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Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices 

Restoration and management of natural resources are key elements in the transition from armed conflict to peace. They are related to security and justice after conflict, governance strategies and development policies. UNEP has stressed this nexus1 and existing legal shortcomings in its reports. Other initiatives, such as the Toxic Remnants of War project, have suggested including legal mechanisms related to the environmental consequences of military activities as part of post-conflict reconstruction. The International Law Commission (ILC) decided to include the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflict in its programming, including non-international armed conflicts and ‘post-conflict measures’

This topic requires further attention.5 Traditional approaches to environmental protection face particular challenges during and after conflict. Calls for the acceptance of specific ecological obligations and procedures in post-conflict environments encounter resistance and constraint in military operations. Some harms and obligations lend themselves to systemic or abstract regulation. Others require context- and case-specific consideration. Jus post bellum provides a potential framework to take into account these specificities. It allows exploration of otherwise disparate areas of law and practice under a unified framework that focuses on post-conflict societies and the creation of sustainable peace.

This seminar is the first of two seminars planned for 11 – 13 June 2014. The second seminar relates to property, investment, and jus post bellum. The main aim of these seminars is to create guidelines for law and policy for property and the environment in the transition from armed conflict to peace. Discussants are encouraged to connect these with other, overarching issues, such as the role of international interventions, local ownership, the right to self-determination, and addressing root causes of conflict. The guidelines will be backed by substantive research papers submitted via this call for papers for presentations at the seminar.

We are seeking submissions of academic research papers, built around identifiable guidelines, for presentation at the seminar. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 300 words and be accompanied by a CV. Please indicate for which seminar the abstract is intended. Submissions must be written in English and sent to j.m.iverson@cdh.leidenuniv.nl and j.s.easterday@cdh.leidenuniv.nl no later than 27 January 2014. Selected participants will be informed 22 February 2014. Final papers should be submitted by 16 May 2014.

Six main topics: (1) Damage and Harm; (2) Nexus and Interaction between Diverse Legal Frameworks; 3) Shared Responsibility; Regulatory Policies; (5) Accountability, Reparation and Resource Management; and (6)Prevention. Link to full call

From International Law Reporter


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