Write On!: Proof in International Criminal Trials
MARCH 25, 2014 By Yvonne McDermottin INTLAWGRRLSTags: BANGOR CENTRE FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW, BANGOR LAW SCHOOL, BANGOR UNIVERSITY, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIALS
From 27-28 June 2014, Bangor Law School and the Bangor Centre for International Law will host a conference on proof in international criminal trials, kindly funded by the British Academy. Here is the conference abstract:
“There is now an impressive body of literature on the precise scope, context and application of evidentiary rules in international criminal trials. However, the issues surrounding proof and reasoning on evidence in international criminal law have remained relatively under-examined to date. By bringing together judges, practitioners and leading scholars on evidence, international criminal procedure and analytical methods, this conference will comprehensively address issues related to proof in international criminal proceedings. These issues include, inter alia, the means by which inferences are drawn, how reasoning on findings of fact is articulated in judgments, and how witness credibility is assessed. Participants will analyse some of the challenges of fact-finding in the complex context of international criminal trials, which often involve large masses of evidence and hundreds of witnesses.”
Confirmed speakers include:
• Professor Terence Anderson, University of Miami;
• Professor Nancy Combs, College of William and Mary School of Law;
• Judge Teresa Doherty, Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone;
• Professor John Jackson, University of Nottingham;
• Dr Mark Klamberg, University of Uppsala;
• Dr Yassin M’Boge, Leicester University;
• Dr Yvonne McDermott, Bangor University;
• Professor Paul Roberts, University of Nottingham;
• Professor William Twining, University College London.
There are still a limited number of places available for those who would like to present a paper at the conference. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
Call for Papers: “Justice and Dignity under Challenge”
MARCH 24, 2014 By Sarah Stephensin INTLAWGRRLS, WRITE ON!Tags: HUMAN RIGHTS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at University College Cork is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Conference which will take place on the June 5-6, 2014.
The theme for this year’s event is “Justice and Dignity under Challenge.” The aim is to reflect upon how intransigent law making can negatively impact upon human rights protection and criminal law. The theme will encourage debate on the challenging questions which arise when interpreting the law in rapidly changing and unstable times.
The conference is specifically aimed at those who are undertaking doctoral research in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and human rights. Therefore, only law students are eligible to submit papers. The best paper of the conference will receive a prize of €200 (approx. $275 USD) which is sponsored by the CCJHR.
Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) to the Organizing Committee by March 30, 2014. Successful conference submissions will be notified by April, 15, 2014. To be considered for the best paper and the opportunity to present at the plenary session, full papers should be submitted by May 20, 2014.
Submission and further inquiries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a CPD Certificate of Attendance will be available for this conference.
For further information, click here and see below:
This international two-day event will attract promising research scholars from Ireland, the UK and Europe in the areas of law, politics, philosophy and the related social sciences. The conference presenters are especially interested in papers that relate to human rights, criminal justice, criminal law or the intersection of these fields. However, the presenters also welcome papers dealing with issues outside these areas that fall within the broader theme of the conference. Papers will be streamed thematically, with previous years including such sessions as:
• Governance and Security
• Issues in Privacy and Surveillance Law
• Restorative Justice
• Gender and the Law
• Refugee Law and Policy
• Human Rights in Society
• Technology and State Security
• Gender Law and Sexuality
• International Criminal Law
• White Collar Crime
• Medical and Mental Health Law
• Juvenile Justice
• Contemporary Discourse in Criminal Law
• Transitional Justice
• Crime and criminalization
• Civil Liberties
The keynote speakers will be Professor Jeremy Waldron of the University of Oxford and Professor Carol Sanger of Columbia University.
Also, check out the CCJHR’s blog here! and you can follow the CCJHR on Twitter @CCJHRlawucc
Go On! Academy of European Law offers summer courses in Human Rights, EU Law
MARCH 20, 2014 By Karen Hoffmannin EUROPEAN UNION, GO ON!, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWTags: ACADEMY OF EUROPEAN LAW, COURSES, EU, EUI, EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE, FLORENCE, HUMAN RIGHTS, ITALY, SUMMER
The Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) has announced this year’s summer courses in Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union:
The Academy’s Summer Courses are renowned for their innovative and cutting-edge topics, combined with the highest standards of academic content presented by leading scholars and thinkers. Each year the courses attract highly qualified participants from all around the world and the mix of participants from different backgrounds makes the experience of attending the summer courses a very rewarding one.
• The 2014 Human Rights Law course (16 June – 27 June) comprises a General Course on ‘21st Century Human Rights’ by Harold Hongju Koh (Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Human Rights’. We are also pleased to have two distinguished lectures by Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice) and Joseph H.H. Weiler (President of the European University Institute).
• The 2014 Law of the European Union course (30 June – 11 July) comprises a General Course on ‘The Internal Market as a Legal Concept’ by Stephen Weatherill (Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, Oxford University) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘EU Legal Acts: Challenges and Transformations’. The Summer School will also include a distinguished lecture by Marta Cartabia, an EUI alumna now Judge at the Italian Constitutional Court and Professor of Constitutional Law, Bicocca University in Milan.
The two-week courses are held at the EUI, in the hills above Florence, and participants leave with positive memories of the extremely high intellectual standard of the courses, the EUI facilities including the library, the beautiful venue, and the interaction with other participants from all over the world. Some participants come to study at the EUI in later years, and it is not unusual to see participants returning for a second or third summer course.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 10 April 2014.
For further information, visit the Academy’s website at http://www.eui.eu/AEL.
Conference: Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Perspective
By Cecilia Marcela Baillietin GO ON!, INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW, WOMEN’S RIGHTS LAWTags: FEMINIZATION OF POVERTYLEAVE A COMMENT
You are warmly invited to attend an international conference of human rights experts on ‘Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Perspective’ taking place on 28th-30th April 2014, Kigali, Rwanda.
While the feminization of poverty has long been a recognized phenomenon, gender inequality and poverty are often conceptualized as two separate problems. Poverty is often addressed from a gender neutral standpoint rather than a comprehensive, integrated and holistic gendered perspective. This fails to capture the many inter-locking human rights violations experienced by impoverished women. This invisibility is compounded by the misconception that economic prosperity or an increase in human development corresponds to an increase in gender equality and empowerment. With the post-2015 Development Goals prominent on the international and national agenda, it is a key moment to pause and shine the spotlight on human rights responses to gendered poverty. This conference aims to bring together a diverse group of participants to explore current developments, to analyse existing weaknesses and to attempt to point towards future improvements in the ways in which human rights frameworks can address these problems.
The conference is being organised by the University of Oxford Law Faculty in partnership with the University of Cape Town, and the University of Rwanda, with the support Chief Justice Sam Rugege, Chief Justice of Rwanda. It is an exciting opportunity for us to create a network of researchers, which we hope will continue to interact in the coming years.
Women and Poverty: A human rights approach
Gender, Poverty and Internally Displaced Persons: A Human Rights Approach
Gender Equality and the Right to Development
The Challenge of Poverty and Intersectional Identities
Women and Economic Development: The Promise of Corporate Social Responsibility
Women and Work: Labour and Social Security
The Interaction of Women, Poverty and Customary Law
Exploring the Potential of Socio-economic Rights to Remedy Women’s Poverty
Future Developments in Research into the Role of Human Rights Law in relation to Women and Poverty
List of key speakers
The conference will bring together over 24 speakers drawing on the expertise of world renowned international delegates from academia, policy making and NGOs as well as doctoral students from each of the participating countries. We have among our confirmed speakers:
Hon. Professor Sam Rugege the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (Rwanda);
Justice Kate O’Regan, former Justice of the Constitutional Court (South Africa);
Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja, Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Rwanda;
Professor Timothy Endicott the Dean of the Faculty of Law, Oxford University;
Professor Olivier de Schutter , United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food;
Commissioner Winfred Osimbo Lichuma, Chairperson of the National Gender and Equality Commission Kenya;
Dr Chaloka Beyani, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Internally Displaced Persons;
Professor Rutwina, the Dean of the Law School, University of Dar es Salaam;
Dr. Rose Mukankomeje,Director General of Rwanda Environmental Management Authority;
Dr. Esther Dungumaro, Coordinator at Institute of Development Studies (University of Dar es Salaam);
Dr. Jeni Klugman, Sector Director-Gender and Development, Poverty Reduction & Economic Management Network, World Bank;
Professor Chris Maina Peter, Member of the International Law Commission.
We also have a number of other eminent persons from Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Nigeria.
The conference will examine the human rights approach to women in poverty and how it can be used to improve the socio-economic conditions of women. It will take place at Hotel Le Mingo and the Opening Ceremony will be in the morning of 28th April, 2014, from 8.30 am to 10.30 am. Here are links for: Registration & Further Information
Call for Papers: Reassessing International Economic Law and Development: New Challenges for Law and Policy
The International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 2014 Biennial Research Conference, which will take place November 13-15, at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Here’s the call:
CALL FOR PAPERS
American Society for International Law
International Economic Law Interest Group (IEcLIG)
in partnership with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law Sutton Colloquium
2014 Biennial Research Conference:
REASSESSING INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW AND DEVELOPMENT:
NEW CHALLENGES FOR LAW AND POLICY
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Denver, CO, USA
November 13-15, 2014
I. Conference Theme
Amartya Sen’s call for understanding development not only in terms of gross national product but also “in terms of the substantive freedoms of people” marked an important reframing of the legal and policy discourse around economic development. The resulting Millennium Development Goals focused much academic research in this area towards a more comprehensive understanding of development, one that would recognize economic growth as intrinsically tied to such areas as: environmental sustainability; food security; the reduction of extreme poverty, hunger, and child mortality; access to health; and the promotion of education and gender equality. International economic institutions like the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund have traditionally been at the center of promoting and managing economic growth; yet, these institutions also face challenges caused by recent financial crises, the need for food security and high energy demand, while preserving natural resources and the environment.
With the approach of the fifteenth anniversary of the Millennium goals and given these new and ongoing challenges, it is time to reassess the role that international economic law (IEL) has played and continues to play in development. How effective is IEL at promoting development, broadly construed? Under what conditions is it effective? In what ways should IEL norms and institutions be adjusted to accommodate growing concerns around climate change, energy demand, food security, and other issues?
II. Proposal Submission & Selection
We encourage IEL scholars, practitioners, and advanced graduate students to submit proposals for paper presentations or panels. Proposals should be no more than one single-spaced page in length. For guaranteed consideration, proposals must be received no later than May 16, 2014.
Paper proposals should include a working title of the paper and an abstract describing the paper’s main thesis, methods, and contribution. You should also include a one-page curriculum vitae (CV) as a separate document.
Panel proposals should be organized around a theme and should include a brief description of the theme and a list of the proposed participants with their anticipated contributions, indicating whether the participants have expressed a willingness to participate in the conference should the proposal be accepted.
Proposals should be submitted to email@example.com. Any time-sensitive questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. The selection process will consist of blind review by the IEcLIG leadership and the 2014 IEcLIG Biennial Selection Committee. We anticipate communicating acceptance decisions by July 18, 2014. Authors of accepted proposals commit to preparing a draft paper on their proposed topic, and submitting the draft paper to the conference organizers by no later than November 1, 2014.
ASIL-IEcLIG 2014 Biennial Selection Committee:
Sungjoon Cho, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Greg Shaffer, Minnesota University School of Law
Michael Ewing-Chow, National University of Singapore
Phil Nichols, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Jeff Dunhoff, Temple University Beardsley School of Law
Jurgen Kurtz, University of Melbourne School of Law
Joel Trachtman, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
José Alvarez, New York University School of Law
Rob Howse, New York University School of Law
Gabrielle Marceau, World Trade Organization
Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center
David Gantz, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Holger Hestermeyer, European Court of Justice
Phoenix Cai, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Annecoos Wiersema, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Tomer Broude, Hebrew University School of Law
Jason Yackee, University of Wisconsin Law School
Elizabeth Trujillo, Suffolk University Law School
David Zaring, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Sonia Rolland, Northeastern University School of Law
James Gathii, Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law
III. Possible Topics for Papers and Panels
We have provided an illustrative list of possible paper and panel topics below.
We construe IEL and development broadly, and we are open to a variety of scholarly approaches. We welcome proposals adopting historical, empirical, comparative, theoretical, critical, or normative frameworks. We also encourage submissions that do not necessarily address the conference theme.
Possible theme-related topics
• Development strategies: domestic policies supporting industrialization/structural change; the need for policy space
• Managing financial crises and income policies for employment creation
• Reforms for global economic governance in the context of development: e.g. multilateral, bilateral, regional, plurilateral trade; international monetary and financial system; management of debt crisis
• Implications of mega-regionals for developing countries.
• The role of political institutions for development
• The role of economic institutions such as WTO, IMF, World Bank, the G-8/G-20; international standards organizations, for development
• The WTO’s new trade facilitation agreement and development
• Role of public/private partnerships in development
• Climate change and its impact on economic development
• Food security and climate change; sustainable agriculture
• Sustainable development issues such as natural resource extraction and energy
• The interaction of domestic law and politics to development
• The role of hard and soft law in international economic and sustainable development reforms
• Role of technology in transformation of agriculture
• Access to technology for sustainable development
• Micro-finance and development
• Renewable energy and trade and investment
• The labor and development nexus in a global supply chain
• Evaluating trade and development policies: e.g. NAFTA at 20; EU at 20; the WTO at 20; UNCTAD at 50
• Methodological approaches international economic law and development
• Interpretive approaches to international economic law and development: theory vs. practice
• The rise of BRICs and implications for development
• The rise of Africa and international economic law
• The proliferation of trade and investment agreements and their implications for development
We also welcome submissions on any other IEL related topic.
We are in the process of exploring publication opportunities for the 2014 conference. The results of previous biennial IEcLIG conferences have been published as Minnesota Journal of International Law, Symposium: International Economic Law in a Time of Change: Reassessing Legal Theory, Doctrine, Methodology and Policy Prescriptions. Volume XX Summer 2011 Number 2; THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW, Tomer Broude, Amy Porges and Marc L. Busch eds., Cambridge University Press 2010; INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW: THE STATE AND FUTURE OF THE DISCIPLINE, Colin B. Picker, Isabella D. Bunn and Douglas W. Arner eds., Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2008; and TRADE AS THE GUARANTOR OF PEACE, LIBERTY AND SECURITY? CRITICAL HISTORICAL AND EMPIRICAL PERSPECTIVES, Padideh Ala’i, Tomer Broude, & Colin Picker eds., ASIL Press, 2006.
III. Conference Details
The conference will take place at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law located in Denver, Colorado on November 13-15, 2014. Denver is easily accessible via domestic and international airlines. The University of Denver is located in a beautiful part of the city, and is just a short car-ride from the majestic Rocky Mountains. Hotel and other logistical details will be announced later this summer.
For ASIL Members, the registration fee is expected to be $95 ($135, non-ASIL Members), which will cover some meals and a reception. Students currently enrolled in a program of higher education will receive a 50% discount. A reduced rate or a fee waiver may be considered for participants from developing countries.
Please understand that budget constraints prevent us from providing any travel or other financial assistance to conference participants.
Jason Yackee & Elizabeth Trujillo, ASIL IEcLIG Co-Chairs
Sonia Rolland & David Zaring, ASIL IEcLIG Co-Vice Chairs
Call for Papers: The Reform of International Economic Governance
A call for papers has been issued for a conference on “The Reform of International Economic Governance,” to be held October 9-10, 2014, at the University of Grenada. Here’s the call:
‘THE REFORM OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE’
University of Granada, 9-10 October 2014
Organized by the Research Project “International Law and the New Governance after the Economic Crisis” and the Department of Public International Law
CALL FOR PAPERS
I. Conference Content
The Conference Theme will be “The Reform of International Economic Governance”. The two main sessions will cover, respectively, reform of the trading regime and reform of the monetary and financial architecture.
The multilateral trading system is regarded as a major legal achievement and many agree that the WTO has performed as expected with respect to the 2008 crisis. By contrast, the recent financial crisis has demonstrated the difficulties for the international financial architecture to ensure financial stability. We will review the strength of the multilateral trading system and the challenges that it now faces regarding its two main goals (the stability and the liberalisation of trade relations). Similarly, we will analyse the current structure of the international financial system as well as the elements that would need to be changed in order to achieve the aim of financial stability. This conference seeks to encourage research and papers addressing these issues. Questions such as the appropriate level of national regulatory autonomy, the need for more international harmonization, or the opportunity for the strengthening of existing international organizations will arise within the Conference.
There will be two main discussions devoted, respectively, to the reform of the trading regime and reform of the monetary and financial architecture. Both discussions will be preceded by key lectures where leading academics from these fields will present their views on the issue. The confirmed key note speakers are:
1) The reform of the financial architecture, October 9, 2014: Professor Rosa M. Lastra (Queen Mary University of London), Professor Charles Goodhart (London School of Economics), and Professor Kern Alexander (University of Zurich & Member of the European Parliament’s Expert Committee on Financial Services).
2) The reform of the trading regime, October 10, 2014: Professor Dan Sarooshi (Oxford University), Professor Andrew Lang (London School of Economics), and Professor Friedl Weiss (University of Vienna).
After the key lectures, those papers selected from the call for papers will be briefly presented by the authors. A debate will follow these presentations, moderated by the organizers.
II. Submission Procedure and Instructions
Paper proposals must be submitted by 1 June 2014 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in accordance with the following instructions.
Please write ‘Granada Conference 2014 CfP’ in the subject of the email, followed by ‘paper’ proposal, and then the subfield of IEL which should be one of the following: ‘trade’ or ‘finance’.
Paper proposals should include a cover e-mail with full institutional affiliation and contact details of the proposer, and a word attachment with an abstract of no longer than 600 words. The abstract must not include any details identifying the proposer but should contain the title of the paper, along with a line indicating ‘trade’ or ‘finance’.
The conference committee anticipates announcing the results of this call for papers and panel proposals by the end of June 2014.
Conference papers will be made available to conference participants prior to the conference. Accepted papers must be submitted by 1 September 2014, in order to ensure the dissemination of papers among conference attendees.
III. Conference Fees, Costs and Financial Support
All conference participants must cover their own travel, accommodation and attendance costs.
Conference fees and associated attendance costs will be kept as low as possible.
Please submit enquiries to the Conference organizers: email@example.com
IV. About the Conference organizers
The Research Project “International Law and the New Governance after the Economic Crisis” (DER 2011-24111) is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. This Project is developed within the Public International Law Department at the University of Granada.
Professor of International Law and European Law
Luis M. Hinojosa-Martínez
Chair of International Law and European Law