Go On! International Law Weekend 2021


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

►  The International Law Association announced open registration for International Law Weekend (ILW) 2021 – International Law in Challenging Times, an annual conference, which will be held on October 28-30, 2021, virtually. The conference features 32 panels (many of which offer CLE) on an array of public and private international law topics, two keynote addresses, a High-Level Opening Plenary, and more than a dozen professional networking events. A full program of events is available hereOf note, this year ILW are pleased to provide a special offer of ILW 2021 registration and ABILA Membership (through December 31, 2022) for just $110 – a savings of at least $145 over two years. Students always attend for free. 
More information about this event can be found here.

Go On! Public Lecture Series

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

►  The Graduate Institute of Geneva, announced open registration for Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals“, led by Professors Neus Torbisco-Casals and Andrew Clapham, which will be held virtually on October 27, 2021 at 6:30PM. This lecture will be delivered by Dr. Navi Pillay and is part of the Public Lecture Series, Women’s Voices in the International Judiciary. For more information and registration, click here.

Write On! 2022 Human Rights Essay Award Competition


This instalment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls for submissions to the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American Unviersity, as follows:

The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, has announced it is currently accepting submissions to the upcoming 2022 Human Rights Essay Award Competition. The American University Washington College of Law will award two winners—one for submissions in English and one for submissions in Spanish—with a full scholarship (including lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C.) to complete the Certificate of Attendance or Diploma in the 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which will take place from May 30 to June 17, 2022.  The topic of the 2022 Award is “Climate Change and Human Rights: Impacts, Responsibilities, and Opportunities.” Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to this topic, however, the scope of the essay must directly relate to this year’s topic, or it will be disqualified. Deadline is January 31, 2022.

If you would like additional information or have any questions, we invite you to visit our website here or contact us via email at humanrightsessay@wcl.american.edu

Write On! International Crimes Database Call for Papers

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit short articles for publication to the International Crimes Database as follows:

The International Crimes Database, powered by the Asser Institute, has announced a call for submissions of short articles for publication in the online paper series “ICD Briefs”, which provides in-depth information and insights through short articles on international crimes and international criminal jurisprudence. The theme of the paper is “Ecocide as an International Crime? Perspective from Domestic and International Law”. For more information, please visit here or the Asser Institute website.

Interested authors should send an abstract (300 words) and a brief biography (100 words) to editors@internationalcrimesdatabase.org by 1 October 2021. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by the ICD editorial team via e-mail by 15 October 2021 and will be subsequently invited to submit their full ICD Briefs by 1 January 2022.

Read On! Public Health, Mental Health and Mass Atrocity Prevention

The Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights with Routledge/Taylor & Francis recently published an edited volume entitled Public Health, Mental Health, and Mass Atrocity Prevention​​​IntlLawGrrls Editor Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum is a co-editor of this book along with Caitlin MahoneyAmy Meade, and Arlan Fuller.

The first multidisciplinary volume of its kind, this book is the product of two years of close collaboration to consider the various ways in which international human rights and rights-based approaches can promote public health and mental health policies and practices in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes—including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. In June 2019, the editors convened academics and practitioners engaged in work at the intersections of these disciplines across various contexts and at various intervention points along the continuum of harms that can be defined as identity-based violence and/or atrocity crimes. Represented among these scholars and practitioners were psychologists, sociologists, social psychologists, epidemiologists, public health practitioners, political scientists, legal scholars, human rights practitioners, anthropologists, historians, peace studies scholars, and philosophers. All participants recognized that multidisciplinary tools and frames were critical to their work in their respective disciplines to identify effective strategies to disrupt causal pathways of identity-based violence, human rights abuses, and mass atrocity crimes.
One result of this work is this edited volume, where the authors of each chapter dive deeply into the public health and mental health rights dilemmas that emerge from prevention efforts related to identity-based violence and mass atrocity crimes. In this book, the authors examine the ways they can adapt rights and health frameworks, methods, research, tools, and practice toward a more sophisticated and truly interdisciplinary understanding and application of atrocity prevention. In its totality, the book demonstrates the current state of these various fields and the intersecting themes within human rights, public health, mental health, and mass atrocity prevention and, importantly, future potential directions for next steps.

The other product of this convening was a special issue published by the Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal that complements this edited volume. The special issue is free and open access to all online.

On the Job! T.M.C. Asser Institute

The T.M.C. Asser Institute is a research center for International and European law in the Hague. Its mission is to contribute to the development of International and European law by conducting independent fundamental research, policy-oriented research, and applied legal research. It is a leading and authoritative provider of postgraduate and executive education on International and European law.

T.M.C. Asser Institute is seeking a senior communications and marketing specialist with a general background in (online) communications, preferably in an academic environment.

For more information on this vacancy, click here. The deadline is September 15, 2021.

Go On! UNWCC Conference

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

►  Maynooth University Law Department and the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy in SOAS announced open registration for a conference on the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC), which will be held on November 19, 2021, virtually.

Individuals interested in presenting at this conference should submit the following requirements to amina.adanan@mu.ie before 10 September 2021. Successful applicants will not be required to submit a full paper to participate in the conference in November. Submissions should be composed of a Word doc. file, and should include:

  • The applicant’s name, academic position and institutional affiliation.
  • An abstract (max. 300 words).
  • Key words (max. 5).
  • “UNWCC conference” in the email subject line.

Write On! NLIU International Trade Law Journal Call for Papers

This instalment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, as follows:

► The NLIU International Trade Law Journal, a peer-reviewed annual publication of the National Law Institute University, Bhopal, is calling for submissions for its inaugural edition. The Journal aims to provide a forum for intellectual discourse and academic research into various themes of international trade law and associated fields.  With an interdisciplinary approach, the Journal aspires to contribute to the niche but developing study of international economic laws. The Journal would serve as a platform for scholars to study varied areas of law that have an impact on world trade. Deadline is August 31, 2021.

For more detailed information about the Journal and its submission guidelines, please visit the NLIU website. In case of any questions, the editorial board can be reached at itlj@nliu.ac.in

Call for Papers

We invite submissions from academicians, practitioners, researcher scholars, students and experts from within the legal community for manuscripts that assert and defend a well-reasoned position relating to international economic laws. The themes of interest include;

i) International trade law and policy

ii) International investment law and policy

iii) Trans-border dispute resolution

iv) International financial law

v) Global competition law

However, these themes are not exhaustive and the author may choose any interdisciplinary approach with regards to trade and allied laws. Authors willing to contribute to the journal are required to send in extended abstracts by 11:59 PM on 31st August, 2021 on the acceptance of which, full papers shall be submitted by 11:59 PM on 30th November, 2021 (tentatively).

Read On! Negotiating Trauma and Teaching Law

Given the unprecedented recent challenges—to every aspect of living, working, teaching—we hope Mallika Kaur’s new article in the Journal of Law and Social Policy will be of special interest and benefit to all colleagues who teach and/or engage with law students and the next generation of lawyers. 

Maybe more than ever, COVID has laid bare that  the private-public binary was always largely a façade. To do a good job publicly (whether in classrooms, boardrooms, courtrooms), we need to also put in work privately. Thus this article encourages knowing and managing our own reactions, privileges, biases, emotions, and traumas. Professors (and supervisors and managers) are themselves hardly immune from personal emotional reactions.

“The struggles of meaningfully engaging trauma are as old as the legal profession. So far, we have largely idealized lawyers who seem to make these struggles seamlessly invisible. Our students may be pushing us to create classrooms and a world where making struggles more visible is the norm, for the benefit of all.” (p. 119)

A human rights advocate focused on gendered violence work, about seven years ago Mallika began proposing that lawyering in fact involves “negotiating trauma,” with several players and their corresponding emotional interplays.  

She continues providing consultation and training to lawyers (nonprofit, public, private) as well as those who train, supervise, and teach lawyers about the importance of naming, preparing for and even embracing the emotions and traumas we confront in our professional lives, inseparable from our personal lives.

She has developed and taught “Negotiating Trauma, Emotions and the Practice of Law” at  UC Berkeley School of Law, California. The article benefitted from the insights of many smart and compassionate colleagues and students.

“There is no one type of class or subject matter for which professors must consider the various emotional interplays. Yet, even “trigger warnings” (triggering plenty of debates in academia) or “content notices” are generally reserved for classes such as the one session devoted to discussing sex crimes in Criminal Law. 

This is little help to the student who was the victim of a carjacking. Or the student who has had multiple miscarriages. Or the student whose family members are political prisoners. Or the student whose grandparents were ejected from their own homes during an armed conflict. Or the student who is surviving intimate partner violence at home. Or the student whose parent has survived torture abroad and is now reading Hamdan v Rumsfeld at home in the US. Or the student who has been a victim of workplace sexual harassment and hears classmates chuckle at Clinton v Jones. Or the student whose California family lost everything in the Paradise fires, only to be evacuated again in the 2020 wildfires, while classrooms turned Zoom-only during a global pandemic. Or the student, as she had last year, whose father lost his business and livelihood to partners who had more savvy contract lawyers.” (p. 114)

The article is organized in three short sections:

  1. THE PEDAGOGICAL CHALLENGE [for those aspiring for trauma-aware and indeed trauma-centered teaching] IS NOT INSIGNIFICANT
  3. TRY ON [simple strategies]: A PROCESS NOT PRESCRIPTION

Note that while small seminars and large lecture classes have different cultures and pedagogies, the suggestions presented mostly require increased intentionality and planning, and not more classroom time.

English Abstract

HOW DO YOU NEGOTIATE TRAUMA AND EMOTIONS IN YOUR CLASSROOM? Posing this open-ended question to law professors not only begets more questions, but also often elicits a reflexive retort: law professors dare not present themselves as mental health experts and law schools have mental health resources for students having difficulties. The difficulty of this approach is that in 2021, most law students are no longer willing to accept that their legal education must suppress emotions, including trauma. For classrooms where professors may be less comfortable with emotional discussions, they may find themselves challenged and perhaps even feel obstructed from teaching their subject matter with the freedom and expertise it deserves. Are we simply dealing with an overly sensitive generation? Or are we being pushed to make overdue changes that will improve legal teaching, legal education, and eventually the profession? 

Citation Information

Kaur, Mallika. “Negotiating Trauma & Teaching Law.” Journal of Law and Social Policy 35. (2021): 113-119. 

Go On! Nuremberg Forum 2021

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is pleased to announce that registration for the Nuremberg Forum 2021 is now open. The forum will take place online on October 15 and 16.

The conference will examine the Nuremberg Principles today and reflect on the legal framework and systems established after WWII to tackle impunity, while critically analyzing whether this framework or system, or the fights against impunity in general, are living up to the Nuremberg Principles. The Forum will seek to understand what challenges, if any, persist in terms of strengthening the common fight against impunity and towards sustainable peace through justice.

The Forum poses 2 main questions: 1) What is the framework enforcing the fight against impunity; and 2) Has the fight against impunity been living up to the Nuremberg Principles?

For more information and to register for the event, click here.