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.

Law Students: Come to Copenhagen

The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international law and with a special interest in interdisciplinary studies of international law and its social and political context. We particularly welcome students and scholars who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves an interdisciplinary study of one or more international courts.

The iCourts/PluriCourts summer school is based on the principle of participant contributions to the knowledge community.

This means that students who sign up for the summer school are expected to contribute to discussions and to participate in the exercises that are part of the learning program.

As you learn more through active participation, the summer school requires of you that you will be willing to share your work through presentations and to share your intellectual curiosity with others by asking questions and giving comments to other participants.

Participation and expenses: The course is offered free of charge but the participants carry out expenses relating to travel and accommodation.

iCourts will offer 5 scholarships to be awarded with regard to the quality of the projects. The grants will cover travel and accommodation during the conference.
If you wish to apply for an iCourts grant, please send a mail to indicating your motivation for participation and enclosing a budget and proceed to register as below.

Deadline for submission
1 April 2015. Please use this registration form.

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.

Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law 4th Annual Conference

Developing Democracy

Conversations on Democratic Governance in International, European and Comparative Law


Conference Programme

  • A keynote address by Dame Rosalyn Higgins, DBE, QC, former President of the International Court of Justice (Friday, 8 May 2015);
  • A keynote address by Christopher Vajda, QC, Judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Saturday, 9 May 2015);
  • A drinks reception at the St John’s College Divinity School (Friday, 8 May 2015);
  • A three-course conference dinner in the beautiful college hall of Clare College with an after-dinner speech by Professor James Crawford, AC, SC, Judge of the International Court of Justice (Saturday, 9 May 2015);
  • More than 35 presentations in 10 different panels.

Click here to download information on the various conference panels.

Conference Time and Location

The conference will be held from Friday, 8 May 2015, 9.00 am to Saturday, 9 May 2015, 6.30 pm. Registration and all conference sessions will take place at the Divinity School, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, All Saints’ Passage/St John’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TP, located directly opposite St John’s College in the centre of Cambridge.


Delegates are encouraged to register online. Numbers are limited and early registration is highly recommended.

Seminar on Common Foreign and Security Policy

The fifth cross-disciplinary dialogue of the Seminar Series of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context: ‘Beyond Pluralism? Co-Implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law’, will take place at Queen Mary Law School, Mile End Campus, room 313 (Law School Building) on 18 March 2015, from 15h to 17h.

The dialogue will examine aspects of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) from both the EU perspective and the Public International Law angle, focusing on the risks and opportunities of the interaction of rules from each regime. The event will gather Prof. Eileen Denza (UCL); Prof. Marise Cremona (European University Institute); Prof. Urfan Khaliq (Cardiff); and Prof. Phoebe Okowa (Queen Mary, Department of Law) as Chair. Attendance is free but registration is necessary.

Lecture: Palestine and the International Criminal Court

Tuesday 17 March 2015, 7pm at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut


Raji Sourani – Director, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Shawan Jabarin – Director, Al-Haq

Civil society discusses prospects for justice following Palestine’s accession to the Rome Statute and the ICC prosecutor’s ongoing preliminary examination into alleged grave crimes.

SCL Lectures are public and free of charge. Registration is not necessary, seats are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The views and opinions expressed in or during the Supranational Criminal Law lectures are not necessarily those of the host and/or participating organisations, namely the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University.

International Law Social, Ottawa, March 12

The International Law Social is designed to provide an informal atmosphere for lawyers, students, and professors working in international law in Ottawa to meet, network, enjoy some great food and even better company.   Initiated by the International Law Group at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa in the Fall of 2013, this Fall and Winter event has quickly become a major success.
 It is an excellent opportunity for students to meet international lawyers from government, law firms, NGOs and businesses. They can learn, first-hand, about real life practice and career opportunities in international law. Similarly, practitioners can interact with professors and lawyers-to-be in an informal setting and network with colleagues in the international law field whom they do not normally see in their day-to-day lives.   For everyone, the International Law Social is an enriching and fun experience.
 Hosted and sponsored by the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL),  uOttawa’s International Law Group (ILG), the International Commercial and Trade Law Student Association (ICTLSA) and the International Commercial and Trade Law Mentorship Program (ICTLMP),  the Social will be held at:

Laurier Social House
244 Laurier Avenue East
Date:  Thursday, March 12, 2015
Time:   5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Light snacks will be served.

Semantic autonomy of EU law as an argument in EU legislation and practice of the Court of Justice of the European Union

unch seminar with Tomasz Stawecki

Bio note

Dr hab. Tomasz Stawecki, Professor at the Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Warsaw. Head of the Department of Philosophy of Law and State. Teaches theory of law and philosophy of law (since 1980), and also runs specialized courses on legal interpretation and argumentation. Besides legal theory, his research interests include constitutional law and social legal studies. Graduate of University of Warsaw, he also conducted research studies i.a. in Oxford, Washington D.C., Florence and Moscow. An author of about 100 publications, supervisor of 4 successful doctoral, and of a number of master theses. Active member of the International Association for Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR); since 2011 – member of the (International) Executive Committee. Active in legal practice as a counsel at international law firms and as a consultant to the Polish Parliament, Polish Government, the National Bank of Poland and other public institutions (since 1991).

Seminar topic

“Semantic autonomy of EU law as an argument in EU legislation and practice of the Court of Justice of the European Union”

Among the number of theories of interpretation of the EU law or recommendations in that field, there is a concept of the autonomous interpretation of EU law. In the most general terms, the autonomous interpretation of EU law means that the Court of Justice is authorised and obliged, while interpreting EU law, to select such meaning of particular words or expressions, which is independent from interpretative practices of courts in the member countries. What is the status of such theories, what assumptions constitute foundations of such theories, and what practical impact they might have for the practice of the Court of Justice?