Tuesday, September 21, 2021

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new materials to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website. They include a lecture given by Inga Winkler on “The Human Rights to Water and Sanitation” and an introductory note by Daniel Bodansky on the Paris Agreement, 2015.

The Audiovisual Library of International Law is also available as a podcast on SoundCloud and can also be accessed through the relevant preinstalled applications on Apple or Google devices, or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law.”

Lissowsky: Das Menschenrecht auf Reparationen: Theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Umsetzung am Internationalen Strafgerichtshof

Michaela Lissowsky
has published Das Menschenrecht auf Reparationen: Theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Umsetzung am Internationalen Strafgerichtshof (Duncker & Humblot 2021). Here's the abstract:
Die Opfer internationaler Straftaten haben schwerstes physisches und psychisches Leid erfahren. Mit Recht fordern sie auch noch nach Jahrzehnten Reparationen für die erlittenen Schäden und schweren Menschenrechtsverletzungen. Die Autorin weist in ihrer interdisziplinären Studie, welche Erkenntnisse der Philosophie, Rechtswissenschaft und Politikwissenschaft einbezieht, nach, dass der Anspruch der Opfer auf Reparationen menschenrechtlich fundiert ist. Insoweit erweist sich die Anerkennung von Opferwerdung und Opfersein als Voraussetzung des Menschenrechts auf Reparationen und sein gerechtigkeitsschaffendes Prinzip. Zugleich verklammert die Autorin diese Grundsatzreflexionen mit einer konkreten institutionellen Problembeschreibung der Reparationspraxis am Trust Fund for Victims des Internationalen Strafgerichtshofs. Dabei legt sie die Defizite der Operationalisierung des Menschenrechts auf Reparationen am IStGH schonungslos offen.

Call for Venues: 8th Biennial SIEL Global Conference 2023

The Society of International Economic Law has issued a call for venues for the Eighth Biennial SIEL Conference, to be held in July 2023. The call is open to all institutions (including consortia or collaborations of institutions) active in the field of international economic law. Proposals must be submitted by November 30, 2021. The call is here.

Cusato: The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law

Eliana Cusato
(Univ. of Amsterdam) has published The Ecology of War and Peace: Marginalising Slow and Structural Violence in International Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
The connection between ecology and conflict has been the object of extensive study by political scientists and economists. From the contribution of natural resource 'scarcity' to violent unrest and armed conflict; to resource 'abundance' as an incentive for initiating and prolonging armed struggles; to dysfunctional resource management and environmental degradation as obstacles to peacebuilding, this literature has exerted a huge influence upon academic discussions and policy developments. While international law is often invoked as the solution to the socio-environmental challenges faced by conflict-affected countries, its relationship with the ecology of war and peace remains undertheorised. Drawing upon environmental justice perspectives and other theoretical traditions, the book unpacks and problematizes some of the assumptions that underlie the legal field. Through an analysis of the practice of international courts, the UN Security Council, and Truth Commissions, it shows how international law silences and even normalizes forms of structural and slow environmental violence.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Verdebout: Rewriting Histories of the Use of Force: The Narrative of 'Indifference'

Agatha Verdebout
(Université Catholique de Lille) has published Rewriting Histories of the Use of Force: The Narrative of 'Indifference' (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
It is commonly taught that the prohibition of the use of force is an achievement of the twentieth century and that beforehand States were free to resort to the arms as they pleased. International law, the story goes, was 'indifferent' to the use of force. 'Reality' as it stems from historical sources, however, appears much more complex. Using tools of history, sociology, anthropology and social psychology, this monograph offers new insights into the history of the prohibition of the use of force in international law. Conducting in-depth analysis of nineteenth century doctrine and State practice, it paves the way for an alternative narrative on the prohibition of force, and seeks to understand the origins of international law's traditional account. In so doing, it also provides a more general reflection on how the discipline writes, rewrites and chooses to remember its own history.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Issue: Journal of World Investment & Trade

The latest issue of the Journal of World Investment & Trade (Vol. 22, no. 4, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: National Security, Private Actors, and Political Risk: Judicial and Non-Judicial Responses
    • Stephan W Schill & Geraldo Vidigal, National Security, Private Actors, and Political Risk: Judicial and Non-Judicial Responses: An Introduction
    • Momchil Milanov, A Lauterpachtian Affair: Security Exceptions as ‘Self-Judging Obligations’ in the Case Law of the International Court of Justice and Beyond
    • Cheng Bian, Foreign Direct Investment Screening and National Security: Reducing Regulatory Hurdles to Investors Through Induced Reciprocity
    • Teoman M. Hagemeyer & Jens Hillebrand Pohl, Managing the Risk of Self-Judging Security Exceptions Through Insurance: How Recent Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Copes with Investment Screening

Call for Submissions: Intergovernmental Organisations In-House Counsel Journal

The Intergovernmental Organisations In-House Counsel Journal has issued a call for submissions for its next volume. The call is here.

New Issue: International Affairs

The latest issue of International Affairs (Vol. 97, no. 5, September 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Leah De Haan, Editorial 50:50 in 2020: International Affairs gender balance report 2021
  • Special Issue: Deglobalization? The Future of the Liberal International Order
    • Markus Kornprobst & T V Paul, Globalization, deglobalization and the liberal international order
    • Norrin M Ripsman, Globalization, deglobalization and Great Power politics
    • Steve Chan, Challenging the liberal order: the US hegemon as a revisionist power
    • Benjamin Miller, How ‘making the world in its own liberal image’ made the West less liberal
    • Umut Aydin, Emerging middle powers and the liberal international order
    • Dorit Geva & Felipe G Santos, Europe's far-right educational projects and their vision for the international order
    • John M Owen, Two emerging international orders? China and the United States
    • Jozef Bátora, States, interstitial organizations and the prospects for liberal international order
    • Katharina P Coleman & Brian L Job, How Africa and China may shape UN peacekeeping beyond the liberal international order
    • Jarrod Hayes & Katja Weber, Globalization, deglobalization and human security: the case of Myanmar
    • Steven E Lobell & Jordan Ernstsen, The liberal international trading order (LITO) in an era of shifting capabilities
    • Mark R Brawley, Globalization/deglobalization: lessons from liberal monetary orders
    • Aseema Sinha, Understanding the ‘crisis of the institution’ in the liberal trade order at the WTO
    • Markus Kornprobst & Stephanie Strobl, Global health: an order struggling to keep up with globalization
    • Jeannette Money, Globalization, international mobility and the liberal international order
    • Navnita Chadha Behera, Globalization, deglobalization and knowledge production
    • T V Paul, Globalization, deglobalization and reglobalization: adapting liberal international order

New Issue: International Studies Review

The latest issue of International Studies Review (Vol. 23, no. 3, September 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Katharina P Coleman, Magnus Lundgren, & Kseniya Oksamytna, Slow Progress on UN Rapid Deployment: The Pitfalls of Policy Paradigms in International Organizations
  • Johanna Söderström, Malin Åkebo, & Anna K Jarstad, Friends, Fellows, and Foes: A New Framework for Studying Relational Peace
  • Tyler Evans, Daniel J Milton, & Joseph K Young, Choosing to Fight, Choosing to Die: Examining How ISIS Foreign Fighters Select Their Operational Roles
  • Elise Rousseau & Stephane J Baele, “Filthy Lapdogs,” “Jerks,” and “Hitler”: Making Sense of Insults in International Relations
  • Janine Natalya Clark, Beyond “Bouncing”: Resilience as an Expansion–Contraction Dynamic within a Holonic Frame
  • Sara McLaughlin Mitchell & Elise Pizzi, Natural Disasters, Forced Migration, and Conflict: The Importance of Government Policy Responses
  • Courtenay R Conrad & Nathan W Monroe, Legislative Process in International Organizations
  • Gerasimos Tsourapas, Global Autocracies: Strategies of Transnational Repression, Legitimation, and Co-Optation in World Politics
  • Mathis Lohaus & Wiebke Wemheuer-Vogelaar, Who Publishes Where? Exploring the Geographic Diversity of Global IR Journals
  • Allard Duursma, Pinioning the Peacekeepers: Sovereignty, Host-State Resistance against Peacekeeping Missions, and Violence against Civilians
  • Cesare M Scartozzi, Reframing Climate-Induced Socio-Environmental Conflicts: A Systematic Review
  • Yuna Han & Sophie T Rosenberg, Claiming Equality: The African Union's Contestation of the Anti-Impunity Norm
  • Shpend Kursani, Reconsidering the Contested State in Post-1945 International Relations: An Ontological Approach
  • Julia Kreienkamp & Tom Pegram, Governing Complexity: Design Principles for the Governance of Complex Global Catastrophic Risks
  • Matthew D Stephen, China's New Multilateral Institutions: A Framework and Research Agenda
  • Michiel van Ingen, Sublating the Naturalism/Anti-Naturalism Problematic: Critical Realism, Critical Naturalism, and the Question of Methodology
  • Tore Fougner, Engaging the “Animal Question” in International Relations
  • Juan Masullo, Refusing to Cooperate with Armed Groups Civilian Agency and Civilian Noncooperation in Armed Conflicts
  • Jørgen Møller, Medieval Origins of the European State System: The Catholic Church as Midwife
  • Eric Helleiner, The Return of National Self-Sufficiency? Excavating Autarkic Thought in a De-Globalizing Era
  • Marcel Kaba, NGO Accountability: A Conceptual Review across the Engaged Disciplines

Call for Submissions: Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies

The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies has issued a call for submissions for its Winter/Spring 2022 issue. The call is here.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

New Issue: Review of International Studies

The latest issue of the Review of International Studies (Vol. 47, no. 4, October 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Giovanni Agostinis & Kevin Parthenay, Exploring the determinants of regional health governance modes in the Global South: A comparative analysis of Central and South America
  • Emma-Louise Anderson, Laura Considine, & Amy S. Patterson, The power-trust cycle in global health: Trust as belonging in relations of dependency
  • Katharine A. M. Wright & Annika Bergman Rosamond, NATO's strategic narratives: Angelina Jolie and the alliance's celebrity and visual turn
  • Adam Kochanski, Framing, truth-telling, and the limits of local transitional justice
  • Maria Mälksoo, Militant memocracy in International Relations: Mnemonical status anxiety and memory laws in Eastern Europe
  • Thomas Linsenmaier, Dennis R. Schmidt, & Kilian Spandler, On the meaning(s) of norms: Ambiguity and global governance in a post-hegemonic world
  • Randall Germain, Nearly modern IPE? Insights from IPE at mid-century
  • Charlie Thame, The economic corridors paradigm as extractivism: Four theses for a historical materialist framework

New Issue: International Legal Materials

The latest issue of International Legal Materials (Vol. 60, no. 5, October 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Georgia v. Russia (II) (Eur. Ct. H.R. (Grand Chamber)), with introductory note by Christina M. Cerna
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. U.A.E.) (I.C.J.), with introductory note by David Keane

Moulin: Le cyber espionnage en droit international

Thibault Moulin
has published Le cyber espionnage en droit international (Pedone 2021). Here's the abstract:
Faut-il, dès lors, considérer que « tout ce qui n’est pas interdit est permis », y compris en matière de cyber-espionnage ? Il convient de répondre par la négative, et souligner que le cyber-espionnage est sujet à un évitement normatif. Il n’est, en effet, ni interdit ni permis. D’une part, il n’est pas « interdit », car la commission de tels actes ne saurait constituer un fait internationalement illicite. D’autre part, il n’est pas « permis », « autorisé » ou ne constitue pas un « droit », car les Etats peuvent tout à fait prendre des mesures pour empêcher d’autres Etats d’exercer des activités de cyber-espionnage à leur encontre. D’un côté, les Etats souhaitent profiter de cette absence de règlementation internationale et ne sont pas favorables à une prohibition expresse de l’espionnage. D’un autre côté, ils ne souhaitent pas pour autant consacrer un « droit » à l’espionnage, dans la mesure où l’activité peut aller à l’encontre de leurs intérêts. C’est bien le cas en matière de cyber-espionnage, et ce phénomène d’évitement normatif se manifeste tant à l’égard des règles connectées à l’intégrité territoriale (Première partie), dont l’application est nécessairement perturbée par les caractéristiques uniques du cyber-espace, qu’à l’égard des règles déconnectées de l’intégrité territoriale (Deuxième partie).

Dayal: Incredible Commitments: How UN Peacekeeping Failures Shape Peace Processes

Anjali Kaushlesh Dayal
(Fordham Univ. - Political Science) has published Incredible Commitments: How UN Peacekeeping Failures Shape Peace Processes (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
Why do warring parties turn to United Nations peacekeeping and peacemaking even when they think it will fail? Dayal asks why UN peacekeeping survived its early catastrophes in Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans, and how this survival should make us reconsider how peacekeeping works. She makes two key arguments: first, she argues the UN's central role in peacemaking and peacekeeping worldwide means UN interventions have structural consequences – what the UN does in one conflict can shift the strategies, outcomes, and options available to negotiating parties in other conflicts. Second, drawing on interviews, archival research, and process-traced peace negotiations in Rwanda and Guatemala, Dayal argues warring parties turn to the UN even when they have little faith in peacekeepers' ability to uphold peace agreements – and even little actual interest in peace – because its involvement in negotiation processes provides vital, unique tactical, symbolic, and post-conflict reconstruction benefits only the UN can offer.

Conference: International Law Weekend 2021

The American Branch of the International Law Association will hold International Law Weekend 2021 on October 28-30, virtually. The theme is "Reinvesting in International Law." The program is here.

Call for Papers: 2022 ESIL Research Forum (Reminder)

A call for papers has been issued for the 2022 ESIL Research Forum, which will take place March 31–April 1, 2022 and hosted by the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security. The topic is: “International Law and Global Security: Regulating an Illusion?” The call is here. The deadline is September 30, 2021.

New Volume: Baltic Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 19, 2020) is out. Contents include:
  • Ineta Ziemele, Latvian Tradition in International Law
  • Ieva Miļūna, Latvian Tradition in State Responsibility
  • Jānis Lazdiņš, Ainārs Lerhis, Jānis Pleps, & Ineta Ziemele, Legal and Historical Elements of Latvia’s Restoration of Independence
  • Žaneta Mikosa, Evolution of Procedural Rights and Legal Standing in Environmental Matters in Latvia
  • Edvards Kušners & Esmeralda Balode-Buraka, Behind the Scenes: EU Accession Challenges
  • Christoph Schewe, Shattering the Concept of EU Citizenship? The Potential Impact of Brexit and Potential Secession of Catalonia on EU Citizenship
  • Agnese Saukuma, Legal and Ethical Issues in Designing Online Courts
  • George Chakhvadze, Mafruza Sultana, & Jānis Grasis, The Concept of Maritime Terrorism Between Traditionalism and Expansionism: Re-thinking Maritime Terrorism as a Transnational Crime

New Issue: Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international

The latest issue of the Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international (Vol. 23, no. 3, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Miloš Vec, A Luminous Trace. Commemorating the Frankfurt Lawyer and Historian of International Law Michael Stolleis (20 July 1941–18 March 2021)
  • Giulio Bartolini, World War I and the Italian International Law Scholars
  • Steven M. Harris, Manufacturing International Law: Pre-printed Treaties in the ‘Scramble for Africa’
  • Daniel Ricardo Quiroga-Villamarín, Beyond Texts? Towards a Material Turn in the Theory and History of International Law

New Issue: Review of International Organizations

The latest issue of the Review of International Organizations (Vol. 16, no. 4, October 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Alexander Kentikelenis & Erik Voeten, Legitimacy challenges to the liberal world order: Evidence from United Nations speeches, 1970–2018
  • Timm Betz, Amy Pond, & Weiwen Yin, Investment agreements and the fragmentation of firms across countries
  • Arthur Dyevre & Nicolas Lampach, Issue attention on international courts: Evidence from the European Court of Justice
  • Frank Bohn & Jan-Egbert Sturm, Do expected downturns kill political budget cycles?
  • Benjamin Faude & Michal Parizek, Contested multilateralism as credible signaling: how strategic inconsistency can induce cooperation among states
  • Matias E. Margulis, Intervention by international organizations in regime complexes
  • Christina L. Davis & Tyler Pratt, The forces of attraction: How security interests shape membership in economic institutions

New Issue: Netherlands International Law Review

The latest issue of the Netherlands International Law Review (Vol. 68, no. 2, September 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Lachezar Yanev, Jurisdiction and Combatant’s Privilege in the MH17 Trial: Treading the Line Between Domestic and International Criminal Justice
  • Yoshifumi Tanaka, Between Stability and Change: The Concept of Historical Consolidation of Title in the Acquisition of Territory Revisited
  • Julien Chaisse & Jamieson Kirkwood, Adjudicating Disputes Along China’s New Silk Road: Towards Unity, Diversity or Fragmentation of International Law?
  • Nikolaos Giannopoulos, International Protection of Foreign Investments in Offshore Energy Production and Marine Environmental Protection: Birds of a Feather or Frenemies Forever?
  • Mir-Hossein Abedian Kalkhoran & Habib Sabzevari, Standards of Review for the Non-Precluded Measures Clause in Investment Treaties: Different Wording, Different Levels of Scrutiny
  • Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger & Nico J. Schrijver, ILA Guidelines for Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development

Friday, September 17, 2021

Call for Submissions: Yearbook of International Disaster Law

A call for submissions has been issued for volume four of the Yearbook of International Disaster Law. The theme is: “Regionalization and Localization of International Disaster Law.” The call is here. The deadline for abstracts is November 14, 2021.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

New Issue: Journal of International Criminal Justice

The latest issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Vol. 19, no. 1, March 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: New Technologies and the Investigation of International Crimes
    • Alexa Koenig, Emma Irving, Yvonne McDermott, & Daragh Murray, New Technologies and the Investigation of International Crimes: An Introduction
    • Federica D’Alessandra & Kirsty Sutherland, The Promise and Challenges of New Actors and New Technologies in International Justice
    • Lindsay Freeman, Weapons of War, Tools of Justice: Using Artificial Intelligence to Investigate International Crimes
    • Alexa Koenig & Ulic Egan, Power and Privilege: Investigating Sexual Violence with Digital Open Source Information
    • Yvonne McDermott, Alexa Koenig, & Daragh Murray, Open Source Information’s Blind Spot: Human and Machine Bias in International Criminal Investigations
    • Chiara Gabriele, Kelly Matheson, & Raquel Vazquez Llorente, The Role of Mobile Technology in Documenting International Crimes: The Affaire Castro et Kizito in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Elena Radeva, The Potential for Computer Vision to Advance Accountability in the Syrian Crisis
    • Giancarlo Fiorella, Charlotte Godart, & Nick Waters, Digital Integrity: Exploring Digital Evidence Vulnerabilities and Mitigation Strategies for Open Source Researchers
    • Lindsay Freeman & Raquel Vazquez Llorente, Finding the Signal in the Noise: International Criminal Evidence and Procedure in the Digital Age
    • Karolina Aksamitowska, Digital Evidence in Domestic Core International Crimes Prosecutions: Lessons Learned from Germany, Sweden, Finland and The Netherlands
    • Sarah Zarmsky, Why Seeing Should Not Always Be Believing: Considerations Regarding the Use of Digital Reconstruction Technology in International Law

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Amirfar & Lawry-White: The Paris Agreement’s Conciliation Annex: If Not Now, Then When?

Catherine Amirfar (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) & Merryl Lawry-White (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) have posted an ASIL Insight on The Paris Agreement’s Conciliation Annex: If Not Now, Then When?

Saab: Emotions and International Law

Anne Saab (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) has posted an ESIL Reflection on Emotions and International Law.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

New Issue: Global Responsibility to Protect

The latest issue of Global Responsibility to Protect (Vol. 13, nos. 2-3, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: Myanmar and (the Failure of) Atrocity Prevention
    • Martin Mennecke & Ellen E. Stensrud, The Failure of the International Community to Apply R2P and Atrocity Prevention in Myanmar
    • Noel M. Morada, ASEAN and the Rakhine Crisis: Balancing Non-interference, Accountability, and Strategic Interests in Responding to Atrocities in Myanmar
    • Claire Q. Smith & Susannah G. Williams, Why Indonesia Adopted ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ over R2P in the Rohingya Crisis: The Roles of Islamic Humanitarianism, Civil–Military Relations, and asean
    • Cecilia Jacob, Navigating between Pragmatism and Principle: Australia’s Foreign Policy Response to the 2017 Rohingya Crisis
    • Ellen E. Stensrud, The Rohingya Crisis, the Democratisation Discourse, and the Absence of an Atrocity Prevention Lens
    • Kate Ferguson, For the Wind Is in the Palm-Trees: The 2017 Rohingya Crisis and an Emergent UK Approach to Atrocity Prevention
    • Camilla Buzzi, Mass Atrocities in Myanmar and the Responsibility to Protect in a Digital Age
    • Sebastiaan Verelst, Accountability in Myanmar: A Transformative Stepping-Stone?
    • Martin Mennecke, The International Court of Justice and the Responsibility to Protect: Learning from the Case of The Gambia v. Myanmar
    • Morten B. Pedersen, The Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar, and R2P ‘Black Holes’
    • Nickey Diamond, The Failure to Protect in Myanmar: A Reflection on National Protection of Rohingya against Mass Atrocity Crimes and Prospects for the Responsibility to Protect
    • Ivan Šimonović, Why ‘Never Again’ and R2P Did Not Work in Myanmar