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.



Have you considered a career at the Bar?

An overview of a career as an advocate including tips on qualification and what you can do to enhance your chances.

Guest speaker – Marcus Mackay QC (Ampersand Advocates)

Thursday 23rd November 5-6pm

Dundee University Dalhousie Lecture Theatre 2

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.

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 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: 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

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.