Saturday, July 1, 2017

Burri: The United Nations Charter, the Security Council, and Creativity

Thomas Burri (Univ. of St. Gallen - Law) has posted The United Nations Charter, the Security Council, and Creativity. Here's the abstract:
How do the members of the United Nations Security Council make use of the United Nations Charter? How much room is there for creativity and when? These are questions all states contemplating a run for Security Council nomination should ask themselves. This article reveals recent practice in the Security Council through a series of interviews conducted at the seat of the United Nations in New York and puts this practice in a historical perspective. The resulting complex picture of the Security Council and its permanent and non-permanent members is of interest to diplomats in New York and national capitals as well as international lawyers more generally.

Eckes & Wessel: The European Union from an International Perspective: Sovereignty, Statehood, and Special Treatment

Christina Eckes (Univ. of Amsterdam - Law) & Ramses A. Wessel (Univ. of Twente - Law) have posted The European Union from an International Perspective: Sovereignty, Statehood, and Special Treatment (in The Oxford Principles of European Union Law - Volume 1: The European Union Legal Order, T. Tridimas & R. Schütze eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The European Union’s ability to conduct its own foreign policy is not contested as a matter of principle. At the same time, the Union’s ability to conduct its own foreign policy remains under constant pressure, both from the outside and from the inside. This pressure is created by states, which use both external and internal legal narratives to try to rein in the at least at times quasi-sovereign external posture of the EU. Under international law the narrative goes that only states are vested with ‘original rights’ and hence are ‘primary subjects’ of international law. And even though other international actors accept that the Union takes at times a state-like position, “the EU is, under international law, precluded by its very nature from being considered a State” and classified as an international organization. In that capacity, the Union remains seen as exercising delegated rights and at least partially as penetrable in that behind the organization there are still the Member States as the ultimate point of reference. The chapter focuses on the external legal narratives and how they put pressure on the EU as an effective international legal actor.

Robinson: A Justification of Command Responsibility

Darryl Robinson (Queen's Univ., Canada - Law) has posted A Justification of Command Responsibility (Criminal Law Forum, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

In this article, I advance a culpability-based justification for command responsibility. Command responsibility has attracted powerful, principled criticisms, particularly that its controversial “should have known” fault standard may breach the culpability principle. Scholars are right to raise such questions, as a negligence-based mode of accessory liability seems to chafe against our analytical constructs. However, I argue, in three steps, that the intuition of justice underlying the doctrine is sound.

An upshot of this analysis is that the “should have known” standard in the ICC Statute, rather than being shunned, should be embraced. While Tribunal jurisprudence shied away from criminal negligence due to culpability concerns, I argue that the “should have known” standard actually maps better onto personal culpability than the rival formulations developed by the Tribunals.

Call for Papers: Hans Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law: Conceptions and Misconceptions

The German Section of the Internationale Vereinigung für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie / International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law of the University of Freiburg, will hold its 2018 biennial conference in Freiburg. The topic is: "Hans Kelsen’s Pure Theory of Law: Conceptions and Misconceptions." The call for papers is here (English/Deutsch).

New Issue: Questions of International Law

The latest issue of Questions of International Law / Questioni di Diritto Internazionale (no. 40, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • The advent of the Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and the future of (ad hoc) international criminal justice: Questions of legality, efficiency, and fairness
    • Introduced by Maurizio Arcari and Micaela Frulli
    • Alexandre Skander Galand, Was the Residual Mechanism’s creation falling squarely within the Chapter VII power of the Security Council?
    • Andrea Carcano, Of efficiency and fairness in the administration of international justice: Can the Residual Mechanism provide adequately reasoned judgments?
    • Yvonne McDermott, Fairness before the Mechanism for the International Criminal Tribunals

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lawther, Moffett, & Jacobs: Research Handbook on Transitional Justice

Cheryl Lawther (Queen's Univ. Belfast - Criminology), Luke Moffett (Queen’s Univ. Belfast - Law), & Dov Jacobs (Leiden Univ. - Law) have published Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). Contents include:
  • William Schabas, Foreword
  • Cheryl Lawther & Luke Moffett, Introduction
  • Joanna Quinn, The Development of Transitional Justice
  • Thomas Obel Hansen, The Time and Space of Transitional Justice
  • Catherine Turner, Transitional Justice and Critique
  • Padraig McAuliffe, Transitional Justice’s Impact on Rule of Law: Symbol or Substance?
  • Frédeéric Mégret & Raphael Vagliano, Transitional Justice and Human Rights
  • Catherine O’Rourke, Transitional Justice and Gender
  • Dustin Sharp, Transitional Justice and ‘Local’ Justice
  • Peter Dixon, Transitional Justice and Development : Arguments for and Against a Holistic Approach
  • Alison Davidian & Emily Kenney, The United Nations and Transitional Justice
  • Sara Dezalay, The Role of International NGOs in the Emergence of Transitional Justice
  • Hugo van der Merwe & Maya Schkolne, The Role of Local Civil Society in Transitional Justice
  • Laurel Fletcher & Harvey Weinstein, Transitional Justice and the ‘Plight’ of Victimhood
  • Andrea Breslin, Art and Transitional Justice: The 'Infinite Incompleteness' of Transition
  • Refik Hodzic & David Tolbert, Media and Transitional Justice: A Dream of Symbiosis in a Troubled Relationship
  • James Gallen, The International Criminal Court: In the Interests of Transitional Justice?
  • Aaron Fichtelberg, Transitional Justice and the End of Impunity: Hybrid tribunals
  • Cheryl Lawther, Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions
  • Tom Hadden, Transitional Justice and Amnesties
  • Luke Moffett, Transitional Justice and Reparations: Remedying the Past?
  • Catherine Harwood, Contributions of International Commissions of Inquiry to Transitional Justice
  • Cynthia Horne, Transitional Justice: Vetting and Lustration
  • Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Guatemala: Lessons for Transitional Justice
  • Rachel Killean, Pursuing Retributive and Reparative Justice within Cambodia
  • Brendan Ciarán Browne, Transitional Justice and the Case of Palestine
  • Lavinia Stan, Transitional Justice in Central and Eastern Europe

Dothan: יתרונם של בתי המשפט הבינלאומיים / The Advantage of International Courts

Shai Dothan (Univ. of Copenhagen - iCourts) has posted יתרונם של בתי המשפט הבינלאומיים / The Advantage of International Courts (מחקרי משפט, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

כאשר בתי משפט מדינתיים משתמשים במשפט השוואתי הם יכולים ללמוד מהבחירות שביצעו שיטות משפט אחרות. אם רוב מדינות העולם מאמצות כלל משפטי מסוים, יש סיבה להאמין שזהו כלל טוב ויעיל. הספרות התאורטית בתחום החילה על בתי משפט מדינתיים המפעילים משפט השוואתי את תאורמת המושבעים של קונדורסה, המוכיחה מתמטית כי בהתקיים תנאים מסוימים, החלטת הרוב בקבוצה של מקבלי החלטות הפועלים בצורה עצמאית צפויה להיות טובה יותר מהחלטת כל אחד ממקבלי ההחלטות בעצמו. הבעיה המרכזית בהפניה לתאורמת המושבעים כדי להצדיק שימוש במשפט השוואתי היא שאם כל בתי המשפט המדינתיים אכן ישתמשו במשפט השוואתי וילמדו מבתי משפט אחרים, החלטותיהם לא יהיו כמובן עצמאיות והם יעקבו אחרי בתי משפט אחרים שפעלו שלא באופן עצמאי. בתי משפט בינלאומיים יכולים לפתור את הבעיה הזו ובכך יתרונם. אם בתי משפט מדינתיים יפעלו בצורה עצמאית, ואם בית המשפט הבינלאומי ישתמש בכלים של משפט השוואתי כדי לקבוע את הדין הבינלאומי לפי המשפט המקובל ברוב מדינות העולם או לכל הפחות ברוב מדינות האזור, הרי שפסק הדין של בית המשפט הבינלאומי ישקף את מלוא היתרון של תאורמת המושבעים. לאחר מכן, בתי משפט ומוסדות מדינתיים אחרים יצייתו לפסיקת בית המשפט הבינלאומי ויאמצו את הדין האופטימלי הזה לתוך משפטם הפנימי. אינטרסים מדינתיים עלולים לחבל ביכולתם של בתי משפט בינלאומיים למלא את התפקיד החשוב הזה. ישנם גם מקרים שאינם מתאימים להפעלה של עיקרון תאורמת המושבעים מסיבות שונות. המאמר מדגים כיצד ניתן לאמץ פתרונות דוקטרינריים לבעיות אלו דרך פסיקתו של בית הדין האירופאי לזכויות אדם.

When national courts use comparative law, they can learn from the choices of other legal systems. If most of the countries in the world adopt a certain rule, there is reason to think this rule is good and efficient. Scholars investigated the power of using comparative law by applying the theoretical framework of the Condorcet Jury Theorem. This theorem proves that under certain conditions the majority's view in a group of independent decision-makers is likely to be better than the separate decision of every decision-maker. The main problem with using the Jury Theorem to justify the use of comparative law is that if all national courts would follow comparative law, their decisions would not be independent and they would follow other courts that did not decide independently. International courts can solve this problem—that is their unique advantage. If national courts would decide independently and an international court would use comparative law to adjust international law to the laws of most of the countries in the world or in the region, then the judgment of the international court would capture the full benefits of the Jury Theorem. Later, national courts and national governments would comply with this judgment and adopt the optimal legal solution into their domestic law. National interests may hinder the ability of international courts to fulfill this role. Furthermore, some cases are not suitable for applying the Jury Theorem for a variety of reasons. This paper demonstrates through judgments of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) how doctrinal solutions may counter these problems.

Ruys: The Indian Intervention in Goa - 1961

Tom Ruys (Universiteit Gent - Law) has posted The Indian Intervention in Goa - 1961 (in The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach< T. Ruys & O. Corten eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This contribution discusses the 1961 Indian intervention in Goa. It sets out the facts and context of the crisis, the legal positions of the main protagonists (India and Portugal), and the international community’s reactions. It then tests the legality of the Indian intervention against the international legal framework governing the use of force as it stood at the time of the events. The final section examines if, and to what extent, the case has had an impact on the further development of the jus ad bellum, in particular whether it has contributed to an exception to the prohibition on the use of force for the recovery of 'pre-colonial' title.

New Issue: Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy

The latest issue of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy (Vol. 20, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • International Law and Wildlife Wellbeing
    • Naomi A. Rose, Georgia Hancock Snusz, Danielle M. Brown & E. C. M. Parsons, Improving Captive Marine Mammal Welfare in the United States: Science-Based Recommendations for Improved Regulatory Requirements for Captive Marine Mammal Care
    • Werner Scholtz, Killing Them Softly? Animal Welfare and the Inhumanity of Whale Killing
    • Sabine Brels, A Global Approach to Animal Protection
    • Elizabeth Hogan & Amanda Warlick, Packing Bands Entangling Pinnipeds Around the World: Global Review and Policy
    • Rachelle Adam & Joan Schaffner, International Law and Wildlife Well-Being: Moving from Theory to Action
    • Tara Zuardo, How the United States was Able to Dodge International Reforms Designed to Make Wildlife Trapping Less Cruel

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pogoretskyy: Freedom of Transit and Access to Gas Pipeline Networks under WTO Law

Vitaliy Pogoretskyy (Advisory Centre on WTO Law) has published Freedom of Transit and Access to Gas Pipeline Networks under WTO Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:
Gas transit is network-dependent and it cannot be established without the existence of pipeline infrastructure in the territory of a transit state or the ability to access this infrastructure. Nevertheless, at an inter-regional level, there are no sufficient pipeline networks allowing gas to travel freely from a supplier to the most lucrative markets. The existing networks are often operated by either private or state-controlled vertically integrated monopolies who are often reluctant to release unused pipeline capacity to their potential competitors. These obstacles to gas transit can diminish the gains from trade for states endowed with natural gas resources, including developing landlocked countries, as well as undermine WTO Members' energy security and their attempts at sustainable development. This book explains how the WTO could play a more prominent role in the international regulation of gas transit and promote the development of an international gas market.

Schatz: Marine Fisheries Law Enforcement Partnerships in Waters under National Jurisdiction

Valentin Schatz (Universität Trier - Law) has posted Marine Fisheries Law Enforcement Partnerships in Waters under National Jurisdiction: The Legal Framework for Inter-State Cooperation and Public-Private Partnerships with Non-governmental Organizations and Private Security Companies (Ocean Yearbook, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
In times of widespread illegal fishing, fisheries law enforcement is a big challenge for coastal States which often lack the necessary resources to properly police their maritime zones (Internal Waters, Territorial Sea, Archipelagic Waters, and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)). As a result, enforcement efforts of coastal States often produce an insufficient “demonstration effect” (through monitoring, control and surveillance) and “deterrence effect” (through enforcement and sanctions). This inadequate enforcement capacity can be supplemented by inter-State cooperation and public-private partnerships with non-profit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or other private entities such as for-profit private security companies (PSCs). However, environmental law enforcement powers such as search, question, arrest, and use of force are usually allocated to specific governmental law enforcement agencies such as the coast guard, environmental government agencies, customs agencies, or the navy. This raises the question if, and to what extent, other States or private actors such as NGOs and PSCs could assist in or take over law enforcement functions. The present article will approach this issue from an international legal perspective. It will first provide case-studies of inter-State cooperation and public-private partnerships in fisheries law enforcement for factual background. Particularly attention will be paid to parallels in the practice of inter-State cooperation and public-private partnerships. The case-studies will be followed by a legal analysis from the perspective of public international law with a focus on the international law of the sea. Finally, the article will offer some general conclusions about the legality of such cooperation schemes as well as practical potentials and risks associated with them.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New Issue: Journal of World Trade

The latest issue of the Journal of World Trade (Vol. 51, no. 3, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Louise Johannesson & Petros C. Mavroidis, The WTO Dispute Settlement System 1995-2016: A Data Set and Its Descriptive Statistics
  • Gu Bin, MDBs’ Accountability Mechanism: A Perspective of AIIB
  • Ruwantissa Abeyratne, Carbon Offsetting as a Trade Related Market Based Measure for Aircraft Engine Emissions
  • Markus Wagner, The Future of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Governance: SPS-Plus or SPS-Minus?
  • Stefano Inama, GIs Beyond TTIP: Death or Victory for the ‘Living Cultural and Gastronomic Heritage’?
  • Jieun Lee, China’s Nonmarket Economy Treatment and US Trade Remedy Actions
  • Thaddeus Manu, The Complexity of Using the Patent Standards Under TRIPS for the Promotion of Domestic Industrial Development in Developing Countries in the Absence of Local Working Requirements: Rethinking the Role of the World Intellectual Property Organization in Intellectual Property Standard-Setting

New Issue: International Organization

The latest issue of International Organization (Vol. 71, no. 2, Spring 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Alyssa K. Prorok, The (In)compatibility of Peace and Justice? The International Criminal Court and Civil Conflict Termination
    • Ranjit Lall, Beyond Institutional Design: Explaining the Performance of International Organizations
    • Milli Lake, Building the Rule of War: Postconflict Institutions and the Micro-Dynamics of Conflict in Eastern DR Congo
    • Joseph O'Mahoney, Making the Real: Rhetorical Adduction and the Bangladesh Liberation War
  • Research Notes
    • Vincent Arel-Bundock, The Unintended Consequences of Bilateralism: Treaty Shopping and International Tax Policy
    • Leonardo Baccini, Pablo M. Pinto, & Stephen Weymouth, The Distributional Consequences of Preferential Trade Liberalization: Firm-Level Evidence
    • Matthew Fuhrmann & Michael C. Horowitz, Droning On: Explaining the Proliferation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Call for Papers: ESIL 2018 Research Forum

The European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 2018 Research Forum, which will take place February 28-March 1, 2018, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law. Here's the call:

European Society of International Law Research Forum

28 February - 1 March 2018

Hebrew University Faculty of Law, Jerusalem, Israel

Call for Papers

International Law in Times of Disorder and Contestation

The 2018 ESIL Research Forum will take place on 28 February - 1 March at the Hebrew University Faculty of Law.

The ESIL Research Forum is a scholarly conference that promotes engagement with research in progress by members of the Society. It has a small and intensive format. The Forum targets particularly scholars at an early stage of their careers, especially advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Approximately 25 papers will be selected from among the submissions and paper presenters will receive during the Forum comments on their papers from members of the ESIL Board and invited experts.

The 2018 Research Forum addresses challenges to the international legal order emanating from dynamics of disengagement from multilateral governance, a perceived erosion of support by states and other stakeholders in existing international institutions, contestation of universal values, shifts in hegemonic power at the global and regional level, and the rise in populist, antiliberal, anti-institutional and isolationist political sentiments in various regions of the world. Such processes occur in tandem with growing concerns about the suitability of the existing international legal structures and approaches to address global phenomena such as migration, cyber-security threats and climate change, and to influence the conduct of non-state actors such as corporations. It is the combination of the ‘re-emergence of the state’ from out of the shadows of multilateralism and international governance, a growing discontent and backlash from multiple sectors of society directed against existing international norms and institutions and the limited ability of the latter to address serious contemporary problems, which generate a sense of crisis and a possible plunge towards world disorder (Although, it may also be claimed that the current state of affairs creates new opportunities for introducing much needed reforms in international law).

The Forum seeks to bring together scholarly works that address questions such as whether international law can adjust to a more disordered environment and, if so, how? Can and should a new legal order emerge in the foreseeable future? To what extent has international law contributed to world disorder, and to what extent can it be part of the remedy? To what extent is the post-1945 international legal order actually eroding? And what lessons can be learned from past periods of legal and political transformation and upheaval at the international level?

The 2018 ESIL Research Forum invites the submission of papers addressing the theme of international law in times of disorder and contestation, including the following set of issues:

  • International governance and reassertions of sovereignty
  • Backlashes against international judicial institutions
  • Challenges to the UN Charter as a global constitutional framework
  • Erosion of the prohibition against the threat and use of force in international law
  • International human rights and humanitarian law, institutions and concepts under new pressures
  • The adequacy of international responses to the migration and refugee crisis
  • Regulation of non-state actors within the existing international legal order
  • International law governing areas and spaces beyond national sovereignty: in search of a new paradigm?
  • New points of equilibrium in international economic law and regional economic integration
  • International responses to intractable/frozen conflicts
  • Universality of values underlying the international legal system
  • Return to the past? Can the pre-Westphalian legal order provide lessons for a postWestphalian legal order?
Papers that address any dimensions of the call, including through interdisciplinary research and methods, and through historical, theoretical, critical or empirical approaches, will be given serious consideration. We welcome papers that propose to redefine or re-conceptualize our understanding of the terms of the call and their meaning in the current context.

Abstracts (of not more than 750 words) should be submitted to ESIL-RFJER2018@mail.huji.ac.il by 15 September 2017. Please include your name, email address and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 15 October 2017. Complete drafts of papers will be required by 15 February 2018. Papers may in due course be published in the ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series.

Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. However, ESIL travel grants will be available to offer partial financial support to some speakers on a competitive basis. Further information on financial support will be distributed in due course.

Selected speakers will also be informed of several hotels that offer preferential rates to Research Forum participants. Lunch on both days will be provided, and a dinner for presenters, commentators and ESIL Board members will be hosted on the evening of 28 February 2018.

Bassiouni: Investigating War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia War 1992-1994

M. Cherif Bassiouni (DePaul Univ. - Law) has published Investigating War Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia War 1992-1994 (Intersentia 2017). Here's the abstract:

Following World War Two, the progress towards international accountability and international criminal justice came to a halt as a result of the Cold War. But only three years since the end of the Cold War and forty-five years after the post-WWII prosecutions, the international community was forced to face the ethnic tensions and civil war tearing apart the republics that once comprised the former Yugoslavia.

United Nations Security Council Resolution 780 (1992), appointed a Commission of Experts to investigate war crimes and crimes against humanity amounting to violations of international humanitarian law in the territory of the former Yugoslavia and it was expected that the Commission would be the historic link to the post-WWII experiences. Despite the Commission’s mandate being the broadest of its kind since Nuremberg, those who opposed its work sought to hamper its success through bureaucratic and political chicanery, including the failure to fund the Commission’s work.

The investigation into the conflict is detailed in this book including the uncovering of 187 mass graves, the interviewing of 223 victims of rape and sexual assault, and the utilization of prison camps and mass expulsion for the purpose of ethnic cleansing. Along with the author’s personal insights and insider anecdotes on the conflict, this book highlights the continuing need for the pursuit of accountability and international criminal justice in a world of thriving bureaucracy and realpolitik.

The Commission broke the glass ceiling of realpolitik by fighting the hard battle that lead to the success of its mandate and to the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. This timely work reminds us all that indeed the past is prologue.

Madsen: Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe?

Mikael Rask Madsen (Univ. of Copenhagen - Law) has posted Rebalancing European Human Rights: Has the Brighton Declaration Engendered a New Deal on Human Rights in Europe? (Journal of International Dispute Settlement, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Has the Brighton Declaration produced a New Deal on European human rights in terms of engendering a new and more central role to national legal and political institutions? A greater subsidiarity? Against the backdrop of a systematic exploration of the case law of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the articles concludes that the ECtHR is indeed providing more subsidiarity following the Brighton Declaration. It does so by a greater use of the terms “margin of appreciation” and “wide(r) margin,” and particularly with regard to two areas of law: Art. 8 on the right to privacy and Art. 35 on access to the Court. However, as the article further demonstrates, this increase in subsidiarity is very uneven across the member states. The old Western member states generally benefit far more from these new directions in the ECtHR’s jurisprudence. But contrary to popular belief, vocal critiques of the system are not given more deference according to this analysis. A final more general conclusion follows from these findings, namely that the ECtHR is receptive to political signals and does not operate in isolation from politics as it is often claimed. Although currently merely soft law documents, the Brighton Declaration and associated Protocols have triggered change at the Court in the direction set out in these documents and events. This has theoretical implications for the understanding of the evolution of international courts.

New Issue: Transnational Legal Theory

The latest issue of Transnational Legal Theory (Vol. 8, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Dimensions of Justice and Justification in EU and Transnational Contexts
    • Ester Herlin-Karnell & Poul F. Kjaer, Dimensions of justice and justification in EU and transnational contexts
    • Poul F. Kjaer, Why justification? The structure of public power in transnational contexts
    • Jan Pieter Beetz & Enzo Rossi, The EU’s democratic deficit in a realist key: multilateral governance, popular sovereignty and critical responsiveness
    • Ben Crum, Public reason and multi-layered justice
    • Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Human rights as a basis for justice in the European Union
    • Ester Herlin-Karnell, The domination of security and the promise of justice: on justification and proportionality in Europe’s ‘Area of Freedom, Security and Justice’
    • Lyn K. L. Tjon Soei Len, Equal respect, capabilities and the moral limits of market exchange: denigration in the EU internal market

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Conference: Consumer Policy in a Comparative Perspective: New Challenges in Chinese, European, and International Law

The Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, the European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Environmental Law, gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, and the American Society of International Law Intellectual Property Law Interest Group will hold a conference on "Consumer Policy in a Comparative Perspective: New Challenges in Chinese, European, and International Law," June 29-30, 2017, in Macau. The program is here.

Macklem: Positivism and Practice Beyond Sovereignty

Patrick Macklem (Univ. of Toronto - Law) has posted Positivism and Practice Beyond Sovereignty. Here's the abstract:
This essay is a reply to commentaries on The Sovereignty of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015). Three themes inform the commentaries. Each represents a topic that the book engages with in ways challenged or critiqued in some of these essays. The first relates to its enlistment of international legal positivism as a defining feature of what constitutes a human right in international law. The second is the role that practice plays in the account that I offer of the normative mission of human rights in international law – namely, that human rights act as legal instruments that mitigate some of the pathologies associated with how international law organizes global politics into an international legal order. Finally, some of the essays in this issue inquire into the role that human rights play beyond sovereignty – specifically, in relation to non-state actors such as multinational corporations and international economic institutions.

AJIL Unbound Symposium: Industry Associations in Transnational Legal Ordering

AJIL Unbound has posted a symposium on "Industry Associations in Transnational Legal Ordering." The symposium includes an introduction by Gregory Shaffer and Melissa J. Durkee and contributions by Joshua Karton, Ayelet Berman, Sarah Dadush, Kishanthi Parella, and Melissa J. Durkee.

New Issue: International Theory

The latest issue of International Theory (Vol. 9, no. 2, July 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Mathias Koenig-Archibugi, How to diagnose democratic deficits in global politics: the use of the ‘all-affected principle’
  • Joseph MacKay & Christopher David LaRoche, The conduct of history in International Relations: rethinking philosophy of history in IR theory
  • Symposium: Liquid Authority in Global Governance
    • Nico Krisch, Liquid authority in global governance
    • Michael Zürn, From constitutional rule to loosely coupled spheres of liquid authority: a reflexive approach
    • Julia Black, ‘Says who?’ liquid authority and interpretive control in transnational regulatory regimes
    • Ole Jacob Sending, Recognition and liquid authority
    • Kate Macdonald & Terry Macdonald, Liquid authority and political legitimacy in transnational governance

Monday, June 26, 2017

New Issue: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

The latest issue of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (Vol. 50, no. 3, May 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Sandra Marco Colino, The Perks of Being a Whistleblower: Designing Efficient Leniency Programs in New Antitrust Jurisdictions
  • Tanya J. Monestier, You're It! Tag Jurisdiction over Corporations in Canada
  • Gregory M. Stein, What Will China Do When Land Use Rights Begin to Expire?
  • Peter K. Yu, The RCEP and Trans-Pacific Intellectual Property Norms

Alvarez: The Human Right to Property

José E. Alvarez (New York Univ. - Law) has posted The Human Right to Property. Here's the abstract:
How does the human right of property relate to protecting human rights in the age of Trump? Human rights advocates faithful to Henkin’s vision need to combat the dangerous consensus between elements on the political left and right that international law (including arbitration bodies outside U.S. courts) has no business protecting the right to property, for aliens or anybody else. From Hamilton through Henkin, immigrants with foresight have told us why the effective protection of rights, even in states with robust rule of law traditions such as the United States, requires supranational scrutiny. Although the United States is rightly regarded as a strong defender of property rights, even the U.S. (along with other Western “rule of law” states) could benefit from supranational scrutiny in this respect.

New Issue: Stanford Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Stanford Journal of International Law (Vol. 53, no. 2, Spring 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Shafi U. Khan Niazi & Richard Krever, Romance and Divorce Between International Law and E.U. Law: Implications for European Competence on Direct Taxes
  • S.J. Rombouts, The Evolution of Indigenous Peoples' Consultation Rights under the ILO and U.N. Regimes
  • Ravi Soopramanien, International Trade in Indigenous Cultural Heritage: What Protection Does International Law Provide for Indigenous Cultural Goods and Services in International Commerce
  • Damira Khatam, Chevron and Ecuador Proceedings: A Primer on Transnational Litigation Strategies

New Issue: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen

The latest issue of Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (Vol. 24, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Aufsätze
    • Mathias Albert & Bettina Mahlert, Weltgesellschaft und Kommunikation: zur Systemtheorie internationaler Beziehungen
    • Regina Hack, Deliberation als Reaktion auf Protest? Das zivilgesellschaftliche Dialogforum der WTO
    • Manuel Becker, Reparationszahlungen im UN-Sicherheitsrat. Verfahrensregeln für ein sachgerechtes Kompensationssystem
    • Steve Schlegel & Christoph Schuck, Denn nur vom Nutzen wird die Welt regiert? Zum abnehmenden Stellenwert der Critical Security Studies/Welsh School in den IB
  • Forum - Die zib-Debatte zum kommunikativen Handeln Thomas Risse zum 60. Geburtstag
    • Anna Holzscheiter, Im Anfang war das Wort... und es ward Schnee von gestern? Das Vermächtnis der zib-Debatte zum kommunikativen Handeln
    • Nicole Deitelhoff, Billiges Gerede und leeres Geschwätz?
    • Anna Holzscheiter, Was vom arguing übrigblieb…
    • Gerald Schneider, Theorien kommen und gehen: wider die Debattennostalgie
    • Harald Müller, Grenzen der Logiken und Logik der Grenzen
    • Thomas Risse, Reden ist (immer noch) nicht billig

Triggiani, Cherubini, Ingravallo, Nalin, & Virzo: Dialoghi con Ugo Villani

Ennio Triggiani (Università degli studi di Bari), Francesco Cherubini (LUISS), Ivan Ingravallo (Università degli studi di Bari), Egeria Nalin (Università degli studi di Bari), & Roberto Virzo (Università degli Studi del Sannio) have published Dialoghi con Ugo Villani (Cacucci 2017). Contents include:
  • Paolo Fois, I principi della Dichiarazione sulle relazioni amichevoli del 24 ottobre 1970 e il “nuovo ordine internazionale”
  • Luigi Fumagalli, L’incidenza sul diritto sostanziale della funzione giudiziaria nell’ordinamento internazionale
  • Paolo Palchetti, Effetti giuridici e conseguenze indirette derivanti da misure cautelari della Corte internazionale di giustizia
  • Gianluigi Palombella, “The Judicial Lodestar”. Funzione giudiziaria e identità del diritto internazionale
  • Fulvio Maria Palombino, I poteri del Consiglio di sicurezza in materia di esecuzione delle sentenze della Corte internazionale di giustizia
  • Maria Irene Papa, L’esecuzione delle sentenze della Corte internazionale di giustizia nel sistema dell’ONU
  • Francesco Seatzu, The Challenge of Reforming the Pact of Bogotà
  • Massimo Starita, L’esecuzione delle sentenze della Corte internazionale di giustizia tra l’art. 94, par. 2, della Carta e nuovi meccanismi di pressione ed assistenza
  • Roberto Virzo, La soluzione delle controversie nei contratti relativi all’Area dei fondi marini internazionali
  • Giulio Bartolini, “Il mancato processo al Kaiser” nella prassi e nella dottrina italiana
  • Vincenzo Buonomo, Un Accordo per contribuire alla pace, secondo il diritto internazionale
  • Ida Caracciolo, Il caso Al Mahdi: responsabilità penale internazionale per crimini di guerra e distruzione intenzionale del patrimonio culturale
  • Emanuele Cimiotta, Alcune novità nei rapporti tra Nazioni Unite, organizzazioni regionali e sub-regionali per il mantenimento della pace in Africa
  • Andrea de Guttry, La risposta internazionale alla crisi in Burundi del 2015-2016: luci ed ombre della cooperazione rafforzata tra le Nazioni Unite e l’Unione africana
  • Pietro Gargiulo, Il mantenimento della pace nei rapporti tra l’ONU e le organizzazioni regionali
  • Giuseppe Gioffredi, La responsabilità di proteggere: contenuto del concetto e prassi applicativa
  • Edoardo Greppi, International Humanitarian Law and Criminal Justice: International, Domestic and Comparative Law at a Crossroads
  • Egeria Nalin, L’intervento militare della coalizione anglo-americana in Iraq del 2003 alla luce del rapporto Chilcot e degli sviluppi della prassi in tema di legittima difesa preventiva
  • Giuseppe Nesi, La repressione dei crimini di sfruttamento e abusi sessuali da parte dei peacekeepers. Recenti sviluppi e prospettive future
  • Criseide Novi, Brevi considerazioni sulle missioni militari dell’Unione europea volte a supportare operazioni multifunzionali delle Nazioni Unite
  • Pietro Pustorino, L’intervento esterno nei conflitti armati interni a sostegno del governo al potere o degli insorti
  • Tullio Scovazzi, Il traffico illecito di beni culturali: non soltanto una minaccia alla pace e alla sicurezza internazionali
  • Silvio Suppa, Quale bilancia smarrita fra pace e guerra; ovvero, le ombre lunghe delle due guerre del Golfo
  • Gabriella Venturini, Assistenza umanitaria e diritto internazionale: alcune riflessioni
  • Adelina Adinolfi, Alcune riflessioni sulla reazione dell’Unione europea alle violazioni dei diritti umani in Turchia e sui possibili strumenti di contrasto
  • Luca Buonvino, La direttiva europea sulle garanzie procedurali penali del minore
  • Mario Pio Calogero, Recenti sviluppi della vicenda delle occupazioni sine titulo
  • Andrea Cannone, La sentenza della Grande camera della Corte europea dei diritti dell’uomo del 3 luglio 2014, Georgia c. Russia (I) (merito): brevi osservazioni
  • Sergio Maria Carbone, I diritti degli individui e delle imprese nell’evoluzione del diritto internazionale dell’economia: alcuni cenni
  • Gabriella Carella, La responsabilità giuridica delle multinazionali per violazioni dei diritti umani: fata Morgana o vaso di Pandora?
  • Giuseppe Cataldi, La deroga francese alla Convenzione europea dei diritti dell’uomo. Un precedente da non seguire
  • Bernardo Cortese, Il rilievo del diritto internazionale nelle scelte estreme dell’etica medica pediatrica: il ruolo della famiglia
  • Patrizia De Pasquale, Tutela dei diritti fondamentali: antinomie giurisprudenziali in materia di divieto di ne bis in idem
  • Anna Di Lieto, L’arcipelago Chagos: vecchio e nuovo colonialismo
  • Luigi Iannuzzi, Alcune considerazioni sul meccanismo di Revisione periodica universale nell’ambito delle Nazioni Unite
  • Massimo Iovane, L’affaire de l’immunité juridictionnelle de l’Allemagne devant les tribunaux italiens: une tentative extrême d’assurer le respect du droit international des droits de l’homme ou un exemple de protection diplomatique par les juges?
  • Antonio Leandro, Arbitration, Multi-tier Waiver of the Access to Courts and the European Convention on Human Rights: Some Remarks on the Tabbane Decision
  • Massimo Francesco Orzan, Il contributo della Corte di giustizia nella definizione dei diritti procedurali dei destinatari di misure restrittive
  • Antonio Jerry Palma, Lo stato di eccezione turco ed il destino delle garanzie giudiziarie: alla ricerca di un rimedio effettivo sul piano interno ed internazionale
  • Luigi Pannarale, La sfida dei diritti umani
  • Riccardo Pisillo Mazzeschi, Sicurezza umana e diritto internazionale
  • Vito Rubino, L’evoluzione della nozione di “consumatore” fra tutela dei diritti della persona, economia collaborativa e futuro del mercato interno dell’Unione europea
  • Giancarlo Scalese, Some Remarks on Soft Law and Human Rights
  • Augusto Sinagra, Il Consiglio dei diritti umani e il diritto alla pace
  • Roberto Voza, La protezione contro i licenziamenti ingiustificati come diritto fondamentale nell’ordinamento dell’Unione europea (con uno sguardo alla più recente legislazione italiana)
  • Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo, Giudice interno, reato di tortura e maltrattamenti: un nuovo approccio allo jus cogens human rights per contrastare l’impunità
  • Susanna Cafaro, Alcune riflessioni sul ruolo legittimante dei cittadini a fondamento del processo di integrazione europea
  • Giovanni Cellamare, In tema di “Paese sicuro” nel sistema europeo di asilo
  • Antonietta Damato, In tema di diritto di iniziativa dei cittadini europei
  • Juan Manuel de Faramiñan Gilbert, Europa en la encrucijada: ¿Y dónde la diplomacia?
  • Valeria Di Comite, Il diritto di circolazione degli studenti per la formazione di una coscienza europea
  • Marcello Di Filippo, An International Law Oriented Approach to the Allocation of Jurisdiction in Asylum Procedures
  • Maria Rosaria Mauro, Il divieto di espulsione collettiva dei migranti irregolari: i casi Hirsi e Khlaifia
  • Giuseppe Morgese, Principio di solidarietà e proposta di rifusione del regolamento Dublino
  • Claudia Morviducci, L’iniziativa dei cittadini europei: la Commissione non risponde
  • Annarita Larissa Sciacovelli, Gli effetti della giurisprudenza Zambrano sulle politiche statali di immigrazione e di tutela dell’ordine pubblico e pubblica sicurezza: in margine alle sentenze Réndon Marín e CS
  • Chiara Amalfitano, La certezza del diritto nel diritto dell’Unione europea
  • Paolo Bargiacchi, La strategia globale dell’Unione europea per la democrazia
  • Giandonato Caggiano, Dialogo sullo Stato di diritto negli Stati membri dell’Unione europea
  • Federico Casolari, Lo strano caso del regolamento 2016/369, ovvero della fornitura di sostegno di emergenza all’interno dell’Unione ai tempi delle crisi
  • Gianluca Contaldi, L’evoluzione dei poteri della Banca centrale europea
  • Carlo Curti Gialdino, Tra etica e diritto: il caso Barroso-Goldman Sachs
  • Fabio Ferraro, Alcune riflessioni sul ruolo marginale del Parlamento europeo nella PESC
  • Franco Gallo, Giustizia sociale e giustizia fiscale nell’Unione europea
  • Ivan Ingravallo, Osservazioni sulle prospettive di allargamento dell’Unione europea ai Balcani occidentali
  • Marc Jaeger, L’accès au juge de l’Union européenne des personnes phisiques ou morales: quelques réflexions sur la jurisprudence de la CJUE concernant l’article 263, quatrième alinéa, du TFUE
  • Nicola Lupo, Le molteplici funzioni dell’early warning system, alla luce del terzo “cartellino giallo” sui lavoratori distaccati
  • Luigi Mari, L’Europea del disinganno
  • Marilù Marletta, Corte dei conti europea e contrasto alle frodi IVA in un articolato sistema di tutela degli interessi finanziari dell’Unione europea
  • Roberto Mastroianni, Stato di diritto o ragion di Stato? La difficile rotta verso un controllo europeo del rispetto dei valori dell’Unione negli Stati membri
  • Paolo Mengozzi, La Corte di giustizia come giudice del sistema costituzionale europeo e dei valori in esso riconosciuti?
  • Denise Milizia, Studies on European Integration: A “Venture” Worth the Effort
  • Bruno Nascimbene, Valori comuni dell’Unione europea
  • Lorenzo Federico Pace, Crisi dell’Unione europea, “antieuropeismo” e il futuro dell’euro. Riflessioni su di un saggio di Giorgio Napolitano
  • Ornella Porchia, Equilibrismi interistituzionali per “legiferare meglio”
  • Fabio Raspadori, Il deficit democratico della Unione europea visto attraverso le lenti statocentriche
  • Nicola Ruccia, Alcune riflessioni sul deficit democratico nell’UEM
  • Teresa Russo, La solidarietà come valore fondamentale dell’Unione europea: prospettive e problematiche
  • Gian Luigi Tosato, Notes on the Legal Challenges Posed by the EMU Evolution
  • Ennio Triggiani, Rilegittimare il processo di integrazione europea
  • Maria Luisa Tufano & Sara Pugliese, Patrimonio culturale europeo come veicolo di valori identitari
  • Anna Lucia Valvo, L’Unione europea nel XXI secolo: sfide politico-istituzionali
  • Marina Castellaneta, La libera circolazione dei lavoratori ai tempi della Brexit: spunti di riflessioni sul futuro dei rapporti tra Regno Unito e Unione europea
  • Francesco Cherubini, “What is done is done”? Recesso dall’Unione europea e ripensamenti britannici
  • Luigi Daniele, Brevi note sull’accordo di recesso dall’Unione europea ai sensi dell’art. 50 TUE
  • Pietro Manzini, Sulla revoca della notifica di recesso dall’Unione europea
  • Fausto Pocar, Verso una “Brexit” anche della cooperazione giudiziaria con il Regno Unito?
  • Talitha Vassalli di Dachenhausen, Brexit e spazio giudiziario europeo: dialogo interno tra civil law e common law
  • Christopher Williams, What Future for the English Language in a post-Brexit European Union?
  • Vincenzo Caputi Iambrenghi, Danno ambientale e ordinamento dell’Unione europea
  • Micaela Falcone, Conflitto e bilanciamento tra diritti fondamentali. Il caso Ilva tra tutela dell’ambiente, della salute e diritto al lavoro
  • Francesco Francioni, Da Rio a Parigi: cosa resta della Dichiarazione del 1992 su ambiente e sviluppo?
  • Roberto Giuffrida, Il dovere di prevenzione del danno da inquinamento per la tutela dell’ambiente nel diritto internazionale generale ed europeo
  • Umberto Leanza, Le tre generazioni dei diritti umani e la genesi del diritto all’ambiente
  • Claudia Morini, Regional Mechanisms in the Field of Disaster Risk Management: An Overview of American and Asian Experiences
  • Francesco Munari, Il ruolo della scienza nella giurisprudenza della Corte di giustizia in materia di tutela della salute e dell’ambiente
  • Anna Oriolo, Il principio di proporzionalità in materia di donazioni di sangue: i parametri di armonizzazione della Corte di giustizia nel caso Léger per una gestione condivisa della health governance
  • Elisa Baroncini, The Relation between the Marrakesh System and Regional Trade Agreement in the WTO Case-Law
  • Giuseppe Di Gaspare, La fabbrica dei derivati
  • Ugo Draetta, Truncated Tribunals: A Possible Remedy to the Misconduct of an Arbitrator
  • Daniele Gallo, Quale ruolo per l’arbitrato interstatale sugli investimenti nei recenti accordi sul libero commercio dell’Unione europea?
  • Maria Chiara Malaguti, “Sviluppo” e diritto internazionale dell’economia
  • Sergio Marchisio, Lo sfruttamento delle risorse minerarie dei corpi celesti nel diritto internazionale
  • Alessandra Mignolli, In vino veritas: riflessioni sul dibattito americano in merito alla questione delle indicazioni geografiche nel negoziato TTIP
  • Francesco Moliterni, Commercio internazionale, polizze di carico e letters of indemnity: suggestioni dal modello dei sistemi di pagamenti “istantanei” peer to peer e loro possibile applicazione al sistema di regolamento delle electronic bills of lading
  • Giuseppe Palmisano, Reflections on the implementation procedures of the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises
  • Attila Tanzi, Remarks on Breach of State Contracts for the Purposes of Jurisdiction and Admissibility in International Investment Arbitration
  • Michele Vellano, Alla ricerca di un’etica globale nel diritto internazionale dell’economia
  • Bruno Veneziani, Globalizzazione, lex mercatoria e autonomia collettiva
  • Amedeo Arena Curia non facit saltus: origini ed evoluzione del principio del primato anteriormente alla sentenza Costa c. Enel
  • Gian Candido De Martin, Le amministrazioni territoriali tra Stato nazionale e integrazione europea
  • Angela Del Vecchio, Recenti sviluppi della giurisprudenza costituzionale in materia di applicazione della CEDU nell'ordinamento italiano
  • Angela Di Stasi, L’art. 6 della CEDU come “cerniera” normativa tra ordinamento nazionale, sistema CEDU e ordinamento giuridico dell’Unione europea: brevi considerazioni in tema di mancata motivazione del rifiuto di rinvio pregiudiziale
  • Giacomo Gattinara, Regioni italiane e Unione europea: “a che punto è la notte?”
  • Martina Guidi, L’interpretazione “costituzionalmente orientata” quale chiave di lettura obbligatoria delle sentenze della Corte europea di Strasburgo nell’ordinamento italiano
  • Monica Lugato, Considerazione dei “processi interni” e “dialogo” fra corti supreme
  • Carmela Panella, La riforma costituzionale del 2016 in materia di rapporti internazionali dello Stato
  • Lucia Serena Rossi, La partecipazione dell’Italia all’Unione europea: spunti offerti dalla (mancata) revisione della Costituzione
  • Giuseppe Tesauro, Sui limiti all’applicazione di norme esterne
  • Antonio Tizzano, Diritti fondamentali e corti supreme europee. Qualche considerazione dal versante lussemburghese
  • Antonio Uricchio, Efficacia della Convenzione europea dei diritti dell’uomo nell’ordinamento italiano, con particolare riguardo ai diritti del contribuente
  • Daniela Vitiello, Il dialogo giurisprudenziale sul programma OMT: rapporti tra ordinamenti, identità nazionale e controlimiti
  • Claudio Zanghì, La progressiva frenata della giurisprudenza costituzionale introdotta dalle sentenze gemelle del 2007
  • Bruno Barel, L’adozione nella dimensione transnazionale dopo le riforme italiane del 2013-2016
  • Maria Caterina Baruffi, La riforma del regolamento Bruxelles II bis e la tutela dell’interesse superiore del minore
  • Ruggiero Cafari Panico, La prestazione caratteristica tra legge applicabile e giurisdizione
  • Domenico Damascelli, Brevi note sull’efficacia probatoria del certificato successorio europeo riguardante la successione di un soggetto coniugato o legato da unione non matrimoniale
  • Pietro Franzina, L’applicazione genuina del diritto straniero richiamato dalle norme di conflitto dell’Unione europea
  • Costanza Honorati, L’oggetto del giudizio “di riesame” ai sensi dell’art. 11 del regolamento Bruxelles II bis
  • Emilia Maria Magrone, Un’Europa a geometria supervariabile in materia dei regimi patrimoniali delle coppie internazionali? Prime considerazioni sui regolamenti 2016/1103 e 2016/1104
  • Fabrizio Marongiu Buonaiuti, Il riconoscimento della filiazione derivante da maternità surrogata – ovvero fecondazione eterologa sui generis – e la riscrittura del limite dell’ordine pubblico da parte della Corte di cassazione, o del diritto del minore ad avere due madri (e nessun padre)
  • Franco Mosconi & Cristina Campiglio, Richiami interni alle legge di diritto internazionale privato e regolamenti comunitari: il caso dei divorzi esteri
  • Giuseppina Pizzolante, Qualificazione del contratto di trasporto merci e legge applicabile in assenza di scelta
  • Angela Maria Romito, Brevi riflessioni sul diritto internazionale privato e processuale dell’Unione europea
  • Francesco Salerno, Limiti e prospettive attuali della funzione interpretativa nel diritto internazionale privato
  • Ilaria Viarengo, Il coordinamento tra gli accordi di scelta della legge applicabile nei regolamenti comunitari in materia di famiglia e di successioni
  • Roberto Baratta, Prassi estensive e competenze delle organizzazioni internazionali: spunti ricostruttivi
  • Umberto Carabelli, Legge sindacale e ordinamento intersindacale: brevi riflessioni
  • Luciano Garofalo, È in atto un processo di “costituzionalizzazione” del diritto internazionale? Alcune riflessioni
  • Alfonso Giordano, Il contributo del pensiero geografico allo Spatial Turn nella riflessione giuridica contemporanea
  • Massimo Panebianco, Il codice Leibniz. Primo codice europeo di diritto internazionale
  • Piero Pennetta, Considerazioni sugli atti normativi delle organizzazioni internazionali regionali
  • Gianpaolo Maria Ruotolo, In tema di diritto alla scienza nell’ordinamento internazionale e istanze di accesso aperto alla conoscenza nell’Unione europea e in Italia

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Call for Papers: Democratic Governance Workshop

The Manchester International Law Centre has issued a call for papers for a workshop on "Democratic Governance," to take place November 3, 2017. Here's the announcement (with a link to the full call):

The Manchester International Law Centre (MILC) Workshop on Democratic Governance

MILC is organizing a workshop on 3 November 2017 dedicated to the question of democratic governance with a view to revisiting the state of the practice in international law twenty-five years after this narrative attracted attention in international legal scholarship following the publication of Tom Franck’s seminal article. The workshop aims to foster debate about current problems surrounding the theory of democratic governance, and will take a critical look at international legal discourses and practice pertaining to democratic governance, including the practice of the European Union. We invite contributions which adopt new theoretical perspectives on the topic. Those employing inter-disciplinary methods and/or drawing on contemporary developments are especially welcome. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply. Abstracts of no more than 1000 words should be submitted by email to milc@manchester.ac.uk by 15th August 2017. Confirmed keynote speakers include Steven Wheatley (University of Lancaster), Russell Buchan (University of Sheffield), and the workshop will conclude with a presentation by Brad Roth (Wayne State University). The organisers anticipate that selected papers will be published in a volume of the newly established Melland Schill Guidebooks on International Law. You can find the Call for Papers and register to attend the event on Eventbrite.