Friday, August 24, 2018

New Issue: International Criminal Law Review

The latest issue of the International Criminal Law Review (Vol. 18, no. 4, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Guénaël Mettraux, John Dugard & Max du Plessis, Heads of State Immunities, International Crimes and President Bashir’s Visit to South Africa
  • Robert Muharremi, The Concept of Hybrid Courts Revisited: The Case of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
  • Scott Graham, The Non-combatant Casualty Cut-off Value: Assessment of a Novel Targeting Technique in Operation Inherent Resolve
  • Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein, A Concept without Consensus: Conceptualisation of the ‘Situation’ Notion in the Rome Statute
  • James Meernik & Josue Barron, Fairness in National Courts Prosecuting International Crimes: The Case of the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia-Herzegovina

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Conference: Fordham's Thirteenth Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation

On November 2, 2018, Fordham University School of Law will host its Thirteenth Annual Conference on International Arbitration and Mediation, in New York City. The theme is: "Key Issues in International Commercial and Treaty Arbitration."

New Issue: Indian Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Indian Journal of International Law (Vol. 57, nos. 3-4, December 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Sreenivasa Rao Pemmaraju, The identification of Customary International Law: a process that defies prescription
  • Helmut Tuerk, The common heritage of mankind after 50 years
  • Graham Melling & Anne Dennett, The Security Council veto and Syria: responding to mass atrocities through the “Uniting for Peace” resolution
  • Sai Ramani Garimella & Poomintr Sooksripaisarnkit, Jurisdiction under the Hague Convention on choice of court agreements: a critique
  • Sujith Xavier, Top heavy: beyond the Global North and the justification for global administrative law
  • Anurag Dubey, The Jadhav Case Before the International Court of Justice
  • Michael James Polak, The Jadhav case and the right to consular assistance: ‘confessions’, spies, and remedies in international law
  • Haris Jamil, Critical evaluation of India’s position on the Rome Statute
  • Abhimanyu George Jain, Indian practice relating to international law

Casey-Maslen, Homayounnejad, Stauffer, & Weizmann: Drones and Other Unmanned Weapons Systems under International Law

Stuart Casey-Maslen (Univ. of Pretoria - Law), Maziar Homayounnejad (Kings College London - Law), Hilary Stauffer (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), & Nathalie Weizmann (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) have published Drones and Other Unmanned Weapons Systems under International Law (Brill | Nijhoff 2018). Here's the abstract:
Drone strikes have become a key feature of counterterrorism operations in an increasing number of countries. This work explores the different domestic and international legal regimes that govern the manufacture, transfer, and use of armed drones. Chapters assess the legality of armed drones under jus ad bellum, the law of armed conflict, the law of law enforcement, international human rights law, international criminal law and domestic civil and criminal law. The book also discusses the application of law to fully autonomous weapons systems where computer algorithms decide who or what to target and when to fire.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Doyle: Strange Fruit at the United Nations

Ursula Doyle (Northern Kentucky Univ. - Law) has posted Strange Fruit at the United Nations (Howard Law Journal, Vol. 61, 2018). Here's the abstract:
The UN was founded, in 1945, to rid the world of the scourge of war but also to recognize and to vindicate the rights of every human in virtue of their humanity. At the time of the organization’s founding, “Jim Crow” -- a scheme designed to repress African Americans -- reigned throughout the American South. Jim Crow was especially characterized by the act of lynching, the extrajudicial killing, often, of African American males. Frequently the lynching was committed by hanging its subject from a tree. Some came to know the persons hanged from the tree as “strange fruit.” During the UN’s early years, the civil rights organizations the National Negro Congress, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Civil Rights Congress sought UN assistance in vindicating African Americans’ fundamental rights. But even during some of the worst days of Jim Crow, the UN was largely silent on matters expressly related to African Americans. In 1946, four African Americans were shot execution-style by Caucasian men after one of the African Americans alleged rape against one of the soon-to-be executioners. This event received substantial international attention. In 1955, Emmett Till. This 14-year-old boy was shot, mutilated and drowned, after reportedly whistling at a Caucasian woman. This case, too, was broadcast internationally. The world was well-aware of events in the United States regarding its largest racial minority. This article explores and evaluates the opportunities taken -- and not -- by each relevant UN organ to address Jim Crow practices, during the period 1945 to 1965. Part I, “the United Nations,” discusses the UN’s founding. It also explores the reasons for creating this body and how the Charter reflects the interests of powerful stakeholders. Additionally, it discusses the functions, powers and limitations of each of its principal organs. Part II, “the United States,” discusses African American history and the laws designed to circumscribe African American life. Part III, “Strange Fruit at the United Nations,” considers the efforts within some UN entities to combat racial segregation and discrimination. It also considers the avenues that the UN might have taken to specifically address Jim Crow. This section especially focuses on the opportunities posed by the International Court of Justice.

Janik: How Many Divisions Does the European Court of Human Rights Have? Compliance and Legitimacy in Times of Crisis

Ralph R.A. Janik (Univ. of Vienna - Law) has posted How Many Divisions Does the European Court of Human Rights Have? Compliance and Legitimacy in Times of Crisis (Austrian Review of International and European Law, Vol. 25, p.125). Here's the abstract:
This paper is a response to Karl Zemanek's article on "Court-Generated State practice" and his elaborations on the dogmatic questions arising from instances when the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) goes beyond states' actual interpretation and application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). After all, the Court may thereby itself induce state practice. The relationship between state practice and jurisprudential application of the ECHR is thus turned upside down. Apart from the examples identified by professor Zemanek, this article elaborates on the tension between the ECtHR's judicial powers and the states' willingness to adhere to its judgments in sensitive matters. While the court has emphasized the absoluteness of Article 3 on torture, inhumane or degrading treatment and the resulting non-refoulement obligations, it has been more reluctant to interfere with states' rights to regulate Islamic clothing or invoke a state of emergency. Oscillating between non-compliance and overstretching its powers, the impact of the current political crises on European human rights standards will keep lawyers busy for the unforeseeable future.

Pillai: The African Union, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice: At the Fault Lines of International Accountability

Priya Pillai has posted an ASIL Insight on The African Union, the International Criminal Court, and the International Court of Justice: At the Fault Lines of International Accountability.

Conference: Knowledge Production and International Law

On September 7-8, 2018, the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies will hold a conference on "Knowledge Production and International Law." The program is here.

Conference: Managing International Economic (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities

On September 21-22, 2018, the American Society of International Law’s International Economic Law Interest Group, the Canadian Council on International Law, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation, together with McGill University Faculty of Law, will hold a Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law, at McGill. The theme is: "Managing International Economic (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities." The program is here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Runavot: La démocratie appliquée au droit international : de quoi parle-t-on ?

Marie-Clotilde Runavot (Université Cergy-Pontoise - Law) has published La démocratie appliquée au droit international : de quoi parle-t-on ? (Pedone 2018). Contents include:
  • Marie-Clotilde Runavot, Rapport introductif
  • Pierre-Marie Raynal, Préliminaire conceptuel : à propos de la démocratie (nationale)
  • Michèle André, L’Union interparlementaire, instrument de la diplomatie parlementaire
  • Marie-Clotilde Runavot, L’Union interparlementaire et la parlementarisation de l’ONU
  • Martin Quesnel, Les parlements internationaux et l’exercice du pouvoir normatif international
  • Patrick Jacob, Démocratie et participation aux institutions internationales
  • Olivier de Frouville, Vers une théorie démocratique du droit international
  • Makane Moïse Mbengue, La démocratie comme outil de réforme des organisations internationales ?
  • Niki Aloupi, Une rhétorique de la mondialisation ?

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 Georg Nolte on “The International Law Commission and Community Interests” and Nilüfer Oral on “Climate Change and the Protection of the Ocean.”

New Issue: Journal du Droit International

The latest issue of the Journal du Droit International ("Clunet") (Vol. 145, no. 3, Juillet-Août-Septembre 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Doctrine
    • Syméon Karagiannis, À propos des droits de l’homme dans la Charte des Nations Unies
    • Renan Le Mestre, Des îles dans les plis de la Bannière étoilée : les territoires et États associés de l’Océan Pacifique dépendant des États-Unis
    • Ludovic Pailler, L’applicabilité spatiale du Règlement général sur la protection des données (RGPD) - Commentaire de l’article 3
  • Variétés
    • Nicolas Nord, L’aéroport de Bâle – Mulhouse et le contrat de travail international. La mise en évidence d’une nécessaire refonte des solutions de droit international privé

New Issue: Revue Générale de Droit International Public

The latest issue of the Revue Générale de Droit International Public (Vol. 122, no. 2, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Maurice Kamto, La question de la responsabilité de l’Etat dans les contentieux frontaliers et territoriaux
  • Benjamin Juratowitch & Alejandra Del Portillo, Les réserves aux clauses restircitives
  • Delphine Burriez, Sahara occidental : internationalisation et institutionnalisation du conflit

New Issue: Michigan Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Michigan Journal of International Law (Vol. 39, no. 2, Spring 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Reuven S. Avi-Yonah & Haiyan Xu, A Global Treaty Override? The New OECD Multilateral Tax Instrument and Its Limits
  • Shai Dothan, International Courts Improve Public Deliberation
  • Yahli Shereshevsky, Targeting the Targeted Killings Case - International Lawmaking in Domestic Contexts

Alter: The Empire of International Law?

Karen J. Alter (Northwestern Univ. - Political Science) has posted The Empire of International Law? (American Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

This review essay examines three intellectual histories focused on fundamental transformations of international law in the early twentieth century. The transformations reflect power shifts in the international system, and the change from a colonial to a multilateral international legal order. I use the histories (authored by Juan Pablo Scarf, Arnulf Becker Lorca, and Oona Hathaway/Scott Shapiro) to investigate four fundamental issues of both historical and contemporary relevance.

1) How does one construct a global history of international law, and in particular how do intellectual histories help us understand international legal transformations?

2) How do legal scholars and communities of practice contribute to international legal change?

3) How is power encoded into international law?

4) Can great powers escape imperial dominance, or the charge that their actions and their invocations of international law are imperial?

In addition to critically engaging the three books, the essay also examines how contestation over international law by powerful and weaker actors is often overlooked, yet this contestation shapes international law’s trajectory.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Akande & Tzanakopoulos: Treaty Law and ICC Jurisdiction Over the Crime of Aggression

Dapo Akande (Univ. of Oxford - Law) & Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Univ. of Oxford - Law) have posted Treaty Law and ICC Jurisdiction Over the Crime of Aggression (European Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This article examines the question of who will be subject to ICC jurisdiction with respect to the crime of aggression. One of the most contentious questions in the negotiations regarding the crime of aggression was whether the Court would have jurisdiction over nationals of a state that does not ratify the aggression amendments, but which is alleged to have committed an act of aggression on the territory of a state has accepted the aggression amendments. The question is examined here against the background of the rules in the law of treaties regarding amendments and treaty interpretation. The article considers the legal effect that the resolution of the ICC Assembly of States Parties (ASP), adopted in New York in December 2017 and activating ICC jurisdiction over aggression, will have in determining this jurisdictional question. A resolution of an international conference adopted by consensus can, in principle, be regarded as subsequent practice or a subsequent agreement of the parties to the Rome Statute that establishes the authentic interpretation of the Statute within the meaning of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. It is argued however that this particular resolution does not, in itself, provide the definitive answer as to the correct interpretation of the Rome Statute. Despite being adopted by consensus, and despite being highly relevant for the interpretation of the Rome Statute and Kampala Amendments, this resolution does not necessarily amount to a subsequent agreement or subsequent practice that the Court is legally bound to follow. Nevertheless, it is further argued that the position adopted in New York with regard to the jurisdiction of the Court over nationals of states parties that do not ratify the aggression amendments is the correct legal position and the one that the Court, including the Office of the Prosecutor, ought to adopt. The answer to the question over whom the Court will have jurisdiction with respect to aggression is to be found in Rome rather than in Kampala. We argue that the key to addressing this issue is to understand how the amendment provisions of the Rome Statute work in conjunction with basic principles of the law of treaties.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Munro: Emissions Trading Schemes under International Economic Law

James Munro has published Emissions Trading Schemes under International Economic Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2018). Here's the abstract:

The announcement by China that it will implement a national emissions trading scheme confirms the status of this instrument as the pre-eminent policy choice for mitigating climate change. China will join the dozens of existing and emerging schemes around the world - from the EU to California, South Korea to New Zealand - that use carbon units (otherwise known as emissions permits or carbon credits) to trade in greenhouse gas emissions in a multi-billion dollar global carbon market.

However, to date, there has been no consensus about this pre-eminent policy instrument being regulated by international economic law through the World Trade Organization, international investment agreements, and free trade agreements. Munro addresses this issue by evaluating whether carbon units qualify as 'goods', 'services', 'financial services', and 'investments' under international economic law and showing how international economic law applies to emissions trading scheme in diverse and unexpected ways. Further, by engaging in a comparative assessment of schemes around the world, his book illustrates how and why all emissions trading schemes engage in various forms of violations of international economic law which would not, in most instances, be justified by environmental or other exceptions. In doing so, he demonstrates how such schemes can be designed or reformed in ways to ensure their future compliance.

Nicholson: Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals

Joanna Nicholson (Univ. of Olso - Pluricourts) has published Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals (Brill | Nijhoff 2018). Contents include:
  • Joanna Nicholson, Introduction
  • Marieke de Hoon, The Future of the International Criminal Court. On Critique, Legalism and Strengthening the icc’s Legitimacy
  • Geoff Dancy, Searching for Deterrence at the International Criminal Court
  • Mikkel Jarle Christensen, The Symbolic Economy of International Criminal Justice: Shaping the Discourse of a New Field of Law
  • Joanna Nicholson, Strengthening the Effectiveness of International Criminal Law through the Principle of Legality
  • Carola Lingaas, Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Law of Genocide
  • Franziska Oehm, From Nuremberg to Malabo: A Re-evaluation of the Tradition of Impunity of Economic Actors in International Criminal Law
  • Yvonne McDermott, Strengthening the Evaluation of Evidence in International Criminal Trials
  • Hemi Mistry, The Significance of Institutional Culture in Enhancing the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals
  • Avidan Kent & Jamie Trinidad, The Management of Third-party Amicus Participation before International Criminal Tribunals: Juggling Efficiency and Legitimacy
  • Kïrsten Bowman, The International Criminal Court and the Security Council: The Power of Politics and the Undermining of Justice
  • Marialejandra Moreno Mantilla, Do too Many Cooks Spoil the Broth? A Proposal for a Joint Strategy between the Office of the Prosecutor and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
  • Mandiaye Niang, Africa and the Legitimacy of the icc in Question
  • Dorothy Makaza, African States and International Criminal Law: Rethinking the Narrative and Contextualising the Discourse
  • Kerstin Bree Carlson, Trying Hissène Habré ‘On Behalf of Africa’: Remaking Hybrid International Criminal Justice at the Chambres Africaines Extraordinaires