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New Book! Promoting Peace Through International Law (Oxford University Press, 2015)

16/02/2015 – 8:57 am |

* Blog-post written by Cecilia M. Bailliet

Book edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet & Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen, University of Oslo
Inspired by the Grotian tradition in international law of the “idea of peace”, the book aims to explain how peace may be achieved utilizing the existing international and national normative and institutional frameworks.  Indeed, as Hersch Lauterpacht noted “international law should be functionally oriented towards both the establishment …

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Call for Papers – The European Court of Human Rights: Promoter or Predator of Democratic Transitions?

20/05/2015 – 8:35 am |

Sponsored by the Research Programme Democracy as Idea and Practice – University of Oslo

Organized by PluriCourts – Faculty of Law – University of Oslo and Center for Global Public Law at Koҫ University – Istanbul September 19-20 2015

Project Overview

The mandate of the European Court of Human Rights has always been since its creation the anchoring of “effective political democracy” in its Member States. These objectives have assumed a variety of forms according to the different phases of democratic development within the states parties to the Convention.

The workshop aim is primarily to:

  • define and analyze varieties of “democratic models” and “democratic transitions” on the basis of the jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court

There are different typologies or phases of democratic transitions in which the Court has been involved: from post-World War II transitions, as in Italy and Germany, to authoritarian transitions in late 70s in Greece and Spain, to more recent cases of democratic shifts with former Soviet Union states.

These examples do not exhaust the range of democratic transitions relevant to the Court. Other possible forms include:

  • “transitions within democracies” or “uncompleted transitions”, as it might be the case of Turkey and others
  • recent cases of “reverse transitions” or “stalled transitions” e.g. in various successor states to the former Soviet Union

A working hypothesis of the workshop is that different instances of democratic or reverse transitions highlight alternative and possibly competing ways in which the Court adopts a proportionality standard and assess the reasonability of deliberations in national parliaments and constitutional Courts.

Relevant questions concerning how the Court promotes and hinders increased democratic standards concern whether such improvements or setbacks are achieved by means of corrective devices of last resort or by attempts to change basic state structures. This latter case is illustrated clearly by the role that the Court is playing in the Caucasian context,   for example in Azerbaijan. Also, of particular interest is whether general mechanisms of transitional justice improvements can be detected as spanning across different countries or whether the Court maintains a context-specific understanding.

In evaluating the effectiveness of the Court’s enhancement of democracy, key indicators must be identified to enable assessment of whether the Court promotes the independence of domestic courts

Contributions are welcome from a multidisciplinary perspective in the assessment of comparative analysis of Court’s standards, remedies and effectiveness. Also, a selected number of theory-oriented papers will complement case law analysis by focusing on more general questions concerning the legal-philosophical import in the notion of ‘democratic transitions’ and the apparent paradox of democracy enhancement by means of rights restrictions adopted in “transitional contexts” by the Court as with the case of banning of communist party in electoral competitions as, for instance, in Latvia and other Baltic states.

Deadline for submissions

Submissions of abstracts of maximum 300 words are expected by August 1. Authors will be invited to submit full papers no later than September 1 to Claudio.Corradetti@jus.uio.no

Costs for invited speakers will be covered by the Research Programme Democracy as Idea and Practice

For other organizational matters please contact our research assistant  Annette.Hovdal@jus.uio.no

 Publication Output

Special issue to be submitted to The German Law Journal.

ESIL Annual Conference 2015, Oslo – Registration: early bird fees applicable until 30 April 2015

15/04/2015 – 4:22 pm |

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (Oslo, September 10-12, 2015) will be hosted by the University of Oslo’s PluriCourts Center on the Legitimate Roles on the Judiciary in the Global Order.
The conference is entitled “The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?”. The conference will address the international law aspects of the increased judicialization from an interdisciplinary perspective. …

Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law, 2-12 August 2015

09/04/2015 – 12:30 pm |

Seventeenth Summer Session of the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law
The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Seventeenth Summer Session, Sunday 2 to Wednesday 12 August 2015.
SLS is an intensive summer course founded by Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. It is targeted at advanced law students, …

Matthew Saul, Popular Governance of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Role of International Law

03/04/2015 – 1:42 pm |

By Matthew Saul, PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
I am very pleased that Cambridge University Press recently published my book, Popular Governance of Post-Conflict Reconstruction: The Role of International Law. It is, in essence, a book about how international law connects to the legitimacy and effectiveness challenges associated with internationally enabled post-conflict reconstruction.
In the book, I concentrate on recent periods in the history of …

United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law

02/04/2015 – 9:14 am |

Readers of our blog should have a look at the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. It is a good resource for easy-access to, for example, presentations from eminent scholars on the various sub-chapters of international law. Here is the official description:

The Audiovisual Library (AVL) is one of the educational components under the Programme of Assistance, established in 1965 by the United Nations General Assembly. …

Venice Academy of Human Rights, 6-15 July

31/03/2015 – 7:16 pm |

The Venice Academy of Human Rights, which will take place from 6 till 15 July, is an international and interdisciplinary programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It provides an enriching forum for emerging ideas, practices and policy options in the field of human rights. The Academy hosts distinguished experts to promote critical and useful research and innovation through the exchange of …

CfP: International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies – 30-31 October 2015, Ankara, Turkey

30/03/2015 – 6:54 pm |

Turgut Ozal University School of Law, in cooperation with Association for Canadian Studies and IDI, invites scholars and policy-makers to submit paper proposals to International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies. The Conference will take place on 30-31 October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.
The aim of this International Conference is to evaluate the impact of international law and transnational law on the legal orders of …

Traineeships at the European Court of Justice

24/03/2015 – 11:01 pm |

Traineeships at the European Court of Justice
Three unpaid traineeships of approximately 3 months will be available in the chambers of Judge Christopher Vajda at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg from, respectively, 1) October 2015 to December 2015, 2) January 2016 to March 2016 and 3) April 2016 until mid-July 2016.
Applicants should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of European Union law, have a …

University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law third annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy, July 6-10, 2015

19/03/2015 – 8:53 am |

Opportunity to Study Privacy Law in Amsterdam this Summer:
The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law will be holding its third annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy from July 6-10, 2015. The course will focus on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media. It will feature a faculty of leading experts from the EU and …

Academy of European Law summer courses at the European University Institute, Florence

18/03/2015 – 10:26 am |

* With thanks to Valentina Spiga for bringing this to our attention.
The Academy of European Law summer courses at the European University Institute, Florence
 The Academy of European Law summer courses in Human Rights Law and European Union law, given by leading authorities from the worlds of practice and academia, provide high-level programmes for researchers and legal practitioners.
This year’s Human Rights Law Course will be held on 15 …

4th annual conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL), 8-9 May 2015

16/03/2015 – 3:30 pm |

* With thanks to Anika Seemann and Clara Rauchegger (conference conveners) for bringing this to my attention.
Registration is now open for the 4th annual conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) to be held at the University of Cambridge on 8 and 9 May 2015. The conference theme is Developing Democracy: Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law.
Conference …

EFTA Surveillance Authority opens antitrust case concerning the agreement between passenger ferry company Color Line and the municipality of Sandefjord (Norway)

11/03/2015 – 2:17 pm |

On 5 March 2015, EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) took a decision to open investigation of the agreement between Color Line and the Sandefjord Municipality concerning operation of tax-free passenger ferry services between Sandefjord port (Norway) and Strömstad port (Sweden). The Sandefjord port is a commercial port owned and operated by the Municipality of Sandefjord.
Color Line’s operations on this route has previously been investigated by ESA. …

Up to Five Postdoctoral Positions at PluriCourts, University of Oslo

03/03/2015 – 11:27 am |

* With thanks to Laura L. Tremblay for bringing this to our attention.
Up to five 3 year postdoctoral fellowships are available at PluriCourts (http://www.jus.uio.no/pluricourts/english/), a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order in the fields of human rights, trade, investment, international criminal courts and the environment.

Application deadline: 15 April 2015
You will find further details  here : http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1346605/70420?iso=no

Call for Papers ‘Terrorism, Non-International Armed Conflicts & the Protection of Cultural Heritage’

27/02/2015 – 10:21 am |

* With thanks to Dr Andrzej Jakubowski (Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences) for bringing this to our attention.
Santander Art and Culture Law Review is pleased to invite contributions to its second issue of 2015 which will deal with the role of international law in the protection of cultural heritage in the event of non-international conflicts and terrorism. Emerging as well as young scholars and …

London Centre of International Law Practice – Conference on International Sanctions

15/02/2015 – 2:08 pm |

On the 19th of March 2015, the London Centre of International Law Practice (LCILP) will be hosting a one-day conference on International Sanctions: Legal, Policy and Business Challenges, bringing together some of the most prominent experts on international sanctions from academia, international organisations and legal practice.The conference will be preceded by a two-day training workshop.
The conference and the training workshop aim to provide a wide …

Journal on the Use of Force and International Law – Volume 1. Number 2

09/02/2015 – 5:14 pm |

* With thanks to Jo Ledger of Hart Publishing for bringing this to our attention.
Journal on the Use of Force and International Law
(including the Digest of State Practice on the Use of Force)
 Volume 1. Number 2. 2014
 The 2nd issue of the 2014 volume of Journal on the Use of Force and International Law is now published. Please see below for the table of contents and …

Research Professor in Political Science at PluriCourts, University of Oslo

28/01/2015 – 10:01 am |

The Faculty of Law, by PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, announces a position as Research Professor and Coordinator (code 1404) in political science for 5 years, once renewable.
The successful candidate will have a strong publication record of empirical research on international courts or tribunals in one or more of five issue areas – …

New issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS)

27/01/2015 – 8:49 am |

* With thanks to Jan Zglinski for bringing this to our attention.
The new issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) is out: http://ejls.eu (Volume 7(2), Winter 2014). 
This issue’s contributions target a variety of topics from European and International Law as well as Legal Theory, ranging from the law and economics of legal families, to the role of gender in Italian legal education, to a critical …

Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop: International Investment Law and History (13-14 March 2015)

15/01/2015 – 8:05 am |

For many years, the Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop – jointly organized by Rainer Hofmann (Frankfurt), Stephan Schill (Heidelberg), and Christian J. Tams (Glasgow) – has been a forum for the discussion of conceptual issues of international investment law. Previous workshops focused on International Investment Law and General International Law: From Clinical Isolation to Systemic Integration?<http://www.nomos-shop.de/Hofmann-Tams-International-Investment-Law-General-International-Law/productview.aspx?product=13754> (Nomos 2011), International Investment Law and Its Others<http://ilreports.blogspot.com/2012/09/hofmman-tams-international-investment.html> (Nomos 2012), …