Call for submission​s: Lieber Prize 2014

The Francis Lieber Prize is awarded annually by the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict to the authors of publications which the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict.  Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays) are eligible for consideration, as the prize is awarded to the best submission in each of these two categories.

Any work in the English language published during 2013 or whose publication is in proof at the time of submission may be nominated for this prize.  The re-submission of works which have already been considered for this prize is not allowed.  Entries may address such topics as the use of force in international law, the conduct of hostilities during international and non‑international armed conflicts, protected persons and objects under the law of armed conflict, the law of weapons, operational law, rules of engagement, occupation law, peace operations, counter‑terrorist operations, and humanitarian assistance.  Other topics bearing on the application of international law during armed conflict or other military operations are also appropriate.

Competitors must be 35 years old or younger on 31 December 2013. They need not be members of the American Society of International Law.  Multi-authored works may be submitted if all the authors are eligible to enter the competition.  Should a multi-authored submission win the competition, the cash component of the prize shall be divided, pro rata, between the authors.  Submissions from outside the United States are welcomed.

Submissions, including a letter or message of nomination, must be received by 20 January 2014.  Three copies of books must be submitted.  The electronic submission of articles is encouraged.  Authors may submit their own work.  All submissions must include contact data (e‑mail, fax, phone, address).  The Prize Committee will acknowledge receipt of the submission by e‑mail.

Printed submissions must be sent to:

Professor Iain Scobbie, School of Law, Williamson Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom

Electronic submissions must be sent to:

The Selection Committee will select one submission for the award of the Francis Lieber Prize in the book category and one in the article category. The Prizes consist of $500, a certificate of recognition, and a year’s membership of the American Society of International Law.  The winner of the Lieber Prize in both categories will be announced at the American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting in April 2014.

On the Job! Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

From the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict  comes this announcement:

Employment opportunity: Officer – Research


Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict is an NGO network that monitors and reports on violations against the security and rights of children and adolescents in specific situations of armed conflict. Watchlist uses this information to urge action by the UN Security Council, other UN agencies and appropriate governments. Watchlist also provides support to local NGO partners in areas of conflict to build sustainable, grass roots monitoring, reporting and advocacy networks related to violations against children in armed conflicts.


The Research Officer is based in New York. The Research Officer’s role is to prepare Watchlist’s “Field Monitors,” which aim to provide regular updates and policy advice based on information from the field to improve national and global policy responses for children affected by armed conflict (CAAC). The purpose of the Field Monitors is to monitor grave violations against CAAC and assess the capacity and effectiveness of the in-country Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) Taskforce and other protection mechanisms set-up to address these violations.

The Research Officer will oversee all phases of the preparation of the reports (maximum of two reports per year), conduct two extended field missions per year for child rights research purposes, and develop and implement advocacy strategies around the reports’ release. The Research Officer reports to the Watchlist Executive Director.

See the full announcement here.

Deadline to Apply: 16 October 2013, or until position is filled.

Call for Papers: The Junior International Law Scholars Association

The Junior International Law Scholars Association (JILSA) is holding its annual meeting on Friday, January 31, 2014, at Berkeley Law School.

JILSA is an informal network composed mostly of junior scholars at American law schools who get together annually for a self-funded workshop. Junior scholars and fellows interested in presenting works in progress at the meeting should email proposals to Jean Galbraith and Markus Wagner by Friday, November 8.  Please send a working title/abstract and provide a sense of the shape the paper is in.  Proposals to present early stage works are also welcome.

Call for Submissions: “The Spirit of International Law”

A group of students at Brandeis University, with support from the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public life are launching a new journal to explore questions of international peace and justice from an interdisciplinary perspective.

For their inaugural issue, they are asking for abstracts that address the question:

What is global justice, how does it work, and why is it important?

They are looking for abstracts from fields as varied as psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and history, as well as other disciplines. They are primarily seeking abstracts (300-500 words) from undergraduates and early-career graduate  students, but will accept a submission from anyone.

Email your submissions or any questions to Anastasia Austin or David Benger at

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, November 8th

Go On! Student International Humanitarian Law Workshop

Berkeley Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross will be sponsoring a Student International Humanitarian Law Workshop from 17-20 Jan 2014, in Berkeley, CA.  Applications are open today until 31 October, but it is competitive and spaces are limited, so students should not delay.

This workshop combines lectures and hands-on exercises that guide U.S. law students through an intensive workshop on international humanitarian law (IHL), or the law of war. The workshop will be led by legal professionals from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), lawyers for the U.S. Armed Forces, and law professors who specialize in IHL.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to International Humanitarian Law
  • When Does IHL Apply
  • Human Rights and IHL
  • Protected Persons
  • Internment/Detention
  • Armed Conflicts of a Non-International Character
  • The IHL/Terrorism Interface
  • Implementation and Enforcement of IHL

The fee for the workshop is $50. This includes course materials and breakfast, lunch, and light refreshments during the day. The only other costs for students will be for travel, lodging, and dinners.

The workshop is open only to students matriculated at a U.S. law school. Registration is limited and competitive. Students are encouraged to apply early, as the workshop does fill up. A maximum of 40 students may attend.

The workshop was founded by IntLawGrrls co-founder Beth van Schaack, and is currently organized by IntLawGrrls contributor Kate Jastram, with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Visit the website for more information and an application.

Upcoming symposium: Restitution and Repatriation: The Return of Cultural Objects

DePaul’s Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law will bring together lawyers, museum professionals, representatives of indigenous communities, and other scholars and experts in the field to examine the repatriation of cultural artifacts. The symposium will be held at DePaul University College of Law on November 14, 2013 and will address the underlying legal, ethical and moral reasons and policies behind the return of cultural objects. Participants will discuss the justification for repatriation requests, evidence concerns, researching provenance, museum issues and the conflicting ethical concerns that confront in-house museum attorneys and other attorneys when a restitution claim is received.

The event is the vision of Distinguished Research Professor Patty Gerstenblith, director of the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, and of Assistant Professor of Anthropology Morag Kersel, affiliated faculty member of the Center for Art, Museum and Cultural Heritage Law. Gerstenblith and Kersel are moderating the symposium, in addition to Julie Getzels, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Among the confirmed speakers are Jane Levine, Worldwide Director of Compliance for Sotheby’s; Victoria S. Reed, Curator for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;  Lori Breslauer, Acting General Counsel, Legal Affairs Director at the Field Museum of Natural History; Rebecca Tsosie, Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar and Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and Susan Taylor, director at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

More information is available at the symposium’s website.

On the Job! British Red Cross Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law

The British Red Cross invites applications for the post of British Red Cross Research Fellow – International Humanitarian Law based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law.

The British Red Cross works to disseminate knowledge of and to encourage respect for international humanitarian law. It co-operates closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross  in these areas.

The British Red Cross is seeking to hire an international law researcher to update the collection of practice supporting the ICRC Study on Customary International Humanitarian Law.

Working as a member of a five-person research team based at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the post-holder will analyse documents concerning world-wide practice in the area of international humanitarian law from a variety of sources and will incorporate the relevant parts of the documents into a database.

The ideal candidate will hold an LL.M. with a focus on international law or have the equivalent professional experience. A demonstrated understanding of relevant areas of international law, in particular of international humanitarian law, excellent analytical skills and the capability to work in a precise, structured and detailed manner are essential, as well as excellent written English and a good knowledge of French or Spanish.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 22 September 2013. 

Full  job description and details on how to apply, available at the British Red Cross website.

Call for Papers: Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference 2013

Abstracts are invited for the Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference, to be held December 2-3, 2013 at the University of Edinburgh, UK. The conference aims to provide a forum for postgraduate students to present and receive feedback on their work and to network with other researchers working in their area.

Conference theme | The theme of the conference is “Law, Individual, Community”. Papers from all areas of law and related fields are invited, including but not limited to commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, critical approaches to law, human rights, intellectual property law, international law, legal theory, and medical law.

Keynote speakers | The keynote speakers for this year’s conference will be Martin Loughlin, Professor of Public Law at LSE, and John Harris, Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester.

Training component | The conference will include three training sessions, seeking to offer participants advice on managing their PhDs, on publishing as early career researchers and on finding their niche in the academic job market.

Prizes | Prizes will be awarded for the best paper submitted and best presentation at the conference.

Abstract submissions | Abstracts of no more than 300 words and 3-5 keywords are to be submitted to, together with a short biographical note (approx. 100 words) on the author. The deadline for submitting abstracts is August 15, 2013. Selected participants will be notified by early September.

More information on the conference is available on the conference web page.

Fulbright-University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair Award

Each year, one award is offered to a US citizen to contribute to the intellectual life of the University of Birmingham through seminars, public lectures and curriculum development in any discipline. The University has recently launched two major cross-college initiatives that would provide an Institutional home for the Chair – the Institute of Advances Studies (IAS), which aims to promote cross-disciplinary research, and the new Liberal Arts and Sciences degree programme. The capacity to steer and contribute to these interdisciplinary research and teaching activities would therefore be an advantage. The appointment will be for a period of 6 months beginning at any point from 1 August 2014 to 30 April 2015. Candidates will be selected by the Fulbright Commission and the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) to receive a grant to be used towards related travel and maintenance costs.

More information about the benefits of the Fulbright-University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair Award, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline can be found here.

If you’d like to find out more about the Institute of Advanced Studies or have any other questions about Birmingham please contact Sue Gilligan at