Call for Papers: International Criminal Justice: Theory, Policy and Practice

A call for papers has been issued for the International Criminal Justice Stream at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference which takes place at the University of Warwick from 31 March- 2 April 2015. Submissions are invited on all areas of substantive international criminal justice, whether on theory, policy or practice. Empirical work would also be welcomed. Both individual papers and panel submissions (of three related papers) can be submitted for consideration. Postgraduate students are also encouraged to submit abstracts. Abstracts may only be submitted via the Easy Chair system, must be no longer than 300 words, include your title, name and institutional affiliation and your email address for correspondence. Successful papers will be published in a symposium; details of which will be available shortly. For an informal discussion please email the convenor, Anna Marie Brennan at The deadline for the submissions is Monday 19 January 2015.


UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights Annual Graduate Conference: Call for Papers

CCJHRThe Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at University College Cork is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Conference which will take place on the 5th and 6th June, 2014 and is putting out a call for papers. The conference is specifically aimed at those who are undertaking doctoral research in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and human rights.

The theme for this year’s event is “Justice and Dignity under Challenge.” The aim is to reflect upon how intransigent law making can negatively impact upon human rights protection and criminal law. The theme will encourage debate on the challenging questions which arise when interpreting the law in rapidly changing and unstable times.

This international two-day event will attract promising research scholars from Ireland, the UK and Europe in the areas of law, politics, philosophy and the related social sciences. We are especially interested in paper that relate to human rights, criminal justice, criminal law or the intersection of these fields. However, we also welcome papers dealing with issues outside these areas that fall within the broader theme of the conference. Papers will be streamed thematically, with previous years including such sessions as:

  • Governance and Security
  • Issues in Privacy and Surveillance Law
  • Restorative Justice
  • Gender and the Law
  • Refugee Law and Policy
  • Human Rights in Society
  • Technology and State Security
  • Gender Law and Sexuality
  • International Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crime
  • Terrorism
  • Medical and Mental Health Law
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Contemporary Discourse in Criminal Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • Crime and Criminalisation
  • Civil Liberties

The keynote speakers will be Professor Jeremy Waldron of the University of Oxford and Professor Carol Sanger of Columbia University.

The Organising Committee is especially interested in papers that relate to human rights, criminal justice, criminal law or the intersection of these fields from a national, European or international perspective. Abstracts are welcome from scholars from disciplines outside of law (such as politics, social studies, sociology and philosophy) who are working on related topics.

The best paper of the conference will receive a prize of €200 which is sponsored by the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) to the Organising Committee by Friday, 30th March 2014. Successful conference submissions will be notified by Friday, 15th April 2014. To be considered for the best paper and the opportunity to present at the plenary session, full papers should be submitted by May 20th 2014. For further information and registration details please visit:

Please note that a CPD Certificate of Attendance will be available for this conference

Submission and further enquiries should be directed to

UCC Law Graduate Conference, Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, Ireland


Twitter: @CCJHRlawucc

The Use of British Military Bases for a Pre-Emptive Strike by the US on Iran

It has been reported recently that discussions have taken place between the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) concerning the use of British military bases in Cyprus, the Ascension Island and Diego Garcia in the event of possible military action against Iran. In the past, these particular military bases were used by the US to conduct long-range missions during the invasion of Iraq. However, a spokesperson for Downing Street has refused to comment on reports that the British Government has declined a request by the US for its armed forces to use these strategic military bases. Continue reading

The Classification of the MEK as a Terrorist Group

It was reported earlier this month that the U.S. Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, has decided to delete the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) from the blacklist of terrorist organisations compiled by the U.S. Department of State. The MEK exhaustively campaigned for nearly a decade to be removed from the blacklist. Numerous public figures endorsed the MEK’s campaign including the senior foreign-policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Mitchell Reiss. Nevertheless, the question remains as to why the MEK was added to the blacklist of terrorist organisations in the first place?

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International Criminal Court Delivers First Ever Verdict in Lubanga Case

The International Criminal Court delivered its first ever verdict in The Hague this morning in the case of Thomas Lubanga. Lubanga, who became the political leader of the Union of Congolese Patriots in 2002, had been charged with recruiting and using child soldiers in armed hostilities in the north-eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He pleaded not guilty to the charges and contended during trial that he did not take any part in the hostilities. Lubanga also argued that he was only the political leader of the UCP and was not the commander of the party’s armed wing. However, the Prosecution accused Lubanga of using boys and girls under the age of 15 as bodyguards, sex slaves and soldiers.

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Are Transnational Armed Groups Prohibited from Using Force under International Law?

Article 2(4) of the UN Charter as supplemented by Article 51 provides strict limits on the state’s right to use force. However, it is unclear whether Article 2(4) also prohibits transnational armed groups from using force. Therefore, the question whether violent acts by transnational armed groups can be categorised as armed attacks within the meaning of the UN Charter has implications for how states are permitted to respond to violent acts by transnational armed groups and for the extent to which International Humanitarian Law regulates these acts. This post will examine whether violent acts by transnational armed groups can be classified as an armed attack under the UN Charter and thereby prohibited under International Law.

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