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wm192762ttGo On! University of Essex Human Rights Summer School (early registration discount through April 20th)
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is offering its five day summer school on Human Rights Research Methods from 29 June to 3 July 2015. This will be followed by a second week (6-7 July) of thematic modules on cutting edge issues in human rights. These include:

Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (6-7 July)
Economic and Social Dimensions of Transitional Justice (6-7 July)
Human Rights and Drug Policy (6-7 July)
Autonomy and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (7 July)
An international team of experts will deliver teaching sessions, including leading human rights academics and practitioners. These are essential courses for postgraduate students, academics, lawyers, those working in civil society and international organisations, and importantly, those holding positions in government, including diplomats and civil servants. The thematic modules are run in conjunction with the Essex Transitional Justice Network, the Essex Autonomy Project, and the International Centre on Human Rights & Drug Policy.
Courses will be held at the University of Essex campus in Wivenhoe Park, an hour train ride from central London. A 10% early booking discount on the published course fee rates is available for bookings made before Monday 20 April 2015.
A full course programme, including enrolment details are available here.

Fotor09279173Write On! Call for Submissions: Theoretical Approaches to International Law, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (deadline 30 April)
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
Call for Submissions Volume 4, Issue 2 (October 2015): Special Issue on Theoretical Approaches to International Law
The UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (UCLJLJ) is a law journal run by postgraduate students of the UCL Faculty of Laws. All submissions are assessed through double blind peer-review. Starting in 2015, the Journal will appear twice a year and will be available open access.
The Editorial Board is pleased to call for submissions for the second issue of 2015. The Board welcomes submissions engaging with the issue’s general theme “Theoretical Approaches to International Law”. The topic is broadly conceived and leaves room in particular for any area of international law to be considered and for a wide range of theoretical traditions and approaches.
We accept articles of between 8,000-12,000 words, case notes of 6’000-8’000 words and book reviews of 1’000-2’000 words in length. All submissions must comply with the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). Contributions that have already been published or that are under consideration for publication in other journals will not be considered. The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2015. Manuscripts must be uploaded via the submissions section on our website.
For further information and guidelines for authors please visit the journal’s website.

wm213490ttOn the Job! Senior Legal Officer, Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (deadline April 17)
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is seeking candidates for a Senior Legal Officer position, to be based in their office in The Hague.
The Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice is an international women’s human rights organisation that advocates for accountability for gender-based crimes through the International Criminal Court (ICC) and domestic mechanisms including through the participation of women in peace building and formal peace negotiation processes. The organisation works with women most affected by each of the armed conflict situations under investigation by the ICC. The organisation has extensive country-based programmes in collaboration with local and regional partners in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Libya along with ICC-related legal monitoring and advocacy programmes on the Central African Republic, Kenya, the Ivory Coast and Mali. The organisation currently has offices in The Hague (the Netherlands) and Amolatar (Uganda). The Senior Legal Officer (SLO) post is located in The Hague Office. The organisation is seeking to appoint a highly experienced Senior Legal Officer (immediate appointment). This is an international call for applications. More details about the organization can be found at
Interested applicants are encouraged to carefully review the description of the position and the desired qualifications here:
The deadline for applications is 17 April 2015.

IMG_0736Go On! Academy of European Law summer courses at European University Institute, Florence (deadline April 8)
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
The Academy of European Law summer courses in Human Rights Law and European Union law, given by leading authorities from the worlds of practice and academia, provide high-level programmes for researchers and legal practitioners.
This year’s Human Rights Law Course will be held on 15 – 26 June. It comprises a General Course on ‘The Future of Human Rights Fact-finding’ by Philip Alston (New York University Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘The Futures of Human Rights’ by leading scholars.
The Law of the European Union Course will be held on 29 June – 10 July. It features a General Course on ‘What’s Left of the Law of Integration?’ by Julio Baquero Cruz (Member of the Legal Service of the European Commission) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘Harmonization in a Changing Legal Context’ by leading scholars and practitioners in the Law of the European Union.
The program is available here: AEL SUMMER SCHOOL 2015
The two-week courses are held at the European University Institute in Florence. Applications close on 8 April. For further information see the Academy’s website at .

IMG_0649Access to Justice and the Rule of Law: The Next 25 Years

Source: American Bar 
April 15, 2015
Hamilton Crowne Plaza
1001 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

1:00–5:00 p.m.
Keynote & Panel Discussions
5:00–6:30 p.m.
Networking and ABA ROLI Alumni Reception
1:00–2:00 p.m.

Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, U.S. Department of State
2:15–3:30 p.m.

Panel 1 – Enhancing the Supply of Justice Services: Institutionalizing Innovations and Successful Delivery Models

Access to justice requires the existence of independent, accountable, and functional justice institutions that are capable of serving citizens’ justice needs in a fair, effective, and efficient manner. Yet, courts and other justice sector institutions throughout the world face common challenges, such as insufficient professionalism and integrity, inadequate resources, overwhelming backlogs and delays, unwillingness to embrace a service-oriented role, and the resulting lack of public trust in the formal system. This panel will explore various top-down approaches to creating, reforming, and strengthening the capacity of judiciary and other rule of law institutions. What does it take to put in place a framework that ensures a steady supply of justice services to adequately meet the society’s growing demand for justice? What innovations have been tried in the past, how have they fared, what were the factors driving their success or failure, and what other measures might be tried in the future? How can leaders in government, civil society, and the donor community effectively draw upon their knowledge and experience, so that the most effective justice delivery models can be institutionalized and standardized worldwide?


Jerry Hyman, Senior Adviser and President, Hills Program on Governance, Center for Strategic and International Studies

• Lubomira Beardsley, Senior Counsel, Governance Global Practice, The World Bank
• Jens Deppe, Georgia Team Leader, Legal Approximation to European Standards in the South Caucasus Regional Program, German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)
• Robert La Mont, Philippines Country Director, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
3:45–5:00 p.m.

Panel 2 – The Political Economy of Legal Empowerment: Strategies in Action

Legal empowerment works from the bottom up to increase the capacity of people to exercise their rights and to participate in the processes of governing, and must be understood within broader social and political environments. This panel will explore demand-oriented, community-driven approaches to justice and governance reform, particularly in contexts with inhospitable and constraining operating environments for civil society. What works and doesn’t work in civil society-led legal empowerment initiatives? How can the lessons of grassroots programs be translated into large-scale policy change? What can legal empowerment actors do to address the closing space around civil society?

Jennifer Tsai, Senior Access to Justice Advisor, ABA Rule of Law Initiative

• Charles-Guy Makongo, Country Director, Democratic Republic of Congo, ABA Rule of Law Initiative
• Sarah Mendelson, Senior Adviser and Director, Human Rights Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies
• Abigail Moy, Director of Global Network, Namati
• Douglas Rutzen, President and CEO, The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
5:00–6:30 p.m.

Networking and ABA ROLI Alumni Reception

Register here

law-books-4The “Crystal Scales of Justice” Prize
Source: Council of Europe 
Since 2005, the Council of Europe and the European Commission are organising together a competition to discover and highlight innovative and efficient practices used in European courts for court organisation or for the conduct of judicial proceedings (for example, initiatives devised by a court president, a registry, a Bar) and deserving to be drawn to the attention of policy-makers and the judicial community so as to improve the functioning of the public justice system.

In the past, the Prize concerned either criminal (2009) or civil justice (2005, 2006 and 2008). For the first time in 2010, the “Crystal Scales of Justice” Prize covered at the same time the fields of criminal and civil justice. In 2012, for this 6th edition, the Prize again covered the civil justice field, and in particular innovative practices in the field of civil justice, aimed to improve efficiency and functioning of the judicial system, procedures and the courts’ organisation. In 2013, the Crystal Scales of Justice has not been organised. Since 2014, the Council of Europe is organising the Crystal Scales of Justice on its own, in the criminal and civil fields.

file000175875802Call for applications for the Council of Europe Prize “Crystal Scales of Justice” for innovative practices contributing to the quality of justice
Source: Council of Europe 
Strasbourg, -The Council of Europe is organising the award of the annual Crystal Scales of Justice Prize. It is the 8th time that this prize will be awarded.

The aim of the prize is to identify and promote innovative practices regarding the conduct of proceedings, court organisation and the functioning of court systems in general. To be eligible for consideration, the practices nominated must have been implemented recently and they should be easily usable by other States or jurisdictions. Their efficiency must be measurable.

The 2015 competition is open to courts, Bar Associations, non-governmental organisations and any other body dealing with judicial affairs in a member State of the Council of Europe or an observer State to the CEPEJ[1].
Applications must meet the eligibility criteria as specified in the Rules of the Prize, and be submitted to the Council of Europe, preferably electronically, by 12 June 2015.
For more details, please refer to the CEPEJ website.
Rules of the Prize and application form



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