Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Volume: Polish Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the Polish Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 29, 2009) is out. Contents include:
  • Jerzy Kranz, Krzysztof Skubiszewski (1926-2010)
  • Roman Kwiecién, Overcoming the Past by International Law
  • Pavel Šturma, The Case of Kosovo and International Law
  • Bartłomiej Krzan, The Relationship Between the International Criminal Court and the Security Council
  • Przemysław Saganek, Unilateral Acts in Polish-German Relations
  • Jerzy Menkes & Marcin Menkes, International Organisations, Climate Change Expectations, and the Reality of Institutionalisation : an Analysis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Joanna Kulesza, State Responsibility for Cyber-Attacks on International Peace and Security
  • Łukasz Wardyn & Jan Fiala, The 2009 Amendment of the Slovakian State Language Law and its Impact on Minority Rights
  • Anna Jasińska, International legal issues in the case of the Prussian Trust (Preussische Treuhand) against the Republic of Poland before the European Court of Human Rights

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Volume: Finnish Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the Finnish Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 19, 2008) is out. Contents include:
  • Symposium: International Law, the Environment and Power
    • Katja Keinänen & Kati Kulovesi, Introduction to the Special Theme: International Law, the Environment and Power
    • Ellen Hey, Global Environmental Law
    • Kati Kulovesi, Fragmented Landscapes, Troubled Relationships: The WTO Dispute Settlement System and International Environmental Law
    • China Miéville, Multilateralism as Terror: International Law, Haiti and Imperialism
    • Peter H. Sand, ‘Scientific Whaling’: Whither Sanctions for Non-Compliance with International Law?
  • Articles
    • Kirsten J. Fisher, Identifying Liability: Ambiguous Charges in International Criminal Law
    • Jörg Kammerhofer, Systemic Integration, Legal Theory and the International Law Commission
    • Marja Lehto, The Crime of Terrorism and the Emerging Framework of International Criminal Law: Reflections on the ‘Hierarchy of Evil’
    • Hannes Peltonen, Of Rights and Responsibilities: The Right of Humanitarian Intervention
    • Akbar Rasulov, ‘The Nameless Rapture of the Struggle’: Towards a Marxist Class-Theoretic Approach to International Law
    • Kaarlo Tuori, The Law’s Farewell to the Nation State?
    • René Urueña, In the Search of International Homo Economicus: Individual Agency and Rationality in Global Governance

Conference: The Permanent Court and Modern International Law - Reflections on the PCIJ's Lasting Legacy

Next Friday, November 26, 2010, Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Glasgow, and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London, in co-operation with British Institute of International and Comparative Law, will host a conference on "The Permanent Court and Modern International Law Reflections on the PCIJ’s Lasting Legacy." The program is here.

Orakhelashvili & Williams: 40 Years of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

Alexander Orakhelashvili (Univ. of Birmingham - Law) & Sarah Williams (Univ. of New South Wales - Law) have published 40 Years of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (British Institute of International and Comparative Law 2010). Contents include:
  • Sarah Williams, Introduction
  • Alan Boyle, Reflections on the Treaty as a Law-making Instrument
  • Jan Klabbers, Not Re-visiting the Concept of Treaty
  • Anthony Aust, Amendment of Treaties
  • Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Dynamic (Evolutive) Interpretation of Treaties and the European Court of Human Rights
  • Richard Gardiner, The Role of Preparatory Work in Treaty Interpretation
  • Alexander Orakhelashvili, The Recent Practice on the Principles of Treaty Interpretation
  • Paul Eden, Plurilingual Treaties: Aspects of Interpretation
  • Mary E Footer, International Organizations and Treaties: Ratification and (Non)-implementation of the Other Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

Call for Papers: 2011 ANZSIL Annual Conference

The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 2011 Annual Conference, to take place in Canberra, June 23-25, 2011. The conference theme is "The Promise and Limits of International Law." Here's the call:



CANBERRA, 23-25 JUNE 2011


The 19th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (‘ANZSIL’) will take place from Thursday, 23 June 2011 to Saturday, 25 June 2011 at University House, The Australian National University, Canberra, hosted by the Centre for International and Public Law, ANU College of Law. The Conference Organising Committee now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Conference.

Call for Papers – Deadline 15 February 2011

It is customary in calls of this sort to adopt one of three postures in relation to international law. The first is to affirm international law, to express faith in its capacity for doing good, hope in its expansion, and to espouse a commitment to ensuring its continued efficacy, force and range in the world. The second posture is one of anxiety, expressing disquiet about law’s unavoidable intimacy with suffering and strife. The commitment in this instance is to critique, with the objective of damage control or dismantling for the pessimists, rehabilitation and reconstruction for the optimists. The third posture is one of deliberation and judgment, offering a call to take stock of international law, to catalogue its failures, achievements and likely prospects, either by looking back from the anniversary of a significant event, or by projecting forward from contemporary crises to the likely challenges of the future.

This conference wishes to combine these registers, to bring certainty and anxiety together and to marry contemporary context with both backward glance and forward prediction. To that end, we invite papers which consider the limits and limitations of international law as well as papers which tease out the promise international law makes. The limits of law can be understood technically, politically, historically or philosophically, its promise interpreted sceptically or in good faith. The sphere of consideration can be specific or general, the frame past or present.

So whilst in one sense general, the call is also specifically asking presenters to reflect, in their own way and in their own area of interest, specialisation or expertise, on what they understand to be the promise of law, and how they think the question of limit plays out in relation to it.

Our aim is to produce uncommon combinations, and to generate enough uncertainty for fruitful discussion. To this end, in addition to the usual abstracts for individual papers, or proposals for complete panels, we are also specifically inviting people to volunteer to speak from the self-defined perspective of a ‘practitioner’ or ‘academic’ on the following topics:

  • International law and the Promise of the Market
  • International Law and the Limits of the Earth
  • The Political Limitations of Human Rights
  • Private International Law: Promise and Limits of International Harmonisation
  • Regulating Violence
  • The Hopes of international legal doctrine
  • The Promise and Limits of Capitalism: International law and the Regulation of Financial Markets

Panels will be composed with a view to uncommon combinations.

Those proposing papers for presentation at the Conference should submit a one-page abstract and brief one- page curriculum vitae by email to the Conference Organising Committee (anzsil[at] by no later than Tuesday, 15 February 2011. Please include the heading on your email message ‘ANZSIL Conference 2011 Paper Proposal: [Your Name]’. The Conference Organising Committee will inform applicants of the outcome of their proposals by early March 2011. Further information about the Conference, , including program and registration details, will be available here.

Postgraduate research students wishing to present their postgraduate thesis work are encouraged to submit their proposals (marked 'PG Workshop') for presentation at the Postgraduate Workshop (to be held on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 – for further details and call for papers, see the ANZSIL website. The closing date for applications to the Postgraduate Workshop is 15 February 2011.

Wabwile: Legal Protection of Social and Economic Rights of Children in Developing Countries

Michael Wabwile (Moi Univ. - Law) has published Legal Protection of Social and Economic Rights of Children in Developing Countries: Reassessing International Cooperation and Responsibility (Intersentia 2010). Here's the abstract:

One of the trends in the twentieth century international law-making is the proliferation of legal norms that recognise economic and social rights. Among the landmark developments in this process was the enactment of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. This Convention grants universal rights to every child and has been ratified by virtually all states including the developing countries. This raises the issue as to whether and how the economic and social rights of children can be implemented in the developing world. One approach to this issue is to explore how the concept of international cooperation in the protection of economic and social rights has been applied to determine and assign external obligations to states parties to the UN Charter.

This study examines the scope of obligations and responsibility for the fulfilment of children’s social and economic rights under international law. It argues that in addition to the domestic/vertical obligations of states parties to regimes of human rights law, international law on the protection and promotion of the social and economic rights of children as recently interpreted and applied by states parties entrenches binding external/diagonal obligations of states to support global fulfilment of these rights. Besides recognising their external diagonal obligations, states have adopted legal instruments assigning duties to non-state actors to contribute to the universal fulfilment of children’s social and economic rights. The present study interrogates these developments and explores how the emerging jurisprudence on states’ extra-territorial obligations regarding children’s social and economic rights and the responsibilities of non-state actors can be further mainstreamed in the legal discourse on international protection of economic and social rights.

Workshop: Miles

Kate Miles (Univ. of Sydney - Law) will give a talk today at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law's Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series on "International Investment Law, Empire and the Environment."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Issue: Journal of International Criminal Justice

The latest issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Vol. 8, no. 5, November 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Current Events: The ICC Review Conference at Kampala: Mission Accomplished or Unfulfilled Promise?
    • Thomas Weigend, Foreword
    • Claus Kreß & Leonie von Holtzendorff, The Kampala Compromise on the Crime of Aggression
    • Amal Alamuddin & Philippa Webb, Expanding Jurisdiction over War Crimes under Article 8 of the ICC Statute
  • Articles
    • Payam Akhavan, Whither National Courts? The Rome Statute’s Missing Half: Towards an Express and Enforceable Obligation for the National Repression of International Crimes
    • Andreas Th. Müller & Ignaz Stegmiller, Self-Referrals on Trial: From Panacea to Patient
  • Symposium: Trials in Absentia before the Special Tribunal For Lebanon: A Plea for a Balanced Approach
    • Ralph Riachy, Trials in Absentia in the Lebanese Judicial System and at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Challenge or Evolution?
    • Niccolò Pons, Some Remarks on in Absentia Proceedings before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Case of a State’s Failure or Refusal to Hand over the Accused
  • Cases Before International Courts and Tribunals
    • Katrina Gustafson, ECCC Tackles JCE: An Appraisal of Recent Decisions
  • Highlights
    • Katharina Margetts & Katerina I. Kappos, Current Developments at the Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunals

Call for Papers: Towards a Radical International Law

A call for papers has been issued for a workshop on "Towards a Radical International Law," to take place April 29-30, 2011, in London. Here's the call:

Towards a Radical International Law


London, 29-30 April 2011

Organisers: Matthew Craven (SOAS), Susan Marks (LSE), Sundhya Pahuja (Melbourne)

International law is a prominent site for the investiture of hope in the face of global insecurities. Yet, as inequality deepens, violence remains rampant, and the earth’s resources become exhausted, the idioms in which that hope is typically expressed – human rights, development, international crime, and so on – are revealing their complicities and limitations. Some radical rethinking of international law seems urgently needed.

How might that rethinking proceed? Where should attention be focused? What would characterise a radical international law? The purpose of this workshop is to advance debate on these questions. Building on themes that have begun to emerge in international legal literature, the workshop will explore the relation between international law and the production of disadvantage. The term ‘disadvantage’ is used here to encompass asymmetries of wealth, power and status of diverse kinds. It is also used implicitly to signal that the production of advantage may equally be at stake.

Call for Papers

We invite papers which excavate the relation between international law and the production of disadvantage at three levels:

1. Regulatory regimes

In areas such as trade law, human rights, environmental law and development, international legal norms, procedures and institutions exist to redress disadvantage. What are the limitations (contradictions, ironies, aporias, etc.) of these regulatory schemes, and how are we to account for those limitations?

2. ‘Common sense’

Presupposed in international legal regulation is a set of background concepts, categories and ideas concerned with such matters as profit, growth and property. What are the elements of this international legal ‘common sense’ that contribute to the production of advantage and disdavantage, and in what ways do they do so?

3. Theoretical frame

Critical approaches to international law have challenged the prevalent image of a progressive international law, and directed attention to its blindspots and biases. What are the blindspots and biases of those critical approaches themselves, and how might a radical international law overcome them?

We particularly welcome papers from the emerging generation of scholars, and especially those from the global South. We recognise that, for many in this category, participation will depend on funding. We have applied for funds to cover a limited number of travel grants, but the outcome of our applications is not yet known.

The Application Process

Applications should include:

  • an abstract of your proposed paper (400 words maximum);
  • your name and contact information, including email address;
  • your institutional affiliation and whether or not you are a graduate student; and
  • whether you wish to be considered for a travel grant (if available), and whether there exist any alternative sources of funding on which you can potentially draw.

Applications should be submitted via email to Owen Taylor (tayloredowen[at] not later than 14 January 2011.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 31 January 2011.

Aptel: The UN Mapping Report Documenting Serious Crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Cecile Aptel (United States Institute of Peace) has posted an ASIL Insight on The UN Mapping Report Documenting Serious Crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Call for Papers: Yearbook of International Environmental Law

The Yearbook of International Environmental Law has issued a call for papers for its volume 21 (2010). The theme is "Conserving Biodiversity." Here's the call:

Call for Papers

Yearbook of International Environmental Law vol. 21 (2010)

The editors of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law is pleased to issue this call for contributions to its 2010 volume.

Conserving biodiversity

1. In 2002 the sixth COP of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted the following target as part of its Strategic Plan: “to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of all life on earth." This objective was subsequently noted among the key outcomes from the Johannesburg Summit and included among the Millenium Development Goals (Goal 7B). When declaring 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity, the UN General Assembly acknowledged “that an unprecedented effort would be needed to achieve by 2010 a significant reduction in the rate of loss of biological diversity” (A/RES/61/203). The 2010 Millenium Development Report concluded: “The world has missed the 2010 target for biodiversity conservation, with potentially grave consequences” (at 55). We invite contributions that trace the work of international institutions to fulfil the target and analyse reasons why efforts have failed, with a particular focus on the role of international environmental law and institutions.

2. As part of the process to enhance cooperation and coordination among multilateral environmental agreements, treaties focusing on biodiversity established the Biodiversity Liaison Group in 2004. In 2010 the Group participated in the preparation of the new Strategic Plan of the CBD. This is a unique example of coordination of strategic planning among MEAs. On the other hand, when adopting its guidelines for reporting, the CBD explicitly mentions treaties participating in the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions and not those that participate in the Biodiversity Liaison Group. In light of the various efforts to reform the regime for international environmental governance, we invite contributions assessing the international governance for biodiversity conservation, including the achievements and prospects for cooperation and coordination among the biodiversity-related treaties as well as other relevant regimes or institutions.

3. Management of the interface between science and policy decisions has been debated extensively, in particular in relation to the climate regime. In 2010, the UN General Assembly considered establishment of an Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). We invite contributions that address the interface between science and policy in the field of biodiversity from legal and institutional perspectives, as well as from broader comparative perspectives taking in particular into account experiences with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and relevant initiatives to establish mechanisms for the marine environment. Articles that relate advances in scientific knowledge regarding biodiversity to possible future policy and legal developments are also encouraged.

4. Ten years after adopting the Cartagena Protocol, the CBD adopted its second protocol in 2010, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from Their Utilization. We invite contributions addressing experiences so far with the Cartagena Protocol, or the negotiation process, content and future of the Nagoya Protocol, as well as broader issues concerning protocols under the CBD.

5. Biodiversity treaties, such as the Bonn Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, the World Heritage Convention and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, have been leading in establishing partnerships with governmental and non-governmental actors. We invite contributions analysing such public-private partnerships from legal and institutional perspectives.

We encourage contributions from developing country authors that address perspectives from the Global South. We will accept up to six articles of 10,000-15,000 words each, including footnotes. Proposed topics and outlines should be sent to by December 10. Our review of proposals will be ready by December 20, and the deadline for submitting final articles will be March 31, 2011.

Workshop: Gaillard

Emmanuel Gaillard (Shearman & Sterling) will give a talk today at the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group on "The Representations of International Arbitration."

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anton: Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay

Donald K. Anton (Australian National Univ. - Law) has posted Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay) (Judgment) [2010]. Here's the abstract:
The Pulp Mills case is the latest in a series of environmental cases to find its way before the ICJ. Pulp Mills contributes to the development of international environmental law by confirming that that transboundary environmental impact assessment is part and parcel of general international law. It is true that deficiencies remain in connection with the nature, scope and content of the EIA (including public consultation). However, states planning projects that pose risks of significant transboundary environmental harm (or threaten shared natural resources) shoulder a significant obligation of due diligence to ensure the environment or resources are protected from harm.

New Issue: Review of International Organizations

The latest issue of the Review of International Organizations (Vol. 5, no. 4, December 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • James R. Hollyer, Conditionality, compliance, and domestic interests: State capture and EU accession policy
  • Ruxanda Berlinschi, Reputation concerns in aid conditionality
  • Rögnvaldur Hannesson, The coalition of the willing: Effect of country diversity in an environmental treaty game
  • Johannes Urpelainen, Enforcing international environmental cooperation: Technological standards can help

Sinclair: International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach

Adriana Sinclair (Univ. of East Anglia - Political, Social and International Studies) has published International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach (Cambridge Univ. Press 2010). Here's the abstract:
International law is playing an increasingly important role in international politics. However, international relations theorists have thus far failed to conceptualise adequately the role that law plays in politics. Instead, IR theorists have tended to operate with a limited conception of law. An understanding of jurisprudence and legal methodology is a crucial step towards achieving a better account of international law in IR theory. But many of the flaws in IR's idea of law stem also from the theoretical foundations of constructivism – the school of thought which engages most frequently with law. Adriana Sinclair rehabilitates IR theory's understanding of law, using cases studies from American, English and international law to critically examine contemporary constructivist approaches to IR and show how a gap in their understanding of law has led to inadequate theorisation.

New Issue: Legal Issues of Economic Integration

The latest issue of Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Vol. 37, no. 4, 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Evangelia Psychogiopoulou, The ‘Cultural’ Criterion in the European Commission’s Assessment of State Aids to the Audio-Visual Sector
  • Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, How Well Does the European Legal Test for Predation Go with an Economic Approach to Article 102 TFEU?
  • Adrian Emch & Gregory K. Leonard, Predatory Pricing in China: In Line with International Practice?
  • Alina Tryfonidou, The Free Movement of Goods, the Overseas Countries and Territories, and the EU’s Outermost Regions: Some Problematic Aspects
  • Kamala Dawar, Assessing Labour and Environmental Regimes in Regional Trading Arrangements

Peel: Science and Risk Regulation in International Law

Jacqueline Peel (Univ. of Melbourne - Law) has published Science and Risk Regulation in International Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2010). Here's the abstract:
The regulation of risk is a preoccupation of contemporary global society and an increasingly important part of international law in areas ranging from environmental protection to international trade. This book examines a key aspect of international risk regulation - the way in which science and technical expertise are used in reaching decisions about how to assess and manage global risks. An interdisciplinary analysis is employed to illuminate how science has been used in international legal processes and global institutions such as the World Trade Organization. Case studies of risk regulation in international law are drawn from diverse fields including environmental treaty law, international trade law, food safety regulation and standard-setting, biosafety and chemicals regulation. The book also addresses the important question of the most appropriate balance between science and non-scientific inputs in different areas of international risk regulation.

Workshop: Clark & Sikkink

Ann Marie Clark (Purdue Univ. - Political Science) & Kathryn Sikkink (Univ. of Minnesota - Political Science) will give a talk today at the New York University School of Law Hauser Globalization Colloquium on "Information Effects and Human Rights Data: Is the Good News about Increased Human Rights Information Bad News for Human Rights Measures?."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Issue: Global Trade and Customs Journal

The latest issue of Global Trade and Customs Journal (Vol. 5, no. 11, 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Patricio Díaz Gavier & Davide Rovetta, Post-Clearance Recovery of Customs Debt in Europe
  • Turenna Ramirez, An Overview of the Mexico-Brazil Strategic Agreement for Economic Integration
  • Iain Sandford & Ian Temby, Customs in the Regional Trade Agreements of Australia and New Zealand: Efforts to Improve Customs Instruments and Develop Trade
  • John C. Pisa-Relli, U.S. Defense Trade Enforcement

Recent Book Reviews at Global Law Books

Global Law Books has recently posted the following book reviews:

Call for Papers: Pluralities of International Legal Theory

The Interest Group on International Legal Theory of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a workshop on "Pluralities of International Legal Theory." The workshop will be held on the occasion of the Fourth ESIL Research Forum, May 27-28, 2011, in Tallinn. (Note: The workshop dates currently on the Research Forum and Interest Group websites are incorrect.) Here's the call:

European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Legal Theory

Workshop on International Legal Theory – Call for Papers

Held on the occasion of the Fourth ESIL Research Forum Tallinn, 27-28 May 2011

Pluralities of International Legal Theory

In the tautness of the polemics between orthodox and critical accounts of international law, it is easy to lose the plurality of the engagements of theory. Although often understood as polar opposites which constitute the field, neither 'critical' nor 'orthodox' approaches capture the full scope and range of theorisations of international law and the international. We invite theorisations of international law(s) from any family of legal theory, positivist, orthodox, critical, sociological or otherwise. The symposium aims to be a presentation of the most exciting current thinking in international law theory. The goal of this approach is to promote and facilitate discussion of works in progress relating to any area and issue of International Legal Theory. We particularly invite papers that take a step aside from taxonomy and critiques of the critique, in order to investigate the boundaries of how we think about international law. We also invite papers related to the teaching of international law theory.

The Application Process

Along with your abstract of no more than 400 words, please include the following in your email:

  • name, institutional affiliation, whether you are a graduate student or not, contact information and e-mail address;
  • the intended language of presentation.

All applications should be submitted to legaltheory[at] by Saturday, 15 January 2011. The outcome of the selection process results will be notified to all applicants as soon as possible thereafter. Selection is made by the members of the IGLIT Coordinating Committee on a blind basis. We are pleased to note that the conference organisers intend to charge only a reduced conference registration fee for speakers at the Interest Group Workshops. Transport and accommodation costs, however, will have to be borne by the selected participants. One abstract per person please. Selection will be based on scholarly merit, with regard to producing an engaging workshop and without prejudice to gender, seniority, language or geographical location. Speakers at the main conference will usually not be selected for the special workshop. Further information about the ESIL Interest Group on International Law Theory can be accessed here.

New Issue: Rivista di Diritto Internazionale

The latest issue of the Rivista di Diritto Internazionale (Vol. 93, no. 3, 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Articoli
    • Francesco Salerno, La garanzia costituzionale della Convenzione europea dei diritti dell'uomo
    • Paola Anna Pillitu, Crimini internazionali, immunità diplomatiche e segreto di Stato nella sentenza del Tribunale di Milano nel caso Abu Omar
    • Gabriele Della Morte, La conferenza di revisione dello Statuto della Corte penale internazionale ed il crimine di aggressione
    • Laura Magi, Sull'attribuzione ad una organizzazione internazionale dell'attività di società private che operano per suo conto
  • Panorama
    • Elena Sciso, L'immunità degli Stati esteri dalla giurisdizione dopo la conversione del decreto-legge 28 aprile 2010 n. 63
    • Lorenzo Gradoni, Regole di interpretazione difficili da interpretare e frammentazione del principio di integrazione sistemica
    • Pietro Franzina, Interpretazione e destino del richiamo compiuto dalla legge di riforma del diritto internazionale privato ai criteri di giurisdizione della Convenzione di Bruxelles
    • Arianna Vettorel, Una pronuncia della Corte di giustizia sui rapporti fra il regolamento (CE) n. 44/2001 e le convenzioni in materie particolari

Conference: International Economic Law in a Time of Change: Reassessing Legal Theory, Doctrine, Methodology and Policy Prescriptions (Reminder)

The International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law will host its biennial conference later this week, November 18-20, 2010, at the University of Minnesota Law School. The theme is "International Economic Law in a Time of Change: Reassessing Legal Theory, Doctrine, Methodology and Policy Prescriptions." The program is here. The list of abstracts by panel is here. A live stream covering a number of the sessions (including the keynote addresses) will be available here. A Facebook page is here. Here's the idea:

The start of the second decade of the twenty-first century is witnessing a confluence of events affecting international economic law that calls for re-evaluation. The international context has radically changed. Most analysts contend that we are shifting toward a multi-polar world in light of economic transformations in China, India, Brazil, and other developing and transitional countries. This is coupled with economic stagnation in the United States and Europe, which are beset by a financial crisis and embroiled in foreign wars and security concerns. These developments have arguably complicated international economic governance, yet other factors – such as the current financial crisis – press consideration of new forms of international economic governance, such as the G-20. Global economic interdependence, exemplified by global production and supply chains, calls for sustained attention to international economic law and institutions.

With this backdrop, the November conference will organize sessions that address the full range of international and transnational economic law. Keynote speakers will be Beth Simmons (Harvard University), Ricardo Ramirez (WTO Appellate Body) and José E. Alvarez (NYU Law School). There will be a special panel dedicated to the reissuance of Robert E. Hudec’s classic, Developing Countries in the GATT Legal System, with representatives from the WTO and World Bank. In total there will be 14 panels with approximately 60 distinguished speakers from academia, practice, and government.

New Issue: International Community Law Review

The latest issue of the International Community Law Review (Vol. 12, no. 4, October 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Algeria R. Ford, The Myth of Tribal Sovereignty: An Analysis of Native American Tribal Status in the United States
  • Russell Buchan, Explaining Liberal Aggression: The International Community and Threat Perception
  • Konstantinos Mastorodimos, The Character of the Conflict in Gaza: Another Argument towards Abolishing the Distinction between International and Non-international Armed Conflicts

Monday, November 15, 2010

New Issue: International Journal of Transitional Justice

The latest issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Vol. 4, no. 3, November 2010) is out. This is a special issue on "Transitional Justice on Trial - Evaluating Its Impact." Contents include:
  • Oskar N.T. Thoms, James Ron, & Roland Paris, State-Level Effects of Transitional Justice: What Do We Know?
  • Geoff Dancy, Impact Assessment, Not Evaluation: Defining a Limited Role for Positivism in the Study of Transitional Justice
  • James L. Gibson, Jeffrey Sonis, & Sokhom Hean, Cambodians’ Support for the Rule of Law on the Eve of the Khmer Rouge Trials
  • Brandon Hamber, Liz Ševčenko, & Ereshnee Naidu, Utopian Dreams or Practical Possibilities? The Challenges of Evaluating the Impact of Memorialization in Societies in Transition
  • Patrick Vinck & Phuong N. Pham, Outreach Evaluation: The International Criminal Court in the Central African Republic
  • David Backer, Watching a Bargain Unravel? A Panel Study of Victims’ Attitudes about Transitional Justice in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Tricia D. Olsen, Leigh A. Payne, Andrew G. Reiter, & Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm, When Truth Commissions Improve Human Rights
  • Gearoid Millar, Assessing Local Experiences of Truth-Telling in Sierra Leone: Getting to ‘Why’ through a Qualitative Case Study Analysis
  • Nokukhanya Mncwabe, African Transitional Justice Research Network: Critical Reflections on a Peer Learning Process

New Issue: Revue Générale de Droit International Public

The latest issue of the Revue Générale de Droit International Public (Vol. 114, no. 3, 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Francis Maupain, Une Rolls Royce en mal de révision. L'efficacité du système de supervision de l'OIT à l'approche de son centenaire
  • Florence Parodi, Les Etats face à l'activité des sociétés militaires et de sécurité privées
  • Céline Jouin, Le droit international allemand dans l'entre-deux-guerres. Une jeune discipline nationaliste
  • Jacobo Ríos Rodríguez, La restriction de la compétence universelle des juridictions nationales: les exemples belge et espagnol
  • Thierry Garcia, Le retour des Organisations intergouvernementales Observateurs à l'OMC: phénomène conjoncturel ou structurel?

New Issue: Columbia Journal of Transnational Law

The latest issue of the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (Vol. 48, no. 3, 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Edward J. Janger, Virtual Territoriality
  • John E. Finn, Sunset Clauses and Democratic Deliberation: Assessing the Significance of Sunset Provisions in Antiterrorism Legislation
  • Jay Lawrence Westbrook, A Comment on Universal Proceduralism
  • Jerome A. Cohen, John M. Walker, Jr. , R. Scott Greathead, Mark R. Shulman, Sarah A. W. Fitts, Sidney H. Stein, Robert N. Hornick, Margaret K. Lewis & Elisabeth Wickeri, Report of the Mission to China of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York

New Issue: Virginia Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Virginia Journal of International Law (Vol. 51, no. 1, Fall 2010) is out. Contents include:
  • Anu Bradford, When the WTO Works, and How It Fails
  • Michal S. Gal, Free Movement of Judgments: Increasing Deterrence of International Cartels Through Jurisdictional Reliance
  • Michael Faure, Morag Goodwin & Franziska Weber, Bucking the Kuznets Curve: Designing Effective Environmental Regulation in Developing Countries

Hilf & Oeter: WTO-Recht: Rechtsordnung des Welthandels (2. Auflage)

Meinhard Hilf (Bucerius Law School) & Stefan Oeter (Universität Hamburg - Law) have published the second edition of WTO-Recht: Rechtsordnung des Welthandels (Nomos 2010). Here's the abstract:
Das Lehr- und Praxisbuch vermittelt eine vertiefende Einführung in das WTO-Recht. Es gibt einen systematischen Überblick über alle materiellen Regelungsbereiche des WTO-Rechts sowie über Organisationsstruktur, Verfahren und Streitschlichtung. Neben der Textanalyse verdeutlicht es die historischen, politischen und ökonomischen Rahmenbedingungen der Welthandelsordnung.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

O'Connell: The International Law of Drones

Mary Ellen O’Connell (Univ. of Notre Dame - Law) has posted an ASIL Insight on The International Law of Drones.