Conference on Disasters, Displacement, & Human Rights

“Bridging the Collaborative Gap”
September 25-27, 2015
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Call for Presentations

Earthquakes and tsunamis. Development-induced displacement. Armed conflict, terrorism, and human trafficking. Fifty-one million recognized refugees worldwide. Securitization, deportation, and criminalization regimes. Climate change and environmental chaos. Humanitarianism, human rights, and international criminal prosecutions. The quest for peace and justice. The age of the anthropocene. The world has no shortage of problems and possibilities associated with disasters, displacement and human rights. And they are not just academic.

The University of Tennessee is holding its second conference on Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR). The 2015 conference theme is “Bridging the Collaborative Gap.” Collaborations within anthropology and across disciplines are increasingly vital for understanding the complexity of disasters, displacement, and human rights issues today. In both local settings and across the globe, from the distant past to anticipations of the future, communities of diverse experiences and aspirations directly confront the problems that preoccupy academic researchers. The 2015 DDHR conference aims to problematize and foster the practice of collaboration among academic disciplines and with DDHR-affected communities.

The organizers encourage the participation of researchers, practitioners, and students who address the broad themes of disasters, displacement and human rights from a range of perspectives, time periods, and contexts. We especially seek contributions from international researchers and practitioners who exemplify collaboration and/or cross-training within and/or outside of anthropology.

The Conference of the African Association of International Law: International Economic Law and Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

Via Opinio Juris

The Conference of the African Association of International Law will take place in Libreville, Gabon from 29 – 31 August 2015. Deadline for submissions of abstracts: 15 March 2015. The African Association of International Law (AAIL) is pleased to announce its 2015 conference entitled: International Economic Law and Development in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities. The working languages of the Conference are English and French. Submissions are welcome in either language. Only one submission per author will be considered. Submissions from women are strongly encouraged. Kindly send an abstract (300 – 500 words) of your paper including your curriculum vitae as well as contact details and institutional affiliation. These materials should be sent to: conference2015 [at] aail-aadi [dot] org before 15 March 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2015. The deadline for submission of final papers is 30 June 2015. Conference fees will be waived for all selected panelists. An award will be given to the author(s) of the best paper of the conference. Selected papers will be published in the African Yearbook of International Law. Should you have any questions about the conference or the call for papers, kindly contact Adejoké Babington-Ashaye, AAIL Director of Programmes at conference2015 [at] aail-aadi [dot] org.

Arts and Human Rights Summer School

The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway. Co-directed by Prof Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and Dr Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with human rights activists and scholars to explore their shared space. Events will take the form of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances.

The global theme for 2015 will be “Belonging”. The Summer School will consist of keynote addresses, plenary discussions, and themed discussions on three parallel tracks – literature and human rights; the visual arts and human rights; and music and human rights. The opening speaker will be the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Cultural Rights, Farida Shaheed.

Other speakers and panelists include:

·  Jennifer Johnston, Novelist, winner of the Whitbread book award;

·  Manfred Nowak, Scientific Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Menschenrechte, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina;

·  Susan McKay, Journalist;

·  Sarah Joseph, Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia;

·  Kateřina Šedá, Artist;

·  Vincent Woods, Poet and playwright;

·  Lelia Doolan, Film producer, former artistic director of the Abbey Theatre.

·  Rita Duffy, Artist;

·  Dominic Thorpe, Artist;

·  Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders

·  Neil Jarman, Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast;

·  Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law, Article 19;

·  Vered Cohen Barzilay, Director, Novel Rights;

·  Paul Seawright, Artist, Professor of Photography, University of Ulster;

·  Bob Collins, Chairman of the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland;

·  Guido Gryseels, Director, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Brussels, Belgium;

·  Rod Stoneman, Director, Huston School of Film & Digital Media, National University of Ireland, Galway;

·  David Petrasek, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada;

·  Julian Fifer, Musicians for Human Rights.

Galway is a thriving cultural centre at the edge of the Atlantic and is the gateway to some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.  The Summer School immediately precedes the world famous Galway International Arts Festival.

Registration costs €350, but a reduced early bird registration fee of €290 is available until 31 March 2015.

For more information please visit or email

Find attached the provisional Summer School Arts & Human Rights Programme.

2015 ACS National Convention

The American Constitution Society is pleased to announce the 2015 ACS National Convention will take place June 1113, 2015 in Washington, D.C. at the Capital Hilton. The 2015 convention will open with a gala dinner on Thursday June 11 and conclude with a conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at 5 p.m. on Saturday June 13.

Personal Democracy Forum 2015: “Imagine All The People: The Future of Civic Tech.”

The theme for this year’s Personal Democracy Forum, our twelfth since 2004, is “Imagine All The People: The Future of Civic Tech.” We want to take you into a future where everyone is participating, a future that we build together using technology appropriately, powering solutions to shared civic problems. The future is what we make it; at this year’s PDF we’ll gather to hear from the people who are making civic tech that genuinely matters, and fighting to ensure that everyone gets to benefit.

Data on Purpose: Creating Social Change with Data

Conference Overview

Using data for social change is one of the greatest challenges and opportunities facing the social sector. Join Stanford Social Innovation Review and data experts from government, nonprofit, business, and academia at Stanford University for a discussion about the growing proliferation of data in the nonprofit sector and our increasing ability to make productive use of it, guard it, and share it.

Who should attend Data on Purpose? Anyone who wants to learn more about using data effectively, strategically, and securely within their organization—not just technology officers!

You will learn about:

  • Key considerations for collecting and using data including safety, security, ethics, and effectiveness
  • Using data science for social good
  • Creating and structuring policies and procedures around data and propagating them throughout your organization
  • Evaluating outcomes with data
  • Capacity building with data

XVth World Congress of the IAPL

The XVth World Congress of the International Association of Procedural Law will be held in Istanbul from 25-28 May 2015.

The Congress is dedicated to Effective judicial relief and remedies in an age of austerity.

The key note speeches will be given by Richard Marcus (Hastings College of Law) and Teresa Wambier (Sao Paolo University). The presentations of the General reports will focus on:

  • Interim relief (Muhammet Özekes and David Bamford)
  • Relief in small and simplified matters (Xandra Kramer and Shusuke Kakiuchi)
  • Civil constraints on personal mobility (Soraya Amrani Mekki and Dirk van Heule)
  • Coercive in personam orders (Selçuk Öztek and Antony TH Smith)
  • Reform of institutions (Baki Kuru and Hakan Pekcan?tez)

For the last session on Forms of relief there is a Call for papers  (open till 31 March).

For more information and registration visit the Congress website.

Global Legal Skills Conference

In 2015 the Global Legal Skills Conference returns to where it began — the vivacious city of Chicago.  The GLS Conference has been held around the world — in Chicago, Washington D.C., Mexico, Costa Rica, and Italy.  2015 will mark the tenth time that the conference has brought together educators and practitioners from around the globe.

The 2015 conference is jointly sponsored by The John Marshall Law School, Northwestern University School of Law, and the Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey (Mexico).

The GLS-10 conference will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, and Thursday, May 21, 2015, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  On Friday  May 22, 2015 the conference will move slightly north to Northwestern University School of Law.  Optional excursions in Chicago will be offered before and after the conference (or plan your own adventure . . . we’ll help you with ideas!)

Co-Sponsoring Organizations

A number of bar associations are expected to be co-sponsors of the GLS-10 Conference.  Sponsors of the GLS-9 Conference in Verona included:

  • American Bar Association Section of International Law (ABA-SIL)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Law Society of England and Wales (International Division)
  • International Law Students Association (ILSA)
  • Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Teaching International Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA)

New sponsoring organizations for GLS-10 include:

  • Lawbility (Switzerland)

To view list of other participating associations, names of persons on the conference committees, and for a list of institutions that will be represented at the conference, please visit the About page ›

CERES Conference 2015

Each year the Ceres Conference brings together more than 600 corporate sustainability leaders, the country’s largest institutional investors, and leading social and environmental advocates to mobilize action on the the worlds most significant sustainability challenges.

Conference on Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

Middlesex University and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights are co-organising a conference on the interface of national parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights. The conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland, on 12 May from 09:30 to 17:30 (CEST).
Confirmed speakers include (former) ECtHR Judges Myjer and Kaladjieva; Almut Wittling-Vogel (the Representative of the German Federal Government for Matters Relating to Human Rights); Murray Hunt (legal adviser to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights); Polish Senator Michal Seweryński; Polish Government Agent Justyna Chrzanowska; Başak Çali of Koc University; Daniel Florea of the Romanian Chamber of Deputes sub-committee for the execution of judgments; Christian de Vos of the Open Society Justice Initiative; and Adam Bodnar of the Helsinki Foundation in Warsaw
Registration for the event can be done here.