Announcements: 24 May 2024

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Call for Abstracts, Papers, and Submissions:

Climate (In)justice: How Climate Change Affects Children’s Access to Justice (workshop proposals)
As we confront the intertwined crises of climate change, economic instability, and geopolitical turmoil, the vulnerable situations in which children find themselves in are ever more evident. This year, the 3rd CFJ-EN Annual Seminar, organised in partnership with Terre des hommes Foundation (Tdh) and CICS.NOVA, will explore how climate change places structural pressures on justice systems which should be designed to respect the rights of children. Specifically, it will look at how strategic climate litigation and enforcing children’s right to freedom of association and peaceful assembly can help guarantee their access to justice within the context of the climate crisis. We are excited to invite participants to submit proposals for workshops to be held during the annual seminar. Proposal deadline: June 14, 2024. See more here.

SMU-Leiden Workshop on Green Regionalism (abstracts)
Since the Brundtland Report defined the concept of sustainable development, climate actions have gained prominence in key sustainability initiatives such as the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2015 Paris Agreement. Both the UN and the WTO recognize the role of the international trade framework in promoting climate governance and a green economy. However, the implementation of the trade-sustainability linkage remains controversial. The workshop aims to explore green regionalism from comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition to the EU model, the workshop will examine trade-sustainability initiatives in “lean integration,” which refers to less elaborate or legalized forms of regionalism potentially more suitable for developing countries. 500-word abstracts must be submitted by August 1, 2024. Event: November 21-22, 2024, Singapore. Read 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.


Utrecht University (Assistant Professor of PIL)
Are you a legal scholar specialised in international law of the sea and international environmental law and sustainability issues? Then the UU School of Law may be the place for you to be! As an Assistant Professor in the International and European Law department (part of the Utrecht School of Law), your activities will include both education and research. You will teach both Bachelor’s and Master’s students. The Department of International and European Law offers Bachelor’s courses such as Inleiding Europees Recht, European Law, International Law, and the Master’s programs Public International Law and Law & Sustainability in Europe. Application deadline: June 2, 2024. Read more here.

University of Oxford (Postdoctoral Researcher)
We are looking for a talented postdoctoral researcher to join the Oxford Martin Programme on Net Zero Policy and Regulation. This is an exciting role at the centre of a critical new research endeavour. Reporting to the Programme’s Principle Investigators (Professor Thomas Hale and  Dr Thom Wetzer), the Postdoctoral Research Fellow’s primary role will be to carry out original, world-class academic research, both independently and in collaboration with the Programme research team. This includes leading the programme’s work on net zero governance systems. Application deadline: June 14, 2024. See more here.

University of Copenhagen (PhD Researcher)
The Center for Climate Change Law and Governance (CLIMA) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen in collaboration with The Global Maritime Forum (GMF) is seeking applicants for a PhD position on the topic of ‘Trade and Climate Change Interactions in the Regulation of Shipping Greenhouse Gas Emissions after the 2023 IMO Revised Strategy’. The position is available from 1 October 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter, for a 3 year-period. The candidate will be equally located at CLIMA and the GMF. Application deadline: June 30, 2024. Read more here.


Expanding Horizons: The ITLOS Advisory Opinion on Climate Change (online)
Join us for a webinar co-hosted by Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, the European Society of International Law, and the American Society of International Law. In the webinar, legal experts from across the globe will discuss the advisory opinion on climate change and international law issued by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on May 21. The opinion, which was issued in response to a request from the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law, declares that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are a source of marine pollution under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Having made that declaration, ITLOS then articulates specific obligations that State Parties to UNCLOS have to prevent, reduce, and control such pollution. Date: May 28, 2024 at 9:00AM ET. Register here.

Ecological conflicts: judicial and non-judicial responses in Central Asia, hosted by the ERC Curiae Virides Project (online)
Transnational ecological conflicts can result from cross-border environmental impacts such as biodiversity loss and water pollution, but can also arise from the localized activities of transnational actors. In Central Asia, there are ecological conflicts which are being litigated at the international and national level. For instance, in International Mining Company Invest v Kyrgyz Republic a mining company is seeking compensation for the country’s ban on uranium miningIn Kazakhstan, national tribunals have been involved in various disputes whereby operators face fines due to the violation of environmental law. Consequently, there is a real need to understand Central Asia’s transboundary ecological issues and how judicial or quasi-judicial mechanisms are (not) being used. This webinar will discuss ecological disputes arising from transboundary environmental harm and/or local environmental harm involving transnational actors. Date: May 30, 2024 at 10:00AM CET. Register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: Articulating and Claiming the Right to Stay in the Context of Climate Change, Monica Iyer & Kerilyn Schewel, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. Read here.

Article: Decarbonizing International Shipping at the IMO: Are Alternative Fuels The Way Forward?, Joel Ong; Carbon & Climate Law Review. Read here.

Book: Derechos de la Naturaleza y Territorio en Ecuador. Diálogos desde los saberes, quehaceres jurídicos y antropológicos, Rommel Lara Ponce, Jenny García Ruales y Alex Valle Franco; (Abya Yala, UPS: Quito – open access).

Book: Sustainable Development, International Law, and a Turn to African Legal Cosmologies, Godwin Eli Kwadzo Dzah; CUP. Purchase here.

Press Release: Corporate sustainability due diligence: Council gives its final approval, European Council. Read here.

Press Release: Law of the sea tribunal’s judgment on marine environment and climate change underscores obligations, say UN experts, UN Media Center. Read here.