Deadline for abstract submissions: May 30, 2011
Deadline for final papers: September 30, 2011

An edited volume on analysis of the impact of various transformations (transitions) on the sphere of human rights is currently being created as a joint initiative of young scholars from the Université de Genève and the University of Michigan.  

The volume will include contributors from Harvard University and many european institutions, and will be published next year by Palgrave Macmillan.

It will be focused on impact of different types of transformations (of political, social, economic, cultural or demographic nature) on the sphere of human rights and international protection of human rights (on international, national as well as social level), and will cover both theoretical problems and practical researches (in interdisciplinary perspective).

The editors invite potential contributors from the fields of human rights,
international law, law, politics (international studies), economics, psychology, sociology, geography, ethnography, demography, and culture, both scholars and practicioners. Prospective contributors are invited to submit their initial proposals (500 words) and short CV to the editors by May 30, 2011.

The invited essays (6000-9000 words) are to be submitted by September 30, 2011. The language of the proposed publication is English.

Contact email: 
jennifer.briggs04@gmail.com
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When: 21 June 2011
Where: University of Surrey (UK)
Who: Surrey International Law Centre (SILC)

The Surrey International Law Centre (SILC) invites you to a one-day international interdisciplinary seminar on cultural legitimacy and the international law and policy on climate change on 21 June 2011 at the School of Law, University of Surrey (Event page and programme).

Climate change poses fundamental and varied challenges to all communities across the globe. The adaptation and mitigation strategies proposed by governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are likely to require radical and fundamental shifts in socio-political structures, technological and economic systems, organisational forms, and modes of regulation. The sheer volume of law and policy emanating from the international level makes it uncertain which type of regulatory or policy framework is likely to have a positive impact. The success or failure of proposed measures will depend on their acceptability within the local constituencies within which they are sought to be applied. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and theorise the role of cultural legitimacy in the choice and effectiveness of international legal and policy interventions aimed at tackling the impact of climate change.

The seminar will contribute to research on the international law and policy of climate change by focusing on the issue of cultural legitimacy.  Beginning from the premise that legitimacy critiques of international climate change regulation have the capacity to positively influence policy trends and legal choices, the seminar will showcase innovative ideas from across the disciplines and investigate the link between the efficacy of international legal and policy mechanisms on climate change and cultural legitimacy or local acceptance.

Keynote Speakers

Mr Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
Prof Michael Dorsey, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA
Prof Kirk Junker, University of Cologne
Prof Beth Savan, Director of Sustainability, University of Toronto

Conference Registration

Registration fees are £60 per delegate. Student delegates pay a concessional fee of £35.

The Surrey International Law Centre (SILC) is pleased to announce a call for papers for an international interdisciplinary seminar on cultural legitimacy and the international law and policy on climate change that will take place on 21 June 2011 at the School of Law, University of Surrey.

This seminar seeks to contribute to research on the international law and policy of climate change by focusing on the issue of cultural legitimacy. Beginning from the premise that legitimacy critiques of international climate change regulation have the capacity to positively influence policy trends and legal choices, we seek a range of papers, from across all the disciplines that investigate the link between the efficacy of international legal and policy mechanisms on climate change and cultural legitimacy or local acceptance.

The SILC events webpage and Flyer are available here.

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