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Conference: 12th Annual ESIL Conference/12e conférence annuelle de la SEDI
Source: International Law Reporter 
The European Society of International Law will hold its 12th Annual Conference, September 8-10, 2016, in Riga, hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia. The theme is: “How International Law Works in Times of Crisis.” The program is here. Early-bird registration is available until April 30.


Conference: Dialogues between International and Public Law 
Source: International Law Reporter 
On June 30-July 1, 2016, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Melbourne Law School will hold a conference on “Dialogues between International and Public Law,” in London. The program is here. Here’s the idea:
This two-day conference will bring together for the first time leading academic and practising lawyers to pool knowledge and share perspectives on the changing relationship between public international law and domestic public law in different jurisdictions.
Organised by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and the Melbourne Law School (MLS), this event will allow a constructive dialogue on how national public law and public international law and practice should and must co-exist, combining theory with case studies and the experience of practitioners.
An initiative of this kind is badly needed. It is trite that 21st century globalisation is characterised by an interpenetration of domestic public law and international law. It is also characterised by shifting boundaries between public and private spheres of activity at both the international and national levels. The concept of ‘global constitutionalism’ is used by some in an attempt to capture the implications of these developments for one or both spheres but does not do them justice. Terms of this kind draw attention to the reality of some significant change but mask disagreement over its extent, nature and consequences. Generalisation has inhibited a deeper understanding of what really is going on in this complex and diverse terrain. Focussed dialogue between public lawyers and international lawyers is needed to pool knowledge and share perspectives and to examine how, in present conditions, the two bodies of law and practice can and should co-exist. This event is designed to provide the impetus for a more informed debate which connects theory and doctrine with practice, drawing on the insights that case studies provide.


Conference on Prisoner Voting Rights and the ECHR 

Source: ECHR Blog

The University of Liverpool, in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the PluriCourts project, is organising a two day workshop on one of the most contested ECHR-related issues in the UK: ‘Challenges to Implementing the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: Dialogues on Prisoner Voting Rights’. The conference will take place in London on 19 and 20 May 2016. This is the organisers’ conference summary:
“The effectiveness of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is dependent on how readily its judgments are executed by the Contracting Parties. This workshop will look at one of the most controversial confrontations between the ECtHR and the Contracting Parties in its history: the prisoner voting saga. In 2005, the ECtHR ruled that a British blanket ban on prisoner enfranchisement violates Article 3 of Protocol 1 to the Convention. To date, this judgment has not been executed and this forced the ECtHR to deliver a pilot judgment confirming Hirst (No. 2). This subsequent judgment in the case of Greens and MT v. the United Kingdom created a further barrage of public outcry in the UK and has also not yet been executed. In a more recent case of Anchugov and Gladkov v. Russia a similar blanket constitutional ban in Russia was found incompatible with the Convention; it too was not implemented by the respondent party. Simultaneously, states like Austria, Ireland, Latvia and Liechtenstein in contrast to Russia and the United Kingdom, passed laws to enfranchise their prisoners with minimal controversy or fanfare. This project aims to assess why the issue of prisoner enfranchisement is so controversial in some States while it passes unnoticed in others.
This workshop aims to explore acceptable ways of implementing of prisoner voting judgments in the United Kingdom. The presentations at the workshop will explore the possibility of facilitating national sovereign decision-making and national traditions within the Strasbourg supervisory mechanism. The participants will focus their addresses on the roots of the issue and the possible solutions to the prisoner voting crisis.”

oficina_16Announcements: Venice Academy of Human Rights; World Court for Human Rights; New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; 18th Summer Session of Salzburg Law School 
Source: EJIL Talk 

1. Venice Academy of Human Rights. The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 4-13 July 2016 on the topic “Backlash against Human Rights?”. The faculty includes a distinguished opening lecture by Judge András Sajó (Vice-President of the ECtHR), a general course by Robert McCorquodale (BIICL), as well as lectures and discussion sessions with Joseph A. Cannataci (UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy), Helen Fenkwick (Durham University), Mark Goodale (University of Lausanne) and Geir Ulfstein (University of Oslo). The Academy, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, discusses the expansion and restriction of human rights regimes, questions of inequality and social change, counter-terrorist laws, same sex unions, privacy and data protection issues as well as the reform of the ECtHR and UN human rights treaty bodies. The course aims at academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students. Applications are accepted until 29 May 2016 with an early-bird discount until 24 April 2016.
2. World Court for Human Rights. The Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations will host a public event on the creation of a World Court for Human Rights. Two world-leading experts will be invited to engage in a dialogue on the following Resolution: A World Court for Human Rights should be established to contribute to the evolution of, and compliance with, human rights law. The discussants will be Professor Martin Scheinin, Professor of International Law and Human Rights, European University Institute (For the Resolution) and Professor Sarah H. Cleveland, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights at Columbia Law School (Against the Resolution). The debate will be moderated by Professor Harold Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School The event will take place on 9 May from 3pm- 5pm at the Oxford Martin School and will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome and registration is required. Information about the event and a link for registration can be found here.
3. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. In commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the International Court of Justice, the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has recently added the following interview recordings in French to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: President Abraham – “La Cour internationale de Justice à l’aube de son soixante-dixième anniversaire” and the Registrar, Mr. Couvreur, – “Le déroulement du procès devant la Cour internationale de Justice”.
4. Eighteenth Summer Session of Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law. The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Eighteenth Summer Session, 31 July to 10 August 2016. Under the title ‘Achieving International Criminal Justice by Safeguarding the Principle of Equality for Unequal Perpetrators of Crimes Under International Law’, SLS 2016 will assess the different roles of individual perpetrators within a macro-criminal context of concerted or mass violence. The course includes a workshop on Russian approaches to international criminal justice as well as the situations in Georgia and the Ukraine and will provide ample opportunity to discuss current developments in ICL. This year’s faculty include Mr. Gilbert Bitti (ICC); Prof. Gleb Bogush (Lomonosov Moscow State University/Russian Academy of Justice); Dr. Konrad Bühler (Austrian MFA); Ms. Eleni Chaitidou (ICC); Prof. Roger Clark (Rutgers University); Dr. David Donat Cattin (PGA/New York University); Prof. Benjamin Ferencz (via video message); Prof. Charles Garraway (University of Essex); Prof. Gerhard Hafner (University of Vienna); Prof. Frédéric Mégret (McGill University); Judge Daniel N. Nsereko (Special Tribunal for Lebanon); Prof. Alette Smeulers (Universities of Tilburg and Groningen); and Dr. Astrid Reisinger Coracini (University of Salzburg). SLS is an intensive course in ICL for advanced students, young academics and practitioners, founded by the late Prof. Otto Triffterer at the University of Salzburg in 1999. Every year, it assembles around 40 participants from all over the world to learn from and discuss with distinguished scholars and experienced practitioners in the field of international criminal law. For the draft academic programme and further information see here or contact

IMG_0649Go On! Call for Applications – 2017 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships at MLS Laureate Program in International Law 
Source: IntLaw Grrls 
Applications are invited from suitably qualified doctoral and early career scholars to participate in the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School during 2017.
The Laureate Program in International Law is funded by the Australian Research Council from 2015 to 2020, and led by Professor Anne Orford. The Program establishes a new interdisciplinary research team, working on a major project entitled Civil War, Intervention, and International Law. That project addresses one of the most pressing questions in contemporary international law and politics: whether, and if so when, it is lawful for external actors to recruit, train, arm, equip, finance, or intervene militarily in support of parties engaged in a civil war. The Program brings together leading scholars in law and the humanities, world-class early career researchers, and innovative practitioners to develop new methods for evaluating the rapidly changing international law on intervention and to enhance the capacity of international law to respond to major social and political transformations.
The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships are offered annually, and are designed to enable outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers to visit Melbourne Law School and work with the Laureate Program for up to two months. Funding of up to $3000 is available for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows towards the costs of travel to, and accommodation in, Melbourne. Further details about the Laureate Program in International Law and the application process for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowships are available at
The closing date for applications is 1 July 2016.



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