Go On! International Law and the 2020 Presidential Election: What is at Stake

The American Society of International Law announced open registration for “International Law and the 2020 Presidential Election: What is at Stake,” which comprises of six hour-long sessions that discuss what the 2020 Presidential Election will mean for the future of international law. The first session, Cyber Threats and Election Interference, will be held on August 19, 2020, at 1:00 PM. This session will consider the legal and security implications of foreign interference in the U.S. elections, and will examine the 2020 U.S. presidential candidates’ policies and perspectives.  Click here to register and find more information.

Introducing our new student editors: Fernanda Canessa, Kendall Coniaris, and Prerna Tara

The IntLawGrrls editorial team is delighted to welcome three new student editors to the blog: Fernanda Canessa, Kendall Coniaris, and Prerna Tara.

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Fernanda Canessa is a second-year law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Prior to attending Cardozo, she received her MA in International Economics and International Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she spent her first year in Bologna, Italy. She plans on pursuing a career in international human rights.


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Kendall Coniaris is a second-year law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Prior to law school, she received her B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in international Environmental Studies and B.A. Dance from George Washington University. After graduation, Kendall worked with environmental organizations and farm-to-table restaurants for several years. Her environmental interests led her to attend law school, with the hope of contributing to the constantly evolving intersection of environmentalism and international human rights.

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Prerna Tara is a Master’s student in Public International Law at Leiden Law School. She holds her undergraduate degree in Law from College of Legal Studies, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, India. She is presently working on her Master’s Thesis which is based on the ICC’s reparation system for victims of conflict related sexual violence. She is also working as a researcher for The Leiden Advocacy Project on Plastics where her work deals with researching on legislative regulations related to plastic pellets. She is also a member of The Leiden Public International Law Society and has helped organize workshops like “Is ICL the Best Tool for Combating Systematic Use of Sexual Violence?” and various other events.

She practiced in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana, India before starting her Masters. She has assisted in pro- bono cases such as researching on implementation methods to lessen noise pollution in Punjab and Haryana for the Amicus Curie of the case, being one of the examples. She has interned at some of the best legal firms in India which has brought her face to face with the legal complexities in areas of corporate law, white collar crimes etc. She has also worked as a legal intern under Honourable Justice Surya Kant in 2016, who is presently serving as a Judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Shreenandini Mukhopadhyay

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It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Shreenandini Mukhopadhyay. Shreenandini is a third-year student at National Law University, Mumbai. She is one of the founding members of the Gender & Sexuality Forum at her University and has been instrumental in organizing speaker events & discussion groups. Previously, she has worked in areas of prison reform and is currently researching women’s contributions to India’s constitution-making process. She is interested in studying the cross-sections of political theory, law, and feminism; and takes a keen interest in writing about women’s rights in international law. She believes in effecting change through community care and runs a Mumbai- based Resource Directory. She aspires to write about feminist jurisprudence and practice at the Bombay High Court.

Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Shebani Bhargava

Shebani BhargavaIt is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor, Shebani Bhargava. Shebani is a final year student at the Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai, India. She has worked as a Research Assistant with Child Rights and You, a NGO that works towards upliftment of underprivileged children and has also interned at the Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action, a NGO that focuses on prevention of violence against women. She has also been part of the Research Committee at the Centre for Research in Criminal Justice at MNLU Mumbai. Apart from this, Shebani has interned at various top tier firms in the country. She is currently the Managing Editor of the Arbitration and Corporate Law Review.

Shebani’s areas of interest include corporate law, commercial dispute resolution, human rights law and public international law.

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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 DFIL@eui.eu. 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!