Friday, February 24, 2017

Hepburn: Domestic Law in International Investment Arbitration

Jarrod Hepburn (Univ. of Melbourne - Law) has published Domestic Law in International Investment Arbitration (Oxford Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:

Although domestic law plays an important role in investment treaty arbitration, this issue is little discussed or analysed. When should investment treaty tribunals engage with domestic law? How should investment treaty tribunals resolve matters of domestic law? These questions have significant ramifications for both the legitimacy of the investment treaty system and the arbitral mandate of the tribunal members. Drawing on case law, international law principles, and comparative analysis, this book addresses these important issues.

Part I of the book examines three areas of investment law-the 'fair and equitable treatment' standard, expropriation, and remedies-in which the role of domestic law has so far been under-appreciated. It argues that tribunals are justified in drawing on domestic law as a relevant factor in their rulings on these three issues. Part II of the book examines how questions of domestic law should be resolved in investment arbitration. It proposes a normative framework for use by tribunals in ascertaining the contents of the domestic law to be applied. It then considers counter-arguments, exemptions, and exceptions to applying this framework, and it evaluates how tribunals have ruled on questions of domestic law to date.

Investment treaty arbitration has endured much criticism in recent times, partly over fears of its encroachment on sovereignty. The book ultimately contends that closer attention by tribunals to one of the principal expressions of a state's sovereignty-the elaboration of its domestic law-will reduce criticism of the field.

Sinclair: To Reform the World: International Organizations and the Making of Modern States

Guy Fiti Sinclair (Victoria Univ. of Wellington - Law) has published To Reform the World: International Organizations and the Making of Modern States (Oxford Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:

This book explores how international organizations (IOs) have expanded their powers over time without formally amending their founding treaties. IOs intervene in military, financial, economic, political, social, and cultural affairs, and increasingly take on roles not explicitly assigned to them by law. Sinclair contends that this 'mission creep' has allowed IOs to intervene internationally in a way that has allowed them to recast institutions within and interactions among states, societies, and peoples on a broadly Western, liberal model. Adopting a historical and interdisciplinary, socio-legal approach, Sinclair supports this claim through detailed investigations of historical episodes involving three very different organizations: the International Labour Organization in the interwar period; the United Nations in the two decades following the Second World War; and the World Bank from the 1950s through to the 1990s.

The book draws on a wide range of original institutional and archival materials, bringing to light little-known aspects of each organization's activities, identifying continuities in the ideas and practices of international governance across the twentieth century, and speaking to a range of pressing theoretical questions in present-day international law and international relations.

New Volume: Anuário Brasileiro de Direito Internacional

The latest volumes of the Anuário Brasileiro de Direito Internacional (Vol. 11, nos. 1 & 2, 2016) are out. Contents include:
  • Ahmed Mahiou, La Problématique des Relations Euromaghrébines
  • Clovis Brigagão, Felipe Coimbra, & Silvia Alessandra, O Direito Internacional e o “Estado Islâmico”
  • Jaana Braz Rodrigues, & Bruno de Oliveira Biazatti, Soberania e Direitos Humanos no Direito Internacional Contemporâneo
  • Karen Alvarenga de Oliveira Windham-Bellord & Marcela Andrade de Assis Pereira, Como Inverter a Falácia das Regras de Comando-e-Controle no Combate à Caça e ao Comércio Ilegal de Animais Silvestres
  • Laurent Sermet, L’Arme Nucléaire devant la Cour Internationale de Justice
  • Leonardo Nemer Caldeira Brant & Bruno de Oliveira Biazatti, A Imunidade de Jurisdição dos Estados à Luz da Jurisprudência da Corte Europeia de Direitos Humanos e da Corte Internacional de Justiça
  • Letícia Franco Maculan Assumpção, Análise de Caso Concreto de Pedido de Habilitação para Casamento de Pessoa Curatelada
  • Mario Peña Chacón, Derecho Internacional Regulador del Libre Comercio y las Inversiones como Fundamento del Principio de Progresividad y Prohibición de Retroceso Ambiental
  • Pierre A. Karrer, Selecting the Seat: Crossing a Minefield in the Fog
  • Andréia Costa Vieira, International Law and Trade of Water
  • Friedrich Kratochwil & Rodrigo Szuecs, The Enemy Criminal Law as the Legal Foundation of the War on Terror
  • Isabel Penido de Campos Machado, Em cima do Muro: A Tortuosa “Justiciabilidade” dos Direitos Econômicos, Sociais e Culturais no Sistema Interamericano de Proteção dos Direitos Humanos
  • Johan Meeusen & Miroslawa Myszke-Nowakowska, International Company Law in the European Internal Market: Three Decades of Judicial Activity
  • Juan Pablo Pérez-León-Acevedo, Terrorism at Sea as a Manifestation of International Terrorism and Prosecutorial Mechanisms
  • Leonardo Nemer Caldeira Brant & Bruno de Oliveira Biazatti, A Formação do Costume Internacional na Atualidade
  • Michael Nunes Lawson, O Tribunal da SADC e Mike Campbell
  • Patricia Grazziotin Noschang, A Importância do Princípio da Cooperação na Gestão dos Recursos Hídricos Transfronteiriços
  • Tatiana de A. F. R. Cardoso Squeff, Compreendendo as Disputas Territoriais entre Chile-Peru-Bolívia perante a Corte Internacional de Justiça
  • Valerio de Oliveira Mazzuoli, O Estado da Arte da Aplicação do Direito Internacional Público no Brasil no Alvorecer do Século XXI

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rossi: A Case Ill Suited for Judgment: Constructing 'A Sovereign Access to the Sea' in the Atacama Desert

Christopher R. Rossi (Univ. of Iowa - Law) has posted A Case Ill Suited for Judgment: Constructing 'A Sovereign Access to the Sea' in the Atacama Desert (Univ. of Miami Inter-American Law Review, Vol. 48, p. 28, 2017). Here's the abstract:
In 2015, the International Court of Justice ruled that Bolivia’s claim against Chile could proceed to the merit stage, setting up this Article’s discussion of perhaps the most intractable border dispute in South American history – Bolivia’s attempt to reclaim from Chile a ‘sovereign access to the Pacific Ocean’. This Article investigates the international law and deeply commingled regional history pertaining to the Atacama Desert region, the hyperarid yet resource-rich region through which Bolivia seeks to secure its long-lost access to the sea. Investigating the factual circumstances (effectivités), the post-colonial international legal principle of uti possidetis, territorial temptations arising from resource discoveries, and the duty to negotiate based on a pactum de contrahendo, a pactum de negotiando, or unilateral declarations, this Article concludes this case is less suited for adjudicative settlement than resolution by the principal three parties involved in the region – Bolivia, Chile, and Peru – primarily because the parties have, over the course of this protracted dispute, constructed intersubjective modalities for a shared sovereignty arrangement facilitated by sub-regional economic growth relations. A regional reconstruction of sovereignty in the northern Atacama region presents the better prospect for resolution than is possible through the limited outcomes presented by formal third party dispute settlement.

Cole, Fabbrini, & Schulhofer: Surveillance, Privacy and Trans-Atlantic Relations

David Cole (Georgetown Univ. - Law), Federico Fabbrini (Dublin City Univ. - Law), & Stephen Schulhofer (New York Univ. - Law) have published Surveillance, Privacy and Trans-Atlantic Relations (Hart Publishing 2017). Here's the abstract:
Recent revelations, by Edward Snowden and others, of the vast network of government spying enabled by modern technology have raised major concerns both in the European Union and the United States on how to protect privacy in the face of increasing governmental surveillance. This book brings together some of the leading experts in the fields of constitutional law, criminal law and human rights from the US and the EU to examine the protection of privacy in the digital era, as well as the challenges that counter-terrorism cooperation between governments pose to human rights. It examines the state of privacy protections on both sides of the Atlantic, the best mechanisms for preserving privacy, and whether the EU and the US should develop joint transnational mechanisms to protect privacy on a reciprocal basis. As technology enables governments to know more and more about their citizens, and about the citizens of other nations, this volume offers critical perspectives on how best to respond to one of the most challenging developments of the twenty-first century. - See more at:

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added two lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. They were given by Iulia Motoc on “The Influence of the European Court of Human Rights on Human Rights Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe” and Leila Nadya Sadat on “The Legacy of the Nuremberg Trials: Seventy Years Later.”

Aust: Das Recht der globalen Stadt

Helmut Philipp Aust (Freie Universität Berlin - Law) has published Das Recht der globalen Stadt: Grenzüberschreitende Dimensionen kommunaler Selbstverwaltung (Mohr Siebeck 2017). Here's the abstract:

In einer Zeit rapider Urbanisierung werden Städte und Gemeinden zunehmend zu international relevanten Akteuren. Ob in Fragen der nachhaltigen Entwicklung und des Klimaschutzes, der Gewährleistung von Sicherheit oder zur Durchsetzung von Menschenrechten: Städte und Gemeinden haben zahlreiche internationale Netzwerke gegründet, kooperieren mit internationalen Organisationen und verschreiben sich der Durchsetzung völkerrechtlicher Normen. Helmut Philipp Aust untersucht diese Entwicklung und ordnet sie in die verfassungs- und verwaltungsrechtlichen Zusammenhänge ebenso ein wie in die völker- und europarechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen. Der Autor formuliert zugleich einen Beitrag zu einer zeitgemäßen Auslegung des Grundsatzes der kommunalen Selbstverwaltung, die diese internationale Bedingtheit städtischen und gemeindlichen Handelns rezipiert.

In times of rapid urbanization, municipalities have become increasingly relevant actors on the world stage, setting up networks, cooperating with international organisations and implementing international law. Helmut Philipp Aust analyses this development in light of constitutional and administrative law aspects as well as applicable international and EU law frameworks.

Elsig: Legalization in context: The design of the WTO’s dispute settlement system

Manfred Elsig (Univ. of Bern - World Trade Institute) has posted Legalization in context: The design of the WTO’s dispute settlement system (British Journal of Politics and International Relations, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This article asks why the dispute settlement provisions of the multilateral trading system underwent significant reforms during the negotiations that led to the creation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. Why did the leading trading powers accept a highly legalized system that departed from established political–diplomatic forms of settling disputes? The contribution of this article is threefold. First, it complements existing accounts that exclusively focus on the United States with a novel explanation that takes account of contextual factors. Second, it offers an in-depth empirical case study based on interviews with negotiators who were involved and novel archival evidence on the creation of the new WTO dispute settlement system. Third, by unpacking the long-standing puzzle of why states designed a highly legalized system, it addresses selected blind spots of the legalization and the rational design literatures with the aim of providing a better understanding about potential paths leading toward significant changes in legalization.

Kamber: Prosecuting Human Rights Offences: Rethinking the Sword Function of Human Rights Law

Krešimir Kamber (Ghent Univ. - Law) has published Prosecuting Human Rights Offences: Rethinking the Sword Function of Human Rights Law (Brill | Nijhoff 2017). Here's the abstract:
In Prosecuting Human Rights Offences: Rethinking the Sword Function of Human Rights Law the author explores and explains the extent to which the features of the procedural obligation to investigate, prosecute and punish criminal attacks on human rights determine the contemporary understanding of the function of criminal prosecution. The author provides an innovative and thought-provoking account of the highly topical and largely unexplored topic of the sword function of human rights law. The book contains the first comprehensive and holistic analysis of the procedural obligation to investigate and prosecute human rights offences in the law of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the author puts in the general perspectives of human rights law and criminal procedure.

Stone Sweet, Chung, & Saltzman: Arbitral Lawmaking and State Power: An Empirical Analysis of Investment Arbitration

Alec Stone Sweet (National Univ. of Singapore - Law), Michael Chung, & Adam Saltzman have posted Arbitral Lawmaking and State Power: An Empirical Analysis of Investment Arbitration. Here's the abstract:
The paper focuses on arbitral lawmaking (the development of precedent-based frameworks of argumentation and justification), and state responses to that lawmaking (as registered in subsequent treaty-making). We compiled and analyzed information on: (i) all publicly-available awards (n=159) in which tribunals resolved disputes under the headings of expropriation and fair and equitable treatment, and under an umbrella clause; and (ii) investment treaties signed between 2002 and 2015 (n=398), when available in English. The paper reports three main findings. First, in most disputes, investors do not challenge general state measures; when they do, they are far less to prevail than when they contest acts specifically targeting their investments. Second, the evidence does not support the view that arbitral doctrine produces outcomes that are biased against states. In the vast majority of awards, tribunals take seriously the respondent state’s ‘right to regulate’ in the public interest. Third, the regime has not generated strong ‘backlash’ in any systemic sense. States continue to sign investment treaties; the mix of treaty protections on offer has remained remarkably stable; and new treaties have largely consolidated the case law that the most influential tribunals had already developed.

van Hoogstraten, Schrijver, Spijkers, & de Jong: The Art of Making Peace: Lessons Learned from Peace Treaties

Steven van Hoogstraten (formerly, Carnegie Foundation), Nico Schrijver (Leiden Univ. - Law), Otto Spijkers (Universiteit Utrecht - Law), & Anneleen de Jong (Leiden Univ. - Law) have published The Art of Making Peace: Lessons Learned from Peace Treaties (Brill | Nijhoff 2017). Here's the abstract:

This unique volume looks at international peace treaties, at their results, effects and failures. It reflects the outcome of an international conference held in the Peace Palace (The Hague) on the occasion of the Centenary of this institution, which opened its doors on the eve of World War I.

The volume offers the reflections of the leading experts attending the conference and the open debate which followed. The Treaty of Versailles of 1919, the mother of all peace treaties, is the first to be critically discussed. How should this treaty be viewed with the knowledge of today? What are the lessons learned in the light of historic developments? Subsequently, the Dayton Agreement, which sealed the end to the bloody conflict in the former Yougoslavia (1992-1995), and the Sudan Agreement, which came into being after lengthy negotiations in 2005, are analysed in the same way. Finally, the situations which arose in relation to the devastating wars between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988) and between Kuwait and Iraq are discussed. As these states could not reach a settlement themselves, the United Nations Security Council imposed the terms of the ceasefire and peaceful cooperation in important and innovative resolutions.

The book offers additional perspective by looking at the role of judicial settlement by the International Court of Justice or the Permanent Court of Arbitration, vis-a-vis the instrument of political mediation between states with the help of a third party. Mediation can be very effective, but certain conditions are required for it to be successful, conditions which are not easy to bring about in today’s world. Dispute settlement under international law is and continues to be the core business in the Peace Palace.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Call for Papers: The Role of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Jurisprudential Advances and New Responses

A call for papers has been issued for a workshop on "The Role of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: Jurisprudential Advances and New Responses," to be held May 15, 2017, at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. The call is here.

New Issue: Revue Générale de Droit International Public

The latest issue of the Revue Générale de Droit International Public (Vol. 120, no. 4, 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Giorgio Sacerdoti, La contribution de l'organe d'appel de l'OMC à la construction du droit international économique : système commercial mutilatéral, accords régionaux , droit de l'investissement
    • Anne Choquet, Des drones à des fins touristiques en Antarctique?: De l'intérêt d'un moratoire avant un cdre réglementaire spécifique
    • Maïa-Oumeïma Hamrouni, Les juridictions européennes et l'article 103 de la charte des Nations Unies: A propos de l'affaire Kadi devant la Cour de justice de l'Union européenne et de l'affaire Al-Dulimi devant la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme

New Issue: Rivista di Diritto Internazionale

The latest issue of the Rivista di Diritto Internazionale (Vol. 99, no. 4, 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Articoli
    • Pasquale De Sena, Proportionality and Human Rights in International Law:: Some ... "Utilitarian" Reflections
    • Fabrizio Vismara, Rilievi in tema di inaction e consuetudine internazionale alla luce dei recenti lavori della Commissione del diritto internazionale
    • Alessandra Gianelli, Il contributo della dottrina italiana al tema della responsabilità internazionale degli Stati per fatto illecito: qualche osservazione
    • Pia Acconci, La cooperazione nel campo normativo negli accordi in materia di commercio internazionale dell'Unione Europea dopo il Trattato di lisboa
  • Note e Commenti
    • Beatrice I. Bonafé, La Corte europea dei diritti dell'uomo e la giurisdizione universale in materia civile
    • Lucas Carlos Lima, Expert Advisor or Non-Voting Adjudicator?: The Potential Function of Assessors in the Procedure of the International Court of Justice
    • Rebekka Monico, Il private antitrust enforcement nello spazio giudiziario europeo
  • Panorama
    • Laura Salvadego, La nuova disciplina italiana sulle operazioni di "intelligence di contrasto" all'estero
    • Chiara Cipolletti, Il diritto alla cittadinanza e il rispetto della vita privata e familiare nella sentenza

New Issue: Revista Española de Derecho Internacional

The latest issue of the Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (Vol. 69, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Estudios
    • Santiago Álvarez González, ¿Qué norma de conflicto de leyes hay que adoptar para determinar la ley aplicable a las cuestiones previas a efectos de la sucesión?
    • Rafael Arenas García, El legislador europeo y el DIPr de sociedades en la UE
    • Pedro Alberto de Miguel Asensio, Competencia y derecho aplicable en el reglamento general sobre protección de datos de la Unión Europea
    • Fernando Esteban de la Rosa, Régimen de las reclamaciones de consumo transfronterizas en el nuevo Derecho europeo de resolución alternativa y en línea de litigios de consumo
    • Elena Rodríguez Pineau, La refundición del Reglamento Bruselas?II bis: de nuevo sobre la función del Derecho internacional privado europeo
    • Ángel Rodrigo Hernando & Marta Abegón Novella, El concepto y efectos de los tratados de protección de intereses generales de la comunidad internacional
    • Carmen Pérez González, ¿Un Derecho internacional del deporte? Reflexiones en torno a una rama del Derecho internacional in statu nascendi
    • Justo Corti Varela, El principio de precaución en la jurisprudencia internacional
    • Elisenda Calvet Martínez, Retos de la ayuda humanitaria en conflictos armados prolongados: el rol creciente de los agentes locales
  • Foro
    • Gregory Messenger, Desarrollo sostenible y agenda 2030 -- El rol de Derecho internacional dentro del desarrollo sostenible y la agenda 2030
    • Antonio Cardesa Salzmann & Antoni Pigrau i Solé, Desarrollo sostenible y agenda 2030 -- La agenda 2030 y los objetivos para el desarrollo sostenible. Una mirada crítica sobre su aportación a la gobernanza global en términos de justicia distributiva y sostenibilidad ambiental
    • Francisco José Pascual Vives, Unión Europea e inversiones: mecanismos de solución de controversias -- La Unión Europea y el arbitraje de inversión en el CETA y el TTIP
    • Katia Fach Gómez, Unión Europea e inversiones: mecanismos de solución de controversias -- Unión Europea e inversiones internacionales: el futuro de los mecanismos de resolución de controversias inversor-Estado

New Issue: Revista Costarricense de Derecho Internacional

The latest issue of the Revista Costarricense de Derecho Internacional (No. 5, 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Adriana González, Karima Sauma & Arianna Arce, La Transparencia y el Capítulo 10 del CAFTA-DR
  • Elia M. Naranjo Morelli, Daños Punitivos en el Arbitraje Comercial Internacional
  • Viviana Méndez Valle, La Regulación de la Competencia Judicial Internacional bajo los Principios y Reglas ALI/UNIDROIT de Procedimiento Civil Transnacional: Posibles Dificultades de Reconocimiento en Latinoamérica
  • Haideer Miranda Bonilla, La Obligación de la Interpretación Conforme a la Convención Americana de Derechos Humanos

Dijxhoorn: Quasi-state Entities and International Criminal Justice

Ernst Dijxhoorn (King’s College London - Department of War Studies) has published Quasi-state Entities and International Criminal Justice: Legitimising Narratives and Counter-Narratives (Routledge 2017). Here's the abstract:
This book explores the intended and unintended impact of international criminal justice on the legitimacy of quasi-state entities (QSEs). In order to do so, the concept of ‘quasi-state entity’ is introduced to distinguish actors in statehood conflicts that aspire to statehood, and fulfil statehood functions to a greater or lesser degree, including the capacity and willingness to deploy armed force, but lack the status of sovereign statehood. This work explores the ability of QSEs to create and maintain legitimacy for their actions, institutions and statehood projects in various constituencies simultaneously. It looks at how legitimacy is a prerequisite for success of QSEs and, using critical legitimacy theory, assesses the legitimating narratives of QSEs and their statehood adversaries. The book links international criminal justice to statehood projects of QSEs and their success and legitimacy. It looks at the effects of international criminal justice on the ability to create and maintain legitimacy of QSEs, an approach that leads to new insights regarding international courts and tribunals as entities competing with states over statehood functions that increasingly have to take the legal implications of their actions into consideration. Most important, a close assessment of the legitimising narratives of QSEs, counter narratives, and the messages sent by international criminal justice with which QSEs have to deal, and their ability to overcome legitimacy crises, provides insight on QSEs and the complex processes of legitimation.

New Volume: African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law

The latest volume of the African Yearbook on International Humanitarian Law (Vol. 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Arthur van Coller, The history and development of the law of armed conflict (part II)
  • Brian Sang YK, Contemporary conflicts and protection gaps in international humanitarian law: the necessity and practical utility of fundamental standards of humanity
  • Kesolofetse Lefenya & Ilyayambwa Mwanawina, The unforeseen humanitarian law implications of the NATO intervention in Libya
  • Shannon Bosch, Taking stock of civilian status in a quasi post-Guantanomo bay world

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Issue: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

The latest issue of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (Vol. 49, no. 5, November 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Glen Anderson, A Post-Millennial Inquiry into the United Nations Law of Self-Determination: A Right to Unilateral Non-Colonial Secession?
  • Daniel C.K. Chow, Why China Established the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Michèle Finck & Sofia Ranchordás, Sharing and the City
  • Mark V. Vlasic & Helga Turku, Protecting Cultural Heritage as a Means for International Peace, Security and Stability: The Case of ISIS, Syria and Iraq

Call for Papers: 26th Annual SLS-BIICL Conference on Theory and International Law

The Society of Legal Scholars and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), have issued a call for papers for the 26th Annual SLS-BIICL Conference on Theory and International Law, to be held May 3, 2017, at the BIICL. The theme is: "Inside the Mind of International Decision-Makers." Here's the call:

26th Annual SLS-BIICL Conference
on Theory and International Law

3 May 2017, 14:00-19:00
British Institute of International and Comparative Law,
Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP


The 2017 Conference on Theory and International Law seeks to understand better the behaviour of those who shape international law - international and domestic judges, arbitrators, and state officials. Inspired by ground-breaking research that opens the “black box” of international decision-making, this Conference invites participants to theorise, experiment and speculate.

Some of the questions we will explore are: Do decision-makers behave rationally? Do they behave predictably? What factors may influence their decision-making? What are the roles of cognitive skills, intuition, and background, including education and political persuasion? What are the implications of these insights for choosing a method of dispute settlement for a particular case or designing a dispute settlement mechanism for future disputes? What are the implications for the conduct and procedures of international negotiations?

We are pleased to announce that the keynote address will be delivered by Professor Anne van Aaken, Professor of Law and Economics, Legal Theory, Public International Law and European Law at the University of St. Gallen and Vice-President of the European Society of International Law. She has coauthored an article, Inside the Arbitrator’s Mind, which is the first-ever experimentally conducted psychological study of international arbitrators.

The closing address will be given by Dr Charlotte Peevers of the University of Glasgow who will speak on ‘Prospects of truth seeking: the Chilcot Inquiry and the decision to go to war’.

The convenors welcome contributions that:

  • Draw on different disciplines, such as economics or psychology;
  • Employ experimental or empirical methods;
  • See to look behind a judgment or award to the factors that influence and motivate decisions;
  • Consider the process of decision making; and/or
  • Examine implications for dispute settlement strategies and institutions.

Submission of abstracts is open to academics, including graduate students, and to legal practitioners. Please submit an abstract in Word or PDF of no more than one page to Dr Philippa Webb ( and Professor Christian Henderson ( The following information should also be provided with each abstract:

  • The author’s name and affiliation
  • The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications
  • The author’s contact details, including email address
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 20 March 2017. Applicants will be informed by 31 March 2017. Regrettably, we are unable to provide funding for travel to and attendance at the conference, but there will be a reception at the end of the conference.

Philippa Webb and Christian Henderson

New Issue: Transnational Environmental Law

The latest issue of Transnational Environmental Law (Vol. 6, no. 1, March 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Editorial
    • Thijs Etty, Veerle Heyvaert, Cinnamon Carlarne, Dan Farber, Bruce Huber, & Jolene Lin, Transnational Environmental Law on the Threshold of the Trump Era
  • Articles
    • Yonghee Yoon, The Impacts and Implications of CERCLA on the Soil Environmental Conservation Act of the Republic of Korea
    • Martin Hedemann-Robinson, Environmental Inspections and the EU: Securing an Effective Role for a Supranational Union Legal Framework
    • Anatole Boute, The Impossible Transplant of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: The Challenge of Energy Market Regulation
    • Felicity Deane, Evan Hamman, & Yilin Pei, Principles of Transparency in Emissions Trading Schemes: The Chinese Experience
    • Benoit Mayer, Migration in the UNFCCC Workstream on Loss and Damage: An Assessment of Alternative Framings and Conceivable Responses
    • Sabaa A. Khan, The Global Commons through a Regional Lens: The Arctic Council on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants
    • Shi-Ling Hsu, Capital Transitioning: An International Human Capital Strategy for Climate Innovation

New Issue: International Theory

The latest issue of International Theory (Vol. 9, no. 1, March 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Shannon Brincat, Cosmopolitan recognition: three vignettes
  • Alena Drieschova, Peirce’s semeiotics: a methodology for bridging the material–ideational divide in IR scholarship
  • Christopher J. Finlay, The concept of violence in international theory: a Double-Intent Account
  • Jorge F. Garzón, Multipolarity and the future of economic regionalism
  • Scott Hamilton, A genealogy of metatheory in IR: how ‘ontology’ emerged from the inter-paradigm debate

Möckesch: Attorney-Client Privilege in International Arbitration

Annabelle Möckesch (Schellenberg Wittmer) has published Attorney-Client Privilege in International Arbitration (Oxford Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:

Attorney-client privilege is often invoked as a defence in international arbitration proceedings however the participants often have very different expectations regarding the applicable privilege standard, as national attorney-client privilege laws vary widely between jurisdictions. This is complicated by the fact that institutional arbitral rules do not include provisions on the scope of attorney-client privilege, nor do they outline the conflict of laws issues determining the applicable national privilege law. The applicable level of privilege is therefore left to the discretion of the arbitral tribunal.

Drawing on interviews with more than thirty leading international arbitration practitioners and extensive academic research, this book is the first of its kind to provide clear guidance to arbitral tribunals regarding the determination of the applicable attorney-client privilege standard. It compares attorney-client privilege in key common and civil law jurisdictions, analyses precedent from previous tribunals, and finally sets out proposed changes to the legal framework governing this area.

O'Sullivan: Universal Jurisdiction in International Criminal Law

Aisling O'Sullivan (Univ. of Sussex - Law) has published Universal Jurisdiction in International Criminal Law: The Debate and the Battle for Hegemony (Routledge 2017). Here's the abstract:

With the sensational arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1998, the rise to prominence of universal jurisdiction over crimes against international law seemed to be assured. The arrest of Pinochet and the ensuing proceedings before the UK courts brought universal jurisdiction into the foreground of the "fight against impunity" and the principle was read as an important complementary mechanism for international justice –one that could offer justice to victims denied an avenue by the limited jurisdiction of international criminal tribunals. Yet by the time of the International Court of Justice’s Arrest Warrant judgment four years later, the picture looked much bleaker and the principle was being read as a potential tool for politically motivated trials.

This book explores the debate over universal jurisdiction in international criminal law, aiming to unpack a practice in which international lawyers continue to disagree over the concept of universal jurisdiction. Using Martti Koskenniemi’s work as a foil, this book exposes the argumentative techniques in operation in national and international adjudication since the 1990s. Drawing on overarching patterns within the debate, Aisling O’Sullivan argues that it is bounded by a tension between contrasting political preferences or positions, labelled as moralist ("ending impunity") and formalist ("avoiding abuse") and she reads the debate as a movement of hegemonic and counter-hegemonic positions that struggle for hegemonic control. However, she draws out how these positions (moralist/formalist) merge into one another and this produces a tendency towards a "middle" position that continues to prefer a particular preference (moralist or formalist). Aisling O’Sullivan then traces the transformation towards this tendency that reflects an internal split among international lawyers between building a utopia ("court of humanity") and recognizing its impossibility of being realized.

Call for Papers: The United Nations Security Council and the Sea

The Centre de droit international at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 has issued a call for papers for a conference on "The United Nations Security Council and the Sea/Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies et la mer," to take place May 4-5, 2017. Here's the call:

Call for papers


4-5 May 2017

Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

The law of the sea governs the repression of criminality at sea only to a limited extent. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), for example, is almost silent on the matter. It does not, for instance, sufficiently address issues such as drug trafficking or migrant smuggling, while its provisions are sometimes out-dated and refer to issues such as the slave trade, piracy and unauthorised broadcasting. Sectoral treaties (such as the Palermo Protocol, the Vienna Convention and SUA Convention) complement the UNCLOS regime as regards the repression of criminality at sea, but they are of a limited scope and insufficient in various respects.

The fundamental question raised by the Conference at hand is as follows: in cases where the law of the sea regime does not offer the necessary legal tools to address criminality at sea, does having recourse to the UN Security Council constitute an effective alternative to the fight against criminality at sea? The aim is to assess whether recourse to the UN Security Council offers possible legal solutions, especially in terms of authorization of interventions for States where the law of the sea does not contain them.

More broadly, the Conference will address issues related to the mutual influence and interplay between UN Security Council practice and the law of the sea. To this end, contributions on the UN Security Council’s practice (such as in the nuclear field, piracy, etc.) and its impact on other relevant international organisations (WMI, NATO, EU, etc.) are most welcome.

We invite you to send an abstract (two pages maximum) in French or English by 15 March 2017 to together with a short CV. Notification of acceptance will be sent on 31 March 2017. Presentations at the Conference can be given in either French or English.


Appel à contributions


4-5 mai 2017

Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

Le droit de la mer est souvent limité en matière de lutte contre la criminalité. La Convention des Nations Unies sur le droit de la mer (CNUDM) est presque muette à ce sujet. Elle ne traite par exemple que trop peu des problématiques liées au trafic de drogue ou de migrants. Les seuls éléments sont assez anciens et ont trait au transport d’esclaves à la piraterie ou aux émissions non autorisées. Certains traités sectoriels viennent compléter la CNUDM, mais ils restent quand même assez limités (Protocole de Palerme, Convention de Vienne, Convention SUA, etc.).

Toutefois, la question fondamentale que le Colloque se proposer de traiter est la suivante : lorsque le droit de la mer est limité et ne fournit pas les outils juridiques nécessaires, le recours au Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies peut-il être une alternative efficace pour combattre la criminalité en mer ? Il s’agira alors d’évaluer la pertinence du recours à cet organe comme solution juridique, notamment en ce qu’il permet d’offrir aux États un titre d’intervention lorsque le droit de la mer ne le fait pas.

Plus largement le Colloque abordera la question de l’influence de la pratique du Conseil de sécurité sur l’évolution du droit de la mer et inversement. À cette fin des contributions tant sur la pratique maritime du Conseil (en matière nucléaire ou de piraterie notamment) que sur son impact sur les autres organisations internationales compétentes (OMI, OTAN, UE, etc.) sont les bienvenues.

Les propositions sont à envoyer en français ou en anglais (2 pages maximum) à l’adresse suivante : avant le 15 mars 2017 accompagnées d’un bref CV. Les résultats de la sélection seront connus le 31 mars 2017. Les interventions lors de la Conférence peuvent être faites en français ou en anglais.