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ICTJ Announces 6th Intensive Course on Truth Commissions

The International Center for Transitional Justice and the Barcelona International Peace Resource Center (BIPRC) are pleased to announce the 6th Intensive Course on Truth Commissions, focused on a practical approach about the challenges in the design and implementation of a truth commission and, this year, exploring its intersections with peace processes. This course will be held on September 28- October 3, 2014 at Casa Sant Felip Neri in Barcelona, Spain.
About the Course
Truth commissions—official, nonjudicial inquiries into human rights violations—have become a centerpiece of processes of transition to democracy and peacebuilding, after violent conflict and dictatorship. International peacemakers, donors, human rights advocates, government officials are now routinely involved in truth commissions being created around the world, often as part of peace talks in the agenda of negotiations and final agreements.
The course will give practitioners directly involved in human rights, mediation, peacebuilding, rule of law, and transitional justice with the basic tools to assess the propriety of creating a truth commission in the aftermath of serious human rights violations and ensuring that the design and implementation of truth commissions are sensitive to contextual realities. The course will provide participants with the knowledge required to conceive, implement, and engage with truth commissions, in accordance with best practices and comparative experience.
The 2014 edition of the course will focus especially on truth commission established during peace processes.
The topics of discussions include: What is the place of truth-seeking in transitional justice? What is a truth commission, and what can be expected from it? What roles can truth-seeking play after serious human rights violations? How to design the mandate and structure a truth commission? How to ensure a commission works independently, competently, and in an inclusive manner? How did commissions created by peace agreements worked in the past? What are the main assumptions behind their establishment? What challenges can they expect, and what responses are necessary?
The program is targeted at mid-career and senior staff at multilateral agencies, governments, NGOs, foundations, and universities. Practitioners directly involved in countries considering the establishment of truth-seeking mechanisms or similar efforts are especially encouraged to apply.
More information about the course, including the course application, can be found here.

Source: IntLawGRRLS


Deadline 11 June 2014 The European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on Feminism and International Law is calling for papers for its panel at the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria, on 3 September 2014 from 2-6 pm.
Following the overarching theme of the Conference, “International Law and …: Boundaries of International Law and Bridges to Other Fields and Disciplines”, we invite papers addressing the interplay between the representation of women in international law and other disciplines.
Papers may consider (but are not limited to) the following subjects:
* representation of women in international organisations;
* women as state representatives;
* dramatic and visual representations of women in situations such as armed conflict;
* stereotypes in representations of women, such as human rights victims;
* representations of ‘the other woman’ in international law;
* literary accounts of women in international law.
Please submit abstract proposal of no more than 500 words via email to Troy Lavers and Loveday Hodson ( and by 11th June 2014.
Successful applicants will be informed by 30 June 2014. See below for further details.
In addition to the abstract, the following information must be provided on the submission:
• The author’s name and affiliation
• The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
• The author’s contact details
• Whether the author is an ESIL member
Papers will be selected by the co-chairs of the Interest Group (Dr. Troy Lavers and Dr Loveday Hodson) on the basis of abstracts submitted. Selection criteria are: originality of the work, links to the panel theme, and geographical representation of the speakers.
The purpose of the panel is to share cutting-edge research in specific areas of international law, to stimulate debate, and to foster contacts between participants. We welcome the sharing of ideas in progress.
In order to participate in the Interest Group panel, speakers must be members of ESIL. The membership can be formalised once abstracts have been accepted.
Unfortunately, the ESIL Interest Group on Feminism and International Law is not in a position to cover expenses for travelling and accommodation, or to waiver the ESIL conference fee.
Information on the 10th ESIL Anniversary Conference is available here:

Source: Internacional Law Reporter

New Issue: African Journal of International and Comparative Law

The latest issue of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Vol. 22, no. 2, June 2014) is out. Contents include:
•    Hannah Woolaver, Pro-democratic Intervention in Africa and the ‘Arab Spring’
•    Regis Yann Simo, The Law of International Responsibility: The Case of the WTO as a ‘Lex Specialis’ or the Fallacy of a ‘Self-contained’ Regime
•    Ahmed Ali M. Khayre, Self-defence, Intervention by Invitation, or Proxy War? The Legality of the 2006 Ethiopian Invasion of Somalia
•    E. H. Nfobin & Nchotu Veraline Nchang Epse Minang, The Cameroon ‘Anglophone Question’ in International Law
•    Francis N. Botchway, The Immunity Conundrum
•    Chukwunweike A. Ogbuabor, Tribunals of Inquiry as a Residual Matter Under the Nigerian Constitution: Resolving the Nigerian Conundrum
•    Akeem Olajide Bello, United Nations and African Union Conventions on Corruption and Anti-corruption Legislations in Nigeria: A Comparative Analysis

Source: International Law Reporter

New Issue: Journal of World Trade

The latest issue of the Journal of World Trade (Vol. 48, no. 3, June 2014) is out. Contents include:
•    Erin Norma Hannah, The Quest for Accountable Governance: Embedded NGOs and Demand Driven Advocacy in the International Trade Regime
•    Sangeeta Khorana & Maria Garcia, Procurement Liberalization Diffusion in EU Agreements: Signalling Stewardship?
•    Trish Kelly, Tuna-Dolphin Revisited
•    Zhang Xiaotong, Zhang Ping, & Yang Xiaoyan, The EU’s New FTA Adventures and Their Implications for China
•    Holger P. Hestermeyer & Laura Nielsen, The Legality of Local Content Measures under WTO Law
•    Erik R. Lowe, Technical Regulations to Prevent Deceptive Practices: Can WTO Members Protect Consumers from [un] Fair-Trade Coffee and [Less-Than] Free-Range Chicken?
•    David Kleimann, Beyond Market Access?: The Anatomy of ASEAN’s Preferential Trade Agreements

Source: International Law Reporter

New Issue: Journal of World Energy Law & Business

The latest issue of Journal of World Energy Law & Business (Vol. 7, no. 3, June 2014) is out. Contents include:
•    Special Issue: Sub-Saharan Africa: Comparative Views on Anti-Corruption Legislation and Its Enforcement
o    Charles P. McPherson, Necessary but not sufficient: anti-corruption and transparency legislation
o    Carlos Feijó & Norman Nadorff, Where there’s a will there’s a way: making Angola’s probity laws work
o    Eyram A. Adadevoh, New wine in new wine skins: the anti-corruption framework of Ghana
o    Adedolapo A. Akinrele, Transparency in the Nigerian oil and gas industry
o    Samuel Levy & Cerys Williams, Mozambique’s pathway to probity: evolving legal responses to corruption

Source: EjiTalk

Announcements: Conference in Bangor on Proof in International Criminal Law, ASIL Research Forum Call for Papers: New Deadline, Conference on 21st Century Borders

Published on June 6, 2014        Author: Sadie Blanchard
1.  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. It promises to be of great interest to academics and practitioners alike. The full conference programme is availablehere. Register here.
2.  ASIL Research Forum – November 6-8, Chicago, USA. The American Society of International Law has extended the deadline for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held during the Society’s Midyear Meeting in Chicago November 6-8, 2014. Papers can be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished.  Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 1000 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Review of the abstracts will be blind.  Proposals should be submitted online by June 15, 2014. To submit a proposal, or for more information, please visit here.
3. The Keele School of Law is hosting a workshop on June 13th on the theme: ‘Theorising and Historicising International Law and the Environment’. The workshop brings together scholars with a shared interest in legal history to critically engage with the pre-history of international environmental law and its relationship to empire. Speakers include Yoriko Otomo (SOAS), Stephen Humphreys (LSE), Celine Tan (Warwick), Matthew Nicholson (Southampton) and Mario prost (Keele). For more information, and to register, please visit here.
4. Conference on 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution, Friday 13th June 2014, University of Lancaster. 21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with the recent annexation of the Crimea and disputes over islands and maritime delimitation in Asia, amongst others. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them. Full details and registration information can be found at the Centre’s website

Source: EchrBlog 

Book on ECHR in National Case-Law

Janneke Gerards and Joseph Fleuren of Radboud University Nijmegen have just published a book on the different ways in which national courts have dealt with the ECHR and the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights in their own jurisprudence. The book entitled ‘Implementation of the European Conventionon Human Rights and of the judgments of the ECtHR in national case law’ deals with a selected number of countries: Belgium, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands. A comparative analysis is included. The table of contents can be found here and this is the abstract:
The European Convention on Human Rights has a large impact on national law, in particular through the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. In most Convention states, the authorities loyally implement the Court’s interpretations in their legislation, case-law and administrative decisions. Over the past few years, however, especially in some Western European democracies where the ECHR is robustly incorporated into the national legal systems, critical voices have been raised to question the degree of the Court’s influence over national law and politics.

It turns out that many of the current debates are based on two implied assumptions and intuitions. It is felt, firstly, that the Court exercises such great influence that national authorities, in particular courts, have to act as marionettes – they must follow the Court’s movements, even if they want to act differently. The second assumption is that this marionette behaviour and its constitutionally questionable consequences are facilitated and accommodated by the legal and constitutional mechanisms determining the national courts’ competences.

This book questions the correctness of these assumptions and aims for further study of them. This is done by disentangling and illuminating the different elements underlying the interrelationship between the Court and the national courts. The objective is to distinguish between the requirements set by the Court; the constitutional powers and competences of national courts to interpret and apply international law, in particular the Convention; the way in which these courts actually use these competences to deal with the Court’s interpretative approaches; and the type of criticism that is levelled at the Court’s case-law. These elements are studied from the perspective of the Court as well as from a national perspective, in particular for Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Analysing these elements separately enables a fruitful assessment of their interrelationship and provides a sound basis for a constructive debate on the implementation of the Convention in national law, which is based on solid constitutional foundations rather than assumptions and intuitions. The current book is therefore of great interest to those who are interested in debates on the interrelationship between the Court and the states – scholars, as well as judges, policy makers and politicians – but also to those who take a more general interest in constitutional implementation mechanisms, judicial powers and judicial argumentation.

Fuente: Corte IDH Blog

Anuario Colombiano de Derecho Internacional 2014
Límites a la exoneración de responsabilidad en el derecho internacional: la selección y priorización de casos en la jurisdicción nacional
Sebastián Machado Ramírez

Resumen: Mucho se ha discutido sobre las herramientas jurídicas con las cuales cuenta un Estado para asumir un proceso de justicia transicional. Tradicionalmente, la literatura ha estado discutiendo el contenido de los estándares de verdad, justicia y reparación. No obstante, se le ha dedicado muy poca atención a las fuentes normativas que pueden limitar o permitir la exoneración parcial de responsabilidad en los procesos de justicia transicional. Esta exoneración puede ser parte de una política de selección y priorización de casos, lo cual puede estar vinculado a la concesión de amnistías o indultos parciales. El objetivo de este artículo es estudiar tres marcos regulatorios del derecho internacional: 1) el derecho internacional de los derechos humanos; 2) el derecho internacional humanitario; y 3) el derecho penal internacional. Un estudio cuidadoso demuestra que ningún instrumento internacional requiere que un Estado investigue o juzgue la totalidad de los casos relacionados con el conflicto. A grandes rasgos, el derecho internacional impide que se promulguen amnistías absolutas, pero permite que el Estado seleccione y priorice casos, sin castigar la exoneración parcial de responsabilidad de un grupo de involucrados.

The Right to Water in the Case-Law of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Jimena Murillo Chávarro

Abstract: The human right to water is nowadays more broadly recognised, mainly due to the essential societal function that this resource plays; likewise, because of the present water scarcity is generating conflicts between its different uses. Thus, this right aims at protecting human beings by guaranteeing access to clean water that is essential to satisfy vital human needs. Similarly, access to clean water is an important element to guarantee other rights including the right to life and health. The recognition of the right to water is mainly achieved in two ways: as a new and independent right and as a subordinate or derivative right. Concerning the latter, the right to water can emanate from civil and political rights, such as the right to life; or can be derived from economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to health, the right to an adequate standard of living, and the right to housing. This contribution explores the position of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the right to water, and analyses whether the Court has recognised the right to water and, if so, in which manner.

Fundamentos y práctica internacional del derecho a la consulta previa, libre e informada a pueblos indígenas
Luz Ángela Patiño Palacios

Resumen: Este artículo describe y analiza las prácticas en derecho internacional sobre la consulta previa, libre e informada a pueblos indígenas. En primer lugar, expone los fundamentos en diferentes instrumentos internacionales en la materia, así como los criterios para una adecuada consulta. En segundo lugar, se realizan consideraciones sobre la diferencia entre el derecho a la consulta previa y el consentimiento vinculante de los pueblos indígenas. Por último, el artículo realiza una breve conclusión.

La dimensión normativa de la justicia transicional, el sistema interamericano y la negociación con los grupos armados en Colombia
Manuel F. Quinche
Rocío Peña
Resumen: El tema de este escrito es el de la dimensión normativa o jurídica de la justicia transicional en América Latina y Colombia y, más precisamente, el desafío de lograr que uno de sus componentes jurídicos, el relacionado con las reglas y estándares sobre los derechos de las víctimas fijados por la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, sean asumidos como obligaciones efectivas de respeto y garantía por las autoridades colombianas. La tesis estriba en que la incorporación de esas reglas y estándares de origen judicial es obligatoria para Colombia y los Estados parte en la Convención Americana, tanto en situaciones de normalidad como en el marco de procesos de transición, como el iniciado en este país con los paramilitares y hoy continuado con los guerrilleros. Adicionalmente se muestra que la asunción de esos estándares provenientes del Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos no parece clara, lo que permite cuestionar la consistencia del proceso y plantear el riesgo de un eventual juzgamiento posterior por cortes internacionales.

Fuente: Corte IDH BLog

Libro: El derecho a la consulta previa de los pueblos indígenas en Derecho Internacional

Este reporte fue elaborado por Oswaldo Ruiz-Chiriboga.

En los “Cuadernos Deusto de Derechos Humanos” (No. 76) se publicó el texto El derecho a la consulta previa de los pueblos indígenas en Derecho Internacional (Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto, 2014), escrito por mi colega del Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de Gante, Amelia Alva Arévalo. Esta es la reseña de la obra y su tabla de contenidos:
Este estudio tiene por objeto presentar el derecho a la consulta previa de los pueblos indígenas bajo un análisis crítico de su desarrollo en el derecho internacional, poniendo énfasis en los procesos consultivos en actividades extractivas. Para lograr este objetivo, el estudio se ha dividido en cinco partes, en las cuales se analiza el fundamento del derecho a la consulta, su marco jurídico internacional, sus aspectos más elementales (como su aplicación personal, temporal o material); su relación con el derecho al consentimiento, así como los pronunciamientos de los sistemas regionales de derechos humanos (americano y africano) relacionados a este derecho.

1. Fundamentacion del derecho a la consulta previa
1.1. Reconocimiento de la naturaleza colectiva de los Derechos Humanos
1.2. El Reconocimiento de la capacidad jurídica a los pueblos indígenas y la conformación de una ciudadanía multicultural
1.3. Los pueblos indígenas y su derecho a la libre determinación
2. Marco jurídico internacional del derecho a la consulta previa
2.1. Los Convenios de la OIT (Nos. 107 y 169)
2.2. Declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (Declaración)
2.3. Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos (PIDCP) y Pacto Internacional de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (PIDESC)
2.4. Convención Internacional sobre la Eliminación de Todas las Formas de Discriminación Racial (ICERD)
2.5. Normas sobre derechos humanos aplicables a la región americana
2.6. La consulta previa en el Sistema Africano de Derechos Humanos
3. Aspectos fundamentales sobre el derecho a la consulta previa
3.1. Aplicación personal
3.2. Alcance material
3.2.1. Sobre medidas legislativas o administrativas que puedan afectarles directamente
3.2.2. Realización de actividades extractivas
3.2.3. Traslado de territorios indígenas
3.2.4. Militarización de territorios indígenas
3.3. Forma de aplicación
3.3.1. Carácter previo de la consulta
3.3.2. Información como parte de la consulta
3.3.3. Actuación de buena fe entre las partes
3.3.4. Implementación de procedimientos apropiados
3.3.5. Participación de las instituciones representativas indígenas
3.3.6. Su finalidad debe ser lograr un acuerdo o el consentimiento de los pueblos indígenas
3.3.7. La consulta previa como un proceso de diálogo fomenta el cumplimiento de los acuerdos
3.4. Obligatoriedad de la consulta previa
3.4.1. El deber de consultar dimana de la obligación de los Estados de cumplir con los tratados
3.5. Entidades relacionadas al proceso de consulta previa
3.5.1. El rol de las empresas en la celebración de consultas
3.5.2. El rol de los organismos financieros sobre la celebración de consultas
4. Consulta o consentimiento: ¿existe un tránsito de la consulta al consentimiento?
5. El derecho a la consulta previa en los sistemas regionales de derechos humanos
5.1. La consulta previa en el Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos
5.1.1. La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)
5.1.2. La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CorteIDH)
5.2. La consulta previa en el Sistema Africano de Derechos Humanos



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