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irish-handsCall for Papers: 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law 
Source: International Law Reporter 
The European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 12th Annual Conference, which will take place September 8-10, 2016, in Riga and will be hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia. The theme is: “How International Law Works in Times of Crisis.” The call for papers is here and the call for posters is here. Here’s the idea:

The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 8 – 10 September 2016. The Conference is hosted by Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with Latvian Constitutional Court. Organisers are proud to announce a theme of the Conference: “How International Law Works in Times of Crisis”.
In recent years the world has yet again been confronted with events that required decisions going to the heart of the international legal order, which it has sought to build since the creation of the United Nations and, especially, since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The 2016 ESIL annual conference in Rīga is taking place at a time when the word ‘crisis’ frequently comes to mind, either with reference to the European public order or international law in general.
The territorial integrity of many States continues to be undermined. The rise of ISIS and the continued proliferation of other violent extremist groups provide serious challenges to the world order we have striven to build. Crises around the world range from more traditional threats to territorial integrity and security, through the use of modern technology or forms of warfare to more fundamental challenges to the planet through climate change and environmental threats. Problems in the global, European and national economies and financial markets provide yet further examples of crises. Many of these developments are interlinked. For example, the unprecedented flow of migrants and refugees into Europe is linked to security, the economy, and climate change. This is all taking place at a time when globalization is a reality and traditional societal boundaries are continually being eroded through ever-developing interdependencies while at the same time faced with growing nationalism.
These developments raise challenges at two levels. One is to ask whether international law itself is in crisis. Is it possible to identify challenges to the basic underpinnings of the traditional international legal order that would be qualitatively different from those faced previously? Another way of posing the question is to enquire whether international law is up to the task of dealing with particular crises.
It should, of course, be recognized that crises are not new for the discipline of international law. It has been argued that a sense of crisis is integral to the discipline. The role, relevance and institutions of international law have always been challenged, especially when faced with different kinds of crisis. Moreover, moments of crisis may offer new possibilities. Historically, such moments have led to new solutions in the world community, including new projects involving normative developments. Be that as it may, international lawyers should confront and address this sense of crisis embedded in their discipline. Against this background, the ESIL Conference in Rīga will address the theme How International Law Works in Times of Crisis.
The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss the crisis of international law, the international law of crisis, and also different biases and assumptions that contribute to questions about crisis. Questions that will be discussed include: In times of crisis, how does international law work? More specifically: How is international law rising to the challenge of contemporary crises, of capturing old and factually new phenomena and dealing with them in a normative context? What is the role of international lawyers in addressing the old and new crises? What role is assumed by (regional) organizations and the European Union in particular as well as non-state actors in this context of multiple tensions and multiple visions of the past and the future? This focus invites legal and interdisciplinary approaches to address these issues more generally as well as in different specialised areas of international law.

books-441866_1280Conference: International Law Weekend 2015 
Source: International Law Reporter 
The American Branch of the International Law Association and the International Law Students Association will host International Law Weekend 2015, November 5-7, 2015, in New York City. The conference theme is “Global Problems, Legal Solutions: Challenges for Contemporary International Lawyers.” The program is here.

wm213490ttCall for Submissions: Polish Yearbook of International Law
Source: International Law Reporter 
The Polish Yearbook of International Law has issued a call for submissions for its next volume. Here’s the call:
Call for papers (Volume XXXV)
Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXV), which will be published in June 2016. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works.
Submissions should not exceed 15,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal.
All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage.
Please send manuscripts to The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016.

bookcase-335849_1280New Book on UK and European Human Rights 
Source: The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 
The difficult relation between the United Kingdom and European human rights institutions has become a ‘topos’ in academic literature, as literary scholars would call it. A new book has just been published to take stock of these discussions. Katja S Ziegler, Elizabeth Wicks, and Loveday Hodson (all from the University of Leicester) are the editors of a collection of scholarly articles brought together in a book entitled ‘The UK and European Human Rights A Strained Relationship?’, published by Hart. The introductory chapter is freely available online as a sample here. The great merit of the book is that it is so multifaceted, going far beyond looking just at British politicians criticising the Strasbourg Court. Rather, the book assesses the issue from a myriad of perspectives, including the positions and perspectives of national judges, the press, and other actors. It also looks at the EU and makes a comparison with a selected number of other countries (including Italy, Russia, Germany and France). To some, the book, like many edited volumes, may be too broad-ranging, but it does include so many valuable contributions about its core theme, including historical perspectives on the issue, that it is more than worthwhile. This is the book’s abstract:

“The UK’s engagement with the legal protection of human rights at a European level has been, at varying stages, pioneering, sceptical and antagonistic. The UK government, media and public opinion have all at times expressed concerns about the growing influence of European human rights law, particularly in the controversial contexts of prisoner voting and deportation of suspected terrorists as well as in the context of British military action abroad. British politicians and judges have also, however, played important roles in drafting, implementing and interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights. Its incorporation into domestic law in the Human Rights Act 1998 intensified the ongoing debate about the UK’s international and regional human rights commitments. Furthermore, the increasing importance of the European Union in the human rights sphere has added another layer to the relationship and highlights the complex relationship(s) between the UK government, the Westminster Parliament and judges in the UK, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

The book analyses the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights from doctrinal, contextual and comparative perspectives and explores factors that influence the relationship of the UK and European human rights.”

The table of contents can be found here.

law-education-series-3-68918-mMeeting of the CEPEJ working group on the evaluation of European judicial systems and of the Network of national correspondents 
Source: Council of Europe 
The members of the CEPEJ Working Group on the evaluation of European judicial systems (CEPEJ-GT-EVAL) will meet in Strasbourg on 4 November order to prepare the publication of the next evaluation report scheduled for 2016. The members will also consider a possible new presentation of judicial data extracted from the evaluation scheme. The national correspondents in charge of coordinating the collection of data in the member States will meet on 5 November 2015 and assess the progress made in collecting the data due by 31 December 2015. This meeting will be an opportunity for the national correspondents to share among themselves and the CEPEJ Secretariat any difficulties encountered and the modalities for the quality control of the data.
Draft agenda of the Working group meeting on the evaluation of European judicial systems (GT-EVAL) (4 November)
Draft agenda of the meeting of the Network of national correspondents (5 November)



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