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

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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Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe?

27/06/2017 – 4:30 pm |

Celebrating iCourts working paper number 100, the series just published professor Mikael Rask Madsen article Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe? The article is also forthcoming in Journal of International Dispute Settlement.

Here is the abstract:

Has the Brighton Declaration produced a New Deal on European human rights in terms of engendering a new and more central role to national legal and political institutions? A greater subsidiarity? Against the backdrop of a systematic exploration of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the articles concludes that the ECtHR is indeed providing more subsidiarity following the Brighton Declaration. It does so by a greater use of the terms “margin of appreciation” and “wide(r) margin,” and particularly with regard to two areas of law: Art. 8 on the right to privacy and Art. 35 on access to the Court. However, as the article further demonstrates, this increase in subsidiarity is very uneven across the member states. The old Western member states generally benefit far more from these new directions in the ECtHR’s jurisprudence. But contrary to popular belief, vocal critiques of the system are not given more deference according to this analysis. A final more general conclusion follows from these findings, namely that the ECtHR is receptive to political signals and does not operate in isolation from politics as it is often claimed. Although currently merely soft law documents, the Brighton Declaration and associated Protocols have triggered change at the Court in the direction set out in these documents and events. This has theoretical implications for the understanding of the evolution of international courts.

The full article can be accessed here.

David Nersessian, International Human Rights Litigation: A Guide for Judges 1-178 (Federal Judicial Center 2016)

27/06/2017 – 4:20 pm |

The US Federal Judicial Center recently published International Human Rights Litigation: A Guide for Judges.  This Guide was written to assist federal judges in managing and resolving federal cases involving international human rights claims, and it provides a comprehensive analysis of all substantive and procedural issues involved.
A detailed analysis is provided on the Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act, and other federal statutes.  The …

CfP European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS): “60 Years of European Integration: Reflections from Young Legal Scholars”, 16 November 2017, EUI, Florence, Italy

26/06/2017 – 11:51 am |

The European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) and the Academy of European Law are delighted to invite submissions for the EJLS 10th anniversary conference to be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.
Sixty years after the Treaty of Rome and twenty-five years after the Treaty of Maastricht being signed, the European Union is at a crossroads. A …

International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedural Law Textbooks: From 2010 Onwards

06/06/2017 – 3:58 pm |

* Compiled by Henriette (Jet) Jakobien Liesker, Research Assistant, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.
 The list of textbooks on International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedural Law (from 2010 onwards), together with the list of textbooks on Public International Law (from 2012 onwards), International Human Rights Law (from 2014 onwards), and International Humanitarian Law (from 2011 onwards) are meant to help international law …

Public International Law Textbooks: From 2012 Onwards

31/05/2017 – 11:37 am | Comments Off on Public International Law Textbooks: From 2012 Onwards

* Prepared by Henriette (Jet) Jakobien Liesker, Research Assistant, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo.
2012
Gideon Boas, Public International Law: Contemporary Principles and Perspectives, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.
Public International Law offers a comprehensive understanding of international law as well as a fresh and highly accessible approach. While explaining the theory and development of international law, this work also examines how it functions in practice. Case …

CfP: Symposium on Effective Control in International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 11 to 12 November 2017

30/05/2017 – 3:25 pm | Comments Off on CfP: Symposium on Effective Control in International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 11 to 12 November 2017

Effective control is a notion going through many branches of international law, and has been researched by many international law scholars and experts separately. Nevertheless, a systematic research focusing on this particular notion from the perspective of diverse branches of international law is missing, and deserves further research.
Inspired by this idea, School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is pleased, …

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

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. …

International Humanitarian Law textbooks: From 2011 onwards

26/05/2017 – 11:32 am | Comments Off on International Humanitarian Law textbooks: From 2011 onwards

* 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 | Comments Off on Oxford University Press launches the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law

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 | Comments Off on International Courts Improve Public Deliberation

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 | Comments Off on Postdoctoral position available in SMART – SMART – NB. Deadline 22 May

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 | Comments Off on Social Networks and the Enforcement of International Law

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 …