Lugar de las Becas: Secretaría Ejecutiva de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (SE/CIDH) de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA). Dirección: 1889 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, Estados Unidos de América
Plazo para la presentación de candidaturas: 30 de septiembre de 2015
Fechas de inicio y de finalización: 1 de diciembre de 2015 al 31 de agosto de 2016
Duración de las Becas: 9 meses
• Beca para la Relatoría sobre los Derechos de las Personas Afrodescendientes y contra la Discriminación Racial
• Beca para la Relatoría sobre los Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas
• Beca sobre los Derechos de Personas Lesbianas, Gays, Bisexuales, Trans e Intersex (LGBTI)
• Beca sobre Políticas Públicas con Enfoque de Derechos Humanos desde el Trabajo de la CIDH
IUCN is pleased to announce the launch of a new set of resources for teaching and training on protected areas law and governance. The materials are designed to support educators in a wide variety of settings, such as training sessions, workshops, university courses and practitioner seminars. They include seminar presentations, interactive exercises, and short videos. All are freely available on www.protectedareaslaw.org. This platform also provides a hub for educators to upload their own relevant resources to share with others around the world.
Strong and well-implemented legal frameworks are critical for successful area-based conservation. However, the legal aspects of protected areas management and governance are often not well understood. IUCN believes that all people working in, living near, advocating for or affected by protected areas should have a basic understanding of the relevant law, how it works, and how to use it. This is called legal literacy.
To help strengthen legal literacy across the world, IUCN developed a set of training materials consisting of 12 modules, which cover key legal aspects of management and governance of protected areas and connected landscapes, systems and processes in the terrestrial and marine context. They are mainly based on two books published by the IUCN — Guidelines for Protected Areas Legislation, 2011 and The Legal Aspects of Connectivity Conservation, 2013 — which cover the legal aspects and case studies related to protected areas around the world.
The modules can stand alone or work together in different combinations, adding up to a complete course. Each module includes a comprehensive seminar presentation, interactive exercises, and short videos highlighting principal aspects of the topic. These materials can be adapted to different situations, and for teaching both legal practitioners and non-lawyers. Translation of the modules into French and Spanish has started and will progressively be made available on the website.
The platform, www.protectedareaslaw.org, is designed both to deliver and exchange knowledge. We invite users and other educators to share resources which may be useful to other teachers or trainers, by uploading materials relevant to the various topics addressed through the modules. These can be modified versions of the seminar presentations, additional case studies, exercises or other materials.
These materials were developed by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, in collaboration with the World Commission on Environmental Law and the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, working with the World Commission on Protected Areas, the IUCN Global Protected Areas Programme, and IUCN regional offices for Eastern and Southern Africa (ESARO), West and Central Africa (PACO), and Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (ORMACC). The project was generously supported by the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation.
Those materials are free and available to anyone. They aim at increasing knowledge on protected areas law, leading to a greater protection in practice of the world’s biodiversity.
Write On! Call for Papers: Socio-Legal Review (deadline 1 November)
Source: IntLaw Grrls
The Socio-Legal Review (SLR), a student-edited, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by the Law and Society Committee of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, has issued a Call for Submissions for its twelfth volume, to be released in 2016. Submissions are due by November 1, 2015.
SLR aims to be a forum that involves, promotes and engages students and scholars to express and share their ideas and opinions on themes and methodologies relating to the interface of law and society. The Journal thus features guest articles by eminent scholars as well as student essays, providing an interface for the two communities to interact. From 2012, SLR has become a biannual publication from an annual publication.
The Journal subscribes to an expansive view on the interpretation of “law and society” thereby keeping its criteria for contributions simply that of high academic merit, as long as there is a perceivable link. This would include not just writing about the role played by law in social change, or the role played by social dynamics in the formulation and implementation of law, but also writing that simply takes cognizance of legal institutions/institutions of governance/administration, power structures in social commentary, and so on. Through this effort, the Journal also hopes to fill the lacunae relating to academic debate on socio-legal matters among law students.
1. All contributions submitted to the Journal should be original and should not be simultaneously considered for publication elsewhere.
2. The Editorial Board has refrained from imposing a theme. A submission is welcome as long as it fits within the general mandate of the Journal, as outlined above.
A. Contributions should be mailed only in a soft copy to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, the subject of the mail being ‘Submission for 2015 Volume’. Biographical information is to be provided in a removable title page.
B. The Journal is accepting contributions for Articles and Short Articles. With reference to Articles, contributions should not ordinarily exceed 8000 words. With reference to Short Articles, contributions should not ordinarily exceed 5000 words. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject without review manuscripts that exceed the word limit substantially.
C. The Journal also accepts Book Reviews and Notes from the Field. The latter includes shorter pieces designed to provide a glimpse into a new legal strategy, political initiative or advocacy technique applied in the field, a current problem or obstacle faced in, legal reform or development work, or a new issue that has not yet received much attention and needs to be brought to light. Contributions should not exceed 3000 words.
D. The last date for submission for the first issue is November 1st, 2015. Submissions may, nevertheless, be made after these dates. They will be considered for publication in the issue to follow.
E. All submissions are to be made via e-mail as .doc or .docx documents.
F. SLR follows the Harvard Blue Book – A Uniform System of Citation (20th edn.) style of referencing. Contributors are requested to comply with the same.
3. For any clarifications, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
International Centre for Counter-Terrorism The Hague Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism
Source: IntLaw Grrls
The phenomenon of ISIS/ISIL and related consequences of increased refugees and foreign terrorist fighters is challenging international law academics and practitioners to improve their competence on counter-terrorism. The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism at the Hague offers an Advanced Summer Programme on Countering Terrorism: Legal Challenges and Dilemmas which is broad in scope and rich in provision of in depth materials and experts. The programme this year included a fascinating analysis of the challenges of defining terrorism under International Law byJudge David Baragwanath of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Professor Richard English of the University of St. Andrews explained the fall-out from the US and UK pursuit of a post Sept. 11th War Paradigm counter-terrorist approach and called for a return to classic law enforcement (human intelligence) paradigm. Dr. Yasmin Naqvi delineated IHL dilemmas and Professor Helen Duffy addressed the challenges of attaining accountability for extraordinary rendition. Dr. Eric Pouw of the Netherlands Ministry of Defence presented practical and operational problems related to targeted killings and detention while Jessica Dorsey critiqued the use of drones. The programme also included Dutch experts from police and prosecution offices to cover intelligence gathering, sharing, and community policing. Additional experts from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon discussed the protection and use of witnesses in trials.
To complement lectures, participants were invited to visit EuroJust and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
The final day tackled the challenge of countering foreign terrorist fighters from the repressive side and preventive side, addressing UNSCR 2178 (2014) and the GCTF’s Hague Marrakech Memorandum. The Programme concluded with a High Level Panel on the Internet- touching upon recruitment, incitement and radicalization as well as threat of infringement of freedom of expression, association and privacy.
Dr. Christophe Paulussen is to be congratulated for putting together a fantastic programme which was intellectually enriching and also included social events, such as a screening of the movie “A Most Wanted Man”, and a networking reception at the Hague Institute for Global Justice with the participants of other summer programmes on International Criminal Law, Environmental Law and Access of Individuals to Justice.
And for those of you interested in delicious, organic/gourmet food, be sure to visit Zebedeus an innovative restaurant located within a former church. You can dine under a magnificent tree outside in the summer!
Source: International Law Reporter
The Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) has issued a call for papers for its annual meeting, to be held January 22, 2016, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. Here’s the call:
The Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) is holding its annual meeting on Friday, January 22, 2016, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. JILSA is an informal network of junior scholars at mostly American law schools who get together annually for a self-funded workshop. Junior faculty and fellows interested in presenting at the meeting should email proposals to MJ Durkee and Jen Daskal by Monday, October 26.
The details: If you are interested in presenting a working draft at the meeting, please send us the title, an abstract, and an indication of how far along the paper is at the time of submission. Because of the nature of the workshop, we can only include working drafts that have not yet been accepted for publication. If you are interested in presenting on an early stage project, please let us know the working title and a few lines about the idea you are pursuing. Finally, if you are interested in being a discussant, please let us know. We will do our best to get back to everyone in November, and we will expect participants to distribute their working drafts by no later than Friday, January 8. Hotel information for the conference will be distributed later this fall.
Call for Presentations: Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law
Source: EJIL Talk
A call for presentations has been issued for the Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, which will be convened next year by Dino Kritsiotis(Univ. of Nottingham – Law), Anne Orford(Univ. of Melbourne – Law), and J.H.H. Weiler (European Univ. Institute – Law), with Benedict Kingsbury (New York Univ – Law) and José E. Alvarez (New York Univ. – Law) as guest convenors. The Fifth Forum will be held at New York University on June 27-29, 2016. The closing deadline for applications is December 15, 2015.The full call is here.
Call for Submissions: Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Source: International Law Reporter
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has issued a call for submissions for its inaugural volume and a call for papers for a conference on “ISIS and Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.” Here’s the call:
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Inaugural Launch Issue & International Conference on ISIS and Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (June 2016)
The editors of the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (AYBHRHL) and Koninklijke Brill NV Publishers invite submissions for the Inaugural Launch Issue of the Yearbook. The Launch will take place at an international conference due to take place in London during June 2016.
The Yearbook welcomes submissions in a wide variety of human rights and humanitarian issues including those focusing on contemporary socio-economic, legal and political developments impacting upon human rights and humanitarian law within Asia and globally. The Yearbook would also welcome submissions based on theoretical perspectives on human rights and humanitarian law with specific relevance to Asia.
AYBHRHL consists of the following sections:
Each volume of the Yearbook is focused on a particular theme. The theme for Volume 1 is: ISIS and Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (This will be the focus of the international conference, the details of which are provided below).
Each Volume would publish a selection of Articles covering aspects of human rights law and humanitarian law with a broad regional focus on Asia.
Asian State Practices:
This section would cover range of State Practices in the field of human rights and humanitarian law.
This section would cover recent developments in the field of human rights and humanitarian law.
Each Volume aims to review books on human rights and humanitarian law, relevant to the Asian region.
ISIS and Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
International Conference, Summer 2016
The editors of the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (AYBHRHL) and Koninklijke Brill NV Publishers invite submissions for the International Conference due to take place in London in June 2016. Selected papers from the conference will be published in Vol.1 of AYBHRHL (2016). The conference focuses upon ISIS and human rights and humanitarian law issues arising from the conflict in Syria and Iraq. The conference themes can relate to any aspect involving ISIS including international and transnational terrorism, enslavement, prostitution and sexual slavery, torture, extrajudicial killings and human rights violations, violations of international humanitarian law, as well as Sharia law and the Sunni/Shia conflict of the region.
Relevant topics for the conference include, but are not limited to:
• ISIS and international terrorism
• ISIS and the enslavement, prostitution and sexual slavery within Asia and Europe
• ISIS and Jihadi Brides
• ISIS and the use of social media
• Human rights violations in the Conflict in Iraq and Syria
• The applicability and ramifications for International humanitarian law in Syria and Iraq
• ISIS as an ‘Islamic’ Caliphate
• Religious perspectives on the conflict in Iraq and Syria
• Prevent strategy and counter-terrorism
• ISIS and the role of intergovernmental organizations, governments and security services in counter-terrorism
As noted above, selected papers from the conference will be published in Vol.1 of AYBHRHL (2016). Abstracts should be submitted on the basis that written papers will be available for review and publication.
Submission of General Articles and Recent Developments for Volume 1: 4 January 2016
Submission of paper conference abstracts: 15 January 2016
Notification of acceptance of conference paper abstracts: 1 March 2016
Notification of acceptance of General Articles and Recent Developments and submission of completed conference papers: 12 May, 2016
Instructions for Submission:
General Articles and Recent Developments:
Articles for Volume 1 to be submitted to: Assistant Editor, Dr Meryl Dickinson, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London e-mail: Meryl.Dickinson@Brunel.ac.uk .
Submissions for General Articles should be between 8,000-10,000 words.
Submissions to Recent Developments should be between 3,000- 5,000 words.
Submission of paper proposals for the International conference:
This should include a paper proposal of not more than 500 words with a brief CV or biography. These should be submitted to: Assistant Editor, Dr Meryl Dickinson, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London e-mail: Meryl.Dickinson@Brunel.ac.uk
Accepted papers for publication should be between 8,000-10,000 words to be submitted to: Assistant Editor, Dr Meryl Dickinson, Brunel Law School, Brunel University London e-mail: Meryl.Dickinson@Brunel.ac.uk.
Source: International Law Reporter
The European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 2016 Research Forum, which will take place April 21-22, 2016, at the Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law, Istanbul. Here’s the call:
European Society of International Law Research Forum
21 – 22 April 2016
Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law, Istanbul
Call for Papers
The 2016 ESIL Research Forum will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April at Koç University Law School and the Center for Global Public Law in Istanbul.
The Research Forum is a scholarly conference which promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format. The Research Forum targets in particular scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Approximately 15 – 20 papers will be selected from among the submissions and, during the Research Forum, paper presenters will receive comments on their papers from members of the ESIL Board and invited experts.
The 2016 Research Forum calls for papers addressing the theme of the making of international law, including the following set of issues:
• Interaction between sources of international law
• Customary international law, its formation and nature
• New sources of international law in international law making – formalism and beyond
• International organizations and international law making
• Non-state actors and international law making
• Fragmentation and sources of international law
• The legitimacy of the sources of binding obligation in international law
• The role of comparative law in relation to international law making
• Specific problems relating to international law making in particular subject areas such as human rights law, environmental law, international trade law, etc.
Papers which address any dimensions of the call, including through interdisciplinary research and methods, and through historical, theoretical or empirical approaches, will be given serious consideration. We welcome papers that propose to redefine or re-imagine our understanding of the terms of the call and their meaning in the current context.
Abstracts of not more than 750 words should be submitted by interested applicants to ESILRF2016@ku.edu.tr by 1 November 2015. Please include your name, email address and a one-pagecurriculum vitae with your abstract.
Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 December 2015. Complete drafts of papers will be required by 15 March 2016. Papers may in due course be published in an edited collection.
Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Partial financial support may be available on a needs basis for a limited number of scholars. Scholars selected to present a paper who have exhausted other potential sources of funds can submit a request to the Selection Committee for financial support with an explanation of why they are in need of assistance.
Once selected, applicants will be informed of several hotels that offer preferential rates to Research Forum participants. Lunch on both days will be provided, and a dinner for presenters, commentators and ESIL Board members will be hosted by Koç University Law School on the evening of Thursday 21 April.
Call for Papers: Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropiate Balance
Source: International Law Reporter
The Interest Group on International Economic Law of the European Society of International Law and the Italian Branch of the International Law Association, with the special support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have issued a call for papers for a conference on “Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance,” to be held on November 20, 2015, in Ravenna. Here’s the call:
Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance
Friday 20 November 2015
Ravenna, School of Law – Via Oberdan 1
SPONSORHIP: Interest Group on International Economic Law of the European Society of International Law; Italian Branch of the International Law Association; Camera di Commercio Ravenna; Eurosportello Ravenna
With the Special Support of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
With the collaboration of Fondazione Flaminia – Ravenna (Fondazione per l’Università in Romagna), and the School of Law and Department of Legal Sciences – Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Peter-Tobias Stoll, Elisa Baroncini, Marina Trunk-Fedorova, Luigi Malatesta, Pietro Manzini, Marion Panizzon, Attila Tanzi, Gabriella Venturini, Alessandra Zanobetti
Transparency has firmly acquired a role of key concept and in statu nascendi principle in international relations and for the international community. It is clearly perceived and considered as a positive value, more and more relevant for the appropriate administration of the public good, and the definition, interpretation and application of international law, deeply associated with legitimacy, accountability, participatory democracy and good governance.
The debate on the importance of transparency has been constantly gaining a prominent place in international economic law (IEL), as WTO law, investment law and regional trade agreements are more and more relevant for non-trade values, that are inextricably linked with free trade and investments’ protection within the model of sustainable development nowadays universally promoted by States, International Organizations, NGOs, the business community and, more generally, civil society.
However, the need for confidentiality keeps being raised and considered by governmental and intergovernmental actors and, in particular, the business community. Governmental actors argue they try to keep a room for maneuver; business actors have concerns that a full disclosure of information can have negative impact and even completely ruin their business and plead therefore for limiting transparency and keeping confidential certain proceedings.
The Conference on “Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance” aims at presenting the state of the art of the transparency v. confidentiality debate with specific reference to IEL, organizing an ad hoc call for papers to gather scholars conducting research on this topic, and practitioners (from governmental and intergovernmental institutions, the business community, the NGOs’ world) having to face every day the ever growing demand for transparency and the still present request for confidentiality.
CALL FOR PAPERS
The Scientific Committee of the International Conference “Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance” organizes a call for papers -the papers should be written in English, unpublished and in an advanced stage of completion.
The call for papers should address one of the following four issues:
I) Transparency v. Confidentiality in IEL International Negotiations
The recently emerged debate on the conduct of the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP), the EU/Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the EU/US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has importantly raised the issue of information, access to negotiations’ documents and participation of civil society in the diplomatic activities concerning such important IEL negotiations. Another recent example is the negotiation process on Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) initiated by a number of WTO members, who now receive critics for lack of transparency not only from their nationals but also from other WTO members. It is thus necessary to explore the issue from the point of view of the major international actors, the business community, NGOs, and, more generally, civil society.
II) Transparency v. Confidentiality in the Activities of IEL International Organizations
There are various, highly relevant, intergovernmental international organizations specifically dealing with IEL issues. The important and delicate topics of their daily activities raises the issue of the level of transparency that should characterize their work. Scholars, practitioners, and, more
generally, civil society are thus invited to present papers’ proposals on the level of transparency and confidentiality which actually is or should be applied by International Organizations working in the field of international economic relations, such as the WTO, the IMF, the World Bank, the international bodies managing investment proceedings, like ICSID and UNCITRAL
III) Transparency v. Confidentiality in IEL Arbitration and Judicial Proceedings
It happens more and more often that IEL international adjudication proceedings -be they devoted to free trade, or investment protection- deal with the relation between free trade and investment protection, on the one hand, and non-trade or non-commercial values, as environmental protection, labour standards, the State’s right to regulate, more generally the respect of human rights, on the other hand. Such a situation has provoked the greatest interest of civil society to participate in those international proceedings as amicus curiae, through their presence during the hearings of the judicial/arbitral mechanisms and their access to the disputants’ submissions. It is therefore suggested that scholars and practitioners present proposals for papers on the Transparency v. Confidentiality debate in IEL Arbitration and Judicial Proceedings, in the WTO system, in investment proceedings, in dispute settlement mechanisms provided for in RTAs.
IV) Transparency v. Confidentiality in Parliamentary Discussions concerning IEL Negotiations on Treaty Law and Soft Law
The high relevance that IEL treaty and soft law instruments have for the domestic policies of the major international actors has provoked an intense debate within the parliamentary assemblies on the necessity to participate in the definition of the IEL International Documents not simply when ratifying or approving IEL agreements but also during the negotiation phase. It is thus necessary to focus research on the approach, for instance, of the European Parliament, the US Congress, the Canadian Parliament, etc. on the need and level of participation and access to internal documents concerning negotiations of IEL treaties and IEL soft law tools. It is also interesting to compare which possibilities national parliaments have to influence negotiations process.
The Scientific Committee intends to publish a volume collecting the selected papers and comments of the discussants, and will thus submit the manuscript to a leading international publisher which has already expressed interest to our editorial initiatives.
Paper Submission Procedure
Senior and junior scholars (including PhD students) are invited to participate to the call for papers of the International Conference “Transparency vs Confidentiality in International Economic Law: Looking for an Appropriate Balance” . Papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Only one abstract per author will be considered.
Abstracts must not exceed 800 words, and have to be submitted to the following mail addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain a separate file containing information on:
• The section of the call for papers for which the abstract is submitted
• The author’s name and affiliation
• A short (one page) author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
• The author’s contact details, including email address and phone number
• The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 30 September 2015
• Successful applicants will be informed by 8 October 2015
• The deadline for the submission of the papers of accepted abstracts for the International Conference is 10 November 2015
• The deadline for the submission of final papers for publication is 2 January 2016.
Announcements: EIUC Training for International Electoral Observers; Call for papers, The United Nations at 70 – Key Challenges for International Law
Source: EJIL Talk
1. EIUC Training for International Electoral Observers. The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is running a training seminar for International Electoral Observers from 23-28 November 2015. The course, structured in two modules, provides an introduction for civilian staff to the profession of election observers, with a complete theoretical and practical basic knowledge delivered to those considering election observation as a possible professional step in their career.
The first module, held from 23-25 November 2015, provides an introduction to international observation theory and legal standards and highlights the quantitative observation of the short term observers (STOs). The second module, held from 26-28 November 2015, introduces the participants to long-term election observation by analysing in depth some of the aspects related to an international observation mission, such as working relations, team-building, interviewing techniques and coordination of the STOs.
Lectures are intended for an audience of graduates mainly in law, political sciences, economics, sociology, philosophy, anthropology or similar, and will be held in English. It is therefore essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently. The seminar will take place at the Monastery of San Nicolò, at the Lido of Venice. The deadline for applications is 30 October 2015.
2. The United Nations at 70: Key Challenges for International Law. The United Nations is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. The world continues to grapple with challenges posed by violent conflicts, terrorism, human migration, environmental disasters, and severe human rights violations. In addition, recent financial crises and technological advances pose growing threats to the international community. Against this background, the 70th anniversary of the most important international organisation presents an opportunity to reflect on the role of international law in addressing these problems, and to evaluate the need for reform in the UN and its institutions.
This international conference, jointly organised by Fudan Law School and Deakin Law School, will focus on current international law issues on the following themes: human rights, international criminal law, natural resources law, trade, international conflict, and international dispute resolution. We invite papers from academics and researchers on any topic under these themes for presentation at the conference. Details for submissions of an abstract can be found here. The closing date for submissions is 1 October 2015.
The conference will take place in Shanghai on 9-10 November 2015. The conference directors are Professor Sandeep Gopalan, Dean of Law and Head of Deakin Law School and Professor Zhang Naigen, Fudan Law School.