Thursday, June 19, 2008

Write On! Tribute to Judge Pillay

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers.) Our colleague William A. Schabas of the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway is assembling a book of essays on international law in honor of Navanethem Pillay (below right), who, as we've posted, is the former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and now serves as an Appeals Chamber Judge at the International Criminal Court.
In a call for papers, Schabas notes that Pillay served on the panels of the ICTR (logo at bottom left) in 2 landmark judgments:
Prosecutor v. Akayesu (1998) established sexual violence as an international crime and interpreted genocide's protected groups requirement so as to include the Tutsi group that suffered most during the Rwanda massacres. (I've written about the decision here and here.)
Prosecutor v. Nahimana, Barayagwiza and Ngeze (2003), also known as the Media Case, "which held that persons who use the media to incite genocide and other international crimes may be held accountable for their crimes, without detriment to the proper exercise of free speech."
Pillay's fight against impunity began well before the international tribunals formed, in South Africa, where she represented many whom the apartheid regime had imprisoned at Robben Island, the penal site where Nelson Mandela was held for 18 years.
The call for papers welcomes manuscripts of 5,000-8,000 (including requisite introductory abstract) in any of these areas:
► public international law
► international criminal law
► international humanitarian law
► international human rights law
► apartheid and international law
► women and international law
► racism and international law
► Africa and international law
► international law and the municipal constitutional order
Interested persons should submit an abstract of 1 page or less, accompanied by a brief biography, by July 31, 2008. Papers themselves are due September 30, 2008. All should be submitted to editorial assistant Gloria Otieno at; editorial policy or related questions may be directed to Chile Eboe-Osuji at or Roland Adjovi at

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