R.P. Anand Scholarship 2014: Application Open

Just a plug: the R. P. Anand Memorial Committee invites applications for its 2014 annual scholarship for post-graduate students of international law from all parts of the world. The deadline for applications is 30 November, 2013. More details about the scholarship can be found here.

Prof. Anand was one of the greatest international lawyers from India, contributing most notably to the development of the modern law of the sea, as well as shedding new light on the history of international law and the role of Asian and African States in its development. The Scholarship is a wonderful way of celebrating his life and work. Readers may also be interested in the electronic collection of Prof. Anand’s works available on the website of the R.P. Anand Virtual Centre of International Law.

Venice Academy of Human Rights 2013

Knut Traisbach writes in with more information about the 2013 session of the Venice Academy of Human Rights. Like last year, the faculty for this year’s session looks impressive, including: Profs. Jeremy Waldron, Malcolm Shaw, Brigitte Stern and Neil Walker, amongst other notable scholars. Here’s the call:

Venice Academy of Human Rights 2013

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 8 – 19 July 2013.
The theme of this year’s academy is ‘Obligations of States’

Online registration is open until 5 May 2013.

You can view the detailed programme here.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2013

General Course
Jeremy Waldron
University Professor, New York University School of Law

Christian Reus-Smit
Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland

Malcolm Shaw
Senior Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Research Professor (formerly Sir Robert Jennings Chair) in International Law at the University of Leicester

Brigitte Stern
Professor of International Law at the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne

Françoise Tulkens
former Judge and Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights

Neil Walker
Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh

Key Facts
Participants: Academics, practitioners and PhD/JSD students

Type of courses: Lectures, elective seminars and optional workshops
Number of hours: 24 hours of compulsory courses (plenum), min. 16 hours of elective and optional courses (smaller groups)

Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy

Fees: 600 €

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is an international programme of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC).

The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners and doctoral students with an advanced knowledge of human rights.

A maximum of 60 participants will be selected.

Participants attend morning lectures, afternoon seminars and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and experts. This includes the opportunity to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of doctoral theses or books and other projects.

At the end of the programme, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.

New Issue: TL&D on WTO Dispute Settlement

Trade, Law and Development, a scholarly journal published by National Law University Jodhpur, has published its latest issue on dispute settlement at the WTO. As Prof. Joel Trachtman rightly notes in his editorial, legitimacy and development are the two underlying themes of the special issue. On legitimacy, Gabrielle Marceau and Mikella Hurley discuss transparency and public participation in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Particularly interesting is their attempt at comparing transparency at the WTO with other fora. Arthur Daemmrich writes about epistemic contests and the legitimacy of the WTO. Based upon a case study of the Brazil — Upland Cotton dispute, Daemmerich presents an expertise based account of the contemporary legitimacy of the WTO. On the theme of development, Jan Bohanes and Fernanda Garza present a comprehensive study on the participation of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement, arguing that the greatest constraints for developing country participation in WTO dispute settlement are at the domestic level. Sonia Rolland presents a developmental account of the implementation stage of WTO disputes. Also in the issue, Simon Lester discusses the development of standards of appellate review and Claus Zimmerman discusses the absence of retrospective remedies at the WTO — legal and institutional issues which remain relatively under-explored.

It’s a great issue, and you should head here to browse through the entire content.

I should perhaps also point out that TL&D has been ranked as the best law journal in India, as well as the fifteenth best in the world in the field of international trade, by the Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings (the most comprehensive of this sort). Congratulations to the editors and staff of the journal — it is heartening to see such efforts towards improving legal scholarship in India.

NLU Jodhpur Roundtable on IP Protection

National Law University, Jodhpur (India), is organizing a roundtable discussion on “[t]he Emerging Legal and Policy Landscape of Intellectual Property Protection for Pharmaceuticals in India” on 17th and 18th March 2012 at its campus in Jodhpur. Needless to say, the roundtable is a laudable effort.

For those interested in the international legal aspects of IP protection, the roundtable features a session on trade and international intellectual property on 17 March at 3.45 PM. Discussants for the session include Mr. Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, and Yours Truly. Mr. Grover will be talking about the implications of the emerging paradigm of IP protection in TRIPS-Plus FTA’s for access to medicines. I shall attempt to define the space for unilateral action under WTO law, with reference to the enforcement of IP rights. The Panel will be chaired by Prof. Madhukar Sinha of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

The other sessions promise to be extremely interesting, as well. The full program of the event can be accessed here.

The roundtable is a part of the annual activities of the Ministry of Human Resource Development Chair for IP rights at NLU Jodhpur.

Those interested in attending the roundtable should send an email to mhrd-iprchair@nlujodhpur.ac.in or contact Prof. Yogesh Pai on +91-95 87 436 425.

Venice Academy of Human Rights 2012

Knut Trasbach writes in with information about the 2012 session of the Venice Academy of Human Rights. I must say that the faculty looks absolutely fantastic, including, amongst others, Seyla Benhabib, Martti Koskenniemi, Bruna Simma and Philip Alston. Here is the entire message:

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 9-18 July 2012. The theme of this year’s Academy is “The Limits of Human Rights” (http://www.eiuc.org/veniceacademy/).

Online registration is open until 1 May 2012.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2012
Professor Philip Alston, NYU
Professor Seyla Benhabib, Yale
Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Helsinki
Professor Friedrich Kratochwil, CEU/EUI
Professor Bruno Simma, Ann Arbor/Munich
Professor Henry Steiner, Harvard
Erika Feller, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Key Facts
Participants: Academics, practitioners and PhD/JSD students
Type of courses: Lectures, seminars and optional workshops
Number of hours: 21 hours of compulsory courses (plenum), 16 hours of elective and optional courses (smaller groups)
Location: Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice – Lido, Italy
Fees: 500 €

The Venice Academy of Human Rights is a center of excellence for human rights education, research and debate. It forms part of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). The Academy offers interdisciplinary thematic programmes open to academics, practitioners and doctoral students with an advanced knowledge of human rights.

A maximum of 55 participants is selected each year.

Participants attend morning lectures, afternoon seminars and workshops and can exchange views, ideas and arguments with leading international scholars and other experts. This includes the opportunity to present and discuss their own “work in progress” such as drafts of articles, chapters of doctoral theses, books and other projects.

At the end of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Attendance issued by the Venice Academy of Human Rights.