Saturday, May 17, 2014

New Issue: New York University Journal of International Law and Politics

The latest issue of the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics (Vol. 46, no. 2, Winter 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Justin Fraterman, Criminalizing Humanitarian Relief: Are U.S. Material Support for Terrorism Laws Compatible with International Humanitarian Law?
  • Patricia L. Judd, The TRIPS Balloon Effect

Friday, May 16, 2014

Job Openings: PluriCourts (Postdoctoral Researchers)

PluriCourts - Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law is seeking to hire three postdoctoral researchers. The advertisements are here (international criminal law), here (international environmental law), and here (international investment tribunals).

New Issue: Journal of Conflict Resolution

The latest issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution (Vol. 58, no. 4, June 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Manuel Schubert & Johann Graf Lambsdorff, Negative Reciprocity in an Environment of Violent Conflict: Experimental Evidence from the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Timothy M. Peterson, Dyadic Trade, Exit Costs, and Conflict
  • Nazli Avdan, Controlling Access to Territory: Economic Interdependence, Transnational Terrorism, and Visa Policies
  • Simon Collard-Wexler, Costantino Pischedda, & Michael G. Smith, Do Foreign Occupations Cause Suicide Attacks?
  • Sean Zeigler, Jan H. Pierskalla, & Sandeep Mazumder, War and the Reelection Motive: Examining the Effect of Term Limits
  • Molly Inman, Roudabeh Kishi, Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Michele Gelfand, & Elizabeth Salmon, Cultural Influences on Mediation in International Crises
  • Alyssa K. Prorok & Benjamin J. Appel, Compliance with International Humanitarian Law: Democratic Third Parties and Civilian Targeting in Interstate War

Avbelj, Fontanelli, & Martinico: Kadi on Trial: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Kadi Trial

Matej Avbelj (Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Slovenia - Law), Filippo Fontanelli (Univ. of Surrey - Law), & Giuseppe Martinico (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna - Law) have published Kadi on Trial: A Multifaceted Analysis of the Kadi Trial (Routledge 2014). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

The judgment of the European Court of Justice concerning the Kadi case has raised substantive and procedural issues that have caught the attention of scholars from many disciplines including EU law, constitutional law, international law and jurisprudence. This book offers a comprehensive view of the Kadi case, and explores specific issues that are anticipated to resonate beyond the immediate case from which they derive.

The first part of the volume sets out an analysis of the new judgment of the Court, favouring a "contextual" reading of what is the latest link in a judicial chain. The following three parts offer interdisciplinary accounts of the decision of the European Court of Justice, including legal theory, constitutional law, and international law. The book closes with an epilogue by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, who studies the role of the Kadi case in the methodology of international law and its contribution to the concept of global justice.

Conference: L’Empire du crime ? Vers une analyse critique des processus internationaux de criminalisation

On June 5-6, 2014, the Centre d'études sur le droit international et la mondialisation at the Université du Québec à Montréal will hold a conference on "L’Empire du crime ? Vers une analyse critique des processus internationaux de criminalisation." The program is here. Here's the idea:

'L'idée de crime est un concept universel' pouvait-on lire dans un rapport publié en 1999 par les Nations Unies sur la criminalité dans le monde. Cette prémisse soulève la problématique générique au cœur de ce colloque : d'une part, une partie du discours scientifique sur l'international a contribué à déconstruire la notion d'universel en montrant que son usage occulte souvent des relations de domination ; d'autre part, plusieurs discours scientifiques sur le crime révèlent que le concept de crime n'a rien d'évident en soi, que le crime peut être vu comme le produit renégocié de luttes visant à le définir autant qu'à fixer la réponse institutionnelle que l'on entend lui apporter. C'est la rencontre et la discussion de ces deux perspectives critiques qui animeront ce colloque ; l'intuition sur lequel il repose est que les processus internationaux de criminalisation constituent un matériau privilégié pour saisir tant les pratiques impérialistes, passées et contemporaines, que les termes, consensuels ou dissensuels, de leurs analyses.

Depuis une vingtaine d'années, nous assistons, dans le paysage des sciences sociales, au retour du concept d'impérialisme. Dans la littérature, la notion d'Empire est convoquée en vue de rendre visible, par son usage, ce qu'une architecture internationale - des États Nations formellement égaux et tendanciellement coopérants - occulte puissamment - un monde composé d'un centre s'accaparant des satellites. Le concept d'impérialisme vise, ainsi et en général, à signifier le maintien d'un schème invariant de domination saisi au-delà des variations constatées dans les pratiques concrètes d'exploitation. Ce colloque visera à tester ce type de perspectives en s'attardant spécifiquement aux dimensions pénales de l'ordre juridique international afin d'identifier dans quelles mesures celles-ci contribuent à l'émergence, au maintien ou à la transformation d'une structuration inégalitaire de cet ordre. Car, sur l'arène internationale, l'un des éléments clefs observables à la charnière opérée entre le XXe et le XXIe siècle est la vigueur du recours à la notion de crime et ce à deux points de vue. D'une part, la plupart des interventions militaires ont été justifiées par la dénonciation d'un "crime international", qu'il soit de guerre, contre l'humanité ou encore constitutif de génocide. D'autre part, ont été mises en place des institutions largement internationales ou internationalisées chargées d'identifier et/ou de poursuivre ces criminels.

Ainsi, ce colloque entend croiser plusieurs disciplines et paradigmes en vue d'envisager à l'aide d'une grille de lecture critique comment se déploient aujourd'hui les processus internationaux de criminalisation. À cette fin, son programme s’articule autour de quatre panels. Le premier visera à situer historiquement, géographiquement et socialement la notion même de crime international en revenant notamment aux racines du droit pénal international. Le deuxième panel analysera le rôle et la place des élites politiques ou académiques dans l'analyse théorique et le déploiement pratique de ce droit. Un troisième panel rendra compte des manifestations inédites ou à construire de la justice pénale internationale notamment en matière environnementale ou dans les camps de personnes déplacées. Enfin, un dernier panel réunira les chercheurs et chercheuses interrogeant les prémisses et les produits paradoxaux de la justice dite transitionnelle dont les objectifs sont aussi divers que les modalités. Ce colloque se terminera par la présentation inédite d'un cas illustrant l'hypothèse de ce colloque, soit l'instrumentalisation géopolitique de ce double mouvement de criminalisation des relations internationales et d'internationalisation des criminalités . . .

Call for Submissions: Israel Law Review

The Israel Law Review has issued a call for submissions. Here's the call:

The Israel Law Review invites submissions on areas of interest in human rights, international and public law.

The Israel Law Review is a double-blind peer reviewed journal established in 1966, published by Cambridge University Press under the auspices and management of the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Law Faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Under this stewardship, it focuses on scholarship in the fields of human rights, public law and international law. The Chief editors of the journal are Prof. Sir Nigel Rodley, University of Essex, UK, and Prof. Yuval Shany, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Issues of recent years have featured contributions by prominent scholars such as Martti Koskenniemi, Lech Garlicki, David Kretzmer, Kenneth Watkin, Yuval Shany and Mark Tushnet.

The journal publishes articles, shorter pieces addressing topical issues under the rubric of 'opposing views', as well as book reviews and review essays. We aim to present scholarship that is representative in terms of gender, geographical distribution and viewpoint. We accept submissions on a rolling basis.

Consideration will normally be given only to original material that has not previously been published and is not under consideration elsewhere. All submissions are subjected to a double-blind review process. You can find further details on our publication policy and process here.

For queries and additional information, please contact the academic editor, Dr. Yaël Ronen, at yael.ronen@mail.huji.ac.il.

Mallia: The MV Salamis and the State of Disembarkation at International Law: The Undefinable Goal

Patricia Mallia (Univ. of Malta - Law) has posted an ASIL Insight on The MV Salamis and the State of Disembarkation at International Law: The Undefinable Goal.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

New Issue: Global Responsibility to Protect

The latest issue of Global Responsibility to Protect (Vol. 6, no. 1, 2014) is out. Here's the abstract:
  • Oliver Stuenkel, The BRICS and the Future of R2P
  • Paula Wojcikiewicz Almeida, Brazilian View Of Responsibility To Protect
  • Derek McDougall, Responsibility While Protecting
  • Brent J. Steele & Eric A. Heinze, Norms of Intervention, R2P and Libya

Conference: Sociological Inquiries into International Law

Tomorrow and Saturday, May 16-17, 2014, a conference on "Sociological Inquiries into International Law" will be held at the London School of Economics. I noted the call for papers here. The program is here.

New Issue: Journal of International Trade Law and Policy

The latest issue of the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy (Vol. 13, no. 2, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Anokye M Adam & Imran Sharif Chaudhry, The currency union effect on intra-regional trade in Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • Christina Fattore, Domestic legal traditions and the dispute settlement body: are certain states more litigious than others?
  • Niccolò Pietro Castagno, Sustainable development and the international trade law paradigm: a relationship to be denounced?
  • Elijah Jacob Kosse, Stephen Devadoss, & Jeff Luckstead, US-Mexico tomato dispute
  • Sheela Rai, WTO dispute settlement system and democracy: some issues to ponder

Alland, Chetail, de Frouville, & Viñuales: Ecrits en l'honneur du Professeur Pierre-Marie Dupuy / Essays in Honour of Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy

Denis Alland (Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) - Law), Vincent Chetail (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies - Law), Olivier de Frouville (Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) - Law), & Jorge E. Viñuales (Univ. of Cambridge - Law) have published Unité et diversité du droit international / Unity and Diversity of International Law : Ecrits en l'honneur du Professeur Pierre-Marie Dupuy / Essays in Honour of Professor Pierre-Marie Dupuy (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2014). Contents include:
  • James Crawford, The Progressive Development of International Law: History, Theory and Practice
  • Vera Gowlland-Debbas, Reflections on a Decade of International Law: Dark Ages or “Renouveau”?
  • Jorge E. Viñuales, On Legal Inquiry
  • Olivier de Frouville, On the Theory of the International Constitution
  • Vincent Chetail, The Legal Personality of Multinational Corporations, State Responsibility and Due Diligence: the Way Forward
  • Philippe Weckel, Ouverture de la réflexion sur le droit international à la science des systèmes
  • Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, Quelques réflexions sur l’humanité comme sujet du droit international
  • Eric Wyler & Alain Papaux, Le mythe structurant de l’humanité : La communauté internationale vivante
  • Jean d’Aspremont, The European Tradition of the Sources of International Law
  • Charles Leben, La référence aux sources hébraïques dans la doctrine du droit de la nature et des gens au XVIIème siècle
  • Andrea Gattini, Le rôle du juge international et du juge national et la coutume internationale
  • Louis Balmond, La contribution des règles d’engagement au droit du recours à la force
  • Giovanni Distefano, La longue marche vers l’abrogation du droit de mener la guerre en tant que moyen d’auto-protection : Happy end ou remake en vue ?
  • Raphaele Rivier, Les maîtres « dualistes » et la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme, quel lien de filiation? A propos du dualisme des « origines », de ses dérivés et de ses applications
  • Yannick Radi, Promenade avec Aristote dans les jardins du droit international: réfexions sur l’équité et le raisonnement juridique des juges et arbitres internationaux
  • Georges Abi-Saab, La métamorphose de la fonction juridictionnelle internationale
  • Olivier Corten & Pierre Klein, La Commission du droit international comme agent de formalisation du droit de la responsabilité : modalités et significations de l’utilisation d’arbitrages partiellement détechés du droit positif
  • Christian Tomuschat, Insolvency and State Responsibility
  • Jean Salmon, L’immunité d’exécution des comptes bancaires des missions diplomatiques et consulaires
  • Luigi Condorelli, Protection diplomatique réussie et réparation due: une glose
  • Giorgio Gaja, Quel préjudice pour un État qui exerce la protection diplomatique?
  • Enzo Cannizzaro, Is There an Individual Right to Reparation? : Some Thoughts on the ICJ Judgment in “The Jurisdictional Immunities” Case
  • Tullio Scovazzi, The Trend Towards the Restitution of Cultural Properties: Some Italian Cases
  • Joe Verhoeven, Sur les relations entre immunités et “jus cogens”, à la lumière de l’arrêt Allemagne-Italie du février 2012
  • Magnus Jesko Langer, Les assurances et garanties de non-répétition: entre rupture et continuité
  • Bardo Fassbender, The Representation of the “Main Forms of Civilization” and of the “Principal Legal Systems of the World” in the International Court of Justice
  • Marcelo G. Kohen, La relation titres/effectivités dans la jurisprudence récente de la Cour internationale de Justice (2004-2012)
  • Luisa Vierucci, International Arbitrators as Part of a Peace Process: Lessons from the Abyei Arbitration?
  • Antonio Remiro Brotóns, Nomination et élection des juges à la Cour Internationale de Justice
  • Tullio Treves, The Intertwining of the Will of the Parties and Compulsory Jurisdiction under the Law of the Sea Convention
  • Jean-Michel Jacquet, La “lex arbitrii” dans l’arbitrage commercial international: mythe ou réalité?
  • Shotaro Hamamoto, Méthodologie extraordinaire pour trouver le sens ordinaire? : le sens ordinaire pour les tribunaux compétents en matière d’investissement
  • Bruno Simma, Human Rights in the International Court of Justice: Are We Witnessing a Sea Change?
  • Emmanuel Decaux, Le vide ou le trop plein: le droit international des droits de l’homme, vingt ans après la Conférence mondiale de Vienne
  • Alain Pellet, Notes sur la “fragmentation” du droit international: droit des investissements internationaux et droits de l’homme
  • Pasquale De Sena, Juridiction étatique et imputation des violations extraterritoriales des droits de l’homme: quelques observations
  • Mario Bettati, Respect des religions et lutte contre le fanatisme
  • Jorge Cardona llorens, Retos, amenazas y esperanzas en el sistema de control y garantía de los derechos humanos en Naciones Unidas
  • Mónica Pinto, Le traitement des violations systématiques des droits de l’homme du passé récent: le long parcours de l’Argentine
  • Rafaëlle Maison, Le siège de Sarajevo: hier, aujourd’hui . . .
  • Ottavio Quirico, Droit “flou”, droit “doux” ou droit “mou”? : brèves réflections sur la “texture” des mesures conservatoires et des constatations dans les procédures individuelles devant le Comité des droits de l’homme
  • Philippe Sands, Science and International Litigation
  • Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, Le constitutionnalisme “vert”, Much Ado about Nothing?
  • Yann Kerbrat & Sandrine Maljean-Dubois, Les juridictions internationales et le principe de précaution, entre grande prudence et petites audaces
  • Francesco Francioni, La dimension environnementale des droits de l’homme entre individualisme et intérêt collectif
  • Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Le droit à l’eau et la satisfaction des besoins humains: notions de justice
  • Elisa Morgera, Against All Odds: the Contribution of the Convention on Biological Diversity to International Human Rights Law

New Issue: International Journal of Refugee Law

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (Vol. 26, no. 1, March 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Simon Behrman, Legal Subjectivity and the Refugee
  • Tristan Harley, Regional Cooperation and Refugee Protection in Latin America: A ‘South-South’ Approach
  • Anja Klug, Strengthening the Protection of Migrants and Refugees in Distress at Sea through International Cooperation and Burden-Sharing
  • Julian M Lehmann, Persecution, Concealment and the Limits of a Human Rights Approach in (European) Asylum Law – The Case of Germany v Y and Z in the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Kate Ogg, Separating the Persecutors from the Persecuted: A Feminist and Comparative Examination of Exclusion from the Refugee Regime
  • Alex Danilovich & Sabina Insebayeva, International Humanitarian Law and Raison D’Etat: the Balance Sheet of Kazakhstan’s Ratification of the Geneva Convention on Refugees

Conference: ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights

The Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, and the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London, with the financial support of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) and the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study, will hold a conference on "'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach - Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights," June 23-24, 2014, at Senate House, London. Registration is now open. The program is here. Here's the idea:

This conference aims to comprehensively address the contemporary phenomenon of ‘boat migration’ with a holistic approach. We will consider its multiple facets, combining knowledge from several disciplines and regions of the world, with a view to making a decisive contribution to our understanding of current trends, against the background of the fragmentary responses adopted and innumerable tragedies occurred thus far.

The final goal is to unpack the tension between security concerns and human rights in this context. Therefore, our joint reflections will build on recent developments in law and case law regarding the applicability of human rights at sea and take account of past and present policy experiences to help placing on-going discussions within a comprehensive framework. The objective is to trigger an inter-regional and multidisciplinary dialogue with contributions from Law of the Sea, maritime security, migration and refugee studies, and human rights, to address the position of ‘migrants at sea’ from an integrated perspective, bridging current gaps in knowledge and policy responses, ranging from how to conceptually categorise ‘boat migrants’, to how to respond to differing needs and entitlements and how to reconcile them with State obligations and security constraints.

The conference is projected following a logical flow, which starts with the joint identification of the subject matter, moving on to the analysis of core issue-areas and policy initiatives adopted in the EU and beyond, and closing with the identification of outstanding problems, pointing the way ahead in which research should move to contribute to the development of sustainable policy, mindful of both State interests and the rights of refugees and migrants. Attention will be drawn to the instruments, actors and institutions involved to yield insights on how migration by sea has been and should be governed. To this end, each session will regroup panelists from a variety of backgrounds, who will be asked to deal with a common question.

New Issue: Revue Québécoise de Droit International

The latest issue of the Revue Québécoise de Droit International (Vol. 26, no. 1, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Études
    • Pierre-Alexandre Cardinal, Labour Rights and the Canada/Colombia FTA : A Fundamentally Flawed Culture
    • Silvia Dimitrova, The Illegality of France’s Expulsions of Bulgarian and Romanian Roma under European Union Law
    • Franck Gloglo, La protection de l'acheteur contre la vente internationale de marchandises contrefaites
    • Mulry Mondelice, La coordination des mécanismes onusiens de surveillance des droits de la personne à l’ère du processus de Dublin: avancées et défis pour la mise en œuvre de la réforme à l’échelle nationale
    • Kiara Neri, Le droit international face aux nouveaux défis de l’immigration clandestine en mer
    • Awalou Ouedraogo, Standard et standardisation : la normativité variable en droit international

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Inaugural Issue: Questions of International Law

The inaugural issue of Questions of International Law / Questioni di Diritto Internazionale (nos. 1-2, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Effective control over UN troops and dual attribution of their conduct
    • Introduced by Francesco Messineo & Paolo Palchetti
    • Luigi Condorelli, De la responsabilité internationale de l’ONU et/ou de l’État d’envoi lors d’actions de Forces de Maintien de la Paix: l’écheveau de l’attribution (double?) devant le juge néerlandais
    • Pierre d'Argent, State organs placed at the disposal of the UN, effective control, wrongful abstention and dual attribution of conduct
  • International law and the ‘Crimean conundrum’: legal issues arising from the 2014 Russia/Ukraine crisis
    • Introduced by Beatrice I. Bonafé & Micaela Frulli
    • Timothy Meyer, Good faith, withdrawal, and the judicialization of international politics
    • Tom Coppen, Good faith and withdrawal from the Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • Unilateral Withdrawal from Treaties with the Intent to Avoid Supervisory Mechanisms: Is It in Keeping with the Principle of Good Faith?
    • Introduced by Maurizio Arcari & Marco Roscini
    • Antonello Tancredi, The Russian annexation of the Crimea: questions relating to the use of force
    • Enrico Milano, The non-recognition of Russia’s annexation of Crimea: three different legal approaches and one unanswered question

Call for Submissions: The Syrian Crisis and International Law

The International Review of Law has issued a call for submissions for a special issue on "The Syrian Crisis and International Law." Here's the call:

International Review of Law is seeking papers for a special issue on ‘The Syrian Crisis and International Law’.

Our goal is to discuss various aspects of International Law applicable to the Syrian crisis. The special issue aims to bring together different perspectives and welcomes theoretical, doctrinal and empirical approaches. We will be publishing the work of select scholars working on a range of themes which could involve:

  • public international law, including collective security and the use of force as well as papers exploring the applicability of the Responsibility to Protect theory;
  • international humanitarian law and international human rights law including the relationship of the two bodies of law in the Syrian context;
  • international criminal law – procedural and substantive aspects;
  • refugee protection and the international ramifications in the Arab region.

International Review of Law is a bilingual, open-access, peer-reviewed international law journal published by QScience.com.

Those interested in contributing are requested to respond to this call for papers by submitting their submissions by August 15th, 2014 at this link.

All submissions will be subject to double-blind peer-review. Submissions are accepted in both English and Arabic. Articles of between 6,000 and 10,000 words are preferred but shorter or longer articles may be considered. Authors should follow the Bluebook citation format.

For an informal discussion please email the guest editor, Assistant Professor Adamantia Rachovitsa, College of Law, Qatar University, at: rachovitsa@qu.edu.qa

Ohlin: The Right to Exist and the Right to Resist

Jens David Ohlin (Cornell Univ. - Law) has posted The Right to Exist and the Right to Resist. Here's the abstract:
Although self-determination is rightly regarded as one of the highest collective rights protected by the UN Charter, there is precious little positive law outlining the scope and content of this right because courts rarely pass judgment on claims regarding self-determination. This Essay makes three elementary points regarding the core right of self-determination. First, although the right of self-determination has been inhibited by uncertainty surrounding its connection to the abstract concept of peoples or nations, these entities can be defined either through self-perceptions or other-perceptions, and either is sufficient to ground the right of self-determination. Second, the right of self-determination belongs to a cluster of legal rights, including the right to be free from aggression and genocide, which emerge from two natural rights: the right to exist and the right to resist autonomy-threatening attacks. Although one might think that a right of resistance is necessarily an outgrowth of the more primary right to exist (since resistance might be an instrumental method of securing existence), the following Essay denies this common-sense intuition. This brings us to the third claim: the right of resistance is an independent, neo-Kantian right regarding the autonomy of collective groups, such as nations or peoples, that is not reducible to the right to exist. The primary argument for its theoretical independence stems from a discussion of cases of futile self-defense, where it is certain that resistance will not achieve the continued existence of the defender. But even in such cases where annihilation is inevitable and existence cannot be protected, the right of resistance persists.

Kirchmair: Die Theorie des Rechtserzeugerkreises

Lando Kirchmair has published Die Theorie des Rechtserzeugerkreises: Eine rechtstheoretische Untersuchung des Verhältnisses von Völkerrecht zu Staatsrecht am Beispiel der österreichischen Rechtsordnung (Duncker & Humblot 2013). Here's the abstract:

Der Autor würdigt in vorliegender Untersuchung etablierte Theorien zur Erklärung des Verhältnisses von Völkerrecht zu Staatsrecht (Monismus, Dualismus). Aufgrund ihrer undifferenzierten absoluten Rechtsfolgen sowie wesentlicher Veränderungen des Völker- und Staatsrechts werden ihnen aber Aktualität und damit eine zufriedenstellende Erklärung des Verhältnisses im 21. Jahrhundert abgesprochen. Lando Kirchmair skizziert eine Alternative und richtet den Fokus auf die Entwicklung neuer theoretischer Grundlagen zum Verhältnis von Völkerrecht zu Staatsrecht.

Teil A. begründet die Theorie des Rechtserzeugerkreises (TREK), welche als gemeinsamer Nenner von Völkerrecht und Staatsrecht identifiziert wird. Teil B. analysiert die Auswirkungen der TREK anhand des Beispiels der österreichischen Rechtsordnung. Während die herrschende Lehre die Rezeption von Völkerrecht in die österreichische Rechtsordnung vertritt, stellt die Arbeit die Integration des Völkerrechts in die nationale Stufenbauordnung in Frage. Entsprechend der TREK werden die einschlägigen Bestimmungen der österreichischen Rechtsordnung als Ermächtigungsnormen zum Abschluss völkerrechtlicher Bestimmungen verstanden.

Um grundlegende und nicht spezifische Fragen einzelner (Völker-)Rechtsquellen zu adressieren, werden die Rechtswirkung von Völkervertragsrecht, Völkergewohnheitsrecht, allgemeiner Rechtsgrundsätze, Rechtsakte internationaler Organisationen und erstmals auch zwingendem Völkerrecht und einseitiger Rechtsgeschäfte in der österreichischen Rechtsordnung untersucht.

Hull: A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War

Isabel V. Hull (Cornell Univ. - History) has published A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law during the Great War (Cornell Univ. Press 2014). Here's the abstract:

A century after the outbreak of the Great War, we have forgotten the central role that international law and the dramatically different interpretations of it played in the conflict’s origins and conduct. In A Scrap of Paper, Isabel V. Hull compares wartime decision making in Germany, Great Britain, and France, weighing the impact of legal considerations in each. Throughout, she emphasizes the profound tension between international law and military necessity in time of war, and demonstrates how differences in state structures and legal traditions shaped the way in which each of the three belligerents fought the war.

Hull focuses on seven cases in which each government’s response was shaped by its understanding of and respect for the law: Belgian neutrality, the land war in the west, the occupation of enemy territory, the blockade, unrestricted submarine warfare, the introduction of new weaponry (including poison gas and the zeppelin), and reprisals. Drawing on voluminous research in German, British, and French archives, the author reconstructs the debates over military decision making and clarifies the role played by law—where it constrained action, where it was manipulated to serve military need, where it was simply ignored, and how it developed in the crucible of combat. She concludes that Germany did not speak the same legal language as the two liberal democracies, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences. The first book on international law and the Great War published since 1920, A Scrap of Paper is a passionate defense of the role that the law must play to govern interstate relations in both peace and war.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Schultz: Why Being Law Matters

Thomas Schultz (King's College London – Law) has posted Why Being Law Matters (chapter 1 of Thomas Schultz, Transnational Legality: Stateless Law and International Arbitration, 2014). Here's the abstract:
Does it matter that we call something law? Discussions abound on the question whether we should put the label “law” on certain norms or systems of norms. There are many areas of social life - perhaps an increasing number of areas of social life - where it isn’t obvious what we should, or can, call law. International law is a classical terrain for such debates. Stateless law is another, notably in regard to international arbitration. Much scholarly work is put into these discussions. But does it actually matter? Why can’t we, like Humpty Dumpty, simply call law whatever we want? Are we really doing more, there, than settling semantics? Then again, if it does have consequences where we see law, shouldn’t these consequences be taken into consideration - actually be central - in our discussions of what we are willing to call law? Shouldn’t the consequences of affixing the label of law be the point of departures for investigations about the whereabouts of legality? These questions, illustrated by reference to international law, stateless law, and international arbitration, form the substance of the current chapter of the book TRANSNATIONAL LEGALITY: STATELESS LAW AND INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION (Oxford University Press 2014).

Announcing EJIL: Live!

The European Journal of International Law has announced the launch of the journal’s official podcast, EJIL: Live! Regular episodes of EJIL: Live! will be released in both video and audio formats to coincide with the publication of each issue of the journal, and will include a wide variety of news, reviews, and interviews with the authors of articles appearing in that issue.

The first video episode features an extended interview between the editor-in-chief of the journal, Joseph Weiler, and Maria Aristodemou, whose article "A Constant Craving for Fresh Brains and a Taste for Decaffeinated Neighbours" appeared in issue 25:1. The first audio episode features a shorter, edited version of the same interview, as well as conversations with the journal's book review editor, Isabel Feichtner, and the editors of EJIL: Talk!, Dapo Akande and Marko Milanovic.

Episodes of EJIL: Live! can be accessed, in both audio and video formats, via the EJIL website and the EJIL: Talk! website. EJIL: Live! is also available by subscribing to the EJIL: Live! channel on YouTube (for videos) and the EJIL: Live! account on SoundCloud (for audio podcasts). Additional, special episodes will also be released from time to time to address a range of topical issues.

Call for Papers: Law Between Normativity and Pragmatism

The Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University has issued a call for papers for the Second Annual TAU Workshop for Junior Scholars, to take place November 10-11, 2014. The theme is "Law Between Normativity and Pragmatism." Here's the call:

When courts are required to reach a decision, they are often faced with the dilemma whether to give primacy to the pragmatic implications of the litigation on the case or to its normative effects on society at large. This pull between normativity and pragmatism is not only the province of courts, but defines law in its essence throughout its diverse fields and manifestations.

How ought law deal with the inherent tension between solving specific cases and setting general rules? How do different fields of law, such as constitutional law, transitional justice and human rights, administrative law, civil law, corporate law, criminal law, transnational law, international law, environmental law and others consider and handle this tension? What are the obligations of states towards foreign individuals or communities under this framework? How do different actors, such as cause lawyers, political lawyers, state prosecutors, and human rights organizations, approach this tension? And what are the effects of historical, social, political, global and technological changes on this dilemma?

We invite junior scholars (doctoral candidates, VAPs, writing fellows, and post doctoral fellows) from universities and research institutions throughout the world to submit abstracts involving the leading theme of the workshop.

Limited travel grants and accommodation will be available for participants with no institutional funding.

Submissions: Abstracts of up to 500 words of the proposed presentation (with your institutional affiliation(s)) should be submitted by email to TAU.workshop2014@gmail.com by June 12, 2014. Applicants requesting travel grants and/or accommodation should indicate so in their submission, along with the amount asked for.

Applicants will be informed of acceptance or rejection by July 15, 2014. Selected presenters must submit their papers up to 10,000 words in length by October 10, 2014.

For further inquiries contact us at TAU.workshop2014@gmail.com.

New Issue: Criminal Law Forum

The latest issue of Criminal Law Forum (Vol. 25, nos. 1-2, June 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Symposium: The United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Origins of International Criminal Justice
    • William Schabas, Carsten Stahn, Joseph Powderly, Dan Plesch, & Shanti Sattler, The United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Origins of International Criminal Justice
    • Richard Goldstone, United Nations War Crimes Commission Symposium
    • Dan Plesch & Shanti Sattler, A New Paradigm of Customary International Criminal Law: The UN War Crimes Commission of 1943–1948 and its Associated Courts and Tribunals
    • Kerstin von Lingen, Setting the Path for the UNWCC: The Representation of European Exile Governments on the London International Assembly and the Commission for Penal Reconstruction and Development, 1941–1944
    • Graham Cox, Seeking Justice for the Holocaust: Herbert C. Pell Versus the US State Department
    • Wen-Wei Lai, China, the Chinese Representative, and the Use of International Law to Counter Japanese Acts of Aggression: China’s Standpoint on UNWCC Jurisdiction
    • Christopher Simpson, Shutting Down the United Nations War Crimes Commission
    • Harry M. Rhea, The Commission on the Responsibility of the Authors of the War and on Enforcement of Penalties and its Contribution to International Criminal Justice After World War II
    • William Schabas, The United Nations War Crimes Commission’s Proposal For An International Criminal Court
    • Mark S. Ellis, Assessing the Impact of the United Nations War Crimes Commission on the Principle of Complementarity and Fair Trial Standards
    • Carsten Stahn, Complementarity and Cooperative Justice Ahead of Their Time? The United Nations War Crimes Commission, Fact-Finding and Evidence
    • Kip Hale & Donna Cline, Holding Collectives Accountable
    • Lutz Oette, From Calculated Cruelty to Casual Violence – The United Nations War Crimes Commission and the Prosecution of Torture and Ill-Treatment
    • Wolfgang Form, UNWCC Policy on the Prosecution of Torture 1943–1948
    • Dan Plesch, Susana Sácouto, & Chante Lasco, The Relevance of the United Nations War Crimes Commission to the Prosecution of Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes Today

Kumar & Rose: A Study of Lawyers Appearing Before the International Court of Justice, 1999-2012

Shashank P. Kumar (World Trade Organization) & Cecily Rose (Leiden Univ. - Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies) have posted A Study of Lawyers Appearing Before the International Court of Justice, 1999-2012 (European Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This article provides empirical support for what might strike some as a truism: oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (the Court) are dominated by male international law professors from developed States. In order to test this claim, our study examines the composition of legal teams appearing on behalf of States before the Court in contentious proceedings between 1999 and 2012. We have focused, in particular, on counsels’ gender, nationality, the development status and geographical region of their country of citizenship, and their professional status (as members of law firms, barristers or solo practitioners, professors, or other). The results of our study raise questions about the evident gender imbalance among counsel who have appeared before the Court during the timeframe of this study, as well as the apparent preference that States have shown for ‘repeat players’ and professors of public international law. By presenting data on the composition of legal teams, and discussing possible explanations for the patterns that we have observed, this study aims to contribute to the development of a body of scholarship on international law as a profession.

Monday, May 12, 2014

New Issue: Air & Space Law

The latest issue of Air & Space Law (Vol. 39, no. 3, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Christopher K. Lamont, Conflict in the Skies: The Law of Air Defence Identification Zones
  • George N. Tompkins, Are the Objectives of the 1999 Montreal Convention in Danger of Failure?
  • Morten L. Jakobsen & Lotte Bay Gabelgaard, The Aircraft Engine Dispute in Denmark: First Judgment
  • Marco Bongarzoni, Summary Report of the Annual Conference of the European Air Law Association (EALA), Madrid 8 November 2013

Rau: 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators

Alan Scott Rau (Univ. of Texas, Austin - Law) has posted 'Gap Filling' by Arbitrators (International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Congress Series, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

The notion of a contractual “gap” is an evanescent one, which can -- and often does -- mean everything and nothing. It could perhaps be said that the very notion of a “gap” is simply incoherent -- for once we are satisfied that the parties have entered into a “contract,” there can by definition be no “gaps.” Indeed, by its legal definition a “contract” cannot be incomplete. Or perhaps it could be said that, by contrast, there are nothing but “gaps” -- that unless the parties have taken the pains to construct an infinite agreement, mapping onto every conceivable state of the world, likely or unlikely, known or unknown -- then courts must be free to reconstruct or interpolate.

When we are working through problems like this in the context of arbitration, the difficulties become far more acute -- for here our ordinary concerns aimed at giving effect to contractual intention, if we can locate it, intertwine with our concerns aimed at giving effect to the choice of private decisionmakers -- that is, at preserving the powers that the parties (and thus the state) have entrusted to them.

A failure of agreement may at times be fatal in the sense that -- as in some low-budget horror film -- the cracks spread so widely as to swallow up any pretense of a contract. On the margins of contractual behavior, or at its outer limits, we may find it impossible to construct any story at all with respect to what the parties have agreed to -- in which case neither has any right to impose duties on the other.

Here, though, a rather naive “contract/no contract” dichotomy is infinitely less interesting than two related points: that (a) such challenges must not be taken to impair any contractual duty to arbitrate---and so they should be entrusted to the arbitrators themselves for decision; and (b) the parties may have contemplated that any “gaps” that present themselves -- however fatal they would otherwise be -- could be filed in by the arbitral tribunal itself: In a sense then an arbitrator’s decision, being itself an “instance of contractual gap-filling, just is a term of the parties’ contract.” It is thus a familiar proposition that what might otherwise be a fatal “uncertainty” of terms can be cured simply by adding an arbitration clause.

The Supreme Court has recently grappled with the problem of omitted terms -- phrased in terms of “silence” -- in three recent cases all involving classwide proceedings. It is hard to know just where the Court has left us in our attempt to assess the power of arbitral tribunals to “fill gaps” in apparently “silent” agreements. One may well be forgiven for thinking that the result-oriented “reading” indulged in by the arbitrator in Oxford Health -- in which the Court apparently saw itself obligated to acquiesce -- has set courts on the path of leaving future arbitrators quite at large.

A number of things, though, can be asserted with at least some degree of confidence. 1. The results reached by the arbitral tribunal in Oxford Health -- and by those in succeeding cases -- seem to be perfectly in line with the expansive “gap filling” authority that I have argued should be presumptively attributed to arbitrators. This is at least as broad as -- and indeed considerably exceeds -- the authority that a “common-law court” is assumed to possess. 2. The Court’s refusal in Stolt- Nielsen to allow arbitrators themselves to devise appropriate default rules in the absence of some demonstrable “agreement,” may perhaps have rested on considerations peculiar to classwide proceedings -- concerns that seemed to justify the intrusion of some supervening federal common-law default rule that arbitrators are bound to respect. But whether in that context or otherwise, there is inherent in the Court’s opinion a vision of arbitral adjudication that is cramped indeed -- and which in consequence creates obvious incentives for private decisionmakers to be somewhat less than candid with respect to the true rationale of their awards, in the interest of avoiding the risk of vacatur. This cabined view of what is permissible (finding a “contractual basis”) and what is not (creating “sound policy”) promotes disingenuousness and so denatures the arbitral task, which -- precisely as is true for state tribunals themselves -- should embrace both.

Stone Sweet & della Cananea: Proportionality, General Principles of Law, and Investor-State Arbitration: A Response to Jose Alvarez

Alec Stone Sweet (Yale Univ. - Law and Political Science) & Giacinto della Cananea (Univ. of Rome II - Economics and Law) have posted Proportionality, General Principles of Law, and Investor-State Arbitration: A Response to Jose Alvarez. Here's the abstract:
The paper is organized into three parts. First, it provides an overview of the process through which the general principle of proportionality, which judges operationalize as a multi-stage series of tests, has diffused globally. Today, the most powerful courts in the world, at both the national and international levels, use proportionality analysis [PA] to assess state claims to available derogations from constitutional or treaty obligations for measures that are “necessary” to achieve important public or state interests. Second, it examines how proportionality appeared in investor-state arbitration (ICSID), in the context of the Argentina cases. Since 2005, a series of arbitral tribunals have been required to interpret a derogation clause, contained in Article XI of the U.S.-Argentina Bilateral Investment Treaty (Art. XI-BIT) which, Argentina claimed, exempted it from liability to investors during its massive economic meltdown (roughly 1999-2002). In 2008, the tribunal in Continental Casualty v. Argentina deployed a method of interpreting Art. XI-BIT that was directly inspired by the jurisprudence of the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization. The move has been controversial in some quarters. José Alvarez and his collaborators [e.g., José E. Alvarez & Katheryn Khamsi, The Argentina Crisis and Foreign Investors: A Glimpse into the Heart of the International Investment Regime, 2008/2009 Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy 379; José E. Alvarez & Tegan Brink, Revisiting the Necessity Defense: Continental Casualty v. Argentina, 2010-2011 Yearbook on International Investment Law & Policy 319], in particular, have harshly criticized the Continental Casualty award as being indefensible legally. Alvarez’s views on the Argentina cases are untenable and we reject them. Third, we address the evolution of the general principles of law more generally. Certain fundamental principles of law, not least the maxim nemo judex in re propria, derive from understandings about the law that are shared by most, if not all, the legal systems of the world. These general principles are foundational, in that they help judges organize the internal morality of any legal system based on the rule of law. When international and supranational courts assess the validity of national rules and measures, they should and do refer to the wider world of principles. In a recent paper, Beware Boundary Crossings [in Boundaries of Rights, Boundaries of States (Tsvi Kahana & Anat Schnicov eds., forthcoming)], Alvarez, after restating his objections to Continental Casualty, argues that legal systems should not borrow from one another, or evolve common principles, except in narrow circumstances. We reject this view as well. Most important, Alvarez’s approach fails to explain actual judicial practice, as our brief survey of the evolution of due process requirements in a variety of national and international jurisdictions demonstrates.

ILR: Seven Years On

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the International Law Reporter's inaugural post. Approximately 9300 posts have followed.

The idea behind ILR was straightforward - to post the latest and most interesting news and information on scholarship, events, and ideas in international law and related fields. An obvious corollary was that reports should reflect the wide range of scholarship out there - in terms of viewpoint, scholarly discipline, type of publication, and language. Another was that ILR's coverage should encompass the full scope of contemporary international law subjects. In other words, the assumption was that folks interested in international law needed to know not only what was going on in their own particular specialty and in their own particular country but also what was going on in seemingly unrelated substantive areas and unfamiliar disciplines and in journals and books published in different languages and in different parts of the world.

I have tried hard to do all this, but I know that there is always room for improvement. Suggestions are most welcome. And though I cannot guarantee that I will post everything I receive, I encourage you to contact me with announcements of events, calls for papers, job openings, and current and forthcoming publications.

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New Issue: Melbourne Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Melbourne Journal of International Law (Vol. 14, no. 2, March 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Ratna Kapur, Gender, Sovereignty and the Rise of a Sexual Security Regime in International Law and Postcolonial India
    • Derek Wong, Sovereignty Sunk? The Position of 'Sinking States' at International Law
    • Chantal Thomas, What does the Emerging International Law of Migration Mean for Sovereignty?
    • Ricardo Pereira & Orla Gough, Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources in the 21st Century: Natural Resource Governance and the Right to Self-Determination of Indigenous Peoples Under International Law
    • Peter Margulies, Sovereignty and Cyber Attacks: Technology's Challenge to the Law of State Responsibility
    • James Crawford, 'Dreamers of the Day': Australia and the International Court of Justice
    • Peter Holcombe Henley & Niels M Blokker The Group of 20: A Short Legal Anatomy From the Perspective of International Institutional Law
    • Aldo Zammit Borda, The Direct and Indirect Approaches to Precedent in International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
    • Noah Benjamin Novogrodsky, After AIDS
    • Rowland J V Cole, Africa's Relationship with the International Criminal Court: More Political than Legal

Sunday, May 11, 2014

New Issue: Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law

The latest issue of the Korean Journal of International and Comparative Law (Vol. 2, no. 1, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Seokwoo Lee & Youngkwan Cho, Historical Issues between Korea and Japan and Judicial Activism: Focus on the Recent Supreme Court Decision on Japanese Forced Labor
  • Ted L. McDorman, The Safety of Navigation in the Arctic Ocean and the Role of Coast Guards: The International Legal and Institutional Context
  • Clive Schofield, Arming Merchant Vessels: Enhancing or Imperilling Maritime Safety and Security?