Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership

In conjunction with the University of Dundee, the Dundee Violence Against Women Partnership invite you to a public lecture:

“They fairly mak ye…..”

Women, Work and Violence – History repeating?

Anni Donaldson

Anni Donaldson is an Honorary Research Fellow at Strathclyde University and is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow & Project Lead for the Equally Safe project in Higher Education. Anni has expertise in the history of policy and service provision in the domain of violence against women and is currently working on an oral history of domestic abuse in Scotland (1979-1992).

The lecture will be delivered on Tuesday 5th December at 5.00pm in the Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee.

Prior to the lecture (from 4.30 pm) refreshments will be served in the Dalhousie Foyer.

The lecture is part of the Annual Sixteen-day International Campaign against all forms of gender-based violence.

Further information can be obtained from Angela Kellyangela.kelly@dundeecity.gov.uk Tel:01382 433373.


International Writing Competition 2018

Justis are offering a £2,000 prize for the best blog post written by a student on one of the following topics: Future of legal technology & the work of law firms, how the law copes with technological innovations, and the mass impact of technology for providing new and easy access to legal information.

For more information on each topic area, guiding questions and inspiration, click the link here.

International Law: A largely Scottish Affair?

DILS want to invite you to participate in two events next Wednesday, 25 October. The University of Dundee is fortunate to have Professor Gerry Simpson (Chair of Public International Law at the LSE) to come to visit.

Gerry’s biography is available here:http://www.lse.ac.uk/law/people/academic-staff/gerry-simpson. His research focuses on international law, international criminal law, and literary approaches to law. He is considered to be one of the world’s preeminent scholars of international law.

He will be presenting at our Law Research Seminar Series at 2.30 next Wednesday, on ‘International Law: A Largely Scottish Affair?’. This will be in Room 4.08.

In addition, Gerry has very generously offered to meet with students. He will therefore hold a session from 1-2pm on Wednesday 25th, in Room 3.08. I imagine this will focus on research and writing in international law.

You would all be very welcome to attend this session. If you are interested in attending, can you please let Sophie Rigney by Monday 23rd October. Her email address is s.rigney@dundee.ac.uk

Vacancy – Postdoctoral Researcher/ Research Assistant – Individualization of War Project  

The European Research Council funded research project on “The Individualization of War: Reconfiguring the Ethics, Law, and Politics of Armed Conflict” (IOW) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The IOW project is based at the European University Institute & the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict.

The successful applicant will work closely with Professor Dapo Akande (who is based in Oxford and is co-investigator on the project). She or he will conduct research on the application of human rights law in armed conflict and on the relationship between human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Candidates should have an outstanding PhD in international law but should be excited about working in an inter-disciplinary team which includes international relations scholars and moral philosophers. The position is for one year and will start in December 2017 or January 2018.

Further details on the project is available here the position. Full details about the position and the application process can be found here.

Making sense of chaos – the role of legislation and action in climate change in Scotland.

“Making sense of chaos – the role of legislation and action in climate change in Scotland” by Mike Robinson from Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The talk will be chaired by Dr Janet Xuanli Liao.
Time: 4:30-6:00pm Wednesday 4 October.
Venue: Carnegie Lecture Theatre, University of Dundee.
Topic: Making sense of chaos – the role of legislation and action in climate change in Scotland
Mike Robinson – Biography
Since 2008 Mike has been the Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS). Previously he was Head of Development at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and prior to that he spent ten years with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Edinburgh and six years with Unilever.
Mike has a very long standing and deep voluntary involvement.   He helped establish and chaired the largest coalition ever formed in Scotland (Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS)) which led the civil society campaign to push for the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 and is still on the board a decade later.   He was a trustee of Scottish Environment Link and was recently elected as Honorary Fellow, and is a trustee of the Polar Academy and Live Active Leisure.  He has been a trustee of more than 20 well known UK and Scottish environment and human rights bodies and advised and chaired a handful of government groups, mostly around climate change.   He is currently working on promoting solutions to climate change in which Scotland can take a lead, but which will have the greatest global impact, and has therefore begun to focus specifically on transport and climate literacy.  
Mike has received a handful of awards for his contribution to the environment, climate change, renewable energy and fund-raising, including the inaugural Scottish Green Awards Outstanding Contribution to the Environment and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Environment award.   Previously Mike has been on expeditions to Borneo and various of the world’s mountains. This August he plans to swim across the world’s third largest whirlpool off the coast of Jura in the inner Hebrides – the Corryvreckan whirlpool, to help raise money for RSGS and for a bit of a laugh.

Colombia – A Country Navigating Transitional Justice: Its Negotiation and Perspectives.

A Lecture by the delegates of the Colombian Government for the drafting and editing of the text agreed with FARC-EP.

Dr Juan Carlos Henao and Dr Yesid Reyes.

Thursday 28th September, University of Dundee, Dalhousie LT4., 15.00-16.00 hours

Bios Dr. Henao is the Principal of Universidad Externado de Colombia, and was previously a Magistrate and President of the Constitutional Court of the country. He holds a masters degree in Public Law as well as a PhD from Pantheon-Assas University of Paris (II), and has published numerous books and peer-reviewed articles in fields such as administrative law, environmental damage and constitutional law. He has also been a professor at Universidad Externado de Colombia, and an invited professor at the Institut de Hautes Études de Science Politiques (Science Po) in Paris. He was recently appointed by the Government of Colombia to be one of its delegates for the deliberations on the Transitional Justice System in the negotiation of the Peace Agreement with the insurgent group FARC-EP, which led to the end of 50 years of war in Colombia.

Dr. Yesid Reyes: Dr. Reyes is the Head of the Research Centre on Philosophy and Law of Universidad Externado de Colombia, and was previously the Minister of Justice in the Colombian Government of Juan Manuel Santos. He has also been an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Colombia and a member of the Advisory Board on Criminal Policy forthe Government, as well as a reputed attorney for over 20 years. He holds a masters degree in criminal law and criminology from Universidad Externado de Colombia, a PhD from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a research scholarship from the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation in Bonn, Germany. As Minister of Justice he was recently appointed by the Government of Colombia to be one of its delegates for the deliberations on the Transitional Justice System in the negotiation of the Peace Agreement with the insurgent group FARC-EP, which led to the end of 50 years of war in Colombia.

International Law Events at the University of Glasgow

Prof Nils Melzer: inaugural event

The Fight against Torture: Perspective of a Practitioner
Thursday 28 September
5pm, Gilbert Scott Suite 250 (Main Building)

Please register via Eventbrite.

‘International Law as a Profession’ seminar series

Professor Nils Melzer
(UN Special Rapporteur on Tortume, Geneva Academy Human Rights Chair)
Tuesday 10 October
Time and venue tbc

Human Security in a Destabilising World – high-level panel event

Wednesday 11 October
5pm, Melville Room, Main Building


  • Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Ben Emmerson, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in counter-terrorism
  • Nils Melzer, Professor in International Law, Human Rights Chair Geneva Academy, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture

‘International Law as a Profession’ seminar series

Dr Kate Parlett
(20 Essex Street Specialist in PIL and International Arbitration)
Thursday 2 November
Time and venue tbc

ReVisions seminar series

David Quinton, Tax Barrister and Consultant
Thursday 16 November
4pm, Room 207, No 10 The Square

ReVisions seminar series

Nahed Samour
Thursday 30 November
4pm, Room 207, No 10 The Square

Please contact Joanna Wilson:(joanna.wilson@glasgow.ac.uk) for more details and to register.

Dundee University Book Fair

Book Fair is coming to town on 14-15th September (DUSA reception)! Bring your old books and get some cash back! Or pop in to find books you need!

If you have books to sell, bring them to the Hive, Level 4 DUSA (all week 10-4pm). All subjects are welcome! Choose prices yourself & complete registration sheet with your details. If your books will be sold during Book Fair, you will be notified via email. If not sold, you can leave them for the January Book Fair or pick it up if you wish so.

£1 charge per sold book will go as a donation towards our RAG Charity.

Any other questions? Just drop an email to Ezichi, vpf@dusa.co.uk

PhD Fellowships to 6 Early Stage Researchers

The University of Macerata (Italy) collaborates with Philips Research (The Netherlands) and imec-DistriNet/KU Leuven in the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie project HEART (MSCA-ITN Industrial Doctorate (Grant Agreement No. 766139, http://www.heart-itn.eu), which investigates the design and development of a “HEalth related Activity Recognition system based on the Internet-of-Things (IoT)”. 

HEART is an international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary training program providing PhD Fellowships to 6 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the research fields of ICT, legal studies and the international business domain:


Detailed information about the HEART project and the open Call for Applications can be found at the project’s web site: http://www.heart-itn.eu/ or directly via: http://ricerca.unimc.it/en/heart/HEART_callforapplication_final.pdf

Hiring institutions:
– ESR1 and ESR4  will be hired by Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (the Netherlands);
– ESR2 and ESR3 will be hired by KU Leuven (Belgium);
– ESR5 and ESR6 will be hired by the University of Macerata (Italy).

PhD Enrollment:
– ESR1, ESR2, ESR3, ESR4 will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of KU Leuven,
– ESR5, ESR6 will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of the University of Macerata. 

Important dates:
– By 14th October 2017: Candidates must apply by submitting required documents through the HEART online application system available at www.heart-itn.it
– By 23rd October 2017: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit to a interview (also via videoconference) with their supervisory team. Interviews will be held from 30 October 2017 to 10 November 2017. Candidates may be required to have a further interview to be held face to face (in this case costs of travel and accommodation will be reimbursed).
– By 17th November 2017: Shortlisted candidates will be informed about final decision.
– By 27th November 2017: Selected candidates will have to confirm in writing their decision to accept the offered position, otherwise they will lose the position and the following candidate in the ranking list will be recruited.
– December 2017: Selected candidates will be recruited by hiring institutions.
– January 2018: employment contracts will start.