Symposium: A Void in International Law? Human Rights in Unrecognized or Partially Recognized States

Conference March 8-9, 2024 – New Orleans, Louisiana

NEW DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:

JANUARY 5, 2024!

Abstracts DUE: December 15, 2023 | Papers DUE: May 10, 2024

Airfare and hotel provided*

Concept Statement

The humanitarian crisis for the ethnic Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) as a result of Azerbaijan’s complete military encirclement, months-long blockade, and, ultimately, the entire Armenian population’s forced migration out of Nagorno-Karabakh raise oft-ignored questions about the universality and effectiveness of non-derogable international human rights norms.

This Call for Papers seeks submissions of abstracts for papers exploring the relationship between human rights and unrecognized or partially recognized States (viz, countries), particularly in connection with the live issues in Nagorno-Karabakh. Authors’ abstracts accepted by the Journal of Public Interest Law for publication or speaking slots on the program will be invited to participate in one or more of the symposium’s panels. The panels will examine various tensions between the traditional conception of public international law as rules governing relations between States that recognize each other and the more recent consensus around the universality of human rights of and for all peoples.

The questions facing unrecognized and partially recognized States in representing their communities in international human rights organizations and extending to them the protection of international human rights conventions are manyfold:

  • What are the available accountability mechanisms for violations of human rights in unrecognized States?
  • What are the domestic and international enforcement mechanisms for human rights norms in unrecognized States and are they effective?
  • What if the recognized “parent” State is the perpetrator?
  • Does a recognized “protector” State or other third-party States have an obligation to provide a forum for accountability for citizens of unrecognized States?
  • Should third-party States recognize de facto States under oppression?

Abstracts accepted for publication should be developed into approximately 8,000-word papers and will appear in the Loyola University New Orleans Journal of Public Interest Law (JPIL), a student-reviewed and edited publication at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Submit your Abstract (500-word maximum) with a current CV to [email protected].

For authors accepting JPIL’s written offer of publication, the Conference will defray the costs of approved roundtrip flights originating in North America or from international points of origin and two nights’ lodging at the designated “Conference Hotel” in New Orleans. For abstracts accepted for publication, paper submission requirements will be provided by JPIL. Scholars not accepting JPIL’s publication offer may travel to New Orleans to present their accepted abstract topic at their own expense. Some participants may have the option to participate in the conference remotely. Loyola University New Orleans College of Law reserves the right to move the Conference date or to transition it to online only, in accord with the school’s COVID-19 policies.

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2024 International Law Symposium: Call for Papers

The humanitarian crisis for the ethnic Armenian community of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) [as a result of Azerbaijan’s complete military encirclement, months-long blockade, and, ultimately, the entire Armenian population’s forced migration out of Nagorno-Karabakh] raise oft-ignored questions about the universality and effectiveness of non-derogable international human rights norms. This Call for Papers seeks submissions of abstracts for papers exploring the relationship between human rights and unrecognized or partially recognized States (viz, countries), particularly in connection with the live issues in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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