Saturday, August 3, 2013

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. 12, no. 2, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Rosalyn Higgins, Shabtai Rosenne and the International Court of Justice
  • Conference on “The Judge and International Custom” CAHDI, Council of Europe Paris, September 2012, 2013
    • Edwige Belliard, Préface
    • Bernard Cazeneuve, Discours d’ouverture
    • Manuel Lezertua, Discours d’introduction
    • Michael Wood, Introductory Remarks
    • Peter Tomka, Custom and the International Court of Justice
    • Jiří Malenovský, Le juge et la coutume internationale : perspective de l’Union européenne et de la Cour de justice
    • Ineta Ziemele, Customary International Law in the Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights – The Method
    • Andreas Paulus, The Judge and International Custom
    • Bernard Stirn, La place de la coutume internationale en droit public français
    • Michael Wood, Formation and Evidence of Customary International Law, Address to the International Law Commission, Geneva, 30 July 2012

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bonacker & Safferling: Victims of International Crimes: An Interdisciplinary Discourse

Thorsten Bonacker (Univ. of Marburg - Peace and Conflict Studies) & Christoph Safferling (Univ. of Marburg - Law) have published Victims of International Crimes: An Interdisciplinary Discourse (Asser Press 2013). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

In international law victims' issues have gained more and more attention over the last decades. In particular in transitional justice processes the victim is being given high priority. It is to be seen in this context that the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court foresees a rather excessive victim participation concept in criminal prosecution. In this volume issue is taken at first with the definition of victims, and secondly with the role of the victim as a witness and as a participant. Several articles address this matter with a view to the International Criminal Court, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the trial against Demjanjuk in Germany. In a third part the interests of the victims outside the criminal trial are being discussed. In the final part the role of civil society actors are being tackled.

This volume for the first time brings together international scholars from international criminal law, political science, peace and conflict studies, anthropology and sociology as well as practitioners to contribute to the understanding of the role victims play in processes dealing with serious human rights violations. It is of special interest to academics and practitioners in the aforementioned fields and to anyone taking the victim’s rights to heart.

Sattler, Spilker, & Bernauer: Does WTO Dispute Settlement Enforce or Inform?

Thomas Sattler (London School of Economics - International Relations), Gabriele Spilker (ETH Zurich), & Thomas Bernauer (ETH Zurich) have posted Does WTO Dispute Settlement Enforce or Inform? (British Journal of Political Science, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Whereas some researchers emphasize how World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement reduces complexity and clarifies legislation, others argue that dispute rulings promote co-operation by providing an enforcement mechanism. This article identifies empirical implications from these distinct arguments and tests them on WTO disputes from 1995 to 2006. The study’s analytical approach combines a three-step coding of dispute escalation with a strategic bargaining model and statistical backwards induction to account for governments’ forward-looking behavior. It finds strong support for the argument that WTO dispute settlement primarily serves as an enforcement device. It finds much less support for the argument that dispute settlement reduces complexity and clarifies trade law. These results suggest that the role of WTO dispute settlement in generating information on acceptable trade policy standards is less relevant than proponents of the complexity argument tend to assume.

Provost: Teetering on the Edge of Legal Nihilism: Russia and the Evolving European Human Rights Regime

René Provost (McGill Univ. - Law) has posted Teetering on the Edge of Legal Nihilism: Russia and the Evolving European Human Rights Regime. Here's the abstract:
In 2013, Russia’s human rights record remains one of the poorest among the members of the Council of Europe. A painstakingly sluggish compliance with international human rights obligations and several recent incidents of the crackdown on civil society since Putin’s return to the presidency, as demonstrated by a series of restrictive laws, harassment, and intimidation of political prisoners, interference in the work of non-governmental organizations and a notorious prosecution of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, cast further doubt on the Kremlin’s genuine commitment to perform its obligations under the Convention. This essay in Part I maps out the place of the ECHR in Russian law and practice, highlighting the most important hurdles to smoother relations between Russia and the ECtHR as well as to fuller enjoyment of Convention rights by individuals in the country. Part II considers the current round of proposed reforms of the European human rights regime as embodied in the 2012 Brighton Declaration, with particular attention to the relevance of such reforms for Russia in view of the elements highlighted in Part I.

de Wet: Jus Cogens and Obligations Erga Omnes

Erika de Wet (Univ. of Pretoria - Law) has posted Jus Cogens and Obligations Erga Omnes (in The Oxford Handbook on Human Rights, Dinah Shelton ed., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The chapter analyzes the nature and meaning of peremptory norms in international law, as well as their relationship with obligations towards the international community as a whole.

James Crawford Prize of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement

Submissions are being accepted for the 2014 James Crawford Prize of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement. Here's the announcement:

2014 Prize Details

The James Crawford Prize of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (JIDS) is an annual prize which awards £500 of OUP books and a subscription to JIDS to the author of the best paper received by the Journal*. The winning papers will also be published in JIDS.

The selections will be made by a Prize Committee composed of the Editor-in-Chief (Thomas Schultz), two of the General Editors (Tom Grant and Andrew Mitchell), and further members of the Editorial Board of JIDS depending on the narrower fields of the papers submitted for the prize. The Committee may choose not to award the prize and hold it over for a subsequent year if, in their view, the papers submitted do not reach the standards required.

Deadline for submissions is the 1st of November, 2013.

Submissions for the 2014 Prize should be sent to

The Editor-in-Chief and Publisher are happy to answer any questions about The James Crawford Prize of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (JIDS)

* All contributors are eligible for the award, though preference may be given to young academics or authors at early stages of their careers.

Werle & Burghardt: Establishing Degrees of Responsibility: Modes of Participation in Article 25 of the ICC Statute

Gerhard Werle (Humboldt Univ. of Berlin - Law) & Boris Burghardt (Humboldt Univ. of Berlin - Law) have posted Establishing Degrees of Responsibility: Modes of Participation in Article 25 of the ICC Statute (in Pluralism in International Criminal Law, E. van Sliedregt & S. Vasiliev eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
As the International Criminal Court is handing down its first trial chamber judgments, the debate on modes of participation continues. It appears that there is growing skepticism shown towards the control-of-the-crime-theory that has guided the Court’s approach on Article 25 of the ICC Statute so far. This article argues that before an assessment of the merits and demerits of the control-of-the-crime-theory can be made, one needs to determine the role of modes of participation in general. In this regard, it will be shown that Article 25 establishes a four level hierarchy of individual criminal responsibility where modes of participation are relevant for sentencing purposes. Only on the basis of such a systematic understanding can one reach a consistent definition of the different modes of participation and Article 25 as a whole. Ultimately, instead of starting anew, the ICC should continue following the path it has chosen, albeit with refinements.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Initiatives of the Students for the Promotion of International Law, Mumbai

Several initiatives of the Students for the Promotion of International Law, Mumbai (SPIL) have recently been announced. They are as follows:

Government Law College enjoys the distinction of being the oldest law school in Asia and has, since its inception in 1855, essayed a seminal role in the evolution of the legal and judicial landscape of India. Generations of legal luminaries, nurtured at Government Law College, have made remarkable contributions to the evolution of Indian jurisprudence.

Taking cognizance of the immense relevance of growing transnational interactions, Students for the Promotion of International Law, Mumbai (SPIL), a committee in Government Law College, has undertaken the task of promoting International Law and facilitating an empirical study, which rises beyond the realm of mere textual knowledge. A student body affiliated with the International Law Student Association, Chicago and Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi, SPIL organizes seminars, workshops and competitions with a view to acquaint students with the nuances of International Law.

SPIL, Mumbai will organize its Annual event the 5th Government Law College International Law Summit 2014. As always, the Summit will be amalgamation of lectures, panel discussion, two novel competitions- Judgment Deliberation Competition and Treaty Appreciation Competition and the Call for papers Competition. The Theme for this edition of Summit is International Investment Law.

1.) Invitation to law college across the world.

2.) Call for Papers Competition.

3.) International Law Annual.

1.) SPIL, Mumbai and Government Law College invite law colleges across the world to participate in the competitions of the 5th Government Law College International Law Summit 2014. For further information, kindly follow the link.

2.) SPIL, Mumbai, in an attempt to facilitate legal studies, calls for papers from the student and legal fraternity, professors, practitioners and scholars. We call for papers across the spectrum comprising the theme, namely International Investment Law.


Papers shall be of a minimum length of 2000 words, the afore-mentioned not inclusive of footnotes.

Format for the Paper

1. All papers must be typed and reproduced on a standard A4 paper (21 x 29 ¾ centimetres). The font and size of the text must be the same and must be in Times New Roman 12-point.

2. The text of the Paper must have one and a half spacing. However, text of footnotes and headings may be single-spaced.

3. Quotations of 50 words or more shall be block quoted (i.e. right and left indented) and may be single-spaced.

4. All pages shall have margins of at least one inch, or two point six (2.6) centimetres, on all sides, excluding page numbers.

5. All Citations must be in accordance with the Blue Book system of Citation (19th Edition).


• The Submitted paper shall also be taken into consideration for publication in the SPIL International Law Review 2014.

• Participants may register individually or in a team of two (2), three (3) or four (4). In case of the paper being co-authored, the names of the two authors and the order of appearance must be provided.

• This competition is not restricted in its participation to law schools alone. Students pursuing other related courses of study may also participate.

For further information, kindly follow the link.

3.) In an attempt to facilitate legal studies we are looking to publish a legal magazine called the 'International Law Annual'. Accordingly, SPIL, Mumbai calls for articles from the student and legal fraternity, professors, practitioners and scholars across the wide spectrum of Public International Law.

SPIL, Government Law College, Mumbai Call for submissions for the International Law Annual, 2013

The International Law Annual is a yearly publication of the Students for the Promotion of International Law, Mumbai, the ILSA chapter of the Government Law College, Mumbai.

The International Law Annual comprises literature on the myriad aspects of International Law through an engaging confluence of short articles, analytic works on landmark cases, interviews with legal luminaries on contemporary issues, discussions and analysis on international legislation, and book reviews.

SPIL welcomes original academic work on contemporary developments in Public International Law in keeping with the following guidelines for publication in the International Law Annual, 2013.

Guidelines for submission are:

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Both footnotes and endnotes are permitted.

All Citations must be in accordance with the Blue Book system of Citation (19th Edition).

A maximum of two authors are permitted to collaborate on a particular submission

Last date for submissions is 15th November, 2013.

Submissions are to be mailed at with the subject as “Submissions for the International Law Annual 2014.

For further details contact

Amal Sethi-+91-9820087093

New Issue: Leiden Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Leiden Journal of International Law (Vol. 26, no. 3, September 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Editorial
    • Tanja E. Aalberts, The Politics of International Law and the Perils and Promises of Interdisciplinarity
  • International Legal Theory
    • Zoran Oklopcic, Beyond Empty, Conservative, and Ethereal: Pluralist Self-Determination and a Peripheral Political Imaginary
  • International Law and Practice: Symposium on Domestic Courts as Agents of Development of International Law
    • Antonios Tzanakopoulos & Christian J. Tams, Introduction: Domestic Courts as Agents of Development of International Law
    • Roger O’Keefe, Domestic Courts as Agents of Development of the International Law of Jurisdiction
    • Rosanne van Alebeek, Domestic Courts as Agents of Development of International Immunity Rules
    • Devika Hovell, A Dialogue Model: The Role of the Domestic Judge in Security Council Decision-Making
    • Yaël Ronen, Silent Enim Leges Inter Arma – but Beware the Background Noise: Domestic Courts as Agents of Development of the Law on the Conduct of Hostilities
    • Simon Olleson, Internationally Wrongful Acts in the Domestic Courts: The Contribution of Domestic Courts to the Development of Customary International Law Relating to the Engagement of International Responsibility
    • Stephan Wittich, Domestic Courts and the Content and Implementation of State Responsibility
  • Hague International Tribunals: International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
    • William Schabas, The Contribution of the Eichmann Trial to International Law
    • Tor Krever, International Criminal Law: An Ideology Critique
    • Jens David Ohlin, Elies van Sliedregt & Thomas Weigend, Assessing the Control-Theory

Call for Papers: Third Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law

A call for papers has been issued for the Third Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, which will be convened by Dino Kritsiotis (Univ. of Nottingham - Law), Anne Orford (Univ. of Melbourne - Law), and J.H.H. Weiler (New York Univ. - Law; European Univ. Institute) at the University of Melbourne on July 7-9, 2014. Here's the announcement:


Earlier today Anne Orford of the University of Melbourne Law School, JHH Weiler of the NYU School of Law, and Dino Kritsiotis of the University of Nottingham School of Law launched the Third Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law. The Forum is designed to assist junior faculty, i.e. those within the first six years of their academic careers, with their research by staging an annual competition in which six to nine individuals will be selected and asked to make presentations to the Forum in a given year: these presentations will then be paired with senior international legal scholars, who will comment on each of the presentations given to the Forum, so that the papers are eventually worked up and prepared for publication in the European Journal of International Law.

The third Forum will be convened at the University of Melbourne on July 7, 8 and 9, 2014. The deadline for submission of applications is December 1, 2013. Further particulars of the process are now available here.

New Issue: Legal Issues of Economic Integration

The latest issue of Legal Issues of Economic Integration (Vol. 40, no. 3, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Federico Fabbrini, Enhanced Cooperation under Scrutiny: Revisiting the Law and Practice of Multi-Speed Integration in Light of the First Involvement of the EU Judiciary
  • Alexei S. Ispolinov, First Judgments of the Court of the Eurasian Economic Community: Reviewing Private Rights in a New Regional Agreement
  • Boris Rigod, TBT-Plus Rules in Preferential Trade Agreements
  • Phedon Nicolaides, Competition and Advantage under Internal Market and State Aid Rules: Is There a Gap in the Law?

Conference: 2013 ASIL Midyear Meeting and Research Forum

The American Society of International Law will host its 2013 Midyear Meeting and Research Forum, October 31-November 2, 2013, in New York City. I noted the call for papers here. Registration is now open.

New Issue: Journal of World Trade

The latest issue of the Journal of World Trade (Vol. 47, no. 4, August 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Henrik Horn, Petros C. Mavroidis, & Erik N. Wijkström, In the Shadow of the DSU: Addressing Specific Trade Concerns in the WTO SPS and TBT Committees
  • James Scott & Rorden Wilkinson, China Threat? Evidence from the WTO
  • Yong Joon Jang, Mutual Recognition Agreements and the Proximity-Concentration Trade-off between Foreign Direct Investment and Export
  • Alan Swinbank & Carsten Daugbjerg, Improving EU Biofuels Policy? Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Policy Efficiency, and WTO Compatibility
  • Vivek Joshi, Preferential Tariff Formation – The Case of the United States
  • Bradly J. Condon, Climate Change and Intellectual Property Rights for New Plant Varieties
  • Charles Kunaka, Monica Alina Antoci, & Sebastián Sáez, Trade Dimensions of Logistics Services: A Proposal for Trade Agreements

New Issue: Journal of International Trade Law and Policy

The latest issue of the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy (Vol. 12, no. 3, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Shintaro Hamanaka, International Services Trade, Domestic Regulations and Reforms The Case of Tertiary Education of Japan
  • Ihtisham Abdul Malik & Shehla Amjad, Foreign Direct Investment and Stock Market Development in Pakistan
  • Amy Hilland & Stephen Devadoss, Implications of Yuan/Dollar Exchange Rate for Trade
  • Khalid Ahmed & Wei Long, Climate Change and Trade Policy: from Legal Complications to Time Factor
  • Elimma Ezeani, WTO post Doha: Trade Deadlocks and Protectionism

Matthee, Toebes, & Brus: Armed Conflict and International Law: In Search of the Human Face: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Avril McDonald

Mariëlle Matthee, Brigit Toebes, & Marcel Brus have published Armed Conflict and International Law: In Search of the Human Face: Liber Amicorum in Memory of Avril McDonald (Asser Press 2013). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

This book is written in memory of Avril McDonald, who passed away in April 2010. Avril was an inspired and passionate scholar in the fields of international humanitarian law, international criminal law, human rights law and law in the field of arms control and disarmament. What in particular made Avril’s work special was her strong commitment to the human aspects throughout.

Fourteen prominent scholars and practitioners have contributed to this book, which contains a rich variety of topics in her fields of expertise. The common thread is that they deal with the human perspectives in their relevant area of expertise. They concentrate on the impact of the developments in international law on humans, whether they are civilians, victims of war or soldiers. This human perspective of law makes this book an appropriate tribute to Avril McDonald and at the same time a unique and valuable contribution to international legal research in present society. A society that becomes more and more characterized by detailed legal systems, defined by institutions that may frequently lack sufficient contact with the people concerned.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Call for Papers: International Law-Making and the United Nations

The Section on International Law of the Association of American Law Schools has issued a call for papers for its program at the AALS 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City. The topic is "International Law-Making and the United Nations." The call is here.

New Issue: International Criminal Law Review

The latest issue of the International Criminal Law Review (Vol. 13, no. 3, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Justine Tillier, The ICC Prosecutor and Positive Complementarity: Strengthening the Rule of Law?
  • Mohamed Elewa Badar, Ius in Bello under Islamic International Law
  • Josh Scheinert, Refusal to Save Lives: A Perspective from International Criminal Law
  • Solange Mouthaan, Sexual Violence against Men and International Law – Criminalising the Unmentionable
  • Mark Findlay & Nafis Hanif, International Conventions and the Failure of a Transnational Approach to Controlling Crime Business
  • Dersim Yabasun & Mathias Holvoet, Seeking Asylum before the International Criminal Court. Another Challenge for a Court in Need of Credibility

Reinalda: Routledge Handbook of International Organization

Bob Reinalda (Radboud Univ. Nijmegen) has published Routledge Handbook of International Organization (Routledge 2013). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:
This Handbook brings together scholars whose essays discuss significant issues with regard to international organization as a process and international organizations as institutions. Although the focus is on intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are discussed where relevant. The handbook is divided into six parts: Documentation, Data Sets and Sources; International Secretariats as Bureaucracies; Actors within International Bureaucracies; Processes within International Bureaucracies; Challenges to International Organizations; and Expanding International Architectures.

Special Issue: Narratives of the International Legal Order and Why They Matter

The latest issue of the Erasmus Law Review (Vol. 6, no. 1, 2013) focuses on the topic "Narratives of the International Legal Order and Why They Matter." Contents include:
  • Lucas Lixinski, Narratives of the International Legal Order and Why They Matter - An Introduction
  • Nikolas M. Rajkovic, On Fragments and Geometry - The International Legal Order as Metaphor and How It Matters
  • Surabhi Ranganathan, The Value of Narratives - The India-USA Nuclear Deal in Terms of Fragmentation, Pluralism, Constitutionalisation and Global Administrative Law
  • Mónika Ambrus, Through the Looking Glass of Global Constitutionalism and Global Administrative Law - Different Stories About the Crisis in Global Water Governance?
  • Marjan Ajevski, International Criminal Law and Constitutionalisation - On Hegemonic Narratives in Progress
  • Vassilis P. Tzevelekos, Revisiting the Humanisation of International Law: Limits and Potential

New Volume: Recueil des Cours

Volume 361 of the Recueil des Cours, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law is out. Contents include:
  • Volume 361
    • M.C.W. Pinto, The Common Heritage of Mankind: Then and Now
    • Richard Kreindler, Competence-Competence in the Face of Illegality in Contracts and Arbitration Agreements

New Issue: Asian International Arbitration Journal

The latest issue of the Asian International Arbitration Journal (Vol. 9, no. 1, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Rizwan Hussain, International Arbitration – Culture and Practices
  • Martin Andrew Jarrett, Optional Dispute Resolution Clauses and Conditional Arbitration Agreements: a case study of Cape Lambert Resources v Metallurgical Corporation of China

Call for Submissions: Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

A call for submissions has been issued for a new journal: the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law. Here's the call:

Journal on the Use of Force and International Law

(including the Digest of State Practice on the Use of Force)

Hart Publishing is delighted to announce the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the use of force, to be launched in 2014


Dr James A. Green (University of Reading)

Dr Christian Henderson (University of Liverpool)

Dr Tom Ruys (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies)

Book Review Editor

Dr Francis Grimal (University of Buckingham)

The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) is a new peer-reviewed journal covering all aspects of the law governing the use of force (jus ad bellum), as distinct from other areas of international law relating to security issues, such as International Humanitarian Law or International Criminal Law. The Journal aims to provide a forum for top quality international research into all facets of the law governing the use of force, covering issues such as the nature and scope of the inherent right of self-defence, the use of force authorised by the UN Security Council and force employed for humanitarian purposes. As such, it has a focused mandate, whilst engaging with the ‘jus ad bellum’ broadly defined, ensuring a wide appeal.

In addition to publishing research of the highest quality and impact, of both a theoretical and more practical nature, the Journal will support the conducting of research, through a digest of state practice on the use of force – a relatively unique feature for an international law journal – which will act as a key means of assessing the development of customary international law in the area. The Journal will also feature book reviews that significantly engage with the key works in the field.

The first issues will be published in August and December 2014. It will thereafter be published twice annually in May and November.


  • JUFIL is expected to attract contributions both from scholars writing on the general nature of the law in the area of jus ad bellum and those examining particular uses of force or developments in this field of law.
  • The deadline for submissions for the first issue is 31 January 2014 for articles, and 28 February 2014 for Book Reviews.
  • The Journal is published in English, but is open to submissions from anywhere in the world, from writers of whatever background writing on any topic related to the jus ad bellum. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.
  • The Journal invites submission of unsolicited manuscripts. For articles, the suggested word length is between 8,000 and 25,000 words including footnotes, and for book reviews, which should significantly engage with the book under review, the preferred length will be 3-4,000 words including footnotes.

Article submissions for publication should be made in the first instance to:

Dr James A. Green, Reader in Public International Law, School of Law, University of Reading, Foxhill House, Whiteknights Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 7BA, UK Tel: +44 (0)118 378 8592 Email:


Dr Christian Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of the Human Rights and International Law Unit, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool, Eleanor Rathbone Building, Bedford Street South, Liverpool, L69 7ZA, UK Tel: 0151 794 6912 Email:

Book review submissions for publication should be made in the first instance to:

Dr Francis Grimal, Lecturer in Law, University of Buckingham, School of Law, Hunter Street, Buckingham, MK18 1EG, UK Tel: 01280 828300 Email: francis.grimal@buckingham

Items for inclusion in the Digest of State Practice should be directed to the attention of:

Dr Tom Ruys, Senior Research Fellow, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, Huis de Dorlodot, Charles Deberiotstraat 34, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium Tel: + 32 (0)16 32 87 25 Email:

Advisory Board

Professor Michael Byers (University of British Columbia)

Professor Simon Chesterman (National University of Singapore)

Professor Luigi Condorelli (Università di Firenze)

Professor Olivier Corten (Université libre de Bruxelles)

Professor Yoram Dinstein (Tel Aviv University (Professor Emeritus))

Professor Christine Gray (University of Cambridge)

Professor Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg (Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder))

Professor Claus Kreß (Universität zu Köln)

Professor Dino Kritsiotis (University of Nottingham)

Professor V.S. Mani (Jaipur National University)

Professor Mary Ellen O’Connell (University of Notre Dame)

Professor Natalino Ronzitti (Libera Università degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, Rome)

Professor Ruth Wedgwood (Johns Hopkins, SAIS)

Professor Sienho Yee (Wuhan University)

Editorial Board

Professor Ademola Abass (United Nations University (UNU-CRIS))

Professor Susan Breau (University of Reading)

Dr Russell Buchan (University of Sheffield)

Professor Tarcisio Gazzini (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)

Professor Daniel Joyner (University of Alabama)

Dr Noam Lubell (University of Essex)

Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili (University of Birmingham)

Dr Theresa Reinold (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung)

Professor Christian Tams (University of Glasgow)

Dr Kimberley Trapp (University College London)

Professor Nicholas Tsagourias (University of Glasgow)

Dr Raphaël van Steenberghe (Université catholique de Louvain)

Dr Sten Verhoeven (University of Macau)

Professor Christopher Waters (University of Windsor)

Professor Joel Westra (Calvin College)

Dr Miša Zgonec-Rozeij (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

New Issue: Nordic Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Nordic Journal of International Law (Vol. 82, no. 2, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Triestino Mariniello, The ‘Nuremberg Clause’ and Beyond: Legality Principle and Sources of International Criminal Law in the European Court’s Jurisprudence
  • Gnanapala Welhengama & Nirmala Pillay, Minorities’ Claim to Secession by Virtue of the Right to Self-Determination: Asian Perspectives with Special Reference to Kosovo and Sri Lanka
  • Yoshinobu Takei, International Legal Responses to the Flag State in Breach of its Duties: Possibilities for Other States to Take Action against the Flag State
  • Ilias Bantekas, Current Developments: Exceptional Recognition of Governments and Political Parties in Respect of Sovereign Loans: The Greek Case

Buchan: International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace

Russell Buchan (Univ. of Sheffield - Law) has published International Law and the Construction of the Liberal Peace (Hart Publishing 2013). Here's the abstract:

This book argues that since the end of the Cold War an international community of liberal states has crystallised within the broader international society of sovereign states. Significantly, this international community has demonstrated a tendency to deny non-liberal states their previously held sovereign right to non-intervention. Instead, the international community considers only those states that demonstrate respect for liberal democratic standards to be sovereign equals. Indeed the international community, motivated by the theory that international peace and security can only be achieved in a world composed exclusively of liberal states, has engaged in a sustained campaign to promote its liberal values to non-liberal states. This campaign has had (and continues to have) a profound impact upon the structure and content of international law.

In light of this, this book deploys the concepts of the international society and the international community in order to construct an explanatory framework that can enable us to better understand recent changes to the political and legal structure of the world order and why violations of international peace and security occur.

Strawser: Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military

Bradley Jay Strawser (Naval Postgraduate School - Philosophy) has published Killing by Remote Control: The Ethics of an Unmanned Military (Oxford Univ. Press 2013). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

The increased military employment of remotely operated aerial vehicles, also known as drones, has raised a wide variety of important ethical questions, concerns, and challenges. Many of these have not yet received the serious scholarly examination such worries rightly demand. This volume attempts to fill that gap through sustained analysis of a wide range of specific moral issues that arise from this new form of killing by remote control. Many, for example, are troubled by the impact that killing through the mediated mechanisms of a drone half a world away has on the pilots who fly them. What happens to concepts such as bravery and courage when a war-fighter controlling a drone is never exposed to any physical danger? This dramatic shift in risk also creates conditions of extreme asymmetry between those who wage war and those they fight. What are the moral implications of such asymmetry on the military that employs such drones and the broader questions for war and a hope for peace in the world going forward? How does this technology impact the likely successes of counter-insurgency operations or humanitarian interventions? Does not such weaponry run the risk of making war too easy to wage and tempt policy makers into killing when other more difficult means should be undertaken?

Killing By Remote Control directly engages all of these issues. Some essays discuss the just war tradition and explore whether the rise of drones necessitates a shift in the ways we think about the ethics of war in the broadest sense. Others scrutinize more specific uses of drones, such as their present use in what are known as "targeted killing" by the United States. The book similarly tackles the looming prospect of autonomous drones and the many serious moral misgivings such a future portends.

El Boudouhi: L'élément factuel dans le contentieux international

Saïda El Boudouhi (Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II) - Law) has published L'élément factuel dans le contentieux international (Bruylant 2013). Here's the abstract:
Personne ne contestera que le juge international est autant juge du fait que juge du droit. En revanche, il est sans doute moins évident d’affirmer que le juge construit le fait autant qu’il construit le droit par son interprétation. Partant de cette hypothèse, l’auteur démontre que le pouvoir normatif du juge vient se greffer sur le fait autant que sur le droit. Il s’agit d’apporter un éclairage nouveau sur la fonction juridictionnelle à travers le prisme du fait. Le pouvoir normatif, objet de l’étude, est alors celui qu’exerce le juge, non à l’occasion de l’interprétation du droit, mais au moment du traitement des faits. Les opérations d’interprétation et de sélection des faits sont d’abord identifiées, parallèlement à la qualification juridique, comme les principaux outils de traitement judiciaire des faits. L’auteur recherche ensuite leur manifestation dans les différents moments du procès. On découvre alors que le juge exerce son pouvoir normatif sur les faits aussi bien au moment de la preuve, principalement à travers le recours aux présomptions et aux experts, qu’au moment de la qualification juridique des faits. À travers l’analyse de celle-ci, c’est la place et le rôle de l’élément factuel dans le raisonnement judiciaire qui sont appréciés. Il apparaît ainsi qu’il existe deux grandes catégories de faits intervenant dans le procès international : les faits d’application du droit et les faits de détermination du droit. L’ouvrage s’adresse à toute personne s’intéressant à la fonction juridictionnelle, aussi bien internationale qu’interne car si les juridictions internationales sont le principal objet d’analyse, certaines conclusions sont aisément transposables au juge interne.

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