Call for Applications: Salzburg Law School Summer Programme on International Criminal Law
The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Sixteenth Summer Session, “International Criminal Law at the First World War Centenary — From Consolidation Towards Confrontation?”, Sunday 3 to Friday 15 August 2014.
The SLS is a two-week summer programme aimed at postgraduate students, young academics and practitioners. This year’s session will scrutinize principles and procedures of international criminal law, their origins and contemporary challenges to their enforcement. In this context, there will be a special thematic focus on the principle of irrelevance of official capacity under international customary law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as well as on controversies stemming from the Court’s cases against sitting heads of States, proposed changes to the Rome Statute and policy considerations determining the selection of situations and cases. Other topics include the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute, the rights of the defence in international criminal proceedings, the role of international investigation commissions, the situation in the Ukraine, as well as recent decisions and judgements of the ICC and the ICTY. Further information on the academic programme and a preliminary list of speakers are available here.
The application period ends on Friday 9 May 2014.
Call for Abstracts: Colloquium on Environmental Law
Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship
at Vermont Law School
October 4, 2014
Deadline for submitting abstracts: June 1, 2014
Vermont Law School will host the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship on October 4, 2014. This event offers environmental law scholars the opportunity to present their works-in-progress, get feedback from their colleagues, and meet and interact with those who are also teaching and researching in the areas of environmental and natural resources law and related specialty areas.
If you are interested in presenting a paper at the Colloquium, please submit a working title and short abstract, using the online form here, no later than June 1, 2014. For an abstract to be eligible for submission, the author must anticipate that the paper will still be at a revisable stage (neither published nor so close to publication that significant changes are not feasible) by the date of the Colloquium. We will do our best to include all interested presenters, and will notify authors about acceptances no later than July 1, 2014.
All selected participants must submit a draft paper no later than September 20, 2014, and all participants will be asked to provide commentary on another participant’s draft paper at the Colloquium. Final papers will also be eligible for publication in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.
The Colloquium panels will take place on Saturday, October 4. Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center and its faculty will host a cocktail reception the night before in the Hanover area, and a dinner on Saturday evening at Vermont Law School. Further Colloquium details regarding the schedule, events, lodging, and transportation will be posted here as they become available. For more information on the Colloquium, or if you need assistance uploading your abstract, please contact Courtney Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (802) 831-1371.
Go On! ‘The European Union: Peace, Conflict and Human Rights’ Summer School at Maastricht Summer School July 2-18
Registration is ongoing for Maastricht University’s summer school “The European Union: Peace, Conflict and Human Rights” to be held July 2-18, 2014.
The European Union is the world’s largest experiment in supranational governance. In recent years, the EU has undergone substantial evolution in its foreign relations institutions as well as its human rights mechanisms. That evolution was evident in its enlargement process to admit newly-independent states into the union. In addition, the EU began to emphasize fundamental rights for its citizens in a binding legal instrument (the Charter of Fundamental Rights) enumerating rights that surpass the civil and political rights enshrined in the flagship document of the Council of Europe, the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
This course will first examine the politics of EU foreign relations. From the Treaty of Maastricht to the Lisbon Treaty, the EU path has taken dramatic changes to adapt to the needs of its citizens and to the demands of the global community. Today, the newly-formed European External Action Service leads the diplomatic wing of the EU. Foreign policy has been given a more prominent role in the form of a new office for a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union. The second focus of the course is the politics of human rights in the EU. The Lisbon Treaty emphasizes human rights and democracy as guiding principles of EU policies. The advent of the Agency for Fundamental Rights and the accession of the EU, as an institution and supranational body, to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms will further define the rights protected and enjoyed by citizens of all EU Member States.
One other important element will be the study trip to Brussels. This trip will involve visiting one of the important agencies of the EU and getting a first-hand look at how policy is developed in Brussels.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/web/Main/ProspectiveStudents/MaastrichtSummerSchool.html
Proportionate Sentencing at the International Criminal Court
Margaret M. deGuzman (Temple Univ. – Law) has posted Proportionate Sentencing at the International Criminal Court (in The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court, Carsten Stahn ed., forthcoming). Here’s the abstract:
This book chapter proposes a theory of proportionate sentencing for the International Criminal Court (ICC). It argues that the ICC should reject the focus on retribution advocated in much of the scholarship on international sentencing. Instead, the judges should craft an approach to proportionality that aims to promote the ICC’s core mission of preventing crimes. Preventive proportionality at the ICC should primarily focus on ensuring appropriate norm expression and secondarily on other aspects of prevention such as deterrence, incapacitation, and restorative justice. The judges should apply the principle of parsimony to identify the least severe punishment they believe will contribute to the prevention of future international crimes. The concept of retribution should function at most as a limiting principle, ensuring that judges inflict no more punishment than they believe an offender deserves.
Schwöbel: The Market and Marketing Culture of International Criminal Law
Christine E.J. Schwöbel (Univ. of Liverpool – Law) has posted The Market and Marketing Culture of International Criminal Law (in Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law, C. Schwöbel ed., forthcoming). Here’s the abstract:
In this chapter, I argue that international criminal law (ICL) is a field committed to growth (its market culture) and branding (its marketing culture) – both central paradigms of neoliberalism. First, drawing on the work of David Harvey, parallels are examined between the means and methods of capital growth and of ICL. I then examine the way in which ICL has placed undue emphasis on image at the expense of substance. This part of the chapter is particularly influenced by Naomi Klein’s book on branding titled ‘No Logo’. I conclude that ICL’s commitment to neoliberalism is strengthening big power-players while claiming to fight them. The very group in whose interest the fight is supposedly being fought (victims of international crime) is seemingly losing out.
New Issue: Journal of International Criminal Justice
The latest issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Vol. 12, no. 2, May 2014) is out. Contents include:
Paul Eden, The Role of the Rome Statute in the Criminalization of Apartheid
Manuel Galvis Martínez, Forfeiture of Assets at the International Criminal Court: The Short Arm of International Criminal Justice
Symposium: Individual Liability for Macrocriminality
Kai Ambos, A Workshop, a Symposium and the Katanga Trial Judgment of 7 March 2014
Stefan Harrendorf, How Can Criminology Contribute to an Explanation of International Crimes?
Thomas Weigend, Problems of Attribution in International Criminal Law: A German Perspective
Robert Cryer, Imputation and Complicity in Common Law States: A (Partial) View from England and Wales
Uwe Murmann, Problems of Causation with Regard to (Potential) Actions of Multiple Protagonists
Hans Vest, Problems of Participation — Unitarian, Differentiated Approach, or Something Else?
Carl-Friedrich Stuckenberg, Problems of ‘Subjective Imputation’ in Domestic and International Criminal Law
Jens David Ohlin, Searching for the Hinterman: In Praise of Subjective Theories of Imputation
Cases before International Courts and Tribunals
Antonio Coco & Tom Gal, Losing Direction: The ICTY Appeals Chamber’s Controversial Approach to Aiding and Abetting in Perišić
Jain: The 21st Century Atlantis: The International Law of Statehood and Climate Change-Induced Loss of Territory
Abhimanyu George Jain (High Court of Delhi; Georgetown Univ. – Law) has posted The 21st Century Atlantis: The International Law of Statehood and Climate Change-Induced Loss of Territory (Stanford Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here’s the abstract:
International law demands territory as a precondition for statehood. If the Maldives loses its territory as a result of climate change, will it cease to be a state? In light of the negligible contribution of Maldives and similar states to climate change, if they were to lose their statehood and international legal personality on account of climate change, serious questions would arise as to the legitimacy and efficacy of international law. But these states will not lose their statehood, for three reasons. First, in light of the diminishing utility of territory for states, at least for the continuation of established states, territory need not be a necessary requirement. Second, international law is silent as to the extinction of statehood upon physical disappearance of statehood, and equity demands that statehood be preserved in this situation. Third, the political realities of recognition will operate to ensure continuing statehood. But this continuing statehood begs the question of how these states will exist without territory. There are two options: acquisition of new territory or de-territorialised existence. Both are possible but present significant practical hurdles. In the short term, the de jure statehood of these states will be protected, but in the longer term, it is likely that they will cease to exist as states de facto.