Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Focus on Scotland

On 23 March 2018, UN House Scotland will be hosting a conference and a series of workshops as a part of their ‘See me, free me” efforts. The conference, entitled ‘Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Scotland: Raising Awareness – Strengthening Collaboration – Breaking the Chains’ is open to the public, and will focus on the impacts, causes, and prevention of human trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland.

The conference and workshops will be attended and will feature experts, MSPs, NGOs and private sector advocates, among others. The conference and workshops will occur at Scottish Parliament with the sponsorship of MSP Christina McKelvie.

Tickets for this event are currently sold out. To be added to the waitlist, please email UN Scotland at

Alternatively the event can be watched live on Facebook.


Legal Assistant Posts: Scottish Law Commission

The Scottish Law Commission are currently seeking a small number of law graduates for fixed-term appointments of one year, to work as legal assistants on  current and planned law reform projects.  Appointments will start at the beginning of September 2018.  For more details of the work involved, see the guide to life as a legal assistant.

Allocations of work to legal assistants may vary, depending on the Commission’s priorities and on any new projects referred to the Commission.

The work allocation to legal assistants may relate to the following areas of work:

  • Heritable securities;
  • A review of section 53 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003;
  • Aspects of leases;
  • New projects under our Tenth Programme of Law Reform, to be published shortly;
  • Joint law reform projects being carried out with the Law Commission for England and Wales.

The salary will be £23,617 per annum.


For more information please click here.

Call for papers on Change in International Law and Human Rights

The International Law and Human Rights Unit, part of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, invites postgraduate research students to its 2nd Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights. The conference will take place on 26th and 27th March 2018.

The theme of the conference is: The Notion of Change in International Law and Human Rights’. The theme is to be conceived in the broadest possible sense. Issues may range from the role that international law and/or human rights plays in facilitating change, whether international law in fact provides a barrier to change, particular fields that are facing or likely to face changes (e.g. migration, secession) or worldwide phenomena (e.g. climate change). Papers outside these areas that still fall under the broad theme are also welcomed. Papers may deal with, but again are not limited to:

  • Public International Law
  • Conflict and Security Law
  • International Court and Tribunals
  • International Organisations and Global Governance
  • International Criminal Law
  • Migration and Refugee Law
  • Minority Rights, Self-Determination and Secession Processes
  • Cultural Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Rights of Children, Women and Persons with Disabilities
  • International Law and the Global Economy
  • Climate Change and Environmental Law 

We encourage paper and poster proposals from postgraduate students who specialise in international law, human rights or related subjects and welcome contributions from doctrinal, normative, historical, conceptual and comparative perspectives. The conference offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment, among peers with similarly oriented research interests.

Soap Box Session

Alternatively, we also welcome proposals for our ‘soap box session’. Here, speakers have just 5 minutes to air a controversial legal argument against the clock. They then have 10 minutes to defend this view against a critical audience! This is a dynamic forum for short presentations on bold ideas or controversial legal views.

How to Apply

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short biography (no more than 100 words) to Please indicate whether you are applying to present a paper, poster or ‘soapbox’. Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for more than one format. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th January 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday 19th January 2018.


PhD studentships

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) has announced new PhD studentships. The SGSSS offers fully-funded awards, which provide students with a maintenance grant, tuition fees, and access within their institution to a Research Training Support Grant.

1+3 Year Studentships (48 Months)

These awards provide funding for a one year Masters degree and a three year PhD study. Students who have only completed or are in the process of completing an undergraduate degree, or who do not have the relevant core research methods training should apply for these awards.

+3 Year Studentships (36 Months) 

These awards will suit applicants who wish to enter directly into a PhD programme and who have already completed a Masters degree, which incorporates the ESRC required 60 credits of research methods training.

Part-Time Studentships

Part-time students receive funding for up to eight (8) years, which breaks down as up to two (2) years for Masters training and a further six (6) years for doctoral study.

Fees Only Studentships

Fees only studentships are available for EU students have not been primarily resident in the UK for the past three years.

For more information, see

Steve Weston Essay Competition 2017

CEPMLP is calling for entries to the Steve Weston Prize, an annual essay competition on oil and gas law administered by The Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust. The competition honours the memory of Steve Weston, a leading practitioner of oil and gas law, particularly in the developing regions.

Open to all, the Steve Weston Prize is awarded to the author or authors of an outstanding essay on a preselected topic. Worth up to £1000, the Prize is funded by BP, Shell, Herbert Smith, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Linklaters and Wragges.

The topic for 2017 is, “The European Parliament in its resolution 2015/2352 of 1st December 2016, called on the Commission to consider the establishment of a European legislative compensation mechanism for offshore accidents.  Is such a mechanism necessary or desirable and, if so, is the European Parliament right to suggest that it should cover not only bodily injury and property damage but also pure economic loss. What would constitute pure economic loss in this context?”

All entries should be no more than 3000 words in length and submitted electronically no later than 19th December 2017 to

Further information on the Steve Weston Prize can be found here

Student Writing Competition

The Groningen Journal of International Law is anticipating your submissions for its Student Writing Competition 2018! This year the competition is open to students across the world. The article can be on a topic of international law of your choice; but must maintain quality in research and writing, diversity and relevance in order to be considered. If selected, your article will be published in GroJIL Volume 6, Issue 1.

Kindly bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • You must be a registered student at a University or Institution.
    • This includes recent graduates who have obtained their diploma after the 1st of May, 2017.
  • You must submit your article with your allotted number.
    • In order to ensure fairness in judging, participants will have to submit their articles anonymously. As such, each participant will receive their candidate number for participation by adhering to the following procedure:
      • Email with your interest to submit an article.
      • Get a response back from us with an allotted number.
      • Email with your article and candidate number (instead of your name.)
  • The article should begin with a short abstract.
  • The article must include footnotes and citations.
  • The expected length of the article is 6,000 to 7,000 words.
    • Including footnotes.
    • Excluding abstract, bibliography or table of contents.
  • Provided your paper satisfies the rest of the criteria, feel free to contribute a paper you have submitted for class/a thesis.
  • The deadline for submission is 15 April, 2017 at 23:59

Student Writing Competition


Trandafir Writing Competition

Each year, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, conducts an annual world affairs student writing competition.

The competition is open to law students and to graduate students in all disciplines. To find out more information about this years competition please click here.

PhD Oppertunity.

The Research Institute of Environmental Law at Wuhan University, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China, is inviting applications for six English-language PhD positions in environmental law, commencing on 1 September 2018. The application process is described in the attached brochure. A Chinese Government Scholarship will cover most expenses. Please be aware that the deadline for submitted applications is 15 March 2018.

Should you have any questions about these positions, contact Alexander Zahar at the email address below.


Dynamics of Africa and the Int’l Criminal Court

Start: 15 Nov 4:30PM End: 15 Nov 6:00PM

Location: Dalhouise Building, 2G12

Cost: Free

Organiser: Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN)

Understanding the Dynamics of the Africa–International Criminal Court Relationship

Although African countries were some of the strongest supporters of the creation of the International Criminal Court, the relationship between Africa and the ICC has become increasingly fractious, resulting in the withdrawal from the Court of one African country, and threats from others to withdraw. What are the dynamics of this relationship? This talk will examine the strategic and tactical forms of resistance used by African states against the ICC.

Kurt Mills is Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee. He has previously taught at the University of Glasgow, Gettysburg College, James Madison University, Mount Holyoke College, and the American University in Cairo, and served as the Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. He has held visiting positions at Addis Ababa University, the School of Advanced Studies University of London, and the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the development of international norms and institutions related to human rights, humanitarianism, international criminal justice, and the responsibility to protect, particularly in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.