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New Article: Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions

01/11/2016 – 11:14 am | Comments Off on New Article: Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions

Professor Mikael Rask Madsen and Associate Professor Mikkel Jarle Christensen, both from iCourts in Copenhagen have published a new article: “Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions”. The article draws mainly on examples from human rights and international criminal law to investigate who, precisely, we speak about when referring to global actors.
The full article can be accessed here.
Abstract:
Over the past several decades scholars have intensively debated …

New issue of the Oslo Law Review

27/10/2016 – 5:29 pm | Comments Off on New issue of the Oslo Law Review

A new issue of the Oslo Law Review has been published, with articles written by Euripides Rizos, Dina Townsend and Tone Wærstad.
Full text versions of the articles can be found on the journal’s webpage: www.jus.uio.no/oslaw.
Some details about the authors and the articles:

Euripides Rizos (Lecturer, European University Cyprus), “The Consumer’s Right of Withdrawal in case of Payment with Bitcoins“.
Dina Townsend (Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Public and …

Call for papers: Governance for resilience workshop, McGill School of Environment, Montréal, QC, 10 March 2017

25/10/2016 – 4:57 pm | Comments Off on Call for papers: Governance for resilience workshop, McGill School of Environment, Montréal, QC, 10 March 2017

Workshop theme
Within the natural sciences, resilience refers to the capacity of an ecological system to absorb stress while still maintaining its essential structure and function. The concept has also been translated into the social sciences to denote the ability of a social system to maintain its essential structure and function [as well as its integrity and identity] following a shock or crisis, although whether and …

CfP: Special issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice

24/10/2016 – 11:02 am | Comments Off on CfP: Special issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice

To mark 15 years since the coming into force of the Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 1 July 2002, the Journal of International Criminal Justice is pleased to announce a forthcoming symposium on ‘The International Criminal Court’s Policies and Strategies’ to be published in July 2017.
The Court and its various organs have continually issued a number of documents explaining the Court’s policies on numerous …

Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, 2016 General Issue Published; and, Call for the 2017 General Issue

30/09/2016 – 1:52 pm | Comments Off on Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, 2016 General Issue Published; and, Call for the 2017 General Issue

The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is pleased to announce that the latest edition of the journal, the 2016 General Issue, has just been published.
Full, free access is available here, with links to the individual pieces included below.
ARTICLES
Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional Knowledge: Enabler of Sustainable Development
Freedom-Kai Phillips
(Pages 1-18)
It’s Not the Fish that Stinks! EU Trade Relations with Morocco under the Scrutiny of the General Court of the …

The ICC finds Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu, Mali

28/09/2016 – 9:10 am | Comments Off on The ICC finds Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu, Mali

* Based on the ICC Press Release ICC-CPI-20160927-PR1242, 27 September 2016
Background
On 24 March 2016, ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I confirmed against Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi the war crime charge concerning attacks against historic and religious monuments in Timbuktu, Mali, and committed Mr Al Mahdi to trial. He was a member of Ansar Dine, a movement associated with AQIM, and had worked closely with the leaders of the …

Reminder: ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

15/09/2016 – 1:38 pm | Comments Off on Reminder: ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) are hosting a joint Open Day on Sunday, 25 September, as part of The Hague International Day.
At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with Judges and other key staff members, view new documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, and explore art exhibitions and Archives material.
ICTY …

Torture prevention – why practice lags behind law? (Part Three)

07/09/2016 – 5:23 pm | One Comment

Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance, Oxford Brookes University
Richard Carver has more than 30 years of experience as a human rights researcher, working for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and a number of UN agencies. He has published extensively on national human rights institutions, particularly on criteria and techniques for measuring performance, impact and effectiveness. Originally an Africa specialist, his …

New issue of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights and Call for Papers

05/09/2016 – 5:11 pm | Comments Off on New issue of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights and Call for Papers

The new issue of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights is now available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rnhr20/34/2.
At the same time, the Nordic Journal of Human Rights is pleased to announce an open call for papers. For more information, see http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/njhr-cfp.
Furthermore, our Editors, Bård Anders Andreassen and Jo Stigen have selected five articles that are free to access for the remainder of 2016 – in order to …

Detention safeguards – the key to preventing torture (Part Two)

20/08/2016 – 1:46 pm | One Comment

By Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance, Oxford Brookes University.
Richard Carver has more than 30 years of experience as a human rights researcher, working for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and a number of UN agencies. He has published extensively on national human rights institutions, particularly on criteria and techniques for measuring performance, impact and effectiveness. Originally an Africa specialist, his …

Does Torture Prevention Work? (First Part)

16/08/2016 – 9:47 am | 2 Comments

By Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance, Oxford Brookes University
Richard Carver has more than 30 years of experience as a human rights researcher, working for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and a number of UN agencies. He has published extensively on national human rights institutions, particularly on criteria and techniques for measuring performance, impact and effectiveness. Originally an Africa specialist, his …

PluriCourts Conference: Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals, 29-30 August, Oslo

05/08/2016 – 3:20 pm | Comments Off on PluriCourts Conference: Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals, 29-30 August, Oslo

International criminal law (ICL) re-emerged onto the global stage in the 1990s in a flood of good will and optimism. Two decades later, with its honeymoon stage well behind it, states, practitioners, scholars and others are asking where we go from here. This conference will bring together a mix of practitioners and scholars from the field of international criminal justice to exchange perspectives and to suggest …

PluriCourts Conference: ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes: between interaction and isolation’, 25-26 August, Oslo

19/06/2016 – 12:06 pm | Comments Off on PluriCourts Conference: ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes: between interaction and isolation’, 25-26 August, Oslo

The PluriCourts Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo will host a two day conference on international trade and investment disputes.
The conference will take place on Thursday and Friday, August 25-26 at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Norway.
The webpage with the final programme and registration information is available here.
For more information, please contact: Daniel Behn, PluriCourts (d.f.behn@jus.uio.no)
The conference will focus on …

Lex Petrolea – Reality or Myth?, London, 21 June 2016

20/05/2016 – 11:07 am | Comments Off on Lex Petrolea – Reality or Myth?, London, 21 June 2016

 The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law of Swansea University will organise a joint one-day seminar on the subject of Lex Petrolea with the Center for Energy, Law, and Business of University of Texas Law School on 21 June 2016 in London.
For the flyer see here.
For further information see here.

6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Oslo, 21-23 June 2016

12/05/2016 – 6:26 pm | Comments Off on 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Oslo, 21-23 June 2016

Since 2001, Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) organises the World Congresses Against the Death Penalty. These international events bring together thousands of members of civil society, political representatives, lawyers and journalists from the five continents with the aim of developing new strategies for universal abolition. After Strasburg in 2001, Montreal in 2004, Paris in 2007, Geneva in 2010 and Madrid in 2013, Oslo is hosting the 6th World Congress from …

12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), Riga, 8-10 September 2016

12/05/2016 – 2:53 pm | Comments Off on 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), Riga, 8-10 September 2016

The 12th ESIL Annual Conference will be held in Riga on Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 September 2016. ESIL Interest Group events will be organised, as usual, on the day before the conference, on Wednesday 7 September.
The theme of the conference is: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis.
The conference is hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Latvian Constitutional …

A Virtual Wall of Shame: The New Way of Imposing Reputational Sanctions on Defiant States

03/05/2016 – 2:13 pm | Comments Off on A Virtual Wall of Shame: The New Way of Imposing Reputational Sanctions on Defiant States

iCourts associate professor Shai Dothan has published a new paper: “A Virtual Wall of Shame: The New Way of Imposing Reputational Sanctions on Defiant States”. The article is forthcoming in the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law.
Abstract:
What happens after an international court finds a state violated international law? Many realize today that states often fail to comply with such judgments. International …

The Internationalisation of Constitutional Law: An Australian Perspective

13/04/2016 – 10:44 am | Comments Off on The Internationalisation of Constitutional Law: An Australian Perspective

By Katherine Quinn
Katherine is an Australian lawyer currently studying a Masters in International Public Law at the University of Oslo.  She completed her Bachelor degree in law at the Australian National University in Canberra.  Previously she has worked as an Associate to Judge Warwick Neville in the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and completed an internship at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.  She …