Introducing Tejaswini Kaushal

Tejaswini Kaushal is a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) student at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, India. She holds a keen interest in Socio-Legal Issues, International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Taxation Laws, Corporate laws, Commercial Laws, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Laws, Economic Laws, International Laws, and Corporate Governance. She possesses a profound passion for legal research and writing. With a penchant for conducting in-depth analyses and critically scrutinizing complex legal issues, she has a track record of publishing well-received content on recognized websites. She has also amassed considerable experience working with reputable legal firms and under the guidance of legal aficionados.

Throughout such work experiences, she has gained the skill of formulating meticulously researched and written work by consistently demonstrating exceptional research and leadership skills. Furthermore, they have held editorial and content writing positions that have helped hone their skills in this field. Her aim is to become a knowledgeable and successful professional who can make a positive impact on society through her work and inspire others to strive for excellence.

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Write On! Call for Academic Book Proposals: Ethics International Press

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls for proposals of scholarly books and edited collections, as follows:

Ethics International Press is pleased to invite proposals for scholarly books and edited collections. Based in Cambridge, UK, Ethics International Press is celebrating its 30th year as an academic publisher. If you are researching and writing in the humanities and social sciences, they would be delighted to hear from you. You can download a Book Proposal Form, and see our Notes of Guidance for Authorshere. All proposals are independently peer reviewed. The books they select for publication are primarily aimed at scholarly researchers, teachers, and students, worldwide. They only publish in English, and make no charges to publish. They are also pleased to consider adapted doctoral theses, and Edited Collections, including adaptations from conferences and symposia.

►Additionally, they have several Open Calls for Chapters in Edited Collections including statistics, critical psychology and psychiatry, social science research in Africa, and a call for case studies from/relating to China. You can see more information on Edited Collections, including Calls for Chapters, here.

World Bank Inspection Panel applies gender-sensitive analysis in report on Nachtigal Power Project in Cameroon

My recent commentary in the International Labor Rights Case Law Journal focuses on the September 2022 report issued by the World Bank Inspection Panel in response to complaints made by local community groups about harm caused by the Nachtigal Power Project and Sanaga River Technical Assistance Project. The commentary is accompanied by text excerpted for the Inspection Panel’s report.

The case arose out of the damming of the Sanaga River to create a hydroelectric power plant. The Inspection Panel’s report stands out because of the Panel’s holistic review of the harms caused by the Nachtigal Power Project, its application of a gender sensitive analysis to the facts outlined in the complaint and uncovered during the Panel’s on-site visit, and the Panel’s validation of the harms alleged by the community members. On November 4, 2022, the parties agreed to dispute resolution under the auspices of the World Bank accountability mechanism. The collaborative dispute resolution process commenced in December 2022. If the parties are unable to come to an acceptable resolution, the case will proceed to the formal investigatory process.

The report in the Nachtigal Power Project case is one of a new generation of reports issued by the World Bank Inspection Panel after the World Bank reformed its accountability mechanism in 2020. The reforms strengthened rules governing the social effects of World Bank-funded projects. In December 2022, the World Bank Accountability Mechanism Secretary issued updated operating procedures for the accountability mechanism.

In its report on the Nachtigal Power Project, the Inspection Panel drew a complex picture of intertwining environmental, social, and workplace harms affecting the local community. Short- and long-term impacts of damming the river affected fish populations, which in turn affecting the ability of fisherfolk to earn a living, which in turn affected the resources available to families to keep children and young people in school and university, which in turn had a deleterious effect on the local community in the form of increased crime, domestic violence, and prostitution.

By applying a gender sensitive analysis to the facts detailed in the complaint and uncovered during its on-site review, the Inspection Panel was able to shed light on how the project had affected women – and how women were excluded from livelihood restoration and other plans adopted to mitigate the harms of the project. Women in the community tended to earn their livelihoods from informal tasks like fish mongering and operating restaurants that catered to fishermen and sand miners. The informality of their means of making a living served as a barrier to women’s participation in livelihood programs. A gendered focus highlighting informal businesses is also beneficial to men who operate informal businesses in agriculture and sand mining. The Inspection Panel also noted that sexual harassment of women seeking work at the power plant was another barrier to the restoration of livelihoods lost as a result of the Nachtigal Power Project.

Importantly, the Inspection Panel affirmed the credibility of the complainants and community members – and uncovered additional facts showing that project mitigation plans had not been effective in restoring livelihoods and mitigating against the harms caused by the hydropower project.

As a financier of the project with the ability to withdraw or stop funding, the World Bank has a considerable amount of leverage at its disposal to persuade project management to effectively address issues raised by complainants. It remains to be seen whether community members, project representatives, financiers, and policy makers at the national and international levels will be able to develop solutions that match the complex and intertwining harms caused by the project. Regardless of the outcome, the report in the Nachtigal Power Project case is an example of how international institutions can effectively apply a gender sensitive analysis to reveal and hopefully address adverse impacts of globalization and development not only on women, but on men as well.

Please reach out to me privately to request a copy of my commentary.

Go On! Transitional Justice in the USA Speaker Series

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

Part III, Panel 2 of the Transitional Justice in the USA Speakers Series is scheduled to take place online on Thursday, April 6, 2023 (12pm).  This panel is entitled How can the U.S. build a transitional justice process that reckons with corporate complicity in and perpetuation of racial injustice and violence? and is being co-organized by Corporate Accountability Lab and The Tanner Humanities Center at Utah University’s College of Humanities.

►See below for details and register here.

Go On! Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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

Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the American University Washington College of Law, U.S.A has opened registration for the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, which will be held on May 29th- June 16th, 2023 in person. Deadline to apply: April 1, 2023. This annual Program gives students the opportunity to engage with some of the brightest minds in the field while expanding their knowledge of international legal matters. The Program gathers more than 150 participants from more than 25 different countries with different levels of professional experience, all in Washington D.C. for an intensive 3 weeks of full immersion into the world of human rights. In 2023 they are offering 15 courses in English and Spanish! 

►Go here for the Brochure, Courses, and the Application. If you would like additional information or have any questions, you are invited you to visit their website or contact the program via email at

Go On! Events at Asser Institute

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

Asser Institute has opened registration for two events: Spring Academy on Artificial Intelligence and International Law on March 27-31, 2023 and The Annual Lecture: The Right to Food, Violence, and Food Systems by Michael Fakhri on April 20, 2023.

The Spring Academy, organized for the 5th year, will provide a platform for critical debate and engagement on emerging questions. This spring academy is designed for academics, policy makers and professionals working on issues related to AI and international law including: technical aspects of AI, the philosophy and ethics of AI, human rights in relation to AI, AI in international humanitarian law, and AI and international responsibility and international governance. For more details on the program, fees and registrations, click here or visit the Asser Institute.

► During his lecture, Michael Fakhri, UN Rapporteur on Food and an internationally recognized expert on food systems and human rights, will examine forms of violence in food systems, to allow for a better understanding of how food systems operate and to reframe how the right to food is addressed in international law. For more info and registrations, please visit the Asser Institute website.

On the Job! American Society of International Law

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

The American Society of International Law is currently looking for a Director of Programs and a Director of Finance and Administration out of Washington, DC. Applications should be sent to

►Please see attached documents for more details.

Go On! EULab Summer School on Labour Migration

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

► The Department of Law of the University of Naples Federico II with the cooperation of the Institute for Research on Innovation and Services Development of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR – IRISS) announced open registration for the third edition of the Summer School on Labour Migration in the European Union, which will be held from June 26 to July 26, 2023. The Summer School is open to postgraduate students in the fields of Law, International Relations and Social Science who intend to deepen their knowledge on labour migration to Europe from the specific lens of international and EU law. The teaching activities of the Summer School will be organized in four modules: 1) The European Pillar of Social Rights; 2) Migrant Workers’ Socio-Economic Rights; 3) Focus on Agriculture; 4) Focus on Domestic Work. 

The Summer School activities will include daily lectures delivered by distinguished Italian and international scholars who will join the fixed teaching staff, as well as daily activities (e.g., workshops, seminars, roundtables) that will encourage debates and discussion on practical cases. The call for applications to the EULab Summer School is now open, and will close on April 15, 2023. Prospective participants are kindly asked to apply by following the instructions available here.

For further information on the EULab Summer School, please visit the EULab website and see the program, the call for applications, call for abstracts, and call for insights.

Write On! Call for Submissions: 2023 Rosalyn Higgins Prize

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to present at the LPICT, as follows:

► The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals now invites submissions for the 2023 Rosalyn Higgins Prize. The Rosalyn Higgins Prize is an annual prize which awards EUR 1.000 of Brill book vouchers and a one-year LPICT subscription to the author of the best article on the 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. Deadline to submit is May 15th, 2023. Go here for more details.


Write On! Call for Papers: Forests at the Crossroads of International Law

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes the following:
The University of Copenhagen (Centre for International Law and Governance) has issued a call for papers for a workshop on the theme “Forests at the crossroads of international law”, taking place in Copenhagen on the September 4th-5th, 2023. The deadline for abstracts submission is March 31st, 2023, and more details can be found here.
► See the attachment for more info!