International Justice and Human Rights Unit

Introduction

The ‘International Justice and Human Rights Research Unit’ provides a forum for research in: international criminal law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, public international law, international conflict and security law, migration, criminal justice and human rights. It includes members from both academia and the legal profession. Members of the Unit provide expert advice and training to the legal profession, governmental and non-governmental organizations, judiciaries, undertake collaborative research. The Research Unit regularly hosts conferences, workshops, seminars, and lectures.

The Unit welcomes proposals for collaborative research projects.

You can contact the Unit on [email protected].

News

Call for Papers: The Fifth Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference

20 Years: Idea, Inaction, and Implementation
1 – 2 June, 2021
Liverpool, UK

The International Justice and Human Rights Unit is thrilled to announce the call for papers for an international conference in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana, the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P), and the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect.

The Organising Committee is pleased to confirm that Dr Simon Adams, of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, will be giving a keynote address at the conference. Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

We are seeking for papers that address all aspects of the R2P – theoretical, empirical and/or normative. Scholars and practitioners of all career stages are most welcome to submit paper proposals.

Full details of the conference and call for papers can be found on the R2P conference website.

The deadline for abstract submissions is 8 January 2021.

Two IJHR Members Publish Monographs in International Law

The International Justice and Human Rights Research Unit is excited to announce the publication of two monographs by its members, as part of the Hart Publishing Series of ‘Studies in International Law’.

Dr Mariagiulia Giuffré has written The Readmission of Asylum Seekers under International Law, exploring the questions which lie at the junction of migration control and refugee law standards, and the extent to which readmission can hamper refugees’ access to protection.

Dr Patrick Butchard has published The Responsibility to Protect and the Failures of the United Nations Security Council which, at a time of inaction and political paralysis at the United Nations, explains the legality of alternative action beyond the UN Security Council.

Both books are now available to order. Keep watch on our events page and Twitter for announcements and developments about this research.

The Readmission of Asylum Seekers under International Law

This monograph could not be more timely, as discourses relating to refugees’ access to territory, rescue at sea, push-back, and push-back by proxy dominate political debate. Looking at the questions which lie at the junction of migration control and refugee law standards, it explores the extent to which readmission can hamper refugees’ access to protection. Though it draws mainly on European law, notably the European Convention on Human Rights, it also examines other international frameworks, including those employed by the United Nations and instruments such as the Refugee Convention. Therefore, this book is of importance to readers of international law, refugee law, human rights and migration studies at the global level. It offers an analysis of both the legal and policy questions at play, and engages fully with widely-disputed cases concerning readmission agreements, deportation with assurances and interception at sea. By so doing, this book seeks to clarify a complex field which has at times suffered from partiality in both its terminology and substance.

You can buy the book using the options below:

Buy the book in hardback.

Buy the eBook.

The Responsibility to Protect and the Failures of the United Nations Security Council

What can be done if the United Nations Security Council fails to protect people from mass atrocities? At a time of inaction and political paralysis at the United Nations, this book explains the legality of alternative action beyond the Security Council.

This book takes a fresh look at the responsibility to protect and offers new and compelling insights into the powers and limits of the UN Security Council. It argues that the Security Council’s responsibility to maintain international peace and security, and its responsibility to protect, do not die with its own failures. Other actors can and must take up responsibility to save those in need. In a persuasive and detailed examination of the legal framework, this research identifies options for coercive measures to be taken beyond the Council that could be used to break the deadlock, including through the General Assembly and regional organisations.

It provides a must-have resource for students, academics, and researchers on key principles of international law. It also offers insight for governments, policy-makers, and other international actors on how they can uphold their legal responsibilities, maintain peace and security, and prevent their failures from undermining the very existence of the UN itself.

You can buy the book using the options below:

Buy the book in hardback.

Buy the eBook.

R2P Conference 2021

The Fifth Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference

20 Years: Idea, Inaction, and Implementation
1 – 2 June, 2021
​Online

The International Justice and Human Rights Unit is thrilled to announce the call for papers for an international conference in collaboration with the University of Ljubljana, the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P), and the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect.

The Organising Committee is pleased to confirm the following speakers will be participating in keynote addresses at the conference:

  • Dr Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Alice Wairimu Nderitu, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
  • Dr Karen Smith, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect

In light of continuing restrictions globally because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will now be hosted online by IJHR, Edge Hill University.

After taking some time to adapt the conference to an online-only format and make sure we have got everything right, the Draft Programme for the Conference is available here:

Conference Programme – R2P 2021

Conference Programme – R2P 2021 (text-only version)

The programme contains information on how to get involved in the conference, including through our hosting platform Collaborate, the live stream, and a virtual conference venue we hope to have live in the coming weeks which will give you a virtual environment to watch the conference proceedings, but also to talk to your fellow attendees and network in the breaks. If you have a research poster you would like to post in this virtual environment, please do get in touch with us and let us know.

Note on Live Stream: This conference will be streamed live on YouTube, and recorded for that Purpose. By participating in the conference, you consent to this recording and broadcasting, and posting of these images on affiliated websites for the conference.

Registration is now open here.

We look forward to meeting you virtually in June.

What is the conference about?

In 2001, the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty published its report on ‘The Responsibility to Protect’, paving the way for the idea to be adopted by the international community at the 2005 World Summit. For 20 years, the concept of the Responsibility to Protect has developed from its initial idea, faced the inaction of States and the United Nations Security Council, but has also seen progress in its implementation by ‘R2P Focal Points’ and in the UN General Assembly.

To mark 20 years since the publication of the report, the Organising Committee invites abstracts to be submitted for a two-day conference in June 2021.

About the conference series

The Responsibility to Protect In Theory and Practice Series is a series of biennial international interdisciplinary conferences established by the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The series is devoted exclusively to the concept of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P/RtoP), with the objective to create an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to engage in an interdisciplinary academic debate on the theoretical and practical implications of the concept. The conferences are organised as a forum where international experts and researchers have the opportunity to participate in a discourse on issues related to R2P and the applicability of the concept in practice.

Since 2013, the conference has been hosted by the Faculty of Law at the University of Ljubljana. This year, the conference will be hosted outside of its home venue by the International Justice and Human Rights Unit, Edge Hill University, bringing together colleagues from the University of Ljubljana, the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P), and the British International Studies Association’s Working Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect for a special 20-year anniversary event.

How to get involved

In light of continuing restrictions globally because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will now be hosted online by IJHR, Edge Hill University.
There are three ways to participate in the Conference.

Option 1 – ‘In the Room’
You can join our virtual platform via Collaborate by registering at the link below. This is where all speakers will participate in the conference during their panels. Here, you can ask questions via chat or video (when activated). There are a few hundred spaces available for this. This platform is best accessed through the Google Chrome Browser.

Option 2 – The Live Stream
The event will also be broadcast to our YouTube Channel, so you can watch wherever you are – whatever you’re doing. You can also comments and ask questions via the Chat, and some will be selected by our team during Q&As.

Option 3 – The Virtual Venue
We have set up a virtual event space via Gather.Town – where you choose an avatar, wander the virtual venue, interact with other guests, view posters, and watch the live stream ALL IN ONE PLACE. Select this option on registration – up to 500 places available.

Please note, the Organising Committee reserves the right to remove this option at any time owing to any technical difficulties.

Registration is now open here.

The organising committee

Conference series chair

Professor Vasilka Sancin, PhD, Head of the Department of International Law and Director of the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana

Chairs of the 2021 conference

Patrick Butchard, PhD, International Justice and Human Rights Unit, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, United Kingdom

Professor Vasilka Sancin, PhD, Head of the Department of International Law and Director of the Institute of International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana

Organising committee members

  • Adrian Gallagher, PhD, Co-Director of The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)
  • Jonathan Gilmore, PhD, Co-convenor of the BISA IR2P Working Group
  • Pınar Gözen Ercan, PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations, Co-convenor of the BISA IR2P Working Group
  • Alex Leveringhaus, PhD, Co-convenor of the BISA IR2P Working Group
  • Cristina G. Stefan, PhD, Associate Professor of International Relations, University of Leeds, UK, and Co-Director of The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P)
  • Conference series coordinator

    Maša Kovič Dine, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana

     

    Events

    2020-2021

    1 – 2 June 2021
    The Fifth Responsibility to Protect in Theory and Practice Conference
    20 Years: Idea, Inaction, and Implementation

    The Responsibility to Protect In Theory and Practice Series is a series of biennial international interdisciplinary conferences established by the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The series is devoted exclusively to the concept of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P/RtoP), with the objective to create an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to engage in an interdisciplinary academic debate on the theoretical and practical implications of the concept. The conferences are organised as a forum where international experts and researchers have the opportunity to participate in a discourse on issues related to R2P and the applicability of the concept in practice.

    The 2021 conference is collaboratively organised as a partnership between the International Justice and Human Rights Unit at Edge Hill, the University of Ljubljana, the BISA Intervention and Responsibility to Protect Working Group, and the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (ECR2P).


    2018-2019

    8 February 2019
    Guest Lecture on the occasion of the launch of The Companion to International Humanitarian Law.  Domestic and International Prosecution of War Crimes: Achievements and Challenges

    Speakers: Judge Keith Raynor (Vice-President Kosovo Specialist Chambers) and Mr Niccolò Pons (Associate Legal Officer Kosovo Specialist Chambers)

    Discussants Dr Patrick Butchard and Dr Triestino Mariniello


    7 – 8 September 2018, Liverpool

    Conference ‘Twenty Years of the ICC’s Rome Statute: Utopia – Reality – Crisis’

    The Conference was based on an international and interdisciplinary discussion on four different, but interconnected themes – ‘global justice’, goals and functions of the ICC, relationship with states parties and the UN Security Council, effectiveness of proceedings.

    Convenors

    • Julia Geneuss, LL.M. (NYU) (Hamburg University)
    • Triestino Mariniello (Edge Hill University)

    2017-2018

    24 November 2017

    Guest Lecture ‘European Court of Human Rights Case Law on International Crimes’ on the occasion of the book launch ‘Judicial Dialogue on Human Rights: The Practice of International Criminal tribunals’ (Lobba – Mariniello eds, Brill 2017)

    Speaker Judge Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque (European Court of Human Rights)

    Chair Dr Mariagiulia Giuffré
    Discussants Dr Paolo Lobba and Dr Triestino Mariniello


    t November 2017

    Guest Lecture – The International Criminal Court at 15: Achievements and Challenges.

    Speaker Judge Cuno Tarfusser (Vice-President of the International Criminal Court)


    Previous Events

    13 – 14 June 2014

    The “Cross-Fertilization” Rhetoric in Question: Use and Abuse of the European Court’s Jurisprudence by International Criminal Tribunals

    In June, 2014, Edge Hill University hosted a two-day international workshop. The event focused on the legal phenomenon of cross-fertilization between international criminal law and human rights principles developed by specialized supranational bodies. Twenty-two among scholars and practitioners critically assess the manner in which widely-recognized standards of human rights have been used (or misused) by international criminal tribunals.

    Contact

    To contact the International Justice and Human Rights Unit, please use the following contacts:

    Dr Patrick Butchard
    01695 657623
    [email protected]

    Dr Mariagiulia Giuffré
    01695 657614
    [email protected]

    Department of Law and Criminology
    Edge Hill University
    St Helens Road
    Ormskirk, Lancashire
    L39 4QP
    United Kingdom

    [email protected]

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