Work On! ICTY/MICT Open Day & iCourts Programme

notes_croppedWork On! is an occasional item about workshops, roundtables, and other fora that do not necessarily include publication:

► The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) would like to invite all interested parties to the ICTY/MICT Open Day as part of the Hague International Day. This day marks the final opportunity to visit the ICTY, as the Tribunal is set to close its doors at the end of the year. The event will take place on September 24, 2017, from 11:00 to 17:00 at the Hague, Netherlands.

At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with ICTY and MICT Judges and other key staff members, view documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, learn about the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and explore exhibitions and material from the Archives. To register, please click here. You may also contact Colleen Luibrand at for an event program.

iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts, would like to remind interested applicants of the October 1st, 2017 deadline to apply to their Visiting Programme.

iCourts strongly encourages researchers – from PhD-students to tenured Professors – to visit iCourts and share their knowledge. Contributions may consist of published articles that credit iCourts, data-sharing, contribution to analysis, co-authorship with permanent iCourts staff, printed interviews with relevant people and other relevant documentation. For more information, please click here.



Write On! Univ. Loyola Andalucia

backlit_keyboardThis installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present at the University Loyola Andalucia, as follows:

► The University Loyola Andalucia is hosting the Conference “60 Years of the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: Key Issues and Future Challenges” in collaboration with the Club Español del Arbitraje (CEA) and the University of Zaragoza. The conference will be held on April 5-8, 2018 at the University Loyola Andalucia in Seville, Spain

Academics, practitioners, and policymakers are invited to submit extended abstracts or unpublished full papers on the referred topic to the conference directors by November 30, 2017 to and

For more information, please click here.


Law of Peace(making) and Transforming Children’s Invisibility

Courtesy of the Blog of the Groningen Journal of International Law (August 22, 2017).

The law of international human rights came into being through an international peacemaking process, in particular the successive processes that gave birth to the Charter of the United Nations. The law as developed affirms children’s legal standing and agency as subjects of human rights. There is a concomitant international obligation to affirm the same in relation to the successive processes of peacemaking and give effect to those rights through the resultant agreements, as recalled by treaty and Charter bodies. Yet children are mostly invisible in such processes. Its extent is laid bare by a cursory review of collections of peace agreements. Of the close to eight hundred peace agreements in the United Nations database, for example, approximately ninety-five include a reference to children. The extremity of their invisibility raises a multiplicity of questions. Is it justified from the perspective of the law of peace(making)? May children’s human rights yield to the pursuance of peace?  And if not, why are children (mostly) invisible in peacemaking? These questions sparked and structured a probe of peace processes from a juristic, human rights and child rights perspective. Continue reading

Write On! Transnational Legal Theory

backlit_keyboardThis installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present at Transnational Legal Theory 2018 Symposium, as follows:

Transnational Legal Theory  invites submissions for its inaugural annual symposium, to be held January 20, 2018, at King’s College London in London, England. Theme is “Transnational Food Security.” Deadline is September 22, 2017.

“The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements”: September 18 Georgia Law conference to feature trade law scholars, practitioners

Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge over the Savannah River, at the Port of Savannah, Georgia, the largest single container terminal in the United States. Photo (1998) by Jonas N. Jordan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“The Next Generation of International Trade Agreements” is the timely title of this year’s annual conference organized by the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law and Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law. Set for Monday, September 18, 2017, the daylong conference will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Center.

Scholars and practitioners from North America and Europe will come together to discuss one of the most pressing topics in today’s international arena. Panels, which will follow introductory remarks by Georgia Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge and yours truly, Center Director Kathleen A. Doty, are as follows:

Setting the Negotiating Agenda: C. Donald Johnson (Georgia Law JD’73), Emeritus Director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center and former U.S. Ambassador, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Professor Kathleen Claussen, Miami Law; Nicolas Lamp, Professor at Queen’s University Law, Canada, and former Dispute Settlement Lawyer, Appellate Body Secretariat, World Trade Organization; and Professor Timothy Meyer, Vanderbilt Law.

Changing Dynamics in Global Trade Negotiations: Professor Gregory Shaffer, California-Irvine Law; Professor Mark Wu, Harvard Law; and Professor Padideh Ala’i, American University Law. Moderating will be Tina Termei (Georgia Law JD’10), Corporate Counsel for Global Trade at Amazon.

Industry Roundtable Luncheon Conversation: Ling-Ling Nie, Chief Compliance Officer & Assistant General Counsel, Panasonic North America; Stewart Moran, Assistant General Counsel, Carter’s | OshKosh B’gosh; and Travis Cresswell, Senior Managing Counsel, The Coca-Cola Co.

Pluralism/Regionalism/Fragmentation: Professor Antonia Eliason, Mississippi Law; Professor Markus Wagner, Warwick Law, England; and Professor Robert Howse, New York University Law. Moderating will be Harlan G. Cohen, Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law and Faculty Co-Director, Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law.

Delivering closing remarks will be Victoria A. Barker, Editor-in-Chief of the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law. Additional speakers are invited but not yet confirmed: invited: Terry Smith Labat (Georgia Law JD’77), U.S. Department of Commerce; Audrey Winter (Georgia Law JD’80), Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and Professor Saxby Chambliss, Sanders Political Leadership Scholar at Georgia Law, partner at DLA Piper, and former U.S. Senator.

Issues these experts will explore include, as described in the concept note:

“International trade law is at inflection point. Until quite recently, international trade agreements appeared to be moving along a relatively predictable trajectory. Reforms and changes were discussed and negotiated, but mostly along the margins of a supposed consensus about the general direction of the field. Political events of the past year, though – Brexit, the United States’ abandonment of TPP, calls to renegotiate NAFTA, accelerating negotiations of RCEP, and China’s roll out of its One Belt One Road initiative, among others – have challenged that trajectory and sent policymakers and trade lawyers in search of a new trade compass. A new period of negotiation and renegotiation, however, is on the horizon. While this is a source for many of anxiety, it is also an opportunity for progress, reform, and creative thinking. This conference will bring together top scholars and practitioners in the field to discuss the directions forward for international agreements. What should be on the table as old agreements are reopened and new ones are negotiated? What changes are needed to adapt trade agreements to new economic and technological realities? And how can the next generation of trade agreements respond to globalization’s discontents?”

Cosponsoring the conference are the law school’s Business Law Society, Corsair Law Society, and International Law Society, along with the University of Georgia School of Public & International Affairs.

Details and registration here for the conference, for which CLE credit is available.

(Cross-posted from Exchange of Notes)

The Victim’s Court? Sexual & Gender-Based Violence at the ICC

“[W]hether or not the International Criminal Court will actually serve the interests of victims in an effective & satisfactory way remains to be seen.”[1]

 Just over one year ago, the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) to a total of 18 years’ imprisonment. This was the Court’s first trial judgment for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). To many, this was a milestone in the Court’s thus far disappointing record regarding sexual violence convictions and sentencing.

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ICC Trial Chamber III sentences Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to 18 years’ imprisonment for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003

Since its inception, the ICC has been hailed as a “victim’s court,” one that would give survivors of the world’s most heinous crimes an influential voice in the administration of justice. Unlike its predecessor tribunals, the ICC is obligated to consider victims and their interests at all stages of the proceedings including reparations. ­According to the Court’s founders, these “revolutionary conditions,” meant that the ICC could serve “not only a punitive but also a restorative function,” reflecting the “growing international consensus that participation and reparations play an important role in achieving justice for victims.”[2] But has the Court met its goal? And what about its impact on victims of sexual and gender-based violence? Contrary to its founders’ intentions, it would appear that the ICC does little to assist women or girls in the aftermath of violent sexual and gender-based oppression.


The increased prevalence of directed and systematic sexual violence during armed conflicts has frequently resulted in it being labeled a weapon of war. Indeed, the ICC has recognized this fact both in practice—in the court’s most recent attempt to take on sexual violence under crimes against humanity rendering a guilty verdict against Jean-Pierre Bemba of the crimes against humanity of murder and rape, and the war crimes of murder, rape, and pillaging and in policy—publishing their Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes. In this sense, the ICC has made remarkable leaps forward regarding key normative developments in criminalizing sexual violence on an international level. But despite these positive developments, a number of problems remain.

  1. Problematic Conceptualization of Sexual Violence

Bemba brings back the mechanical descriptions that constitute the threshold for rape. The ICC stated that the material elements of rape (actus reus) require an invasion of the body consist­ing of penetration of anywhere with a sexual organ, or anal or genital pen­etration with an object or other body part. As Marie-Alice D’Aoust notes, by refusing to acknowledge the broader nature of sexual violence than a strict act of pen­etration, the ICC denies victims the recogni­tion of their sufferings and shows little deference to the various developments that have occurred throughout the world with regards to the meaning of sexual violence.[3] Continue reading

Introducing Ashley Boyes


IMG_2299.jpegIt is our great pleasure to welcome our new IntLawGrrls contributor Ashley Boyes! Specializing in international law, oral advocacy, and development, Ashley recently attained a combined Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa and Masters degree at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She is now completing her articles with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Crown Law Office – Civil.

In 2016, Ashley was given the opportunity to work with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. In January 2017, she interned at the War Crimes Research Office in Washington, DC where she conducted research related to the first indictment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers Court. Most recently, she attended the 17th specialization course in international criminal law in Syracuse, Italy.

She is passionate about the role of civil society organizations and hopes to continue to advocate for others as her career progresses.

Ashley also holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Global Culture Studies from Brescia University College at Western University, Canada’s only women’s university, with a focus on international relations and women’s security.

Heartfelt welcome!