CfP: Humanitarian Technologies and Genocide Prevention GSP

Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal (GSP) is preparing a special issue on Humanitarian Technologies and Genocide Prevention. We would like to invite you to contribute to this issue either through submitting manuscripts or serving as peer reviewers.

This special issue will focus on the latest developments in mapping, citizen-based monitoring, crisis mapping, crowdsourcing, conflict analysis, e-humanities, network analysis, simulation modeling, social media and news analysis, and related fields and their potential use in preventing genocide. We are interested in articles that critically examine both the potential benefits and draw backs of these new technologies.

Specific details can be found in the call for papers and call for reviewers.

Venice Academy of Human Rights 2014 – “Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law”

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The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 7-16 July 2014.

The theme of this year’s academy is ‘Judicial Legitimacy and the Rule of Law’.

Online applications are accepted until 4 May 2014.

The Academy offers an “early bird” registration with a reduced participation fee until 15 March 2014.

Faculty of the Venice Academy 2014

Distinguished Opening Lecture
Paul Mahoney, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

General Course
Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, NYU

Faculty
Philip G. Alston, John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU

Andreas Føllesdal, Professor of Political Philosophy at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and Director of the Norwegian Centre of Excellence PluriCourts for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo

Geir Ulfstein, Professor of International Law and Deputy Director of the Norwegian Centre of Excellence PluriCourts for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo

Jeremy Waldron, University Professor of Law, NYU and Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory, University of Oxford

Michael Zürn, Professor of International Relations at the Free University Berlin and Director of the Research Unit Global Governance at Social Science Research Center Berlin (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, WZB)

You can view the detailed programme here.

Call for Applications: Master of Governance and Human Rights in Berlin

• You seek to tackle a human rights challenge through your own project?

• You wish to study at a renowned German institution while staying on your job?

• You want to combine theory and practice in the course of your studies?

Then Master of Governance and Human Rights at HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA School of Governance offers you the training you need to work as a socially and politically committed leader who is able to take decisions, drive change and interact with and within the three areas of economy, politics and civil society.

The programme covers the theory and practical application of governance and human rights and introduces students to the essential tools they need to advance their ideas.

This programme is delivered in English and in blended-learning format, with the majority of learning taking place via distance learning online.

This will be supplemented by 10 face-to-face days in Berlin per semester.

Prospective students have to apply with a first project idea which will be developed during the Master programme with the support of experienced project coaches and a personal tutor. The School’s educational approach of project-based learning enables its students to use human rights as a tool for positive transformation with regards e.g. to the corporate culture of company, an advocacy strategy of a civil society organisation or the ethical sustainability of a public urban planning project.

Main facts about the Master of Governance and Human Rights:
• You design and implement your own project idea – in collaboration with your employer or a partner organisation
• You can stay on your job, while taking part in our distance learning and 4 on-campus seminars à 10 days in Berlin
• You approach human rights and governance from an interdisciplinary perspective combining theory and practice
• HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA offers an unique learning experience with small student groups comprised of experienced practitioners and top-notch lecturers
• You receive a Master degree in “Governance and Human Rights” from Humboldt University (Berlin) and European University Viadrina (Frankfurt/Oder)

For more information, see the website of the Governance and Human Rights programme.

CfP: Inaugural CGHR Conference on Genocide “Genocide: Pathways and Passages”

Friday, April 4, 2014

9-6pm

Rutgers University, Newark, USA

“Genocide: Pathways and Passages”

Genocide is crossed by pathways and passages. There are the pathways of the genocidal process, such as the historical and sociopolitical paths from which genocide emerges, the routes genocide takes once it has begun, and the post-conflict trajectories undertaken as individuals and societies seek a way forward in the aftermath. Such paths are mixed with passages, or processes of transformation, ranging from transformations of identities (e.g., perpetrators, victims, survivors, bystanders, witnesses, humanitarians, the “other,” and so forth) to those of sociopolitical states of being (e.g., authoritarianism, democratization, transitional justice, diaspora, and so forth). Continue reading

CfP: Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda (Undergraduate Conference)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA
April 17, 2014

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Human Rights Program and the
Institute for Global Studies are hosting three days of events to commemorate the 20th
anniversary of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994. The events will include a
public conference (April 16th), a student conference (April 17th) and a K-12 teacher
workshop (April 19th). The objectives of the commemorative events are to promote public
understanding of what happened in Rwanda, analyze the immediate responses by the
international community, and discuss the long-term implications for international policy and
actions to prevent and respond to genocide. Continue reading

Call for applicants: Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists

We are glad to announce ISISC’s 14th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on “Assessing the Effectiveness of International Criminal Law in the Prevention and Control of Transnational and International Crimes”. The course will take place from May 18th to May 28th and is open to all international graduate law students.

The deadline for application submissions is March 20th, 2014. ISISC will select 60 participants who should have at a minimum a first degree in law, having graduated in the last eight years (between 2006 – 2014), and be 35 years of age or under. Furthermore, the Institute will offer 10 scholarships to applicants from Developing and Less Developed Countries.

All relevant information and the application form are available on our website (www.isisc.org). Please do not hesitate to contact ISISC for any questions or concerns you may have at icl-2014@isisc.org.

CfP: The Fifth International Four Societies Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

1-2 July 2014

The international law societies of Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Japan and the United States of America (the “Four Societies”) have held four conferences bringing together early career scholars around a theme, generally leading to an edited conference volume. The underlying goal of this initiative is to foster a scholarly network between individuals associated with the four sponsoring societies. The first cycle of the Four Societies Project saw events hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) at University of Wellington in 2006, the Canadian Council on International Law held at Edmonton in 2008, the Japanese Society of International Law held on Awajishima Island in 2010, and the American Society of International Law held at Berkeley Law School in 2012 ANZSIL will host the Fifth International Four Societies Conference at the Australian National University on 1-2 July 2014, on the theme of Experts, Networks and International Law. The Steering Committee for the Fifth Conference now invites paper proposals from members of the Four Societies. Continue reading

Assistant Lecturer in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights, University of the South Pacific, Fiji

FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
School of Government, Development and International Affairs – FDS022

Build a legacy with us!
The USP is one of two regional universities in the world and is the leading tertiary education provider and research facility in the South Pacific. The USP recognises the importance of research activity to our academic staff and therefore provides incentives to encourage research and publications output. With over 26,000 students around the Pacific region, we are supported by 12 Pacific Island Countries; Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The School of Government, Development and International Affairs (SGDIA), Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) offers interesting and regionally relevant courses and programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Leadership, Human Rights, Politics and International Affairs, Governance, Development Studies, and Diplomacy as well as Gender Studies. The school also offers the university wide second year undergraduate degree course, UU 200 Ethics and Governance. The school’s team of academic staff is very well qualified and experienced teachers committed to providing high quality and relevant courses and programmes. They are in fact amongst the best in the South Pacific region. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CEPS, Griffith University, Australia

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Element: Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Work type: Fixed term (4.5 years)

Overview:
The Centre: The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS) was established in 2007 under the ARC Centre of Excellence special initiative to boost policing and security research capability in Australia. CEPS extensive network of industry and international partners provide a critical framework for researchers and students to undertake highly innovative, inter-disciplinary and collaborative research internationally and nationally, enriching the research and policy impact and outcomes of research. CEPS research leadership shapes policy and practice reform to strength the security and wellbeing of Australia.

The position is funded by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship grant (2013-18). The ‘Prosecution Project’ provides an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the successes, failures and limits of the criminal trial in Australia from the colonial era to the post-war decades. Using the rich resources of Australian archives, it will provide enduring foundational knowledge of Australian criminal justice in its historical and international context. The research team conducting the project includes the Laureate Fellow, two Research Fellows, two PhD scholars, and other research support staff. The project team will also work closely with research partners in criminal justice and legal history within the Centre and with research collaborators in other universities in Australia and elsewhere. Continue reading

Letters from Samoa: Samoa Celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities

With disability students and other Australian volunteers in front of the painting done by the students.

With disability students and other Australian volunteers in front of the painting done by the students.


This week is a very busy week in Samoa in the disability community. We are celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD), with a whole week of events. An Opening Ceremony was held yesterday on the island of Savai’i. Generally, official ceremonies and events are held in the capital Apia, on the island of ‘Upolu. However, the organising committee wanted to ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities in Savai’i for this year’s ceremony, and so it was held in the village of Salealoga. It was well attended, by disability NGOs and service providers, as well as students and staff of special schools from around Samoa. The President of NOLA (Nuanua O le Alofa), a disability advocacy organisation based in Apia, gave an excellent speech about the need of inclusion of persons with disabilities in all fields of life in Samoa. This was in keeping with this year’s IDPwD theme, ‘Break barriers, open doors: to realise an inclusive society for all’. There was a speech competition for young school students, in which they had to speak on breaking barriers for inclusion of PwD. That was followed by a debate between students of Amoa College and the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC), who debated on whether PwD should be treated the same as other people. The debate demonstrated a need for education about PwD, including an understanding of correct terminology (e.g. to not refer to persons without disabilities as ‘normal’ compared to PwD). Maiava Toma, the Ombudsman, and I attended, and were seated in the Officials’ fale overseeing the proceedings. Maiava was appointed to present the prizes for the speech and debating competitions, and had generously donated the first prize for the speech competition. Continue reading