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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; King’s Transnational Law Summit 2018; International Law – Courts and Contexts PhD Summer School; Winter Courses on International Law; Challenges to Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis

1. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law.  The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs has added the following lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website: Ms. Roberta Brilmayer on “Cultural Relativism: The Basic Problem and Some Complexities” and by Ms. Hélène Tigroudja on “La réparation des violations des droits de l’homme: pratique des organes régionaux et universals”. The UN Audiovisual Library of International Law provides high quality international law training and research materials to users around the world free of charge.

2. King’s Transnational Law Summit 2018 (KTLS18). The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London is pleased to announce the King’s Transnational Law Summit 2018 (KTLS18). The Summit takes place at historic Bush House, part of King’s College London’s Strand Campus, from 10-13 April, 2018. KTLS18 takes place at a crucial moment of deepening domestic, regional and global political change. Inspired by the political philosopher Hannah Arendt’s book ‘The Human Condition’, which turns 60 this year, the Summit will evolve around the theme of The New Human Condition: Creating Justice for Our Future. This inaugural Summit will place justice at the centre of a wider interdisciplinary conversation about democratic politics, socio-economic inequality, health equity and climate change in a volatile world. It is our hope to develop KTLS18 into a sustainable platform for an ongoing collaboration on some of the most important challenges we face today. View our programme of events and visit for more information. We will publish articles, announce speakers, and provide updates via @KCL_Law #KTLS18. Click here to reserve your ticket.

3. International Law: Courts and Contexts PhD Summer School – Call for Applications. The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are pleased to announce the International Law: Courts and Contexts PhD Summer School. The schools is aimed at PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students whose PhD thesis involves a strong focus on methods and interdisciplinarity. Deadline for submitting application: 2 April 2018. Read more on our website.

4. Winter Courses on International Law. Registration is now open for the first edition of the Winter Courses on International Law: 7 – 25 January 2019. The Winter Courses on International Law are a new programme offered by The Hague Academy of International Law. The Winter Courses are organized following the same model as its well-known Summer Courses, including with a General Course and several Special Courses on topics of both Public and Private International Law, Directed Studies sessions for advanced students wanting to sit the Academy’s Diploma Exam, doctoral networking meetings for PhD students, presentations by legal practitioners from different institutions, visits to embassies and international organizations in The Hague and a variety of social activities. More information can be found here. Early bird registration at a reduced fee is possible until 30 April. Scholarship applications are accepted between 15 February and 30 April. See here to register. 

5. Challenges to Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis. A few spaces left for the British Academy conference ‘Challenges to Judicial Independence in Times of Crisis’. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to situate contemporary challenges to judicial independence in their legal, philosophical, sociopolitical, comparative and historical contexts. It will bring together academic scholars, judges, politicians, third sector experts and legal professionals. The conference asks what core shared democratic values judicial independence seeks to protect, and how can threats to that independence be protected against. Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2018 – Fri, 9 Mar 2018 at The British Academy 10-11 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AH. See here for further information.  

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