Protecting Cultural Property in Armed Conflict: Obligations in War and Peace

The important conference provides an opportunity to bring the issue of protections for cultural property in armed conflict to the fore in the thinking of Australian decision makers, and is a forum for experts and the Australian public to share their insights and experience. The conference will explore the international legal paradigms impacting cultural property protections; related contemporary Australian issues; and approaches to cultural property protections and State implementation of Hague obligations.

Speakers already confirmed include:

·         Ms Anna Segall, Legal Advisor and Director, Office of International Standards and Legal Affairs – UNESCO

·         Mr Shane Simpson AM, Heritage lawyer and author of Borders of Culture: Review of the Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986

·         Associate Professor Dale Stephens CSM, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide

·         Professor Tim McCormack, Special Adviser on IHL to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague

·         Professor Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, Newcastle University

·         Dr Phoebe Wynn-Pope, Director IHL and Movement Relations, Australian Red Cross

The conference venue is the Ligertwood Building at the University of Adelaide Law School, Wednesday 7 – Thursday 8 December.

For further information please contact me with any questions by email  agriffin@redcross.org.au  or phone  (02) 9229 4294

Registrations can be made through  https://www.trybooking.com/NGXL  


Call for Abstracts/Papers

2nd Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit
St. Gallen, Switzerland: April 6 – 7, 2017
The Institute for Business Ethics at University of St. Gallen, the Business and Human Rights Center at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ) are pleased to announce the 2nd Business and Hu-man Rights Young Researchers Summit in St. Gallen, Switzerland, taking place on April 6th-7th, 2017.
The Workshop will bring together approximately 10-15 excellent PhD students and early post-doc researchers (cut-off is one year after graduation) who engage in re-search in the business and human rights field. The Workshop aims at sharing and developing their respective research projects in a collaborative manner. The Work-shop is interdisciplinary: scholars from all disciplines are invited to apply, including ethics, law, business, human rights, and global affairs. Submission from non-law disciplines are particularly welcome. The papers should outline research-in-progress and must be unpublished at the time of presentation.
For further information on the BHR Young Researchers Summit and on how to join the BHR Young Researchers Network visit http://www.iwe.unisg.ch/en/bhr/about+yrs or http://bhr.stern.nyu.edu/young-re-searchers.
We encourage submissions from all parts of the world and strive for gender balance in our selection. We aim at offering travel stipends to participants travelling from outside of Europe.
To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 600 words to flo-rian.wettstein@unisg.ch and dbaumann@stern.nyu.edu. Please include your name, affiliation, contact information, and curriculum vitae. For questions please contact Berit Knaak at berit.knaak@unisg.ch.
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is November 1st, 2016. Candidates whose submissions are selected for the Workshop will be notified no later than December 15th, 2016. Full papers will be due March 16th, 2016 and will be distributed to all par-ticipants for review before the Workshop. Each participant is expected to formally comment on one other paper.



Until 15 January 2016

PhD position attached to Global Production and Labour Standards Research Project 

In addition to the UNSW scholarships available for commencement in Semester 2 (July), 2016, a grant-funded PhD scholarship will be offered in the UNSW Business School.

A project involving teams from UNSW (Australia), Freie U (Germany), U Gothenburg (Sweden), LSE (UK), and BRAC U (Bangladesh) will be conducting a study titled ‘Changes in the Governance of Garment Global Production Networks: Lead Firm, Supplier and Institutional Responses to the Rana Plaza Disaster’. The  project will analyze changes in lead firm policies and practices in selected developed countries and changes in actual labour and environmental standards in Bangladeshi factories that supply garments to lead firms in these countries. 

A PhD position will be funded by the VWF/Wellcome/RBJ foundations and UNSW Business School for up to 3.5 years at a rate of AUD$30,000pa. The PhD topic will be aligned with the project and will be undertaken within UNSW Business School in Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Steve Frenkel. The position is available from March, 2016. 

Candidates should have an excellent undergraduate and/or Master’s record in disciplines such as sociology, social psychology, political economy, political science, labour law or labour relations. Evidence of research output is also required. International candidates will need to apply for a UNSW Tuition Fees Scholarship to cover their tuition fees.

Candidates should consult https://www.business.unsw.edu.au/programs-courses/postgraduate-research/... before submitting an expression of interest (maximum one page) and a curriculum vita to s.frenkel@unsw.edu.au by 15 Jan 2016 at the latest. Names and contact details of two referees should be included.


20 November 2015 - Rights of the Child Consumer 




Job opportunity - apply by 21 August 2015

Vacancy announcement: IWRAW Asia Pacific seeks new Executive Director



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TO: All ESIL members  

 Dear Colleague,

 2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the European Society of International Law and, as an ESIL member, you are cordially invited to participate in the ESIL 10th Anniversary Conference hosted by the University of Vienna and organised by its Law School’s Section for International Law and International Relations. Please consider participating by submitting an abstract for one of the agorae. Younger scholars are also welcome to submit a poster presentation.

 The conference will take place at the start of the next academic year, on 4- 6 September 2014,  and it will be a special occasion to look back at the development of the Society since its inaugural conference in Florence back in 2004 as well as to look forward to the decades ahead and the ways members would like international law to evolve and the ways they would like the Society to reflect those changes. As at previous ESIL events, the programme will include plenary sessions and fora featuring invited speakers as well as agorae designed to share cutting-edge research in specific areas of international law and to stimulate debate. All agora speakers will be selected on the basis of abstracts submitted in response to the Call for Papers. For the first time at an ESIL conference, we also welcome submissions for poster presentations.

 The conference will explore the interplay between international law and other fields of law and between international law and other disciplines and we would therefore ask you to extend the invitation not only to other international lawyers but also to colleagues in other disciplines who might be interested in exploring the boundaries of international law and the bridges to other fields of law and indeed to other disciplines. Our professional and intellectual development requires us to explore interdisciplinary approaches.

 It is our pleasure to invite you and your colleagues to respond to the Call for Papers ( in English /in Frenchand the Call for Posters (in English /in French).

 Whether or not you decide to respond to these Calls, please make a note of the date of the 2014 conference. Information about the final programme and details of how to register for the event will be regularly updated on the ESIL website and on the Vienna conference website in the months ahead.

 We very much look forward to welcoming you all to Vienna next autumn.

With best wishes,  

 Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, President, European Society of International Law

August Reinisch, ESIL 2014 Conference Organiser  


Message forwarded by:  

Joyce Davies 

Administrative Director, European Society of International Law
Academy of European Law
European University Institute
Villa Schifanoia
via Boccaccio 121 - 50133 Florence - Italy

ph.: +39 055 4685 512 - fax: +39 055 4685 517 








The recent proliferation of international courts and jurisdictions raises a number of important issues concerning the coherence of the international legal order in this respect. One may, inter alia, ask:
a) To what extent do the jurisdictional powers of these courts overlap?
b) How can they assist each other?
c) Is the case-law of each of those courts of any use in the other court's opinions?
d) Do they abide by identical rules in matters of procedure?

The Portuguese branch of the International Law Association will organize on 11 and 12 September 2014 a regional conference addressing these issues. The conference will include as speakers well-known judges and scholars, several of which from Portuguese-speaking countries around the world, such as Angola, Brazil and Cape Verde. It will also give young researchers the opportunity of presenting their papers.

The conference will be hosted by the Law School of the University of Lisbon, Portugal's largest institution of legal education and research.


All ILA members are cordially invited to attend.



Call for AJIL Agora Submissions:
Transnational Human Rights Litigation After Kiobel

The American Journal of International Law is calling for short submissions (maximum 3000 words, including footnotes) for a forthcoming agora on "Transnational Human Rights Litigation After Kiobel." Contributions must not have been previously published in whole or in substantial part (on the web or elsewhere). Some of the chosen contributions will be published in the October 2013 issue of the Journal. Other selected contributions may be published electronically in a special ASIL online publication. All contributions must be submitted no later than June 15 in order to be considered. Contributions on U.S. law issues, and on comparative and non-U.S. dimensions, are welcome. The editors aim to publish a set of distinctive contributions, rather than many making similar points. All selections for publication in AJIL or in the ASIL online publication will be peer reviewed by a committee of the AJIL editorial board consisting of Carlos Vázquez (chair), Curtis Bradley, and Ingrid Wuerth, in consultation with Co-Editors in Chief José Alvarez and Benedict Kingsbury. Decisions on publication (including requests for revisions) will be made on a rolling basis, but in any case no later than June 30. Submit contributions to ajil@asil.org with "Kiobel Agora" in the subject line.

Call for Papers
Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back

The West Virginia University College of Law, in conjunction with the West Virginia University Festival of Ideas, invites the submission of papers and abstracts for its conference entitled "Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back," to be held September 23-24, 2013, at West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, WV. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2013. For more information, click here. 




This international law careers page may be useful for students interested in a career or internship in international law:



It also suggests sources of funding for internships.





Humanitarian Affairs, United Kingdom are looking for Outstanding Student Leaders to participate in the 4th University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Manila, Philippines from August 1 to 7, 2013. The Symposium is supported by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the Philippine Commission on Higher Education. World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, and Save the Children will organise the Learning Journey Program during the Symposium: http://issuu.com/humanitarianaffairs/docs/learning.journey. 

The United Nations has strongly encouraged participation from leading Universities, NGOs and Government Agencies. Please see their postings at: http://reliefweb.int/training/566963/university-scholars-leadership-symp... and the United Nations Youth in Action Program at: http://social.un.org/index/Youth/YouthFlashNewsletter/2013/February.aspx

Humanitarian Affairs is a member of the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations and the World Alliance for Citizen Participation. It initiates and supports humanitarian relief efforts and developmental programs in countries that are poverty stricken and disaster-prone. 

The event will see a culmination of some 1,000 young people discussing issues pertaining to humanitarian matters. We will provide leadership development and motivation training to further nurture the youth to reach their full potential. You can read the media reports on the 2012 Bali Symposium by the Jakarta Post and the Bali Post by clicking on the links below: 

1.      http://www.thejakartapost.com/bali-daily/2012-08-03/students-learn-addre...

2.      http://www.thejakartapost.com/bali-daily/2012-08-08/foreigners-join-soci...

More information on the Symposium can be obtained from www.universityscholars.org.uk. To watch the preview of the Manila Symposium 2013, please click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4euCVWKB18&feature=channel&list=UL. 

Thank you. 

Lui Gamboa

Global Partnership Specialist 

Humanitarian Affairs United Kingdom 

40 Bloomsbury Way 

London WC1 2SE 

United Kingdom 

Tel          : +44-20-7404-4142 

Fax         : +44-20-7404-4143 

E-mail    : lui.gamboa@humanitarianaffairs.org.uk 

Web       : www.humanitarianaffairs.org 




Connecting People with Communities in Need 




Call for Papers:

Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship

on Gender and Human Rights

Deadline: July 1, 2013

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law extends a call for papers for the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights.  The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of an interdisciplinary writing competition on international human rights and women.  The prize is made possible by a donation from University of Texas linguistics professor Robert King in honor of the work of Audre Rapoport, who has spent many hours dedicated to the advancement of women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health.  It is also meant to further the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center's mission to serve as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.  Previous winning papers can be viewed below.

TOPIC:  The scope of the topic is broad.  We welcome papers, from any discipline, that address gender and human rights from an international, transnational, or comparative perspective.  The selection committee will be multidisciplinary and international, comprising faculty from areas such as law, anthropology, literature, and government.

ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible, an author must either be an enrolled student or have graduated from a university within the past year.

FORMAT:  Papers should be between 8,000 and 15,000 words and must be in English.  The word limit includes footnotes, endnotes, and appendices.  The submission must consist of original work, and authors must have rights to the content and be willing to publish the paper on the Center's website. If the paper has not been published elsewhere, the paper may also be considered for publication in the Rapoport Center's Working Paper Series.  All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of 100 to 250 words and must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

JUDGMENT CRITERIA:  A panel of multidisciplinary and international faculty and professionals from fields such as law, government, anthropology, and literature will judge the papers anonymously.  Previous committee members have included Helena Alviar (Associate Professor & Director of the Doctorate and Master's in Law Programs, Universidad de Los Andes), Hilary Charlesworth (Professor & Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice, Australian National University), and Cecilia Medina (Professor & Director of the Human Rights Center, Universidad de Chile, and immediate past President, Inter-American Court of Human Rights).  Relevant judgment factors include the strength and logic of the argument, depth of the analysis, originality and importance of intervention in the field, thoroughness and soundness of the research, quality of writing (clarity and organization), and formatting and citations.

PRIZE:  The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.  The winning paper will be published on the Center's website.  If the winning paper has not been published elsewhere, it will also be published in the Rapoport Center's Working Paper Series.  The second-place paper may receive a prize and may be considered for publication in the Working Paper Series.

DEADLINE:  Submissions should be sent via email to HumanRights@law.utexas.edu by July 1, 2013.  Please submit paper (without any identifying information), abstract, and full contact details (including university, degree, and anticipated/actual graduation date) in three separate documents, and include "Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights" in the subject line.  The winner(s) will be notified by early September.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact us at HumanRights@law.utexas.edu.


Past Prize Winners

 Kali Yuan (2012): "Translating Rights into Agency: Advocacy, Aid and the Domestic Workers Convention"

 Genevieve Painter (2011): "Thinking Past Rights: Towards Feminist Theories of Reparations 

 Maggie Corser (2010): "Enhancing Women's Rights and Capabilities: An Intersectional Approach to Gender-Based Violence Prevention"

 Sherief Gaber (2009): "Verbal Abuse: Anti-Trafficking Rhetoric and Violence against Women"

 Alice Edwards (2008): "Violence against Women as Sex Discrimination: Evaluating the Policy and Practice of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies"

 Patricia Palacios Zuloaga (2007): "The Path to Gender Justice in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights"

 Susan Harris Rimmer (2006): "Orphans' or Veterans? Justice for Children Born of War in East Timor" 

 Fleming Terrell (2005): "Unofficial Accountability: A Proposal for the Permanent Women's Tribunal on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict"





Call for Papers- Business and Human Rights Conference  Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back  Call for Papers September 23 – 24, 2013 West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV  ***SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 1, 2013***

Conference Chair:   Jena Martin (WVU College of Law)

The West Virginia University Festival of Ideas in conjunction with the West Virginia University College of Law invites the submission of papers and abstracts for its conference entitled “Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back.”  The conference will examine the United Nation's recent work on business and human rights issues, an area that has grown substantially in the last ten years.  Highlights of the subject's growth include the United Nations' establishment of a Working Group on Business and Human Rights and its adoption of the Guiding Principles for business and human rights.  Participants will use these two major events as a focal point for discussing the roles that corporations, civil society and states can all play in advancing the cause of human rights.

Potential topics for the conference include: Implementation - a discussion of best practices for implementing the Guiding Principles; the History of Business and Human Rights - examining the history of business and human rights as a precursor to the work in its present form; and The Framework - examining what principles or philosophies should be used to guide the business and human rights agenda. 

For the second day of the conference, a special discussion group will bring together experts from a disparate number of fields, such as labor, trade, investment, and corporate social responsibility.  The aim is to spotlight the impacts a business and human rights agenda has on different disciplines.  Rather than following the format of a typical panel, the discussion group will be a less structured session that will allow both experts and participants to engage in a lightly moderated but productive conversation.

Please submit papers on substantial, original, and unpublished research related to all aspects of business and human rights, including but not limited to the topics discussed above.  In addition, we encourage submissions of interdisciplinary research including research in law, practice, and economics.

Papers that are selected for the conference are expected to be published as part of an edited volume on the subject.  Initial submissions in response to the Call for Papers can be either full drafts (of no more than 15,000 words) or detailed abstracts (of no more than 1,000 words).  Scholars that have their abstracts accepted in lieu of a paper are expected to have a final draft submitted by September 1.

Requirements Each paper submitted should be an original that has not been published in a prior work.

Student Poster Competition and Session

We are also accepting abstracts for a student poster session. The top three poster winners will present to the body of the conference in a special session. First place will receive a $500 prize. Second place will receive a $200 prize. Third place will receive a $100 prize. Finalists will be invited to convert their posters into papers for potential publication in the edited volume. To be eligible for the competition, students must be enrolled at an institution of higher education and be in good academic standing at the time of the conference.

Submission Information

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013 Notification of Acceptance of a Paper: June 30, 2013 Poster Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013 Conference Dates: September 23 – 24, 2013

Conference Venue

West Virginia University is one of the nation’s premier institutions of higher education. The Princeton Review has ranked West Virginia University College of Law as a “Tier 1 Law School,” and it is a Top Institution for Public Interest Law. Located in beautiful Morgantown, WV, West Virginia University boasts both the beautiful scenery of pastoral life with the progressiveness of a large college town. This is the first conference of its kind in the United States, and West Virginia University hopes to continue its promotion of freethinking and human rights throughout the world.


If you have any questions regarding this conference or this call for papers, please e-mail dblanke4@mix.wvu.edu.





Austraining has today released the following advertisement for an AYAD Human Rights Legal Officer in Samoa’s Ombudsman’s Office: http://volunteering.austraining.com.au/assignment?AyaCode=AV1212WS18.

It’s a fantastic opportunity at a critical time, which will see the Ombudsman’s Office extended to include new human rights functions.




Looking for internship opportunities? The Australian Council for International Development updates their website with the latest international and Australian internships.


See http://www.acfid.asn.au/get-involved/internships




Call for Papers **REVISED DATES** Brunel Cyber Intelligence *May 17-18 2013*

Please find a revised call for papers for a two-day conference on ‘Intelligence and the Cyber Environment’ being organised by BCISS as part of its Raytheon UK-sponsored series ‘Emergent Issues in 21st Century Intelligence’. 

The event will be held at the above-ground facilities of the Battle of Britain Bunker, formally the 11 Group Ops Room, on the former RAF Uxbridge site (www.raf.mod.uk/battleofbritainbunker/), on 17-18 May 2013. 

The revised deadline for paper proposals is now 5 January 2013.

As per the original call: The first goal of this event is to move beyond the usual horror stories and truisms of cybersecurity and the ‘cyber threat’.  Discussion will be directed towards the opportunities and challenges of the cyber environment for ‘offensive’ intelligence collection and influence operations, the analytical exploitation of intelligence product arising from cyber operations, and intelligence assessment in and of the cyber-environment.

The second goal is to draw together the parallel but often unconnected discussions in the technology and policy spheres of cyber and intelligence.  The conveners will welcome both technically-oriented and policy/social science-oriented papers, but authors will be expected to present the material in a way accessible to both professional communities.

Full text papers will not be required on the occasion; the conveners will, however, be seeking to publish an edited volume based on selected items from the proceedings of the conference in due course, and full text versions of the papers chosen will be solicited at a date to be confirmed as publication efforts develop.  Please note that the event will be held at UNCLASSIFIED.




Migrating out of Poverty 2013 Internship Scheme

The Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme Consortium, a DFID-funded research network with partners in West, East and southern Africa, South and southeast Asia, and the UK, is seeking up to 3 interns with an interest in the area of migration and poverty who are able to commit 3 months to contribute to the work of the Consortium. For full details, click here: Migrating out of Poverty 2013 Internship Scheme

Successful applicants will be based in one of the Consortium's core partner organisations in Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa or Singapore, and will undertake a range of activities depending on the priorities of the Centre in which they are based, including: desk-based policy research; research related activities relevant to the Migrating out of Poverty programme; engagement with core and associate partners in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Bangladesh and Singapore; drafting policy briefs and other materials for timely use in outreach work; conducting media monitoring and analysis; or assistance with specific research communication and uptake activities. For more information about the Migrating out of Poverty Consortium please visit  the Migrating out of Poverty website.

             ***Closing date for applications: 15th December 2012***




Call for Papers: 2013 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum (Taipei, Taiwan)


The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law will hold the ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on May 15-16, 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.

The title of the Research Forum is "International Law and Dispute Resolution: Challenges in the Asia Pacific." The organizing committee welcomes proposals on any topic relating to international law with a focus on the Asia Pacific.

Paper proposals must be submitted electronically by January 20, 2013 to ila@nccu.edu.tw. The call for papers is available at http://csil.org.tw/2013-Research-Forum-call-for-papers.pdf.


Postgraduate Conference on Human Rights at the University of Glasgow

Graduate Conference on Human Rights: New Frontiers for Human Rights Theory and Practice

Call for Papers

The postgraduate cluster of the Glasgow Human Rights Network (GHRN), based at the University of Glasgow, will be holding its first Graduate Conference on Human Rights on 22nd May 2013.

The theme of the conference is inspired by the desire to explore new developments in human rights covering a broader range of human rights issues. We encourage postgraduates working in the area of human rights to participate in this one-day conference at the University of Glasgow in a friendly and supportive environment.

 We are keen to consider abstracts that directly or indirectly address this theme.  Topics include, but are not limited to, the following issues:

  • Globalization and human rights
  • Human rights, terrorism and national security
  • Human rights and the neoliberal market paradigm
  • Human rights and current case studies in self-determination (Scotland, South Sudan, Tibet, Quebec)
  • Critical approaches to human rights
  • The paradoxes of human rights theory and practice

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by no later than Monday 14th January 2013 to Beth Pearson at bethiapearson@gmail.com or Awol Allo at awol.allo@gmail.com

Follow the GHRN Postgraduate Cluster blog at http://ghrnpostgradcluster.wordpress.com/

If you would like more information about the Glasgow Human Rights Network, please visit http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/glasgowhumanrightsnetwork/