Announcements: 15 March 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:

Queen’s University Belfast (abstracts)
Conference theme: ‘Agricultural Pesticides Vs Food Sustainability: A Need to Produce Ground-Breaking Knowledge from an Interdisciplinary and Dialoguing Perspective.’ Through a thorough dialogue with scientists and a range of experts in the areas of environmental law, international trade law, food sustainability, and human rights, this international conference will explore the complexity surrounding the regulation of ag-pests. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be sent by March 31, 2024. See more here.

81st International Law Association Conference (abstracts)
The 81st Biennial ILA Conference will be held in Athens, Greece June 25-28, 2024. The Biennial Conference has launched a call for papers for the sub-theme ‘Greening International Economic and Energy Law: New Paths.’ This Panel will discuss the fluid relationship of international environmental law with international economic law instruments, and the multifaceted challenges that States face in seeking a transition to a ‘greener’ economy and cleaner energy sources. Abstracts should be 500 words max. Deadline: April 15, 2024. See more here.

International Conference on Environmental Justice 2024 (abstracts)
The Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Jindal Global Law School, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India, Commonwealth Legal Education Association, NAPSIPAG Disaster Research Group (NDRG-2020), Department of Political Sciences, University of Catania, Italy, and Lewis & Clark Law School, USA are pleased to announce the second International Conference on Environmental Justice 2024 (ICEJ’24), which is to be held virtually on 31 August and 7 September 2024 (Consecutive Saturdays).

The thematic areas of the Conference are centered around issues of Environmental Justice and strictly limited to the following areas;  1) Inclusive Climate Justice: Empowering Vulnerable Groups for a Resilient Future, 2) Tech-Equity: Navigating Environmental Justice in the Digital Age, 3) Sustaining Life on Earth: Collaborative Federalism, Public Policy, and Ecological Parallel, 4) Safeguarding Tomorrow’s Energy: Low-Carbon Futures, Carbon Neutrality, and Energy Security Synergy and 5) Resilient Futures: Harnessing Natural Resources, Minimising Waste, and Adapting to Climate Change through Legal Responses. Abstract deadline: April 20, 2024. See more here.

Calls for Input:

Gender and Toxics
Issued by: Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights. Deadline: March 29, 2024. More information here

Call for input into 2024 reports on the right to development
Issued by: Special Rapporteur on right to development. Deadline: March 29, 2024. More information here.


University College Cork (PhD)
The project analyses in particular how legal action involving children and youth is transforming perceptions of children, and therefore the discipline of children’s rights. It is funded by the European Research Council. It is highly ambitious and cutting edge, and the PhD researcher will join a team of international, interdisciplinary researchers. This PhD candidate will engage in academic analysis of litigation and other action taken by children to achieve climate justice. Previous experience in  legal analysis is essential. Experience of children’s rights, environmental rights and/or first-hand field research is very desirable. Application deadline: March 25, 2024. See more here.

Vrije University Amsterdam (PhD)
Are you passionate about becoming an academic with critical legal research skills and excellent teaching abilities in the field of transnational climate law and sustainability? In this position, you will combine teaching (50%) and PhD research (50%) over and eight-year period. In this role, you will dedicate equal time to both research and teaching. The position is part of a research project that addresses fundamental legal questions of climate law, coupled with a teaching development pathway. You will be involved in courses in the fields of Public International Law (in Dutch) and International & EU (Climate) Law, potentially including our innovative Climate Change & Sustainability Law Clinic. Application deadline: April 8, 2024. See more here.

The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (Research Chair)
The Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, invites highly qualified applicants for nomination for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in “Clean Arctic Shipping” at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The proposed chair will become a member of Schulich Law’s Marine and Environmental Law Institute. Applicants must have a background in maritime law, ocean law, or a related field in the Arctic context. Expertise or interest in Canadian or international law as it relates to Indigenous peoples, or in Inuit law, is an asset. Application deadline: April 25, 2024. See more here.


Climate Justice, Racial Capitalism, and International Law (online)
The University of Amsterdam is hosting a lecture from Professor Carmen G. Gonzalez from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a world-renowned expert in international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and food security. Professor Gonzalez is past chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and served as member and vice-chair of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. She also served on the Board of Trustees of Earthjustice, the largest public interest environmental law firm in the United States. Date: March 18, 2024 at 3:30 CET. Register here.

Demand Management for Urban Water Security: A Practical Approach (online)
This webinar, featuring speaker Robert C. Brears, founder of Our Future Water, presents an in-depth exploration of the various economic and regulatory tools, along with technological innovations, that are pivotal in forging water-secure cities. Participants will be treated to a detailed series of case studies spanning global cities, each showcasing distinct water conservation strategies. Key topics will include the implementation of tiered water pricing systems to promote conservation efforts, the adoption of full-cost recovery principles to ensure the financial viability of water services, and the deployment of incentives aimed at encouraging the uptake of water-saving technologies. Date: March 20, 2024 at 1:00PM SAST. Register here.

The Future of Environmental Law and Sustainability (online)
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), Early Career Specialist Group (ECSG) Mentorship Programme is hosting an early career talk on The Future of Environmental Law and Sustainability. This online talk is scheduled to be held on March 23, 2024, at 3:00-4:30 pm GMT via Zoom, featuring Professor Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger from the University of Cambridge and Dr Lovleen Bhullar from the University of Birmingham. Register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: The Aarhus Convention and the Latent Right to a Healthy Environment, Emily Barritt; Journal of Environmental Law. Read here.

Article: David versus Goliath? Indigenous people, carbon majors and climate litigation in South Africa, Louise du Toit, Caiphas Soyapi, and Louis J. Kotzé; RECIEL. Read here.

Blog: The Gomeroi win puts native title holders in a stronger position to fight fossil fuel projects on their land, Lily O’Neill and Rebekkah Markey-Towler; The Conversation. Read here.

News Article: Climate-Science Deniers, Right-Wing Think Tanks, and Fossil Fuel Shills Are Plotting Against the Clean Energy Transition, Rebecca Burns; Sierra Club. Read here.

Podcast: A Career in Marine Biodiversity Law with Dr. Olga Koubrak; Sustainability Spotlights. Listen here.