► Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU) Journal on Communication, Media, Entertainment & Technology Law, has announced a deadline extension for the journal’s call for papers. The new deadline is 25th February 2022. For more information about submission processes, click here.
This installment 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 University, 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. The deadline to enter your submission is January 31, 2022.
On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:
► Applications are welcome from REDRESS, in coordination with the UK Anti-Corruption Coalition, for the position of Legal Officer: Corruption Sanctions Coordinator. The holder of this full-time, two-year position in London will lead the organization’s work on UK anti-corruption sanctions. The closing date for applications is Monday, January 3, 2022.
For more information on the position and how to apply, click here.
This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls for paper submissions for the 2022 LPICT Rosalyn Higgins Prize, as follows:
► The Law & Practice of International Courts & Tribunals (LPICT) is accepting submissions for the Rosalyn Higgins Prize. The annual Rosalyn Higgins Prize awards EUR 1.000 of Brill book vouchers and a one-year LPICT subscription. The article should speak to law and practice of the International Court of Justice, either focusing solely on the ICJ or with the ICJ as one of the dispute settlement mechanisms under consideration. The winning article will also be published in LPICT and made freely available online for ninety days to maximize its dissemination.
Competition for the Prize is open to all: scholars, practitioners, and junior and senior professionals. Submissions will be selected via a double-blind peer review process by a Prize Committee, including both co-Editors-in-Chief. Submissions now open! Deadline: 30 April 2022
For more information, click here.
This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present proposals for constitutional law, ethics, or technology in law practice, as follows:
► The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy announced a call for papers for the Seventh Annual Constitutional Law Scholars Forum,, to be held February 25, 2022, at Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law Campus in Orlando, FL. The Forum invites scholarly proposals at any stage before publication for the following topics: Constitutional Law, Ethics, or Technology in Law Practice. The Forum provides an opportunity for international and national scholars to
vet their work-in-progress in a welcoming, supportive environment. The Forum is not accepting
proposals from students at this time. Participants may present in person or virtually. The deadline to submit proposals is now January 1, 2022.
For more information, click here.
The term “territorial integrity” has a broad definition, embracing both territorial sovereignty and territorial preservation. The principle’s origins may be traced back to the Treaty of Westphalia, which established the territorial integrity and non-intervention principle as two key principles in international law in 1648. The idea of territorial integrity is incorporated into the UN Charter’s first chapter, as evidenced by the phrase “All members shall refrain from threatening or using force against the territorial integrity of any state…”
Many international treaties, such as the Organisation of Arab States (1948), the African Union (2000), and the Helsinki Final Act (1975), emphasise the need for territorial integrity protection. While highlighting the significance of a nation’s territorial integrity in his magnum opus, Just and Unjust Wars, Michael Walzer noted that it is founded on the assumption of non-interventionist approaches by states to safeguard a nation’s internal as well as external sovereignty. It ensures the integrity of a country’s border and denotes a country’s autonomy within its own borders. Unfortunately, nations are often victims of territorial integrity violations, and India is one of them this time. The recent building of a hamlet by China in Arunachal Pradesh, as verified by satellite imagery, poses a significant threat for India’s territorial integrity. “The Chinese foreign ministry has justified this construction on the grounds of construction on its own territory and has labelled it a subject of China’s sovereign rights,” according to media sources. Without a doubt, China has long asserted Arunachal Pradesh as part of its territory; however, India has always denied this claim by asserting sovereignty over the north-eastern state. The author in this article seeks to show that China’s actions amount to a violation of the established principle of non-intervention, a violation of UN Charter Article 2(4) against the background of this unlawful construction .
Violation of the Non-Intervention Principle
China’s building of a hamlet in Arunachal Pradesh, a state under India’s territorial sovereignty, is a breach of the non-intervention principle. The principle basically asserts that no country can influence or engage in the internal affairs of another nation, either directly or indirectly. It is based on the principle of preserving international peace and order while respecting each nation’s geographical boundaries. “The concept of non-intervention is a consequence of the principle of sovereign equality of States since it bans States or groups of States from intervening directly or indirectly in the internal or external affairs of other States,” the ICJ said in Nicaragua v. United States. In the Lotus Case (France v. Turkey), the PCIJ said that “the first and main restraint placed by international law upon a state is that a state may not use its authority in any form in the territory of another state.” As a result, every State must be able to conduct its activities without intervention from the outside world. The concept is fundamental in international law and it has been designated as a ‘jus cogens restriction,’ as also shown by the UN Charter and the judgements in the Nicaragua and Lotus cases, in other words, the concept has been elevated to the level of customary international law, and non-compliance is disallowed, subject to specific limitations. Scholars have often used terms like “sovereignty,” “state dignity,” “inviolability of state territory,” and “jus cogens” to emphasise the principle’s critical role in preserving a nation’s territorial integrity. The ‘Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention in the Domestic Affairs of States and the Protection of Their Independence and Sovereignty 1965, G.A. Res. 2131 (XX)’ also recognises it and by the International Court of Justice in the issue of Armed Activities on Congo’s Territories (DRC v. Uganda). China’s non-interventionist policy is constantly criticised, notwithstanding its importance.
China, without a doubt, has strongly proclaimed the non-interventionist stance at the Bandung Conference and on countless other occasions, but its interventionist acts have exibited that there is a contradiction between China’s words and deeds. China, as the world’s economic and military superpower, has often crossed international borders to further its own objectives. Similarly, China has engaged in “quiet intervention” by erecting Hamlets on Indian soil, thus intervening in India’s internal issues. China participates in certain interventions quietly, but refuses to use the word “intervention” to excuse its intrusive behaviour. China is promoting itself as a “New Assertive China” in the guise of constructive involvement. As a result, it would not be inaccurate to remark that China’s uncertain foreign policy is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has the potential to provide the best possible results, on the other side, it is frowned upon.
The violation of UN Charter’s Article 2(4)
Two cornerstone concepts of international law are reflected in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter: first, the principle of non-intervention, and second, the sovereign equality of all countries. The usage of the phrase “refrain from using force against territorial integrity” in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter encompasses unlawful expansion into the borders of other states as well as cross-border occurrences that infringe on the nation’s territorial sovereignty. Applying this Article to China, as a UN Charter member, the building of a village in Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh is comparable to cross-border unlawful conduct, thus breaching India’s territorial sovereignty and the UN Charter’s aims, as defined under Article 2(4) of the UN Charter. Furthermore, China cannot use Article 51 of the UN Charter’s right of self-defence mechanism since the condition of a “armed attack by another nation” is obviously lacking in the present situation, as India has not initiated any kind of military attack against China’s village development.
In conclusion, China has placed a question mark on the implementation of the above cited principles by establishing an apparent Hamlet inside India’s geographical boundaries, based on a study of a globally recognised legal framework to safeguard a country’s territorial integrity. The alleged Sino operation has not only violated India’s sovereignty in the area, but also the recognised principle of non-intervention, as well as the UN Charter’s Article 2(4). The well-established concept of Non-Intervention, as its name indicates, demands a state to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of another state, either directly or indirectly. As a signatory to the United States Charter, China is obligated by its regulations, which stipulate in Article 2 that the principles of non-intervention and sovereign equality of all nations are the cornerstones of international law. China, on the other hand, has failed to comply with both. China has even gone so far as to breach other Treaty duties, including the requirement in the Declaration on Friendly Relations, the Declaration on the Right to Development, and the Manila Declaration that nations maintain each other’s territorial integrity. Though the Indo-China Border Dispute extends back centuries, the Sino side’s continued violations of international law reveal that diplomatic discussions have been ineffective, and there is a foreshadowing of a catastrophic confrontation to come.
This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls for contribution to the Hague Yearbook of International Law, as follows:
► The Hague Yearbook of International Law is now receiving submissions for publication in its upcoming volume. The Hague Yearbook of International Law is an internationally recognized journal with a wide-ranging and in-depth focus on various issues of international law. It aims to offer a platform for review of new developments in the field of international law. In addition, it devotes attention to developments in the international law institutions based in the international City of Peace and Justice, The Hague. Submissions on any issues of public or private international law in either English or French language are welcomed. The Editorial Board will select articles based on their quality and relevance. Selected papers will be subject to peer-review before publication. Most published papers are around 15,000 words, but shorter and longer pieces may also be accepted. Submissions should follow the OSCOLA style guide and should be sent to email@example.com before midnight on 15 February 2022. For more information, please click here.
This instalment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, as follows:
► The University of Michigan Law School invites junior scholars to attend the 8th Annual Junior Scholars Conference, which will take place in person on April 22-23, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The conference provides junior scholars with a platform to present and discuss their work with peers, and to receive detailed feedback from senior members of the Michigan Law faculty. The Junior Scholars Conference is intended for academics in both law and related disciplines. Applications from graduate students, SJD/PhD candidates, postdoctoral researchers, lecturers, teaching fellows, and assistant professors (pre-tenure) who have not held an academic position for more than four years, are welcomed. Applications are due by January 10, 2022.
For more detailed information on the submission process and opportunities for financial assistance and participation, click here.
► The Asser Institute invites abstracts on the topic of Law and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector: From Principles to Practice and Policy, for an interdisciplinary conference that will take place on March 10–11, 2022 at the Asser Institute in The Hague (subject to change).
The Asser Institute invites the submission of contributions that will result in an interdisciplinary dialogue aimed at generating insights on the principles, conditions, and methods that would allow AI to be responsibly deployed in the public sphere. The conference will result in a series of papers addressing theoretical and empirical aspects of AI in the public sector from the combined perspectives of philosophy, law, and computer science, with the aim to bring together academic researchers from various disciplines. There is no registration fee. Abstracts are due by December 3, 2021.
For more information about the call for papers and the conference, click here.
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.
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.
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).