About Otto Spijkers

Otto Spijkers is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University, and researcher at the Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law. He is a member of the Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development of the International Law Association, and guest lecturer for Amnesty International The Hague. He was a visiting professor at Leiden University, Xiamen University (China), Wuhan University (China), University of Salerno (Italy) and the Université catholique d'Afrique Central (Yaounde, Cameroon). 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 worked as public services coordinator at the Peace Palace Library, as international consultant and coordinator 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 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 studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Malta (exchange). He obtained a Diplôme approfondi de langue française.

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.

Programme
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: www.asser.nl/SummerLawProgram2017.
More information about the programme and registration details can be found in the attached flyer, or on our website: www.asser.nl/summerprogrammes.

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.

Best,

Otto

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 jesudason@un.org.

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.