Thursday, July 5, 2018

New Volume: Recueil des Cours

Volume 389 of the Recueil des Cours, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law is out. Contents include:
  • Volume 389
    • H. Muir Watt, Discours sur les méthodes du droit international privé (des formes juridiques de l’inter-altérité), Cours général de droit international privé

Schader: Fiskalische Immunität internationaler Organisationen und ihres Personals in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Nadine Schader has published Fiskalische Immunität internationaler Organisationen und ihres Personals in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Peter Lang 2018). Here's the abstract:
Dieses Buch beschäftigt sich mit den Rechtsgrundlagen, der Rechtfertigung, den historischen Phänomenen und der gewohnheitsrechtlichen Verpflichtung zur Gewährung von fiskalischen Immunitäten an internationale Organisationen und ihres Personals. Darüber hinaus vergleicht die Autorin die völkervertraglich gewährten Steuerbefreiungen von internationalen Organisationen und ihres Personals mit Sitz in Deutschland und setzt sich mit den Auswirkungen der Steuerbefreiungen im Rahmen der deutschen Besteuerung auseinander. Abschließend enthält das Werk rechtspolitische Regelungsvorschläge für eine vereinheitlichende Kodifikation der fiskalischen Immunitäten aller internationalen Organisationen und ihres Personals mit Sitz in Deutschland.

New Issue: Global Society

The latest issue of Global Society (Vol. 32, no. 3, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Andrea Birdsall, Drone Warfare in Counterterrorism and Normative Change: US Policy and the Politics of International Law
  • Zoë Marriage, Evading Biopolitical Control: Capoeira as Total Resistance
  • Benjamin Leffel & Michele Acuto, Economic Power Foundations of Cities in Global Governance
  • Bill Dunn, On the Prospects of a Return to Keynes: Taking Keynes’s Political Philosophy Seriously
  • Greig Charnock & Guido Starosta, Towards a “Unified Field Theory” of Uneven Development: Human Productive Subjectivity, Capital and the International
  • Dena Freeman, De-Democratisation and Rising Inequality: The Underlying Cause of a Worrying Trend

New Issue: Journal of World Intellectual Property

The latest issue of the Journal of World Intellectual Property (Vol. 21, nos. 3-4, July 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Elsa Tsioumani, Beyond access and benefit‐sharing: Lessons from the law and governance of agricultural biodiversity
  • Gautam Sharma & Hemant Kumar, Intellectual property rights and informal sector innovations: Exploring grassroots innovations in India
  • Ramesh B. Karky, Bioinformatics innovations and patent eligibility
  • Archana Patnaik, Joost Jongerden, & Guido Ruivenkamp, Rights or ability: Access to plant genetic resources in India
  • Henrique Carvalho, The beginnings of copyright law in Macau
  • Gabriele Spina Alì, The 13th Round: Article 39(3) TRIPS and the struggle over “Unfair Commercial Use”
  • Prashant Reddy Thikkavarapu, The overlap between the Patents Acts and the plant variety protection & Farmer's Rights Act in India: A seed of doubt
  • Jessica C. Lai & Vikas Kathuria, “Restrictive Conditions” in patent law and the competition law interface

New Issue: The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals

The latest issue of The Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals (Vol. 17, no. 1, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators
    • José Manuel Álvarez Zárate & Gómez Katia Fach, The Duties, Rights and Powers of International Arbitrators
    • Rodrigo Polanco Lazo & Valentino Desilvestro, Does an Arbitrator’s Background Influence the Outcome of an Investor-State Arbitration?
    • Andrea K. Bjorklund, Are Arbitrators (Judicial) Activists?
    • Kathleen Claussen, Tipping Point Challenges in International Economic Disputes
    • Katia Fach Gómez, Diversity and the Principle of Independence and Impartiality in the Future Multilateral Investment Court
    • Fernando Dias Simões, Hold on to Your Hat! Issue Conflicts in the Investment Court System
    • Elsa Sardinha, Party-Appointed Arbitrators No More
    • David L. Earnest, The Duty of Arbitrators to Delimitate between Jurisdiction and Admissibility in Investor-State Arbitration: A Developed Consensus or an Enduring Lacuna?
    • Perry S. Bechky, Salini’s Nature: Arbitrators’ Duty of Jurisdictional Policing
    • Joshua Karton, The International Investment Arbitrator’s Duty to Apply the Law
    • Karsten Nowrot & Emily Sipiorski, Approaches to Arbitrator Intimidation in Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Impartiality, Independence, and the Challenge of Regulating Behaviour
    • Catharine Titi, Investment Arbitration and the Controverted Right of the Arbitrator to Issue a Separate or Dissenting Opinion
    • José Manuel Álvarez Zárate, Nineteenth Century Arbitrators’ Powers—Has There Been Any Progress to Date?
    • Juan José Quintana, A Note on the Activation of the ICC’s Jurisdiction over the Crime of Aggression
    • Dai Tamada, Applicability of the Excess of Power Doctrine to the ICJ and Arbitral Tribunals
    • Laura Yvonne Zielinski, “You Cannot Lose What You Never Had”: The Law Applicable to Property Determinations in ICSID Arbitration

BIICL: The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has issued a report on The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory, authored by Constantinos Yiallourides, Markus Gehring, and Jean-Pierre Gauci. Here's the abstract:

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered.

In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has completed a project on the legal significance of certain acts involving the use of force in relation to territorial disputes, especially when altering the status quo in disputed territories, continental or island.

The project report provides a comprehensive analysis of the rules regulating the threat or use of force between States in international law and examines how these rules operate specifically in the context of territorial disputes. The report analyses a wide range of territorial disputes to clarify the legal obligations binding upon States involved in such disputes and the consequences flowing from a breach of these obligations.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Conference: ANZSIL 26th Annual Conference

Tomorrow through Saturday, July 5-7, 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law will hold its 26th Annual Conference at the Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law. The theme is "International Law: From the Local to the Global." The program is here.

Delerue: The Codification of the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations: A Matter for the ILC?

François Delerue (Institut de Recherche stratégique de l’École Militaire) has posted an ESIL Reflection on The Codification of the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations: A Matter for the ILC?

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Issue: International Organization

The latest issue of International Organization (Vol. 72, no. 3, Summer 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • James D. Fearon, Cooperation, Conflict, and the Costs of Anarchy
    • Tyler Pratt, Deference and Hierarchy in International Regime Complexes
    • Paul Musgrave & Daniel H. Nexon, Defending Hierarchy from the Moon to the Indian Ocean: Symbolic Capital and Political Dominance in Early Modern China and the Cold War
    • Allison Carnegie & Austin Carson, The Spotlight's Harsh Glare: Rethinking Publicity and International Order
    • Sarah Sunn Bush & Lauren Prather, Who's There? Election Observer Identity and the Local Credibility of Elections
    • Ryan Brutger & Joshua D. Kertzer, A Dispositional Theory of Reputation Costs
    • Fernando G. Nuñez-Mietz, Legalization and the Legitimation of the Use of Force: Revisiting Kosovo

Monday, July 2, 2018

Katselli Proukaki: Armed Conflict and Forcible Displacement: Individual Rights under International Law

Elena Katselli Proukaki (Newcastle Univ. - Law) has published Armed Conflict and Forcible Displacement: Individual Rights under International Law (Routledge 2018). Access to the book is free for the next sixty days here. Contents include:
  • Elena Katselli Proukaki, The Right Not to Be Displaced by Armed Conflict under International Law
  • Elena Katselli Proukaki, The Right to Return Home and the Right to Property Restitution under International Law
  • Vassilis Tzevelekos, Reparation of the Rights to Property and Home of Displaced Persons Arising from Armed Conflict under the European Convention on Human Rights: Falling Short of the Exigencies of International Law and the Humanistic Purpose of Human Rights?
  • Eleni Meleagrou & Costas Paraskeva, The Right to Respect of Home and Enjoyment of Property for Cypriot IDPS: The Developing Jurisprudence of the EctHR
  • Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli, Inter-American and Colombian Developments and Contributions on the Protection of Persecuted Internally Displaced Persons
  • Rhona Smith, Ratana Ly & Chantevy Khourn, Forced displacement, dispossession and property: Cambodia
  • Yasmine Nahlawi, Forcible Displacement as a weapon of war in the Syrian conflict: Lessons and developments
  • Matthew Gillett, Collective Dislocation: crimes of displacement, property-deprivation and discrimination under international criminal law

Call for Papers: Third All Art and Cultural Heritage Law Conference (Reminder)

The Art-Law Centre of the University of Geneva has issued a call for papers for the third All Art and Cultural Heritage Law conference, to be held November 10, 2018, at the University of Geneva. The theme is: "Works of art qualified as 'national treasures': limits to private property and export controls." The deadline is July 23, 2018. The call is here.

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. They were given by Lucius Caflisch on “The Contemporary Law of International Watercourses: Some Aspects and Problems” and Peter Van den Bossche on “The WTO Dispute Settlement System.”

New Issue: International Theory

The latest issue of International Theory (Vol. 10, no. 2, July 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Matt McDonald, Climate change and security: towards ecological security?
  • Meghan McConaughey, Paul Musgrave, Daniel H. Nexon, Beyond anarchy: logics of political organization, hierarchy, and international structure
  • Orit Gazit, A Simmelian approach to space in world politics
  • Ben Thirkell-White, Hard choices in global deliberative system reform: functional fragmentation, social integration, and cosmopolitan republicanism

Claussen: Separation of Trade Law Powers

Kathleen Claussen (Univ. of Miami - Law) has posted Separation of Trade Law Powers (Yale Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The first commercial treaty concluded by the United States began as a diary entry by John Adams. Nearly two and a half centuries later, the United States and international trade law have come a long way, but the uniqueness of trade lawmaking persists. Then, as now and in the future, U.S. trade law has been and will be heavily influenced by the balance of power between Congress and the Executive. This Article argues that the carefully choreographed procedure for negotiating free trade agreements has contributed to a type of path dependence with respect to the text of those agreements to the detriment of U.S. interests. The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement demonstrates this point: much of the agreement language copied prior agreements that were already subject to considerable criticism. Because that language tracked congressionally prescribed negotiating objectives, negotiators felt obliged to recycle it. This single modelling, driven by the bi-branch shared-power construct unique to trade, is under challenge on the eve of the NAFTA 2.0. While standardized language may have utility in certain spheres of international contract, the efficiency gains in international trade agreements do not outweigh an interest to reconsider text and standards where possible. This Article seeks to explain through traditional international relations theories the default modelling that occurs in the design of trade law instruments and proposes an under-explored explanation for further study, one that is contrary to the consensus on U.S. foreign relations law more generally: when it comes to trade agreements, Congress has assumed a role in which it may be considered to act as principal and the Executive acts as its agent.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Workshop: Time(s) and Temporality of International Human Rights Law

Tomorrow, July 2, 2018, Queen's University Belfast School of Law will host a workshop on "Time(s) and Temporality of International Human Rights Law." The program is here. Here's the idea:
2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the seminal document which founded the international human rights law regime. Today’s context for rights, however, is markedly different. International human rights face increasing critique as a form of legal protection and language of emancipation. At this historic juncture, this workshop offers opportunity to take stock of this area of law and ask how critical engagement with ideas of temporality may lead to creative and innovative interventions in the present period. To this end, the workshop poses a number of questions: How can we think about the past, present and future of international human rights law? How can we understand and make visible the diverse temporalities that exist within this area of law? How do such temporalities differ from and relate to other temporalities, such as those of state and the global economy? Do the latter marginalise human rights internationally? Can alternative ways of understanding the connection between past, present and future offer possibilities for international human rights law to be thought anew?

Fitzgerald, Hughes, & Jewett: Reflections on Canada’s Past, Present and Future in International Law / Réflexions sur le passé, le présent et l’avenir du Canada en matière de droit international

Oonagh E. Fitzgerald (Centre for International Governance Innovation), Valerie Hughes (Queen's Univ. - Law), & Mark Jewett (Centre for International Governance Innovation) have published Reflections on Canada’s Past, Present and Future in International Law / Réflexions sur le passé, le présent et l’avenir du Canada en matière de droit international (CIGI Press 2018). Contents include:
  • L. Yves Fortier, Foreword
  • Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Valerie Hughes & Mark Jewett, Introduction: Canada, International Law and the Public Good
  • Part I: The History and Practice of International Law
    • The Making of International Treaties and Implementation into Domestic Law
    • Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Introduction
    • Gib van Ert, The Reception of International Law in Canada: Three Ways We Might Go Wrong
    • Armand de Mestral & Hugo Cyr, Le rôle du Parlement dans la négociation et l’adoption des traités
    • Gary Luton, A Historical Survey of Canadian International Treaty Diplomacy
    • Charles-Emmanuel Côté, Le Canada et la capacité des entités infra-étatiques de conclure des traités
    • Honouring International Treaties with Indigenous Peoples
    • John Borrows, Introduction
    • Brenda Gunn, Exploring the International Character of Treaties 1-11 and the Legal Consequences
    • Joshua Nichols, Sui Generis Sovereignties: The Relationship between Treaty Interpretation and Canadian Sovereignty
    • Rob Hamilton, Indigenous Legal Traditions and Histories of International and Transnational Law in the Pre-Confederation Maritime Provinces
    • Ryan Beaton, The Crown Fiduciary Duty at the Supreme Court of Canada: Reaching across Nations, or Held within the Grip of the Crown?
  • Part II: International Law, Governance and Innovation
    • International Economic Law
    • Johnathan Fried, Introduction
    • Richard Ouellet, Le rôle du Canada dans l’évolution institutionnelle et substantive du système GATT/OMC
    • Valerie Hughes, Canada: A Key Player in WTO Dispute Settlement
    • Allison Christians, Taxing Transnationals: Canada and the World
    • Brian Arnold, Canada’s International Tax System: Historical Review, Problems and Outlook for the Future
    • Bernard Colas, Le Canada et le droit international privé en matière commerciale
    • International Environmental Law
    • Jutta Brunnée, Introduction
    • Silvia Maciunas & Géraud de Lassus Saint-Geniès, The Evolution of Canada’s International and Domestic Climate Policy: From Divergence to Consistency?
    • Anne Daniel, Canadian Contributions to International Environmental Law on Chemicals and Wastes
    • Dean Sherratt & Marcus Davies, Going with the Flow: Sovereignty, Cooperation and Governance of US-Canada Transboundary and Boundary Waters
    • Suzanne Lalonde, Canada’s Influence on the Law of the Sea
    • Intellectual Property Law
    • Jeremy de Beer, Introduction
    • Howard Knopf, Canada’s Role in the Relationship of Trade and Intellectual Property
    • Ton Zuijdwijk, The Integration of the Rules of International Intellectual Property Law into the Body of International Trade Law
  • Part III: International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
    • Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Introduction
    • Stéphane Beaulac, La mise en oeuvre judiciaire des obligations internationales du Canada en matière de droits humains : Obstacles et embûches
    • Adelle Blackett, “This is Hallowed Ground”: International Labour Law and Canada at 150
    • Valerie Oosterveld, Canada and the Development of International Criminal Law: What Role for the Future?
    • Fannie Lafontaine, Criminels de guerre au Canada? La valse-hésitation historique entre poursuites et expulsions
    • René Provost, Enfants-soldats en droit international humanitaire : civils ou combattants? Expériences et réflexions canadiennes
  • Part IV: New Challenges in International Law
    • Oonagh E. Fitzgerald, Mark Jewett & Valerie Hughes, Conclusion: Looking Ahead