New Issue of GoJIL and Call for Papers

A brand new issue of the Goettingen Journal of International Law is available on the journal’s homepage: www.gojil.eu. They have compiled eleven great articles about the precursors to international constitutionalism, especially the development of the German constitutional approach.

The Journal is already preparing the next issue. Vol. 5, Issue No. 1 of the Goettingen Journal of International Law will include a focus on the law and politics of indigenous peoples in international law.

Indigenous peoples received increasing public and scholarly attention over the last decades. It has been a unique journey from the colonial history to the beginning of their political presence in the United Nations since the 1970s to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. The UN’s International Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples in 1993 as well as the following decades of the world’s indigenous peoples from 1995 to 2004 and 2006 to 2015 prove the ongoing need to attend to indigenous peoples’ interests.

Today, discourses of indigenous peoples rights and their claim for self-determination are found beyond International Human Rights law: topics such as intellectual property rights, control over the exploitation of natural resources, the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions are on the agenda.
Underlying all is the constant debate about a definition and the implementation of indigenous peoples’ rights beyond the Americas, particularly in Asia and Africa.
In order to shine a light on the legal and political problems indigenous peoples are facing, the Journal presently calls for authors to submit papers on the topic.
The submission deadline is 1 March 2013. For more information contact the journal at info@gojil.eu.

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About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University. He was also guest lecturer at the Université catholique d'Afrique centrale (Yaoundé, Cameroon) and Leiden University. Previously, he was a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at the University of Leiden. His doctoral dissertation, entitled The United Nations, the Evolution of Global Values and International Law, was published with Intersentia in 2011. He also worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant for the United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme, as intern for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and as intern for the Office of Legal Affairs of United Nations Headquarters. Otto Spijkers is also editor and author of the Invisible College Blog, the blog of the School of Human Rights Research. Otto Spijkers studied the basics of international relations at the University of Sussex. He then studied international law at the University of Amsterdam, New York University School of Law (exchange student), and the Hague Academy of International Law (2009 session). He also studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He also obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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