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books-441866_1280Call for Submissions: 8th GoJIL Student Essay Competition

Source: International Law Reporter

The Goettingen Journal of International Law has issued a call for submissions for its eighth student essay competition. The topic is: “Transparency in International Law.” The call is here.

oficina_17Call for papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice: “Transitional Justice from the Margins: Intersections of Identities, Power and Human Rights”

Source:  Int Law Grrls

For our 2018 special issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, we seek scholarship and practitioners’ reflections that engage critically with the intersections of transitional justice and social oppression.

In 2017 the Journal marks its 10th anniversary. We take this opportunity to open a conversation that raises profound questions about the status of transitional justice. This starts not from a series of normative assumptions about truth, justice and reconciliation but rather from an analysis of how the structure of the discipline reinforces power dynamics. We plan to examine how transitional justice intersects with the structural dimensions of marginalization and oppression.

A central critique of the evolution of transitional justice relates to the legal framework and discourse of international human rights law that elevates certain civil and political rights over other norms, realities and dynamics. Systemic structural inequities become invisible or relegated to subsequent policy perspectives that governments or the international community invaribaly push ‘down the road.’ As these issues often reflect the power dynamics of the state, they tend to be ignored in favor of maintaining and consolidating the status quo. The structural nature of social oppressions, often underlying many gross violations of human rights, and the collective resistance of those most directly affected by these oppressions often appear marginalized by transitional justice frameworks and discourses.

The operation of power at the intersections of gender, ‘race,’ social class and/or sexualities is often obscured in the narrow lens of individually focused violations. Some might suggest that transitional justice has, at best, an individualized reductionistic relationship with gender through its hypervisibilization of sexual violence – contributing to what Canadian scholar Sherene Razack (2007) characterizes as “stealing the pain of others” – and a blindness to racism.

Kimberlee Crenshaw (1989) has examined how the focus exclusively on women as individual victims of a singular injustice may lead to revictimization by a legal system that continues to prioritize hegemonic patriarchal and racialised power. Her work – and that of indigenous scholars and others writing ‘from the margins’ – documents the structural economic, political and social systems that constrain minoritized and marginalized communities and their struggles for justice. Those acting and writing ‘from the margins’ or constructing knowledge ‘from the bottom up’ challenge those within the transitional justice field to critically interrogate the current dominant frameworks.

We seek work that contributes to critically discussing the limits of the transitional justice framework for understanding the causes and redressing the effects of social, economic and cultural rights, or explores how transitional justice could/should be broadened to address such challenges. We particularly welcome contributions that address intersectionality and its relationship to violent conflict and political settlements in theory and in practice. This special issues seeks to focus on work that generates new thinking or action which centers scholarship and activist insights that are grounded in and promote postcolonial or decolonizing knowledge produced by or collaboratively with an increasingly diverse and complex global community.

Questions that submissions could explore include:

Does transitional justice need to think beyond human rights frameworks in order to address structural inequalities and systems of oppression?

How does the current focus on sexual violence reproduce sexual hierarchies in transitional justice interventions, and entrench that focus in transitional accountability?
Where are LGBTQI individuals in the transitional justice conversation?

Is masculinity intersectional?
How does transitional justice reinforce or critically engage categories of identity and forms of hierarchy?

How might transitional justice be reconfigured if knowledge ‘from the margins’ traveled to the center? In what ways can or should local or indigenous theory and praxis in postconflict contexts reframe transitional justice norms, knowledge and practices?
What does ‘grassroots’ transitional justice really mean in practice and how might it be holistically and meaningfully advanced, acknowledging the communities and individuals who advance it?

Can economic, social and cultural rights be adequately addressed through a transitional justice framework?

How can the silos of development and transitional justice be integrated and expanded to encapsulate attention to the power differentis that lead to human rights violations?
The issue will be guest edited by Fionnuala Ní . Aoláin and Eilish Rooney of the Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University. Ní Aoláin is Professor of Law at the Transitional Justice Institute and holds the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School. Rooney is a Senior Lecturer in Ulster’s School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies. She represents the Transitional Justice Institute on the Transitional Justice Grassroots Toolkit programme, a university–community partnership with Bridge of Hope, a community-based organization focused on supporting persons affected by the conflict in Northern Ireland. Rooney and Ní Aoláin have collaborated extensively in the practice and theorizing of intersectionality in transitional justice.

The deadline for submissions is 1 July 2017.

Papers should be submitted online from the IJTJ webpage at
For further information, please contact the Managing Editor at

oficina_11Announcements: Vacancy for Assistant Professor in PIL; GoJIL Student Essay Competition

Source: EJIL: Talk 

1. University of Southern Denmark Vacancy for Assistant Professor in Public International Law. The Department of Law at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is currently advertising a post as Assistant Professor in International Law with starting date 1 January 2017 or soon thereafter. The successful applicant will have a strong profile in both research and teaching and also be interested to work in a multidisciplinary environment. This will include contributions to the University’s Centre for War Studies and the interdisciplinary master degree in “International Security and Law”. The candidate is expected to be able to teach in English and Danish within three years from the start of employment. For more information and the application form see the official job advert. Applications are accepted until 21 August 2016.

2. Goettingen Journal of International Law Student Essay Competition. The Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) dedicates its 8th Student Essay Competition to the topic Transparency in International Law. The GoJIL invites you to actively take part in the illumination of the concept and/or reflect on its implementation on the international level. The deadline for your submission is 30 November 2016. The maximal word count is 5000 words (excluding footnotes). The winning submission will be published in one of the upcoming GoJIL issues. The Student Essay Competition gives young scholars the chance to gain practical experience and get their own professional scientific publication. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity and hand in your submissions. For further details, see or contact the Editors at essay.competition {at} gojil(.)eu.

law-books-4The CEPEJ Innovation Centre : a platform for exchanging good practices

Source: Council of Europe. 

The CEPEJ wishes to establish a platform for exchanging best practices, or innovative practices, in European courts, so as to improve their functioning. The CEPEJ invites, in particular the members of its Network of Pilot Courts, to forward to the Secretariat, no later than 15 September 2016, examples of good practices and/or innovative practices that are applied in the courts. Courts wishing to contribute to this dynamic initiative are requested to complete the attached form in English or in French.
More information

Call for Papers: The Network for International Law Students [NILS]: Submit by August 30
august 5, 2016

About the Organization

The Network for International Law Students (NILS) is an international, independent, non-political, non-profit organization, run by and for law students.
It seeks to promote legal awareness among all people and encourage communication and cooperation among law students and lawyers internationally; contribute to legal education; promote social responsibility in the field of law; increase opportunities for students to learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; and publicize educational and career opportunities in law.

NILS also provides law students opportunities to develop their skills through our traineeship programme as well as through our publications.

Call for Articles

NILS India endeavours to kick start its Blog on a professional and personal level to contribute to the dissemination of ideas and provide a platform for discourse and debates for an overall development of thought process, tolerance and promotion of diversity in the field of law.

NILS India invites law students to submit thought-provoking articles for its Blog for the following sections of interest:

1. Humans of Law School:

The ‘Humans of Law School’ section is a space that contributes to the law school experience. All students interested in writing about their personal yet intrinsic law school experiences and important events trending in their respective law schools are welcome to submit their articles under Humans of Law School.
The three best articles would feature on the NILS India Blog for the forthcoming edition. The number of words in the article must not exceed 1000 words.

2. Legal Beagle

This section of the Blog called ‘Legal Beagle’ will conventionally feature well articulated essays and articles analyzing (even critically) a certain provision of Law or a relevant Supreme Court or High Court judgment in civil and criminal jurisdictions. We also welcome thought provoking articles on contemporary topics of International Law.
The three best articles would feature on the NILS India Blog for the forthcoming edition. The number of words in the article must not exceed 2500 words (including end notes).
Submission guidelines
i. All entries shall be in MS Word format.
ii. The articles must be unpublished and original without any plagiarism.
iii. The cover page of the submission shall contain the following details only – title, the name of the Author, contact detail and the name of the educational institution of the author.
iv. The endnotes shall conform to Bluebook 19th Edition rules of citation.

30th August, 2016
Submission Procedure
All articles must be submitted on or before 30th Aug 2016 to




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