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Colleen Rohan and Gentian Zyberi (eds), Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

15/05/2017 – 2:40 pm |

Edited by Colleen Rohan (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)) and Gentian Zyberi (Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo). For a discount see the flyer Defence Perspectives on International Criminal Justice_Flyer.
Introduction
The edited volume ‘Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice’ is the first comprehensive book focusing on the multi-faceted role of the Defence in international criminal proceedings. This examination of the role …

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New article: Between Universalism and Regional Law and Politics: A Comparative History of the American, European and African Human Rights Systems

29/05/2017 – 1:35 pm |

Alexandra Valeria Huneeus, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Mikael Rask Madsen, Professor and iCourts Principal Investigator, have published a new article: Between Universalism and Regional Law and Politics: A Comparative History of the American, European and African Human Rights Systems.

Here is the abstract:

Regional human rights have been heralded as one of the greatest innovations of international law of the 20th century. And yet, the broader debate on the history of human rights has paid surprisingly little attention to regional human rights systems, thereby missing some of the most salient strands of the larger history. This article represents a first systematic attempt to compare the institutional histories of the regional human rights systems in Europe, the Americas and Africa. It reveals how the regional rights systems’ evolution has been shaped in part by the same geopolitical dynamics, and how, in many ways, they have explicitly and implicitly worked in tandem, linked by common challenges, and notably by shared ideas and practices. Our story also uncovers that the paths of influence between the regional rights systems are not, as is often assumed, simply unidirectional: while it is undoubtedly the case that the European human rights system became influential in its region earlier, the Latin American and African systems have also contributed to the making of the broader international human rights order.

The full article can be accessed here.

International Humanitarian Law textbooks: From 2011 onwards

26/05/2017 – 11:32 am |

* Prepared by Henriette (Jet) Jakobien Liesker, Research Assistant, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.
This is a list of IHL textbooks published since 2011 onwards, which can be of use to IHL teachers looking for teaching resources for their courses. A lot of materials are available for free from the ICRC website at ‘Learning and Teaching IHL‘, ‘How Does Law Protect in War‘, and …

Oxford University Press launches the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

21/05/2017 – 1:00 pm |

Oxford University Press has recently launched the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (MPECCoL), a new addition to the Oxford Constitutional Law family.

Developed for use by constitutional lawyers, academics, and students;
Provides comprehensive analysis of constitutional law topics in a comparative context;
Linked to the constitutional texts so users can verify accuracy of commentary;
Built with accessibility in mind, with browsing by subject matter and simple search …

International Courts Improve Public Deliberation

16/05/2017 – 12:55 pm |

Shai Dothan, associate professor in iCourts, has published a new paper.
Here is the abstract:
Public deliberation is essential for democracy to flourish. Taking decisions away from elected bodies and transferring them to courts seems to diminish deliberation. The damage appears even greater when decisions are taken away from domestic bodies and given to international courts—organizations considered to be completely independent from the public. But this view …

Postdoctoral position available in SMART – SMART – NB. Deadline 22 May

16/05/2017 – 9:50 am |

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available for two years to undertake research as part of SMART. While the application must be submitted via the official call, more detailed information about the ongoing and planned work in SMART is given here, as important background for the potential applicants.

Ongoing and planned research in SMART
SMART intends to significantly advance the understanding of how policies and regulations …

Social Networks and the Enforcement of International Law

02/05/2017 – 2:15 pm |

Shai Dothan, associate professor in iCourts, has published a new paper on Social Networks and the Enforcement of International Law.
Here is the abstract:
Social Network Analysis has a growing influence on legal scholarship. By investigating social connections between individuals or institutions, hypotheses about their behavior can be raised and tested. One of the key debates in Social Network Analysis is whether interactions within the network can …

Leiden Summer School: ‘International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice’

28/04/2017 – 2:03 pm | Comments Off on Leiden Summer School: ‘International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice’

From 9 to 15 July 2017, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University and its Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum on International Humanitarian Law will host their second IHL Summer School in The Hague, in close cooperation with the Netherlands Red Cross. This unique programme aims to give a broad overview of the laws of armed conflict and gives opportunities to test the acquisition of knowledge through …

The use of armed force in Syria: getting from bad to worse?

15/04/2017 – 8:19 pm | 4 Comments

Background
* A lot of the background information used below is taken from the BBC Syria timeline profile. The post has been amended to portray better the cause for the beginning of the conflict in Syria.
A lot has been written about the armed conflict in Syria in international law blogs including Ejil:Talk, Opinio Juris and Just Security, especially after the US attack deploying 59 Tomahawk cruise …

CfP: Special Issue on the Relationship between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, Guest Editors: Steven Dewulf and Katharine Fortin

12/04/2017 – 4:57 pm | Comments Off on CfP: Special Issue on the Relationship between International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law, Guest Editors: Steven Dewulf and Katharine Fortin

The theme of this special edition of the Journal of Human Rights and International Legal Discourse is the relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law. This is a topic that has prompted considerable academic debate ever since the Geneva Conventions and Universal Declaration of Human rights were drafted in the late 1940s. In the early years, the debate centred on the question …

The International Criminal Court Summer School 2017, 19-23 June 2017, NUI Galway, Ireland

11/04/2017 – 8:34 pm | Comments Off on The International Criminal Court Summer School 2017, 19-23 June 2017, NUI Galway, Ireland

The Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland Galway is pleased to announce that the annual International Criminal Court Summer School will take place from 19 to 23 June.
The annual International Criminal Court Summer School at the Irish Centre for Human Rights is the premier summer school specialising on the International Criminal Court. The summer school allows participants the opportunity to …

Just published: Spring 2017 issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies

10/04/2017 – 3:36 pm | Comments Off on Just published: Spring 2017 issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies

The new Spring 2017 issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies has gone online: http://ejls.eu/issue/23/.
The topics tackled in this edition range from the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, over the European Court of Justice’s interpretation of the fundamental right to conduct business, to the cross-border portability of online content services in the EU and …

CALL FOR PAPERS: DEVELOPING A BENEFIT-COST FRAMEWORK FOR DATA POLICY GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANTONIN SCALIA LAW SCHOOL with the FUTURE OF PRIVACY FORUM

07/04/2017 – 11:03 am | Comments Off on CALL FOR PAPERS: DEVELOPING A BENEFIT-COST FRAMEWORK FOR DATA POLICY GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY ANTONIN SCALIA LAW SCHOOL with the FUTURE OF PRIVACY FORUM

Data flows are central to an increasingly large share of the economy. A wide array of products and business models—from the sharing economy and artificial intelligence to autonomous vehicles and embedded medical devices—rely on personal data. Consequently, privacy regulation leaves a large economic footprint. As with any regulatory enterprise, the key to sound data policy is striking a balance between competing interests and norms that …

Launch of the Global Campus Human Rights Journal (GCHRJ)

24/03/2017 – 10:29 am | Comments Off on Launch of the Global Campus Human Rights Journal (GCHRJ)

Aims 
The Global Campus of Human Rights is proud to announce the launch of the Global Campus Human Rights Journal (GCHRJ), a peer-reviewed online publication serving as a forum for rigorous scholarly analysis, critical commentaries, and reports on recent developments pertaining to human rights and democratisation globally. The first issue is now available online at https://globalcampus.eiuc.org/human-rights-journal.
GCHRJ is edited by a team of three, led by Frans …

New issue of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights is out (Volume 35, Issue 1, 2017)

16/03/2017 – 6:49 pm | One Comment

* With thanks to Anne Christine Lie, managing editor of the NJHR.
Nordic Journal of Human Rights (2017) Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 1-84.
The Nordic Journal of Human Rights spring issue of 2017 features four research articles covering a wide range of human rights topics: the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, tort law and human rights in business, the right to health care in …

The Cambridge International and European Law Conference 2017, “Transforming Institutions”, 23-24 March 2017, University of Cambridge

12/03/2017 – 6:11 pm | Comments Off on The Cambridge International and European Law Conference 2017, “Transforming Institutions”, 23-24 March 2017, University of Cambridge

The Cambridge International and European Law Conference shall take place on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th March 2017. The conference is organized by the Cambridge International Law Journal in association with the Centre for European Legal Studies (CELS) and Monckton Chambers.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Transforming Institutions” and shall take place in the David Williams Building, Law Faculty, The University of Cambridge.
The full …

Opportunity to Study Transatlantic Privacy Law in Amsterdam this Summer

01/03/2017 – 12:46 pm | Comments Off on Opportunity to Study Transatlantic Privacy Law in Amsterdam this Summer

Online activities quite often involve transfers of personal data between the European Union (EU) and the United States (US), for example when using online search, social networks and many mobile apps. Both regions are governed by different rules on the protection of informational privacy and personal data. The EU’s stance on data protection law made the headlines when its highest court ruled that individuals have …

Call for Papers: Hague Justice Journal on ICTY Legacy

28/02/2017 – 4:27 pm | Comments Off on Call for Papers: Hague Justice Journal on ICTY Legacy

The Hague Justice Journal First Edition in Association with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia launches its call for submissions. The editorial board of The Hague Justice Journal (HJJ) is delighted to announce that it is soliciting submissions for its 2017 volume relating to the ICTY’s legacy in what is the tribunal’s final year of operations. Such submissions will include selected papers from the …

New Publication: Jan Arno Hessbruegge, Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in International Law, Oxford University Press (2017)

21/02/2017 – 10:57 am | Comments Off on New Publication: Jan Arno Hessbruegge, Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in International Law, Oxford University Press (2017)

About the author
Dr. Jan Arno Hessbruegge works for the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He is also a visiting professor for international law at the U.N.-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. In the course of his career, he has worked as a legal advisor in the Executive Office of the High Commissioner, with the U.N. Commissions of …

CALL FOR PAPERS: “THE ROLE OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: JURISPRUDENCIAL ADVANCES AND NEW RESPONSES” Oslo, 15 May 2017

20/02/2017 – 2:26 pm | Comments Off on CALL FOR PAPERS: “THE ROLE OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: JURISPRUDENCIAL ADVANCES AND NEW RESPONSES” Oslo, 15 May 2017

Aims
This workshop has three specific aims. Firstly, it focuses on the identification and discussion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ (IACtHR) valuable contribution to the field of International Human Rights Law, particularly in connection to new issues reaching this judicial body. Secondly, aware of existence of negative reactions provoked by some IACtHR’s decisions in determined States, the workshop aims at identifying and analyzing specific …