Venice Academy of Human Rights

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation’s Venice Academy of Human Rights is accepting applications for its summer program, to take place July 3-12, 2017. The theme of this year’s Academy is “Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights as an Answer to Rising Inequalities”. Please have a look at the call for applications and the detailed program on their website.

Summer Law Program on International Criminal Law and International Legal & Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism

The Summer Law Program is the product of a unique collaboration with the War Crimes Research Office of American University’s Washington College of Law, providing American students the opportunity to study in The Hague. Additional places are available to individuals who would like to join the students from the US in this educational experience. The programme will take place from 29 May – 22 June 2017.

International Criminal Law: in Search for Accountability

The first part of the summer program will focus on International Criminal Law. What are international crimes, and how have the definitions of these crimes evolved in the last decades? The role of the International Criminal Court, ad-hoc tribunals and hybrid courts will be analysed, as well as their political and judicial shortcomings. This part of the summer program will also examine the interplay and interdependence between the different international criminal tribunals and national courts that cater to international criminal justice. It will look at the role of states, not only in preventing serious violations, but also in bringing those responsible to justice. Finally, the concepts of amnesties and immunities will be explained and how these could possibly affect prosecution of international crimes.

International Legal & Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism

The second part of the summer program will focus on International Legal & Comparative Approaches to Counter-Terrorism. Terrorism and the measures that are being adopted to counter terrorism are prominent on the agendas of international organisations, governments and think tanks around the world. The program will look into the definitions of terrorism and counter-terrorism, and the evolution of these concepts since 9/11. The program will also look at how human rights are raised in the context of terrorism, especially in light of the attacks throughout 2016, and the counter-measures that are being adopted. Moreover, the summer program will critically look at how the armed conflict approach deals with terrorism. It will elaborate on how the criminal justice sector tackles terrorism from an international, regional and domestic perspective. The need for cooperation with respect to prevention and suppression of terrorism will also be examined. The summer program will conclude with the phenomenon of foreign terrorist fighters, a growing concern in many countries.

Eligible participants

(Advanced) students and early-career professionals who are interested in studying international criminal law and/or counter-terrorism are invited to apply:
More information about the programme and registration details can be found in the attached flyer, or on our website:

Utrecht University Summer School on International Law, Law of the Sea, Human Rights and Water Law

At Utrecht University, we just published the full day-to-day programmes of our Summer School courses on our website. I think the courses will certainly be of interest to a great diversity of students. These are some of the courses on international law:

Summer School on Public International Law,
Summer School on Law of the Sea,
Summer School on Water Law.

We also offer certain Special Tracks, that I think can be of interest to students or pracitioners of international law. These are combinations of two or more courses on an overlapping theme, and students get a discount if they register for these Tracks. These are:

Law and economics of the sustainable management of water, oceans and lagoons,
Public International Law and Human Rights
Public International Law and the Law of the Sea
• and The Oceans: Crucial to Life, Law and Economics


Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing Call for Papers

Dear readers,

The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is issuing a Call for Papers for articles to be published in its 85th edition in the summer of 2017 on ‘General Issues’ within international and European law. The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of international and European law. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 18 April 2017. For more info, see this document: CFP General Issue 2017.



ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) are hosting a joint Open Day on Sunday, 25 September, as part of The Hague International Day. At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with Judges and other key staff members, view new documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, and explore art exhibitions and Archives material.
ICTY President Judge Carmel Agius and MICT Judge Burton Hall will deliver the opening remarks.

Speakers (with Q&A sessions) for the day include:
• Judge Alphons Orie, ICTY and MICT
• Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, ICTY and MICT
• Ana Cristina Rodríguez Pineda, ICTY Chef de Cabinet
• Bob Reid, Chief of Operations, ICTY Office of the Prosecutor
• Roman Boed, Senior Legal Officer, MICT

Events will be held throughout the day from 11:00 – 17:00 at the ICTY and MICT joint premises (Churchillplein 1, 2517 JW The Hague).

To register or request more information, please contact Timothy Jesudason at

Socio-Legal Review

The Socio-Legal Review is currently inviting submissions for its thirteenth volume to be published in 2017 and since it is now a biannual publication, it will be published in two issues this year. The theme for the themed issue of the thirteenth volume is “Crime and Society”. The deadline for sending in submissions is November 1st, 2016. Please have a look at this Call for Contributions.

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 4-13 July 2016 on the topic “Backlash against Human Rights?”. The faculty includes a distinguished opening lecture by Judge András Sajó (Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights), a general course by Robert McCorquodale (BIICL) as well as lectures and discussion sessions with Joseph A. Cannataci (UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy), Helen Fenkwick (Durham University), Mark Goodale (University of Lausanne) and Geir Ulfstein (University of Oslo).
The Venice Academy of Human Rights 2016, in co-operation with PluriCourts – Centre of Excellence for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, discusses the expansion and restriction of human rights regimes, questions of inequality and social change, counter-terrorist laws, same sex unions, privacy and data protection issues as well as the reform of the European Court of Human Rights and UN human rights treaty bodies. The course aims at academics, practitioners, PhD/JSD and master students.
Applications are accepted until 29 May 2016 with an early-bird discount until 24 April 2016.

2016 Schoemaker-Sustainalytics Student Competition Business & Human Rights

Are you passionate about sustainability? Do you have an original idea for a paper that could contribute to the field of business and human rights? If so, describe your topic in 500 words and you may win an opportunity to conduct research into your topic and further your knowledge of corporate social responsibility (CSR) through an internship with Sustainalytics.

Sustainalytics and the NJCM announce the 2nd edition of the Schoemaker-Sustainalytics Student Competition Business and Human Rights, which was launched in 2014 as a tribute to late Daan Schoemaker. Schoemaker was a human rights expert with Sustainalytics from 2009 until 2012. He joined the board of the Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM) in 2009, and became Vice Chair in 2010. This award was established to create opportunities for motivated students interested in pursuing a career in business and human rights.

The first winner of the Competition was Remco Slim from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Remco was awarded with a 4 month internship at Sustainalytics where he studied business and human rights-related court cases. He studied these cases from different jurisdictions to assess how corporations can cope with the increasing uncertainty regarding their legal accountability on business and human rights issues in a fragmented judicial system. On his experience with Sustainalytics, Remco says:

‘Gaining insights from enthusiastic human rights experts who want to make the world a better place: that is what the internship at Sustainalytics in cooperation with the NJCM has brought me. During my internship I gained a lot of experience which enriched my studies and formed me for the future.’

Dutch-speaking candidates can read more on Remco’s internship experience at (See: ‘Jaarverslag 2014’)

For more information on Sustainalytics visit their website.


1. Participation is open to all current students of a master’s level university education, of which at least a component was completed in the Netherlands. Furthermore, applicants must be registered as a student at an EU educational institution for the duration of the internship.

2. Participants are expected to be both aware of, and in agreement with, the eligibility requirements in this regulation.

3. Students who fulfil the criteria under (1) may submit a proposal for an essay in the area of Business & Human Rights. The proposal must:
– Be written in English;
– Be no longer than 500 words;
– Outline the main topic of the essay, its relevance for the field of business & human rights, and the proposed research methods.

4. All submissions should be accompanied by proof of registration at an EU educational institution, a curriculum vitae and the name and contact details of an academic reference. Submissions must be sent to in digital format, no later than February 19, 2016. Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

5. Once selected, the essay on the winning proposal, must:
– Be written in English;
– Be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length;
– Be completed during the internship with Sustainalytics;
– Address the topic of business and human rights
(the topic does not need to be directly applicable for Sustainalytics, but may also have broader societal or scientific relevance).


6. NJCM will acknowledge receipt of the essay proposals specified under (3) within fourteen working days of receipt.

7. A pre-selection of proposals will be made, based on whether these satisfy criteria under (1) and (3) above. If more than ten proposals are submitted that satisfy these criteria, NJCM will make a shortlist of ten candidates on the basis of the following criteria:
a. Originality of the research topic;
b. Relevance for the area of business and human rights;
c. Quality and academic level of the proposal;
d. Degree of innovative insight.

8. A committee three to five experts from NJCM’s membership base, including one representative from Sustainalytics, will assess the proposals that were shortlisted under (7), using the criteria specified under (7). The committee will present the top three proposals to Sustainalytics for a last assessment round. The top three candidates will receive notification by March 11, 2016.

9. The three candidates shortlisted under (8) will be invited to present their proposals to a Sustainalytics selection committee in the period of 14-30 March 2016. In addition to the criteria named under (7), a subjective assessment of the candidates’ motivation, skills, and passion for sustainability and human rights will form part of the assessment. References may be contacted at this stage.

10. In the case of participation of a relative of one of the members of the committees of readers from either NJCM or Sustainalytics, this member will be replaced by a reserve member. In the case of a (former) student who is supervised by one of the members of the commission of readers, this member shall likewise be replaced by a reserve-member.

11. In the case of unforeseen situations not covered by this regulation, the chairman of the committee of readers from Sustainalytics, as specified under (9) will pronounce a decision.

12. Sustainalytics will select a winning candidate by April 1, 2016, and will communicate this selection to all applicants.


13. The prize will be an internship placement with Sustainalytics in Amsterdam, for a three to four-month period for four or five working days a week. The internship will commence no later than Monday 4 July 2016, for a duration and on a date to be mutually agreed upon by Sustainalytics/the winning candidate. During the internship, the winning candidate will be involved in Sustainalytics’ activities in the area of ESG (environment, social & governance) research, with a focus on the area of business and human rights. There will so be room to work on the essay as indicated under (4).

14. Interns will receive a stipend in accordance with the regulations of the applicable Sustainalytics office; this consists of EUR 450 per month on a full time basis and full reimbursement of commuting expenses.

15. Depending on the quality and innovativeness of the essay, Sustainalytics and the NJCM will determine whether there are possibilities for publication through their respective networks.


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