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9643A99C-48A8-41E0-AB29-70BA878E574ACall for Papers: Emotions & International Law 
Source: International Law Reporter 
A call for papers has been issued for a colloquium on “Emotions & International Law,” to be held August 25-26, 2016, at the School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires. Here’s the call:

“Emotions & International Law”
Call for papers
The School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires is hosting a Colloquium on “Emotions & International Law”, which will take place on August 25th and 26th in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event is organized by the Permanent Seminar on the Theory and History of International Law (SEMPITHIDIA) and the DECyT Research Project “The passions of international law: Affective perspectives, States’ emotions and political feelings in the history of ius gentium”, under the direction of Prof. Emiliano J. Buis.
The law is usually conceived as a “rational” ground, a social construction that emanates from the need to objectivise passionate controversies and find discursively structured solutions to avoid the use of vengeance. Nonetheless, the “affective turn” in social sciences and humanities have made it also possible to think of law as the result of passions and therefore emotionally apprehensible. From an international relations perspective, it would seem that, in the absence of a superior authority, interactions among States are guided by their feelings and conveniences. Indeed, their behaviour seems less structured on justified reasoning than on national impulses and reactions, which are in fact complex as they rely on cognitive structures that are not limited to the sensitive dimension.
The event will mainly encompass the conceptual discussion on feelings such as hatred, resentment, compassion, nostalgia, fear, empathy/sympathy, jealousy, shame, humiliation, affection/love, among others, which are considered as possible keys of interpretation and analysis frameworks to examine international relations on a broad sense, involving States and non-State actors, as well as the generation of rules regulating them.
Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
Emotions throughout the history of international law and its relationship with the hegemonic construction of power.
The role of emotions in international law-making.
Tensions between change and stability in international law.
History, present and emotions in transitional justice mechanisms.
Emotions involved in the use of force and in international humanitarian law.
The affective expression of international actors.
Emotional readings in international scholarship.
The Colloquium is open to academics, professionals and students of international law and other related subjects. Proposals will be selected on the basis of their quality, originality and thought-provoking capacity. The submitted papers may be eventually published.
Proposals requirements: Abstracts (no more than 500 words) will be received until May 1st, 2016 and must be emailed to and The results will be announced on June 1st 2016.
Those scholars whose abstracts had been accepted are due to send their final paper (between 4500 and 7500 words, including footnotes) before August 1st, 2016. The presentations will be distributed to the other participants beforehand in order to facilitate in-depth discussions. Proposals will be received both in English or in Spanish.
For questions related to the information contained in this call for papers or the event please contact the organizers on the following e-mails:;
Summary of relevant dates:
• May 1st: Abstracts deadline.
• June 1st: Announcement of accepted proposals.
• August 1st: Deadline for paper submissions.
• August 25th and 26th: Colloquium.

Announcements: CfP International Law of Military Operations; BIICL Annual Grotius Lecture & Dinner; Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference; Additions to UN Audiovisual Library; Colloquium on Emotions and International Law; Global Governance Summer School; IGLP Workshop; Student Writing Competition; International Law Literature Forum 
Source: EJIL Talk 
1. Call for Papers: The International Law of Military Operations – Mapping the Field. 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’. The purpose of this conference, from 21 – 23 June 2016, in Exeter, UK, is to develop our understanding of the international law of military operations from a comparative and practical perspective. 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. See here for further information on particular topics of interest and the submission process. Proposals must be submitted by 8 April 2016.
2. BIICL Annual Grotius Lecture and Dinner 2016. The BIICL Annual Lecture and Dinner will take place on 21 March 2016 at the Law Society in London. The lecture will be delivered by The Rt Hon. Lady Justice Arden DBE, Head of International Judicial Relations for England and Wales, on the subject:’Water for All? Developing a Human Right to Water in National and International Law’. The lecture will be chaired by the President of BIICL, The Right Honourable The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers KG PC. The lecture is followed by a networking drinks reception and an optional dinner is available to those attendees looking to extend their evening. David Anderson QC will deliver a speech during dinner entitled ‘Responding to Terrorism’. David’s speech will touch on the UK’s response to the terrorist threat, drawing on his personal observations as Independent Reviewer. Find out more and book online here.
3. Hamburg International Environmental Law Conference 2016. The HIELC 2016 will take place on 15-16 April 2016 under the title “A Sea Change for Sustainable Ocean Resource Governance”. High ranking experts from all over the world will address the fragile balance between the economically efficient use of ocean resources and the preservation of the ocean’s ecosystem in their presentations and in the subsequent working groups. Furthermore, the conference offers a forum to international and interdisciplinary academics and practitioners to share their insights. For further information and registration, please see here.
4. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website, which provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge. The latest lectures were given by Professor Piet Eeckhout on “The European Union and International Law” and by Dr. Philippa Webb on “The Law of State Immunity: Overview, Specific Aspects and Future Prospects”.
5. Colloquium on Emotions and International Law (25-26 August 2016) – Registration Open. The School of Law of the University of Buenos Aires holds a colloquium entitled “Emotions & International Law” in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 25-26 August 2016. The event is organized by the Permanent Seminar on the Theory and History of International Law and the DECyT Research Project “The feelings in the history of ius gentium”, under the direction of Prof. Emiliano J. Buis. Registration for the conference is now open. For more information, see here, visit the colloquium website or email or The colloquium is intended to create an opportunity to reflect and debate the conceptual discussion on feelings such as hatred, resentment, compassion, nostalgia, fear, empathy/sympathy, jealously, shame, humiliation, affectation/love, among others, which are considered as possible keys of interpreting international law in a broad sense, involving States and non-State actors, as well as the generation of rules regulating them.
6. Call for Applications: 2016 Global Governance Summer School. The Global Governance Summer School, presented by the Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, will take place 10-30 July 2016, in Belgium. Students of law and related disciplines from around the world may apply; U.S. law students are eligible for 4 ABA-approved credits. Students will explore how state, regional, and international legal regimes, plus individuals, corporations, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, networks, and other nonstate actors, interact. The expert global faculty includes: Diane Marie Amann, Jan Wouters, and Harlan G. Cohen. Integral to the coursework will be a 2-day experts conference in Brussels and professional development trips to NATO headquarters, the European Parliament, and the European Court of Justice. The deadline to apply is 4 April 2016.
7. Institute for Global Law and Policy: The Workshop. The Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School is now accepting applications to participate in “IGLP: The Workshop” in Madrid, Spain from 17-23 July 2016. IGLP: The Workshop is an intensive residential program for young doctoral and post-doctoral law scholars. The Workshop aims to strengthen the next generation of scholars by placing them in collaboration with their global peers and senior IGLP faculty as they develop innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, social justice and governance. While in Madrid, participants will examine current scholarly developments, reconsider canonical texts, and network with colleagues from around the world. The core of the Workshop will be comprised of a series of intensive writing workshops designed to facilitate peer-to-peer conversations with careful mentoring from IGLP’s global senior faculty. It will conclude with a one-day Conference addressing crucial issues of contemporary world political economy, convened by Carlos Andradas, Rector of Complutense University of Madrid. The global Workshop is organized in collaboration with Complutense University of Madrid and hosted and sponsored by Santander Universities. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2016. Visit our website to learn more and apply today.
8. Groningen Journal of International Law: Student Writing Competition. The Groningen Journal of International Law is holding a student writing competition for the first time. Our next issue will come out in May and will contain a copy of the three best articles received. Under the topic “International Criminal Organisations: Contemporary Challenges”, our next edition aims at identifying emerging difficulties caused by these organisations and on how international law should engage with such issues in the future. The focus of your article is at your discretion, however some general perspectives that we are interested in include: defining organised international crime; the role of international law in the prevention and regulation of international criminal organisations; the role of non-state actors in the prevention and regulation of international criminal organisations; international criminal organisations as a threat to international peace and security; and, regulation of international cyber-crime organisations. The essay has to be a legal article and therefore include proper footnotes and citations. Articles must not exceed 5,000 words (excluding footnotes), and must be submitted by 10 April 2016 to See here for more information about the GroJIL and to read all of our previous publications.
9. International Law Literature Forum at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies: Spring 2016 The International Law Literature Forum at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva is a platform to discuss contemporary cutting-edge international law scholarship. It focuses on work in progress and seeks to stimulate an open discussion of new directions in scholarship in the Geneva research community. In the spring of 2016, it features papers by Mikael Rask Madsen (University of Copenhagen), Yuval Shany (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Jan Kleinheisterkamp (London School of Economics), Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel University), Ratna Kapur (Jindal Global Law School) and Georg Nolte (Humboldt University, Berlin). Information on the different sessions and topics can be found on our website.
oficina_16Event on European Court and the UK 
Fuente: ECHR 
The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the University of Leicester are organising an event entitled ‘The Rule of Law, The European Court of Human Rights and the UK: A New Court for a New Era?’ in London on Wednesday 20 April. This is the organizers’ summary of the event:
“It may be argued that, in the light of the Interlaken-Izmir-Brighton-Brussels reform process, the European Court of Human Rights/Convention system has reshaped itself significantly over the last 5 or so years, possibly reflecting a new distribution of powers between Strasbourg and the member states. This may or may not be a good thing. Does it reflect a natural evolution of the Convention system, or the necessary adjustments required of a Court that is under pressure and strain?
This half-day event, held on the fourth anniversary of the Brighton Declaration of April 2012, will provide opportunity to hear leading experts consider how the Strasbourg Court has evolved in recent years, and reflect upon its longer-term future. Speakers will also consider how the reform process might inform debate in the UK about the European Court/Convention system and a possible British Bill of Rights.
Part one of the event will address how the Court has evolved in recent years, in terms of the approach it adopts to resolving certain cases on their substantive merits. Part two looks more specifically at the reform process initiated at Interlaken and Brighton. A focal point will be the CDDH’s report of the ‘Longer-term Future of the system of the European Convention on Human Rights’, and its implications.”
Speakers include:
Opening keynote speaker: Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Closing keynote speaker: Sir Nicolas Bratza (former President, ECtHR)
Ms Merris Amos (Reader in Human Rights Law, Department of Law, QMUL)
Dr Ed Bates (Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Leicester)
Richard Clayton QC (UK member, Venice Commission; Deputy High Court Judge; and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square) – tbc
Dr Alice Donald (Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Middlesex University London)
Prof Dr Martin Kuijer (Chairperson of the Council of Europe Working Group on Longer-term Future of the System of the European Convention on Human Rights; Substitute member, Venice Commission; Senior Legal Adviser, Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice; and Professor Human Rights Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Prof Philip Leach (Professor of Human Rights Law, School of Law, Middlesex University London; and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre)
Mr Rob Linham OBE (Assistant Director, Europe and Domestic Human Rights, Ministry of Justice) – tbc
Dr Matthew William Saul (Postdoctoral Fellow, PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo)
Jessica Simor QC (Matrix Chambers and Bingham Centre external fellow)
John Wadham (Associate, Doughty Street Chambers)
The full conference flyer can be found here.


New Book on European Human Rights Protection 
Source: EHCR 
It is my great pleasure to announce the publication, today, of a co-edited by book professor Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir (University of Iceland) and myself (Utrecht University) on what we have dubbed the shifting gravities of the protection of human rights in the triangle: European Union, European Convention on Human Rights, and national jurisdictions. The full title: Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir and Antoine Buyse (eds.), Shifting Centres of Gravity in Human Rights Protection. RethinkingRelations between the ECHR, EU, and National Legal Orders (Routledge 2016). Our book includes contributions from a wide range of authors who are experts on one or several of the interlinkages in this human rights triangle. This is the abstract:

“The protection of human rights in Europe is currently at a crossroads. There are competing processes which push and pull the centre of gravity of this protection between the ECHR system in Strasbourg, the EU system in Luxemburg and Brussels, and the national protection of human rights.
This book brings together researchers from the fields of international human rights law, EU law and constitutional law to reflect on the tug-of-war over the positioning of the centre of gravity of human rights protection in Europe. It addresses both the position of the Convention system vis-à-vis the Contracting States, and its positioning with respect to fundamental rights protection in the European Union. The first part of the book focuses on interactions in this triangle from an institutional and constitutional point of view and reflects on how the key actors are trying to define their relationship with one another in a never-ending process. Having thus set the scene, the second part takes a critical look at the tools that have been developed at European level for navigating these complex relationships, in order to identify whether they are capable of responding effectively to the complexities of emerging realities in the triangular relationship between the EHCR, EU law and national law.”
And this is the table of contents:
1. Introduction, Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir and Antoine Buyse
Part I: In Search of a Centre of Gravity
2. The Paradox of Human Rights Protection in Europe: Two Courts, One Goal? Xavier Groussot, Nina-Louisa Arold Lorenz and Gunnar Thor Petursson
3. The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in the Changing European Human Rights Architecture, Davíð Þór Björgvinsson
4. The European Court of Human Rights and National Courts: A Constitutional Relationship?, Geir Ulfstein
5. National Courts and Judicial Disobedience to the ECHR: A Comparative Overview, Giuseppe Martinico
6. The Advisory Jurisdiction of the ECtHR under Protocol No.16: Enhancing Domestic Implementation of Human Rights or a Symbolic Step? Björg Thorarensen
Part II: European Rights and National Implementation: Rethinking the status quo
7. Flying or Landing? The Pilot Judgment Procedure in the Changing European Human Rights Architecture Antoine Buyse
8. The Court of Justice and Fundamental Rights: If Margin of Appreciation is the Solution, What is the Problem? Niamh Nic Shuibhne
9. From Flexible to Variable Standards of Judicial Review: The Responsible Domestic Courts Doctrine at the European Court of Human Rights Başak Çalı
10. Speaking the Same Language? Comparing Judicial Restraint at the ECtHR and the ECJ Oddný Mjöll Arnardóttir and Dóra Guðmundsdóttir
11. Squaring the Circe at the Battle at Brighton: Is the War between Protecting Human Rights or Respecting Sovereignty Over, or Has it Just Begun?, Andreas Follesdal.

oficina_08Go On! University of Essex Human Rights Summer School (early enrolment discounts available now) 

Source: IntLaw Grrls 

Following on from a successful second year, the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex is offering its five day summer school on Human Rights Research Methods from 27 June to 1 July 2015. Additionally, the Human Rights Centre is offering a second week (4-5 July) of thematic modules on two contemporary and cutting edge issues in human rights:
Human Rights in the Era of Drug Reform (4-5 July)
Making Technology Work for Human Rights Professionals (4-5 July)
An international team of experts will deliver teaching sessions, including leading human rights academics and practitioners. These are essential courses for postgraduate students, academics, lawyers, those working in civil society and international organisations, and importantly, those holding positions in government, including diplomats and civil servants. The thematic modules are run in conjunction with the International Centre on Human Rights & Drug Policy and the Human Rights Centre.
Courses will be held at the University of Essex campus in Wivenhoe Park, an hour train ride from central London. An early booking discount on the published course fee rates is available now.
A full course programme, including enrolment details are available here. We hope to see you at Essex this summer!

23b632c4_l_2Call for Papers: ESIL International Bio Law Interest Group Workshop
Source: International Law Reporter 
The International Bio Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a full day workshop on September 7, 2016, immediately preceding the 12th Annual ESIL Conference, in Riga. The theme is: “International Biolaw in Times of Crisis: Progress and Challenges.” Here’s the call:
The Coordinating Committee of the ESIL-SEDI Interest Group on International Biolaw has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the International Workshop “INTERNATIONAL BIOLAW IN TIMES OF CRISIS: PROGRESS AND CHALLENGES” in Riga (Latvia) on 7th of September 2016, from 11:00 to 18:00, coinciding with the 12th ESIL Annual Conference: “How International Law Works in Times of Crisis” (8th-10th September 2016).The main objective of this International Workshop –in line with the general subject of the ESIL-SEDI Conference – will be progress and challenges of International Biolaw in times of crisis. This topic includes new forms of warfare, the rise of extremist terrorism, the fall of sovereign states, the unprecedented flow of migrants/refugees, the increase of the nationalism, climate change and environmental threats, problems with economies and financial markets at different levels…All these risks and threats have consequences for International Biolaw, affecting progress and posing challenges. Based on these subjects, we have prepared a broad programme allowing you to participate by explaining your research or experience on some of these issues. With this aim, we encourage you to participate in this International Workshop submitting your paper to either of the following two panels.
Papers will be submitted in English or French. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th of June 2016 to The abstract must fit on one sheet (500 words maximum). The author will be informed whether the paper has been accepted on 30th of June. The papers accepted will be published in a scientific review with the contributions of the participants at this workshop



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