Sunday, April 20, 2014

Conklin: Statelessness: The Enigma of the International Community

William E. Conklin (Univ. of Windsor - Law) has published Statelessness: The Enigma of the International Community (Hart Publishing 2014). Here's the abstract:
'Statelessness' is a legal status denoting lack of any nationality, a status whereby the otherwise normal link between an individual and a state is absent. The increasingly widespread problem of statelessness has profound legal, social, economic and psychological consequences but also gives rise to the paradox of an international community that claims universal standards for all natural persons while allowing its member states to allow statelessness to occur. In this powerfully argued book, Conklin critically evaluates traditional efforts to recognize and reduce statelessness. The problem, he argues, rests in the obligatory nature of law, domestic or international. By closely analysing a broad spectrum of court and tribunal judgments from many jurisdictions, Conklin explains how confusion has arisen between two discourses, the one discourse inside the other, as to the nature of the international community. One discourse, a surface discourse, describes a community in which international law justifies a state's freedom to confer, withdraw or withhold nationality. This international community incorporates state freedom over nationality matters, bringing about the de jure and effective stateless condition. The other discourse, an inner discourse, highlights a legal bond of socially experienced relationships. Such a bond, judicially referred to as 'effective nationality', is binding upon all states, and where such a bond exists, harm to a stateless person represents harm to the international community as a whole.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Salmon: Droit international et argumentation

Jean Salmon (Université libre de Bruxelles - Law) has published Droit international et argumentation (Bruylant 2014). Here's the abstract:

L’ouvrage rassemble une vingtaine d’articles que Jean Salmon a écrits au cours des années et qui se consacrent à la place et au rôle de l’argumentation en droit international.

Ces réflexions se situent à la croisée des enseignements du philosophe Chaïm Perelman sur la rhétorique et ceux de l’internationaliste Charles Chaumont sur les contradictions en droit international.

Le droit entend conformer les faits d’existence à du devoir être ; il le fait par un langage, exprimé dans le cadre d’un système et d’institutions, qui, elles-mêmes sont dominées par les contradictions entre les valeurs et les aspirations des États, créateurs par leurs volonté commune ou antagonistes des règles qui les gouvernent.

L’ordre juridique qui en résulte n’est ni clos, ni complet ; il est lacunaire, permet l’esquive. Il est fondé fréquemment sur un langage ambigu, faisant une place importante aux notions confuses La solution des antinomies n’est pas aisée en raison de l’absence d’hiérarchie entre les règles ou entre les organes chargés de les résoudre.

La qualification unilatérale reste majoritaire, l’idéologie affichée ou occultée dominante. Dans un tel contexte, l’argumentation, quoique soumise à ces contraintes et aux rapports de force, est présente à chaque moment de la vie du droit : sa création, son interprétation, son application au cas concret ou son évolution. L’identification de l’auditoire que l’on désire convaincre, le choix des arguments susceptibles d’y parvenir sont essentiels. Néanmoins, la prétention que le raisonnement juridique est présidé par le syllogisme judiciaire est largement illusoire. La motivation du juge international, essentielle pour régler les conflits, étant elle-même une argumentation qui doit convaincre, est un exercice d’autant plus délicat.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Symposium: Engaging the Writings of Martti Koskenniemi

The latest issue of the Temple International & Comparative Law Journal (Vol. 27, no. 2, Fall 2013) includes a symposium on "Engaging the Writings of Martti Koskenniemi." Contents include:
  • Jeffrey L. Dunoff, Engaging the Writings of Martti Koskenniemi: Introduction to the Symposium
  • Martti Koskenniemi, Histories of International Law: Significance and Problems for a Critical View
  • Kim Lane Scheppele, The Empire of Security and the Security of Empire
  • Tomer Broude, Keep Calm and Carry On: Martti Koskenniemi and the Fragmentation of International Law
  • Sean D. Murphy, Deconstructing Fragmentation: Koskenniemi’s 2006 ILC Project
  • Jeffrey L. Dunoff, From Interdisciplinarity to Counterdisciplinarity: Is There Madness in Martti’s Method?
  • Mark A. Pollack, Is International Relations Corrosive of International Law? A Reply to Martti Koskenniemi
  • Robert Howse & Ruti Teitel, Does Humanity-Law Require (or Imply) a Progressive Theory of History? (and Other Questions for Martti Koskenniemi)
  • Samuel Moyn, The International Law That Is America: Reflections on the Last Chapter of The Gentle Civilizer of Nations
  • Jan Klabbers, Towards a Culture of Formalism? Martti Koskenniemi and the Virtues
  • Andrew Lang & Susan Marks, People with Projects: Writing the Lives of International Lawyers
  • Frédéric Mégret, The Apology of Utopia: Some Thoughts on Koskenniemian Themes, with Particular Emphasis on Massively Institutionalized International Human Rights Law
  • Ralf Michaels, Private Lawyer in Disguise? On the Absence of Private Law and Private International Law in Martti Koskenniemi’s Work

Chechi: The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes

Alessandro Chechi (Univ. of Geneva - Art-Law Centre) has published The Settlement of International Cultural Heritage Disputes (Oxford Univ. Press 2014). Here's the abstract:

The past forty years have seen a wide proliferation of disputes under international law concerning cultural heritage. These have included the restitution of stolen art objects or the protection of monuments. Unlike other fields of international law, international cultural heritage law does not have an ad hoc mechanism of dispute settlement. As a result, controversies are to be settled through negotiation or, if it fails, through existing dispute resolution means. This can result in similar cases being settled in different ways, thereby bringing about an incoherent and fragmentary enforcement of the law.

This book offers a comprehensive and innovative analysis of the settlement of cultural heritage disputes. This examination is two-fold. First, it assesses the existing legal framework and the available dispute settlement means. Second, it explores the feasibility of two solutions for overcoming the lack of a specialized forum. The first is the establishment of a new international court. The second concerns existing judicial and extra-judicial fora and their interaction through the practice of 'cross-fertilization'. The book focuses on the substance of such interaction, and identifies a number of culturally-sensitive parameters (the 'common rules of adjudication'). It argues that existing judicial and non-judicial fora should adopt a cross-fertilizing perspective to use and disseminate jurisprudence containing these common rules of adjudication. It sets out how such an approach would enhance the effectiveness and coherence of decision-making processes and would be conducive to the development of a lex culturalis. This can be defined as a composite body of rules designed to protect cultural heritage by excluding the mechanical application of the norms established for standard business transactions of ordinary goods.

Teitel: Globalizing Transitional Justice: Contemporary Essays

Ruti G. Teitel (New York Law School) has published Globalizing Transitional Justice: Contemporary Essays (Oxford Univ. Press 2014). Here's the abstract:

Among the most prominent and significant political and legal developments since the end of the Cold War is the proliferation of mechanisms for addressing the complex challenges of transition from authoritarian rule to human rights-based democratic constitutionalism, particularly with regards to the demands for accountability in relation to conflicts and abuses of the past. Whether one thinks of the Middle East, South Africa, the Balkans, Latin America, or Cambodia, an extraordinary amount of knowledge has been gained and processes instituted through transitional justice. No longer a byproduct or afterthought, transitional justice is unquestionably the driver of political change.

In Globalizing Transitional Justice, Ruti G. Teitel provides a collection of her own essays that embody her evolving reflections on the practice and discourse of transitional justice since her book Transitional Justice published back in 2000. In this new book, Teitel focuses on the ways in which transitional justice concepts have found legal expression, especially through human rights law and jurisprudence, and international criminal law. These essays shed light on some of the difficult choices encountered in the design of transitional justice: criminal trials vs. amnesties, or truth commissions; domestic or international processes; peace and reconciliation vs. accountability and punishment. Transitional justice is considered not only in relation to political events and legal developments, but also in relation to the broader social and cultural tendencies of our times.

New Issue: Transnational Environmental Law

The latest issue of Transnational Environmental Law (Vol. 3, no. 1, April 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Symposium: Global Climate Governance Without the Us
    • Joanna Dafoe & Douglas A. Kysar, Symposium Foreword: ‘Go Ahead Without Us’: Global Climate Change Policy in the Absence of Full Participation
    • Stuart Beck & Elizabeth Burleson, Inside the System, Outside the Box: Palau’s Pursuit of Climate Justice and Security at the United Nations
    • Daniel A. Farber, Climate Policy and the United States System of Divided Powers: Dealing with Carbon Leakage and Regulatory Linkage
    • Kenneth W. Abbott, Strengthening the Transnational Regime Complex for Climate Change †
    • Edward A. Parson, Climate Engineering in Global Climate Governance: Implications for Participation and Linkage
    • Michael B. Gerrard & Shelley Welton, US Federal Climate Change Law in Obama’s Second Term
  • Articles
    • Andreas Kotsakis, Change and Subjectivity in International Environmental Law: The Micro-Politics of the Transformation of Biodiversity into Genetic Gold
    • Uzuazo Etemire, Public Access to Environmental Information: A Comparative Analysis of Nigerian Legislation with International Best Practice

Hollis: Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Law in Cyberspace: A Duty to Hack?

Duncan B. Hollis (Temple Univ. - Law) has posted Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Law in Cyberspace: A Duty to Hack? (in Cyberwar: Law & Ethics for Virtual Conflicts, J. Ohlin et al. eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

Warfare and boundaries have a symbiotic relationship. Whether as its cause or effect, States historically used war to delineate the borders that divided them. Laws and borders have a similar relationship. Sometimes laws are the product of borders as when national boundaries delineate the reach of States’ authorities. But borders may also be the product of law; laws regularly draw lines between permitted and prohibited conduct or bound off required acts from permissible ones. Both logics are on display in debates over international law in cyberspace. Some characterize cyberspace as a unique, self-governing ‘space’ that requires its own borders and the drawing of tailor-made rules therein. For others, cyberspace is merely a technological medium that States can govern via traditional territorial borders with rules drawn ‘by analogy’ from pre-existing legal regimes.

This chapter critiques current formulations drawing law from boundaries and boundaries from law in cyberspace with respect to (a) its governance; (b) the use of force; and (c) international humanitarian law (IHL). In each area, I identify theoretical problems that exist in the absence of any uniform theory for why cyberspace needs boundaries. At the same time, I elaborate functional problems with existing boundary claims – particularly by analogy – in terms of their (i) accuracy, (ii) effectiveness and (iii) completeness. These prevailing difficulties on whether, where, and why borders are needed in cyberspace suggests the time is ripe for re-appraising the landscape.

This chapter seeks to launch such a re-thinking project by proposing a new rule of IHL – a Duty to Hack. The Duty to Hack would require States to use cyber-operations in their military operations whenever they are the least harmful means available for achieving military objectives. Thus, if a State can achieve the same military objective by bombing a factory or using a cyber-operation to take it off-line temporarily, the Duty to Hack requires that State to pursue the latter course. Although novel, I submit the Duty to Hack more accurately and effectively accounts for IHL’s fundamental principles and cyberspace’s unique attributes than existing efforts to foist legal boundaries upon State cyber-operations by analogy. Moreover, adopting the Duty to Hack could constitute a necessary first step to resolving the larger theoretical and functional challenges currently associated with law’s boundaries in cyberspace.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

New Issue: Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage

The latest issue of Les Cahiers de l'Arbitrage (2014, no. 1) is out. Contents include:
  • Doctrine
    • Andrea Pinna, L’autorité des règles d’arbitrage choisies par les parties
    • Carlos Alberto Carmona, Considerations on the IBA. Guidelines on Party Representation in International Arbitration: a Brazilian point of view
    • Cyrus Benson, The IBA Guidelines on Party Representation: An Important Step in Overcoming the Taboo of Ethics in International Arbitration
    • Robert G. Voltera, Dissenting and Separate Opinions in Investment Treaty Arbitration – Revisiting the Debate

New Issue: Harvard International Law Journal

The latest issue of the Harvard International Law Journal (Vol. 55, no. 1, Winter 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Anthea Roberts, State-to-State Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Hybrid Theory of Interdependent Rights and Shared Interpretive Authority
  • János Fiala-Butora, Michael Ashley Stein, & Janet E. Lord, The Democratic Life of the Union: Toward Equal Voting Participation for Europeans with Disabilities
  • Monica Hakimi, Unfriendly Unilateralism
  • Suzanne Katzenstein, In the Shadow of Crisis: The Creation of International Courts in the Twentieth Century

Blank: Targeted Killing

Laurie R. Blank (Emory Univ. - Law) has posted Targeted Killing (in Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Targeted killing has become a frequently used and highly controversial tool of operational counterterrorism. This chapter analyzes the international law applicable to targeted killing, both during armed conflict and as a tool of offensive counterterrorism outside of armed conflict. In particular, this discussion highlights key legal and policy debates regarding: the authority to use lethal force, the identification of legitimate targets and enemy personnel, the consequences of civilian participation in such strikes, and the nature and parameters of the rules governing the conduct of strikes. Beyond the legal issues, the practice of targeted killing also raises significant questions regarding the appropriate measures of transparency and accountability that should be provided regarding the legal authority for strikes and the civilian harm caused.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Issue: Journal of Conflict Resolution

The latest issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution (Vol. 58, no. 3, April 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: Nuclear Posture, Nonproliferation Policy, and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
    • Erik Gartzke & Matthew Kroenig, Nuclear Posture, Nonproliferation Policy, and the Spread of Nuclear Weapons
    • Robert L. Brown & Jeffrey M. Kaplow, Talking Peace, Making Weapons: IAEA Technical Cooperation and Nuclear Proliferation
    • Philipp C. Bleek & Eric B. Lorber, Security Guarantees and Allied Nuclear Proliferation
    • Matthew Fuhrmann & Todd S. Sechser, Nuclear Strategy, Nonproliferation, and the Causes of Foreign Nuclear Deployments
    • Erik Gartzke, Jeffrey M. Kaplow, & Rupal N. Mehta, The Determinants of Nuclear Force Structure
    • Michael C. Horowitz & Neil Narang, Poor Man’s Atomic Bomb? Exploring the Relationship between “Weapons of Mass Destruction”

A Note to Readers

I will be traveling the rest of this week, so posting will be spotty or non-existent until next Monday.

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Issue: Journal of Private International Law

The latest issue of the Journal of Private International Law (Vol. 10, no. 1, April 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Anatol Dutta & Andrea Schulz, First Cornerstones of the EU Rules on Cross-Border Child Cases: The Jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union on the Brussels IIa Regulation from C to Health Service Executive
  • G. McCormack, Reforming the European Insolvency Regulation: A Legal and Policy Perspective
  • Tuula Linna, Actio Pauliana – “Actio Europensis”? Some Cross-Border Insolvency Issues
  • Ardavan Arzandeh, Should the Spiliada Test Be Revised?
  • Louise Hauberg Wilhelmsen, European Perspectives on International Commercial Arbitration
  • Adewale A. Olawoyin, Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Nigeria: Statutory Dualism and Disharmony of Laws

Lauterpacht Centre Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series for Easter Term 2014

Here's the schedule for the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law's Easter Term 2014 Friday Lunchtime Lectures:
  • April 25, 2014: Barbara Oomen (Univ. Collge Roosevelt & Utrecht Univ. - Law), Rights for others: the slow home-coming of human rights in the Netherlands
  • May 2, 2014: Markus Gehring (Univ. of Cambridge - Law), International Law and the Global Green Economy
  • May 9, 2014: Yaël Ronen (Sha'arei Mishpat Law School), Big Brother's Little Helpers: Corporate Responsibility under Human Rights Law and Intelligence Gathering

de Búrca, Keohane, & Sabel: Global Experimentalist Governance

Gráinne de Búrca (New York Univ. - Law), Robert O. Keohane (Princeton Univ. - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), & Charles F. Sabel (Columbia Univ. - Law School) have posted Global Experimentalist Governance (British Journal of Political Science, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This article outlines the concept of Global Experimentalist Governance (GXG). GXG is an institutionalized transnational process of participatory and multilevel problem solving, in which particular problems, and the means of addressing them, are framed in an open-ended way, and subjected to periodic revision by various forms of peer review in light of locally generated knowledge. GXG differs from other forms of international organization and transnational governance, and is emerging in various issue areas. The Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances is used to illustrate how GXG functions. The conditions for the emergence of GXG are specified, as well as some of its possible benefits.

Call for Papers: 21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on "21st Century Borders: Territorial Conflict and Dispute Resolution," to be held June 13, 2014, at the University of Lancaster. Here's the call:

21st Century borders are coming under increasing strain with shifting balances of international power. This was seen most dramatically in the recent Russian annexation of the Crimea and its connected repudiation of uti possidetis that underpinned statehood in the former Soviet Union. In East Asia tensions remain high in sovereignty disputes over islands and maritime delimitation. Renewed attempts to reach a settlement between Israel and Palestine similarly turn on the crucial issue of borders. In addition to these, a number of other states have been involved in long-running boundary conflicts. This conference, organised by the Centre for International Law and Human Rights at Lancaster University Law School will explore the causes and dynamics of contemporary territorial disputes as well as mechanisms to resolve them.

We welcome abstracts for papers of no more than one page from both established researchers and early career academics. Please send your proposals to Dr. James Summers j.summers@lancaster.ac.uk. The deadline for abstracts is 20th April 2014.

Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group - Trinity Term 2014

Here's the schedule for the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group for Trinity Term 2014:
  • May 1, 2014: Anastasios Gourgourinis (Univ. of Athens), The Effect of Investment Treaty Arbitration on WTO Dispute Settlement: Tobacco Plain Packaging Disputes and Beyond
  • May 8, 2014: Giorgio Gaja (Judge, International Court of Justice), The International Court of Justice's Approach to Injuries Suffered by Individuals
  • May 15, 2014: Mads Andenas (Univ. of Oslo), Arbitrary Detention in International Law
  • May 22, 2014: Jan Klabbers (Univ. of Helsinki), Controlling International Organizations: Between Function and Virtue?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jensen: State Obligations in Cyber Operations

Eric Talbot Jensen (Brigham Young Univ. - Law) has posted State Obligations in Cyber Operations (Baltic Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The number of cyber "attacks" being carried out by various actors is continually increasing. The vast majority of these cyber activities are not generated by nations, but by individual civilians, hacktivists, organized groups, transnational criminal organizations and other non-state actors. And yet, all of these harmful cyber activities originate and pass through the sovereign territory of individual nations. International law has long held that each nation has a duty to remedy transboundary harm that originates or passes through its sovereign borders and adversely affects another sovereign. Further, modern international law requires nations to solve these potential disputes peacefully, without resort to illegal force. This article analyzes these doctrines of international law, in light of the realities of cyber activities and argues that nations must solve their cyber disputes peacefully, and that they have an emerging duty of due diligence to monitor their networks in order to prevent them from being used to cause transboundary harm to other nations and in some cases, to non-state actors. Further, in the event of transboundary cyber harm, nations have a duty to cooperate with each other in resolving the situation.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cardenas: Chains of Justice: The Global Rise of State Institutions for Human Rights

Sonia Cardenas (Trinity College - Political Science) has published Chains of Justice: The Global Rise of State Institutions for Human Rights (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2014). Here's the abstract:

National human rights institutions—state agencies charged with protecting and promoting human rights domestically—have proliferated dramatically since the 1990s; today more than a hundred countries have NHRIs, with dozens more seeking to join the global trend. These institutions are found in states of all sizes—from the Maldives and Barbados to South Africa, Mexico, and India; they exist in conflict zones and comparatively stable democracies alike. In Chains of Justice, Sonia Cardenas offers a sweeping historical and global account of the emergence of NHRIs, linking their growing prominence to the contradictions and possibilities of the modern state.

As human rights norms gained visibility at the end of the twentieth century, states began creating NHRIs based on the idea that if international human rights standards were ever to take root, they had to be firmly implanted within countries—impacting domestic laws and administrative practices and even systems of education. However, this very position within a complex state makes it particularly challenging to assess the design and influence of NHRIs: some observers are inclined to associate NHRIs with ideals of restraint and accountability, whereas others are suspicious of these institutions as "pretenders" in democratic disguise. In her theoretically and politically grounded examination, Cardenas tackles the role of NHRIs, asking how we can understand the global diffusion of these institutions, including why individual states decide to create an NHRI at a particular time while others resist the trend. She explores the influence of these institutions in states seeking mostly to appease international audiences as well as their value in places where respect for human rights is already strong.

The most comprehensive account of the NHRI phenomenon to date, Chains of Justice analyzes many institutions never studied before and draws from new data released from the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council. With its global scope and fresh insights into the origins and influence of NHRIs, Chains of Justice promises to become a standard reference that will appeal to scholars immersed in the workings of these understudied institutions as well as nonspecialists curious about the role of the state in human rights.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fikfak: Judicial Strategies and Their Impact on the Development of the International Rule of Law

Veronika Fikfak (Univ. of Cambridge - Lauterpacht Centre for International Law) has posted Judicial Strategies and Their Impact on the Development of the International Rule of Law (a shorter version appears in The Rule of Law at the National and International Levels: Contestations and Deference, Machiko Kanetake & André Nollkaemper eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
International scholars describe domestic courts as agents in the international legal order, acting in the service of the international rule of law. These courts are the first post of call where international claims are adjudicated and they are therefore the ideal organs to ensure that international law is applied as law, even against a reluctant Executive, whose actions threaten to breach the State’s international obligations. But what does it mean to say that courts protect the rule of international law? What type of behaviour does this rule require of domestic courts? The issue of how courts should act has become especially problematic in the context of challenges individuals have brought against decisions of international institutions, which the Executive has sought to enforce domestically and which arguably limit individuals’ human rights without according any opportunity for review at an international level. Faced with applications for review of legality, domestic judges have had to choose between refusing the implementation of these 'strict' international decisions and abstaining from review altogether, thus giving these international decisions their full effectiveness. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, this chapter discusses whether domestic courts can reconcile the competing interests of individuals, international institutions and the international legal order. It investigates what strategies courts have at their disposal to undertake review which provides due process protections to individuals whilst at the same time avoiding a challenge of the authority of the international institution and ensuring the international rule of law.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Caron & Oral: Navigating Straits: Challenges for International Law

David D. Caron (King's College London - Law) & Nilufer Oral (Istanbul Bilgi Univ. - Law) have published Navigating Straits: Challenges for International Law (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2014). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

The importance of straits, particularly those used in international navigation, has been long recognized in international law. One of the important debates during the Third United Nations Law of the Sea Conference concerned the regime of passage through straits used in international navigation. The result was the creation of a multi-tiered legal framework of passage that included the entirely a new “transit passage” regime. Although over thirty years have passed since the adoption of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, the vital role played by straits in the global communications network continues to be surrounded by conflicts between the interests of coastal states and shipping. Challenges still exist to achieving the simultaneous global goals of secure passage of vessels and protection of the marine environment.

In Navigating Straits: Challenges for International Law, internationally recognized international law scholars provide in-depth analysis of the legal challenges in straits concerning security, piracy, safety and environmental protection. All readers interested in international and law of the sea will find this seminal volume of interest.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lubell: The Problem of Imminence in an Uncertain World

Noam Lubell (Univ. of Essex - Law) has posted The Problem of Imminence in an Uncertain World (in The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law, M. Weller, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Almost any discussion of self-defence under international law inevitably includes the debate over anticipatory self-defence. This is true not only in modern writings, but also throughout the centuries of legal and philosophical examinations of the matter. Most arguments supporting anticipatory action invariably turn at some point to requiring a criterion of imminence, whether stating it specifically, or in another guise. Whether or not anticipatory self-defence should be allowed is a question that encompasses numerous legal, moral, and political conundrums. The current examination does not aim to resolve the wider debate on anticipatory self-debate. Rather, it focuses on one particular and crucial component of the debate: the concept of imminence. The following examination proceeds, therefore, on the assumption that anticipatory self-defence may be a legitimate option for action. Based on this premise, it sets out to analyse the meaning of imminence in this context, how it is to be interpreted, what it might justify and what it might exclude, and whether it is in fact a criterion that can be upheld in light of modern challenges.

Baetens & Caiado: Frontiers of International Economic Law: Legal Tools to Confront Interdisciplinary Challenges

Freya Baetens (Leiden Univ. - Law) & José Caiado (Univ. of Hamburg) have published Frontiers of International Economic Law: Legal Tools to Confront Interdisciplinary Challenges (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2014). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:
Confronted with today’s global interdisciplinary challenges, international economic law offers a myriad of legal tools to provide both procedural and substantive solutions. Frontiers of International Economic Law: Legal Tools to Confront Interdisciplinary Challenges will appeal to those interested in the general theory of international economic law, but also readers looking for innovative answers to practical questions will also be pleased to find a broad array of topics structured along four frontier themes: facing economic crises and uncertainties, confronting environmental challenges, considering human rights and development objectives, and finally, regulating energy transit and new technologies. The contributions presented here will help to push forward, through promoting and developing the rule of law, the – at times contentious – frontiers of international economic law.

New Issue: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

The latest issue of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (Vol. 47, no. 1, January 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Annecoos Wiersema, Climate Change, Forests, and International Law: REDD’s Descent into Irrelevance
  • Jack M. Beard, Legal Phantoms in Cyberspace: The Problematic Status of Information as a Weapon and a Target Under International Humanitarian Law
  • Alejandro Piera & Michael Gill, Will the New ICAO–Beijing Instruments Build a Chinese Wall for International Aviation Security?
  • J. Benton Heath, Managing the “Republic of NGOs:” Accountability and Legitimation Problems Facing the UN Cluster System

New Issue: Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

The latest issue of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (Vol. 52, no. 2, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Gilles Cuniberti, Three Theories of Lex Mercatoria
  • Merritt B. Fox, Ongoing Issues in Russian Corporate Governance
  • John G. Sprankling, The Global Right to Property