Call for Papers: INTRAlaw Colloquium at Aarhus University

I am posting information about the following Call for Papers at Aarhus University (Denmark):

Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants

 INTRAlaw Colloquium 29–30 September 2016

Aarhus University

 Call for Papers

 INTRAlaw (International and Transnational Tendencies in Law) is organising an academic workshop on 29–30 September 2016 on the theme of Interaction between human rights: 50 years of the Covenants. The colloquium will bring together scholars working on the interaction within the human rights regime on the international, regional and domestic planes. What is of interest is the way that the two covenants have influenced each other in their legal development; and, significantly, the way that different human rights systems have influenced each other in the definition and implementation of these rights. Particular attention will be given to the activities of the Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights, and their role in interpreting and driving implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

Guest speakers include Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, Prof. Xavier Groussot, Mr. Morten Kjærum, Dr. Jonas Christoffersen, Prof. Sarah Cleveland, Prof. Mikael Rask Madsen, Prof. Geir Ulfstein, Prof. Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen and Prof. Gregor Noll.

INTRAlaw is accepting abstracts exploring one of the following themes:

  • Interaction between UN treaty bodies and regional and domestic human rights systems
  • Interaction between and within regional human rights systems (e.g. ECtHR/CJEU)
  • Indivisibility and interrelatedness of rights, in particular within and between the Covenants
  • The impact and influence of the ICCPR and ICESCR within thematic areas, especially refugee protection, business and human rights, armed conflict and counter-terrorism
  • Interaction between the Covenants and specialised human rights treaties
  • The role of the UN Human Rights Council in fostering compliance with the ICCPR and ICESCR
  • Implementation and enforcement of the ICCPR and ICESCR at the domestic and regional levels
  • Applicability of the Covenants to non-state actors (businesses, armed groups, international organisations)

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, including title of the presentation, author’s name, affiliations and email address. PhD candidates and other early career researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

Abstracts must be sent to and, no later than 15 April 2016.

The authors of the selected abstracts will be required to submit a paper of max. 8000 words, footnotes included, by 15 September 2016.

It is intended that the results of the Colloquium will be published in an edited volume or a special journal issue.

A limited number of funding grants to cover travel and accommodation expenses may be available in special circumstances.


Organising committee

Fenella Billing, Nikolas Feith Tan, Louise Halleskov Storgaard, Lauren Neumann, Vito Todeschini, Tara Van Ho, Jens Vedsted-Hansen.


About INTRAlaw

INTRAlaw is a research centre established within the Department of Law at Aarhus University in Denmark. INTRAlaw research takes as its point of departure the fact that sovereign states are no longer solely in charge of defining, implementing and enforcing legal norms. To an increasing extent, legal norms are created as a result of activities in international and supranational organisations, transnational corporations and through collaborations between public-law and private-law agencies on a national, regional and international level.

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