Announcements: 29 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:

Double Standards for International Law (abstracts)
Double standards are ubiquitous within the study and practice of international law. Examples abound as states speak abstractly about the need for accountability and their commitment to international law but in practice act inconsistently, for example, in applying human rights standards, combating transnational and international crimes, or making and enforcing the rules that govern trade and development. This workshop, hosted at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany seeks to foster debate about how double standards are expressed within international law and enhance understanding of how evidence of double standards impacts perceptions and practice. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words. Deadline: April 7, 2024. See more here.

Disaster Displacement and the Nordic Region (abstracts)
The Nordic Network on Climate-Related Displacement and Mobility welcomes abstracts for its interdisciplinary conference “Disaster Displacement and the Nordic Region” to be held August 23, 2024 at the University of Copenhagen. Abstracts of maximum 500 words and a 2-page CV should be submitted via the conference website by May 1, 2024. Comparative approaches welcome. Participants will be selected and notified by end-May 2024. Indigenous scholars are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract. Some limited funding is available to cover transport and accommodation. See more here.

Journal of Studies and Research on Organized Crime (papers)
The Journal of Studies and Research on Organized Crime invites to submit papers for a special issue on environmental crime, a theme of great relevance at national and international level, given its negative impact on the environment, the citizens’ health, the economy and the fabric of society. The Journal will accept original theoretical and/or empirical contributions addressing the issue from various methodological and disciplinary perspectives (historical, political and institutional, juridical, economic, sociological etc.). Papers may be up to 10,000 words (including notes and bibliography), and are accepted until June 1, 2024. Articles may be in Italian, English, or Spanish. See more 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.


University College Cork (PhD)
A PhD researcher is sought for a four year, Cork-based PhD on children/youth climate cases. The PhD researcher will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary team (on the Youth Climate Justice project, funded by the European Research Council) researching child/youth climate action around the world. 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. The project is funded for 48 months, with a start date of  June-Sep 2024. Applications will be accepted until April 2, 2024. See more here.

Oceana UK (Head of Policy & Research)
Oceana is looking for an experienced Head of Policy and Research to develop, implement and advise on all of our policy and research requirements in the UK. The position will be based in Oceana’s office in Paddington, London. Occasional travel will be required to meet team members and stakeholders in geographically diverse locations. Eligible candidates should have experience in both policy and research, as well as being strategic and proactive. They should be a self-starter, have leadership experience, and have a strong ability to work independently and as part of a small team. Deadline: April 7, 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.


Child Migration and the Geopolitics of Compassion (hybrid)
Anita Casavantes Bradford (University of California Irvine) and Francesca Meloni (King’s College London) will discuss Anita’s new book, Suffer the Little Children: Child Migration and the Geopolitics of Compassion in the United States. The book is the first comprehensive historical analysis of unaccompanied child migration to the United States from 1930 to present day. The book argues that the US response to unaccompanied child migration has been consistently driven by a geopolitics of compassion that prioritises foreign policy and domestic political objectives over children’s best interests. Date: April 3, 2024 at Queen Mary University of London, School of Law. Register here.

Transnational climate and ecological litigation: Exploring the transformative role of actors in shaping legal mechanisms (hybrid)
Legal action is increasingly being pursued globally in response to perceived environmental injustices, adverse environmental impacts, and ecological conflicts. The workshop, in English and Spanish, aims to facilitate knowledge-sharing and collaboration among experts and civil society regarding the challenges and opportunities of using judicial and quasi-judicial mechanisms to transform transnational social-ecological disputes and promote ecological, territorial, and human rights protection. Location: Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá and online. Date: Apr 3, 2024 – Apr 5, 2024. See more and register here.

New Publications/Releases:

ArticleEmerging regulatory gaps in fracking-specific water security issues in India: Lessons from the United States ‘Shale Revolution,’ Shashi Kant Yadav, Chhaya Bhardwaj, and Gopal K Sarangi; Environmental Law Review. Read here.

Article: We Need to Talk About Method: A Call for More and Better Empirical Environmental Law Scholarship, Steven Vaughan; Journal of Environmental Law. Read here.

Blog: Landmark Court Decision on a Right to a Health Environment: La Oroya v Peru, David R. Boyd; GNHRE. Read here.

Book: Rights of Nature in Europe – Encounters and Visions, Edited By Jenny García Ruales, Katarina Hovden, Helen Kopnina, Colin D. Robertson, and Hendrik Schoukens; Routledge. Purchase here.

News Article: Calls for international criminal court to end ‘impunity’ for environmental crimes, Isabella Kaminski; The Guardian. Read here.

Proposal: A future plastics treaty needs a specific article on biodiversity: IUCN’s proposal. Read here.

Report: Sabin Center for Climate Change Law Annual Report 2023; Sabin Center. Read here.