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21-06-2017 - Melbourne Law School Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The MLS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designed to support talented, recent doctoral graduates in law to establish and consolidate their research careers and contribute to the intellectually vibrant and research-intensive culture of Melbourne Law School. The Fellowship provides an opportunity for dedicated research time within a supportive and collegial research environment. In addition, a small teaching component is an essential part of this program, thereby enabling the development of teaching skills and a teaching portfolio. The program provides research, teaching and academic career mentoring, and is designed to nurture the most promising early career researchers in any area of law. This two-year Fellowship commences at Level A6 in the University Salary Band (approximately $87,000 per annum). For the current round (commencing in 2018), applicants must have graduated or met all the requirements to graduate with a PhD in Law from any university, including The University of Melbourne, during the period 1 January 2015 to 16 July 2017.

Deadline: Sunday 16 July 2017

Contact: Ms Mas Generis (

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12-6-2017 - Full-Time Post-Doc Fellow Dublin City University Brexit Research & Policy Institute

The Brexit Research & Policy Institute is a newly established research and policy center, acting at trans-Faculty, inter-School level. The Institute is designed to operate as a hub and magnet to explore the implications that Brexit – the United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union – produces on law, politics, business and society. The Institute is lead by Federico Fabbrini (Full Professor of Law) and brings together staff from across the University working on Brexit-related issues. It organizes academic events and policy workshops, producing scientific knowledge and engaging with the public at large on a topic of great societal relevance.

The Brexit Research & Policy Institute intends to appoint a full-time post-doc fellow. The appointment will commence on 1 September 2017. The initial contract will be 1 year. Candidates need to submit their CV with a letter of motivation, outlining their plans for the development of the Brexit Research & Policy Institute, to Prof. Federico Fabbrini at by the closing date. Please clearly state in the subject line that you are applying for “Post-Doc Position at Brexit Institute”.

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16-05-2017 - Call for Papers: Conference on the Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication (26-27 October 2017, The Hague)

This conference is co-organized by the PluriCourts Centre of Excellence (Oslo University) and the Europa Instituut (Leiden University) and deals with the topic of ‘unseen actors.’‘Unseen actors’ are central to the ‘institutional makeup’ of international courts and tribunals as registries and secretariats, law clerks and legal officers may exert varying levels of influence on the judicial process.  At this conference, legal and political science scholars and members of adjudicatory institutions will consider and discuss the legitimacy of assigning ‘unseen actors’ certain roles in the judicial process as well as the implications thereof for the legitimacy of the dispute settlement mechanism as such.

The Organizing Committee (chaired by Prof. dr. Freya Baetens) welcomes abstracts from academics as well as practitioners, including staff of adjudicatory institutions and international organizations. Papers should present innovative ideas, be unpublished at the moment of presentation, and be at an advanced stage of completion.

The submission deadline is 31 May 2017. Proposals should be submitted via email to and consist of:

1. A cover letter, indicating whether the author (if selected) will be applying for financial support (this will not affect the selection process);

2. An anonymized abstract (in Word or Pdf-format, not exceeding 400 words);

3. A one-page CV, including the author’s contact details and her/his most important/relevant publications.

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13-04-2017 - Call for Papers: ‘Rethinking and Renewing the Study of International Law in/from/about Latin America’ (September 26-28, 2017, Externado, Rosario, and Los Andes Universities in Bogotá, Colombia)

On the occasion of the new book “Imperialismo y Derecho Internacional: Historia y Legado” and the visit of its authors Antony Anghie, Martti Koskenniemi and Anne Orford, the universities Externado, Rosario and Los Andes as well as the History Section of the Latin American Society of International Law, the Network on Rethinking International Law Teaching in Latin América (REDIAL) and the Red de Aproximaciones Postcoloniales al Derecho Internacional have joined in a collaborative effort to convene a three day symposium on “Rethinking and Renewing the Study of International Law in/from/about/ Latin America”. The event looks to address three main topics of concern: 1) the colonial/postcolonial heritage and structures of international law in the region 2) the revised or untold histories and historiography of Latin America´s international law 3) the past, present and future of teaching international law in the region and its relation to both its colonial/post-or neo colonial dimensions as well as its history and historiography.

Paper proposals may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese, French or English and presented in either language. Proposals should include the day in which the applicant wants to present, a 500 word (max) abstract description and a biographical paragraph of the applicant´s education, current institutional location, and relevant publications. Should be sent to no later than 17 April 2017. Selected participants will be notified by 3 May 2017. Participants must submit draft papers by 1 August.

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06-04-2017 - Call for Papers: 1917: Revolution, Intervention and International Law (Melbourne Law School)

1917 was nothing if not eventful. The October Revolution and the revolutionary Mexican Constitution shook the foundation of the international order and international law in profound, unprecedented and lasting ways. This conference will draw together a range of scholars and disciplines in order to explore the place of revolution in the international order.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Ntina Tzouvala by 1 May 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by mid-May.

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05-04-2017 - Call for Applications: Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School (2018)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified doctoral and early career scholars in international law, history, political theory, and related fields to participate in the Laureate Program in International Law at Melbourne Law School during 2018.

The Laureate Program in International Law is funded by the Australian Research Council from 2015 to 2020, and led by Professor Anne Orford. It establishes a new interdisciplinary research team, working on a major project entitled Civil War, Intervention, and International Law.

The Program combines historical research, legal analysis, and critical theorizing to make sense of the changing patterns and practices of intervention, and to enhance the capacity of international law to respond to major social, political, and economic transformations.

The Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellowships are offered annually, and enable outstanding female doctoral and early career researchers to visit Melbourne Law School and work with the Laureate Program for up to two months. Funding of up to $3000 is available for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellows towards the costs of travel to, and accommodation in, Melbourne.

Further details about the Laureate Program in International Law and the application process for Kathleen Fitzpatrick Fellowships are available at

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2017.

Call for Papers: Institutions and International Law in Eastern Europe

The workshop organized by and held in Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa (GWZO) from September 28-29, 2017, unites research on the history of international law with studies on Eastern Europe to investigate the controversial role of international law in the complex and contentious reordering of the region since the Congress of Vienna. The workshop proposes that the extraordinary density of political, social and ethnic conflicts and the decades-long struggles over territorial boundaries in Eastern Europe have left clear traces in international law. More specifically, the workshop addresses these issues through the lens of international institutions, which offer a starting point from which to identify topics; single out involved states, groups, and transnational actors from East Central and Eastern Europe; and reveal how regional constellations were universalized in the process of negotiating and implementing international norms and rules.

The workshop stems from a research project at the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) that deals with processes of juridification in international relations. The project advances the argument that the history of conflict in Eastern Europe has shaped modern international law to a significant degree. This contention holds for the results of the Crimean War (1854-1856) and the regulations formulated by the Congress of Berlin (1878), as well as for minority protections after World War I and the status of the Free City of Danzig, to mention a few examples.

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13-03-2017 - New PhD Researcher Position Available at Leuven University (Topic: Reprisal and Armed Violence under International Law- 13th to 18th centuries)

The Division for Roman Law and Legal History is looking for a PhD researcher (on stipend, 4 years) to write a PhD on 'Reprisal and use of force under the law of nations (13th-18th centuries)' in the context of a research project sponsored by FWO, the Flemish Foundation for Scientific Research. The successful candidate has graduated in law and/or history, holds a master degree in either of these fields, and has a good command of Latin. He/she is a team-player who is prepared to contribute to the educational and societal mission of the Faculty of Law within predefined limits.

The PhD scholarship includes basic funding for 4 years, including funding for international mobility.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Randall Lesaffer, mail: You can apply for this job no later than May 31, 2017.

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Call for Papers: The Legal and Political Thought of Francisco Suárez

This conference is organized by the Department of Roman Law and Legal History, Faculty of Law, University of Leuven (Flanders, Belgium) and shall take place from November 24-25, 2017 at the Hof Bladelin, Naaldenstraat 17, in Bruges (Brugge). The conference is organized in the context of the FWO-research project ‘Suarez and Customary Law’ and its chief organizers are Dominique Bauer and Randall Lesaffer. Francisco Suárez (1548-1617) is today regarded as a very prominent figure in the intellectual landscape of the later sixteenth century and the beginnings of the seventeenth century. Thanks to the renewed attention to his work throughout the twentieth century, it has become increasingly clear that the magister Eximius holds an original, sometimes even revolutionary position in between many of the dualisms that seem to mark this complex era, between natural rights and the legislator for example, or between ethical objectivism and voluntarism.

This conference aims to bring together contributions from different backgrounds in Suárez Studies that focus on the various aspects and subfields of Suárez’ multifaceted legal and political thought. Within this framework, papers are invited on any subject of Suarez’ political and legal thought, including his relation to contemporary scholars, his intellectual sources as well as his own later influence and reception.

Title and abstracts (250-500 words) are to be submitted by July 1, 2017. Final papers will be included in an edited volume in Brill’s Legal History Library, Studies in the History of International Law. Their length should be between 8.000-12.000 words and should be submitted by September 1, 2018. Accommodation for two nights and transportation are paid for by the organization. Please send all materials and forward your inquiries to:


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