The Academy of European Law’s 2014 Summer Courses in Human Rights and European Law offers another great program this year. The General Courses will be presented by Harold Koh (human rights) and Stephen Weatherill (European Law), and there will be distinguished lectures by Bruno Simma, Joseph Weiler and Marta Cartabia. The themes of the specialized courses are Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Human Rights, and EU Legal Acts.

The program is here and all the information may be consulted here.

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 7-16 July 2014. The theme of this year’s academy is  “Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law”. As usual, the programme includes great names: Paul Mahoney (European Court of Human Rights), Gráinne de Búrca (NYU), Philip G. Alston (NYU), Andreas Føllesdal (University of Oslo), Geir Ulfstein (University of Oslo), Jeremy Waldron, (NYU and Oxford), and Michael Zürn (Free University Berlin).

Les recuerdo que mañana a las 17:00 horas, en el seminario VII de la cuarta planta de la Facultad de Derecho de la UAM tendremos al Profesor Alexander Orakhelashvili para una discusión académica sobre “Responsibility and Immunities: Similarities and Differences between States and International Organisations”.

vía Seminario de Derecho Internacional con el Profesor Alexander Orakhelashvili.

La Fundación de la FIA ofrece becas para el Curso de Derecho Internacional-OEA 2014

En el marco del Convenio de colaboración entre la Federación Interamericana de Abogados (FIA) y la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), se ofrecen 4 becas para el curso de Derecho Internacional-OEA 2014.

El curso se impartirá durante el mes de agosto de 2014 en Río de Janeiro (Brasil), donde se encuentra la sede del Comité Jurídico Interamericano de la OEA, y abarcará cuestiones de derecho internacional público y privado, siendo la temática principal la Resolución de Controversias Internacionales.

Se ofrecen dos tipos de becas:

1) Beca para un abogado profesor “ad honorem” para impartir uno de los módulos del curso. El plazo de presentación de candidaturas finaliza el 2 de mayo de 2014.


2) 3 becas para participar en el curso. El plazo de presentación de candidaturas finaliza el 15 de Abril de 2.014.


Oskar Kokoschka, Die Wiener Staatsoper, 1956. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere

The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 7: International law and History: The Return of the Past?

International law has developed a distinctively historical and historiographic turn in the last 15 years, rediscovering a historical approach to the study of international law and international lawyers which had largely faded from view since 1945. In part it has been revitalized by a renewed preoccupation with understanding the political and normative foundations of international law, its relationship with empire and colonialism, and as part of the search for clues about the origins of the present. But it has also been revitalized by the resurgence of intellectual history, postcolonial history and international history, which are reinvigorating the study of ‘classical’ figures in international political and legal thought, and trying to understand the origins of the political, social and economic foundations of the contemporary international legal order. Along with groundbreaking work in the history of international law in general, recent years have seen new studies in the history of the laws of war, renovations of the legal thought of classical figures such as Gentili and Vattel, and new histories of international institutions such as the League of Nations.

This agora will bring together intellectual historians, historians of law and historians of international thought to consider the ways in which new research into the history of international law is changing our understanding of past and present.


The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.


The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 6: International law and Feminism: Anything New Under the Sun?

In the 1990s an intense debate on feminism and international law started to permeate journals and learned societies. Core concepts of international law were critiqued and de-constructed from a feminist perspective. Most recently, the ILA re-established a committee on ‘Feminism and International Law’ in 2010 focusing on the economic empowerment of women and the possible contribution of international law. Other initiatives, like the journal ‘Feminist Legal Studies’, continue; others were recently revived, such as the ‘IntLawGrrls’ blog.

Feminist methodological approaches to international law include the detection of silences in the law and the question of how to respond to the many (cultural, linguistic, religious, ethnic, economic) differences among women. Feminist international lawyers have added to the understanding of international law in various ways, e.g. through a feminist perspective on international criminal law and on women in armed conflicts.

These issues will be discussed in this agora, including questions such as: What is the current status of the debate? Is there still momentum in international law and feminism? What are the fields where international law and feminism might best contribute to the development of international law?

The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.


The call for  papers or posters for the ESIL Vienna Conference on 4-6 September 2014 includes:

Agora 5: International Law and Literature

Law and literature has become an established research interest and has found its way into a number of law school curricula. Obviously both academic fields are primarily about the interpretation of texts. But there are many other overlaps between the two fields, from lawyers turning novelists to novelists pushing legal change. However, international law seems to have been rather on the fringe of these developments. Even so, issues central to international law have been reflected in literature (e.g. terrorism, from Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel ‘The Secret Agent’ to the 2006 book ‘Terrorist’ by John Updike). Though more rarely, international lawyers have even become protagonists in literature like Frederic Martens in Jan Kross’ 1984 novel ‘Professor Martens’ Departure’, depicting the 19th century international lawyer already torn between apology and utopia. Conversely, international lawyers have taken a closer look at literature and studied the reflection of international law in Shakespeare’s plays like Theodor Meron in his 1994 study on ‘Henry’s Wars and Shakespeare’s Laws’ followed by his 1998 book ‘Bloody Constraint: War and Chivalry in Shakespeare’.

Building on this interest of international lawyers in literature, this agora will address general issues: Is there anything that law and literature can learn from each other? Is there a deeper overlap in the methodology? How would a lawyer cope with the prevailing subjectivist approach to art? Can writers adapt to the stringent interpretative canons of (international) lawyers? To what extent should lawyers draw on the methodology developed in the context of literary studies, e.g. as regards text analysis or interpretation?


The deadline for proposals for papers or posters is 15 January 2014.


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