Write On! Call for Papers: Gender Implications of the Law of the Sea

Exploring the Human Element of the Oceans: The Gender Implications of the Law of the Sea

25-26 May 2017
Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy

Call for Papers

The School of Law, University of Milano-Bicocca is organising a two-days conference on the gender implications of the law of the sea, to be held in Milan (Italy) on 25-26 May 2017.

Concept

The conference stems from an empirical consideration: international law of the sea, including maritime law, has been traditionally silent about the role played by women at sea, and this is very much the case still today. Regulation is scant and scholarly research almost non-existent. The growing interest of scholars in the analysis of law of the sea and maritime law from a more human-oriented approach, in an attempt to integrate the human element into the law of the sea rules, has led to multiple interconnections between these two fields and international human rights law. However, none of these efforts have broached the impact of gender and women at sea. Yet, the issue is far from idle: women are increasingly accessing maritime careers and states and private actors are faced with the ensuing issues. In particular, the contribution of women in small- and medium-scale commercial fisheries is paramount, although often unrecognised and unregulated. The role of women as active agents and participants has been overlooked and international law of the sea still largely qualifies as a “male affair”. At the same time,

women constitute also a vulnerable group in international law of the sea, as they are more likely to be subject to trafficking, torture, and sexual abuses at seas, whether they end up there as seafarers, members of national navies, passengers or victims of trafficking.

Furthermore, after the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action set the agenda for reaching women’s rights, gender equality has been placed at the frontline on the 2000 Millennium Development Goals. The MDG call upon the UN, the international community and civil society to adopt action and policies of gender mainstreaming tailored to achieve the equality commitments. At the institutional level, the need to recognise and strengthen the capacity of women in the maritime sector is currently addressed by the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, and has been recently recalled also by the Secretary General of the United Nations in his 2014 and 2015 Reports to the General Assembly on Oceans and Law of the Sea.

The purpose of the conference is therefore to open up this field of research to the academic and professional communities, by mapping the existing international legal framework and discussing whether existing norms provide adequate protection for both women and men at sea and sufficient tools to strengthen their capacity to engage in a productive manner in this field. Questions that the conference intends to explore include: Is international law of the sea gender neutral, or does it reflect a male perspective that eventually marginalises women? What can be said about the role of international human rights law in providing protection to women at sea? Should a re- evaluation or re-interpretation of the system be taken into account in order to integrate a gender perspective? What are the most relevant areas in the law of the sea and maritime law where women play a major role or face particular hardships? How can their role be strengthened and women themselves be empowered?

The conference convenors welcome contributions on the gender implications of the law of the sea. We are particularly interested in international, comparative and EU perspectives on the following topics:

  •   International law of the sea and gender. Is the law of the sea gender neutral? Could/should feminist legal theory engage more with the topic? Would law of the sea benefit from such an analytical approach?
  • Torture, sexual abuses and trafficking at sea. Human trafficking, forced labour and slavery are endemic phenomena in the fisheries sector in some geographical areas; men and women, often due to their ethnicity, are sold and forced to work under physical and psychological threat. Women are the most vulnerable subject to torture, rape and sexual abuses. Do existing international norms adequately address the issue? What is peculiar about torture and sexual abuses when they occur at sea? Does international human rights law constitute a sufficient ground to tackle issues faced by women at sea or does it reinforce the depiction of women as victims rather than active participants within the international law of the sea framework?

Continue reading

Advertisements

Go On! Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management 2016 – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa, Italy) – first round application deadline TOMORROW, July 2

The deadline for non-EU citizens to apply for the XIV Edition of the Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management 2016 – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna [pdf] in Pisa, Italy, is TOMORROW, July 2, 2015 (first round of selections) or September 17, 2015 (second round). Applications for admission by EU citizens shall be sent no later than October 15, 2015Full information below and at www.humanrights.sssup.it.

Description:

The Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management is designed to provide students from different cultures and backgrounds with a deep understanding of the linkages between human rights and conflict management theory and practice. The curriculum, strongly field oriented, prepares participants for working with NGOs, governments, aid agencies, the UN system and regional organisations, also operating in the context of complex emergencies and joint operations.

Structure:

The Programme is divided into two didactic modules, running between mid January and the end of July 2016, followed by an internship or field experience of min. 3 and max. 6 months, starting from August 2016, and a presentation of the students’ final dissertation in spring 2017. 

Key features:

• 1 year postgraduate professionalizing and field-oriented programme

• Interdisciplinary nature of the programme with a methodology characterized by a combination of theory and practice

• Lecturers and trainers chosen among high level academics, diplomats, international organizations officers and NGOs activists, thus offering a wealth of both academic and field expertise

• Mandatory internship/field experience in leading organisations working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at Headquarters

• Career service with specific sessions on career coaching and recruiting session with UNV

• International and multicultural student environment

Why should I apply?

You should apply if you are looking for a professionalizing and mission/field-oriented international master programme, as offered by the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, an example of academic excellence in training and research. If your training needs include practical skills, besides relevant theoretical knowledge, as well as internship/field-experience with prestigious international organizations, this training programme is highly relevant for you.

Curriculum:

The curriculum is strongly multidisciplinary and field oriented and includes courses in: International Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Geopolitics, HRs philosophical dimension, Economic Development, Theories and Techniques of Conflict Management, International PK and PB operations, International HR Field operations, International Election Observation missions, International Humanitarian operations, International Project Development, Personal security, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine & First Aid, Essentials of Research and Writing, Career coaching.

Internship:

The internship is meant to supplement the in-class training with a relevant hand-on experience, to be carried out with a renowned organization working in the areas of human rights protection/promotion, conflict prevention/resolution, humanitarian assistance or development, either in the field or at headquarters. 

Tuition fee:

The tuition fee for the full Programme is 7.500,00 euros, payable in two installments. It covers the following: attendance costs and participation to field trips, didactic material (in electronic format), tutorship, lunch (on class and exam days), access to all facilities of the Scuola (including library and computer rooms). It does not include accommodation costs in Pisa and during the internship, nor travel expenses.

The Master Programme offers one scholarship in memory of Gualtiero Fulcheri – former UN Assistant Secretary General – covering the full tuition fee and to be awarded to the most deserving applicant. Depending on financial availability, reduced tuition fee might be offered to citizens from non-OECD countries who are eligible for a study visa for Italy .

Contact us

For further details, please visit www.humanrights.sssup.it or contact:

Master in Human Rights and Conflict Management

Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

Via Cardinale Maffi, 27 56126 Pisa – ITALY

E-mail: humanrights@sssup.it

Tel. +39 050 882653

Fax +39 050 882665

On the Job! Chair in Constitutional and/or Public Law with focus on gender, sexuality, and race studies, EUI (deadline 23 March)

The European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy,  is looking for candidates with a distinguished record of scholarly publications and experience in postgraduate teaching and doctoral supervision, to fill a Chair in Constitutional and/or Public Law. The Department of Law would particularly welcome candidates interested in theoretical dimensions of the field (which may include dimensions of gender, sexuality and race), as well as comparative, transnational and international dimensions. The chair is open to candidates at all levels of seniority.

The successful candidate is expected to commence on 1 September 2016. The contract is for five years, renewable for a further three years. The Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and takes into account the importance of balance in gender, geographical and minority representation.

Interested applicants should consult http://www.eui.eu/vacancies for further details.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 23 March 2015

CONTACTS

Academic Service
Veerle Deckmyn, Director
Tel.: +39 055.4685.359
E-mail: applypro@eui.eu Internet: http://www.eui.eu

European University Institute Via dei Roccettini 9
I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole ITALY

Go On! Study Art Law at the Tulane-Siena Institute

ImageThe Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage, and the Arts is now accepting applications for its 3 week summer course in Tuscany. The program is based in historic Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Italy’s most beloved tourist destinations. It runs from 3-27 June 2014, during which time students will earn five ABA credits, and have the opportunity to take the following classes:

• The International Legal Framework for the Protection of Art and Cultural Property
• From Black to Gray: The Markets in Stolen and Looted Art and Antiquities
• Beyond the Law: The Ethics of Collectors and Collections
• The Protection of Art in Times of Crisis: From War to Natural Disasters

While designed for law students, the Tulane-Siena Institute welcomes other graduate students and professionals, including practicing lawyers. Indeed attorneys may be eligible to earn six Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits for each hour of academic credit awarded by the school. The application deadline is May 31, but apply now, as seats are limited.

To learn more and apply, visit the official website here.

Go On! Academy of European Law offers summer courses in Human Rights, EU Law; deadline April 10

The Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (EUI) has announced this year’s summer courses in Human Rights Law and the Law of the European Union:

The Academy’s Summer Courses are renowned for their innovative and cutting-edge topics, combined with the highest standards of academic content presented by leading scholars and thinkers. Each year the courses attract highly qualified participants from all around the world and the mix of participants from different backgrounds makes the experience of attending the summer courses a very rewarding one.

·         The 2014 Human Rights Law course (16 June – 27 June) comprises a General Course on ‘21st Century Human Rights’ by Harold Hongju Koh (Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘Freedom of Religion, Secularism and Human Rights’. We are also pleased to have two distinguished lectures by Bruno Simma (Judge at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge at the International Court of Justice) and Joseph H.H. Weiler (President of the European University Institute).

·         The 2014 Law of the European Union course  (30 June – 11 July) comprises a General Course on ‘The Internal Market as a Legal Concept’ by Stephen Weatherill (Jacques Delors Professor of European Law, Oxford University) and a series of specialized courses on the topic of ‘EU Legal Acts: Challenges and Transformations’. The Summer School will also include a distinguished lecture by Marta Cartabia, an EUI alumna now Judge at the Italian Constitutional Court and Professor of Constitutional Law, Bicocca University in Milan.

The two-week courses are held at the EUI, in the hills above Florence, and participants leave with positive memories of the extremely high intellectual standard of the courses, the EUI facilities including the library, the beautiful venue, and the interaction with other participants from all over the world. Some participants come to study at the EUI in later years, and it is not unusual to see participants returning for a second or third summer course.

The deadline for applications  is Thursday 10 April 2014.

For further information, visit the Academy’s website at www.eui.eu/AEL.

Apply now