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International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium   Security Sector Reform for Human Security: The Role of International Law in Shaping More Effective Policy and Practice

10/09/2015 – 5:45 pm |

By Dustin Sharp
[Dustin Sharp is Assistant Professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego]
Most players in the security sector reform (SSR) landscape today agree, as a matter of principle at least, on a comparatively holistic approach to SSR that envisions democratically-controlled, transparent, inclusive and accountable security forces as the desired endpoint of reform programming. In practice, however, SSR programs often fall …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium Tailoring Justice for Mass Atrocities: Response to Annika Jones

09/09/2015 – 10:01 am |

By Tom Buitelaar
[Tom Buitelaar is a Researcher on the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice]
Since the dawn of time, every state recovering from transformational conflict has had to make a transitional ‘deal’, delineating the way in which society would transition from the old to the new. These could include the execution of the former leaders, promises of political reform, reparations to …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium Tailoring Justice for Mass Atrocities: The Constraints of International Law and the ICC’s Complementarity Regime

09/09/2015 – 9:50 am |

By Annika Jones
[Dr Annika Jones is a Lecturer in Law at Durham University, UK]
In the aftermath of a conflict, one of the key issues that policy makers must address is how to respond to past atrocities, which may include the commission of international crimes. In recent years, academic literature and United Nations policy documents (see, for example, the UN Secretary-General’s 2004 Report on the Rule …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium – Practicing Women, Peace and Security in Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Response to Aisling Swaine

08/09/2015 – 8:26 am |

By Gabrielle Simm
[Dr Gabrielle Simm is Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law]
As an official document of the UN’s superior decision-making body on international peace and security, Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) (SCR 1325) on Women Peace and Security (WPS) is often regarded as having elevated the profile of gender issues within the UN system.  Women’s civil society organisations have used SCR …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium: Practicing women, peace and security in post-conflict reconstruction

08/09/2015 – 8:24 am |

 By Aisling Swaine
 [Dr Aisling Swaine is an Associate Professor at George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs]
Since its creation, the shifting parameters of global politics have invariably informed the evolution of the UN Security Council’s agenda (hereafter “Council”). The turn towards human security concerns in the early 1990s allowed for broader people-centered and “thematic” concerns to gain traction  – granting entry to what has …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium: Introductory Post

07/09/2015 – 8:46 am |

By Matthew Saul and James A Sweeney
[Matthew Saul is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts, University of Oslo; James A Sweeney is Professor of International Law at the University of Lancaster]
Over the course of this week, International Law Observer will be hosting a symposium to mark the publication of International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy. As the editors of the volume, we are extremely pleased …

ESIL Annual Conference, 10-12 September, Oslo

03/09/2015 – 5:51 pm |

The 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 10 to 12 September 2015. It is hosted by the PluriCourts,  Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo. The topic this year is the judicialization of international law.
It is still possible to register for the conference …

Call for papers: The emerging transnational criminal law

03/09/2015 – 11:16 am |

With the emergence of transnational criminal law, a myriad of scholarly questions regarding the genesis of this specific concept and as well as the legal practices it seeks to encompass have arisen. To investigate these phenomena, new forms of law as well as the academic concepts formed around them, iCourts invites papers for a multidisciplinary conference on the emerging transnational criminal law. The aim of …

Call for papers: Global Commons, Global Public Goods and Global Democracy, 22 and 23 February 2016

26/08/2015 – 11:25 am |

* With thanks to Linda Hamid for bringing this to our attention.
Call for papers – global commons global public goods and global democracy
In the immediate aftermath of the end of the Cold War, the enthusiasm for cosmopolitan prospects led to a marked preoccupation for commonly-governed global goods. But this new interest took two very distinct routes. With the institutional support of the UNDP, a group …

New Issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (Summer 2015)

18/08/2015 – 1:52 pm |

* With thanks to Jan Zglinski for bringing this to our attention.
The new issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) has been published (Vol. 8/1). The EJLS is a European University Institute (EUI) review dedicated to the promotion of legal scholarship.
You can access the new issue here!

Call for Papers /Human Rights Protection, Human Rights Public Policies, Democracy and Governance

15/07/2015 – 3:07 pm |

International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies (IJHRCS) is a journal based on an independent academic synergy of more than forty academics, experts in the field of human rights and governance from all over the world. Over the past two years it has foster the academic dialogue concerning all the modern subject of constitutional law and human rights protection from a global perspective. It …

Call for Abstracts: International Crimes Database Project

28/06/2015 – 2:25 pm |

Call for Abstracts: International Crimes Database Project

The International Crimes Database (ICD) invites submissions of short articles for publication in the online paper series of the ICD, the ICD Briefs.
The ICD is an online database, launched in 2013, and is hosted and maintained by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague and supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. It is furthermore …

14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Oslo, 2016

19/06/2015 – 5:05 pm |

The Environment in Court: Environmental protection in national and international courts, tribunals, and compliance mechanisms
PluriCourts, Center of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals at the University of Oslo, will host the 14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, 20-25 June 2016 (
We are currently inviting abstract submissions for presentations at the 2016 Oslo Colloquium by 15 January …

7 PhD Fellowships available at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

18/06/2015 – 2:07 pm | One Comment

7 PhD Fellowships within legal research are available at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo, the leading educational and research institution in law in Norway, with some 90 PhD students. Of the announced positions, five fellowships are reserved for the following Norwegian legal disciplines: Legal History, tax law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, property law, administrative law, family law, and law of succession. Applicants for these fellowships …

Call for Papers: ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law’, UJIEL

17/06/2015 – 8:16 am |

The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law has issued a Call for Papers for its upcoming Special Issue (82nd edition) on ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law’. With technological advancement and innovative practices occurring ever more frequently, individuals and undertakings often turn to intellectual property law to protect their ideas and seek remedies where appropriate (e.g. the recent Apple v Samsung design dispute).
Recent developments in intellectual property are …

Registration open for the 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, 10-12 September 2015, Oslo

15/06/2015 – 8:54 am |

Registration is now open for the 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law to be held at the University of Oslo on 10 – 12 September 2015. The conference theme is:
The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?
Conference highlights include:
·         A Keynote Panel on A Turn to the Rule of Law in International Politics: The Role of the International Judiciary with …

In memoriam: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Otto Triffterer

10/06/2015 – 11:47 am |

Prof. Otto Triffterer passed away on 1 June 2015. A great loss for international law scholarship in general and for international criminal lawyers in particular. Attached is an announcement from the University of Salzburg.

New author: Mikkel Jarle Christensen

08/06/2015 – 2:50 pm |

The International Law Observer is happy to announce that a new author has joined our team: Mikkel Jarle Christensen is Assistant professor in the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. He can be followed on Twitter as well. His research is focused on the sociology of international criminal law. This internationalization is far from …