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oficina_19Announcements: Second Thessaloniki Summer Course; EU’s Response to the Refugee Crisis; Interaction Between Human Rights: 50 Years of the Covenants; AHRI Call for Submissions; CfP Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse? 
Source: EJIL Talk 

1. Second Thessaloniki Summer Course. The Kalliopi Koufa Foundation for the Promotion of International and Human Rights Law is delighted to announce that the Second Thessaloniki Summer Course to be hosted by the Foundation in the historical city of Thessaloniki from 27 June to 8 July 2016 will deal with the ever-increasing importance of International Environmental Law and is titled “International Environmental Governance: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects”. Registration is now open. Prospective applicants may take advantage of the early-bird application fee. For more information, see here.

2. The EU’s Response to the Refugee Crisis. The International Law Programme at Chatham House will be hosting a meeting on ‘The EU’s Response to the Refugee Crisis: Prospects for Greater Cooperation?’ on 9 March 2016 at Chatham House. The meeting will consider the possible EU policy responses to the refugee and migrant crisis and whether there is a way to reconcile national and strengthen compliance with international refugee law. For further details and to enquire about registering see here.
3. Interaction Between Human Rights: 50 Years of the Covenants. INTRAlaw (International and Transnational Tendencies in Law) is organising a workshop on 29–30 September 2016 on the theme of ‘Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants’. The colloquium will bring together scholars working on the interaction within the human rights regime on the international, regional and domestic planes. What is of interest is the way that the two covenants have influenced each other in their legal development; and, significantly, the way that different human rights systems have influenced each other in the definition and implementation of these rights. Particular attention will be given to the activities of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and their role in interpreting and driving implementation of the ICCPR and the ICESCR. INTRAlaw has issued a call for papers for the workshop. See here for further information. Abstracts must be submitted by 15 April 2016.
4. AHRI Call for Submissions. The Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) calls for the submission of proposals for papers to be presented at the general AHRI Human Rights Research Conference held at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 2-3 September 2016. The title of the conference is “50 Years of the Two UN Human Rights Covenants: Legacies and Prospects”, and the conference will have six thematic tracks: indivisibility and interactions of norms and regimes; citizenship, migrants and refugees; non-state actors and human rights; EU and human rights; the global economy and human rights; and new avenues in human rights research. Find the full call for papers here.
5. Call for Papers: Climate Refugees: Beyond the Legal Impasse? A One-Day Workshop will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, on 4 July 2016. The aim of this workshop is to address a fundamental gap in academic literature and policy making; namely the legal ‘no-man’s land’ in which the issue of climate refugees currently resides. Papers which address the following areas will be considered: Questions of international rights and responsibilities; the role of international institutions; legal interactions and tools for systemic integration; the relevance of the emerging concept ‘environmental justice’ to climate refugees, and creative future pathways and ways to overcome the impasse. Please send the title of your proposed paper along with a 200-word abstract and your contact details to by 15 April 2016. For further information please email Dr Simon Behrman . See here for further details.

oficina_01Call for Papers: The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field 
Source: International Law Reporter 
The International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and Exeter Law School have issued a call for papers for a conference on “The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field,” to take place June 21-23, 2016, in Exeter. Here’s the call:
The International Law of Military Operations:
Mapping the Field
21–23 June 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom
Conference Theme
Military deployments in the territory of other States are subject to a diverse range of rules under international law. In recent years, it has become increasingly common to refer to these rules as ‘operations law’ or the ‘international law of military operations’.
Despite the growing popularity of the term, its meaning and utility remain uncertain. The rules of international law governing military operations are complex and multifaceted. Is the concept of operations law merely a convenient label to describe the many legal regimes relevant to overseas deployments? Or does its growing use imply that military operations are governed by common principles forming part of a coherent legal framework?
The purpose of the conference is to develop our understanding of the international law of military operations from a comparative and practical perspective. The event will map the field by exploring the meaning and scope of the concept of operations law. It will also explore questions of current interest, such as the legal aspects of information operations, military deployments short of armed conflict, and the impact of human rights law. The conference will offer a unique opportunity for legal advisors and others working in the field to debate current legal challenges and to share national experiences and doctrine. To facilitate this exchange, the conference will set aside time to review training needs and best practices.
Confirmed speakers include Major-General Blaise Cathcart (Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces), Professor Terry Gill (University of Amsterdam), Steven Hill (NATO Office of Legal Affairs), Professor Jann Kleffner (Swedish Defence University) and Professor Michael N. Schmitt (US Naval War College).
Call for Papers
It is with great pleasure that the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and Exeter Law School invite subject matter experts to submit their proposals for presenting a paper at the conference. Proposals addressing the following topics are particularly welcome:
the concept, meaning and scope of the international law of military operations;
the place of the international law of military operations within the system of public international law as a potential lex specialis regime;
the relevance and impact of particular branches of public international law—such as the law of the sea, air law, the law of international responsibility, international human rights law, the law of State jurisdiction and immunity—on the conduct of overseas military operations and vice versa;
the legal framework of information and influence operations, both during and outside of armed conflict;
current legal developments and legal challenges facing the conduct of overseas military operations, such as the emergence of hybrid threats;
training needs in the area of the international law of military operations and how best to address them.
Submission and Selection of Papers
Please submit proposals for papers by 8 April 2016 to Proposals should contain the name and contact details of the applicant, the title of the paper to be presented and an abstract not exceeding 600 words. Applicants should also attach a brief CV. All papers to be presented should be original work and not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Proposals and papers must be in English. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submissions by the end of April 2016.
Publication of Papers
It is expected that the conference proceedings will lead to the publication of an edited volume with an academic publisher and/or a special issue of a leading law journal. Acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference does not automatically imply their selection for publication. Papers selected for publication will be subject to a separate process of peer review.
Administrative Arrangements
The conference will take place at the Streatham Campus of the University of Exeter. All conference participants, including speakers, are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Accommodation will be arranged for speakers on campus. Further information and travel directions are available here.
Foreign visitors to the UK may have to apply for a visa at the appropriate Embassy or Consulate of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Speakers are responsible for the timely application for their visa.
Partial funding is available to cover the travel expenses of speakers. However, where possible, the conference organizers kindly invite speakers to cover their own travel expenses.
Please direct any queries concerning the submission of proposals for papers to



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