Introducing Duygu Çiçek

IMG-20180406-WA0039It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Duygu Çiçek. Duygu Çiçek is a Turkish lawyer and currently works as a legal consultant at the Environment & International Law Practice Group in the World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency. As part of her current role, she provides legal advice and operational support to address environmental, social, and international law issues in World Bank projects. Her areas of focus include climate change, displacement, labor and work conditions, gender and non-discrimination, and human rights law in general. Previously, she worked with Advocates Abroad as a volunteer attorney and provided legal advice to persons seeking asylum in Europe. She also worked with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative on rule of law and displacement-related issues, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Istanbul Field Office, and Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe primarily focusing on human rights violations occurring in member states and contributed to the recommendation reports issued by the Commissioner’s office.

She has completed a B.A. in Law from Koç University (2015). She also completed an LL.M. in Human Rights from the University of Edinburgh (2016) where she focused on international human rights law and human rights law in Europe, and an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School (2018) where she focused on refugee law, forced displacement, and climate change.

Heartfelt welcome Duygu!

Write On! Practising Reflexivity in International Law

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit papers to the Law Department of the European University Institute for a two-day Doctoral Forum on International Law as follows:

Screen Shot 2020-08-03 at 1.11.15 PM The Law Department of the European University Institute is hosting Practising Reflexivity in International Law, to be held November 23-24, 2020 at the Department of Law, Villa Salviati, in Florence, Italy with the help of the European Society of International Law. The theme is addressing the challenges international lawyers face today, including the rise of populism, growing economic inequality, climate change, and unraveling global cooperation. In addressing these challenges, the situation of international lawyers–e.g., their race, gender, or position in the field–and its influence on how they think and address these challenges has been seldom considered overtly. Building on this reflexive attitude, long productively discussed in the social sciences, this Forum invites contributors to explore practicing reflexivity in their own work and in the field of international law.

The practice of reflexivity takes the international lawyer as an object of research, examining their situation and how it influences what they do or think, and it can also extend to an examination of the field itself and the scholarly endeavour. In particular, this Forum seeks to investigate how the practice of reflexivity could uncover disciplinary routines and create possibilities for new or alternative interventions in response to the field’s most pressing challenges. Abstracts of around 500 words are due by September 13, 2020 to For more information, please click here.

Read On! “The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies”

Instagram GraphicThis open access handbook is the first of its kind, and provides a comprehensive and carefully curated multidisciplinary view of the state of the field of Critical Menstruation Studies, opening up new directions in research and advocacy. Through empirical research, personal narratives, practice notes, conceptual essays, OpEds, visual art and transnational dialogues, this collection responds to the question “what new lines of inquiry are possible when we center our attention on menstrual health and politics across the life course?”

Written by 134 contributors from more than 30 countries, the chapters collectively establish Critical Menstruation Studies as a potent lens that reveals, complicates, and unpacks inequalities across biological, social, cultural, and historical dimensions. This handbook is an unmatched resource for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and activists new to and already familiar with the field as it rapidly develops and expands. Access the handbook here.

Write On! Global Jurist Award

  image This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit papers to Universidad Externado de Colombia as follows:

The Universidad Externado de Colombia, along with other universities, is presenting the first edition of the Global Jurist Award. The award calls for legal essays under the title of “2030: A New Horizon for International Economic Law?”. The award wishes to recognize an author (or authors) who accurately assess the development of International Economic Law and propose how its undergoing changes throughout the present decade of the twenties should be implemented. The essays presented must be submitted to this email before November 1, 2020. For more information on the call for papers and the Global Jurist Award, please click here.

Go On! Justice & Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict Webinar

►  The UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict announced open registration for Justice & Accountability for Sexual Violence in Conflict: Progress and Challenges in Efforts to Address Impunity in National Jurisdictions, which will be held on July 21, at 11:00am. This webinar is Session One of the Digital Dialogue Series hosted by the UN Team of Experts. In Session One, scholars, practitioners, and policymakers will discuss national accountability efforts in relation to conflict-related sexual violence and set the stage for the webinar series moving forward. To register for the event, please click here.  For more information on the Digital Dialogue Series, click here.

Introducing Sumedha Choudhury

IMG20200614201424~4It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Sumedha Choudhury. After completing her undergraduate from National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, India with a specialization in International Law and Human Rights, Sumedha Choudhury pursued an LLM in International Law from South Asian University, New Delhi, India. After her LLM she joined UNHCR, India as an Assistant Research Coordinator (Intern) for seven months, June 2019 to December 2019. Since February 2020, she is engaged with UNHCR as an RSD (Refugee Status Determination) Assistant. Sumedha has previously interned with Asian African Legal Consultative Organization (AALCO) and Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) as a research assistant. Having born and raised in the Northeastern region of India, witnessing insurgency and the protracted refugee situation, her decision to engage with the nature of forced displacement was a conscious one. She plans to continue her efforts for the upliftment of asylum seekers and refugees.

Heartfelt welcome!

Write On! Trade, Law and Development Journal



This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit papers on international economic law, with Trade, Law and Development Journal as follows:

► This journal invites submissions, in the form of articles, notes, comments, and book reviews on the topic of international economic law to Trade, Law and Development Journal, due by August, 15, 2020, and submitted to here. The theme is “legal and policy issues of relevance to world trade, cross-border investment, environment, and development, broadly defined. The Journal is particularly committed to publishing perspectives from and for the developing world.” Deadline is August 15, 2020.

Introducing Deeksha Sharma and Amreen Tapadar

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributors Deeksha Sharma and Amreen Tapadar. Deeksha Sharma is a penultimate year law student at National Law University, Lucknow, India. She is working with the SDG Society by IIT Madras and the US Department of State as a member of the COVID-19 India study. Previously, she has worked UN ECOSOC Organisations and professionals from the Commonwealth, London, Ministry of women, and Ministry of Environment, India. She is the executive editor of The International Journal of Social Studies- Vol 4 under patrons from Kwazulu University, South Africa, and an International Faculty in Criminology. She is also a  member of the Research and Editorial Board for a book on Health Laws by her University’s professors. She is selected to represent India at the Hansen Fellowship 2021 at the University of San Diego, United States.  Her interests lie in Energy Laws, Environmental Law, and International Trade Law.  She has her blogs and research papers in International and national blogs, journals, and books.

Amreen Tapadar is a penultimate year law student at National Law University, Lucknow. She has previously worked with Amnesty International India for various human rights campaigns, to name a few- 1984 Anti-Sikh riots and 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis. She is the executive editor of The International Journal of Social Studies- Vol 4 under patrons from Kwazulu University, South Africa. She is currently working as a research assistant for various national projects with an international faculty in criminology.and is interning under an advocate of the Supreme court to learn about cases pertaining to human rights. She has previously contributed a chapter to the International Journal of Social Studies regarding the need for a behavior correctional university of inmates.
She has also worked with various NGOs to provide awareness and contributed to helping communities affected by various natural calamities. Her interests lie in human rights, animal laws, environment law, and international dispute settlement and arbitration. Her pieces have been published in various esteemed international and national blogs and journals.

Introducing Shivani Danielle Jacelon

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It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Shivani Danielle Jacelon. Shivani Danielle Jacelon is a recent graduate of the NYU School of Law having completed her LLM specializing in International Legal Studies in May 2020. She received her LLB from the University of Warwick in 2008 and completed the LPC at the University of Law (formerly the College of Law), London in 2009. Prior to being admitted to NYU, Shivani specialized in Real Estate and Estates law in her home country of Trinidad and Tobago. She was a partner at a leading law firm in Trinidad where she was practicing law since 2010 until the commencement of her LLM.

During her time at NYU, Shivani took part in internships at the Family Center in Brooklyn, which offers legal services for medically fragile clients, as well at the Housing Justice-Group Advocacy Unit of the Legal Aid Society. Her exposure to public interest law during these internships, coupled with taking courses during her LLM which are based on social rights and justice, such as International Environmental Law and Economic and Social Rights, fostered her desire to pursue a career in Public Interest Law in earnest.

Shivani was awarded a LLM Public Interest Fellowship from the NYU School of Law which she will complete in the Fall of 2020 at the Legal Aid Society, Housing Justice-Group Advocacy Unit. Shivani is also a member of the Ontario Bar and will sit the New York Bar in September 2020.

Introducing Andrea Samardzija

IMG_0530It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Andrea Samardzija.

Andrea Samardzija is an Australian lawyer who is currently transitioning to a career in international law. Andrea completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws (honours) double degree from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Public International Law LLM from Leiden University in The Netherlands. Since 2015, Andrea has worked as a lawyer in private practice and for the public sector in Australia. Currently, she is a research assistant in international commercial arbitration at Monash University’s School of Business and Law in Melbourne, Australia. Andrea’s areas of interest include international dispute settlement and arbitration, human rights and environmental law.

Heartfelt welcome!