Write On! Call for Papers: ‘Human Rights and Justice,’ Hague Institute for Global Justice (deadline 14 Nov.)
The human rights sections of the International Studies Association, the American Political Science Association, the European Consortium for Political Research, and the International Political Science Association are pleased to announce the fourth joint international conference on human rights, on the theme “Human Rights and Justice,” to take place 8 – 10 June 2015 at The Hague Institute for Global Justice. The conference will take place immediately before the annual meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (11 – 13 June), also in The Hague.
This joint conference will ask researchers and policymakers from academia, think tanks, IOs and NGOs to deal with various aspects of justice and human rights. Papers should highlight how and to what extent human rights in all aspects and levels of governance, law and decision making allow or deny access to justice. This may include questions regarding whether and to what extent the international human rights regime can address adequately the challenges of human rights implementation and justice, as well as how regional, national, and local mechanisms may address human rights challenges. Paper and panel proposals that also address the issues such as climate justice, transitional justice or cyber justice as well as access to justice and global distributive justice are welcome. Some of the questions to be addressed at the conference include:
• Are human rights and justice always compatible?
• How do we conceptualize the relationship between human rights and justice?
• What role does global distributive justice play in advancing human rights?
• How do we ensure that domestic justice systems address a wide range of human rights issues?
• Are international justice institutions (e.g. International Criminal Court, European Court of Human Rights, Inter-American Court, African Court on Human and People’s Rights) adequate for addressing human rights issues?
• How have norms regarding justice and human rights evolved?
Submissions will open shortly. Please note that proposals must relate to the theme of the conference in some manner to be considered. Each full panel proposal should include exactly four papers plus a chair and discussant.
The deadline for submissions is 14 November 2014. Notification of acceptances will be sent by e-mail by 20 December 2014.
For more information, visit: http://global-human-rights.org/HRJ.html
New Issue: Journal of World Energy Law & Business
The latest issue of Journal of World Energy Law & Business (Vol. 7, no. 5, October 2014) is out. Contents include:
• Special Issue: Unconventional gas in East Asia
o Philip Andrews-Speed & Christopher Len, The legal and commercial determinants of unconventional gas production in East Asia
o Tony Regan & Zhu Chao, Twenty five years of coal bed methane development in China
o Paul Deemer & Nicholas Song, China’s ‘Long March’ to shale gas production–exciting potential and lost opportunities
o Toby E.G. Hewitt, A progress report on Indonesian coal bed methane development
o Luu Hoang Ha, Institutional and regulatory constraints for the development of unconventional gas in Vietnam
o Lord Justice Lewison, Thirty years of change
Giacca: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict
Gilles Giacca (Univ. of Oxford – Law) has published Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict (Oxford Univ. Press 2014). Here’s the abstract:
This book addresses the international legal obligation to protect economic, social, and cultural human rights in times of armed conflict and other situations of armed violence. These rights provide guarantees to individuals of their fundamental rights to work, to an adequate standard of living (food, water, housing), to education, and to health. Armed violence can take many forms, from civil unrest or protest and other forms of internal disturbances and tensions to higher levels of violence that may amount to armed conflict, whether of an international or of a non-international character. However, in all such cases the protection of ESC rights is sorely challenged.
Situations of actual or potential violence present a number of challenges to the application and implementation of human rights law in general and socio-economic rights obligations more specifically. This book sets out the legal framework, defining what constitutes a minimum universal standard of human rights protection applicable in all circumstances. It assesses the concept and content of ESC rights’ obligations, and evaluates how far they can be legally applicable in various scenarios of armed violence. By looking at the specific human rights treaty provisions, it discusses how far ESC rights obligations can be affected by practical and legal challenges to their implementation. The book addresses the key issues facing the protection of such rights in times of armed conflict: the legal conditions to limit ESC rights on security grounds, including the use of force; the extraterritorial applicability of international human rights treaties setting out ESC rights; the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law; and the obligations of non-state actors under human rights law and with particular relevance to the protection of ESC rights. The book assesses the nature of these potential challenges to the protection of ESC rights, and offers solutions to reinforce their continued application.
Conference: International Child Abduction and Human Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Status Quo
On October 16, 2014, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the University of Antwerp will hold a conference on “International Child Abduction and Human Rights: A Critical Assessment of the Status Quo,” in Antwerp. The program is here. Here’s the idea:
Against the background of the increasingly diverging case law of the CJEU and ECHR, this event examines and critically assesses the current legal framework for international child abduction cases. The question is how far a court’s duty reaches when assessing the grant of a return order. Should the court apply a very marginal test only, in essence sending the child back unless there is a very serious reason not to do so? Or must it take full account of the right to family life of each individual child and his or her parents?
Speakers will discuss the use of the grounds for refusal; the role of Central Authorities; the future of the 1980 Hague Convention and of the Brussels II bis Regulation; potential ways to a harmonised case law of the CJEU and ECHR; children’s rights and interests; and the concerns of children’s organisations.