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PIL Discussion Group: Notices

1. Rising tides in climate change litigation: the case of the Torres Strait Islanders at the UN Human Rights Committee Please see the event page for full details:

This event will explore the impacts of climate change on the human rights of Indigenous peoples, as well as many others who live in a way that is sensitive to accelerating environmental harm. We will hear from one of the claimants in the ground-breaking Torres Strait Climate Case (Billy et al v Australia, Communication No. 3624/2019, UN Human Rights Committee) who will describe how climate breakdown affects daily life and the cultural traditions of the Torres Strait Islanders, who hail from a remote chain of low-lying islands between Australia and Papua New Guinea and are First Nations Australians. Lawyers and legal scholars will then discuss the implications of the Human Rights Committee’s recent Final Views in the case for climate adaptation and mitigation policies, as well as the future of climate change litigation before human rights fora.

Speakers: Yessie Mosby (a Masgialgal man from Masig (Yorke Island), located in the Torres Strait, Australia); Sophie Marjanac (Climate Accountability Initative Lead, ClientEarth); Martin Scheinin (British Academy Global Professor at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights). Brief comments will also be heard from emerging scholars at the University of Oxford, including Katie Pentney and John Croker.

Organisers: ClientEarth and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Convener: Professor Martin Scheinin, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

Date / Time: 2 November 2022, 12:30-2:30pm.

Venue: The Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium, Mansfield College (Hands Building), Mansfield Road, Oxford.

------------------------------------------------------------- 2. University of Bergen, Faculty of Law Symposium: Ukraine on the way to EU membership From Association Agreement to candidate status Please see the event page for full details: On 28 February 2022, on the fifth day of Ukraine's resistance to Russia's full-scale attack, Ukraine submitted its EU membership application. On 24 June, the European Council adopted a decision to grant Ukraine candidate status. This symposium addresses the path to this new stage in EU-Ukraine relations and Ukraine’s further European integration. Date: 27-28 October 2022. Venue: Faculty of Law, University of Bergen and online. The key themes of the symposium will be:

  • Implementation and the future of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement,

  • Perspectives on Ukraine's EU membership application,

  • Approximation of laws on the way to European integration,

  • Experience of the EU integration – Eastern Enlargement of 2004.

The symposium is open to all interested and will be streamed online. For registration and more information, please visit: ------------------------------------------------------------- 3. PluriCourts: Call for Abstracts - The European Court of Human Rights Facing Populism and Authoritarianism: Time for System Change? Please see the event page for full details: On 27 - 28 April 2023, the PluriCourts Centre at the University of Oslo is hosting a workshop on populism, authoritarianism and the response of the European Court of Human Rights. In relation to the workshop, there is a call for abstracts with submission deadline 26 December. ------------------------------------------------------------- 4. Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Non-Credit Course: Research Training on Counterterrorism Law

For Oxford Postgraduate students:

One of the great challenges of the early 21st century has been the development of global human-rights based standards for countering terrorism. This project, which is undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria (UP) will contribute to the development of an online repository containing information about domestic legislation on terrorism and counterterrorism in all 197 states that are recognised by the UN Secretary-General, as well as Kosovo and Western Sahara. It is hoped that this new database will play a significant role in identifying and publishing different domestic approaches to counterterrorism.

Applications: Any student wishing to assist with country research should send a short email attaching their CV and indicating their interest to: by 4pm on 25 October 2022. Please indicate if there is a particular jurisdiction that you wish to research. You will be notified whether you have been selected on 26 October.


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