Announcements: 12 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:

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.). Submissions may be in English, Spanish, or Italian and be up to 10,000 words including notes and bibliography. See further details here and submit here. Deadline: June 1, 2024.

Australian Progressive Legal Studies Workshop 2024 (abstracts)
APLS 2024: Legal entanglements between state and capital in a warming world. We are confronted with multiple, intersecting crises: climate change and biodiversity loss, increasing wealth disparity, denial of Indigenous sovereignty, ongoing land grabs, an acute lack of affordable housing, expansion of unstable financial markets into all aspects of our lives, geopolitical tensions, rising authoritarianism and an acute democratic deficit. The underlying causes of these interlocking crises (or ‘polycrisis’ according to Adam Tooze) can be linked to how law has orientated itself around facilitating the ongoing accumulation of capital. This conference seeks to analyse the role of law in the intersecting crises of our time and to think creatively about progressive solutions for our current predicament. Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio are due by July 1, 2024 through this form. The workshop will be held in nipaluna/Hobart at the University of Tasmania, on November 28-29, 2024.

Calls for Input:

Consultations for the 2024 reports of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development
Covering: 1) Climate justice: Loss and damage; 2) Right to development of children and future generations.
You can register to select the most convenient the date and time out of the following options: First option: April 16, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CEST) Second option: May 8, 2024, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ICT) Third option: May 21, 2024, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EDT)

Call for input for the Working Group on Business and Human Rights’s official visit to Colombia
The Working Group on Business and Human Rights (the Working Group) is seeking information in preparation for its next country visit to Colombia, which will take place from July 29 to August 9, 2024. Deadline: April 15, 2024.

Call for input – Killing of LGBTIQ+ persons
Purpose: To inform the report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, to be presented at the 79th session of the General Assembly. Possible avenues to respond on the basis of environmental defenders. Deadline: May 10, 2024.

Please get in touch with the GNHRE Advocacy Committee if you are interested in collaborating on any of these calls for input. 


University of Basel (Postdoc)
The Sustainability Research Group at the University of Basel, led by Prof. Dr. Janina Grabs, is looking for one postdoctoral researcher to investigate the governance of sustainable agri-food systems, with a particular focus on the implementation of mandatory sustainability legislation in tropical agri-food commodity chains. This position is for an initial period of two years, renewable for another four years after positive evaluation. The place of work is Basel, Switzerland. Review of applications will begin May 1, 2024. See more here.

Université Paris Dauphine-PSL (Junior Professorship Chair)
The research department in law of Université Paris Dauphine-PSL (CR2D) is inviting applications for a Junior Professorship Chair (CPJ in French) on the theme of “Environment and Legal systems”. In the context of the globalization of environmental issues, including those relating to energy, climate and biodiversity, the candidate will present a project with the aim of analyzing the structural and substantive changes that legal systems can make in order to meet, in keeping with their values, the challenges posed to contemporary societies by environmental commitments, the modalities of a sustainable energy transition and the climate emergency. Application deadline: May 31, 2024. See more here.

University of California, Santa Cruz (Postdoctoral Fellowship)
The Center for Reimagining Leadership (CRL) and the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience (CCCR) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in partnership with the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County (CAB), invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Justice & Community Engagement. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work with a faculty mentor from UCSC and research mentors from CAB to co-design a community-engaged research project that both informs theory and practice in climate justice. Written and verbal fluency in Spanish is required for this position. Deadline: May 31, 2024. See more here.


Conflict Refugees: Past, Present and Future of International Protection (online)
This Panel will discuss the application of the Refugee Convention to persons fleeing violence in conflict, including its prospects and challenges, and other complementary protection statuses, designed for the needs of persons displaced by indiscriminate violence in conflict. The Panel Discussion will also formally launch Christel Querton’s monograph Conflict Refugees: European Union Law and Practice, published by Cambridge University Press in 2023. Date: April 24, 2024 at 4:00PM UK time. Register here.

20th Annual Law and the Environment Conference (in person, Cork, Ireland)
Held at UCC on April 25, 2024, focusing on the theme Rights, Remedies and Restoration in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. 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. Register here. Additionally, on April 24, 2024 UCC will host its 14th Annual Postgraduate Research Symposium in Environmental Law. See the full programme here.

Special Issue Launch: Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development and Human Rights (hybrid)
The Research Group on Global Challenges to Human Rights is pleased to invite you to the launch of the special issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights “Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development and Human Rights: Navigating Harmonious Interpretations and Creative Tensions”, edited by Elsabe Boshoff and Dinie Arief. Date: May 2, 2024 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM CET. When registering, please indicate whether you intend to attend online or in person. If you wish to attend online, a zoom link will be shared with you prior to the event. Register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: Administering Environmental Justice: How New York’s Environmental Rights Amendment Could Transform Business as Usual, Rebecca Bratspies; Pace Environmental Law Review. Read here.

Article: Rawls’ Cake and Climate Governance: Relevance of ‘Our’ Common Future Today, Susan Ann Samuel; Carbon & Climate Law Review. Read here.

Blog: Mass tort litigation in England for overseas environmental harm, Chloe Edworthy, Simon Day, Riley Forson, and Madeline Brown. Read here.

Book: Net Zero and Natural Resources Law – Sovereignty, Security, and Solidarity in the Clean Energy Transition, Damilola S. Olawuyi, José Juan González, Hanri Mostert, Milton Fernando Montoya, and Catherine Banet; OUP. Preorder here.

Special Issue: Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development and Human Rights: Navigating Harmonious Interpretations and Creative Tensions, edited by Elsabe Boshoff and Dinie Arief; Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights. Read here.