Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Call for Papers: Accommodating Multiple Interests at Sea

The Sustainable Ocean Project has issued a call for papers for its final conference, to be held in Utrecht on September 3-4, 2020. The theme is: "Accommodating Multiple Interests at Sea." The call is here.

Heffes: International Human Rights Law and Non-State Armed Groups: The (De)Construction of an International Legal Discourse

Ezequiel Heffes has posted International Human Rights Law and Non-State Armed Groups: The (De)Construction of an International Legal Discourse (in Research Handbook on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law: Further Reflections and Perspectives, Robert Kolb, Gloria Gaggioli & Pavle Kilibarda eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This chapter explores the way in which the discourse related to the application of international human rights law (IHRL) to non-State armed groups (NSAGs) is being constructed by numerous scholars and institutions. Although it is undisputed that NSAGs have an impact on the civilian population in the various conflict settings to which they are party, the actual reasons why this discourse is being articulated and who is undertaking this task remain insufficiently explored. As international law does not exist in an intellectual vacuum, an examination of these issues may serve to better comprehend the purpose and goals of IHRL in armed conflict as understood by scholars and institutions, together with certain legal interactions that often remain unseen.

New Issue: Human Rights & International Legal Discourse

The latest issue of Human Rights & International Legal Discourse (Vol. 13, no. 2, 2019) is out. Contents include:
  • O. Herman, Holding Armed Groups to Account under International Human Rights Law: An Analysis of the Under-Explored Practice of Truth Commissions
  • L.R. Glas, The Execution Process of Pilot Judgments before the Committee of Ministers
  • S. Skogly & P. Osim, Jurisdiction – A Barrier to Compliance with Extraterritorial Obligations to Protect against Human Rights Abuses by Non-state Actors?
  • F. Seatzu, Leaving No One Behind: A Human Rights-Based Approach to the Protection of the Victims of Global Public Health Emergencies

Monday, February 24, 2020

New Issue: International Theory

The latest issue of International Theory (Vol. 12, no. 1, March 2020) is out. Contents include:
  • Chris Thornhill, Constitutionalism and populism: national political integration and global legal integration
  • Nora Stappert, Practice theory and change in international law: theorizing the development of legal meaning through the interpretive practices of international criminal courts
  • Simon Frankel Pratt, From norms to normative configurations: a pragmatist and relational approach to theorizing normativity in IR
  • David Jason Karp, What is the responsibility to respect human rights? Reconsidering the ‘respect, protect, and fulfill’ framework
  • Jack Snyder, Backlash against human rights shaming: emotions in groups
  • Marcus Holmes & Nicholas J. Wheeler, Social bonding in diplomacy

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Call for Papers: Protecting Common Goods and Values through Domestic Litigation

A call for papers for a roundtable on "Protecting Common Goods and Values through Domestic Litigation" has been issued by the Interest Group on Domestic Law and International Law of the Italian Society of International Law. The workshop will be held at the University of Salento, in Lecce, on June 17, 2020. The call is here.

New Addition to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added a lecture to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. It was given by Chiara Giorgetti on “The Evolving Position of the Individual in International Law.”

Call for Papers: The Multilevel Character of Global Law

A call for papers has been issued for a Ph.D. workshop on "The Multilevel Character of Global Law," to take place April 22, 2020, at the University of Barcelona. The call is here.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

New Volume: Recueil des Cours

Volume 403 of the Recueil des Cours, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law is out. Contents include:
  • Volume 403
    • Yves Daudet, 1919-2019, Le flux du multilatéralisme
    • Catherine Kessedjian, Le tiers impartial et indépendant en droit international

New Issue: Archiv des Völkerrechts

The latest issue of Archiv des Völkerrechts (Vol. 57, no. 3, October 2019) is out. Contents include:
  • Abhandlungen
    • Jasper Finke, Interpretative Change as Evidence of International Law's Resilience in Times of Crisis
    • Johann Justus Vasel, Illegal, irrational, fatal? Die Aufkündigung des JCPOA und ihre Folgen
  • Beiträge und Berichte
    • Dimitrios Parashu, Playing it safe: Das jüngste Rechtsgutachten des IGH, in Sachen Chagos
    • Karin Oellers-Frahm, Italien und die Rettung von Migranten

Thursday, February 20, 2020

New Issue: International Interactions

The latest issue of International Interactions (Vol. 46, no. 2, 2020) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • AErin Baggott Carter, Diversionary cheap talk: economic conditions and US foreign policy rhetoric, 1945-2010
    • Holley E. Hansen, Stephen C. Nemeth & Jacob A. Mauslein, United Nations peacekeeping and terrorism: short-term risks and long-term benefits
    • Dennis M. Foster & Jonathan W. Keller, Single-party government, Prime Minister psychology, and the diversionary use of force: theory and evidence from the British case
    • Ludovico Alcorta, Haley J. Swedlund & Jeroen Smits, Discrimination and ethnic conflict: a dyadic analysis of politically-excluded groups in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Research Note
    • Steven Ward, Status from fighting? Reassessing the relationship between conflict involvement and diplomatic rank
  • Special Data Feature
    • Charles R. Butcher & Ryan D. Griffiths, States and their international relations since 1816: introducing version 2 of the International System(s) Dataset (ISD)

Giuffré: The Readmission of Asylum Seekers under International Law

Mariagiulia Giuffré (Edge Hill Univ. - Law) has published The Readmission of Asylum Seekers under International Law (Hart Publishing 2020). Here's the abstract:
This monograph could not be more timely, as discourses relating to refugees' access to territory, rescue at sea, push-back, and push-back by proxy dominate political debate. Looking at the questions which lie at the junction of migration control and refugee law standards, it explores the extent to which readmission can hamper refugees' access to protection. Though it draws mainly on European law, notably the European Convention on Human Rights, it also examines other international frameworks, including those employed by the United Nations and instruments such as the Refugee Convention. Therefore, this book is of importance to readers of international law, refugee law, human rights and migration studies at the global level. It offers an analysis of both the legal and policy questions at play, and engages fully with widely-disputed cases concerning readmission agreements, deportation with assurances and interception at sea. By so doing, this book seeks to clarify a complex field which has at times suffered from partiality in both its terminology and substance.

New Issue: Virginia Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Virginia Journal of International Law (Vol. 59, no. 2, Summer 2019) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Mary Zhao, Transparency in International Commercial Arbitration: Adopting a Balanced Approach
    • King Fung Tsang & Jyn-An Lee, Unfriendly Choice of Law in FRAND
    • Taisu Zhang & Tom Ginsburg, China’s Turn Toward Law
    • Nadia Banteka, No Longer Immune? How Network Theory Decodes Normative Shifts in Personal Immunity for Heads of State
    • Noah E. Lipkowitz, Why Countries Diverge over Extradition Treaties with China: The Executive Power to Extradite in Common and Civil Law Countries

New Issue: African Journal of International Criminal Justice

The latest issue of the African Journal of International Criminal Justice (2019, no. 2) is out. Contents include:
  • Charles C. Jalloh, The International Law Commission’s First Draft Convention on Crimes Against Humanity

New Issue: Global Responsibility to Protect

The latest issue of Global Responsibility to Protect (Vol. 12, no. 1, 2020) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: The Rohingya Crisis and Implications for Myanmar’s Peace Process
    • Mohamad Rosyidin, Reconciling State’s Sovereignty with Global Norms: Indonesia’s Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar and the Feasibility of the Implementation of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in Southeast Asia
    • Sophie Ryan, When Women Become the War Zone: the Use of Sexual Violence in Myanmar’s Military Operations
    • Noel M. Morada, Continuing Violence and Atrocities in Rakhine since 2017: Beyond the Outrage, Failures of the International Community
    • Emma Palmer, The Responsibility to Protect and Infrastructure in Myanmar
    • José María Arraiza & Sara E. Davies, Enduring Peace: a Case Study of the Opportunities and the Challenges for Engaging in Myanmar’s Peace Process

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Call for Proposals: Conference on "Teaching International Law"

A call for proposals has been issued for a conference on "Teaching International Law," to be held September 7-8, 2020, at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. The call is here.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

"Live from L": Space Law

On February 27, 2020, the ABA Section of International Law, together with the American Society of International Law, will present the 10th Annual "Live from L" at George Washington University Law School, featuring Marik String, Acting Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. The topic is: "Space Law." You may register to attend in-person or for the webcast.

Call for Papers: Challenges for Law and Development: Responses

Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will host the Fifth Annual Conference of the Law and Development Research Network, on September 21-23, 2020. The theme is: "Challenges for Law and Development: Responses." The call for papers is here.

Zaring: The Globalized Governance of Finance

David Zaring (Univ. of Pennsylvania - Wharton School) has published The Globalized Governance of Finance (Cambridge Univ. Press 2020). Here's the abstract:
Big banks are capable of wreaking havoc on the global economy, and governments have often felt powerless to stop them. Regulators have responded by developing coordinated programs to handle banks, insurers, broker dealers, shadow banks and other businesses that can blow up in a crisis. This program began informally and undemocratically, and has developed into something much more organized, formalized and predictable, even though it has never been legally enforceable. David Zaring examines the realities of the current international financial system and concludes that in fact this is a well-ordered and functioning regulatory environment: the international financial system enjoys a substantial degree of compliance, and operates predictably and harmoniously. As a result, perhaps this could serve as a paradigm for future global governance. Zaring explores three aspects of international financial regulation that can inform global governance: harmonization through rules, cooperation on enforcement and agreement on fundamental principles.

Nouazi Kemkeng: La protection des droits de l'homme en Afrique: L'interaction entre Commission et cour africaines des droits de l'homme et des peuples

Carole Valérie Nouazi Kemkeng (Ministère de la Recherche Scientifique et de l'Innovation, Cameroon) has published La protection des droits de l'homme en Afrique: L'interaction entre Commission et cour africaines des droits de l'homme et des peuples (L'Harmattan 2020). Here's the abstract:
Pour mieux comprendre le mécanisme africain, l'étude des rapports entre la Commission et la Cour africaines des droits de l'homme s'impose comme une nécessité. L'auteur relève que l'institution de la Cour africaine en 2004 marque une profonde mutation de l'ordre juridique africain en matière de protection des droits de l'homme. Cette étude permet de cerner la complémentarité au regard du droit substantiel et d'appréhender l'économie générale de la nouvelle procédure de protection des droits de l'homme en Afrique.

Bührer: Das Menschenwürdekonzept der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention

Torben Bührer has published Das Menschenwürdekonzept der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention (Duncker & Humblot 2020). Here's the abstract:

Insbesondere nach Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs bildete sich die Menschenwürde als Rechtsbegriff heraus und fand Eingang in das Völkerrecht. Das deutsche Grundgesetz (GG) war die erste Verfassung, die die Menschenwürde an die Spitze der Verfassungsordnung stellte. In der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention (EMRK) ist die Menschenwürde hingegen nicht ausdrücklich benannt. Der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR) nimmt jedoch regelmäßig auf sie Bezug.

Die Arbeit geht der Frage nach, welche Rechtsqualität die Menschenwürde im Konventionsrecht besitzt. Zudem wird eine positive Begriffsbestimmung vorgenommen. Dabei wird vor allem der völkerrechtliche Gehalt der Menschenwürde ebenso wie die Rechtsprechung des EGMR näher untersucht und ein Vergleich mit der Menschenwürde nach dem GG und auf der Ebene des EU-Rechts angestellt. Der Autor arbeitet grundlegend heraus, dass es sich bei der Menschenwürde um die gemeinsame Grundlage des internationalen Menschenrechtsschutzes, um einen allgemeinen Rechtsgrundsatz und ein universelles Rechtsprinzip handelt. Der Menschenwürde kommt eine normative Doppelfunktion als objektivem Rechtsgrundsatz sowie als eigenständigem Grundrecht zu. Diese Annahme prägt nicht nur das Menschenwürdeverständnis des GG und des EU-Rechts, sondern auch das Menschenwürdekonzept der EMRK.

Monday, February 17, 2020

UN Audiovisual Library of International Law Mini-Series on “Consular and Diplomatic Relations”

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently launched the Mini-Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Mini-Series is a collection of lectures delivered by leading international law scholars which aims to provide a general overview of the core topics of international law, primarily intended for users with basic or little knowledge of international law. The latest mini-series includes a four-part series of lectures by Philippa Webb on “Consular and Diplomatic Relations.”

Call for Papers: Conflict and Contestation in International Law

The International Law and Human Rights Unit of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool has issued a call for papers for its Fourth Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights, to take place June 11-12, 2020. The theme is: "Conflict and Contestation in International Law." The call is here.

New Issue: Journal of World Investment & Trade

The latest issue of the Journal of World Investment & Trade (Vol. 21, no. 1, 2020) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: Comparative and International Investment Law: Prospects for Reform
    • Georgios Dimitropoulos, Comparative and International Investment Law: Prospects for Reform – An Introduction
    • Steven R Ratner, International Investment Law and Domestic Investment Rules: Tracing the Upstream and Downstream Flows
    • Peter L Lindseth, Theorizing Backlash: Supranational Governance and International Investment Law and Arbitration in a Comparative Perspective
    • Georgios Dimitropoulos, National Sovereignty and International Investment Law: Sovereignty Reassertion and Prospects of Reform
    • Lizzie Knight & Tania Voon, The Evolution of National Security at the Interface Between Domestic and International Investment Law and Policy: The Role of China
    • Mélida N Hodgson, Reform and Adaptation: The Experience of the Americas with International Investment Law

New Issue: Chinese Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Chinese Journal of International Law (Vol. 18, no. 4, December 2019) is out. Contents include:
  • Editorial
    • Guide Jia, New China and International Law: Practice and Contribution in 70 Years
  • Articles
    • Rein Müllerson, Self-defence against Armed Attacks by Non-State Actors
    • Mario Gervasi, On the United States’ Decision to Withdraw from and Cease Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
  • Comments
    • Jinyuan Su, The Practice of States on Air Defense Identification Zones: Geographical Scope, Object of Identification, and Identification Measures

Saturday, February 15, 2020

New Issue: Asian Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Asian Journal of International Law (Vol. 10, no. 1, January 2020) is out. Contents include:
  • Notes and Comments
    • Sergey Sayapin, The Implementation of Crimes Against the Peace and Security of Mankind in the Penal Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan
    • Victor Kattan, The Chagos Advisory Opinion and the Law of Self-Determination
    • Yejoon Rim, Reflections on the Role of the International Law Commission in Consideration of the Final Form of Its Work
    • Aman Kumar, Resolving the “Dispute” Under Article 119(1) of the Rome Statute
  • Invited Article
    • Sundaresh Menon, The Rule of Law, the International Legal Order, and the Foreign Policy of Small States
  • Articles
    • Li Chen, Tracing Chinese Scholar Chen Tiqiang's Pursuit of International Law Education and His Major Contribution to the Doctrine of Recognition
    • Bin Zhao, The Curious Case of Ghana/Côte d'Ivoire: A Consistent Approach to Hydrocarbon Activities in the Disputed Area?
    • Dita Liliansa, The Necessity of Indonesia's Measures to Sink Vessels for IUU Fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone
    • Benjamin Wong, Data Localization and ASEAN Economic Community