Announcements: 5 April 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:

Graz Annual PhD Workshop on Climate Law and Climate Litigation (abstracts)
The 3rd ClimLaw: Graz Annual PhD Workshop on Climate Law and Litigation will be hosted in Person at the University of Graz, Austria, for all presenters and will be streamed online via Zoom from May 23 – May 24, 2024, every day from 09:00 – 17:00 CET. This workshop’s objective is to provide a platform for PhD researchers from across the globe to engage with senior and expert academics in the fields of climate law and climate litigation, thus promoting knowledge exchange and capacity building. 450-550 word abstracts should be sent by April 15, 2024. See more here.

Asian and African Perspectives on Law and Sea-Level Rise (abstracts)
The Lisbon Public Law Research Centre invites researchers at any career stage to present their work on the intersection of law and sea-level rise (SLR) with a focus on Asian and/or African countries, for a hybrid conference. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words (.doc/.pdf) and sent to with the heading ‘2024 SLR Conference Lisbon’, until May 15, 2024. Conference: October 3, 2024. See more here.

Calls for Input:

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.


Leiden University (PhD)
We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD researcher to conduct independent research at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. Specifically, we invite applicants to develop an innovative PhD proposal on empirical and normative issues around the ‘Climate Migration’ Dilemma. The PhD project will be supervised by Dr Katharina Natter, Dr Rebecca Ploof and Professor Jan Aart Scholte. Together, we offer comprehensive support, including expertise in comparative politics, political theory and global affairs, methodological guidance, and career development support. Application deadline: April 15, 2024. See more here.

United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi (Senior Programme Management Officer)
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. The incumbent will: take the lead to develop, implement and evaluate assigned programmes/projects in the field of emerging or frontier issues in environmental law; direct subordinates in programme/project development, implementation, monitoring and assessment; direct review of relevant documents and reports; identify priorities, problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and initiate follow-up actions, and more. Deadline: May 16, 2024. See more here.

Birmingham City School of Law, UK (PhD)
Dr Iyan Offor will soon be offering a funded PhD within the Animals, Nature & Society Research Stream of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University, commencing in September 2024. Project title: Critiquing Carceral Logics in response to Animal Welfare Crimes in Europe. Watch this space to find out more.


Investment Arbitration and Climate Change (online)
The relationship between international investment law and climate change is garnering growing interest. Measures designed to mitigate or adapt to climate change have been considered in some investment arbitration claims, and a growing number of cases involve investments in the renewable energy sector. With these cases presenting novel issues, there is a pressing need for clarity and guidance for legal practitioners and arbitrators. In this webinar, contributors to the recently published volume Investment Arbitration and Climate Change will discuss issues at the intersection between a State’s climate change initiatives and their potential impact on foreign investors. Date: April 8, 2024 12:00-1:30PM (EDT). Register here.

This IHL Talk will explore various issues related to the prosecution of ecocide and other environmental crimes. In particular, it will discuss whether such crimes could be prosecuted within the existing framework of international criminal law and whether a new category of international crimes that departs from the prevailing anthropocentric approach would bring added value. It will further examine how domestic regulations and prosecutions, but also civil society initiatives such as people’s tribunals, could be considered as more efficient alternatives. Date: April 11, 2024, 12:30-14:00. Location: The Geneva Academy. Register here.

Earthx2024, Congress of Conferences (in person, Dallas)
Earthx2024 Congress of Conferences attract the world’s foremost environmentalists, conservationists, scientists, academics, entrepreneurs, advocates, and political leaders engaged in the environmental space today. These leaders and influencers come from a wide range of disciplines, interests, and perspectives and represent a broad spectrum of initiatives and efforts around the globe. Event: April 22-26, 2024. See more and register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: Embedding Municipal Green Bonds in Mexico City’s hydrosocial cycle: “Green” debt and climate action narratives, Héctor Herrera; Journal of Political Ecology. Read here.

Article: Overcoming Resistance to Climate Action in the Global North: The Potential of Using Human Rights as a New Paradigm for Climate Communication, Ana García Juanatey, Bettina Steible, Ilaria De Vita; The Age of Human Rights Journal. Read here.

Blog: The urgent need for a child-centred Loss and Damage Fund, UNICEF. Read here.

Blog: The ‘Year of Climate’ in International Courts, Rebecca Hamilton; Just Security. Read here.

Interview: An Interview with Rabbi Anson Lavtner, Translator of ‘The Animals’ Lawsuit Against Humanity,’ Grant Wilson; Earth Law Center. Read here.