Thursday, June 17, 2021

Call for Proposals: First Annual Doctoral Seminar of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights

A call for proposals has been issued for the first annual doctoral seminar of the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, which will take place October 20-22, 2021. The seminar will provide an opportunity to doctoral researchers for networking with their colleagues and with senior academics, to gain experience in presenting research to a scholarly audience, and to acquire practical skills for their studies and future careers. They can expect substantive feedback on both their oral presentations and written work. It is expected that the seminar will be of interest to PhD candidates whose research work engages with the fields of international criminal law, international human rights and law, and international humanitarian law, as well as with human rights and criminal justice at the domestic level. The call is here.

Webinar: Marine Biodiversity and Human Rights: Existing International Obligations and New Avenues for International Law-Making

On June 30, 2021, the Centre for Environmental Law at Macquarie University will host a webinar on "Marine Biodiversity and Human Rights: Existing International Obligations and New Avenues for International Law-Making." This is part of the Centre's Biodiversity Law and Governance webinar series: Law & Nature Dialogues. Details are here.

Online Discussion: UN Diplomacy 2.0?

On June 28, 2021, the Institute for International Affairs of the University of Hamburg Faculty of Law will host the fourth and final session of its "Hamburg Summer Talk Series in International Law." The topic is: "UN Diplomacy 2.0?" Details are here.

Webinar: Sea Level Rise and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: Adapting to New Circumstances

On June 24, 2021, the ESIL Interest Group on the Law of the Sea will host the fourth session of its webinar series on “Current Issues in the Law of the Sea.” The topic is “Sea Level Rise and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: Adapting to New Circumstances” and will be delivered by Nilüfer Oral (Member, International Law Commission; National University of Singapore - Centre of International Law). Details are here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Call for Papers: 2022 ESIL Research Forum

A call for papers has been issued for the 2022 ESIL Research Forum, which will take place March 31–April 1, 2022 and hosted by the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security. The topic is: “International Law and Global Security: Regulating an Illusion?” The call is here. The deadline is September 30, 2021.

New Issue: International Studies Quarterly

The latest issue of the International Studies Quarterly (Vol. 65, no. 2, JUne 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Denisa Kostovicova & Tom Paskhalis, Gender, Justice and Deliberation: Why Women Don't Influence Peacemaking
  • Calvert W Jones, Jocelyn Sage Mitchell, & Justin D Martin, Ambivalent Sexism? Shifting Patterns of Gender Bias in Five Arab Countries
  • Lina Benabdallah, Spanning Thousands of Miles and Years: Political Nostalgia and China's Revival of the Silk Road
  • Jeffrey M Kaplow & Erik Gartzke, The Determinants of Uncertainty in International Relations
  • Seán Molloy, Theorizing Liberal Orders in Crisis Then and Now: Returning to Carr and Horkheimer
  • Linus Hagström, Great Power Narcissism and Ontological (In)Security: The Narrative Mediation of Greatness and Weakness in International Politics
  • Ranjit Lall, The Financial Consequences of Rating International Institutions: Competition, Collaboration, and the Politics of Assessment
  • Alexandra O Zeitz & David A Leblang, Migrants as Engines of Financial Globalization: The Case of Global Banking
  • Trung A Dang & Randall W Stone, Multinational Banks and IMF Conditionality
  • Andrey Tomashevskiy, Economic Statecraft by Other Means: The Use and Abuse of Anti-Bribery Prosecution
  • Lesley-Ann Daniels, Stick Then Carrot: When Do Governments Give Amnesty during Civil War?
  • Elizabeth J Menninga & Alyssa K Prorok, Battles and Bargains: Escalation, Commitment, and Negotiations in Civil War
  • Yasutaka Tominaga & Chia-yi Lee, When Disasters Hit Civil Wars: Natural Resource Exploitation and Rebel Group Resilience
  • Annekatrin Deglow & Ralph Sundberg, To Blame or to Support? Large-scale Insurgent Attacks on Civilians and Public Trust in State Institutions
  • Vera Mironova & Sam Whitt, Public Tolerance of Retributive Violence against Insurgencies
  • Sam S Rowan, Does Institutional Proliferation Undermine Cooperation? Theory and Evidence from Climate Change
  • Philipp Lutz, Anna Stünzi, & Stefan Manser-Egli, Responsibility-Sharing in Refugee Protection: Lessons from Climate Governance
  • Rochelle Terman & Zoltán I Búzás, A House Divided: Norm Fragmentation in the International Human Rights Regime
  • Jacob Otto & William Spaniel, Doubling Down: The Danger of Disclosing Secret Action
  • Drew Holland Kinney, Sharing Saddles: Oligarchs and Officers on Horseback in Egypt and Tunisia
  • Aaron Erlich & Calvin Garner, Subgroup Differences in Implicit Associations and Explicit Attitudes during Wartime
  • M Patrick Hulme & Erik Gartzke, The Tyranny of Distance: Assessing and Explaining the Apparent Decline in U.S. Military Performance

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Shahabuddin: Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law

Mohammad Shahabuddin
(Univ. of Birmingham - Law) has published Minorities and the Making of Postcolonial States in International Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
The ideological function of the postcolonial 'national', 'liberal', and 'developmental' state inflicts various forms of marginalisation on minorities, but simultaneously justifies oppression in the name of national unity, equality and non-discrimination, and economic development. International law plays a central role in the ideological making of the postcolonial state in relation to postcolonial boundaries, the liberal-individualist architecture of rights, and the neoliberal economic vision of development. In this process, international law subjugates minority interests and in turn aggravates the problem of ethno-nationalism. Analysing the geneses of ethno-nationalism in postcolonial states, Mohammad Shahabuddin substantiates these arguments with in-depth case studies on the Rohingya and the hill people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, against the historical backdrop of the minority question in Indian nationalist and constitutional discourse. Shahabuddin also proposes alternative international law frameworks for minorities.

Conference: 28th Annual ANZSIL Conference

On June 30-July 6, 2021, the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law will hold online its 28th Annual Conference. The theme is: "Inertia or Innovation? Reshaping International Law for a Complex Future." Program and registration are here.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Job Opening: NUS Centre for International Law (Research Associate/Fellow)

The Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore is accepting applications for a Research Associate/Fellow in its Oceans Law and Policy Programme. The advertisement is here.

Lecture: Orford on "International Law and the Politics of History"

On June 21, 2021, Anne Orford (Univ. of Melbourne - Law) will deliver a lecture on "International Law and the Politics of History" as part of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series. Details are here.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Titi: The Function of Equity in International Law

Catharine Titi
(Centre national de la recherche scientifique) has published The Function of Equity in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:

This book provides a systematic and comprehensive study of the legal concept of equity as it operates in contemporary international law. A principle with a long pedigree, equity has been present in legal thought and in municipal legal systems since antiquity. Introduced in international legal decisions through claims commissions and arbitral tribunals, equity became progressively part and parcel of the international law mainstream. From international cultural heritage law to the law on climate change, from maritime boundary delimitations to decisions on security for costs in investment arbitration, the relevance of equity is more far-reaching than has previously been acknowledged.

In contrast with earlier studies on the topic, this book is informed by a body of judicial and arbitral case law that has never been so substantial and varied. It also draws extensively on the prolific case law of investment tribunals, gaining insights from a valuable source that is typically overlooked in public international law scholarship. As the importance of international law increases, covering continuously new domains, the value of equity increases with it. It is this new equity in the international law of the 21st century that this book explores.

Boisson de Chazournes: Fresh Water in International Law (Second Edition)

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes
(Univ. of Geneva - Law) has published the second edition of Fresh Water in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:

This book addresses the diverse ways in which international law governs the uses, management, and protection of fresh water. The regulation of fresh water has primarily developed through the conclusion of treaties concerning international watercourses, yet a number of other legal regimes also apply to the governance of fresh water. In particular, there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of fresh water to environmental protection. The development of international human rights law and international humanitarian law has also proven crucial for ensuring the sound and equitable management of this resource. In addition, the economic uses of fresh water feature prominently in the law applicable to watercourses, while water itself has become an important element of the trade and investment regimes. These bodies of rules and principles not only surface in an array of dispute settlement mechanisms, but also stimulate wider trends of institutionalization.

Since the publication of the first edition of this volume in 2013, water has continued to be at the forefront of the international agenda, and the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals constitutes a milestone around which various public and private initiatives have been launched. This book presents and appraises these important developments as part of its comprehensive analysis of the origin and scope of the various areas of international law as they apply to fresh water. It demonstrates how these areas connect and adapt to one another, forming an integrated body of international principles.

Webinar: The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road

On July 15, 2021, a webinar will be held on "The Law of the Sea and Maritime Security Along the New Maritime Silk Road." Details are here.

New Issue: Journal of Conflict Resolution

The latest issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution (Vol. 65, no. 6, July 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Vesna Danilovic & Joe Clare, Flexibility and Firmness in Crisis Bargaining
    • Erik Lin-Greenberg & Theo Milonopoulos, Private Eyes in the Sky: Emerging Technology and the Political Consequences of Eroding Government Secrecy
    • Don Casler & Richard Clark, Trade Rage: Audience Costs and International Trade
    • Matthew Nanes & Trevor Bachus, Walls and Strategic Innovation in Violent Conflict
    • Nik Stoop & Marijke Verpoorten, Would You Fight? We Asked Aggrieved Artisanal Miners in Eastern Congo
    • R. Joseph Huddleston, Foulweather Friends: Violence and Third Party Support in Self-Determination Conflicts
    • Robert Böhm, Jürgen Fleiß, & Robert Rybnicek, On the Stability of Social Preferences in Inter-Group Conflict: A Lab-in-the-Field Panel Study

d'Aspremont: The Discourse on Customary International Law

Jean d'Aspremont
(Univ. of Manchester - Law; Sciences Po - Law) has published The Discourse on Customary International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:

Along with treaties, custom is one of the sources of international law. It is known to consist of two elements: state practice and opinio juris. While many studies have looked at traditional questions of how to identify customary law, this book takes a new and original approach. It looks instead at the structure of thought that lies beneath the arguments about customary international law. By examining these structures, the book uncovers surprising conclusions, and demonstrates what the author describes as the 'discursive splendour' of customary international law.

The book guides the reader through an analysis of eight distinct performances at work in the discourse on customary international law. One of its key claims is that customary international law is not the surviving trace of an ancient law-making mechanism that used to be found in traditional societies. Indeed, as is shown throughout, customary international law is anything but ancient, and there is hardly any doctrine of international law that contains so many of the features of modern thinking. It is also argued that, contrary to mainstream opinion, customary international law is in fact shaped by texts, and originates from a textual environment. This book provides an engaging account of customary international law, whilst challenging readers to rethink their understanding of this fundamental part of the discipline.

Costello, Foster, & McAdam: The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law

Cathryn Costello
(Univ. of Oxford - Law), Michelle Foster (Univ. of Melbourne - Law), & Jane McAdam (Univ. of New South Wales - Law) have published The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2021). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law is a comprehensive, critical work, which analyses the state of research across the refugee law regime as a whole. Drawing together leading and emerging scholars, the Handbook provides both doctrinal and theoretical analyses of international refugee law and practice. It critiques existing law from a variety of normative positions, with several chapters identifying foundational flaws that open up space for radical rethinking. Many authors work directly in the field, and their contributions demonstrate how scholarship and practice can mutually inform each other.

Contributions assess a wide range of international legal instruments relevant to refugee protection, including from international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international migration law, the law of the sea, and international and transnational criminal law. Geographically, contributors examine regional and domestic laws and practices from around the world, with 10 chapters focused on specific regions. This Handbook provides an account, as well as a critique, of the status quo, and in so doing it sets the agenda for future academic research in international refugee law.

Call for Submissions: German Yearbook of International Law (Deadline Extended)

The German Yearbook of International Law has issued a call for submissions for its forthcoming volume 64 (2021). The deadline for the submission of general articles has been extended to October 1, 2021. Here's the call:

The Editors of the German Yearbook of International Law have extended the deadline for submissions of general articles for volume 64 (2021), inviting interested parties to submit contributions for consideration for inclusion in the forthcoming edition by 1 October 2021.

The past year has proven to be the most consequential in modern history. Recent global events have highlighted the existence of serious challenges for international law and its institutions. The German Yearbook for International Law (GYIL) wishes to open submissions for articles on all topics and fields of interest that are relevant to public international law. Submissions from the entire academic community are welcomed. Articles will be independently peer-reviewed by a board of renowned experts. All work submitted will be scrutinised based on its intellectual quality and its advancement of academic discourse.

Submission Guidelines

Papers submitted should be in English, be between 10,000-12,500 words (inclusive of footnotes), and must conform with the house style of the GYIL (which is available on our website). Submissions, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent by 1 October 2021 to the Assistant Editor of the GYIL via e-mail:yearbook@wsi.uni-kiel.de

More information can be found at our website or via the website of the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law.

Conference: Penalization of International Crimes in National Law

On June 14-15, 2021, the Justice Institute will host an online conference on "Penalization of International Crimes in National Law." Details are here.