Munch’s magic Oslo “Scream”

blackOSLO –  Remember the famous Edvard Munch image of The Scream? Well, that’s it at left. At least, that’s how it looked to me on first glimpse at the Munchmuseet, a highlight of this Norwegian capital.

A while back, thieves stole The Scream and another painting, Madonna, from this museum. Both eventually were recovered and again placed on display. But The Scream suffered damage. And so when I entered the small room where it hangs, I found nothing but darkness, so much that I began to leave. Suddenly, an unseen guard said:

‘No, wait. Magic will happen.’

As I inched again into the room, a motion-sensor was triggered, and The Scream emerged from the blackness. The 1893 oil painting’s bright colored swirls madonnawere more brilliant, more moving in person than in any reproduction –  so much more expressive than Munch’s black and white lithograph of the same image. True magic.

A ban on photography in that room precludes showing any but the “before” picture. But the photo at right of the other formerly stolen painting, Madonna, serves to remind of Munch’s eerie genius.

(Thanks to Cecilia Marcela Bailliet and her colleagues at the University of Oslo PluriCourts project for the opportunity to visit and take part in a brilliant conference.)

Oslo Law invites papers for conference on legitimacy & international criminal law

Having accepted a kind invitation to speak at a Norway conference on international criminal justice next year, I’m pleased to give notice of the call for papers.

psloOrganized by my IntLawGrrls colleague, Professor Cecilia M. Bailliet, as part of the PluriCourts project, the conference will be held August 30-31, 2014, at the University of Oslo Faculty of law. Called “The Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Courts,” the conference will explore empirical, normative, comparative or theoretical approaches to the study of international criminal tribunals. Contributions from law and social science, including philosophy, sociology, criminology, psychology and history, are welcomed. As detailed in the full call for papers, overall topics may include:

► Fairness, application of legal standards, and the relationship to the Security Council

► Evaluating the effectiveness of international criminal tribunals

► Cross-fertilization of international criminal tribunals with other regimes and complementarity

► Funding and legitimacy challenges

Deadline for paper proposals is November 1, 2013. Full call for papers here; hope to see you there.