Dienstag, 29. November 2016

Global Action Menu on Investment Facilitation will take place on Tuesday 6 December 2016 in Geneva

We are writing to invite you and your students to the high-level discussions of UNCTAD’s Global Action Menu on Investment Facilitation that will take place on Tuesday 6 December 2016 in Geneva as part of the annual session of the Trade and Development Board.
Facilitating investment is crucial for sustainable development and inclusive growth. It is also critical for meeting the annual SDG financing gap of $2.5 trillion that developing countries are facing today. However, to date, national and international policies have paid relatively little attention to investment facilitation. UNCTAD’s Global Action Menu for Investment Facilitation aims to complement existing investment policies and proposes 10 action lines with a series of options for investment policymakers and government agencies for national and international policy measures.
We realize that this invitation is of rather short notice and we therefore fully understand if you are not able to join us. It could however be a great opportunity for your students interested in international investment law and policy to get an insight look of an intergovernmental policymaking process and make first contacts with UNCTAD’s investment policy staff to ask questions of interest.
Attendance of the event is free, but prior registration is needed.
Please find more information here: http://investmentpolicyhub.unctad.org/News/Hub/Home/530
Looking forward to seeing you and your students next week!
The IIA team

Freitag, 25. November 2016

Zweijahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht

Rückblick nach 100 Jahren und Ausblick und Migrationsbewegungen sind die Oberthemen der 35. Zweijahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationales Recht.
Zu dieser Tagung, die auch das 100-jährige Gründungsjubiläum der Gesellschaft markiert, laden wir vom 15. bis 18. März 2017 nach Berlin an die Humboldt-Universität und die Freie Universität ein.


The UN’s Normative Role in an Agenda 2030 World

The UN’s Normative Role in an Agenda 2030 World

Friday 02 December 2016, 14:00 - 17:40

The UN’s Normative Role in an Agenda 2030 World

Co-organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and the Programme for the Study of International Governance

Seventy years after the United Nations (UN) was created, the norms and values codified in the UN Charter are back in the spotlight. They have been placed at the centre of Agenda 2030 development interventions, and necessitate innovative approaches and increase the demand for the UN’s normative support among Member States.

Yet, many questions remain unanswered: Is there a clear and shared understanding of what the UN’s normative role is, and should be? Are existing normative frameworks enough to deliver on the 2030 Agenda? How, and by whom, can this normative support be delivered? What is the specific role of Geneva with regards to the UN’s normative function?

This conference convenes representatives from the UN system, Member States, academia, non-governmental organisations, and students to identify gaps and generate forward-looking ideas related to the UN’s normative work in light of the 2030 Agenda. The outcome of the event will provide input to discussions on the UN’s evolving role and function, and on how the UN’s normative work can be strengthened.
Speakers include:
Henrik Hammargren, Executive Director, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Thomas Biersteker, Director of Policy Research, The Graduate Institute
Bruce Jenks, Senior Advisor, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Michael Møller, Director-General, UN Office in Geneva
Lisa Orrenius, Head of New York Office, Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
Nikhil Seth, Executive Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Stephen Browne, Co-Director, Future United Nations Development System
Gilles Carbonnier, Professor, Development Economics, The Graduate Institute
Virginia Cram-Martos, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Gilbert Houngbo, Deputy Director General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
Marie Paule Kieny, Assistant Director General, World Health Organization (WHO)
Carsten Staur, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Denmark to the UN in Geneva
Susanna Hecht, Professor of International History, The Graduate Institute
Download the concept note and working agenda.

Auditorium Ivan Pictet A, Maison de la paix, Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Mittwoch, 23. November 2016

The 14th ASLI Conference 2017: Call for Papers

The 14th ASLI Conference 2017: Call for Papers

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to post this Call for Papers for the 14th ASLI (Asian Law Institute) Conference, hosted by the College of Law of the University of the Philippines and to be held at Novotel Manila, Araneta Center, Quezon City, Philippines from 18 to 19 May 2017.

The 14th ASLI Conference will bring together academics and professionals from Asia and the world, to exchange knowledge related to the theme “A Uniting Force? – ‘Asian Values’ and the Law.”

The passing of Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew, not so long ago, has inevitably rekindled in many minds his enduring contribution to political thought: the concept of “Asian values.” According to him, Asian nations have a distinct social and political ethics that places greater value on the collective and on social order, compared to other value systems that prioritize individual liberties. While easily brushed away by critics as a mere attempt to justify authoritarianism, Lee Kuan Yew’s idea has sparked considerable attention, especially among those who see it as a possible point of unification for Asian countries. Singapore’s success as a viable State presents a strong case for its neighbors. Are there Asian values and are they a uniting force?

This conference will be held for the first time in the Philippines and will be hosted by the University of the Philippines College of Law. I encourage academics and professionals to contribute to the discussion by looking at the law — where the presence of such an ethical system might be confirmed. As an exercise in comparative law, the Conference will look at the legal and institutional arrangements or systems of key Asian countries to see if patterns of similarity exist. More importantly, if similarity does exist, we will inquire into whether such institutions are indeed manifestations of a distinct cultural tendency, independent of the personal motives of the leaders who may have fostered them. We hope the answers may yield valuable contributions to public policy and legal theory.

Thank you and we hope to receive the abstracts of your proposed paper by 1 December 2016.

Please visit our conference web site at http://law.nus.edu.sg/asli/14th_asli_conf/call_for_papers.html for selection criteria, guidelines for abstract or paper submissions and other related conference information.

Yours sincerely,

Danilo L. Concepcion
University of Philippines
College of Law

Associate Professor Gary F Bell
Asian Law Institute
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Submissions of individual papers & panels

Click here for online submission of individual abstracts.

Click here for online submission of panels.

Downloadable copies of the forms are also available on the conference website.

The website, which will be updated periodically with the latest information on tentative panel sessions and programme schedule, also contains information on recommended conference hotels.

We regret that no subsidies are available for expenditures such as air flights, hotel charges and conference fees. A detailed and finalized programme (speaker panels, etc.) will be made available to all registered participants nearer the date of the conference.

We would very much appreciate your help in bringing this conference to the attention of your faculty/law school colleagues, as well as to anyone whom you think might be interested in attending, whether as a paper presenter or otherwise.

For enquiries regarding the conference, please contact the ASLI Secretariat at asliconference@nus.edu.sg

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Manila in May 2017.

Yours sincerely

Danilo L. Concepcion
University of Philippines
College of Law

Associate Professor Gary F Bell
Asian Law Institute
Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

Important Deadlines

Submission of Abstract
1 December 2016
Participants will be notified in late February on the status of their submission.

Deadline for Early Bird Registration and Payment
10 March 2017

Submission of Completed Paper
27 March 2017

Closing date for Registration and Payment
10 April 2017

19 & 20 May 2017, Thursday & Friday

To UNSUBSCRIBE mailer please email to asliconference@nus.edu.sg


Dienstag, 22. November 2016

Call for Papers: 2017 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, Taipei, Taiwan

Call for Papers: 2017 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, Taipei, Taiwan
The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law will hold the ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on May 19-20, 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.
The theme of the Research Forum is “The Geopolitics of International Law: Contemporary Challenges for the Asia-Pacific.”

Paper proposals should be submitted by January 10, 2017 to ila@nccu.edu.tw. The call for papers is available at http://csil.org.tw/2017-Research-Forum/