Invitación a seminario internacional: Migraciones, Nacionalidad y Derechos Humanos. Tendencias y desafíos en América del Sur.
Fuente: Centro de Derechos Humanos
El seminario se impartirá el día 1º de diciembre en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Diego Portales.
La jornada se dividirá en cuatro bloques: la legislación migratoria para la protección de los derechos humanos en el Cono Sur, la regularización migratoria, el acceso a la nacionalidad y situación de las personas apátridas en la región, y los temas pendientes en materia migratoria de derechos humanos en Sudamérica. Contará con un cocktail de clausura para los asistentes.
Más información del seminario y el programa, en el siguiente enlace.
Becas para realizar un Máster en Derechos Humanos en Nueva York
Fuente: Rosario 3
La Universidad de Columbia ofrece becas de posgrado para estudiar un máster en derechos humanos en la escuela de leyes en Nueva York. La inscripción cierra el próximo 15 de diciembre de 2015.
El programa tiene una duración de dos semestres y comenzará entre agosto y septiembre de 2016. Respecto a los beneficios, la beca cubrirá un porcentaje de la matrícula y, en algunos casos, brindará un estipendio mensual para costear los gastos de alojamiento. Asimismo, los becarios tendrán la posibilidad de participar de un programa de mentoría, donde recibirán asesoramiento.
Para participar hay que realizar el siguiente procedimiento:
– Registrarse y completar la solicitud en el portal de admisiones de la escuela de leyes, LSAC.
– Realizar un ensayo de entre 1 y 2 páginas de extensión, donde se mencionen los objetivos académicos, experiencia, intereses y compromiso con los derechos humanos, y enviarlo a través del portal de admisiones de la escuela de leyes, LSAC.
– Conseguir dos cartas de recomendación, elaboradas por profesores, donde se haga mención a la experiencia, compromiso y potencial como profesional y defensor de los derechos humanos, y enviarlas a través del portal de admisiones de la escuela de leyes, LSAC.
– En el caso de ser necesario, completar la solicitud de Ayuda Financiera disponible en el portal de admisiones de la escuela de leyes, LSAC.
Más información: Columbia Law School
International Seminar on Private International Law, Madrid 2016. Call for Papers
Source: Conflict of Laws
The 10th edition of the International Seminar on Private International Law, organized by Prof. Fernández Rozas and Prof. de Miguel Asensio will be held next 14 and 15 April 2016, at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Complutense of Madrid .
At the sitting of Thursday 14 special attention will be paid to the recent reforms of Spanish private international law; the latest developments towards codification of private international law in Latin America will also be addressed . The followingsessions, on Friday, will focus on the development of private international law in Europe and within international commercial arbitration.
As in previous editions the main lectures of the seminar will be in charge of well-known scholars, including Jürgen Basedow (Max Planck Institute Hamburg), Roberto Baratta (University of Macerata), Bertrand Ancel (Paris II), Christian Heinze (University of Hannover) and Sebastien Mancieaux (University of Dijon). Nonetheless, the seminar is open to all scholars, either Spanish or foreigners, willing to participate with brief presentations. In this regard proposals including both the title and a brief summary are to be sent no later than December 15 to Prof. Angel Espiniella Menéndez (email@example.com). The final written version of the presentations, not exceeding 25 pages, is to be submitted before April 1, 2016. Subject to prior peer-review they will be published in the Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional Privado, vol. XVI.
The registration deadline to attend the seminar, as well as the programme and further information will be announced in due time.
Call for Applications: PluriCourts Visiting Research Fellowships
Source: International Law Reporter
PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law has issued a call for applications for visiting research fellowships. The call is here.
New Issue: Revista Española de Derecho Internacional
Fuente: International Law Reporter
The latest issue of the Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (Vol. 67, no. 2, 2015) is out. Contents include:
Pablo A. Fernández-Sánchez, La controversia sobre la titularidad jurídico-internacional de los espacios marítimos adyacentes a Gibraltar
Marta Requejo Isidro, Le ejecución sin exeguátur: reflexiones sobre el Reglamento Bruselas I bis, Capítulo III
Ana Fernández Pérez, Funciones de las cláusulas de excepción en el proceso de localización de la norma en conflicto
Sixto Alfonso Sánchez Lorenzo, Derechos humanos y competencia exclusiva del Estado en materia de nacionalidad
Call for Papers: ILA British Branch 2016 Spring Conference
Source: International Law Reporter
The International Law Association British Branch has issued a call for papers for its spring conference, to take place at Lancaster University, on April 8-9, 2016. The theme is: “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law.” Here’s the call:
Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law
This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. These actors lie at the heart of international law, expressing many of its aspirations: in business and investment, human rights, the environment and humanising conflict: but also at its margins, underlining its borders and limitations. Non-state actors hold many of the key rights in international law, especially human and peoples’ rights, provide frameworks for its creation and enforcement, and drive its agendas. But, they are also defined by exclusion: by not being the principal subject of international law, the sovereign state. As such non-state actors are by nature a wide and diverse group, defined in essence not by their varied contributions but by their lack of sovereignty.
This conference will take a broad view of non-state actors, which could include: individuals; peoples, minorities, and indigenous groups; NGOs; businesses; organised armed groups; and international organisations, amongst others. Each may have their own rights and/or duties and particular relationship with international law. But, they also raise common questions: how do they contribute to international law; to what extent are they bound by its obligations; how do they enjoy rights and ensure protection of those rights; whether they hold responsibilities; and how they access enforcement and dispute resolution mechanisms?
In some cases, this relationship with international law is direct: e.g. treaties concluded by international organisations or individual/NGOs communications to human rights bodies: in other cases it is indirect, with the actors having to seek to influence states or other bodies in order to make a legal impact. Moreover, the relationship between states and non-state actors may be reciprocal with states using these actors to avoid their own obligations, e.g. in the case of cyber-attacks or by providing support for insurgent groups.
We welcome papers on this subject, which might include, but are by no means limited to:
(1) the nature and position of non-state actors within the international legal system;
(2) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties;
(3) the source and scope of obligations for particular non-state actors, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups;
(4) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility;
(5) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms, whether judicial institutions, organs of international organisations or treaty regimes.
(6) the special roles of non-state actors in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law, amongst others.
Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2016.
Symposium on the Constitutionalisation of International Law in Latin America
Source: Interamerican Human Rights
On 11 November, the American Society of International Law (ASIL) published a special edition of its AJIL Unboundjournal, in which four scholars and practitioners reflect on the interaction of the IACtHR with domestic judiciaries in Latin America.
According to the collection’s editors, the essays “provide insight into the transformation of what was once a region of legalist interpretive theory and sovereigntist states into a more cosmopolitan, integrated and rights-oriented legal realm”.
The Symposium publication was edited by Alexandra Huneeus, IAHRN scholar and Associate Professor of Law at University of Wisconsin Law School. An introduction written by Prof. Huneeus traces the evolution of the constitutionalisation of international law and discusses the significance of the new collection of essays.
The special edition journal continues with contributions on the following topics:
• An article on the development, legal foundation and positive effects of the conventionality control doctrine in the IAHRS, written by Inter-American Judge Eduardo Ferrer Macgregor;
• A response piece by Ariel Dulitzky, which argues that the conventionality review system represents an overreach of the power of the Inter-American Court, which undermines domestic judiciaries;
• A discussion of a Latin American ius constitucionale commune by Armin von Bogdandy, who views this as a mainly positive development for the region; and
• An essay by Roberto Gargarella in which he discusses the downsides of conventionality control, with reference to the case of Gelman v. Uruguay.
The full text of the above articles is available online via the ASIL website.
Announcements: Paris COP21 Climate Change Conference; CfS Melbourne Journal of International Law; Conference on Non-State Actors; Vacant Positions at Columbia Law School; Concluding Conference of the MultiRights Project; PluriCourts Guest Researcher
Source: EJIL Talk
1. Paris, COP21: Conference on Climate Change Related Disputes. The conference “Climate Change Related Disputes: A Role for International Arbitration and ADR” will take place during the COP21 in Paris on 7 December 2015. The event is a one-off jointly organised event by the IBA, the ICC, SCC and the PCA and will bring together multi-disciplinary experts in international arbitration, trade and investment, environment and climate change, as well as representatives from business, government, international institutions and bodies, including members of state negotiating parties, to discuss existing use of international arbitration and ADR mechanisms in resolving climate change related disputes. It will also explore new uses for contractual and investment treaty mechanisms and the role for arbitration and ADR in enforcing the UNFCCC principles and state parties’ underlying pledges. See herefor further details.
2. Call for Submissions, Melbourne Journal of International Law. The Editors of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (‘MJIL’) are now inviting submissions for volume 17(1). The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2016. MJIL is a peer-reviewed academic journal based at the University of Melbourne which publishes innovative scholarly research and critical examination of issues in international law. Submissions and inquiries can be directed to email@example.com. For more information please see here.
3. Conference on Non-State Actors. The ILA British Branch Spring Conference 2016 on “Non-State Actors and Changing Relations in International Law” will be held at Lancaster University on 8-9 April 2016. This conference will examine the changing role of non-state actors (NSAs) in international law and their impact on law-making, obligations, responsibility and dispute settlement. We welcome papers on this subject, which could include: (i) the nature and position of NSAs within the international legal system; (ii) their role with respect to the sources of international law, which may include their role in the formation of custom and in the conclusion of treaties; (iii) the source and scope of obligations for particular NSAs, such as businesses or corporations (e.g. sanctions, human rights, modern slavery), sporting bodies and organised armed groups; (iv) the potential responsibility of these actors and its relationship to state responsibility; (v) the position of these actors in dispute resolution and enforcement mechanisms; or (6) the special roles of NSAs in particular areas of international law, such as international environmental law, international economic law (including investment law), the international law of armed conflict, international human rights law and international criminal law. For further details see here. Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 January 2016.
4. Vacant Positions at Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute. The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute is hiring for two positions: Director and Legal Fellow for the Project on Counterterrorism, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights. The Director and Legal Fellow will lead an innovative legal research and advocacy program to advance respect for international human rights law and humanitarian law in counterterrorism and armed conflict operations, particularly those undertaken by the United States and its allies. The positions are available immediately. View more information on qualifications and the link to apply here.
5. Reforms of the Individual Complaint Mechanisms in the UN Treaty Bodies and the European Court of Human Rights: Symptoms and Prescriptions – Mutual Lessons? The concluding conference of the MultiRights project will take place at the University of Oslo on 29 February and 1 March 2016. The conference will focus on analyzing and comparing the reform processes of the UN treaty bodies and of the European Court of Human Rights, with an aim of finding mutual learning experiences. A particular focus will be given to the following issues: (i) procedure of selection of members and judges; (ii) case load situation; (iii) quality of reasoning; and (iv) margin of appreciation and subsidiarity. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the conference website.
6. PluriCourts Guest Researchers – Focus on the Environment and the International Judiciary. PluriCourts invite researchers in the field of law, political science, and philosophy with a focus on the environment and the international judiciary to apply for visiting research fellowship. The positions as guest researchers can vary from 3 to 12 months. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible and will prioritize applications for the academic year 2016. PluriCourts allocate financial support to selected researchers with a topic of special interest for the centre, although other funding for travel and accommodation is not included. Please indicate in your application the need for financial support (only available for stays between 6 -12 months). For more information about the positions and how to apply visit PluriCourts’ website.
The European Expertise and Expert institute (EEEI) published a European guide on good practices in civil judicial expertise
Souce: Council of Europe
This guide contains best practice recommendations on Expert proceedigns, on certification, on ethics and status, and on the creation of a European list of experts. It completes the Guidelines on the role of court-appointed experts in judicial proceedings of Council of Europe’s Member States adopted by the CEPEJ in December 2014.
European guide on good practices in civil judicial expertise
Call for Papers: Yale Law School’s Symposium on Founding Moments in Constitutionalism
Founding moments are landmark events that break ties with the ancient regime and lay the foundation for the establishment of modern states.
Founding moments shape national law, influence surrounding countries, establish future power structures and legitimize certain political institutions within the country.
But what exactly is a founding moment? When do we know the “founding” process is over and when do we know it is ongoing? Is it possible to have a founding moment without a new constitution?
It is not always easy to identify and define founding moments. The establishment of a new constitutional identity is almost never encompassed in one event—and may span decades in the form of anti-colonial movements, revolutions, civil wars, legitimation crises, power struggles and consolidation processes.
Founding moments sometimes endow certain elements in society—such as revolutionary parties or political leaders—with political legitimacy.
A key line of inquiry therefore concerns the relationship between founding moments and “founding figures,” and the extent to which the future of a nation should be guided by the intentions of those who orchestrated these founding moments.
Founding moments moreover are not always a single moment.
How does a revolution relate to and influence the promulgation of the constitution? How does the promulgation of the constitution trigger crises in the consolidation process? Is there some danger to the revolutionary fervor being entrenched in words, symbolism and structures in a country’s written constitution?
We might also consider the phenomenon of unfinished foundings, which occur when revolutionary groups overthrow a dictator but not the entire “old guard.” To what extent is an event a founding moment if it is a partial or an unfinished revolution? How do such unfinished foundations influence the identity of the country?
Some though not all founding moments occur at tumultuous times in a country’s history. They are bloody revolutions, fierce anti-colonial struggles and decades-long political upheavals.
Countries undergoing founding moments—“pregnant widows” in Herzens words—should not be studied only as historical events but also as modern realities that influence and indeed often drive our understanding of law.
From Egypt, Libya, Iraq to Nepal, countries around the world are undergoing the birth pangs of founding, constitution and reconstitution—they are waging civil wars, mounting revolutions and writing constitutions.
This conference on founding moments in constitutionalism is an opportunity to address this phenomenon and how it relates to our understanding of law.
Submissions are invited from scholars of all ranks, including doctoral students.
The Convenors intend to publish the papers in an edited book or in a special issue of a law journal.
An invitation to participate in this Symposium will be issued to a participant on the following conditions:
1. The participant agrees to submit an original, unpublished paper ranging between 8,000 and 11,000 words consistent with the submission guidelines issued by the Symposium Convenors.
2. The participant agrees to submit a pre-Symposium draft March 30, 2016.
3. The participant agrees to submit a full post-Symposium final draft by September 1, 2016.
December 21st, 2015
Interested scholars should email biographical information and an abstract of no more than 500 words by Monday, December 21, 2015 to Nishchal Basnyat (email@example.com) on the understanding that the abstract will form the basis of the pre-Symposium working draft of a minimum of 3000 words to be submitted by Monday, March 30, 2016. Scholars should identify their submission with the following subject line: “Yale Law School—Abstract Submission—Founding Moments.”
Successful applicants will be notified no later than January 15, 2016.
There are no costs to participate in this Symposium. Successful applicants are responsible for securing their own funding for travel. Arrangements will be made for a special rate at a local hotel.
Please direct inquiries in connection with this Symposium to:
Richard Albert, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School, Visiting Associate Professor, Yale Law School, firstname.lastname@example.org
Menaka Guruswamy, Yale Law School, email@example.com