Events and Opportunities Digest: June 2023

Call for Abstracts: Symposium on ‘Russia, Imperialism, and International Law’ , 3 July 2023

The Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel, Germany, will host an international symposium on ‘Russia, Imperialism, and International Law’ on 14-16 September 2023. The symposium will discuss Russia’s past and present attempts to (re-)establish its dominance and control in the post-Soviet sphere, with a specific focus on geopolitical (e.g., the concept of the ‘near abroad’), nationality-related (e.g., passportisation), and economic ‘tools of imperialism’. Abstracts should be around 1,000-1,500 words, and must be sent to Professor Andreas von Arnauld <[email protected]> in a single document that also includes a brief CV by 3 July 2023. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their research in panels on their respective themes, and following the symposium, to publish their paper in a special focus section in Volume 66 (2023) of the German Yearbook of International Law. Full details can be found here.

Summer School of Civil Law, 3-21 July 2023

The Civil Law Foundation is an institution of international legal cooperation based in Paris, recognized as public utility, whose main objective is to promote the assets of civil law. One of its key annual events is the Summer School of Civil Law, which 2023 edition will be held in Paris, from 3 to 21 July. In partnership with the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas, this event brings together every year many students and legal practitioners from all over the world, who will be awarded, at the end of a final exam, a Training Certificate in Civil Law. The program is taught in English, French and Spanish and is open to anyone who has completed a minimum of three years of legal studies (students and legal practitioners). For more details, visit the website.

Advisory opinions on climate change coming to an international court near you: scope and implications, 12 July 2023

The ILA (Australian Branch) is pleased to present an online seminar exploring the ways in which authoritative opinions concerning climate change are being sought in various international fora. The event will be held online on Wednesday 12 July at 5pm. The event will be chaired by Justice Nicola Pain, Land and Environment Court of NSW and ILA (Australia) Management Committee and feature presentations by Professor Natalie Klein, UNSW Sydney and ILA (Australia) President, who will discuss the request for an advisory opinion from the International Tribunal of Law of the Sea, Professor Lucas Lima, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, who will discuss the request for an advisory opinion in the Inter-American human rights system, and Professor Margaret Young, University of Melbourne, who will discuss the request for an advisory opinion by the UN General Assembly to the International Court of Justice, and reflect on the totality of advisory opinions and what it may mean for the development of international law. Registration is essential and open here

Call for submissions for the 2023 Brennan Essay Prize in Public International Law and the Nygh Essay Prize in Private International Law, 5 August 2023

The Australian Branch is now calling for submissions for the 2023 Brennan and Nygh Prizes. The prizes are awarded for essays that demonstrate outstanding scholarship and make a distinct contribution to the field of public international law and private international law (conflict of laws), respectively. Essays for the prize to be awarded in 2023 should be sent to the email address of the Secretary of the Australian Branch at [email protected] by 5 August 2023. Further details (including conditions of entry) are available here. The results will be made available on the website of the ILA ( on approximately 31 August 2023. Winners will be notified by email. 

ILA (AB) Early Career Seminar Series: Session 1, 17 August 2023

The Australian Branch is pleased to present the first seminar in its 2023 Early Career Seminar Series on topics in private international law. The event will be an online lunch time discussion on Thursday, 17 August 2023 at 1:00pm AEST. The panel will feature speakers Dr Sarah McKibbin, University of Southern Queensland presenting The Australian Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in Practice and Rachel Van Der Veen, Australian Public Service: Fiduciary Duties and the 1985 Trusts Convention, with commentator Dr Brooke Marshall, UNSW Sydney and chair Danielle Kroon, Marque Lawyers. See further details, including registration, here.

Call for Papers, German Yearbook of International Law30 September 2023

The German Yearbook of International Law is Germany’s oldest yearbook in the field of public international law. The Editors welcome submissions for volume 66 (2023) of the GYIL. Papers should be 10,000-12,500 words inclusive of footnotes and must conform with the house style guide of the GYIL. Submissions, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be sent by the extended date of 30 September 2023 to the Assistant Editor of the GYIL via e-mail: [email protected]. More information can be found at and

Australian Arbitration Week, 9-13 October 2023

The International Law Association (Australian Branch) are pleased to support Australian Arbitration Week, being held from 9 to 13 October 2023 in Perth, Australia. The lead event for AAW2023 is the ACICA & Ciarb Australia International Arbitration Conference, being held on 9 October 2023 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

In its 11th year and with 40 events currently scheduled on the newly released Calendar of Events, AAW is ramping it up with sessions from global thought leaders, practical tips and tricks for practitioners and arbitrators of all levels, and kick on events to showcase Perth as a leading city for dispute resolution, business and even a bit of fun. 

To ensure that you do not miss out on event and registration information, follow ACICA on LinkedIn and keep an eye on the AAW website.