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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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Call for abstracts: The Neglected Methodologies of International Law, Workshop, 31 January 2018

23/10/2017 – 3:45 pm |

 The University of Leicester School of Law invites proposals of early career researchers for papers at a workshop on ‘The Neglected Methodologies of International Law – Empirical, Socio-Legal and Comparativeto be held on 31 January 2018.

 Methodologies of international law remain predominantly doctrinal. However, new approaches to international legal research are emerging. These range from pioneering socio- legal studies in the fields of international economic law and investment to quantitative studies of UN Security Council’s practice to transplantation techniques in the field of international criminal law and global constitutionalism. The aim of the workshop is to critically assess the potential long-term implications for the development of international law as a discipline.

We welcome submissions that engage with innovative, non-dogmatic approaches to the study of international law – either in the form of theoretical analysis or case studies. Possible topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  1. Critical approaches to research methods: is there an international law methodology?
  2. Traditional vs. modern research methodologies in international law: advantages anddisadvantages
  3. Doing international comparative research
  4. Doing international socio-legal research
  5. Doing qualitative research in international law
  6. Doing quantitative research in international law
  7. In defence of doctrinal analysis of international law
 The workshop will be structured in two sessions.

(1) RoundtableThe morning session consists of the discussion of papers presented by invited speakers. The aim of this session is to discuss both the theoretical underpinnings of the three neglected methodologies and concrete case studies. Topics include:

  1. the relation between theory and method in the study of international law,
  2. the epistemological need for socio-legal research in the field,
  3. quantitative analysis of the practice of international organizations,
  4. transplantations techniques in global constitutionalism, and
  5. the transatlantic divide.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Ingo Venzke (University of Amsterdam)
  • Prof. Fiona de Londras (University of Birmingham)
  • Dr Celine Tan (University of Warwick)
  • Prof. Mary Footer (University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Rossana Deplano (University of Leicester)
  • Prof. Nicholas Tsagourias (University of Sheffield)
  • Prof. John Linarelli (Durham University)

(2) Early career researchers workshop:
In the afternoon session we will discuss current research projects applying neglected methodologies. Preference will be given to doctoral candidates and early career researchers.

The workshop will conclude with the keynote speech delivered by Prof. Eyal Benvenisti (Whewell Professor of International Law, University of Cambridge).

The workshop is funded by the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

Submission of Proposals

Abstracts of proposed papers of 1,000 words (approximately) should be sent via email to the organising committee (Dr Rossana Deplano, rossana.deplano(at)le.ac.uk AND Dr Paolo Vargiu, paolo.vargiu(at)le.ac.uk) by 15 November 2017. Abstracts must include the institutional affiliation of the author.

Papers will be selected by 1 December 2017. Invited participants must confirm their attendance by 8 December 2017. If we do not hear back the invitation to the workshop will be regretfully withdrawn and the place offered to a proposal on the waiting list.

Please do not hesitate to contact the organisers via email if you have any questions.

Election Forensics: A Tool for Courts?

16/10/2017 – 2:53 pm |

Dmitry Kurnosov of iCourts in Copenhagen has published a new article: Election Forensics: A Tool for Courts?
Here is the abstract:
Election forensics is increasingly popular in Political Science as a tool for detecting electoral fraud. It helps find suspicious patterns in turnout and vote distribution. It also gains traction in media and among the public. However, courts have not yet considered the potential of this technique. …

CfP: Central Asian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, volume 1 (2018)

14/10/2017 – 5:20 pm |

KIMEP University’s School of Law will launch a Central Asian Yearbook of International and Comparative Law, in 2018. The Yearbook will be published by T. M. C. Asser Press (The Netherlands) and Springer (Germany), and will be a first Yearbook of its kind, run by a team of leading law scholars from Central Asia and supported by an international Advisory Board.
Authors from Central Asian States …

Leiden Journal of International Law, 30th Anniversary Symposium on The Trajectories of International Legal Histories, 20 October

09/10/2017 – 9:11 am |

Leiden Journal of International Law, 30th Anniversary Symposium on The Trajectories of International Legal Histories, 20 October 2017, The Hague
ABOUT
Thirty years ago, the Leiden Journal of International Law was born, at a time when the writing of histories was hardly a popular endeavour for international legal scholars. In his 1987 article ‘Probleme der Völkerrechtsgeschichte’ (‘The Problems of International Legal History’), Heinhard Steiger argued that only very few, ‘mostly authors …

CfP: ‘Turkey and International Law: History, Present and Future’, 14 December, Istanbul, Turkey (Koç University)

02/10/2017 – 4:06 pm |

International law’s encounters with Turkey and Turkey’s encounters with international law have a long-standing and rich history. Ranging from the Ottoman Empire’s history of treaty engagement with the Concert of Europe states to the Treaty of Lausanne that underpins the international legal personality of the Turkish Republic, and from arguably one of the most cited cases of the Permanent Court of International Justice, Lotus/Bozkurt, to …

Applications for up to two 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Philosophy or Legal Theory on the legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals

22/09/2017 – 2:28 pm | Comments Off on Applications for up to two 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Philosophy or Legal Theory on the legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals

PluriCourts invites applications for up to two 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Philosophy or Legal Theory on the legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals.
PluriCourts is a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, at the University of Oslo (www.pluricourts.com).
Deadline for application: November 1, 2017.
Read the full announcement here.

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

22/09/2017 – 1:25 pm | Comments Off on Just published: Autumn 2017 issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies

The new Autumn 2017 issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies is now online.
Founded in 2007, the EJLS celebrates with the publication of issue 10 (1) its 10th anniversary. The articles in this issue once again reflect the EJLS’ long-standing commitment to young, contextual and critical legal scholarship that also engages with a discussion of timely and topical socio-political issues.
The topics tackled in this …

PluriCourts workshop on ‘The political and legal theory of international courts and tribunals’, Oslo, June 18-19, 2018

17/09/2017 – 2:57 pm | Comments Off on PluriCourts workshop on ‘The political and legal theory of international courts and tribunals’, Oslo, June 18-19, 2018

PluriCourts invites to a workshop on The political and legal theory of international courts and tribunals, to take place in Oslo on June 18-19, 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 …

Judicial Deference Allows European Consensus to Emerge

30/08/2017 – 2:50 pm | Comments Off on Judicial Deference Allows European Consensus to Emerge

Shai Dothan, associate professor in iCourts, has published a new article entitled: Judicial Deference Allows European Consensus to Emerge. The article is a heavily updated version of a previous working paper that is also forthcoming in Chicago Journal of International Law.
Abstract:
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) searches for human rights policies that are adopted by the majority of the countries in Europe. Using a doctrine known …

Call for Papers: Prague-Nottingham symposium on ‘Effectiveness, Impact and Monitoring of Non-UN Sanctions’, 10 November 2017

08/07/2017 – 2:52 pm | Comments Off on Call for Papers: Prague-Nottingham symposium on ‘Effectiveness, Impact and Monitoring of Non-UN Sanctions’, 10 November 2017

ESIL Prague-Nottingham  symposium
The European Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the forthcoming symposium to be held in Nottingham on 10 November 2017.
The Call for Papers can be found online on the ESIL website. Interested participants should submit an abstract (of less than 750 words) summarizing the paper to be presented at the symposium before the deadline of 31 July.
Drafts of selected papers will …

International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on protracted armed conflict

04/07/2017 – 10:10 pm | Comments Off on International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on protracted armed conflict

Protracted armed conflicts are characterized by their longevity, intractability and mutability. This is not a new phenomenon, but some particular trends seen in today’s protracted conflicts, such as emerging technologies, pervasive media coverage, and so on, are specific to our times.
This issue of the Review will discuss strategies being put in place to respond to humanitarian needs arising in protracted armed conflict, such as multi-year …

Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965

29/06/2017 – 10:35 pm | Comments Off on Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965

* Based on the ICJ Press Release 2017/27 (29 June 2017).
On 22 June 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution A/RES/71/292 (with 94 votes in favor, 15 against, and 65 abstaining) in which, referring to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, it requested the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on the following questions:
(a) “Was the process …

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

27/06/2017 – 4:30 pm | Comments Off on Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe?

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 …

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

27/06/2017 – 4:20 pm | Comments Off on David Nersessian, International Human Rights Litigation: A Guide for Judges 1-178 (Federal Judicial Center 2016)

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

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 | Comments Off on International Criminal Law and International Criminal Procedural Law Textbooks: From 2010 Onwards

* 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. …