Peace in process

Having urged others to “read and teach and write about” peace in the American Society of International Law speech I gave earlier this month, I’m happy to take note of upcoming events and projects that push the peace agenda:

palac► The Peace Palace is soon to celebrate its 100th birthday, a milestone to be marked by numerous events at The Hague. On August 28, 1913, the Netherlands’ Queen Wilhelmina opened the red brick building that’s now home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice. Among those who spoke at the ceremony was peace campaigner Jane Addams of Chicago, who’d win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 (and, long after, become the heroine of my 2013 ASIL speech). Events surrounding the Peace Palace centenary include:

►► At the Hague City Hall, an Exhibition on Women and Peace, opening August 15 and running through September 21. Among the women to be honored in this exhibit are 1905 Nobel Peace Prizewinner Bertha von Suttner (pictured below, on the right side of the Palace, opposite Hugo Grotius) and IntLawGrrls foremother Aletta Jacobs.

►► Sponsored by the International Criminal Court Student Network, a conference entitled “Peace Through Law: The Development of An Ideal,” August 25 to 27 at the Park Hotel Den Haag. The Network asks younger scholars (“undergraduate and graduate students and early professionals/academics peace(generally within five years of terminal degree) studying or working in the field of international criminal law”) to submit a 400-word abstract proposing a 20-minute talk on a topic “focused on the history and philosophy of the development of international criminal law and its relationship to peace and justice,” for presentation at the conference and eventual publication in the Network’s journal, Issues in International Criminal Justice. Deadline for abstract submission is May 1; details in the call for papers here. (My thanks to Central Michigan Philosophy Professor Hope Elizabeth May, a conference organizer, for the head’s up on this event.)

►► An official commemoration on the morning of August 28, plus the unveiling of a statue of Suttner in the Palace’s main hall. That same afternoon, a 2-day conference entitled “Sustainable Peacebuilding in Conflict-Affected Settings” will be held.

► Later next academic year, participants in the 2d conference on the Creation of International Law, a network of women scholars and practitioners, will discuss the conference theme, “Exploring the International Law Components of Peace.” Organizers include Professor Cecilia Marcela Bailliet, an IntLawGrrl; she convened the 1st conference 4 years ago at her home institution, Oslo Law 075in Norway. (Oslo conferees at right; prior posts on that conference here, here, and here.) This next conference will be held April 4 and 5, 2014, at the University of Wisconsin School of Law in Madison. Cecilia and her co-organizers seek papers, to be published in the Wisconsin International Law Journal, on an array of topics within the overall theme. Deadline for submission of abstracts is October 1, 2013; details in the full call for papers here.

(Cross-posted from Diane Marie Amann)

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