Write On! Graduate, business & human rights conferences

backlit_keyboardThis installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present at the McGill University Graduate Law Conference, Sciences Po Law School Graduate Conference, and the Business and Human Rights Scholars Conference, as follows:

Institute of Finance & International Management Law College invites research scholars in law, law teachers, legal luminaries, academicians in the domain of law, members of Bar and Bench to contribute unsolicited and original articles, comment on judicial decisions, analysis of legislative materials and reviews on recently published book contributions for our maiden flagship law journal entitled International Journal of IPR and Commercial Laws, a blind peer-reviewed journal edited by the in house editorial board. Deadline is February 15, 2017. Click here for details.

► McGill University’s Faculty of Law is pleased to announce its annual graduate law conference, to be held on May 13 and 14, 2017, in Montreal, Canada. The theme for this year’s conference is “Governing our commons: what matters to us today.” Deadline is February 26, 2017. Click here for more details.

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Call for Papers: Gender and the Political Academy

Convenors: Maha Rafi Atal and Kaitlin Ball

The University of Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies is pleased to invite submissions to its 2017 conference on Gender and the Political Academy. This conference will engage in and help to advance the dialogue surrounding gender issues in politics.  From the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister to the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton, the past year has witnessed renewed debate about opportunities for and remaining barriers to women’s advancement in political careers in and outside of higher education. New research has highlighted how gender affects the different ways individuals may experience a range of political issues from welfare provision to health care. Ventures such as  IntLawGrrls, Women Also Know Stuff and Foreign Policy Interrupted have drawn attention to the need for better mentorship and support for women in academic political science.

We particularly welcome papers that address the following topics:

  • Making and Surviving an Academic Career: Women pursuing an academic career face a diverse range of challenges, from implicit bias in grading at the undergraduate level, to the challenges of mentorship during postgraduate degrees and postdoctoral fellowships, to parental leave and the burdens of academic care labour.
  • Gender and Political Epistemology: What role does gender play in our understanding of what the discipline of Politics is, both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint? Papers might consider the design of curricular, including the way core undergraduate and masters readings are selected, and the ways in which gender may colour a doctoral or postdoctoral researcher’s fieldwork experience.
  • Will Women Save the World? Assessing the Role of Female Politicians in a Time of Political Upheaval: 2016 saw unprecedented populist upheaval, which has rightly earned the focus on many political commentators. Unfortunately, this focus has overshadowed another important development: the growing numbers of women in leadership positions globally. Nevertheless, the United Nations failed to elect its first female leader, as did the United States. At a moment of global crisis with unprecedented mistrust in politics, we welcome papers that explore opportunities and obstacles for female politicians.

Please submit a title and abstract of 300 words, as well as a CV, to kb558@cam.ac.uk by 1 March 2017. The Department is particularly eager to receive submissions from doctoral candidates and early career researchers.

Write On! Global Migration Law, Women in International Security Canada

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present at the American Society of Internaitonal Law’s Annual Meeting, as follows: 

  • The Migration Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will host a works-in-progress session, to be held from April 12-15, 2017 at Washington DC. The theme is dedicated to original and on-going research on global migration law. Deadline is February 15, 2017. At least three papers will be selected on the basis of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, and must be submitted to the following email address: jayarn@temple.edu.  In addition to the abstract, each submission should contain the author’s name and affiliation and a brief cv. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is February 15, 2017. Authors of selected papers will be notified by March 1, 2017. Authors of selected papers are requested to submit drafts of their works-in-progress by March 15, 2017.
    Please note that you must be a member of the American Society of International Law, and join the Migration Law Interest Group, in order to participate in the workshop.  You must also register for the ASIL Annual Meeting to participate; the early-bird registration discount period for the Annual Meeting ends January 31.
  • Women in International Security Canada Annual Workshop, to be held 17-19 May, 2017 at the Centre for Sustainable Development, Montreal, Quebec. The theme is “Next generation of women leaders”. Deadline is 28 February 2017.

Write On! 2d annual “Revisiting the Role of International Law in National Security” workshop

backlit_keyboardMany conversations in the U.S. about situations of armed conflict – within civil society, academia, and the U.S. government – center on “national security law,” often drawing primarily from domestic law and military perspectives.  International law is sometimes set aside in these discussions.   This workshop aims to draw the international legal aspects of armed conflicts to the forefront of national security discussions.
The workshop, co-organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Delegation in Washington, and faculty at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Stanford Law School (yours truly), and Cardozo School of Law, is for public international law scholars and practitioners.  It aims to drive discussions of public international law, including international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international criminal law, into conversations, in the U.S. in particular, on national security issues and situations of armed conflict. The workshop will provide time to discuss scholarly articles that are in process, and provide a networking opportunity for participants.  The organizers are particularly interested in discussing scholarship and ideas that seeks to bridge partisan political divides while addressing both the law and national interests.
We invite you to submit an abstract or draft of an article for discussion.  A small number of papers will be selected for discussion at the workshop.  The article does not need to be finished – an abstract or draft may be submitted.
  • When:  May 18th, 2017 (full day)
  • Where:  Cardozo Law School, New York City
  • Submissions:  Please send your name, current affiliation, and paper proposal to Tracey Begley.
  • Deadline for submissions:  Monday, March 6, 2017

A limited amount of travel funds may be available.  More details here. Co-organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation for the United States and Canada, and faculty at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Stanford Law School and Cardozo Law School.

Write On! Spaces and Places of the Journey to the UK: Assessing the Legal Framework for People Fleeing Conflict

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This conference is motivated by the plight of people fleeing conflict, attempting to reach Europe, and more specifically, the UK. How does the UK government govern (globally) for refugees and how should it govern for refugees? We invite engagement from theoretical, legal and empirical research into refugee journeys to the UK. From the plight of people affected by conflict, to refugee camps, perilous water crossings, the Jungle, UK Border Force and the process of seeking asylum on arrival in the UK (including UK detention centres). This conference will establish an evidence base to help practitioners and to highlight issues specific to the UK government in the current ‘crisis’. We welcome papers from academic and practitioner colleagues in law and related disciplines that consider how law helps or hinders the journey of refugees and the protections that they are offered at key points of transition. We welcome academics at all stages of their career, including PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers.

Keynote Speaker
Professor Satvinder Juss (King’s College London): Refugee Law in an Age of violent revolutions

“What is the role of refugee law in the world today? Should violent revolutionaries from blood-soaked struggles in the Middle East be excluded from refugee status even when they are at risk? Are they terrorists? If so, what does that mean for the purposes of refugee law? What role does international criminal law (“ICL”) play in the development of international refugee law (“IRL”)? Should the two regimes be kept separate because they serve separate purposes? Or, should ICL be used only to complement refugee law? Through a discussion of the latest case-law, this essay analyses the arrival of new terms in refugee law, such as “individual responsibility” , “individually responsible for the crime”, “otherwise participate in the commission of crimes” for the purposes of ‘crimes against humanity’ and determining acts ‘contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations’ which already appear in refugee law.”

Call for Papers

All interested scholars and practitioners are invited to submit a paper to the conference on one of the following topics:

  • The UK’s obligations under UK and International Law towards people fleeing conflict and at points of transition between countries or legal orders.
  • The legal rules on the provision of humanitarian protection and assistance to people on the move and at points of transition.
  • Humanitarianism v. the State: Migration as an issue of national security or human security.
  • Law as a solution or as a cause of emergency migration, refugee flows and internal displacement.
  • Analysis of the practicalities of the journey.
  • Any other related area that a presenter feels fits within the discussion will be considered.

This conference is being organised jointly by the University of Lincoln and Birmingham City University. It will be hosted by the University of Lincoln on 10th April 2017. Abstracts and enquiries of no more than 300 words should be sent to me, Dr Christy Shucksmith (introductory IntLawGrrls post here) (cshucksmith@lincoln.ac.uk) or Dr Scarlett McArdle (scarlett.mcardle@bcu.ac.uk) by Monday 20th February 2017.

Call for posts: Help IntLawGrrls cover this week’s global array of counter/inauguration events

posterEven as we mark the achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the many women and men who have kept the movement for human rights and human security on the march, today we at IntLawGrrls look toward events later this week:

► Friday’s transfer of power from President Barack Obama to his elected successor; and, not least,

► Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, organized around “Unity Principles” that will be familiar to our readers. Accompanying that Capitol counterinaugural event  will be a myriad of Sister Marches – at this writing, it’s estimated that more than 700,000 persons will march at more than 380 sites around the globe. The worldwide map is stunning; in the words of organizers:

“Women’s March Global is a proactive international movement, not a U.S. election-specific protest per se, which has galvanized people to defend women’s rights and those of others in response to the rising rhetoric of far-right populism around the world.”

Eight years ago, we ‘Grrls commemorated Obama’s inauguration with celebratory posts from around the world (here and here), as we had the 2008 election itself (see here). This week we hope to repeat that coverage – this time in a spirit of determination rather than celebration. A number of us plan to march and post, and we welcome all of you to join us in this effort.

If you already have an IntLawGrrls account at this ilg2 site, simply post, ideally with photos, according to our usual process. If you haven’t an account but would like to get ready to post, or if you have one but will need assistance getting your text and photos online while you’re marching, please e-mail our editors at intlawgrrls@gmail.com.


Write On! European Society, Socio-Legal Studies group

backlit_keyboardThis installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present at meetings of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the European Society of International Law, as follows:

European Society of International Law Annual Conference, to be held September 7-9, 201esil7, at the University of Naples ‘Federico II,’ in Naples, Italy; travel grants available. Theme is “Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law.” Deadline is Jan. 31, 2017, to respond to ESIL’s call for papers and the call for interest group panel proposals. Some ESIL interest groups also have issued their own calls for this meeting:

slsalogofeaturebox► For the annual conference of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, April 5-7, 2017, at Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, papers are sought for the Gender, Sexuality and Law Stream; deadline  Jan. 16, 2017.