The Center of Excellence “PluriCourts” at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, is organizing an international symposium on the legitimate role(s) of Human Rights courts and tribunal in adjudicating environmental disputes in Oslo, 8 and 9 September 2014.
The relationship between environmental protection and human rights has been of interest to scholars and legal practitioners for quite some time. Recently, an increasing number of cases concerning environmental issues are being heard before international human rights courts and tribunals including the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission and Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Matters concern the effects of environmental degradation and pollution, climate change, indigenous peoples environmental rights, an independent right to a healthy environment – just to name a few.
But are human rights courts prepared for such cases? Do they have the expertise to deal with environmental matters? Are rules on jurisdiction, procedures, evidence etc. adequate when confronted with the complexities of environmental issues? What is the role of environmental law before human rights courts and tribunals? Are human rights courts effective “instruments” for environmental protection? Are human rights courts more suitable for protection of some environmental problems than others, for example local rather than global challenges? What are the legitimate roles, functions and effects of human rights courts in cases concerning the environment.
This symposium will inquire these and other questions of legitimacy of human rights courts and tribunals when hearing “environmental cases” in the context of human rights protection.
The list of experts invited to speak at the symposium includes: Dinah Shelton, Professor of Law, George Washington University; Dan Magraw, President emeritus, Center for International Environmental Law, John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; Alan Boyle, Professor of Law, University of Edinburgh; Judge Margarette May Macaulay, Inter-American Court of Human Rights; and Judge Hellen Keller, European Court of Human Rights.
We invite for papers to be presented and discussed at the symposium. Please send your abstract (word limit 500 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 1 May 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given in the beginning of June 2014. We aim at publishing 5-6 selected papers in the Journal of Human Rights and the Environment .
Contact: Professor Christina Voigt, coordinator for the environmental sector of PluriCourts (email@example.com or: 0047-228-50246 (office)).
The Interest Group of International Human Rights Law of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a roundtable on the occasion of the ESIL 10th Anniversary Conference in Vienna. Here’s the call:
Call for Papers
European Society of International Law
Interest Group on International Human Rights Law Roundtable
on the occasion of the ESIL 10th Anniversary Conference
on ‘International Law AND . . .’
4–5 September 2014
International Law Human Rights Law AND . . .
On the occasion of the ESIL 10th Anniversary Conference in Vienna, the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law invites submissions for a roundtable on the relationship of international human rights law to other bodies of international and domestic law.
This roundtable will address the relationship and interactions between international human rights law and other bodies of international law and domestic law. International human rights law is a dynamic body of international law that is interpreted and applied in diverse fora, including dedicated regional courts, international quasi-judicial mechanisms, inter-state courts and domestic courts. As a consequence, international human rights law comes into frequent contact with other bodies of international and domestic law either through specialized or non-specialized courts and other judicial interpretive mechanisms. How does international human rights law relate to and interact with other bodies of law? Under what conditions does international human rights law have an overriding, displacing, expanding or narrowing effect on other bodies of law? In return, when do other bodies of law displace or modify international human rights law?
The Interest Group is particularly interested in receiving proposals that examine less-well explored relationships, for example, international human rights law and the law of the sea; international human rights law and the international law of the environment; and international human rights law and the international law of investment and international human rights law interpretation by domestic courts. Equally, it welcomes fresh examinations of the relationship of international human rights law to areas of law such as international criminal law, international humanitarian law, general public international law and at the domestic level, public and constitutional law.
The Application Process
We invite submissions of abstracts of no more than 400 words. Selection will be based on scholarly merit, and with regard to producing an engaging roundtable.
Each submission should include the following:
(a) a short curriculum vitae containing the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address;
(b) an abstract of no more than 400 words; and
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and Ivana.Radacic@pilar.hr by 1 April 2014. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by 1 May 2014. Accepted full papers are due by 15 August 2014.
Please note that the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law is unable to provide funds to cover the conference registration fee or related transport and accommodation costs.
To join or for further information about the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law, please visit here.