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hammer-719066_1280Conference: Canadian Council on International Law 2015 Annual Conference 
Source: International Law Reporter
The 44th Annual Conference of the Canadian Council on International Law will take place November 5-7, 2015, in Ottawa. The theme is “International Law: Coherence or Chaos?” The program is here.

Here’s the idea:
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? Should they be 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 desired? 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 consistency and coherence. Conversely, the lack of appellate review mechanisms and the non-binding nature of decisions in other 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.

Fotor09279173Call for Papers: 5th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of SIEL 
Source: International Law Reporter 
A call for papers has been issued for the 5th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law. Here’s the call:
5th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2016
Luxembourg, 14-15 April 2016
Organised by PEPA/SIEL in collaboration with the Research Unit in Law of the University of Luxembourg
SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) is, among other things, interested in fostering collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals in International Economic Law (IEL). PEPA/SIEL fulfils these goals through various activities such as organising conferences at which emerging IEL academics and professionals can present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment.
We are pleased to announce that the fifth conference will take place on 14-15 April 2016 in Luxembourg.
Call for Papers
This conference offers graduate students (students enrolled in Master or PhD programmes) and early professionals/academics (generally within five years of graduating) studying or working in the field of IEL an opportunity to present and discuss their research. It also provides a critical platform where participants can test their ideas about broader issues relating to IEL. One or more senior practitioners and academics will comment on each paper after its presentation, followed by a general discussion.
We invite submissions on any IEL topic including, but not limited to:
Law and practice in international economic governance and international organizations;
International trade, investment, competition, monetary and financial law;
The interaction of IEL branches with other branches of law governing intellectual property, human rights, environment, sustainable development, food safety;
Bilateral and regional economic integration and the multilateral trading system;
Comparative economic law, focusing on how IEL interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level;
International economics, philosophy, sociology, politics.
How and when to submit
Submissions should include a CV and a research abstract (of no more than 400 words) and be sent no later than 16 November 2015 to Papers will be selected based on a double blind review conducted by a senior practitioner or academic and a conference organiser. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 December 2015, after which they are expected to submit a conference paper (no more than 4000 words) by 15 March 2016. Abstracts will be made available online via the SIEL website (
General practical information about participating and attending the Conference
The deadline for registration is 15 February 2016. Registration has to be done online at the SIEL website. Registration costs 45 GBP for non-SIEL Members, and 35 GBP for SIEL Members. SIEL Membership details may be found at the SIEL website (student membership is 5 GBP). The registration fee covers conference materials and coffee breaks of both days.
Cancellation of participation must be made in writing to The deadline for cancellation is 25 March 2016. The registration fee minus an administrative fee of 10 GBP and any incurring bank fees will be refunded if the cancellation is done before or on the given date. Later cancellation will not be refunded.
A limited number of conference fee waivers is available for applicants facing financial hardship. Applicants for such a waiver are kindly invited to add a short letter of no more than 3 paragraphs to their conference application, stating the reason for their waiver request.
Please understand that we will not be able to provide any travel or other financial assistance to conference participants.
Subject to space availability, registration of participants not presenting a paper will be accepted. The regular fee will be applied. Please contact
Should you have any question regarding application or participation, please feel free to contact
Conference Co-Chairs: Matthew Happold, Geraldo Vidigal, Freya Baetens and José Caiado

file0001117035713Call for Submissions: Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History
Source: International Law Reporter 
Jus Gentium: Journal of International Legal History, a new journal, has issued a call for submissions. Here’s the call:
JUS GENTIUM Journal of International Legal History is the first dedicated journal in the United States to address the history of international law. Much of modern scholarship on the history of international law is preoccupied not with international law, but with international legal doctrine; the doctrinal writings of remarkably few individuals dominate the discourse while the rest remain unseen or overlooked. This journal will encourage further exploration in the archives, for new materials and confirmation of the accuracy of past uses, but welcoming the continued reassessment of international legal history in all of its dimensions.
JUS GENTIUM is a biannual interdisciplinary journal commencing January 2016. The journal welcomes, in addition to the classical learned article, biographical or historiographical materials on international lawyers, newly-discovered, newly-identified, or newly-translated primary and secondary sources of State practice or doctrinal gloss, analytical reviews of old or new literature, fragments of diplomatic or military history that inform the presence or absence of opinio juris, memoirs or recollections of international legal practitioners in the broadest sense of the word, inquiries into the lexicon of international law, materials that illuminate non-European contributions to the law of nations or that document the migration of international legal concepts from one part of the globe to another. The contributions of the auxiliary historical sciences (numismatics, bookplates, philately, archaeology, etc.) are as welcome as are those of our sister social sciences. Bibliographical essays and review articles are welcome, as are appropriate guides to other international legal materials that will benefit historians of international law. To the extent we are able to do so, we will notice publications in some of the lesser known languages and invite authors or publishers to bring these to our attention.
We are currently accepting submissions for papers, essays and book reviews. Submissions may be made by hard copy submitted through a courier or postal service or by e-mail attachment ( in Microsoft Word. These are subject to peer review; responses of acceptance or otherwise will be made as promptly as possible. Interested authors may see our website for instructions on submissions.

IMG_0736Announcements: Conference, IHL & Modern Warfare; Oxford Global Justice Lecture; Ghandhi Research Seminar Series; Chatham House Event 

Source: EJIL: Talk!
1. International Conference: “International Humanitarian Law and Modern Warfare” Rome, 23-24 October 2015. Organized by the Italian Carabinieri, this conference will be composed of four panels dealing with: (i) new weaponry and the law; (ii) the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law in the context of modern warfare; (iii) recent judicial developments in international humanitarian law; and (iv) the evolving relationship between the general principles of international humanitarian law and the features of modern warfare.
Keynote speakers are: Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the International Court of Justice; Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Panelists: Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (Vice President of the ICJ), Judge Cuno Tarfusser (ICC), Professor Mads Andenas (UN Special Rapporteur on arbitrary detention), Sir Daniel Bethlehem and Sir Michael Wood (both Former Heads of the FCO Legal Service), Professor Dapo Akande (Oxford), Professor Paola Gaeta (The Graduate Institute), Professor Stefan Talmon (Bonn), Professor William Schabas (Middlesex, London), Professor Sarah Cleveland (Columbia), Professor Guglielmo Verdirame (King’s College London), Professor Attila Tanzi (Bologna), Professor Heather Harrison Dinniss (Swedish Defence University), Professor Roger O’Keefe (UCL), Professor Luigi Condorelli (Florence), Prof. Natalino Ronzitti (LUISS Guido Carli of Rome); Professor Dan Saxon (Leiden); Dr Kimberly Trapp (UCL); Professor Dino Kristiotis (Nottingham); Professor Fausto Pocar (President of the International Institute of Law, Sanremo); and Professor Yoram Dinstein (Tel Aviv University). Full details and further information are available here.
2. Oxford Global Justice Lecture 2015. The annual Oxford University Global Justice Lecture will be given by Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood KCMG QC (International Court of Justice) on Monday 12 October at 5.30pm. The topic of the lecture is “State Immunity and Human Rights”. The Oxford Global Justice Lectureis delivered each year, at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford by a leading figure in international law. The lecture series is generously supported by the Planethood Foundation. Previous lecturers are Patricia O’Brien, then Under-Secretary General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations (2013) and Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and President of the UN Mechanism for International Tribunals (2014). For details see here.
3. Ghandhi Research Seminar Series. Global Law at Reading (GLAR) is delighted to unvail the programme for the inagural Ghandhi Research Seminar Series. The series showcases the work of experts in global law fields. It is convened by Professor James A. Green, and is named in honour of Professor Sandy Ghandhi, who taught at the School of Law from 1978 to 2013. Anyone is welcome to attend these seminars, and attendance is free. However, visitors coming from outside the University of Reading are asked to please send advance notification that they will be attending:
4. Chatham House Event: What Would A British Bill of Rights Mean For The UK? The International Law Programme at Chatham House will be hosting a meeting on ‘What Would a British Bill of Rights Mean for the UK?’ on Thursday 5 November 2015. The meeting will explore the implications of the government’s proposals becoming law. For further details and to enquire about registering see here.



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