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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; ICON-S Book Prize; CfP GoJIL; CfS UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

Published on October 22, 2017        Author: 

1. New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Ms. Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen – “Le système conventionnel européen des droits de l’homme” and “El sistema convencional europeo de los derechos humanos”.

2. First International Society for Public Law Book Prize (ICON-S Annual Meeting of June 2018 in Hong Kong). The International Society for Public Law (ICON-S) is pleased to announce the launch of the International Society for Public Law Book Prize. In line with the Society’s mission, the prize will be awarded to an outstanding book in the field of public law, understood as a field of knowledge that transcends dichotomies between the national and the international as well as between Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Preference will be given to scholarship which, in dealing with the challenges of public life and governance, combines elements from all of the above with a good dose of political theory and social science. The first book prize will be awarded at the Society’s next annual meeting taking place on 25-27 June 2018 in Hong Kong to a book published in the two calendar years prior to the conference (2016-2017). The nomination process is open now! Members of the Executive Committee of the ICON-S and the Society’s Council, groups of at least three ICON-S members, book review editors of academic journals, as well as publishing houses are invited to nominate books. Proposals coming directly from authors will not be considered and edited books are not eligible for nominations. The deadline for the submission of nominations is 31 December 2017. Nominations can be made via e-mail, together with an up to 200 word justification of the proposal, to icons {at} icon-society(.)org (reference: Book Prize, attn. of the chairperson of the Book Prize Committee). Please consult the procedures for the ICON-S book prize on the webpage of the ICON-S for further information.

3. GoJIL Deadline Extension. In 2018, with Till Patrik Holterhus as special issue editor, the Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) will publish a special issue on “The law behind rule of law transfers”. Due to the many responses concerning this special call for papers, the deadline for the submission of paper abstracts has been extended to 29 October 2017. For further information see here.

4. Extended Deadline for Submissions: UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2018). The Editorial Board of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence is pleased to advise that the call for submissions for the first issue of 2018 has now been extended by 3 weeks, to 6 November 2017. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on our website. The Board welcomes papers covering all areas of law and jurisprudence. For further information and guidelines for authors please see the original Call for Submissions, and visit our website.

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Announcements: GoJIL CfP The Law Behind Rule of Law Transfers; CfA Environmental Protection, Resource Rights and Evolving Geopolitics in Antarctica; CfP Italian Society of International and EU Law; Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa Conference

Published on October 15, 2017        Author: 

1. The Law Behind Rule of Law Transfers – GoJIL Call for Papers. In 2018, with Till Patrik Holterhus as special issue editor, the Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) will publish a special issue on “The law behind rule of law transfers”. This GoJIL special issue will feature several case studies that identify and explore the legal sources, norms and procedures that drive and govern the various transfer processes, with a particular focus on transfers occurring in complex, interdependent supranational and international contexts. The submissions deadline for papers is 31 December 2017. The full GoJIL call for papers can be found here.

2. Call for Abstracts: Environmental Protection, Resource Rights and Evolving Geopolitics in Antarctica. This call for abstracts is for the session about “Environmental Protection, Resource Rights and Evolving Geopolitics in Antarctica” of the POLAR2018 Open Science Conference. The conference is a joint event from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and will take place in Davos, Switzerland from 15 – 26 June 2018. This is the session SH-1 of Social Sciences and Humanities category of the meeting’s program. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2017. More information and a description of the session can be found here. Details on abstract submission can be found here. More information about the POLAR2018 meeting can be found here.

3. Call for Papers for the ​XXIII Annual Conference of the Italian Society of International and EU Law (SIDI-ISIL). On 7-8 June 2018, the University of Ferrara will host the XXIII Annual Conference of the Italian Society of International and EU Law (SIDI-ISIL). The Conference’s theme is Codification in International and EU Law. One session of the Conference will deal with Coordination between different codification instruments (8 June 2018, 9am – 1pm). Speakers will be selected through a call for papers. Scholars of any affiliation and at any stage of their career are invited to submit proposals, either in English or in Italian. The deadline for submitting proposals is 10 January 2018. The call for papers and further information are available here. Proposals and any communications relating to this call should be sent via email to: callsidi2018 {at} unife(.)it​.​

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Announcements: Post-Doctoral Researcher “Individualization of War Project”; Oxford Global Justice Lecture 2017; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Ghent University Conference – ‘Freedom under Pressure’

Published on October 8, 2017        Author: 

1. The European Research Council Funded Research Project on “The Individualization of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law, and Politics of Armed Conflict” (IOW) Seeks a Postdoctoral Researcher. The IOW project is based at the European University Institute & the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. The successful applicant will work closely with Professor Dapo Akande (who is based in Oxford and is co-investigator on the project). She or he will conduct research on the application of human rights law in armed conflict and on the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law.  Candidates should have an outstanding PhD in international law but should be excited about working in an inter-disciplinary team which includes international relations scholars and moral philosophers. The position is for one year and will start in December 2017 or January 2018. Further details on the project is available here the position. Full details about the position and the application process can be found here.

2. Oxford Global Justice Lecture 2017: Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court – “Reflections on Peace & Justice in the 21st Century”. The Oxford  Global Justice Lecture will be given this year by Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Thursday 12 October at 5.00pm. How does the pursuit of international criminal justice contribute towards the ends of peace? Should justice be sequenced to cater for peace processes or can a workable harmony be found to advance both these virtues?  This lecture will aim to answer these important questions, more specifically within the Rome Statute legal framework. The Oxford Global Justice Lecture is delivered each year, at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford by a leading figure in international law. The lecture series is generously supported by the Planethood Foundation. Previous lecturers have been Patricia O’Brien, then Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations (2013); Judge Theodor Meron, President of the UN Mechanism for International Tribunals & then President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2014); Judge Christopher Greenwood KCMG, QC, Judge of the International Court of Justice (2015). For more details see here. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: Oxford Global Justice Lecture; CfP Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law; Who Makes International Law?

Published on October 1, 2017        Author: 

1. Oxford Global Justice Lecture 2017: Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court – “Reflections on Peace & Justice in the 21st Century”. The Oxford  Global Justice Lecture will be given this year by Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Thursday 12 October at 5.00pm. How does the pursuit of international criminal justice contribute towards the ends of peace? Should justice be sequenced to cater for peace processes or can a workable harmony be found to advance both these virtues?   This lecture will aim to answer these important questions, more specifically within the Rome Statute legal framework. The Oxford Global Justice Lecture is delivered each year, at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford by a leading figure in international law. The lecture series is generously supported by the Planethood Foundation. Previous lecturers have been Patricia O’Brien, then Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations (2013); Judge Theodor Meron, President of the UN Mechanism for International Tribunals & then President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2014); Judge Christopher Greenwood KCMG, QC, Judge of the International Court of Justice (2015). For more details see here.

2. Who Makes International Law? The Case of the Law of Armed Conflict. On Thursday 12 October 2017 (18:00 – 19:00) at UCL Gavin de Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, Professor Sandesh Sivakumaran (The University of Nottingham) will lecture as part of the Current Legal Problems 2017-18 series. The subject of the lecture is Who makes international law? focusing on the particular case of the law of armed conflict (international humanitarian law). Is it states and only states? Or are other actors also involved? What is the role of courts and tribunals? And where does the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross fit? The lecture will examine these questions and argue that it is the community of international humanitarian lawyers which makes international humanitarian law. It will identify the composition of the community, test the argument against key reference points in the law of armed conflict, and examine the implications of the argument. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: ILA British Branch Conference; iCourts Visiting Programme; PluriCourts Workshop; CfP 60 Years of the NY Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards; CfP Conference on Disarmament; International Administrative Law Centre of Excellence Conference

Published on September 17, 2017        Author: 
1. ILA British Branch Conference. This year’s conference will take place on September 22 and 23 at the offices of Clifford Chance. With the theme New International Order in an Isolationist World the conference will address the pressing challenges faced by international law in the political and economic climate prevailing in many regions of the world. These include the challenges caused by rising populism in Europe and North America and reactions against free trade and economic interdependence, manifested most obviously in the Brexit referendum and policies advocated by President Trump, the changing foreign policies of many countries towards military and diplomatic intervention in politically unstable regions and the flows of refugees into Europe, the role of international criminal law in the modern world along with the challenges faced by the International Criminal Court, and the increased scrutiny of the legitimacy of investment treaty arbitration, whether as a standalone system or as an aspect of mixed trade and investment agreements. The conference will begin with a keynote address from Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights followed by six panels covering the following topics: peace and security; human rights and international humanitarian law; international trade law; international investment law; regionalism; and accountability and remedies under international law, and will include selected speakers drawn from private practice, the public sector and academia in order to incorporate diverse perspectives, both theoretical and practical, on the conference theme. To view the conference programme and to register see here.
 
2. iCourts Visiting Programme. iCourts strongly encourages researchers – from PhD-students to tenured Professors – to visit iCourts and share their knowledge. Contributions may consist of published articles that credit iCourts, data-sharing, contribution to analysis, co-authorship with permanent iCourts staff, printed interviews with relevant people and other relevant documentation. Researchers with a particular interest in a closer association to iCourts may apply for an iCourts visitors grant. iCourts handle grant applications on an ad hoc basis, and offer the possibility of applying for research visits of up to 1 year. All incoming applications will be evaluated after 1 April and 1 October each year. For more information about the Visiting programme and how to apply, please see here.
 
3. PluriCourts Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals. PluriCourts invites you to a workshop on The political and legal theory of international courts and tribunals, to take place in Oslo 18 – 19 June 2018. We welcome papers that address one or more such International Courts (ICs), on such themes as: the appropriate legitimacy standards for ICs from the perspectives of history of ideas and/or contemporary legal and political theory, such as human rights, transparency, or rule of law; their multilevel separation of authority, and its impact on adjudication; norm-indeterminacy and international adjudication; specialization and fragmentation in ICs; ICs and the international rule of law; and, independence and accountability of ICs. The deadline for submitting expressions of interest, with abstract, is 1 November. Some travel grants are available. 

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In Memoriam: Frits Kalshoven

Published on September 11, 2017        Author: , and

The world has lost one of its greatest international humanitarian law scholars.

On Wednesday 6 September 2017, at the respectable age of 93, emeritus professor Frits Kalshoven passed away. Professor Kalshoven was one of the most well-known and respected international humanitarian law (IHL) scholars, but above all, he was a very kind, warm and humble person – insisting, for example, to always be addressed by his first name. He was a mentor on IHL for us, as he has been to so many. Indeed, for years, the first introduction to IHL for many students was his book “Constraints on the Waging of War”.

Frits began his career as an officer in the Royal Dutch Navy (1945-1967). During his service, he studied law in Leiden. After completing his studies in 1958, he taught law, including IHL, at the Royal Naval Academy. When he left the navy, he joined the law school of Leiden University, where he wrote his PhD on belligerent reprisals (1971), the publication of which is still regarded the standard work on this topic (and which was reprinted in 2005). Between 1975 and 1989, he held the Red Cross Chair in IHL at Leiden University and subsequently was a professor at Groningen University (1999-2002), before returning to Leiden as professor emeritus. As a member of the Dutch delegation, he negotiated, and was one of the drafters, of the 1977 Additional Protocols; and the Certain Conventional Weapons Convention of 1980.

Frits had an enormous passion for IHL. Although he gave his valedictory lecture in 1989 in Leiden, he never really actually retired, but rather continued to be actively involved in the humanitarian law field, helping to shape and develop it. Besides teaching full courses and guest lectures at various universities, he was the first Chairman of the UN Commission of Experts to investigate serious violations of IHL in the Former Yugoslavia (1992-1993), and was a member and president of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (1991-2001). He was a long-term Advisor to the Board of the Netherlands Red Cross (1971-1993), and after that always ready to support its IHL department with advice and contributions to its events. Until the very last moment, he continued to attend international law events to engage with other scholars and practitioners, in nearby The Hague, but also in San Remo. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcements: ILA British Branch Conference; Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional

Published on September 10, 2017        Author: 
1. ILA British Branch Conference. This year’s conference will take place on September 22 and 23 at the offices of Clifford Chance. With the theme New International Order in an Isolationist World the conference will address the pressing challenges faced by international law in the political and economic climate prevailing in many regions of the world. These include the challenges caused by rising populism in Europe and North America and reactions against free trade and economic interdependence, manifested most obviously in the Brexit referendum and policies advocated by President Trump, the changing foreign policies of many countries towards military and diplomatic intervention in politically unstable regions and the flows of refugees into Europe, the role of international criminal law in the modern world along with the challenges faced by the International Criminal Court, and the increased scrutiny of the legitimacy of investment treaty arbitration, whether as a standalone system or as an aspect of mixed trade and investment agreements. The conference will begin with a keynote address from Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights followed by six panels covering the following topics: peace and security; human rights and international humanitarian law; international trade law; international investment law; regionalism; and accountability and remedies under international law, and will include selected speakers drawn from private practice, the public sector and academia in order to incorporate diverse perspectives, both theoretical and practical, on the conference theme. To view the conference programme and to register see here.
2. New Issue: Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional. The fifth issue of the Latin American Journal of International Law (Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Internacional -LADI-) is now available online. LADI’s sixth issue includes a special dossier on history and human rights, featuring articles by Samuel Moyn, Juan Pablo Scarfi, Lynn Hunt Stefan-Ludwing Hoffmann, and María Inostroza, along with an interview with Professor Dino Kritsiotis. The latest issue can be found here.
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Announcements: Cambridge Asylum and Migration Studies; CfS UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

Published on September 3, 2017        Author: 
1. Cambridge Asylum and Migration Studies. Cambridge University Press has launched a new book series: Cambridge Asylum and Migration Studies. The series is now accepting book proposals. At no time in modern history have so many people been on the move as at present. Migration facilitates critical social, economic, and humanitarian linkages. But it may also challenge prevailing notions of bounded political communities, of security, and of international law. The political and legal systems that regulate the transborder movement of persons were largely devised in the mid-twentieth century, and are showing the strains. New challenges have arisen for policymakers, advocates, and decision-makers that require the adaptation and evolution of traditional models to meet emerging imperatives.  This new series aims to be a forum for innovative writing on all aspects of the transitional movement of people. It publishes single or coauthored works that may be legal, political, or cross-disciplinary in nature. The series is edited by a world leader in international refugee law, Professor James Hathaway, University of Michigan. He is supported by an Editorial Advisory Board comprising Alexander Betts, University of Oxford, Vincent Chetail, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Raoul Wallenberg Institution of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto, and Saskia Sassen, Colombia University. Potential authors should contact Finola O’Sullivan at Cambridge University Press, the series editor, or any member of the Editorial Advisory Board.
 
2. 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 2018 (Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2018)). 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 16 October 2017. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on our website. For further information and guidelines for authors please visit our website.
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Announcements: New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfP Contingency in the Course of International Law; Conference on Dispute Resolution in the Law of International Watercourses and the Law of the Sea

Published on August 27, 2017        Author: 

1. New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Franck Latty on “Le droit international du sport” and “La responsabilité internationale de l’Etat dans le contentieux arbitral d’investissement”.

2. Call for Papers: “Contingency in the Course of International Law: How International Law Could Have Been”, Amsterdam, 14-16 June 2018. The conference will ask a question that is deceptive in its simplicity: How might international law have been otherwise? We want to question the present state of international law by challenging its pretence to necessity and by better understanding the forces that have shaped it. Put simply with Robert Musil: “If there is a sense of reality, there must also be a sense of possibility.” Fleur Johns (UNSW) will give a public keynote and Samuel Moyn (Yale) will give a closing address. Please see here for more information. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 December 2017.
3. Luxembourg Conference on Dispute Resolution in the Law of International Watercourses and the Law of the Sea. The Conference “A Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Dispute Resolution in the Law of International Watercourses and the Law of the Sea” of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will take place on 25-26 September 2017 in Luxembourg. The deadline for registration is 4 September 2017. The program and registration details can be accessed here.
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Announcements: New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfP Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Law; Workshop on Financing & the Right to Science in Technology Transfer; Workshop on The 1917 Russian Revolution and Its Impact on Law; Workshop on Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America and International Economic Law

Published on August 20, 2017        Author: 

1. New additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Olivier Corten on “La légitime défense préventive : un oxymore?” and Professor Vaios Koutroulis on “The Beginning and End of Occupation”, “Le début et la fin de l’application du droit de l’occupation”.

2. Call for Papers: Conference on Humanitarianism and the Remaking of International Law: History, Ideology, Practice, Technology. The language and logic of humanitarianism occupy an increasingly central place in international law. Humanitarian reason has shaped the ideology, practice, and technologies of international law over the past century. For some, this trend is clearly positive – international law is reimagined as humanity’s law. Yet critics have pointed to the dark side of these developments and of the humanitarian logic operating within international law. This conference, held at Melbourne Law School on 31 May – 1 June 2018, will bring together scholars to think critically about the ideology, institutions, practices, and technologies that condition modern humanitarianism and its relation to international law. Those proposing papers for presentation at the conference should submit a one page abstract and brief bio by email to Professor Anne Orford at laureate-intlaw {at} unimelb.edu(.)au by 1 September 2017.  For more information and a list of confirmed speakers, please see here.

3. Financing & the Right to Science in Technology Transfer in the Sustainable Development Goals Workshop. The Department of International Law, University of Groningen invites abstracts for the forthcoming Workshop “Financing & the Right to Science in Technology Transfer in the Sustainable Development Goals”. The main question of this Workshop is whether international law can/should be a vehicle for establishing and operationalising legal principles, rules and/or standards for mobilising, sharing/distributing and allocating adequate resources in the implementation of the SDGs. The Workshop will take place on 24 November 2017, at the Faculty of Law, University of Groningen and it is part of the 2017-2018 Workshop Series “International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals”.  The detailed Call for Papers is available here and the deadline to submit abstracts is on 15 September 2017. Read the rest of this entry…

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