Go On! Diversity on the Legal Bench Lecture Series

The SNF-funded project “Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for
International Courts and Tribunals
”, led by Professors Neus Torbisco-Casals and Andrew
Clapham (Graduate Institute)
, has launched a monthly public lecture series on “Women’s
Voices in the International Judiciary”
. The series aims to reflect on the lack of diversity in the
international judiciary —especially gender diversity
—, which raises concerns not just in
terms of descriptive representation and symbolic self-identification, but also regarding
unconscious bias and systemic privileging of specific ideologies or positions in the process of
adjudication.

The fourth lecture in this series will be presented by Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of IIIM Syria. Her lecture is entitled, “How does our commitment to equality and non-discrimination increase our legitimacy as international judicial or accountability actors in supporting justice for the victims irrespective of their age, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, health or other personal characteristic?”

This lecture will be on May 17, 2021 on Zoom at 6:30PM (CET). Click here to register for this lecture.

Go On! Empirical Methods in Legal Research – Indigenous Epistemology

Dr. Ife Okafor –Yarwood of the University of St. Andrews will talk about indigenous epistemology on May 28, 2021 at 12:00PM (Central European Time) as a part of Leiden University’s Lecture Series on Empirical Methods in Legal Research.

Dr. Okafor-Yarwood will explain the importance of communalist outlook, and clarity on one’s positionality as an “outsider” or “outsider within”, when conducting field research. Her discussion will focus on researching indigenous communities in Africa. Dr. Okafor-Yarwood is currently leading a research team exploring the gendered dimensions of maritime (in)security in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG) in light of the effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information and to register for this online event. Please register by May 25th.

On the Job! Call for Nominees: ABILA Student Ambassadors

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On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:

►The International Law Association (American Branch) is seeking nominations for its Student Ambassadors program. All ABILA members are invited to nominate students for this position. Student Ambassadors help with the work of the organization, especially in the preparation of International Law Weekend 2021 (ILW 2021). ILW is held annually by the Branch and will take place virtually on October 28–30, 2021. Each Student Ambassador will be assigned to specific individuals such as the Organizing Committee Chairs, the President, or one of the Vice Presidents to provide various forms of assistance with ILW, including blogging and providing logistical support as needed. After ILW, the Student Ambassadors may be asked to assist with the newsletter, to support ABILA committees, or to perform other tasks as assigned by the President. ABILA will try to create networking opportunities for the Student Ambassadors both with ABILA members and with one another.

Members are invited to send their nominee’s cover letter and résumé to Ms. Madaline George (membership@ila-americanbranch.org) by Monday, May 24, 2021. As a reminder, student membership in the American Branch of the International Law Association is free for students, and they may sign up from the membership page of our website.

Read On! ABILA Statement

Leila Sadat, President of the American Branch of the International Law Association, issued a statement on behalf of ABILA in response to the revocation of U.S. sanctions on the ICC. To read the statement, titled Revocation of Executive Order 13928 and Travel Restrictions against ICC Personnel, please click here.

On the Job! International Nuremberg Principles Academy

On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:

► Applications are welcome from International Nuremberg Principles Academy for the position of Project Officer and Senior Officer.  The Project Officer position is for a period of 2 years. The Senior Officer position is intended as a parental leave cover for 12 months, starting July 1, 2021. For more information on these positions and the application process, click here.

Go On! HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link Webinar

Go On! makes note of interesting conferences, lectures, and similar events.

►  Singapore-based Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague-Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)  announced open registration for a webinar: HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link. The event will be held on Tuesday June 1, 2021, from 4pm to 5:15pm (SGT). This event, organized in the context of the ongoing celebrations of the golden anniversary of the 1970 Evidence Convention, will discuss the practical challenges of the cross-border taking of evidence, as well as possible solutions to further facilitate cross-border proceedings in the coming years, including the use of video-link technology for the taking of evidence abroad under the 1970 Evidence Convention. A short introduction of the HCCH 1965 Service Convention will be provided at the end of the session. For more information or to register, click here.

To receive a 10% discount when registering use promo code “ABLISG” and select ticket category “ABLI Founding Partners” before checking out.

Work On! 2021 Summer Program in International Criminal Law & International Legal Approaches to Terrorism

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

American University Washington College of Law has opened registration for their 2021 Summer Program. The theme of the program is International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism (The Hague Program). The program will run from June 1-25, 2021, followed by a reading period and exams. This year, the program will be held in a virtual format, allowing students to attend from around the world. This unique program provides an intensive and dynamic course of study in international criminal law and counterterrorism, while also providing students opportunities to meet and network with practitioners and experts working on the front lines of accountability for international crimes. The program may be taken for credit or a non-credit certificate (special certificate rates apply for NGO practitioners, academics, and government staff). For more information, click here.

Write On! The Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

The Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law is currently accepting article submissions for publication in their upcoming issues. The latest Washington and Lee Law Review rankings list the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy, & the Law as one of the top-cited legal periodicals in the U.S. and selected non-U.S. regions in the subject area of Social Policy, Gender, Sexuality and the Law. 

You can submit your article for consideration by email to gl-articles@wcl.american.edu, or through Scholastica. The Journal accepts submissions on a wide variety of topics and subjects within the legal field. They are interested in topics about disability law, racial justice and the law, constitutional issues, gender-based legal issues, health law, LGBTQIA+ issues within the legal system, and other related topics. To see our past publications, please visit http://www.jgspl.org/ and Westlaw for a complete list. 

However, please note that articles written by law students will not be accepted. Articles that present new legal arguments or perspectives about timely legal issues relating to U.S. laws directly or comparatively will be preferred. There should also be substantial legal analysis throughout the piece. Articles with a word limit of 15,000 words more or less, including at least 150 footnotes will be preferred. Generally, articles are evaluated depending on many factors such as the strength of the argument, novelty, complexity, policy considerations, and whether the overall topic(s) falls within the Journal’s subject area.

Recap: Transnational Legal Feminism – Beyond Western Hegemonies of International Law and Feminist Theories

By Aishwarya Chaturvedi

Cornell Law School and London South Bank University organized global conference entitled “Transnational Legal Feminism — Beyond Western Hegemonies of International Law and Feminist Theory” on March 26, 2021.  Speakers and attendees hailed from almost every continent in the world. The theme of the conference was understanding the legacies and ramifications of the domination of western thought on feminist research and practice in the sphere of international law and feminist legal theory. 

The conference commenced with opening remarks (which can be found here) from the conference co-organizers, Ms. Farnush Ghadery, Law School, London South Bank University and Professor Sital Kalantry, Cornell Law School.  Professor Farnush explained that the theory of transnational law and feminism was a methodology for building cross border transnational feminism and not hegemony of western epistemologies. Professor Kalantry further elaborated on the concept of transnational legal feminism draws from two bodies of literature: gender studies and law scholarship. In the introductory remarks, the co-organizers pointed out that transnational legal feminism much like transnational law “de-emphasizes” the nation and recognizes that laws in one country also impact people in other countries. However, the laws need to be considered with reference to a specific context. Professor Sital expressed that for her, transnational legal feminism was different from postcolonial feminism because it focuses on “prescriptive solutions.”  

Professor Chandra Mohanty, Dean’s Professor of the Humanities, Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University, presented a keynote for the conference entitled “Transnational Feminism as Insurgent Praxis.” Professor Mohanty started her presentation by explaining the term “cartographies of struggle” which was coined by her three decades ago in her book ‘Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism.’ She explained that the concept of cartographies of struggle helps us understand how power works through inter-connected histories of racial capitalism and labour flows; colonial legacies of heteronormative nation states; and transnational advocacy for social and economic justice. She emphasized that the term “transnational” does not mean global or international or opposite of national; it means here and now in a local, specific and particular context. 

Professor Mohanty elaborated on this by saying that transnational feminism involves thinking historically, comparatively and relationally and it fundamentally involves addressing the cartographies of power difference. Interestingly, she also discussed feminist geographer Cindi Katz’s notion of a counter topography to understand transnational connections which influence routine experiences of people. She pertinently pointed out that Katz explained that “not all places affected by capital global ambition are affected in the same way and not all issues matter equally everywhere.”

Professor Mohanty went on to say that a somewhat acceptance of misogynistic racial capitalism in the last decade along with the neoliberal colonisation of language and public life has led to a “neoliberal fascism” which can be explained as a culture and governance structure that brings together the “worst excesses” of capitalism with authoritarian ideals. She said governments and powerful people utilize security, mass incarceration and mass deportation to impose their control and authority and normalize violence against black, brown and indigenous bodies.  

Professor Mohanty discussed that transnational feminist frameworks challenge the national and international space by introducing the question of colonial legacies and gendered racial globalities as central to policy making. She explained that insurgent feminism requires understanding that racialised gender is essential for mapping borders, histories and movements and understanding why and how women, queer and gender nonconforming people matter.  She concluded her address by suggesting that developing transnational feminism frameworks is fundamental to envisioning solidarities and building bridges across borders.

From a call for papers, law scholars from Singapore, Canada, India, and Thailand (among other countries) were selected to present papers, which will be published in a special issue of Transnational Law Journal. The following papers were presented at the conference:

  • “Feminist Perspectives on Transnational Comfort Women Litigation” by  Cheah W.L.
  • “Nationalised subject: Rape law reform and reaction in Thailand” by Suprawee Asanasak.
  • “Exploring the Borderlands/ La Frontera of Unpaid Labour: Towards a Feminist Mestiza in Transnational Labour Law” by  Miriam Bak McKenna and Maj Grasten.
  • “Istanbul Convention: Critique of the Honor Crime Provision” by Sital Kalantry presented and Shireen Moti. 
  • “Western Hosts and Southern Ghosts” by  Siobhan Yorgun.
  •  “The #MeToo movement’s manifestation in Croatia” by Josipa Šaric.
  • “Beyond International Human Rights Law Discourse – The Power of Music and Song in Contextualised Struggles for Gender Equality” by Ms. Farnush Ghadery.