Human Rights after Human Rights (Conference)

This conference will explore themes and perspectives that have emerged after and as a reaction to the increasing number of human rights critiques in the recent years. Some of these have been of such a fundamental nature that they have left not few researchers in the field with a nagging doubt about human rights and their status as an ideological project and a so-called ‘last utopia’. Still, human rights continue to play a significant role both in high-level politics and, even more importantly, in grassroots initiatives, becoming in fact the dominant vocabulary for expressing and challenging injustices. This two day event provides an opportunity to confront the challenges that result from the ambivalence of human rights.

For more information and practicalities, see this flyer.

Conference on ‘Urgency and Human Rights’


The Department of International and European Law of the Law Faculty of the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands in cooperation with the Seconda Università di Napoli, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Italy and Ghent Human Rights Centre, Belgium will host a two-day conference on ‘Urgency and Human Rights’ planned for Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May 2015, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

This conference firstly aims to bring together existing scholarship regarding urgency and human rights and discuss the evolving practices in this respect with practitioners.

Secondly, its objective is to allow for in-depth discussion of what should be the role of the domestic judiciary when dealing with urgent cases.

For the Call for Papers and the Concept Paper for the conference see:

Thessaloniki Summer Courses on International Law and Human Rights

The Kalliopi Koufa Foundation on the Promotion of International Law and Human Rights organizes the inaugural session of the Thessaloniki Summer Courses on International Law and Human Rights from 1 to 10 July 2015 in Thessaloniki, Greece, on the topic of “International Aspects and Issues of Energy Law”. The Thessaloniki Summer Courses are open to students, especially LLM students and PhD candidates, researchers and practitioners from all over the world.
The 2015 course will introduce the subject of international energy law and examine its links and interaction with various relevant fields of international law, such as environmental law, investment law and arbitration, trade law, law of the sea etc. The session will consist of 10-day intensive, introductory and specialized, courses on the topic as well as lectures, roundtables and discussions involving academics, experts and practitioners.
The Faculty of the 2015 session includes, among others: Catherine Redgwell (University of Oxford), August Reinisch (University of Vienna), Andreas Ziegler (University of Lausanne), Andrea Bjorklund (McGill University), Anastasia Strati (Greek MFA and European Commission), Danae Azaria (University College London).
For more information including registration and the provisional programme, please click here.

Dear readers of the blog,

At the request of UNIS Geneva, please find in this letter some information on the next Graduate Study Programme which is now planned for 6 to 17 July 2015. Please note that the deadline for applications is 27 February 2015. If you have any questions on this programme, please contact:



Uitnodiging Film en Debat van Movies that Matter Den Haag

Uitnodiging Film en Debat
Movies that Matter Den Haag

Locatie: Filmhuis Den Haag (Spui 191)
Datum: Zondag 11 januari 2015
Aanvang: 14.00 uur
Toegang: 8,50 euro*
Reserveren: (070) 365 60 30

Op zondag 11 januari a.s. is de screening door Movies that Matter on Tour van de speelfilm Siddharth (2013) van regisseur Richie Mehta in het Filmhuis Den Haag.

De arme ritsenmaker Mahendra woont met zijn gezin in een provinciestadje in India. Hij komt nauwelijks rond en stuurt zijn twaalf jaar oude zoon Siddharth naar New Delhi voor een tijdelijke baan in een fabriek. Wanneer de jongen na enkele maanden niet naar huis komt, begint Mahendra zich ernstige zorgen te maken. Van lokale autoriteiten verneemt hij dat zijn zoon mogelijk slachtoffer is geworden van mensenhandel. Hij start de zoektocht naar zijn Siddharth: een haast onmogelijke missie in een land met 1,2 miljard inwoners. Prachtig verteld verhaal, gebaseerd op een werkelijke ontmoeting met ouders van in India vermiste kinderen.

Na de film wordt een toelichting gegeven door Luuk Esser. Hij is als onderzoeker werkzaam bij de Nationaal Rapporteur Mensenhandel en ook als promovendus bij het Instituut voor Strafrecht en Criminologie van de Universiteit Leiden.

Speelfilm, 96 min.
Gesproken taal: Hindi, Engels ondertiteld

Call for Papers: 2015 ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum, Taipei, Taiwan

Dear readers of the Invisible College Blog,

The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law will hold the ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on May 25-26, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan. The theme of the Research Forum is “Integrating the Asia-Pacific: Why International Law Matters?” Paper proposals should be submitted by January 20, 2015 to

The call for papers is available at Other inquiries can be directed to Pasha Hsieh, co-chair of the Research Forum (

Many thanks,