Announcements: 26 January 2024

If you would like to have something included in next week’s announcements, please email and include ‘Announcements’ in the email title. We are especially interested in submissions outside of Europe and North America.

Call for Abstracts, Papers, and Submissions:

European Society of International Law Annual Conference (abstracts)
ESIL’s annual conference’s 2024 theme is ‘technological change and international law,’ and will be hosted in Vilnius, Lithuania from 4-6 September 2024. 500-word abstracts plus a 100-word biography submissions are presently being accepted. Agora themes include ‘Environment, Ecological Disasters, and Technology in International Legal Context,’ ‘Forensic Activism – New Technologies in Human Rights, Migration and Criminal Justice,’ and ‘Oceans/Outer Space – Sensing, Constructing, and Commodifying the Global Commons.’ Deadline for abstracts: 31 January, 2024. See more here.

Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand (papers)
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the International Conference on “Gender, Geopolitics and Forced Migration,” which will take place from 04-05 March 2024 in Bangkok, Thailand. The conference marks International Women’s Month 2024 to “Inspire Inclusion” to forge Gender Equality by arguing for a gender-sensitive approach to geopolitics in international relations, foreign policy making and national politics in South and Southeast Asia and Beyond. Expressions of interest should be sent by 15 February, 2024. See more here.

University of Copenhagen, Center for Climate Change Law and Governance (abstracts)
The Center for Climate Change Law and Governance (CLIMA) and the Copenhagen Ocean Hub are organizing a special edition of the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Climate, Energy and Sustainability with a focus on oceans. The event will take place in a hybrid form on 25 April 2024 at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, and on Zoom. If you wish to present your work, please send the title and an abstract of your presentation by 22 March, 2024 (max. 300 words) to Stella Ebbersmeyer. See more here


University of Eastern Finland (Postdoctoral Researcher)
As a Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher/Doctoral Researcher (Sustainability Law), you will be based at the UEF Law School, which is the leading Finnish research institution in the fields of natural resources, climate change, energy, and environmental law. The Postdoctoral Researcher/Project Researcher/Doctoral Researcher position will be part of the KATKO project exploring the legal and economic foundations of sustainability transformation. The project is funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation. Application deadline: 13 February, 2024. See more here.

University of Galway (Lectureship)
Applications are invited for an appointment as Lecturer in International Law, with specialist expertise in areas of International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Peace Operations or Public International Law, at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, School of Law, University of Galway, Ireland. Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on 29 February, 2024. Interviews are expected to be held onsite on Tuesday, 16th April 2024. See more here.

University of Oxford (Research Associate)
We are looking to appoint a Research Associate in Climate Damages Analysis to the Climate Litigation Lab and the Sustainable Law Programme at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment (SSEE), School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE). You will hold a relevant PhD/DPhil, or be close to completion of a relevant PhD/DPhil. You will have evidence of potential for producing research of world-leading quality on climate damages attribution and/or quantification during the tenure of the post. Deadline: 18 March, 2024. See more here.


Tackling Climate Change Through Private Law: Comparative Insights and Prospects (online)
Bringing together academics from different legal systems – who are also National Rapporteurs in the latest BIICL project to create a “Global Toolbox on Corporate Climate Litigation” – this webinar will offer comparative insights in this new and timely field, analysing the most relevant examples from France, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. This event will also provide the opportunity to learn about future prospects, both related to domestic legislation and litigation, in the various legal context analysed, keeping an eye to the novelty at the European and international levels. Date: 31 January, 2024 at 17:00 GMT. Register here.

Marine Protected Areas for Climate Resilience – Insights from COP28 (online)
Join Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), in partnership with the Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOP) Programme and the UN Ocean Decade, for an engaging and informative webinar focused on how Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) can contribute to climate resilience, including exclusive insights from COP28. By bringing together experts from multiple organizations to discuss their first-hand perspectives on how MPAs can address the climate crisis, we can identify what gaps exist to effectively restore ocean health. Date: 1 February, 2024 at 19:00 CET. Register here.

The High Seas Treaty as a win for multilateralism: what lies ahead (in-person and online)
The BBNJ Treaty, achieved after close to 20 years of preparation and negotiations has the potential to transform the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity on the high seas, and bring about greater sharing of the wealth of the oceans. In this lecture and panel discussion, speakers address what was achieved in these negotiations, how the Treaty speaks to global justice and equity in science, and what must happen next in terms of ratification and entry into force of the Treaty. Date: 6 February, 2024 at 18:30 GMT. See more and register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: Climate change adaptation in water law: International, EU and Finnish perspectives, Antti Belinskij, Niko Soininen, Suvi-Tuuli Puharinen, & Noora Veijalainen; Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law. Read here.

Article: The Political Ecology of Climate Remedies in Latin America and the Caribbean: Comparing Compliance between National and Inter-American Litigation, Juan Auz; Journal of Human Rights Practice. Read here.

Book: Climate Change Litigation in Europe – Regional, Comparative and Sectoral Perspectives, edited by Ivano Alogna, Carole Billiet, Matteo Fermeglia, Alina Holzhausen. Access here.

News Article: Women added to COP29 climate summit committee after backlash, Damian Carrington; The Guardian. Read here.

Podcast: CleanLaw episode – ‘The Endangered Species Act at 50: Potent Statute, Risky Future.‘ Listen here.

Project Launch: the first of BIICL’s 17 Reports into National Corporate Climate Litigation released – see Australia’s National Report here.