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Time to engage international law capacity in China and India;
anthology by LIU Daqun and ZHANG Binxin;
2016 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award to SONG Tianying;
13 new policy briefs;
1st CILRAP Scholarship for International Law (China)
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Dear colleague,

As part of a deliberate effort to engage international law capacity in China and India since 2012, CILRAP-actors have taught 38 international law courses at five leading Chinese universities, involving more than 1,400 students, and CILRAP’s publisher – the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP) – has published 59 Chinese and Indian authors. The human resources of China and India are so extraordinary, and the development already so advanced, that traditional approaches to capacity development in international law should be supplemented by a deeper form of engagement with capacity. Without exaggerating CILRAP’s modest person-centred investment in the international law research, writing and publishing of younger Chinese and Indian lawyers, we now invite other actors, with much greater resources, to explore and develop 'capacity engagement' practice, not restricted to China and India. CILRAP’s investments have been done in the conviction that the international law discourse should be broadened to include more voices from China, India and other so-called emerging states. This will expand the range of perspectives available in the discourse and ensure that it is genuinely global, owned by all. You can read more here.
 
Today TOAEP publishes the anthology Historical War Crimes Trials in Asia (397 pp.) co-edited by ICTY Vice-President Judge LIU Daqun and Assistant Professor ZHANG Binxin. In this fifth TOAEP-volume on the history of international criminal law, 16 authors focus on the Tokyo trial and trials held in China. The contributors include Guido Acquaviva, David Cohen, GAO Hong, GAO Xiudong, Nina H.B. Jørgensen, Suzannah Linton, Theodor Meron, XUE Ru, Yuma Totani and ZHU Dan.
 
TOAEP also publishes a further 13 policy briefs today (see complete list at the bottom of this message), including  
We are pleased to announce that SONG Tianying is granted the 2016 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award in recognition of “(a) her role as co-editor in significant book projects such as On the Proposed Crimes Against Humanity Convention, Military Self-Interest in Accountability for Core International Crimes, and Historical Origins of International Criminal Law: Volumes 3 and 4; (b) the way she has become the leading expert in the Chinese language space on legal questions in the process towards a possible crimes against humanity convention, as evidenced by her recent academic articles; (c) her contributions on the issues of compliance and accountability, including the taxonomy of self-interests developed in Military Self-Interest in Accountability for Core International Crimes, as recognized in the recently published 2015 Chinese Yearbook of International Law; (d) her substantial contributions over several years to the dissemination of international humanitarian and criminal law through the organization of international moot court competitions in East Asia; and (e) her qualities of self-discipline, fearless confrontation with new issues, and verbal economy”. You find more information here. The 2017 Award will be dedicated to an outstanding South Asian who has contributed to the rule of international law generally or the field of international criminal law and justice specifically. Nominations may be sent to info@cilrap.org by 1 January 2017. 
 
We also announce today the USD 13,000 ‘1st CILRAP Scholarship on International Law (China)’ on the topic ‘What can China and Chinese actors do to strengthen the system of collective security based on the United Nations Charter, including by deterring the illegal use of armed force in violation of the Charter?’. We are pleased to organize this essay competition with our distinguished Chinese partners China University of Political Science and Law (School of International Law), Fudan University Law School, Peking University Law School, Peking University International Law Institute, Renmin University Law School, Tsinghua University Law School, and Xiamen University Law School, and with the Planethood Foundation. The competition is made possible through the generous contribution by the Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz and Professor Donald M. Ferencz. You find more information here.
 
Tomorrow 28 June 2016, CILRAP’s department CMN organizes the conference ‘Strengthening National Justice for Core International Crimes: Laws, Procedures and Practices in an Age of Legal Pluralism’ in The Hague. It is oversubscribed but your find more information here on the programme and live streaming of the sessions.

Kind regards,
 
Alf Butenschøn Skre
FICHL Executive Adviser
Secretary, 2016 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award Committee
 
 
New TOAEP book:
 
FICHL Publication Series No. 27 (2016):
LIU Daqun and ZHANG Binxin (editors):
Historical War Crimes Trials in Asia
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Brussels, 2016
397 pages.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-055-9 (print) and 978-82-8348-056-6 (e-book).
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/ps/27-liu-zhang/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/41ed66/.
First published on 27 June 2016. 
 
 
New TOAEP policy briefs:
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 68 (2016):
LIU Renxiang:
Two Types of ‘Dignity’ and Their Role in International Human Rights
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-047-4.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/68-liu/
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/833b63/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 67 (2016):
TIAN Qing:
On Two Approaches to Communication of Evidence to the Pre-Trial Chamber
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-046-7.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/67-tian/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/9e49a4/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 66 (2016):
Christoph Sperfeldt and Emma Palmer:
(Not) All Roads Lead to Rome: Ending Impunity for International Crimes in Southeast Asia
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-045-0.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/66-sperfeldt-palmer/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/b31325/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 65 (2016):
FAN Yuwen:
Revisiting ECtHR Interpretation of the ECHR: Living Up to a Living Instrument
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-044-3.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/65-fan/
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/6f6d22/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 64 (2016):
Devasheesh Bais and Vinamra Kopariha:
Human Rights Litigation before Indian Courts as an Example and Resource for other Asian States
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-043-6.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/64-bais-kopariha/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/a96555/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 63 (2016):
ZHANG Kangle:
Using Trial Judgment to Heal: On Crimes Committed by Japanese Forces in China
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-042-9.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/63-zhang/.  
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/2a8b22/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 62 (2016):
SUN Yi:
The Role of International Human Rights Law in the Professionalization of Public Administration: The Right to a Fair Trial
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-041-2.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/62-sun/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/91e77e/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 61 (2016):
YANG Ken:
Prudence without Collateral Damage: China and International Criminal Justice
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-040-5.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/61-yang/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/a7e828/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 60 (2016):
A. Elena Ursu:
No Place to Hide: Why China Will Ratify the Rome Statute
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-039-9.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/60-ursu/
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/ea2f05/.   
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 59 (2016):
Sangkul Kim:
Rethinking the ‘Crime of Mens Rea’
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-038-2.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/59-kim/.  
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/afab3c/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 58 (2016):
Chris Mahony:
International Criminal Justice Case Selection Independence: An ICJ barometer
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-037-5.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/58-mahony/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/ffba06/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 57 (2016):
BAI Guimei:
Development of Chinese Women’s NGOs since the 1995 World Women's Conference
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-036-8. 
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/57-bai/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/045766/.
 
 
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 51 (2016):
Usha Tandon and Sidharth Luthra:
Rape: Violation of the Chastity or Dignity of Woman? A Feminist Critique of Indian Law
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 27 June 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-030-6.
FICHL-PURL: https://www.fichl.org/pbs/51-tandon-luthra/.
LTD-PURL: http://www.legal-tools.org/doc/6347d2/.
 

 
 
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