Announcing the Second Edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition: On the relation between unlawful use of force and the war crime of disproportionate force not justified by military necessity

Announcing the Second Edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition: On the relation between unlawful use of force and the war crime of disproportionate force not justified by military necessity
 
$10,000 Prize for first place; $2,500 for second and third place! 
 
** Please pass this on to a colleague or student who you think may be interested **

At the Nuremberg trial, the British Prosecutor, Sir Hartley Shawcross, famously said: “The killing of combatants in war is justifiable, both in international and in municipal law, only where the war itself is legal. But where the war is illegal … there is nothing to justify the killing, and these murders are not to be distinguished from those of any other lawless robber bands.”

In the years since Nuremberg, however, jus ad bellum (the legality of launching a war) and jus in bello (the legality of the conduct of the war) have largely been viewed as distinct and unrelated.  The conventional view is that the crime of aggression (jus ad bellum) cannot now be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), whose jurisdiction is currently limited to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide.  But some commentators and jurists have suggested that the law of war proportionality and necessity principles may be judged in part based on the legality of the war and its military objective, thereby enabling the ICC to consider the question of jus ad bellum in a war crimes trial.

Individuals interested in addressing the relationship between jus ad bellum and jus in bello in the context of modern war crimes trials are invited to participate in the second edition of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition, hosted by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  The contest is named in honor of famed Nuremberg Prosecutor, Ben Ferencz, who has devoted his life to achieving peace through justice. 

Prizes*

The first-place winner will receive an award of $10,000 (USD) and a plaque commemorating the achievement. Second- and third-place runners-up each will receive an honorable mention and a plaque as well as runner-up awards in the amount of $2,500 (USD).  All three top essays will be published in the spring 2016 volume of the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law.

Contest Rules
 
Scholars, students, and practitioners are all encouraged to participate.  Co-written entries are permitted (with the prize split between co-authors).

If you are interested in entering the contest, you must register your intent to participate by emailing Michael.scharf@case.edu by May 15, 2015.  Please include your contact information and affiliation.

The deadline for submission of completed essays is Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at 5 P.M. (EST).  Completed essays must be emailed as a word attachment toMichael.scharf@case.edu by that date.

 

Essays should be approximately 25-40 pages in length (single spaced, 12 point font with between 100-300 footnotes).  They should be in the form of a balanced scholarly treatment of the issue, fully analyzing/critiquing both sides and considering a range of possible scenarios.  Submissions will be judged by an international panel of experts, chaired by Dean Michael Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

The winners will be notified by email and publicly announced at the opening of International Law Weekend Midwest, “The International Law Legacy of the Obama Administration,” held at Case Western Reserve University on September 18, 2015, which will be webcast live at: http://law.case.edu/Lectures.

*The sponsors/organizers reserve the right not to award one or more of the prizes in the event of insufficient participation at a sufficiently high quality of scholarship.

 

Call for Papers – African Studies at the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA)

Call for Papers – African Studies at the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA)

Thursday-Sunday, 1-4 October 2015

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

35 West Fifth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202

Submission Deadline Extended to May 15, 2015

African Studies

The African Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2015 conference in Cincinnati, OH. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of African studies relevant to culture, from any time period, using any scholarly method.

Topics of particularly interest for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

• Impact of Western news and/or entertainment media representations of Africa and/or African responses to Western media representation

• Comparative approaches to African and other cultures

• Technology use in Africa

• Impact of social media on life in Africa, especially in establishing connections between those in Africa and those on other continents

• Impact of (popular) culture on politics in Africa and politics of Africa in other places

• Approaches to tourism and/or urbanization and culture in Africa

To submit a paper to the African Studies area, register on the submission website submissions.mpcaaca.org and submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper. Include in your submission the name, affiliation, address, and e-mail address of each author/participant. You must specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal. MPCA/ACA can provide an LCD projector for presentations. Please do not submit the same item to more than one Area.

Graduate student travel grants may be available. Visit http://mpcaaca.org/info/travel-grants/ for more information.

If you have any questions about submissions to the African Studies area, please contact area chair Amy Harth at amy.harth@email.myunion.edu.

Amy E. Harth African Studies Area Chair Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies Union Institute & University Email: amy.harth@email.myunion.edu http://mpcaaca.org/Visit the website at

 

Call for Papers- African Studies- MPCA

Call for Papers – African Studies at the 2015 Midwest Popular Culture Association (MPCA)

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2015

 

African Studies

The African Studies area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association is now accepting proposals for its 2015 conference in Cincinnati, OH. We are looking for papers that examine any aspect of African studies relevant to culture, from any time period, using any scholarly method.

 

Please click the link below for full details.

 

Call for Papers – African Studies – MPCA

2015 Tobias Leadership Conference- Call for Abstracts- Due Feb 1

www.tobiascenter.iu.edu

10th Annual Tobias Leadership Conference

Call for Abstracts

Indiana University – Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence

Entire Spectrum of
Leadership Represented:

Corporate Leadership
Not-for-profit Leadership
Religious Leadership
Educational Leadership
Medical Leadership
Government Leadership

Military Leadership

HOLD THE DATE!

APRIL 30 – MAY 2, 2015

Click here to register for the Conference

Contact Us:

Indiana University
Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence
801 W. Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN 46202

www.tobiascenter.iu.edu
tcle@iupui.edu
317.278.2800

2015 Tobias Leadership Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana | April 30 – May 2, 2015

Please share your interest in leadership by responding to this Call for Abstracts for the Tobias Leadership Conference April 30 – May 2, 2015, presented by the Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University. We are encouraging papers and panels from all academic disciplines. A primary purpose of this conference is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitate the exchange of ideas on the broad subject of leadership.

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should describe the proposed paper, panel or discussion session.

Acceptance of Abstract will be confirmed via email after February 9, 2015.

Due Date for Abstracts: February 1, 2015. 

Please note: all participants must pay their own hotel, conference registration fee, and travel expenses.

Please email your submissions in a .pdf or Word file to the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at tcle@iupui.edu.

Please share this information with colleagues and mark your calendars to attend.

The conference registration fee is $250. Online registration and additional information is available at www.tobiascenter.iu.edu or by calling (317) 278-2800.

The Conference will be held at the Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis. The forum will begin with a reception on Thursday evening, April 30th. Multiple sessions will be held Friday and Saturday consisting of speaker presentations, panel discussions, and research presentations concerning the broad topic of leadership. There will be a gala dinner Friday evening at the Alexander. The opening reception, conference lunches and gala dinner are included with conference registration.

Click HERE to email your abstract.

CFP- Kent State

The Department of Philosophy at Kent State University is excited to announce the 22nd Annual Philosophy Graduate Student Conference in Remembrance of May 4th.

 

Submission Deadline: January 18, 2015

Conference Date: March 14, 2015

Conference Website: http://philosophy.kent.edu/conference/

 

Submission Guidelines: We invite submissions on any philosophical topic, and from any research tradition in philosophy. Submissions should be 3500 words or 30 minutes reading time. All submissions should be sent to philconf@kent.edu. Please see the attached call for papers for more details about submission guidelines.

 

We greatly appreciate sharing of the attached call for papers with your graduate students, either by email or by posting our call for papers in your department.

 

Please see the attachments for more details about the conference and submissions.

 

Call for Papers 2015

CFP: 2015 Feminist Ethics and Social Theory (FEAST) conference

FEAST

The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory

invites submissions for the Fall 2015 conference:

Contested Terrains:

Women of Color, Feminisms, and Geopolitics

October 1-4, 2015

Sheraton Sand Key Resort, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Submission deadline: February 27, 2015

 

For details on the conference, theme, suggested topics, and submission instructions, please check out http://www.afeast.org/Conferences3_files/FEAST_CFP_2015.pdf