Central to many understandings of international law is the concept of accountability. While the concept takes traditional forms in the context of the law of State responsibility and the responsibility of international organisations, the notion is much broader in scope. The accountability of international law-makers to their communities and to a broader international community for their acts and failures to act; of the State to its citizens in the fields of diplomatic protection and human rights; the evolving law in relation to responsibilities of non-State actors including corporations; global administrative law; the accountability of arbitral tribunals; the accountability of international and national NGOs for their activities; and the role played by civil society institutions in filling lacunae in the international systems of accountability. All these are aspects of the operation of international law that might be fruitfully explored from the perspective of accountability (or its absence).
Monday, April 22, 2013
Conference: 21st ANZSIL Annual Conference
The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law will hold its 21st Annual Conference on July 4-6, 2013, in Canberra at the Australian National University. The theme is: "Accountability and International Law." I noted the call for papers here. The program is here. Here's the idea: