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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 (, 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 :

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: (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?<> (Nomos 2011), International Investment Law and Its Others<> (Nomos 2012), …

2015 ESIL Oslo Conference: Call for papers, agora proposals and posters – Deadline 31 January 2015

13/01/2015 – 4:49 pm |

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 10 to 12 September 2015.  The conference will be hosted by the PluriCourts Center on the Legitimate Roles on the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo.
Entitled “The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?”, the conference will address the international law aspects of the …

Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU (1 January – 30 June 2015)

07/01/2015 – 12:02 pm |

So, for the first time since Latvia has become a member of the EU on the 1 May 2004 it holds the presidency of the Council of EU. The Presidency starts with several events, including Commissioners visiting Riga: a more complete overview is available here:
So, what is Latvia concerned with, and wants to act upon? The program for the Latvian Presidency is ambitious and …

Call for Papers ‘General Issues in International and European Law’, Utrecht Journal of International and European Law

07/01/2015 – 9:10 am |

* With thanks to Shan Patel of the Utrecht Journal of International and European Law for bringing this to our attention, as a former member of the editorial board of the predecessor of this journal (Merkourios) I’m happy to publish this call for papers.
The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers to be published in its 81st edition on ‘General Issues’ …

PluriCourts Fellowships for 3-12 months in 2015 – 2016

08/12/2014 – 3:54 pm |

Temporary positions as visiting scholars at postdoctoral level are available at PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo for 2015 and 2016. The duration of the contracts is from 3 – 12 months. For more information on the Centre please click here.
The candidates …

CJICL conference – Call for papers

21/11/2014 – 4:16 pm |

The 4th annual conference of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) will 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 highlights include a keynote address by Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC, former President of the International Court of Justice.
The call for papers …

CfP: EU law and Risk Regulation, 19-25 April 2015, Inter University Center, Dubrovnik

30/10/2014 – 4:08 pm |

13th Jean Monnet Seminar: “EU law and Risk Regulation” 19th-25th April 2015, Inter University Center, Dubrovnik
The Dubrovnik Seminar is organized by the Jean Monnet Chair of European Public Law, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law. The event entails two parts – lectures by prominent EU law professors and members of the Court of Justice and research presentations by PhD candidates and junior academics.
This year the seminar deals with …

Conference on ‘The Cyber Warfare Manual: A Detailed Assessment’ (3 December 2014, The Hague)

05/09/2014 – 3:20 pm |

(* With thanks to Dr. Christophe Paulussen, Coordinator of the International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, Asser Institute, The Hague)
The International Humanitarian and Criminal Law Platform, a research platform coordinated by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, cordially invites you to this conference to assess in detail the Cyber Warfare or Tallinn Manual. This conference, organized in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Defence, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung and …

Call for Papers: The Transnational in International Law (University of Bremen, 25 ‒ 27 March 2015)

16/08/2014 – 3:30 pm |

International Interdisciplinary Conference
Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law
The Transnational in International Law
University of Bremen
25 ‒ 27 March 2015
International legal scholarship has since long tried to comprehend the diversification of actors, rules, and authorities in international law. Almost 60 years ago, Philip Jessup, who was later appointed as a judge at the International Court of Justice, developed the idea of a “transnational law”, including “all law …

Conference: The Rule of Law and Its Application to the United Nations

24/07/2014 – 9:57 am |

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law will organize a conference on the meaning and the consequences of the rule of law for the UN and its specialized agencies concerning their own actions and activities. The event will take place on 11-12 September 2014. The conference description reads as follows:

“[T]he rule of law applies to […] the United Nations and …

Former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passes away

23/07/2014 – 11:00 am |

We are saddened to hear that former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passed away on 21 July 2014. Judge Kaul stepped down from the Court effective 1 July 2014 due to health reasons. A great loss for the ICC and, I dare say, for the international (law) community as a whole.
A Press Release from the ICC can be found here, a German obituary here, and an …