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CfP: CJICL 5th Annual Conference, “Public and Private Power”, University of Cambridge, 8-9 April 2016

09/12/2015 – 2:23 pm |

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 5th Annual Conference, “Public and Private Power”
University of Cambridge, 8-9 April 2016
The editors of the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (CJICL) welcome submissions for the CJICL 5th Annual Conference to be held at the University of Cambridge on 8-9 April 2016. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of International …

Reminder: ADC-ICTY Annual Conference, “The Situation of Defence Counsel at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals”, 5 December

25/11/2015 – 4:01 pm |

The ADC-ICTY will host its annual conference, entitled “The Situation of Defence Counsel at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals”, in The Hague, at the Bel Air Hotel on 5 December from 9:00 to 17:30.
Registration is open until 30 November. 
This one-day conference will feature four distinguished panels on various topics in relation to the role and importance of the Defence.
The keynote speech, entitled “No Justice without …

Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa, 7-8 March 2016, London

23/11/2015 – 10:42 am |

The Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa, to be held on 7-8 March 2016, followed by a one-day workshop on 9 March 2016, is being organised by the London Centre for International Law Practice through its Centre for International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, and Centre for International Energy and National Resources Law and Security.
The conference addresses the challenges in the …

PluriCourts Guest Researchers – Focus on the Environment and the International Judiciary

23/11/2015 – 10:13 am |

PluriCourts invite researchers in the field of law, political science, and philosophy with a focus on the environment and the international judiciary to apply for visiting research fellowship.  The positions as guest researchers can vary between 3 to 12 months. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible and will prioritize applications for the academic year 2016.
PluriCourts allocate financial support to selected researchers with …

MultiRights Project Final Conference: Reforms of the Individual complaint mechanisms in the UN treaty bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons?

23/11/2015 – 10:08 am |

The concluding conference of the MultiRights project will take place at the University of Oslo on February 29 and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) aiming at finding mutual learning experiences.  A particular focus will be given to the following issues:

Procedure of selection …

CfP: 14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Oslo, 20-25 June 2016

17/11/2015 – 3:34 pm |

14th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Oslo, 2016
The Environment in Court: Environmental protection in national and international courts, tribunals, and compliance mechanisms
Call for Abstracts
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 (http://iucnael2016.no).
We are currently …

Reading the Report of the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS)

05/11/2015 – 7:47 am |

By Solomon A Dersso (Commissioner at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Dr. Dersso is a legal scholar and analyst of African Affairs).
Cross-posted from the author’s blog.
 Introduction
Finally, 10 months after AUCISS completed its investigations and seven months after it initially tabled one of its reports, the time has arrived to make the AUCISS report public. At a summit level meeting held in New York on …

Program: The International Law and Domestic Policies Conference, 30-31 October 2015, Turgut Ozal University, Ankara

29/10/2015 – 5:23 pm |

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND DOMESTIC POLICIES CONFERENCE
30-31 October 2015, Turgut Ozal University, Ankara
* The International Law and Domestic Policies Conference is organized by Turgut Ozal University School of Law in Ankara in partnership with Association for Canadian Studies, Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Canadian Council for International Law, and Center for Global and Regional Studies (CEGRES)
30 October 2015
9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-11:00 Opening session
Prof. Dr. Abdulkadir Sengun, Rector of Turgut Ozal …

Workshop: Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy EUI, Florence, 14-15 January 2016

26/10/2015 – 6:07 pm |

* Sponsored by “Democracy as Idea and Practice Programme”, University of Oslo
International law is undergoing several profound transformations. New sectors develop as with the consolidation of the regime of Investment Arbitration or with the advancement of already existing areas as with the WTO. At the same time, claims about the “judicialization” of international law and processes   of   “global   constitution”   call   for   more   precise   definitions   of   terms  …

INTERPOL: reckless arrogance or simply naïve? (Part II)

14/10/2015 – 6:01 pm |

* By Stephen Bailey
* I am grateful to Dr Rutsel Silvestre J Martha (former General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs of INTERPOL) for his helpful comments.
The first part of this blog post argued that INTERPOL’s deficient remedial procedures give rise to human rights violations. In particular, it was argued that an individual who is subject to a Red Notice is not afforded a fair …

INTERPOL: reckless arrogance or simply naïve? (Part I)

13/10/2015 – 9:48 am |

* [The ILO blog will be hosting a post in two parts, written by Stephen Bailey. Stephen has taught law at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. He has been involved in cases before the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. His recent and forthcoming publications address questions of public international law, international criminal law, UK public law, and …

Calls for papers from the European Society of European Law

07/10/2015 – 2:44 pm |

* With thanks to Valentina Spiga for bringing this to our attention, please find below calls for papers issued for two events to be organised by the European Society of European Law in 2016:

2016 ESIL Research Forum, Istanbul: Call for Papers

The 2016 ESIL Research Forum will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2016 at Koç University Law School and the Center for …

Reminder: ADC-ICTY Annual Conference – Judge Schomburg Confirmed as Keynote Speaker

06/10/2015 – 9:02 am |

The Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the ICTY and Representing Counsel before the MICT (ADC-ICTY) is pleased to announce that its Annual Conference on 5 December 2015 will be opened with a keynote speech entitled No Justice Without Defence Counsel by Professor Doctor h.c. Wolfgang Schomburg.
Wolfgang Schomburg served as an international Judge at the UN-ICTY first as a presiding Judge and then in the …

Reminder: UJIEL call for papers on ‘Intellectual Property in International and European Law’

29/09/2015 – 2:04 pm |

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 …

Second edition of Bruce Zagaris’s International White Collar Crime (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

25/09/2015 – 3:59 pm |

Zagaris’s book examines the rise of international economic crime and recent strategies to combat it in the United States and abroad.
Focusing on the role of international relations, it draws from case studies in a diverse range of criminality from money laundering to tax evasion.
Newly revised and expanded, the second edition of International White Collar Crime incorporates recent developments and updated case studies. New chapters on …

ADC-ICTY Annual Conference 2015, 5 December 2015

21/09/2015 – 6:23 pm |

The Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the ICTY and Representing Counsel before the MICT (ADC-ICTY) is pleased to announce its annual conference for 2015, on “The Situation of Defence Counsel at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals”.
Date: 5 December 2015
Time: 09:00 to 17:30
Location: Bel Air Hotel, Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR The Hague
This one-day conference will focus on the situation of Defence Counsel at …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium: Closing Remarks

12/09/2015 – 3:19 pm |

By Matthew Saul (University of Oslo)
As our blog symposium to mark the publication of International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy draws to a close, I will take this opportunity to highlight one particular theme that arises from the discussions and that I think should be central in further research in this area. This is the theme of going deeper.
The chapters in the volume are built …

International Law and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy Symposium Law and Policy on Post-Conflict Restitution: Response to James Sweeney

11/09/2015 – 8:58 am |

By Anneke Smit
[Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor]
In his chapter focussing on property restitution for refugees and IDPs at international law and at the ECtHR, James Sweeney captures effectively the tension between the “generalised ideal” and the “uncomfortable reality” of justice provision in this area.
This chapter is a welcome contribution to a growing body of literature critiquing the brightline approach of the …