AHRCentre takes over the European Society of International Law Conference

AHRCentre Project Directors Daniel Joyce, Lucas Lixinski and Christopher Michaelsen, and Visiting Fellow Gabrielle Simm recently attended the 10th Anniversary Conference of the European Society of International Law in Vienna. There, Daniel Joyce and Gabrielle Simm presented their joint paper ‘Zero Dark Thirty: International Law, Torture and Representation’, on the panel on “International Law and Film: The Power of Pictures”, exploring issues of portrayals of human rights issues in movies, and the mediatisation of international law. Lucas Lixinski presented a paper during the Human Rights Interest Group pre-conference workshop, titled “International Human Rights Law and International Cultural Heritage Law: Cooperation, Conflict or Cooption?”, which is an attempt at framing some of the broader issues in a book he is co-editing with Andrea Durbach, Director of the AHRCentre. The book, titled “Heritage, Culture and Rights: Challenging Legal Discourses”, is to be published by Hart in 2015. Additionally, Lucas Lixinski presented papers in two panels of the main conference. The first one, co-authored with David Kosar (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) was presented on a panel on “International Law as a Generator of International Law” and is titled “Domestic Judicial Design by International Human Rights Courts”. It explores the ways in which human rights courts, by deciding on individual cases, indirectly tell states how they should set up their judicial systems more broadly. The second paper, co-authored with Mario Viola de Azevedo Cunha (Rio de Janeiro State University) was presented on a panel on “International Law and New Technologies” and is titled “The Internet and International Law: Sovereignty, Global Commons and the Blurring of the Public/Private Distinction”. It challenges assumptions about the internet as a “paradigm-shifter” capable of eluding regulation in international law.

About the AHRCentre presence in the conference, Christopher Michaelsen said that “it was terrific to see so many of our projects presented in Vienna, before audiences of leading scholars throughout Europe and beyond. We received thoroughly positive feedback at the sessions and during more informal discussions, and this conference has helped cement the AHRCentre’s reputation as a place where important thinking about international human rights law takes place.”


For more about the conference, see: Main conference program: https://esil2014.univie.ac.at/programme/   and  Human Rights Interest Group workshop program: http://esil-ihrl.tumblr.com/post/86392246823/agenda-esil-ihrl-interest-group-meeting-vienna-2014