Announcements: 7 June 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:

Climate Justice and the Rights and Welfare of the Child in Africa: Legal and Policy Aspects (expressions of interest)
This issue aims to improve the understanding of the relevance and role of law and policy in various issues relating to climate justice and the African child. We invite papers that engage with the ways in which law and policy in different jurisdictions in Africa relate or may relate to climate justice and the African child. Manuscripts may deploy methodologies including doctrinal, comparative, transnational or interdisciplinary approaches. Expressions of interest should be sent to Professor AO Jegede by June 30, 2024. See more here.

Rhizomatic Law: Understanding the Linearity and Pendulum of Legal Evolution (abstracts)
Our Special Issue delves into the intricate and dynamic nature of legal systems, contrasting concepts of linear progression with those of the perpetual pendulum in law. This exploration integrates the rhizomatic theory of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, proposed in 1987, which suggests a non-linear, network-like framework for understanding legal changes. It challenges conventional views of law as a hierarchy, instead presenting it as a complex web of interconnections where various factors, including political, cultural, economic, and social energies, interact in unpredictable ways. This approach acknowledges the multifaceted nature of legal evolution, encompassing both steady, predictable developments and cyclical, reactionary shifts. Topics for submission may include discussing the rhizomatic responses of legal systems to global crises, such as pandemics or climate change, and how these events disrupt linear progressions, necessitating a more networked, adaptable approach to legal reform. 300 word abstracts should be sent by June 30, 2024. See more here.

International and Comparative Law Quarterly Forum (papers)
Since the publication of the first issue of the ICLQ in 1952, the law of the sea has been a mainstay of the Journal’s contributions to the wider understanding and development of international law. Reflecting the importance of the law of the sea to the ICLQ, it has been selected as the thematic focus of the inaugural ICLQ Forum , a special issue of the Journal dedicated to in-depth coverage of a single theme. The ICLQ invites authors to submit articles of 6-8,000 words (including footnotes) via the ScholarOne  platform by August 31, 2024 (selecting ‘Forum’ as the article type). Read more here.

Calls for Input:

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.


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 Southampton (Associate Professor)
Southampton Law School is a global Law School, firmly rooted in the UK with a mission to respond to the greatest global challenges that humanity faces. We have a robust internationalisation agenda and as a Law School in the Russell Group (QS ranked 78th) we are committed to research-driven legal education as well as engaged, innovative and impactful scholarship. We intend to strengthen our expertise through the appointment of an Associate Professor or Professor with expertise in Sustainability and Law, AI and Law and/or Biotechnology and Law. Application deadline: June 26, 2024. See more here.

University of Delaware (Postdoctoral Researcher)
The Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware seeks a postdoctoral scholar to work on an NSF Coastlines and People project: Coastal Hazards, Equity, Economic prosperity, and Resilience (CHEER). The scholar will support research to understand government and household decision-making processes, criteria, and outcomes related to hurricanes, floods, and climate adaptation. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate across disciplines; be familiar with research methods including interviews, surveys, and legal analysis; and serve as an independent scholar and mentor within the team. Candidates should have a PhD in sociology, public policy, disaster science, geography, or a related field. Applications are open until the position is filled. See more here.


What’s Next for Corporate Climate Disclosure? (online)
Climate disclosure rules have recently been finalized by the SEC, California, the European Union, and the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). These milestones spur further questions: How will the relatively weaker SEC requirements shape the market alongside the more stringent requirements of California and the EU? How will compliance efforts be reconciled? Does the litigation challenging the SEC and California rules suggest a loss of momentum on corporate climate disclosure goals? What impact will investor demand have on the evolution of voluntary disclosure? Which jurisdictions will mandate the ISSB standards? What additional rule making might a second Biden Administration undertake to strengthen or harmonize these requirements? Event date: June 17, 2024 at 12:30PM-1:30PM. Register here.

Civil society dialogue with Ms Fernanda Hopenhaym, Vice Chair, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (in person)
The ‘in person’ Dialogue will take place on June 19, 2024 (3-5pm) at Macquarie University’s City Campus, Level 24, 123 Pitt Street, Sydney. It is meant only for various civil society actors such as civil society or non-profit organisations, human rights defenders, academics and lawyers. Participation in the Dialogue is free, but registration is required. Kindly register by June 14, 2024. Register here.

New Publications/Releases:

Article: The ‘colorblindness’ of climate finance: how climate finance advances racial injustice in cities, Sahar Zavareh Hofmann, C. S. Ponder, Héctor Herrera, Manuel De Vera, Akira Drake Rodriguez & Kareem Buyana; City. Read here.

Article: The Legal Crisis Within the Climate Crisis, Mark Nevitt; Stanford Law Review. Read here.

Blog: Duarte Agostinho ECHR Case: A Bump in the Road for Youth Climate Justice? Clare Lagan; WY4CJ. Read here.

Book: Litigating Climate Change in the Global South, Jolene Lin and Jacqueline Peel. Purchase here.

Report: I Can’t Cool,’ Extreme Heat and Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change, Climate Rights International. Read here.