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oficina_20‘What to Learn from International Human Rights Systems?’: Workshop Summary 
Source: Interamerican Human Rights
The Inter-American Human Rights Network held its third international workshop at the University of Ghent on 29-30 January.
Following the event, the network has produced a workshop summary document, which outlines the key findings and main areas of debate among the assembled experts during the two-day conference.

The workshop looked at regional human rights mechanisms in comparative perspective, with participants’ presentations grouped around the following topics:
• International Human Rights Decisions and Implementation at the National Level
• International Human Rights Decisions in the Context of Persons in Situation of Vulnerability
• Implementation of Decisions of Human Rights Bodies in the Context of Women’s Rights
• Human Rights Decisions from a Comparative Perspective
• International Human Rights Decisions: Suggestions to Improve Implementation
• Human Rights Decisions and Political Context
The workshop also included a policy and practitioner panel featuring expert contributions from:
• Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, Judge Constitutional Court of Andorra and Law Professor at the Université de Paris I–Panthéon Sorbonne;
• Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights; and
• Frans Viljoen, Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria.
Summaries of the more than 20 papers presented during the workshop are available in the IAHRN workshop document. The workshop discussions will also form the basis of an upcoming IAHRN policy briefing on the positive and negative practices of regional human rights mechanisms across the globe.

oficina_19Write On! PluriCourts conference ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes’ (deadline March 1) 
Source: IntLaw Grrls
The PluriCourts Centre of Excellence at the University of Oslo is organizing a conference titled ‘Adjudicating international trade and investment disputes: between interaction and isolation.’ The conference will be hosted at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo 25-26 August 2016. Abstracts are due March 1, 2016.
The conference aims to focus on the relationship, interactions and comparisons between the international trade and investment regimes in the context of adjudication of disputes. The conference will welcome research across the disciplines of law, political science, and philosophy relating to three themes: the new mega-regionals, comparisons and practices, and cross-fertilization and learning. Historically, the global regulation of international trade and investment relations have been closely interrelated; but in the post-war period, international trade law and international investment law developed on largely divergent paths. While international trade regulation has culminated in a multilateral regime with a permanent dispute settlement mechanism, the international regulation of foreign direct investment is primarily governed by 3500 essentially bilateral treaty relationships calling for ad hoc investor – state arbitration potentially to be hosted by a variety of international institutions. Despite these seemingly distinct structures, there is a recent trend that some say signal a move towards regime convergence: most clearly seen in the rise of mega-regional free trade agreements (FTAs) with investment chapters.

This potential convergence may be deceiving, however. The investment chapters of FTAs remain separate from the rest of the agreements and provide for distinct rules and procedures on dispute settlement. Moreover, issues of overlap between trade chapters and investment chapters have not been resolved, which means that the same case could possibly be raised simultaneously in two separate disputes under the same FTA. Legal disputes based on investment chapters in FTAs to date (ie under the NAFTA and DR-CAFTA) appear to interpret the investment protection chapters as standalone agreements with little or no reference to other sections of the FTAs. Despite the limitations to integration that this new generation of trade and investment agreements may represent, there are other areas of interaction between the trade and investment regimes that could provide better evidence of a gradual move towards cohesion. This conference aims to look at the development of the new mega-regionals, but also the ways (or lack thereof) that the trade and investment regimes share practices and cross-fertilize.
For more information and submission procedures, see: Call for Papers – Trade Investment Conference [pdf]

oficina_16Call for Submissions: John Westlake Prize
Source: International Law Reporter
The Institut de Droit International has announced that it is accepting submissions for the John Westlake Prize. Here’s the call (English/Français):
Established by James Brown Scott in memory of his mother and sister:
This competition, endowing an award of 10’000 Swiss francs, is organized under the auspices of the Institute of International Law in accordance with the Regulations of the Prize as established by the late J.B. SCOTT. This Prize bears the name of thirteen distinguished international lawyers on a rotating basis.
The subject of this competition is:
Papers related to this subject can be submitted in German, English, Spanish French, or Italian and should comply with all other requirements as specified in the Regulations of the Prize, which can be consulted in the Yearbook of the Institute of International Law, Vol. 61-II, 1986, p. 359-367 and on the website of the Institute of International Law: The papers have to be submitted to the Secretary-General of the Institute at the latest by 31 December 2016 to the following address:
Professor Marcelo Kohen
Chemin Eugène Rigot 2
Case postale 136
CH-1211 Geneva 21
The Prize will be awarded during the 2017 session of the Institute of International Law.
Geneva, 4 February 2016
* * *
Institué par James Brown Scott en hommage à sa mère et sa sœur:
Ce concours, doté d’un prix de 10’000 francs suisses, est organisé sous les auspices de l’Institut de droit international conformément au Règlement des prix institués par feu J. B. SCOTT. Le prix porte à tour de rôle le nom de treize éminents internationalistes
Le sujet mis au concours est le suivant :
Les textes portant sur tout aspect relatif à ce sujet peuvent être soumis en allemand, anglais, espagnol, français ou italien et satisfaire les autres conditions requises par le Règlement dont le texte peut être consulté dans l’Annuaire de l’Institut de Droit international, Vol 61-II, 1986, pp. 359-367, et dans le site internet de l’Institut de Droit international : Ils doivent parvenir au Secrétaire général de l’Institut au plus tard le 31 décembre 2016 à l’adresse suivante :
Professeur Marcelo Kohen
Chemin Eugène Rigot 2
Case postale 136
CH-1211 Genève 21
Le prix sera décerné lors de la session 2017 de l’Institut de Droit international.
Genève, le 4 février 2016

oficina_03Announcements: International Criminal Justice, Migration and Human Trafficking Course; FRAME workshop – A global force for human rights?; Third-Party Economic Sanctions Lecture; PluriCourts Professor Vacancies and Postdoctoral Fellowships; Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; RfS Manchester Journal of International Economic Law; Revista Tribuna Internacional.

Source: EJIL Talk

1. Hague Academy Advanced Course on International Criminal Justice, Migration and Human Trafficking. The Hague Academy of International Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies will host the second edition of the Advanced Course on International Criminal Law between 30 May and 8 June 2016, at the Peace Palace, The Hague. The course will focus on International Criminal Justice, Migration and Human Trafficking. It will include a panel discussion on International Law and the Migration Crisis and interactive lectures on, inter alia, the interplay between refugee law, migration law and international criminal justice, the movement of persons across borders in international law, modern types of slavery and human exploitation and human trafficking as a crime against humanity. The course is coordinated by Prof. Carsten Stahn, Programme Director of the Grotius Centre (The Hague). It is geared at practitioners who seek to enlarge their vision or discover a new field of practice and scholars seeking to gain expertise in the application of concepts and norms. Further information on the programme and application process is available here.
2. FRAME workshop ‘A global force for human rights?’. The FRAME workshop ‘A global force for human rights? Assessing the EU´s comprehensive approach to human rights in crisis management and conflict´ will take place at the Law School of the University of Seville (Spain), on 11 March 2016. The workshop will consist of a keynote speech and two panels. The keynote speech is entitled “A Global Force for Human Rights? Preliminary Findings from the FRAME Project” by Prof. Dr. Jan Wouters. The first panel will deal with the applicable regulatory frameworks regarding human rights violations in conflicts and the protection of vulnerable groups. The second panel will discuss the integration of human rights and international Humanitarian Law (IHL) and democracy/rule of law principles and tools into the Common Security and Defence  Policy (CSDP) and missions and evaluating their impact on vulnerable groups. More details can be found here. To register, email Laura Iñigo via
3. Third-Party Economic Sanctions Lecture. On Thursday 25 February 2016 from 6pm to 7pm at UCL Pavilion (Main Quad), Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, Professor Cecile Fabre (University of Oxford) will speak on third-party economic sanctions. Mindful that economic sanctions have become a staple of foreign policy, Professor Fabre’s lecture focuses on the question of whether just war theory provides a useful normative framework for assessing the morality of sanctions; whether sanctions are effective; and whether the harms which they occasion to innocent civilians are such as to render them impermissible. Professor Fabre will explore so-called unilateral third party sanctions, such as have been imposed by the United States vis-à-vis Iran and Cuba. Her aim is to provide a cosmopolitan defence of unilateral third-party sanctions as a means to stop ongoing human rights violations. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Leif Wenar (Kings College London). Admission is free but registration is required (here).
4. PluriCourts Professor Vacancies and Postdoctoral Fellowships. PluriCourts, a multidisciplinary Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo, has announced two positions as (associate) professor: one in international economic law and one in legal theory/political philosophy. The application deadline for both is 1 April 216. PluriCourts has also announced up to three 3-year postdoctoral fellowships on the legitimacy of international courts and tribunals in the following fields: human rights, trade, international criminal law or the environment. The application deadline for these fellowships is 21 March 2016.
5. 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has announced its call for applications to the 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which takes place in Washington D.C. from 31 May – 17 June. This annual Program offers 19 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 40 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law during an intensive 3 week immersion into the dynamic world of Human Rights. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of International Tribunals such as the ICJ, Special Rapporteurs and Committee Members of the UN, members of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, experts from prominent NGOs and professors from all over the world. More information is available here . Contact for more information.
6. Request for Submissions: Manchester Journal of International Economic Law. The Manchester Journal of International Economic Law is requesting abstracts for potential submissions to the December 2016 issue examining the theme of Interactions of International Organizations, Private Economic Actors and Resources. Abstracts of proposed submissions are welcome on this subject, which might include, but are by no means limited to: (i) the treasury operations of International Financial Institutions (IFIs); (ii) the anti-corruption, procurement, disbarment and similar initiatives of IFIs and other international organizations (IOs); (iii) the utilisation by IOs of private/philanthropic funding and public-private partnerships, particularly in the domain of global public health initiatives; and (iv) the influence of IOs on world trade and investment, regulation and standards-setting.  Abstracts of proposed submissions (500 words maximum, with an accompanying CV) should be sent to the Guest Editor, Peter Quayle, at by 18 March 2016. Submissions selected for development from abstracts will be subsequently peer-reviewed.
7. Revista Tribuna Internacional. Issue number 8 of law journal Revista Tribuna Internacional, Law Faculty – Univesity of Chile, is now available online. It can be accessed here. Revista Tribuna Internacional has also opened its call for papers for its 9th issue (1st semester, 2016), which will be published in June 2016. The deadline for submissions is 31 March 2016. More information can be found here.

IMG_0736Call for Papers: University of Oxford’s SLS Annual Conference[Sept 6-9, England]: Submit by March 18 
Source: Lawctopus
The 107th Annual Conference of the Society will be held in 2016 at the University of Oxford in St Catherine’s College.
University of Oxford in St Catherine’s College.
6th September – 9th September, 2016.
The theme of the conference is Legislation and the Role of the Judiciary.
As usual, papers for the Subject Sections seminars may examine any aspect of the conference theme but will be very welcome on any topic.
All abstracts must be submitted through the EasyChair conference system which can be accessed HERE.
If you experience any problems, please contact Jed Meers at
Important Dates
February 2016 – Abstract submission opens
Friday 18th March – Abstract submission deadline
May 2016 – Registration opens
29th July 2016 – Early registration deadline
6th – 9th September 2016 – SLS Annual Conference 2016
For further details, click HERE.



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