Sunday, July 20, 2008

Call for Applications: Marie Curie Research Course 2008-2009

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies/The Hague has issued a call for applications for the Marie Curie Research Course 2008-2009. The topic is "The Diversification and Fragmentation of International Criminal Law in a Global Society." I am told that the deadline for applications has been extended beyond July 1, which had been the previous cut-off. Here are the details:

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies/The Hague invites applications for the third Marie Curie Research Course on International Criminal Law from 20 to 31 October 2008, with a follow-up week in March 2009.

Highly respected academics and practitioners will provide lectures, training and tutoring and enhance researchers to discuss current topics of International Criminal Law. The Research Course is designed for top researchers with excellent achievements in their international law studies and/or research, and is limited to 12 participants.

The purpose of the Research Course

The aim of the Research Course is to enable each researcher to write an article of publishable quality on a topic related to International Criminal Law. The contributions of the Research Course shall be published in an edited volume (T.M.C. Asser Press, CUP) which will include articles by established scholars and new voices in international criminal law.

The overall theme of the third Marie Curie Research Course (2008-2009) is the Diversification and Fragmentation of International Criminal Law in a Global Society. The research produced within the framework of the course shall contribute to the collective volume. This publication will complement the first volume of the Marie Curie project (Future Perspectives on International Criminal Justice, T.M.C. Asser Press) which includes contributions by participants of the previous Marie Curie Research Courses.

The topic and paper of each participant will be discussed during the first two weeks of the programme in October 2008. Between October 2008 and March 2009, the discussion will continue through email exchanges and internet learning (Blackboard).

Suggested themes

The suggested research topic should be related to the overall theme of the 2008-2009 Research Course, i.e. the diversification and fragmentation of international criminal law. This theme is understood in a broad sense. It covers legal and institutional aspects of the regulation, application and interpretation of international criminal law by different entities and layers of jurisdiction, as well as their impact on unity.

Applicants are requested to propose a topic and send an abstract in which they state their research interest and the focus of their paper. The abstract should also indicate how the proposed topic relates to the overarching theme. Proposals can address issues from various fields of international criminal law, i.e. substantive law, procedural law or institutional law. Topics with a focus on theory or links to other disciplines are also welcome.

Discussion Topics

The theme of the lectures held during the Research Course will be selected in light of the research interests and proposals submitted by Research Course participants.

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Researchers who have been working at least 4 years and less than 10 years (full-time equivalent) on academic research in the field of public international law, human rights law, international humanitarian law, (inter)national criminal law.

Tuition fees and other costs

No participation fees will be charged to the participants. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to a maximum amount (contact us for additional information). Costs of accommodation and meals are at the charge of the participants.

How to apply

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