Call for Papers -Boko Haram and International Law: Mapping the Legal Terrain for Responding to Insurgencies and Armed Conflicts in Africa

Geolocation

Deadline: 

12/31/14

Event Date: 

02/26/15 to 02/27/15

Location name: 

JOHANNESBURG

Organization: 

FACULTY OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

CALL FOR PAPERS

With the focus on Boko Haram and similar insurgent movements across Africa, papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following themes:

1. Cross- border Insurgencies as New Threats and Challenges to Peace and Security in Africa

(i) The classification and typology of armed conflicts under IHL and its relevance to insurgent groups like Boko Haram and other organised armed groups with links to terrorism and/or trans-border operations;

(ii) Classification problems associated with the different objectives and the means used by the various groups;

(iii) The gap between what is expected of governments and what can bedelivered.

2. Responses to insurgencies and armed conflicts in Africa

Taking into account mechanisms, scope of authority, limitations, national self-interest; and other factors, responses by the following entities, as separate themes, may form the subject-matter of papers:

(i) national governments in Africa;

(ii) the African Union and African sub-regional organisations;

(iii) the international community;

3. Protection of civilian population in insurgencies/armed conflicts

(i) Calibrating the legal obligations of national forces and organised armed groups in Africa under international law;

(ii) The limits of the application of R2P in insurgencies and non-international armed conflicts in Africa.

4. Enforcement/Accountability

(i) The United Nations, the African Union and African RECs and the

(ii) National mechanisms for enforcement and accountability, including enforcement of international law in Non-International Armed Conflicts in Africa; legal obstacles and challenges.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS/PAPERS

Proposals for papers (abstracts) should not exceed 500 words (excluding institutional affiliation and contact details).

Proposals should be sent as an email attachment to: John-Mark Iyi at: john-marki@uj.ac.za

Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2014.

Authors of selected papers will be notified in the second week of December 2014.