Announcements: 22 March 2024

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Call for Abstracts, Papers, and Submissions:

Reimagining Sustainability: Critical Dialogues on Sámi and Indigenous Peoples in the Green Transition (abstracts)
The University of Helsinki, Finland invite submissions for abstracts and biographies for our upcoming Workshop on Sámi and Indigenous Rights within the Framework of the Green Transition. Prospective participants are kindly requested to submit a 250-word abstract along with a brief biography by March 31, 2024. Participants will be selected and notified by mid-April 2024. See more here.

Vanderbilt Social Justice Reporter Journal (submissions)
VSJR strives to publish scholarship that will challenge the “neutral” tenets of the law by elevating traditionally minimized or excluded stories and empowering readers from all backgrounds to engage in the pursuit of social justice and civil rights. We are currently preparing our initial slate for publication (set for publication May 8th) and are seeking either a Law and Policy Commentary (1,000-2,500 words) or a Short-form Text (500-1,000 words). If you have a piece which aligns with either of those content types that you would be interested in submitting, please send submissions, questions, or concerns to First draft deadline: April 1, 2024.

Climate Change and Migration: New Challenges, Legal Responses, and Policy Solutions (abstracts)
The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) and the Nottingham Trent University’s Climate Justice Hub, in collaboration with the ICON•S Interest Group on Climate Change and Migration and the ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law, are inviting applications for their seminar on ‘Climate Change and Migration: New Challenges, Legal Responses, and Policy Solutions’. The seminar, sponsored by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), will take place in person on June 19, 2024 at the University of Nottingham’s University Park campus. Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be submitted by April 12, 2024 via this Application Form. More information can be found here

Calls for Input:

Thematic Report to the 57th session of the Human Rights Council “Nexus water-economy: water management for services and productive uses from a human rights approach”
Issued by: the Special Rapporteur on the rights to water and sanitation. Deadline: April 1, 2024. More information here.

Call for input – HRC56 thematic report on climate change and internal displacement
Issued by: the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons. Deadline: April 1, 2024. More information here.

Call for input – “The fiscal social contract and the human rights economy” thematic report to the United Nations General Assembly
Issued by: the Independent Expert on foreign debt, other international financial obligations and human rights. Deadline: April 20, 2024. More information here.
Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to this call for input. Further details about the GNHRE Advocacy Committee and GNHRE involvement in responding to calls for submissions will be published shortly.


UC Berkeley Law (Research Fellow)
The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment is seeking to hire a Research Fellow focused on carbon dioxide removal via direct air capture. The Climate Research Fellow – Carbon Removal will support implementation of a grant from the Department of Energy under the Regional Direct Air Capture Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement. This project will engage multiple partners to complete a technical and social feasibility assessment of a direct air capture hub California’s San Joaquin Valley. Next review date: March 30, 2024. Final review date: April 15, 2024. See more here.

United Nations Environment Programme (S. Programme Management Officer)
The Law Division is the lead Division charged with carrying out the functions of UNEP in the field of environmental law, environmental governance and related policy issues including those related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The Law Division promotes the contribution of the environmental dimension of sustainable development through law, national and international governance and related policy issues, including those related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). This position is located in the UNEP Law Division in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will lead the Frontiers in Environmental Law Unit (FELU) within the Environmental Rule of Law Branch in the Law Division. Deadline: April 2, 2024. See more here.

University of Amsterdam, Climate Litigation and Democracy (4x PhDs, 1x Postdoc)
We have five new positions within the project ‘Strategic Climate Litigation’s Direct and Indirect Consequences for Democracies’. Apply now to join us in September at the Amsterdam Law School as one of four PhD candidates and one Postdoc position. Within the project we develop the missing theoretical framework that captures the direct and indirect consequences of strategic climate litigation for the democratic process. April 15, 2024. See more here.


Indigenous Legal Principles and Values as an Opportunity for Coordinated Multi-Jurisdictional and Transboundary Freshwater Governance (hybrid)
In the past, Indigenous voices have often been disregarded or silenced in water governance decision-making spaces. The new federal approach, which aims to redefine Canada’s water future, is an opportunity to engage with Indigenous science, knowledge, laws, values, principles and process in order to help ensure sustainability. The talk at the University of British Columbia will canvass three unique approaches within the Lake Winnipeg Watershed (the second largest in Canada) as case studies for Indigenous-led water governance and draw some common themes relating to indigenized and decolonial water governance. Date: April 3, 2024. See more here.

University College Cork, Annual Law and the Environment Conference (in person)
The School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland will host the 20th annual Law and the Environment Conference on April 25, 2024 which will focus on various forms of environmental rights (broadly understood) that may be asserted in law and on the full range of remedies and redress that may be available where such rights are infringed or impacted. The conference will seek to highlight key developments providing for more effective compliance, redress, remediation and enforcement in environmental law, which might serve to improve modern environmental regulation and governance for the benefit of all. Early-bird rate deadline: March 31, 2024. See more here.

The Realisation of Human Rights in Societies Beyond Growth (hybrid)
The Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK, is hosting a British Academy and Wellcome Trust Conference on the theme ‘The Realisation of Human Rights in Societies Beyond Growth.’ The conference will explore the relationship between economic growth and human rights;  opportunities and challenges for human rights in post-growth strategies; and pathways to realising human rights while living within planetary boundaries. Our keynote panel speakers are  Kate Raworth, Olivier de Schutter, Annalisa Savaresi and Jules Pretty. For more information, including registration and full agenda, see here. Event date: April 30-May 1, 2024.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: The Intersections of Public Rights and Private Rules: An Analysis of Human Rights in Forestry and Fisheries Certification Standards, Sébastien Jodoin and Kasia Johnson; Transnational Environmental Law. Read here.

Article: The proliferation of municipal green bonds in Africa and Latin America: the need for a climate justice approach, Héctor Herrera; Environment and Urbanization. Read here.

Decision: KLM’s greenwashing has been found illegal, ClientEarth. Read here.

News Article: Ireland has a chance to influence the world’s response to the climate emergency, Eoin Jackson; The Irish Times. Read here.

Statement: ENNHRI urges Council of Europe Member States to adopt a binding instrument on the right to a healthy environment. Read here.

Symposium: #FeministTWAIL, Third World Approaches to International Law Review. Read here.