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Vici Grant for Göran Sluiter
Göran Sluiter has been awarded a Vici Grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his research into secondary liability in connection with serious human rights violations and international crimes. The aim is to adapt the law and practice of indirect liability to that which is required for the protection of human rights.
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ACIL invites applications for 5 PhD candidates and 1 Postdoctoral researcher
ACIL has vacancies for the following positions: a Postdoctoral researcher in Public International Law, three PhD candidates in International Criminal Law, a PhD candidate in Public International Law and a PhD candidate in European Union Law and Public International Law (with the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance).
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Featured research
The Human Right to Science
Although the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress (REBSP) is included in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and several human rights treaties, it remains a right that is not well known nor yet well explored. This project aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the REBSP and to raise awareness of the existence of this right and of its content.
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Of note
Katherine Fortin has been awarded the Francis Lieber Prize by the American Society for International Law. Her PhD dissertation on “The Accountability of Armed Groups under Human Rights Law” was awarded cum laude in October 2015 under the joint supervision of Cees Flinterman (UU), Harmen van der Wilt (UvA) and Terry Gill (UvA). The prize will be presented to her at the upcoming annual meeting of the American Society for International Law in Washington D.C.  Katherine is an assistant professor of international law at Utrecht University and member of the LACMO research group at ACIL. Her dissertation was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. 

Yvonne Donders will undertake a consultancy for UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. She is asked to prepare an update of the 2003 UNESCO Human Rights Strategy, to be adopted by the Member States in 2019. The new human rights strategy is supposed to reaffirm the role of UNESCO in the field of human rights within the UN system and to place UNESCO's human rights activities in the new context of several international frameworks, such as the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Urban Agenda. A broad consultation process including Member States, NGOs, NHRIs and human rights experts is part of the process.

A team of ACIL Research Master Students, Antanina Maslyka, Mariana Simon Cartaya, Christina Vellioti and LL.M. student Josh Jackson are assisting Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UNHCHR independent expert on the effects of foreign debt, in the writing of Guiding Principles on Economic Reform and Human Rights. These Principles will be submitted to the Human Rights Committee later this year.  Ingo Venzke will participate in an expert meeting on this in Geneva in June.

UvA LL.M. students Enes Süheyl Karataş, Laura Isabel Martínez Jiménez, Jens Ørum and Gijs Verhagen came 9th (jointly) out of 47 in the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAMC) 2018. This is the first time a UvA team has qualified for “the round of sixteen” and the best result that UvA has achieved so far. The team was coached by Kerem Gülay and Vladislav Djanic. FIAMC is the oldest and the most prestigious moot court in the field of investment protection law. It is organized by Goethe University’s Wilhelm Merton Centre for European Integration and International Economic Order and McDermott Will & Emery."

The UvA will be represented in the finals of the WTO Moot Court Competition to be held from 19 to 24 June 2018 in Geneva. Students Aline Fadié, Anna Šablicová, Kehinde Ibrahim and Lilian Meinen make up one of the four best teams admitted to argue their case in this, the final round of the competition. The team is coached by ACIL's Geraldo Vidigal.
Summer programme: International Lawyering in a Public Interest
ACIL and the T.M.C. Asser Institute are pleased to announce the launch of the summer programme on "International Lawyering in a Public Interest". What does it take to practice international law for public interests? This summer programme will explore the challenges of public interest advocacy in international law, from questions of practice, to finding or starting a firm, and from finding funding to identifying causes for advocacy.
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Register for the conference 'Contingency in the Course of International Law'
The programme for the conference, Contingency in the Course of International Law: How International Law Could Have Been, is now available. The conference will take place from the 14-16 June 2018 at the University of Amsterdam. 

Limited space is available for additional attendees. To register, please send an email to Participation is free of charge.
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ACIL Annual Research Day
Save the date: the ACIL Annual Research Day will take place on the 28th May 2018. More information to follow. This event is limited to ACIL members.

ACIL Luncheon: Informers, collaborators and the laws of armed conflict
The use of informers and other collaborators by parties to an armed conflict has been a constant yet oftentimes concealed practice in wartime. In this luncheon, Shane Darcy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights will present and discuss his current book project on ‘Informers, collaborators and the laws of armed conflict’.

ACIL Luncheon: Judicial Deference in International Adjudication
International adjudicators are more and more often requested to pass judgment on matters that are traditionally considered to fall within the domestic jurisdiction of States. In this luncheon, Johannes Hendrik Fahner will present on the topic of his PhD research entitled 'Judicial Deference in International Adjudication.'

Law and Justice Across Borders Event: Marietta Auer (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)
Legal theory is often described as an analytical sub-discipline of legal philosophy. Its recent development, however, has moved away from this historically grounded field description. In this paper presentation, entitled 'What is Legal Theory?', Marietta Auer will argue that contemporary legal theory should be understood as the pivotal source of multidisciplinary innovation in legal scholarship.

ACIL Luncheon: New PhD presentations
During this ACIL Luncheon, three new ACIL PhD researchers will introduce their work. Teresa Cabrita is looking at the way the EU contributes to the development of international law, Jackson Oldfield is looking at the development of smuggling treaties and Wim Zimmerman is looking at how reputation affects the interpretation of international law.

Law and Justice Across Borders Event: Terence Halliday and Susan Block-Lieb
Global lawmaking by international organizations holds the potential for enormous influence over world trade and national economies. Halliday and Block-Lieb will discuss their book, Global Lawmakers, which offers the first extensive empirical study of commercial lawmaking within the United Nations. It shows who makes law for the world, how they make it, and who comes out ahead.

ACIL Workshop: The Creation of Bindingness in International Environmental Law
The increasing plurality of actors and places in the international "rule" making of international environmental issues has drawn much attention in international legal scholarship. Yet, the question of how "bindingness" is created remains underexplored and current doctrines of sources and law-making have failed to provide appropriate evaluative tools and explanatory frameworks. Participation by invitation only.

ACIL Luncheon: Jutta Brunnée (University of Toronto)
Can a few primarily Western States expand the right to self-defence against non-State actors, incorporating the unwilling or unable standard? During this ACIL Luncheon Jutta Brunnée (University of Toronto) will discuss her paper that looks to answer this question.

Law and Justice Across Borders Event: Samantha Besson (University of Fribourg Switzerland)
At this event, Samantha Besson will present her paper 'Economic Citizenship and International Nationality Law: Individual Equality, Domestic Citizenship and Democratic Legitimacy', which argues that the process of commodification of democratic citizenship needs to be addressed urgently through stronger democracy-oriented interpretations of international nationality law.
ACIL Lecture: Michael Zürn (Berlin Social Science Center)
Michael Zürn is the Director of the research unit "Global Governance" at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and Professor of International Relations at the Free University Berlin. At this ACIL Lecture he will discuss ‘A Theory of Global Governance’.
Law and Justice Across Borders Workshop: Trust and Deference between Legal Authorities in Europe
Trust and deference are crucial mechanisms of interaction and cooperation between legal authorities in Europe. This workshop seeks to explore the conceptual and empirical assumptions and justifications underlying the mechanism of trust and deference between legal authorities in Europe.
Michail Risvas
Michail Risvas is a post-doctoral researcher working with ACIL as of 1st March on the ERC project “Transnational Private-Public Arbitration as Global Regulatory Governance: Charting and Codifying the Lex Mercatoria Publica.” He is also an adjunct professor at IE University in Spain.

Kate Clark
Kate Clark as a junior external PhD researcher looking at the ‘Responsibility for making reparations to victims of War Crimes and war-related collateral damage.’ Kate has a Hijmans fellowship and is a research fellow with the War Reparations Center. Her PhD is supervised by Harmen van der Wilt and Liesbeth Zegveld.

The War Reparations Center welcomes three new student interns for its activities on Syria (Syria Legal Network and accountability for international crimes), Turkey (accountability for international crimes 2015-2016) and armed drones.

Katherine Skinner has started to work as student assistant for ACIL. Katherine obtained her BA from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and her LLB in Global Law from Tilburg University. She is currently pursuing her LL.M. at the UvA. 
Research output
Donders, Y.
ヨーロッパにおける多様性:多元主義からポピュリズムへ (Diversity in Europe: From Pluralism to Populism? translated to Japanese,  未来共生学 (Journal on Multicultural Studies) Vol. 6, March 2018, p. 95-114

Hathaway, J. C., Zieck, M. and Eighth Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law
The Michigan Guidelines on Refugee Freedom of Movement’, 39 Michigan Journal of International Law 2018, 5-17
Heller, K.
What Is an International Crime? (A Revisionist History)’, 58 Harvard International Law Journal 231 (2018).
Nollkaemper, A.
The duality of shared responsibility’, Contemporary Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13569775.2018.1452107 (2018).
Schill, S.
MFN Clauses as Bilateral Commitments to Multilateralism: A Reply to Simon Batifort and J. Benton Heath.’ American Journal of International Law, 111(4), 914-935. DOI: 10.1017/ajil.2017.94 (2017).
Schill, S.
Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform at UNCITRAL: A Looming Constitutional Moment?’, The Journal of World Investment & Trade, 19(1), 1-5. DOI: 10.1163/22119000-12340087 (2018).
Schill, S.
Vidigal, G.
Zieck, M.
Refugees and the Right to Freedom of Movement: From Flight to Return’, 39 Michigan Journal of International Law 2018, 19-116
Book chapters & papers
Carty, A. and Nijman, J. (Eds.)
'The Moral Responsibility of Rulers: Going back beyond the liberal rule of law for world order', in Carty, A. and Nijman, J. (Eds.) Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European Early Modern Origins of a rule of law as justice for world order (OUP, 2018).
Nijman, J.
'A Universal Rule of Law for a Pluralist World Order: Leibniz's Universal Jurisprudence and His Praise of the Chinese Ruler' in Carty, A. and Nijman, J. (Eds.), Morality and Responsibility of Rulers: Chinese and European Early Modern Origins of a rule of law as justice for world order (OUP, 2018).
Schill, S. Tams, C and Hofmann, R. (Eds.)
International Investment Law and History. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018.
Schill, S., Tams, C., and Hofmann, R.
‘International Investment Law and History: An Introduction’, in Schill, S. Tams, C and Hofmann, R. (Eds.), International Investment Law and History. Edward Elgar Publishing,  2018. (pp. 3-37).
Venzke, I.
‘Semantic Authority, Legal Change and the Dynamics of International Law’, in Capps, P. and Palmer Olsen, H. (Eds.), Legal Authority Beyond the State, Cambridge University Press, 2018. pp. 102-126.

Zieck, M. and de Boer, T.
‘Refugees and Other Forcibly Displaced Persons’, in Gill, T., Fleck, D. Boothby, W and Vanheusden, A. (Eds.), Leuven Manual on the International Law Applicable to Peace Operations, Cambridge University Press, December 2017, Ch. 4.4, 204-222
Brölmann, C.
‘Legal possibilities for amendment of the COTIF revision procedure’, presentation at the 2018 Member States’ (Revision Ctee) session, Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), Bern 27 February 2018.
Brölmann, C.
‘Brexit en verdragenrecht en-praktijk’ (Brexit and treaty law and practice), presentation at Conferentie Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, 13 February 2018
Brölmann, C.
Equitable access to […] water for all’ - SDG6 as a connective factor in International Water Law’, paper presentation at Freie Universität Berlin (Joint Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Human Rights under Pressure), 6 February 2018
Donders, Y.
Presentation/participation in the consultation on a Potential General Comment on Sustainable Development and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Geneva 24 March 2018.

Ducheine, P.
HashTech #1 Eeen avond over privacy, hacken en cybersecurity, Podium De Stadstaat, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Utrecht 12 February 2018.
Heller, K.
Toward a Jurisprudence of Boredom’ — presentation at the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal Annual Symposium, Rights Protection in International Criminal Law and Beyond, William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 17 March 2018.
Heller, K.
What is an International Crime (A Revisionist History), Harvard International Law Journal Symposium, online, 20 March 2018.
Heller, K.
The Legacy of the Saddam Trial’ — presentation at the Society of Legal Scholars Annual Seminar 2018, The Legal Legacies of the 2003 Iraq War, SOAS, University of London, 26 March 2018.
Meguro, M
‘Creation of Bindingness: Whose Voice Matters?’,  Critical Research in Public International Law, Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice, Sweden  (11-3-2018)
Nollkaemper, A.
‘Brexit: de transitie van de Europese naar de internationale rechtsorde (Brexit: the transition from the European to the international legal order)’, Key Note speech at Conferentie Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, 13 February 2018.
Schill, S.
‘Internationaler Investitionsschutz und Verfassungsrecht: Vermessung eines neuen Interaktionsmodus in Forschung und Praxis,‘ 10th Meeting of the 'Krickenbeck Circle' on International Investment Law, Cologne, 19-20 January 2018.
Schill, S.
‘Regulating FDI in the EU Legal Framework - Discussant of Paper by Marise Cremona’, Conference on 'Foreign Direct Investment Control in the EU Framework', College d'Europe, Bruges, 2 February 2018.
Schill, S.
‘Inspiration from Mega-Regional Trade Agreements’, THE RTA EXCHANGE DIALOGUE SERIES: RTA Dispute Settlement Provisions: Options for effective enforcement, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Geneva, 8 February 2018
Schill, S.
‘Investment Arbitration, TTIP and NAFTA after the US/German Elections: Perspectives from both sides of the Atlantic in Times of Turmoil,’ Panel Participation, German-American Lawyer's Association Working Group Day, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 2 March 2018
Schill, S.
‘International Investment Law and Constitutional Law: An Introduction’, Frankfurt Investment Law Workshop, Goethe-University Frankfurt, 9-10 March 2018
Schill, S.
‘MFN Clauses as Bilateral Commitments to Multilateralism’, 4th Annual Conference on Investment Treaties, 'Treaty Shopping and Tools for Treaty Reform, OECD, Paris, 12 March 2018.
Vellioti, C.
‘The obligations of International Organisations as aid donors,’ Critical Law Conference of the Kent Critical Law Society, 17 March 2018.

Vidigal, G.
‘Re-Imagining Communities: The WTO Appellate Body and the Resisted Communitization of WTO Law’, at the Symposium on Current Issues in International Law, to take place at the European University Institute in Florence on 11 May 2018.
de Vlaming, F.
‘Efficiency of ECHR remedies in cases concerning events related to the failed coup and the state of emergency in Turkey, ’ conference organized by the Observatory for Lawyers in Danger, Lawyers for Lawyers, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights and German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein, DAV), the Law Society (UK), Berlin, 26 February 2018.
de Vlaming, F. and Vlieks, M.
Round table on the use of armed drones, co-organized with PAX, the Nuhanovic Foundation and Amnesty International, with UvA, the Dutch Min of Foreign Affairs and Clingendael and others on 27 March 2018.

War Reparations Center and Syria Legal Network
Investigation and prosecution of Syrian war crimes by the international crimes units of the Dutch police and prosecutor, UvA, 23 March 2018.
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