San José, Costa Rica. El 11 de mayo José Thompson J., director ejecutivo del IIDH, inauguró la semana presencial del diplomado internacional “Sistema Interamericano de Derechos Humanos”, realizado en el marco del convenio suscrito por el IIDH con la Universidad Libre de Colombia. En la mesa principal, estuvo acompañado por la tutora, Lorena González Pinto, integrante del Subcomité de Prevención de la Tortura de la ONU; y, Jorge Padilla, encargado de Educación. La semana presencial, que se extenderá hasta el viernes 15, cuenta con la participación de un nutrido grupo de estudiantes de la Universidad Libre de Colombia, seccional de Cúcuta.
Esta es la tercera subsede de dicha casa de estudios que le da la oportunidad a su alumnado de acceder a este proceso formativo conjunto sobre el SIDH. Además de la profesora González Pinto, el programa incluye las intervenciones de Fabián Salvioli, presidente del Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU; y Oscar Alarcón, de la Secretaría de Derechos Humanos del Consejo de Europa, entre otros/as disertantes. Asimismo, el grupo tendrá la oportunidad de visitar las sedes de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, la Universidad para la Paz y otras entidades, donde también asistirán a conferencias.
Source: Interamerican Human Rights
Later this month, several members of the IAHRN will participate in an academic discussion to evaluate the impact of the Inter-American Human Rights System. The session forms part of this year’s Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference, to be held in Puerto Rico, and will take place between 10am and 11.45am on Saturday 30th May.
One of those dueto present at the session is Dr. Natalia Saltalamacchia Ziccardi, IAHRN member and researcher at Mexico’s Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Her presentation will focus on the conclusions of extensive new primary research into the scope and effectiveness of the system’s friendly settlement mechanism.
Supporters of this mechanism have often argued that it represents a way to obtain faster and more cost efficient resolution of cases than that available via the system’s traditional litigation procedure. Dr Saltalamacchia’s statistical analysis of IAHRS data suggests that this assertion is, in reality, not entirely accurate, and that friendly settlement procedures are generally just as lengthy as the alternative.
However, the research also indicates that agreements obtained through this mechanism can have greater impact, in some cases, than that which may be achieved via IACtHR rulings. One notable example in this regard is the better record of state compliance with reparation pledges made in friendly settlements, than for those ordered by court edict.
The research presented in this paper will later form the basis of a chapter in a scholarly volume on the impact of the inter-American system, currently being produced by IAHRN members.
Call for Papers: Fifth Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law
Source: International Law Reporter
The Asian Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its Fifth Biennial Conference, to be held November 26-27, 2015, in Bangkok. The theme is: “International Law and the Changing Economic & Political Landscape in Asia.” Here’s the call:
International Law and the Changing Economic & Political Landscape in Asia
Call for Papers
The Asian Society of International Law was established in 2007. Following four successful biennial conferences, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday and Friday, 26 and 27 November 2015.
Theme of the Conference
Nowadays governments, scholars and civil society in Asia are engaged enthusiastically in the development of international law in the region. Asian countries today witness more regional cooperation and economic integration, for instance, through the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), etc. The conference will confront the changes that will ensue from these developments in the region, and provide a forum to share perspectives on legal issues from around Asia and from beyond.
Topics of Papers
To this end, proposals for papers are now being invited on the following topics:
Changing approaches to international law Changing approaches to international law as a discipline, including studies on the teaching, research and practice of international law in Asian contexts; Third World approaches to international law; the contribution of civil society to international law; the turn to “global constitutionalism”;and the UN Charter and the development of international law;
Emerging issues in human rights Issues in the international protection of human rights, including the evolving position on the responsibility to protect (“R2P”); the empowerment of women in Asian societies; and the impact of labor migration;
Conflict of laws relating to marriage, adoption, surrogacy and custody of children;
Energy and natural resources law, including their joint and sustainable development; comparative regulatory and fiscal regimes (e.g. concession v. production-sharing v. service contracts, etc.) and cross-border pollution;
International environmental law: Climate change and disaster management
Food security, health and sanitary cooperation;
International cooperation against organized crime and its punishment: terrorism, drug smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, anti-corruption; and the illicit trade in cultural artifacts, especially in conflict situations;
International Humanitarian Law
Law of the Sea, including piracy and maritime security and safety in the Asian region
Legal aspects of regional integration in its political and social dimensions, including ASEAN Integration, free trade agreements, and security arrangements;
Peaceful resolution of political and territorial disputes in Asia, including legal frameworks for cooperation
Resolution of international trade and business disputes in Asia, including the enforcement of arbitration awards and foreign judgments
International Investment Law
Trade- and business-related issues, including the regulation of cyber matters Issues relating inter alia to competition law; anti-dumping safeguards; intellectual property rights; transfer pricing; WTO obligations of Asian countries; trade sanctions to prevent breaches of International Humanitarian Law; micro-finance and small- and medium-sized enterprises; and finance and investment including SMEs and micro-finance.
The Organizers seek to encourage the participation in the Conference of all persons interested in international law all over the world, whether established or junior scholars, academics or practitioners, government officials and NGO officers, by inviting applications for positions as panelists. Papers may provide an Asian perspective on these topics, and/or international/comparative approaches to the listed topics.
You will be required to provide in the online submission form:
A 500-word abstract/summary of the proposed paper. Please clearly identify the title of your paper and the panel category in the online form.
Affiliation details and brief biography This would include details of professional status, educational background, institutional affiliation, office address, contact telephone number, and e-mail address. Please also provide, in the section titled `brief biography’ any information about representative presentations given, publications, and any other relevant information about your research or experience.
Your affiliation to the Asian Society of International Law Preference will be given to existing members of the Asian Society of International Law in the selection process. To sign up for membership, please click Here.
In addition to paper proposals, proposals for panels will also be considered. A panel should address a topical issue of international law and consist of 4-5 speakers from a range of countries and stages of career development. Please complete the online submission forms by Friday, 10 July 2015, 2300 hrs (Singapore Time).
Click HERE for online abstract submission for individual papers
Click HERE for online submission for panels
Click HERE to view Conference Website
Any enquiries about the paper selection process and Bangkok Conference may be addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Successful applicants will be informed by August 2015 and are required to submit their completed papers and registration to the Conference Organizers by Monday, 6 November 2015. The paper should be between 6000 and 8000 words.
All papers accepted by the Organizers for the Conference may be featured on the Conference website, a document sharing portal or as part of the AsianSIL Working Paper Series. Paper presenters are encouraged to submit finalized papers to the Society’s Asian Journal of International Law. Publication is subject to a double-blind peer-review and editorial discretion. Details may be found on the Journal’s Website http://www.AsianJIL.org.
Source: International Law Reporter
The American Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 2015 Research Forum, to be held October 23-24, in Washington, DC. Here’s the call:
Fifth Annual ASIL Research Forum
October 23-24, 2015, Washington, DC
The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held in Washington, DC
The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused discussion of works-in-progress. All ASIL members are invited to attend the Forum, whether presenting a paper or not.
Papers may be on any topic related to international and transnational law and should be unpublished (for purposes of the call, publication to an electronic database such as SSRN is not considered publication). Interdisciplinary projects, empirical studies, and jointly authored papers are welcome.
Proposals should be submitted online. Interested paper-givers should submit an abstract (no more than 500 words in length) summarizing the scholarly paper to be presented at the Forum. Abstracts must be submitted in MS Word and include 1) cover page with the name, institutional affiliation, professional position, and contact information for the author(s) and 2) a separate abstract that does not include the author’s name. Review of the abstracts will be blind. Papers that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Notifications of acceptance will go out in mid-July.
Submission deadline is June 22, 2015.
Papers accepted for presentation will be assembled into panels. The organizers welcome volunteers to serve as discussants who will comment on the papers. All authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a draft paper four weeks before the Research Forum. Accepted authors must commit to being present on both Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, 2015. Draft papers will be posted in advance of the Forum on an asil.org website accessible only by participants in the Forum.