ON THE JOB! Job opportunities within the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

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On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:

► Applications are welcome from the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast for seven positions advertised for new Lectureship posts, including five Lectureships (Research and Education) and two Lectureships (Education). These are full time, permanent positions, located in Belfast. Deadline for all posts is July 19, 2021; Further details can be found: 5 Lectureships (Research and Education): here 2 Lectureships (Education):  here

Go On! Asser Instituut Masterclass

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The Asser Institute of the Centre for International & European Law announced open registration for ‘The art and international law laboratory’, a masterclass which will be held at the T.M.C Asser Instituut on October 21-22, 2021. The Masterclass will expand your legal toolbox with insights from the arts and visual studies. It will provide you with an overview of contemporary research in the field of art and international law as well as the areas of visual anthropology and legal design. In three consequent workshops, you will experiment collaboratively with artistic tools to develop creative and innovative solutions for legal problems, under the guidance of professional artists from various disciplines.This Masterclass will feature speakers Sofia StolkKlaartje QuirijnsLua VollaardAvni Sethi and Jules Sievert Rochielle.

Fee: €995 – €495 (Students and NGO-workers) Click here for details.

Fruits of President Biden’s First Overseas Trip

In addition to sending the visual message of a United States resurging from the global pandemic, the fruits of President Biden’s first overseas trip included several key commitments made with US allies – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the G-7 heads of state, and the European Union. In this post we highlight those commitments that impact trade and international business.

In his week-long trip (in June 2021) to three European countries, President Biden held meetings that focused on rebuilding strained relationships with key allies and established the tone for a new one with Russia. At the same time, these meetings bore fruit on several issues that his Administration has clearly been working on since taking office. It began with President Biden’s meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson where the two countries reaffirmed the countries’ shared global vision and position on key issues that would be addressed at the G7 Summit.

G7 Summit Outcomes

Global Corporate Minimum Tax

The meeting of the leaders of the Group of Seven endorsed the decision of the G7 meeting of finance ministers, held just prior to the Summit, to work towards a Global Corporate Minimum Tax of at least 15%. Pointing to the $12 trillion of support their governments provided during the pandemic with much more to come, the statement from the G7 leaders underscored the need to reach agreement on a fairer tax system; one that reverses the race to the bottom on taxes paid by the largest multinational corporations. In this context, it is also worth noting the G7 commitment to donate 1 billion covid vaccine doses to countries still struggling to vaccinate their citizens; their feet must be held to the fire on this promise.

Multilateral Trade Issues

Speaking more directly to trade issues, the leaders pledged to work with other WTO members at the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, (November, 2021) to conclude the multilateral negotiation on fisheries subsidies and advance negotiations on e-commerce. They also endorsed the commitment of the G7 Trade Ministers to review their trade policies to ensure that they support women’s economic empowerment; to promote the transition to sustainable supply chains by aligning trading practices with commitments made under the Paris Agreement; and to formulate pragmatic and holistic solutions to support open, diversified, secure, and resilient supply chains in the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines and other critical goods. The G7 leaders also tasked their Trade Ministers with identifying areas for strengthened cooperation towards eradicating the use of forced labor in global supply chains by the Ministers’ next meeting in October, 2021.

To strengthen the multilateral trading system, the leaders identified the goals of working at the WTO to modernize the rules to better reflect the challenges of the 21st century global economy. They also pledged to address the longstanding issues in the WTO’s dispute settlement system and negotiating functions to achieve their proper functioning. They committed to ensure that special and differential treatment rules reflect developments in the global economy while accounting for the needs of the least developed and low-income developing countries and ensuring that any modernization of the global trading system supports the social and economic growth and development of these countries.

Future Frontiers

The Communique also includes a section on “Future Frontiers” where the leaders commit to an ongoing and shared vision encompassing from cyber space to outer space. The 70-paragraph G7 Communique ends with a commitment to support sustainable growth in Africa, announcing plans to invest a minimum of $80 billion into Africa’s private sector over the next five (5) years to support sustainable economic recovery and growth in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Noting other initiatives underway in this area, the leaders declared these steps to be a central focus  of their new strategic approach on global responsibility and international action.

US-EU Summit Outcomes

Among the biggest take-aways from the US-EU Summit are the commitments made to address two major areas of tension in US-EU trade relations: (i) Trump tariffs on steel and aluminum and EU retaliatory measures; and (ii) the 30-year dispute over aircraft subsidies.

Addressing Trump Steel & Aluminum Tariffs

The U.S. and EU announced a commitment to, over the course of 2021, work together to address the tensions over steel and aluminum excess capacity issues which led to the imposition by the Trump Administration of section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum. In response to this unilateral attempt to address the global issue, several countries, including the EU, took retaliatory measures against US imports into their countries. The Biden Administration has not as yet lifted the tariffs and the retaliatory measures also remain in place. As outlined by the U.S.-EU Summit Statement, the U.S. and EU will engage in discussions to resolve existing differences and tensions arising from the US tariffs, work towards ending the WTO disputes on this issue, and create a working group to discuss the overcapacity and related issues.

Addressing US-EU Aircraft Subsidies

An outline to resolve their 30-year-old large civil aircraft dispute and suspend tariffs on $115 billion in related products for a period of five (5) years is a second key outcome of the US-EU Summit. Both sides have been contesting the support that they each provide to their aerospace industries (the U.S. to Boeing and EU to Airbus). Up until 1992, a “Bilateral EU-US Agreement on Trade in Large Civil Aircraft” had allowed each party to provide a certain level of support. Differing even over what led to the end of this agreement, since 2004 the two parties have been involved in WTO disputes over this issue. At the summit, they reached agreement on a Joint US-EU Cooperative Framework for Large Civil Aircraft. Its provisions include establishment of a Working Group which will consult at least every six (6) months to analyze and address any disagreements that may arise; agreement to provide financing for the production of large civil aircraft on market terms and for R&D through an open and transparent process; making the results of fully government funded R&D widely available; and the temporary suspension of retaliatory tariffs as a carrot for continued collaboration and cooperation.

Technology & COVID

At the Summit, the two sides also agreed to establish a high-level U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC). Major goals of the TTC will include growing the bilateral trade and investment relationship, avoiding unnecessary technical barriers to trade; strengthening global cooperation on technology, digital issues; and building a U.S.-EU partnership on the rebalancing of global supply chains in semiconductors. They also agreed to supply 2 billion more vaccine doses to the COVAX Facility by late 2021 and to create a joint U.S.-EU COVID Manufacturing and Supply Chain Taskforce to identify and resolve issues around expanding vaccine and therapeutics production capacity. Actions to explore include building new production facilities, maintaining open and secure supply chains, avoiding unnecessary export restrictions, and encouraging voluntary sharing of know-how and technology.


Examining the fruits of President Biden’s first overseas trip shows that the choice of Europe was intended to send a very clear message to US allies and competitors alike. Notwithstanding his meeting in Geneva with Vladimir Putin of Russia, the major outcomes came from the discussions with PM Johnson of the UK, and from the G-7 and EU Summits. These outcomes sent the message that not only is the US back on the world stage, but it is implementing a Biden trade policy which focuses on building a coalition to counter China’s (and Russia’s) influence, whether in cyberspace, outer space, or in Africa.

Cross-posted at Andrea’s blog site, DevelopTradeLaw.

Read On! HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-Link

We previously reported that Singapore-based Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI) and the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) were to co-host a webinar titled HCCH 1970 Evidence Convention and Remote Taking of Evidence by Video-link on 1 June.

The session has since been successfully held, welcoming attendees from 30 different jurisdictions, including representatives of Central Authorities, HCCH Members, private practitioners, international public service officers and business professionals.

The organizers would like to share the summary and key takeaways of the session, including practical issues such as whether the Evidence Convention can be used in aid of arbitration proceedings, whether the Convention must be used even if a witness is willing to give evidence by video-link in Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) proceedings, how to take evidence remotely in practical terms, etc.  

Read here for the summary and takeaways in full. Those who are interested to learn more about the session or to request for access to the session recording may contact ABLI via info@abli.asia.

Read On! The Construction of the Customary Law of Peace:Latin America and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

I am happy to announce the publication of my book. It traces the evolution of peace as a normative value within the region. It examines challenges presented by structural inequality, corruption, and exclusionary practices made evident by recent protests. I interviewed the judges of the Court who explained the pluralistic nature of peace and their quest to provide a sustainable gendered peace through innovative reparation orders and recognition of the justiciability of socio-economic rights.

Cecilia Bailliet’s book is an insightful view on the relationship between peace, as the core value of international law, and regional human rights law in Latin America. Her meticulous analysis of legal doctrine, international norms, history, and current human rights challenges, coupled with first-hand knowledge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, brings to light new understandings of how the Court articulates regional norms and principles on peace and human dignity. Anyone interested in Latin American human rights law should read Bailliet’s work.’
– Jorge Contesse, Rutgers Law School, US


Read On! Special Journal Issue on Public and Mental Health, Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention

The Harvard Health and Human Rights Journal and the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights has published a special journal issue entitled “Public and Mental Health, Human Rights, and Atrocity Prevention.” For the past two years, the editors of this special issue have worked in close collaboration to consider the various ways in which human rights and rights-based approaches can promote public health and mental health policies and practices in the prevention of mass atrocity crimes. In June 2019, they 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 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.

One result of this work is this special journal issue, where the authors of the collected papers 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—including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. They examine the ways practitioners and scholars 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 their totality, the papers demonstrate the state of these current fields and the intersecting themes within human rights, public health, mental health, and mass atrocity prevention and, importantly, future potential directions for next collaborative steps.

Read the full table of contents here: https://www.hhrjournal.org/volume-23-issue-1-june-2021/

On the Job! International Nuremberg Principles Academy

On the Job! compiles interesting vacancy notices, as follows:

Applications are welcome from The International Nuremberg Principles Academy for the position of designing an E-learning platform and for consultancy services to develop a roadmap outlining cooperation efforts in international criminal justice. The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international criminal law and human rights. The Academy supports the fight against impunity for universally recognized core international crimes, such as genocide and war crimes.

The descriptions of responsibilities and duties, and other relevant information concerning the application process for the available positions with The Academy can be found here.

Write On! The Virtual Queer Workshop on International Law

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit contributions to the Graduate Institute as follows:

Graduate Institute is hosting The Virtual Queer Workshop, a collection of events to be held over the course of September 27, 2021 through October 1, 2021. The Virtual Queer Workshop aims at providing a platform and space for discussions and research concerning the workings of queer analytical sensibilities and queer methods in the study of International Law. Contributions to the Workshop should address the use of queer methods and methodologies in the research or practice of International Law. In addition to traditional academic formats, contributions may take the form of literary, visual, or performing arts.

The deadline to indicate your interest in submitting a contribution is July 2, 2021 (11:59 P.M. CET). For more information, please click here.

Go On! How Do I Become an International Lawyer?

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

The Irish Yearbook of International Law announced open registration for a career panel via Zoom on International Law careers. The event is aimed at law students in Ireland, but will also cover topics of interest to an international audience, including LLMs and internships. The panel of established professionals will share their experiences of building a career in International Law and will also answer any questions from aspiring international lawyers. Careers Panel for Aspiring International Lawyers will be held on June 23, at 14:00, Dublin time.

For more information and to register please click here.