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IMG_0901Go On! Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law 
Source: IntLaw Grrls
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Washington College of Law is now accepting applications for the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
 The program will take place from May 26 to June 12, 2015. This Program offers 18 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries and with different levels of professional experience.

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and professors from all over the world. The Program is offered in three categories which include the modality of Certificate of Attendance for lawyers, law students and HR professionals of any country, ABA Credits for U.S. students and finally, the Diploma Course that is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. You can review our brochure at: and the application form for this program will be available at
For more information, please contact

IMG_0900On the Job! Postdoctoral Fellowships on the legitimacy of International Courts and Tribunals
Source: IntLaw
Job Description
Up to five 3 year postdoctoral fellowships are available atPluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of University of Oslo.
The postdoctoral researchers will study international courts and tribunals (ICs) in one or more of five issue areas: human rights, trade, investment, international criminal courts and the environment. There is a slight preference for research on human rights and trade.  The research should apply methodology from the fields of political science, philosophy and/or law, with a slight preference for applicants in political science or political philosophy.
The candidate may be assigned a 10 % workload of tasks including teaching, supervision or other relevant tasks.
About PluriCourts
PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Centre is based at the Faculty of Law, Department of Public and International Law of the University of Oslo. Co-Directors of the Centre are Andreas Føllesdal (professor in political philosophy) and Geir Ulfstein (professor in international law).
The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of ICs in the five sectors listed above. For important detailed information about the research agenda and PluriCourts, visit PluriCourts’ research plan.
More information is available here

law-books-4On the Job! Chair in Constitutional and/or Public Law with focus on gender, sexuality, and race studies, EUI (deadline 23 March)     
Source: IntLaw Grrls
The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy,  is looking for candidates with a distinguished record of scholarly publications and experience in postgraduate teaching and doctoral supervision, to fill a Chair in Constitutional and/or Public Law. The Department of Law would particularly welcome candidates interested in theoretical dimensions of the field (which may include dimensions of gender, sexuality and race), as well as comparative, transnational and international dimensions. The chair is open to candidates at all levels of seniority.
The successful candidate is expected to commence on 1 September 2016. The contract is for five years, renewable for a further three years. The Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and takes into account the importance of balance in gender, geographical and minority representation.
Interested applicants should consult for further details.
Deadline for receipt of applications: 23 March 2015
Academic Service
Veerle Deckmyn, Director
Tel.: +39 055.4685.359
E-mail: Internet:
European University Institute Via dei Roccettini 9
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole ITALY

IMG_0736Go On! International Humanitarian Law Summer School, University of Geneva (June 22 – July 10)      
Source: IntLaw Grrls
The University of Geneva is offering a new Summer School in International Humanitarian Law from June 22 to July 10, 2015. Learn more about the summer school and apply online.
Course Description
The course methodology insists on the importance of a practice-based teaching of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the law protecting persons affected by armed conflicts, thus combining theory and discussions of contemporary conflicts. During the course of the programme, participants will:
•    Receive in-depth presentations on the basic principles and on some current controversies on international humanitarian law;
•    Participate in simulations, by representing parties to current armed conflicts;
•    Engage in interactive debates on “hot topics” in IHL with scholars and practitioners.
•    Reflect on the legal framework applicable to present conflicts.
•    Visit the International Committee of the Red Cross and discuss with its practitioners;
•    Realize that and how IHL is actually being applied in contemporary practice and that it guides those seeking answers to the legal problems arising from armed conflicts.
•    Receive teaching from a mix of eminent scholars, young researchers, military lawyers, and humanitarian practitioners from organizations based in Geneva.
•    6 ECTS.
Target Audience
The course welcomes applications from graduate or post-graduate students (currently enrolled in master degree or above) in law, international relations or related areas, Ph.D candidates, and humanitarian practitioners. Upper-year undergraduate students may also apply, and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that this is a master-level course. Background in public international law is recommended, although not required.
Download Course Flyer as pdf.
Course Directors
Professor Marco Sassòli (Course Director), University of Geneva
Anne Quintin (Course Assistant), University of Geneva
A Faculty List for the summer school is available on the website.
We look forward to receiving your applications. Please contact with any questions.

file0001117035713New Issue: International Journal of Human Rights  
Source: International Law Reporter
The latest issue of the International Journal of Human Rights (Vol. 19, no. 2, 2015) is out. Contents include:
•    Special Issue: Legal and Ethical Implications of Drone Warfare
o    Michael J. Boyle, The legal and ethical implications of drone warfare
o    Stephanie Carvin, Getting drones wrong
o    Craig Martin, A means-methods paradox and the legality of drone strikes in armed conflict
o    Daniel R. Brunstetter & Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi, Clashing over drones: the legal and normative gap between the United States and the human rights community
o    David Whetham, Drones to protect
o    Caroline Kennedy & James I. Rogers, Virtuous drones?

23b632c4_l_2Call for Proposals: CCIL 44TH Annual Conference  
Source: International Law Reporter
The Canadian Council of International Law has issued a call for proposals for its 44th Annual Conference, to take place November 5-7, 2015, in Ottawa. The theme is “International Law: Coherence or Chaos?” Here’s the call:
Canadian Council on International Law
44th Annual Conference
International Law: Coherence or Chaos?
Ottawa, Canada
November 5-7, 2015
I. Theme
The needs of an increasingly interconnected and functionally diversified society have radically transformed the international legal order. Early 20th-century accounts conceived of the international system as a hierarchical pyramid structure comprising relatively few norms, in which states, perceived as opaque and unitary actors (‘billiard balls’), interacted in a largely unconstrained manner. Contemporary international law, by contrast, resembles a dense web of overlapping and detailed prescriptions in subject areas as diverse as environmental protection, human rights and international trade. In light of such transformations, political and legal theorists have introduced the concept of the network as a competing structural paradigm of the legal order; they describe international law as a network of government officials, legislators and judges; as a deterritorialized ‘system of rule’ that has transformed the state; or as a flexible, horizontal structure of production of legitimacy spread throughout world space. And yet, while the network model accounts for the diversification of legal regimes and the multiplication of actors in the international legal process, many central building blocks of the traditional international legal system, such as the rules on diplomatic protection or state responsibility, have remained remarkably stable…. A central, and increasingly difficult task of the jurist consists in allocating authority in a system composed of both elements of hierarchical unity and multiple network structures in diverse issue areas.
Bruno Simma & Dirk Pulkowski, “Of Planets and the Universe: Self-Contained Regimes in International Law” (2006) 17 Eur. J. Int’l L. 483.    
International law operates today in a network of subject- and region-specific agreements and forums, with differing levels of efficacy and enforceability. Undoubtedly, specialized fields, such as the law of the sea, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, international trade law, and international investment law, have developed into fully-functioning regimes. However, these self-contained regimes operate within the broader context of public international law. Amidst a proliferation of treaties, customary international law, and soft law norms, what are the applicable rules of international law? How can the rules be interpreted in a manner that ensures coherence within and between regimes? Some commentators maintain that specialization results in insulation and potential conflicts between regimes. Conversely, others argue that specialization leads to increased efficiency and protection of the rule of law.
What is the role of international courts and tribunals? Are they the guardians of coherence and maintaining the rule of law in the face of the rapidly increasing number of treaties and cases? Is coherence of international norms across regimes necessary or to be desired? Within regimes, how much fragmentation or coherence is tolerable? Or does it matter? Are international courts and tribunals different in this respect from domestic courts and tribunals? Contradictions abound in contemporary international law jurisprudence. On the one hand, the growing body of decisions in some regimes demonstrates increased coherence. Conversely, the lack of appellate review mechanisms and the non-binding nature of decisions in many regimes may lead to conflicts and chaos.
Is the complex, international legal system today becoming more coherent and cohesive or heading toward fragmentation and chaos? The 44th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law will examine these important issues and more!
II. Submission and Selection of Proposals
We encourage all international law scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for panels or papers. Proposals must be received no later than March 20, 2015. All proposals should be submitted to
Panel proposals should be organized around a theme and should include a brief description of the theme. They should contain a list of the proposed participants with their anticipated contributions (topics or titles), indicating whether the participants have expressed a willingness to participate in the conference should the proposal be accepted. Short biographies of the proposed chair and speakers should be included. Proposals should be a maximum of 500 words and biographies a maximum of 200 words.
Paper proposals should include a working title of the paper and an abstract (400 words maximum) describing the paper’s main thesis, methods, and contribution. Applicants should also include a short biography (200 words maximum).
Any time-sensitive questions should be addressed to the conference co-chairs at and We anticipate communicating acceptance decisions by May 4, 2015. Authors of accepted proposals will prepare a draft paper on their proposed topic, and submit the draft paper to by no later than November 1, 2015.
III. Panel and Paper Proposals Welcome in All Fields of International Law
Panel and paper proposals on topics consistent with the conference theme are welcome in all areas of international law, including:
•    Public international law
•    Dispute resolution
•    International courts and tribunals
•    International organizations
•    International criminal law
•    International environmental law
•    International humanitarian law
•    International intellectual property law
•    International investment law
•    International legal theory
•    International migration law
•    International law and technology
•    International refugee law
•    International security law
•    International trade law
•    Law of the sea
•    Nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament law
The Conference will take place at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada in Ottawa, Canada from November 5 – 7, 2015.
Please understand that budget constraints prevent us from providing travel or other financial assistance to conference participants.
Debra Steger & Victoria Clark
Conference Co-chairs 2015



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