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wm213490ttPublication of Policy Brief on IAHRS Impact   
Source: Interamerican Human Rights
The Inter-American Human Rights Network is pleased to announce the publication of its policy brief ‘The Impact of the Inter-American Human Rights System: Current Achievements and Future Challenges’, which summarises the principal conclusions of its inaugural workshop of October 2014.
The workshop discussions suggest that while impact is shaped by a number of factors, the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS) is likely to be most effective where its various mechanisms are employed in a coordinated fashion; where its decisions attract widespread media attention; and where domestic actors utilise its rulings and precedents to further their own efforts to bring about national-level policy change.
In seeking to expand its impact in the future, the IAHRS will need to overcome challenges related to its financing and authority, address shortcomings in the collection of data on its activities, and effectively manage the potentially divergent interests of litigants and victims within the system.
The policy brief is available for download, in both English and Spanish, via the links below.

9643A99C-48A8-41E0-AB29-70BA878E574ACall for Papers: Chile and the Inter-American Human Rights System  
Source: Interamerican Human Rights
On 20th May 2015, UCL’s Institute of the Americas will host an interdisciplinary conference examining the most recent cases decided by the Inter-American Human Rights System against the Chilean state.
The conference organisers are inviting submissions of abstracts for papers on one of three streams:
•    Stream 1: Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Persons
•    Stream 2: Torture
•    Stream 3: Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Abstracts should be sent to by 15 March 2015, with the subject “Chile and the Inter-American system of human rights”. You should include in the body of the email your name and title, institutional affiliation and preferred contact, along with your email address, abstract (400 words) and biographical statement (200 words). Please note that abstracts exceeding the word limit or that arrive after the deadline shall not be accepted.
For more information please see the conference overview or email

23b632c4_l_2Go On! iCourts/PluriCourts Summer School in Copenhagen (deadline April 1)   
Source: Int Law Grrls
The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international law and with a special interest in interdisciplinary studies of international law and its social and political context. We particularly welcome students and scholars who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves an interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts.
The iCourts/PluriCourts summer school is based on the principle of participant contributions to the knowledge community.
This means that students who sign up for the summer school are expected to contribute to discussions and to participate in the exercises that are part of the learning program.
As you learn more through active participation, the summer school requires of you that you will be willing to share your work through presentations and to share your intellectual curiosity with others by asking questions and giving comments to other participants.
Invitation to PhD Summer School,  22 June – 26 June 2015: International Law: Courts and Contexts (pdf)
Time: June 22-26 2015 at 9:00-21:00
Place: iCourts, Studiegården, Studiestræde 6, 1455 Copenhagen K
Participation and expenses: The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation.
Deadline for submission: 1 April 2015. Please use this registration form.

IMG_0900Write On! Trade, Law and Development Call for Papers – Special Issue on Government Procurement (due Feb. 15)
Source: Int Law Grrls
The journal Trade, Law and Development, ranked as the best law journal in India (2012, 2011) and the tenth best law journal in the field of international trade worldwide (2012), has issued a Call for Submissions for its upcoming Special Issue on Government Procurement. Submissions are due by Feb. 15, 2015.
 The Plurilateral Agreement on Government Procurement (‘GPA’) aims to promote transparency, integrity and competition in the purchase of goods and services by government agencies. Preferential treatment for domestic goods and services are envisaged as trade barriers. Participating governments are also required to put in place domestic procedures by which aggrieved private bidders can challenge procurement decisions and obtain redress in the event of inconsistency with the GPA. However, States have political and economic interests in promoting their own small and medium scale industries. Therefore, the attempt to harmonize these objectives raises issues with reference to market access and the benefits of “good governance” under the GPA. These subjects have not received sufficient analysis from mainstream academia yet. Consequently, existing literature is inadequate to effectively equip policymakers to deal with such issues.
The revised GPA entered into force on April 6, 2014 and enabled parties to realise gains in market access to the tune of billions of dollars annually. This Special Issue, currently scheduled for publication in July, 2015, will provide an ideal platform to deliberate on Government Procurement initiatives at the WTO. Accordingly, the Board of Editors is pleased to invite original and unpublished submissions for the Special Issue on Government Procurement for publication as ‘Articles’, ‘Notes’, ‘Comments’ and ‘Book Reviews’.
Manuscripts may be submitted via e-mail, ExpressO, or the TL&D website. For further information and submission guidelines, please visit the Journal’s website: If you have any questions, please contact the editors at editors[at]tradelawdevelopment[dot]com.

A-stack-of-files-001Call for Papers: 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (Reminder)    
Source: International Law Reporter
The European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 11th Annual Conference, which will take place September 10-12, 2015, in Oslo and will be hosted by the PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo. The theme is: “The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing?” The call for agora proposals and papers is here and the call for posters is here. The deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals is January 31, 2015.

file0001117035713Call for Papers: Panel Proposal on International Environmental Law for ESIL Annual Conference    
Source: International Law Reporter
The ESIL Interest Group on International Environmental Law has issued a call for papers for an agora proposal being put together in response to the call for papers for the 11th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law. Here’s the call:
Panel Proposal
Interest Group on International Environmental Law
ESIL annual conference, Oslo 2015
Call for papers
The growing complexity and specialisation of international law has given rise to calls for the constitution of courts, tribunals, and chambers operating in specific issue areas. International environmental law is a prominent example of this phenomenon; indeed, that call seemed to have been heeded with the creation of the ICJ’s Environmental Chamber, which seems to be a failed experiment. While there has been a small number of environmental disputes submitted to international courts and tribunals in the last couple of decades, this may not be evidence of a trend, particularly when one notes that environmental cases considered on their merits remain rare.
This panel will address the relevance, actual and potential, of adjudicatory bodies for international environmental norms. Papers may address the following issues:
•    What can realistically be expected of courts and tribunals hearing environmental disputes?
•    What contributions could adjudicatory bodies, whether specialised or not, make to this body of law?
•    Does the highly specialised nature of international environmental law require highly specialised adjudicatory bodies? Is environmental law still too broad – must adjudicatory bodies be even more highly specialised than this?
•    What is the role of general courts and tribunals such as the ICJ?
•    What factors contribute to state reluctance to submit environmental disputes to adjudication?
•    Where are disputes in this area being addressed? Are other adjudicatory bodies, or other approaches to dispute resolution altogether, adequate, or perhaps even better adapted?
•    What role does fragmentation of international law play in this context? Is it counterbalanced by dialogue among international courts and circulation of principles?
•    Do “pure” environmental disputes actually exist or are they always intertwined with other aspects?
•    Are judges well equipped to deal with environmental disputes? Could this affect the attitude of States towards international adjudication?
•    What role for amicus curiae submissions in relation to environmental disputes?
•    Should the ICJ’s environment chamber be reinvigorated, and if so, how? Are there certain incentives which could enhance state submissions to the court / the chamber?
•    What can be learned from other bodies of law, notably areas such as law of the sea or international criminal law for which specialised adjudicatory bodies have been created?
Submission of paper proposals
ESIL members are invited to submit proposals for papers to be included in a panel proposal for the 2015 ESIL conference in Oslo. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and be accompanied by a short CV. Proposals must be submitted by 25 January to Jaye Ellis ( or to Birgit Lode (
Panel convenors:
Jaye Ellis; Birgit Lode; Oren Perez; Alejandra Torres-Camprubi; Elisa Ruozzi

file000175875802Call for Papers: International Law as a Mechanism for Justice
Source: International Law Reporter
The British Branch of the International Law Association has issued a call for papers for its annual spring conference, which will take place at the University of Essex School of Law, on May 29-30, 2015. The theme is “International Law as a Mechanism for Justice.” Here’s the call:
ILA British Branch Spring Conference
International Law as a Mechanism for Justice
School of Law, University of Essex
29th-30th May 2015
Call for papers
From its origins, and the interwoven debates and developments emerging from notions of jus gentium and the law of nature, international law has been viewed as a tool for justice. This conference sets out to explore whether it has achieved the aims of its early advocates, posing a number of broad, crosscutting themes:
Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks of Justice
It might be asked whether justice is conceived as a central objective of international law, and how it might be balanced against other objectives. We can consider, for instance, how existing frameworks balance states’ accountability against conceptions of national interest and state sovereignty. Furthermore, how might foundational principles such as the exhaustion of domestic remedies, sovereign immunities, and the doctrine of act of state contribute to the denial of justice? At a further order of critique, is the justice of international law Eurocentric or cosmopolitan? And does justice ever give way to, or serve as an expression of, power?
Substantive and Practical Challenges for Justice in International Law
Today’s global society sees numerous challenges presented to the substantive workings of public international law. We might reflect on justice in the economy, considering, for instance, whether international law can support an equitable international order, and whether it succeeds in protecting nations against economic sanctions and unilateral coercive measures. The legal regulation of war also raises exigent questions about the dynamics of justice in humanitarian law, regime change, and our legal conceptions of states’ aggression. There is scope to consider the pursuit of justice through human rights, including the feasibility of universal jurisdiction and the accountability of non-state actors for human rights violations. Further, it is important to ask how particular demands of justice are raised by the global commons. For instance, do we have a satisfactory framework for promoting environmental justice, and can international law advance inter-generational equity?
Actor-oriented Perspectives on Justice
We invite discussion on whether current legal frameworks succeed in allowing individuals access to justice against states and international organisations, and how international law can protect individuals against non-state actors, particularly armed groups and commercial companies. To pick out some more specific issues, can diplomatic protection become an effective instrument for states to protect individuals in foreign countries? What is the impact of states’ extra-territorial obligations on the quest for justice under international law? More broadly, we can also ask to what extent international prosecution has strengthened respect for international law.
Justice and Institutions
International judicial and arbitration mechanisms inevitably hold a crucial responsibility in the promotion of justice, the effectiveness of which should be explored. How successful are judicial processes, such as the ICC, in securing domestic justice—including where there is no domestic forum for redress? Do regional and international courts undermine democratic institutions, and can over-legalization ultimately undermine justice? Similarly, we might ask if there are trade-offs between the independence and effectiveness of international courts.
We welcome papers from both academics and practitioners, and we encourage the participation of early career researchers.
Please send abstracts of around 300 words to by 28th February 2015. If you have any queries please direct these to the same address.

commerce-acts-books-477966-mCall for Applications: Arthur C. Helton Fellowships    
Source: International Law Reporter
The American Society of International Law is accepting applications for the Arthur C. Helton Fellowships, which “provide financial assistance in the form of ‘micro-grants’ for law students and young professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.” Applications must be submitted to and must be received no later than Monday, January 19, 2015, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Additional information is available here

IMG_0787Call for Papers: XXVI Jornadas de la AEPDIRI    
Source: International Law Reporter
A call for papers has been issued for the Twenty-Sixth Conference of the Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales, which will take place October 15-16, 2015, in Sevilla. The theme is: “España y la Unión Europea en el orden internacional.” The call is here (English / Español).


documentos---2_2259451Call for Papers: El rol de América Latina en el Derecho Económico Internacional   Fuente: International Law Reporter
A call for papers has been issued for the third biennial conference of La Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional, which will take place October 22-24, 2015, in Porto Alegre. The theme is: “El rol de América Latina en el Derecho Económico Internacional.” Here’s the call:
Tercera Conferencia Bienal de la Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional
El rol de América Latina en el
Derecho Económico Internacional
22 a 24 de octubre de 2015
Porto Alegre, Brasil
Convocatoria para Artículos
La Red Latinoamericana de Derecho Económico Internacional (RED LADEI), las Universidades Federal de Río Grande del Sur, Federal de Minas Gerais, Federal de Paraíba, Estatal de Río de Janeiro y el Centro Universitario de Brasilia, con el apoyo de la Society of International Economic Law, convocan a la presentación de propuestas de artículos para la Tercera Conferencia Bienal de la RED LADEI sobre el “El rol de América Latina en el Derecho Económico Internacional” a desarrollarse entre el 22 y 24 de octubre de 2015, en Porto Alegre, Brasil.
ENTREGA ARTÍCULOS: 15 de agosto de 2015
El tema de la conferencia será: “El rol de América Latina en el Derecho Económico Internacional”. La convocatoria está abierta para practicantes, académicos y funcionarios internacionales o de gobierno. La sinergia entre los tres sectores es positiva, por lo que la Red impulsa esta iniciativa.
El programa general de la Conferencia incluye sesiones plenarias, diferentes paneles temáticos y posters. Los ponentes de las sesiones plenarias serán convocados por la coordinación del evento de la Red LADEI, los expositores de los paneles y de posters, serán seleccionados según los términos de esta convocatoria. Los idiomas de trabajo de la Conferencia serán español y portugués.
Les invitamos a reunirse con reconocidos expertos en derecho económico internacional de diferentes partes del mundo para discutir sobre el rol de nuestra región en el DEI, si es un actor que propone soluciones, sugiere nuevas teorías, o si se trata de un actor pasivo que sigue juiciosamente las políticas de los países con más recursos de poder.
En las pasadas conferencias en las universidades Externado de Colombia y Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, participaron algunos de los más importantes expertos en derecho internacional económico de la región, entre ellos miembros del Tribunal Permanente de Revisión del MERCOSUR, jueces del Tribunal de Justicia de la Comunidad Andina y del Órgano de Apelación de la OMC, y más de 200 académicos, abogados y representantes de organizaciones internacionales. Las ponencias y artículos entregados en la conferencia han sido editados por los co-directores de la Red y la Universidad Externado de Colombia, y publicados. La conferencia contará con mesas individuales y conferencias magistrales en formato de plenaria. Cada mesa tendrá un moderador y, según el caso, comentaristas. Esperamos contar con una representación geográfica y de género equilibrada.
Los paneles y posters
Con el objeto de fomentar el debate entre los participantes, los paneles ofrecen un espacio para discutir la experiencia práctica y/o resultados de investigaciones y la presentación de posters. Las propuestas para paneles y posters deben estar relacionadas con el tema de la conferencia y abordar, por ejemplo cuestiones sobre:
•    historia del derecho económico internacional y/o de las relaciones económicas internacionales en América Latina
•    derecho económico internacional (comercio, inversión, derecho financiero o monetario) en Latinoamérica o con un enfoque sobre Latinoamérica y sus vínculos con otras regiones;
•    las instituciones de integración en Latinoamérica, su fragmentación y/o coherencia con otras instituciones globales;
•    teoría jurídica de las relaciones económicas internacionales.
•    Relaciones entre el derecho internacional económico y otros temas (energía, clima, derechos de los trabajadores, derechos humanos, etc.);
•    Relaciones entre el derecho interno y el derecho económico internacional en los países de la región
Las propuestas deben ser entregadas antes del 8 de febrero de 2015.
Postulación individual, panel o poster
Para postular, solicitamos a los interesados enviar por correo electrónico un resumen de no más de 300 palabras con el tema a tratar en su ponencia, nombre, afiliación y breve biografía o CV por e-mail. Solicitamos indicar en el título del correo que envíen si se trata de panel, postulación individual o poster.
En caso de ser escogida, un borrador avanzado del artículo o estructura del poster que desarrolla la propuesta debe entregarse antes del 15 de agosto de 2015.
Por favor, indicar si el trabajo ha sido publicado, es un documento de trabajo o es inédito, y sí está dispuesto a publicar el trabajo final en un libro temático de la red. Para efectos de la publicación, el artículo será de entre 20 y 30 paginas máximo.
Para efectos de la publicación, se conformará un comité editorial que escogerá los trabajos que cumplan los requisitos de calidad y pertinencia en razón del tema de la conferencia.
Postulación individual de profesionales no académicos
Con el objetivo de fomentar el dialogo entre la academia y los sectores privado y gubernamental serán admitidas un número limitado de ponencias sin la obligación de presentar un artículo desarrollando la propuesta. Esta opción está disponible solamente para profesionales que no tengan vinculación con el sector académico. Los requisitos para este tipo de postulación son: (a) presentar un resumen de no más de 300 palabras sobre el tema a tratar en la ponencia; (b) el tema de la ponencia debe estar relacionado directamente con la experiencia profesional del postulante – la propuesta debe incluir una breve descripción de la experiencia profesional relevante para el tema de la ponencia además del CV del postulante; (c) compromiso de enviar una presentación en formato electrónico (Power Point) que se usará durante la conferencia no más tarde que el 12 de octubre de 2015.
Postulación de mesas
La postulación de mesas debe contar con al menos tres integrantes, un título y resumen de la mesa, conferencistas comprometidos, información sobre ellos (afiliación), los títulos y resúmenes de las presentaciones individuales, y al menos el nombre de un comentarista. Los conferencistas deben estar de acuerdo con el título de su charla y confirmar su interés y disposición en participar.
Los plazos para el envío de los artículos finales que son aquellos señalados anteriormente para los paneles.
Preferiblemente las mesas deben contar con representatividad regional y de género, así como diversidad de opiniones existentes. Es responsabilidad del organizador de la mesa, garantizar la participación de los integrantes de las mesas.
La organización del evento no cubre los gastos de viaje ni de alojamiento de los panelistas, presentadores de posters o moderadores.
Les pedimos enviar las propuestas vía e-mail a;
Ninguna persona podrá envuelta en más de dos propuestas, cualquiera que sea el formato.
Los resultados serán anunciados el 8 de marzo de 2015. Cada propuesta será evaluada por dos árbitros, miembros



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