Call for submissions: The Washington College of Law Human Rights Essay Award 2015 English and Spanish
Are you interested in attending an all-expense paid 3 week summer program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law taught by over 40 world-renowned practitioners and academics at American University Washington College of Law? Well, now is your chance! Submit an essay to the Human Rights Essay Award Competition and you could be the lucky winner to receive a scholarship to attend the 2015 Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. This year’s topic is “Transitional Justice, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law” and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2015. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.
This annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of: a scholarship to the Academy’s Program of Advanced Studies, travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms and a per diem for living expenses. For detailed guidelines about the award please visit:http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm or contact us at:firstname.lastname@example.org
Estás interesado/a en asistir a un programa de verano en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario por 3 semanas con todos los gastos pagados y dictado por más de 40 profesionales y académicos mundialmente reconocidos en la American University Washington College of Law? Bueno, ahora es tu oportunidad! Envía un ensayo al concurso Premio al Ensayo en Derechos Humanos y tú podrías ser el afortunado ganador y recibir una beca para asistir al Programa de Estudios Avanzados en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario. El tema de este año es “Justicia Transicional, Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario” y la fecha límite para enviar ensayos es el 1 de Febrero de 2015. Los participantes tienen la flexibilidad de escoger cualquier tema relacionado con el tópico asignado. Los mejores artículos podrán ser publicados en el American University International Law Review.
Este concurso anual patrocinado por la Academia de Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario busca estimular la producción de artículos académicos en Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos. La Academia concederá dos premios, uno para el mejor artículo en inglés y otro para el mejor artículo en español. En cada caso el premio consistirá en: una beca para el Programa de Estudios Avanzados en Derechos Humanos y Derecho Internacional Humanitario, gastos de traslado a Washington D.C., alojamiento en los dormitorios de la universidad y un estipendio para gastos de estadía. Para una guía detallada sobre el premio por favor visitar:http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/hraward.cfm o contactarnos a:email@example.com
Call for Papers: The Transnational in International Law (Reminder)
As noted previously, the Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law has issued a call for papers for a conference on “The Transnational in International Law,” to take place at the University of Bremen on March 25-27, 2015. Here’s the call:
Call for Papers
International Interdisciplinary Conference
Working Group of Young Scholars in Public International Law
The Transnational in International Law
University of Bremen
25 ‒ 27 March 2015
International legal scholarship has since long tried to comprehend the diversifica-tion of actors, rules, and authorities in international law. Almost 60 years ago, Philip Jessup, who was later appointed as a judge at the International Court of Justice, developed the idea of a “transnational law”, including “all law which regulates actions or events that transcend national frontiers”. His approach aimed at substitut-ing and expanding the traditional notion of international law which used to be confined to inter-state relations. Recently, similar approaches have regained significance in analyzing the impact of what is commonly called globalization on the law. It still remains unclear, however, how such approaches affect the conventional concepts, instruments, and methods of international law.
To grasp the alleged transformation of international law is all the more difficult since the notion of transnationalism, or transnationalization, is employed in various meanings with regard to the law. At the outset, two conceptions may be dis-tinguished. According to a more comprehensive understanding, transnationalization of law denotes the intertwinement and interaction of different legal actors or orders (state, sub-state, inter-state, supra-state, non-state). Pursuant to narrower conception, by contrast, transnationalization of law only points to the inclusion of non-state actors in regulating cross-border issues. Both notions are not mutually exclusive. They depart from the shared observation that the law regulating cross-border issues has become more complex than ever before. Law-making authority is no longer solely claimed by states, but also by international and supranational organizations as well as non-state actors. In the resulting plurality of actors, fora, norms, and implementation procedures, the relationship of the different constituencies is not always clearly defined.
Against this background, the conference seeks to explore the significance of the concept of transnationalism within and beyond international law. On the one hand, it intends to define and demarcate the potential and limits of the concept of transnationalism in law. On the other hand, it strives to inquire into the conse-quences of a possible transnationalization for international law. From an empirical perspective, it calls upon to ascertain the remaining role of the state in cross-border regulation. From a normative perspective, it invites to argue whether the state deserves any preponderance as a resource of legitimacy in global governance.
The general subject allows for various topics and approaches. Empirical, normative, and legal-dogmatic contributions are equally welcome. Interdisciplinary studies would be particularly helpful, especially from the fields of history, sociology, philosophy, and economics. Possible subjects may include:
What does transnationalism, or transnationalization, mean with regard to inter-national law? How does the transnationalization of law affect the concepts, in-struments, and methods of international law?
Against which rules and principles of law is the action of transnational corpora-tions and arbitration panels to be scrutinized? Are non-state actors bound by human rights?
Under what conditions may the practice of international institutions which inter-pret their competencies and legal instruments dynamically be deemed legitimate? Does the participation of non-governmental institutions enhance or impair the le-gitimacy of law-making processes across borders?
In which way may the interaction of different legal orders and actors be regulat-ed? How can conflicts of norms be solved?
The two-day conference will take place at the Center for Transnational Studies of the University of Bremen from 25 until 27 March 2015. It is supposed to provide a forum of dialogue between junior and senior researchers. Therefore, established professors will comment on the contributions of younger scholars (advanced doc-toral and post-doctoral stages). Proposals for papers of no more than 500 words and a short CV should be submitted to Transnational_Law@gmx.com by 31 October 2014. Selected participants will be notified by 30 November 2014. Elaborated papers of no more than 10.000 words (including footnotes) are expected by 28 February 2015. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered to a certain extent.
Organizing committee: Dr. Anuscheh Farahat, LL.M. (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law Heidelberg), Dr. Birgit Peters, LL.M. (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Dr. Lars Viellechner, LL.M. (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).
Submission of abstracts: 31 October 2014 (max. 500 words, to: Transnational_Law@gmx.com)
Notification of participants: 30 November 2014
Submission of papers: 28 February 2015 (max. 10.000 words)
Barcelo: Arbitrability Decisions Before, During, and after Arbitration
John James Barcelo III (Cornell Univ. – Law) has posted Arbitrability Decisions Before, During, and after Arbitration. Here’s the abstract:
The arbitration-litigation process respecting international commercial arbitration can be divided into three principal stages. Stage One occurs before a national court where a primary issue is whether the court should decide the merits of the dispute or refer the parties to arbitration. This decision turns on whether the parties have entered a binding and enforceable agreement to arbitrate their dispute — in other words, whether the dispute is arbitrable. Stage Two occurs before the arbitrators, once they have been chosen and have initiated arbitral proceedings. Here again, an opposing party may challenge the arbitrability of the dispute by petitioning the arbitrators to dismiss the case because they do not have good jurisdiction or the claim is not admissible. Stage Three occurs after the arbitrators have rendered an award and the parties are disputing before a national court whether the award is enforceable. A ground for not enforcing the award is that the dispute was not arbitrable. This book chapter discusses the principal issues, doctrines, and approaches that arise concerning the arbitrability decision at each of these three stages of the arbitration-litigation process. The discussion takes a transnational approach, focusing on several of the leading arbitration jurisdictions, including especially the U.S. and France.