Announcements: 17 May 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:

Workshop for PhD candidates on ius ad bellum and ius in bello (abstracts)
An in-person only workshop held on Tuesday 9 July 2024 at Bristol Law School, Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol, organised by the Research in Public International Law (RIPIL) research group. The aim of the event is to provide a platform for PhD candidates to present and discuss their work in progress with their peers, and network. To facilitate discussion between the PhD candidates, this event will be in-person only. Applications to present will be evaluated based on a 500-word abstract. Applications, including the abstract, must be submitted by June 9, 2024. Applicants will be informed if they are successful by Thursday 20 June 2024. See more here.

Defund Meat Conference (call for engaged listeners)
This conference revisits the ‘meat question’ in the contemporary social, political, and legal context. Meat is an embodied symbol of the mounting and interrelated environmental and public health crises that have become characteristic of our era (which may be best described as the Anthropocene and One Health era): climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation, pandemics, food insecurity, unhealthy and unsustainable diets, and institutionalised animal suffering. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to move the meat question from the margins into the spotlight of the ongoing debates on One Health, sustainability, climate change, food security, and public health. The MPIL invites doctoral and postdoctoral researchers to apply as ‘engaged listeners’. Engaged listeners do not give a talk but are expected to participate actively in the discussions. Please apply via our online application system with CV and letter of motivation (max. 500 words) by July 15, 2024. The conference will be held at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg on Thursday and Friday, January 16-17, 2025. See more here.

Calls for Input:

Access to information on climate change and human rights – Special Rapporteur on climate change
Purpose: To inform the thematic report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change to the United Nations General Assembly 79th session. Input deadline is June 2, 2024. See more here.

Call for submissions on Colombia in advance of visit – Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Purpose: To invite all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to provide input on the priority issues listed below to assist the Special Rapporteur in preparing for the visit to Colombia. Can respond in the context of environmental rights. Input deadline: June 14, 2024. See more here.


UNSW, Sydney (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Climate Litigation)
This is a newly created, full-time ‘Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Climate Litigation’ position at the Law & Justice Faculty at UNSW in Sydney, Australia. Working in Law & Justice and with the university’s Institute for Climate Risk and Response (ICRR), the person will be required to undertake a program of research that will have significant impact in the scholarship related to the field of climate litigation in Australia and globally and will create a nationally recognised research track record. The person will apply and, where necessary, adapt existing research methods, and develop new methods, to the study of climate litigation. Application deadline: May 30, 2024. Details and application here.

University of Utrecht (Postdoctoral Researcher)
As a postdoctoral researcher you will be working on a subproject within the Consolidator Grant project EcoViolence (2024–2029) funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and directed by Dr Susanne C. Knittel (Principal Investigator, PI) at the department of Languages, Literature, and Communication. EcoViolence is an interdisciplinary, transnational, and comparative study of the cultural imaginary of environmental violence. The project’s aim is to understand how contemporary culture frames and remembers environmental degradation as violence; how it can make visible the deep historical roots that tie eco-violence to other histories of violence, especially colonialism and genocide; and how it articulates and reflects on questions of guilt, responsibility, and implication. Application deadline: June 1, 2024. See more here.

Université Catholique de Lille (Associate Professor)
Position: Associate Professor of International and European Law. The candidate must have a specialisation in international and/or European law (EU law, human rights, etc.) in both research and teaching activities. The candidate must be fluent in French (C2) and English (C2). Any additional language skills are highly appreciated, particularly if they relate to the areas of comparative law developed at the Faculty of Law (German, Spanish). Application deadline: June 15, 2024. See more here.


Earth Law Summer Course 2024 (online)
We are thrilled to announce Earth Law Center’s 2024 Summer Course is open for registration. Students will learn from global experts in the emerging field of Earth law, including the Rights of Nature and other transformative, Earth-centered legal paradigms. This award-winning program has educated hundreds of students, some of which are now leading practitioners in the field. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30am to 12:30pm Eastern Daylight Time, June 3 to July 10, 2024. Tuition is $495 but scholarships, sponsorships, and group rates are available. Apply here.

Human and Environmental Rights at risk under Land-Based Investments in Emerging Markets (online)
To commemorate this year’s World Environment Day, it is important to examine how development projects in Africa do not undermine democratic governance and worsen human and environmental rights. Consequently, this webinar – hosted by ILA-Nigeria – will discuss the impacts of climate change and development projects, land-based investments, and other sustainability projects, on human rights including the rights of local communities, indigenous peoples, and marginalized groups. It will also examine legal frameworks, policies, and mechanisms for protecting human and environmental rights in Africa. Date: June 5, 2024 at 10:00AM WAT. Register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: Drops in the Ocean: The Hidden Power of Rights-Based Climate Change Litigation, Craig Martin; Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. Read here.

Article: Degrowth, green growth, and climate justice for Africa, Chukwumerije Okereke; Review of International Studies. Read here.

ArticleLaw, Colonial-Capitalist Floods, and the Production of Injustices in Eastern India: Insights for Climate Adaptation, Birsha Ohdedar; Transnational Environmental Law. Read here.

Book: La litigación climática sobre proyectos: ¿Hacia un punto de inflexión en el control judicial sobre la autorización de actividades carbono-intensivas?, Gastón Medici-Colombo, Tirant lo Blanch, 2024. Purchase here.

Blog: Issues and Opportunities for AI, The Environment, and Human Rights, Verity Thomson; GNHRE. Read here.

Report: People power under pressure: Human rights defenders & business in 2023, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Read here.