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Conferences, Workshops and Roundtables


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NILSC sponsors and runs a variety of different events enabling researchers in the area of international law and security, to exchange ideas, develop agendas and make an impact both academically and in the wider world.

Human Rights and the Privileges and Immunities of International Organisations Workshop


5 December 2019

This event was co-hosted with Human Rights Law Centre.

  • Jam v. IFC: A pivotal moment for the law of global governance, Professor Eyal Benvenisti, University of Cambridge
  • Finding the Appropriate Balance Between the Immunity of Multilateral Development Banks and Public Accountability: A Proposal, Professor Daniel Bradlow, University of Pretoria
  • Immunities of IO officials and diplomatic immunities in the context of claims by domestic servants and victims of human trafficking and other forms of modern slavery, Professor Philippa Webb, King's College London
  • UN-Accountable: immunity or impunity for human rights violations in UN peacekeeping operations? Professor Rosa Freedman, University of Reading
  • The UN as Human Rights Violator in Peacekeeping Operations? Implications for Immunity, Professor Nigel White, University of Nottingham
  • Humanitarians and Human Rights Abuses: Responsibility under International Law? Dr Christy Shucksmith-Wesley, University of Nottingham
  • Accountability of international organisations for human rights, Professor Robert McCorquodale, University of Nottingham

2019 Annual LLM Roundtable: Fact, Truth, and Fact-Finding in Warfare


27 November 2019

Sponsored by the British Red Cross. Professor Kritsiotis and Dr Christy-Shuckmith-Wesley hosted the annual LLM roundtable, with guest speakers Professor Thilo Marauhn (University of Giessen and President of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC)) and Thérèse O’Donnell (University of Strathclyde). Six LLM students presented individual research papers.

70th Anniversary of Genocide Convention


University of Nottingham, 9 November 2018

The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) Interdisciplinary Conference will bring together scholars from across a range of disciplines to discuss topics broadly related to the topic of genocide. The conference will feature a keynote debate between Olympia Bekou, Marko Milanovic and Robert Cryer (University of Birmingham) on the value of the concept of genocide, chaired by Cosmin Cercel. The conference is organised by the PGR community in NILSC.

The Law and Politics of the Syrian Conflict


Nottingham Trent University, 4 May 2018

This symposium on Syria provided an inter-disciplinary forum for informed discussion and to increase the level of knowledge and debate on this important and relevant subject. The event hosted by the Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice (NTU) and Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (UoN). The event involved nine presentations, including one given by Nigel White, to an audience of about 50, with film showings and a roundtable discussion. On line publication of papers to follow.

Legal Aspects of Intelligence Sharing in Multinational Military Operations

Expert workshop

University of Nottingham, 29 January 2018

The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre hosted over 30 leading experts at a two-day workshop on intelligence sharing in military operations. In addition to academics, the experts included high-ranking legal advisors from several governments, militaries and international organisations. The rigorous and very detailed discussion at the workshop, conducted under the Chatham House Rule, will result in a workshop report, which will be published in due course. Together with colleagues from the Australian National University and the University of Exeter, NILSC members led by Marko Milanovic will also be writing a research article drawing on the proceedings of the workshop. The event was an excellent example of how Nottingham academics engage with leading practitioners, and how their research can have a substantial real-world impact.

Non-UN Sanctions and International Law: Issues of Legitimacy and Effectiveness


University of Nottingham, 10 November 2017

The second part of the symposium was hosted by NILSC. Following a call for papers, a further 12 papers were presented on the legitimacy, effectiveness and impact of sanctions and countermeasures imposed by regional organisations and states, presented and discussed with a wider audience of about 30.

Non-UN Sanctions and International Law: Issues of Legality


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague, 5 May 2017

The European Society of International (ESIL) sponsored a joint Prague-Nottingham (NILSC) symposium on sanctions. The Prague event, which was organised by the Institute of International Relations, was held on 5 May 2017 at the Czech Foreign Ministry with NILSC Co-Directors chairing sessions. 12 papers on various aspects of the legality of non-UN sanctions and countermeasures imposed by regional organisations and states were presented to an audience of about 40 academics, practitioners, researchers, and government officials.

Business, Human Rights and Security


University of Nottingham, 26-27 January 2017

This conference was co-organised and co-funded by the NWO/Human Rights Law Centre/NILSC and focused on the intersections between business, human rights and security. It involved presentations from members of the NILSC/SOMO/Inkrispena project team, by other project teams in related areas, by academics looking at the intersections between business, human rights and security, and by stakeholders from the United Nations (the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and the UN Working Group on Mercenaries), from the security industry, and from NGOs and civil society organisations.

Syria + Refugees = Threat to UK?


University of Nottingham, 26 November 2015

Roundtable discussion on the refugee crisis co-organised by the Human Rights Law Centre involving Natalie Bennet, Green Party Leader, Dr Aiden Hehir, University of Westminster, Dr Daria Davitti, Keele University, Professor Mark Jago, Professor Mary E Footer, Lydia Davies-Bright.

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Post-Conflict Situations and Fragile States


University of Nottingham, 20-21 May 2015

Co-organised with the HRLC. The purpose of the workshop was to bring together experts to consider two key facets of privatisation in post-conflict situations and fragile states related to the UNGPs: first, the regulation of private security companies and contractors (PSCs); and the operationalisation of the UNGPS where TNCs and other business enterprises are linked to natural resource exploitation in conflict-affected zones and fragile states with human rights abuses. Papers were presented by Professor Elke Krahmann, Brunel University, London: Dr Mirko Sossai, University of Roma Tre; Dr Sorcha Macleod, University of Sheffield; Gabor Rona, Visiting Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School, New York; Karlijn Kuijpers, SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations), Amsterdam; Dr Rajiv Maher, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Copenhagen; Mary Footer, NILSC; Dr Karin Buhmann, Copenhagen Business School/Roskilde University, Denmark.

Governing for Human Security: scale, voice and policy practice


University of Nottingham, 11-12 May 2015

The workshop was co-sponsored by the Institute for Asia Pacific Studies and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC). Participants were drawn from different universities, different disciplines and from various organisations; including NILSC members Mary Footer, Marko Milanovic, Nigel White, and Christy Shucksmith. The purpose of the workshop was a scoping exercise aimed at examining the governance of human security at the intersection of conceptual, theoretical and empirical literature on the one hand, and on human security (including specific human security sectors, eg food security) on the other hand.

New Technologies and International Security Law


University of Nottingham, 2 July 2013

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together experts to consider international law’s relevance and application to, as well as regulation of, new technologies in the area of warfare and security. Funding was secured for this workshop from the University of Nottingham Science, Technology and Society (STS) Priority Group. Papers presented were: ‘UN Law and New Technologies’ (Professor Nigel White, Co-Director NILSC); ‘Cyber Attacks and International Law’ (Professor Nicholas Tsagourias, University of Sheffield); ‘Nanotechnology and International Humanitarian Law’, Dr Hitoshi Nasu, Director Military and Security Centre, ANU; ‘Automated Attacks and International Humanitarian Law’ (Air Commodore Bill Boothby, former Deputy Director of Legal Services for the Royal Air Force).

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