law in a cynical way. Examples include the potential abuse of investment protection mechanisms and of strategic litigation before international judicial bodies.

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Announcements: International Law Weekend 2018; CfP Edinburgh-Glasgow International Law Workshop; Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats

Published on September 23, 2018        Author: 
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1. International Law Weekend 2018. International Law Weekend, a prestigious annual international law conference co-sponsored by the American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students’ Association, will take place from 18 – 20 October, at Fordham Law School, and at the New York City Bar Association. For a detailed conference program, please see here.  For information regarding registration, please see here.

2. CfP Edinburgh-Glasgow International Law Workshop. The Edinburgh Institute for International and Global Law of Edinburgh Law School and the International Law and Security Research Group of the Glasgow Law School, will convene the first annual Edinburgh-Glasgow International Law Workshop at the Playfair Library Hall of Old College, the University of Edinburgh, on April 8 – 9 2019. The workshop invites applications for paper presentations in any subfield of international law and with any methodological orientation. Abstracts of not more than 750 words should be submitted by interested applicants to EdinGow2019 {at} ed.ac(.)uk by 15 November 2018. More information can be found online.

3. Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats – Conference and Call for Papers. The Exeter Centre for International Law and its conference partners, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, are delighted to invite you to a conference on ‘Legal Resilience in an Era of Hybrid Threats’, to be held on 8 – 10 April 2019 at the University of Exeter. The aim of the event is to explore the utility of legal resilience as an analytical and policy framework for countering the legal challenges presented by gray zone conflict, hybrid warfare and lawfare. The conference organizers invite proposals for papers, to be submitted by 30 November 2018, addressing subjects including the notion of legal resilience; strategies for rendering the international legal system more resilient against contemporary threats; the legal challenges presented by gray zone conflict, hybrid warfare and lawfare; the impact of influence operations and other indirect forms of intervention; and the legal and ethical implications of counter-lawfare. The full call for papers and more information about the event can be found here

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Announcements: Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights Conference; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Judicial Power of Africa’s Supranational Courts Conference; Politics and the Histories of International Law Conference

Published on September 16, 2018        Author: 
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1. Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights Conference. UCLA’s Critical Race Studies Program, Promise Institute for Human Rights, International and Comparative Law Program and Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs are planning a one-day conference at UCLA School of Law on Friday, 8 March 2019. Critical Perspectives on Race and Human Rights: Transnational Reimaginings will explore critical topics in contemporary international human rights law from the joint perspectives of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). The deadline for submissions is Monday 1 October, 2018, by 5pm Pacific Time.  The call for papers is available here

2. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added the following lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: Dr. Hussein Hassouna on “The International Law Commission: Challenges and Achievements”, Mr. Pavel Šturma on “Succession of States and State Responsibility” and Mr. Yacouba Cissé on “La problématique de la délimitation des frontières maritimes: généralités et contexte africain”. The UN Audiovisual Library of International Law provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge.

3. The Judicial Power of Africa’s Supranational Courts Conference. Africa boasts a high number of supranational courts, but at the same time there appears to be a widespread lack of willingness among Member States to comply with rulings issued by these courts. The conference will address this paradox and investigate which forms of judicial power are being favoured by African States on the one hand and African supranational courts on the other. The conference will be held at the University of Luxembourg on 21 September 2018. It will analyse to what extent approaches of activism or, conversely, restraint, are being considered as legitimate and effective by these actors. The conference will address dynamics that are potentially common to supranational institutions operating in different fields of law, such as the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Court of Justice and Arbitration of the Organisation pour l’harmonisation en Afrique du droit des affaires (OHADA), and the East African Court of Justice. Further information is here

4. Politics and the Histories of International Law Conference. On 15 and 16 February 2019, an international conference will be held at the Max Planck Institute for International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, under the auspices of the Journal of the History of International Law. The conference deals with the correlation of politics and international law and its implication for the writing of the history of international law. Scholars from all over the world will discuss their thoughts on the subject in a variety of panels. The conference organizers encourage interested scholars to apply for participation as engaged listeners. More information can be found here

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Announcements: Nottingham International Law and Security Centre Interdisciplinary Conference; UNIJURIS Seminar on Jurisdictional Reasonableness

Published on September 9, 2018        Author: 
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1. Nottingham International Law and Security Centre Interdisciplinary Conference. The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) welcomes submissions for its 2018 conference, which will take place at the School of Law, University of Nottingham on 9 November 2018. The theme of the conference is the ’70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention’. This theme can be conceived broadly. Submissions from multiple backgrounds and disciplines are encouraged. Proposals taking normative, conceptual, doctrinal, and historical perspectives are particularly welcome. The conference will also include a keynote debate between Professors Olympia Bekou, Marko Milanovic and David Fraser on the concept of genocide’s value, chaired by Dr Cosmin Cercel. Abstracts of strictly no more than 500 words and a biography of no more than 100 words should be sent to nilsc {at} nottingham.ac(.)uk The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight on Saturday 15 September 2018. For further information please visit the NILSC website.

2. UNIJURIS Seminar on Jurisdictional  Reasonableness. The  project  on  ‘Unilateral  Jurisdiction  and  Global  Values’  (UNIJURIS),  funded  by  the  European Research  Council  and  the  Dutch  Organization  for  Scientific  Research  (PI:  Prof.  Cedric  Ryngaert), organizes  a  half-day  seminar  on  jurisdictional  reasonableness  on  30  October  2018,  at  Utrecht University.  The  aim  of  the  seminar  is  to  have  speakers  with  diverse  backgrounds  reflect  on  the  value  and  role  of reasonableness  in  preventing  and  settling  jurisdictional  disputes  in  various  fields.  Is  reasonableness  used in  fact,  and  if  so,  is  it  properly  applied?  Is  reasonableness  a  legal  concept,  and  if  so,  what  is  its  source (public  international  law,  European  law,  domestic  law)?  What  is  its  relationship  with  comity?  Does  it go  beyond  the  remit  of  courts  and  administrative  agencies  to  engage  in  the  sort  of  (sovereign)  interestbalancing  which  reasonableness  prescribes? Can  reasonableness  be  applied  as  a  general  principle,  or should  it  be  operationalized  by  specific  norms? The  seminar  consists  of  three  thematic  panels: (1) transnational  civil  litigation; (2)  criminal  law; (3)  regulatory  law. To register, please  send  an  email  to  secretariaat.ier {at} uu(.)nl
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Announcements: CfS UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; CfP Military Law and the Law of War Review; CfP Journal of Law and Rural Development; 2019 Harvard IGLP Scholars Workshop 

Published on September 2, 2018        Author: 
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1. UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence Call for Submissions. The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. The Journal appears twice a year and will be available open access. All submissions are assessed through double blind peer review. The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the first issue of 2019. The Board welcomes papers covering all areas of law and jurisprudence. We accept articles of between 8,000-12,000 words, case notes of 6,000-8,000 words and book reviews of 1,000-2,000 words. All submissions must comply with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Contributions that have already been published or that are under consideration for publication in other journals will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2018. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on our website. For further information and guidelines for authors please visit our website

2. The Military Law and the Law of War Review Call for Papers. 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 coming issue, the Review’s editorial board welcomes submissions from scholars and practitioners 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)). The deadline for submission is 31 October 2018. Submissions should be sent by e-mail to brussels {at} ismllw(.)org. Articles should normally not be longer than 15,000 words (footnotes included), although longer pieces may exceptionally be considered. Inquiries as to whether a possible submission comes within the scope of the Review can be sent to the abovementioned e-mail address. Selected papers will be published online on the Review’s website in advance access (in a non-downloadable and non-printable form) as well as on Hein Online following editing and type-setting. The print version of the issue will appear in the course of 2019.

3. Journal of Law and Rural Development Call for Papers. The Journal of Law and Rural Development is published annually by IFAD, the International Fund for Agricultural Development. The Journal is a forum where the link between law and rural development can be explored and ideas can be discussed without any political, ideological or bureaucratic limitations.  Links to the first and second issues of the Journal, focusing on Land Governance and Renewable Energy and Rural Development, can be found here.  The Journal is now soliciting papers for the third issue, which will be published in May 2019, on legal topics related to youth, migration and rural development.  The deadline for submission of article abstracts is 30 September 2018 and final drafts should be submitted by 15 December 2018.  For more information please contact Charles Forrest at c.forrest {at} ifad(.)org.
 
4. 2019 Harvard IGLP Scholars Workshop. Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) is pleased to announce the 2019 Harvard IGLP Scholars Workshop, organized in collaboration with and hosted by the Thailand Institute of Justice. Held in Bangkok, Thailand from 6 – 10 January 2019, the Workshop is an intensive, regionally-focused residential program for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty of law and policy from around the world. The 2019 IGLP Scholars Workshop will focus on the important legal and political choices embedded in policy debate on issues facing Asia and the world, while offering unparalleled opportunities to strengthen participants’ writing and research. The IGLP Workshop offers a unique scholarly format. The week features a stimulating series of plenaries, lectures, and networking opportunities, alongside innovative mini-courses on contemporary issues of law and policy. We encourage applications from young scholars across Asia and worldwide who would benefit from intensive collaboration with colleagues from across Asia and IGLP’s junior and senior faculty. Interested scholars for the IGLP Scholars Workshop are encouraged to apply via the IGLP website. Applications are due 21 September 2018. During the 2018 IGLP Scholars Workshop, The Thailand Institute of Justice & the IGLP will once again convene a concurrent workshop for selected emerging policy professionals, which offers a unique opportunity for policy practitioners from different sectors to engage with their global peers in dialogue facilitated by the faculty from the IGLP and TIJ network. For more information see here

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Announcements: Conference on Knowledge Production and International Law; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

Published on August 26, 2018        Author: 
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1. Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies: Conference on Knowledge Production and International Law. The International Law Departement of the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies is organizing a conference on “Knowledge Production and International Law” to be held in Geneva on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th September 2018. The conference aims to analyze the actors by whom, or the mechanisms, channels and politics though which, knowledge is produced, disseminated, performed and reproduced in international law. It is an invitation to initiate a discussion on knowledge production and international law through four thematic panels: 1) International law as a field of knowledge; 2) Ignorance and the limits of knowledge in international law; 3) Determinants of international law scholarship; and, 4) Emotions and international law. Detailed descriptions of the panels can be found here. Attendance is open to the public. Registration for the conference is free and should be done via email to knowledge-production-il@graduateinstitute.ch by Friday 31 August.

2. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added the following lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: Mr. Georg Nolte on “The International Law Commission and Community Interests” and Dr. Nilüfer Oral on “Climate Change and the Protection of the Ocean”. The UN Audiovisual Library of International Law provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge.

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Announcements: Evolutionary Interpretation in Different International Legal Systems Conference; IMPRS-SDR Applications for PhD Proposals

Published on August 12, 2018        Author: 
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1. University of Geneva Conference: Evolutionary Interpretation in Different International Legal Systems. On 4 – 5 October 2018, the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva is hosting a conference entitled Evolutionary interpretation in different international legal systems. Evolutionary interpretation is an intriguing and fundamental concept in international law. It allows for the interpretation of treaty provisions by taking into account, emerging factual and legal situations, changes in international law, new social considerations, technological improvements or environmental concerns that did not exist at the time of the conclusion of the treaty. Whether this evolutionary reading of terms occurs by virtue of the generic nature of the terms in the treaty, the contemporary meaning of such terms, the object and purpose of the treaty or the immediate or remote context of the treaty, evolutionary interpretation allows the terms of a treaty to adapt to the passage of time. This conference aims to facilitate thematic discussions on the topic of evolutionary interpretation. These discussions will allow for a broader understanding of the approaches to evolutionary interpretation in various areas of international law, as well as a comparison of these approaches. The programme can be found here. Further information can be found on the conference’s website. Attendance is free, but registration is mandatory. To register for the conference or to ask questions, send an email before 25 September to clement.marquet {at} unige(.)ch.

2. IMPRS-SDR Applications for PhD Proposals. The International Max Planck Research School for Successful Dispute Resolution in International Law (IMPRS-SDR) is accepting applications for PhD proposals within the research areas of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution and the Department of European and Comparative Procedural Law to fill a total of 5 funded PhD positions at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural law. The IMPRS-SDR was established in 2009 to bring together academics and practitioners in international dispute settlement with excellent PhD candidates to examine and compare international dispute resolution from a legal and interdisciplinary perspectiveSelected PhD candidates will receive full-time research contracts of initially two years, with a possible extension. For further information please see here. The closing date for applications is 31 August 2018.

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Announcements: Recommendations on the Legitimacy of Institutions of International Justice; Armed Conflict and Starvation Event; 20 Years of the ICC’s Rome Statute; CfP Melbourne Doctoral Forum on Legal Theory; CfP Engaging with Domestic Law in International Adjudication; CfP German Yearbook of International Law

Published on August 5, 2018        Author: 
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1. Recommendations on the Legitimacy of Institutions of International Justice. Fifteen judges from thirteen international courts recently drafted and finalized a set of recommendations aimed at reinforcing the legitimacy of institutions of international justice. These were the participants of the 2018 session of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ), organized collaboratively in June 2018 by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, of Brandeis University, and the PluriCourts Center for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a center of excellence of the University of Oslo Faculty of Law. Blog posts are available on Intlawgrrls and PluriCourts blogs.

2. Chatham House Event: Armed Conflict and Starvation – What does the law say? The International Law Programme at Chatham House is hosting an even entitled “Armed Conflict and Starvation- What does the law say?” on 12 October 2018 from 17.30pm. Millions of civilians suffer hunger and starvation in times of armed conflict. This panel will discuss the legal prohibitions on the use of starvation as a method of war, and the obligations on the warring parties to allow access for humanitarian relief. Speakers include Professor Dapo Akande and Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, and the event will be chaired by Elizabeth Wilmshurst. It will be hosted at Chatham House | 10 St James’s Square | London | SW1Y 4LE.  The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

3. Twenty Years of the ICC’s Rome Statute: Utopia – Reality – Crisis. On 7 – 8 of September 2018 Edge Hill University and the University of Hamburg will co-host an interdisciplinary conference in Liverpool/UK on “Twenty Years of the ICC’s Rome Statute: Utopia – Reality – Crisis“. ICC judges, international scholars and practitioners will critically discuss the past, present and future role of the International Criminal Court. The program of the Conference and further information are available here

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