Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Volume: Recueil des Cours

Volume 365 of the Recueil des Cours, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law is out. Contents include:
  • Volume 365
    • James Crawford, Chance, Order, Change: The Course of International Law, General Course on Public International Law

Friday, December 27, 2013

New Volume: Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law

The latest volume of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law (2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Part I (Thematic Part): New Values after Lisbon
    • Catherine Barnard, Social Europe after Lisbon: Putting the ‘Social’ into the ‘Market Economy’
    • Eva Nanopoulos, The Implementation of Security Council Resolutions in the European Union Revisited
    • Jan Klabbers, On Myths and Miracles: The EU and Its Possible Accession to the ECHR
    • Ottavio Quirico, The International Responsibility of the European Union: a Basic Interpretive Pattern
    • Balázs Fekete, Does the Emperor Really Have New Clothes? A Critical Assessment of the Post-Lisbon Regime of Division of Competences
    • Petra Lea Láncos, From the Principle of Linguistic Diversity to Enforceable Language Rights in the European Union
  • Part II Forum: The Sólyom Case
    • Ernő Várnay, Hungary versus Slovakia – EU Membership versus Sovereign Statehood
    • Petra Bárd, Is László Sólyom a European Citizen? Hungary versus Slovak Republic
  • Part III Developments in International Law
    • Tamas Vince Ádány, International Law at the European Court of Justice A Self-Contained Regime or an Escher Triangle
    • László Blutman, Treaty Interpretation by Relying upon Other International Legal Norms
    • Erzsébet Kardos Kaponyi, International Discussions on the Progressive Realization of the Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
    • Adrienne Komanovics, Old-Age Discrimination: The Age-Blindness of International Human Rights Law
    • Sándor Szemesi, Questions of Environmental Protection in the Practice of the European Court of Human Rights
    • Marcel Szabó, The Case of Franz Joseph and Lajos Kossuth before the English Court of Chancery

Thursday, December 26, 2013

New Issue: Chinese Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Chinese Journal of International Law (Vol. 12, no. 4, December 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Ralph Wilde, Human Rights Beyond Borders at the World Court: The Significance of the International Court of Justice's Jurisprudence on the Extraterritorial Application of International Human Rights Law Treaties
    • José Manuel Cortés Martín, The Responsibility of Members Due to Wrongful Acts of International Organizations
    • Henry Hailong Jia, Entangled Relationship between Article 2.1 of the TBT Agreement and Certain Other WTO Provisions
  • Comments
    • Jianjun Gao, The Responsibilities and Obligations of the Sponsoring States Advisory Opinion
    • Erika de Wet, From Kadi to Nada: Judicial Techniques Favouring Human Rights over United Nations Security Council Sanctions
    • Jun Zhao, Developed Countries' Cap-and-Trade Border Measures: China's Possible Reactions

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sheeran & Rodley: Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Scott Sheeran (Univ. of Essex - Law) & Nigel Rodley (Univ. of Essex - Law) have published Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law (Routledge 2013). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

The Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law provides the definitive global survey of the discipline of international human rights law. Each chapter is written by a leading expert and provides a contemporary overview of a significant area within the field.

As well as covering topics integral to the theory and practice of international human rights law the volume offers a broader perspective though examinations of the ways in which human rights law interacts with other legal regimes and other international institutions, and by addressing the current and future challenges facing human rights.

This highly topical collection of specially commissioned papers is split into four sections:

  • The nature and evolution of international human rights law discussing the origins, theory and practice of the discipline.
  • Interaction of human rights with other key regimes and bodies including the interaction of the discipline with international economic law, international humanitarian law, and development, as well as other legal regimes.
  • Evolution and prospects of regional approaches to human rights discussing the systems of Europe, the Americas, Africa and South East Asia, and their relationship to the United Nations treaty bodies.
  • Key contemporary challenges including non-State actors, religion and human rights, counter-terrorism, and enforcement and remedies.

Ginsburg: Political Constraints on International Courts

Tom Ginsburg (Univ. of Chicago - Law) has posted Political Constraints on International Courts (in The Oxford Handbook of International Adjudication, Cesare Romano, Karen Alter, & Yuval Shany eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The complicated relationship between politics and law has long been a central concern among international lawyers. The project of international law has, for more than a century, sought to construct a zone for autonomous legal decision-making, immune from political considerations, to solve international disputes. Yet the context of international adjudication is, almost by definition, an intensely political one, and the efficacy of international law requires some consideration of that context. International disputes frequently involve high stakes, and so the dream of autonomous law providing technically correct solutions to resolve problems has always confronted the hard realities of international politics.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Heller: 'A Stick to Hit the Accused with': The Legal Recharacterization of Facts Under Regulation 55

Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS, Univ. of London - Law) has posted 'A Stick to Hit the Accused with': The Legal Recharacterization of Facts Under Regulation 55 (in The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court: A Critical Account of Challenges and Achievements, Carsten Stahn et al. eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Regulation 55 was one of 126 regulations adopted by the judges of the International Criminal Court on 26 May 2004. It permits a Chamber to legally recharacterize the facts contained in the prosecution’s Document Containing the Charges, subject to certain important procedural constraints. This Chapter provides a comprehensive critique of Regulation 55, which has already had a significant impact on at least three cases: Lubanga, Bemba, and Katanga. Section I argues that the judges’ adoption of Regulation 55 was ultra vires, because the Regulation does not involve a ‘routine function’ of the Court and is inconsistent with the Rome Statute’s procedures for amending charges. Section II explains why, contrary to the practice of the Pre-Trial Chamber and Trial Chamber, Regulation 55 cannot be applied either prior to trial or after trial has ended. Finally, Section III demonstrates that Pre-Trial Chamber and Trial Chamber have consistently applied Regulation 55 in ways that violate both prosecutorial independence and the accused’s right to a fair trial.

Liivoja & Petman: International Law-making: Essays in Honour of Jan Klabbers

Rain Liivoja (Univ. of Melbourne - Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law) & Jarna Petman (Univ. of Helsinki - Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights) have published International Law-making: Essays in Honour of Jan Klabbers (Routledge 2013). Contents include:
  • Rain Liivoja & Jarna Petman, Preface
  • Eyal Benvenisti, Legislating for Humanity: May states compel others to promote global interests?
  • Martti Koskenniemi, Declaratory Legislation: Towards a geneology of neoliberal legalism
  • Friedrich Kratochwil, Legalism and the 'Dark' Side of Global Governance
  • Gianluigi Palombella, Global Legalisation and its Discontents
  • Joost Pauwelyn, Ramses A. Wessel & Jan Wouters, Informal International Law as Presumptive Law: Exploring new modes of law-making
  • Wouter Werner, Mankind's Territory and the Limits of International Law-making
  • Inger Österdahl, (International) Law!
  • Kaarlo Tuori, Perspective in Law
  • Rene Uruena, Law-making through Comparative International Law? Rethinking the role of domestic law in the international legal system
  • Katja Creutz, International Responsibility and Problematic Law-making
  • Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Law-making and International Environmental Law: The legal character of decisions of conferences of the parties
  • Panos Kautrakos, In Search of a Voice: EU law constraints on member states in international law-making
  • Päivi Leino, 'In Principle the Full Review': What justice for Mr Kadi?
  • Geir Ulfstein, Law-making by Human Rights Treaty Bodies
  • Enzo Cannizzaro, Peremptory Law-making
  • James E. Hickley Jr., Law-making and the Law of the Sea: The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Marja Lehto, Slowly but Surely? The challenge of the responsibility to protect
  • Rain Liivoja, Treaties, Custom and Universal Justisdiction
  • Jarna Petman, Making the Right Choice: Constructing rules for antiterrorist operations

Call for Papers: Property and Investment in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University has issued a call for papers for a seminar on "Property and Investment in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices," to take place June 12–13, 2014, in The Hague. The call is here.

Call for Papers: Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices

The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University has issued a call for papers for a seminar on "Peacebuilding and Environmental Damage in Contemporary Jus Post Bellum: Clarifying Norms, Principles and Practices," to take place June 11–12, 2014, in The Hague. The call is here.

Call for Submissions: Refugee Law and International Criminal Justice

The Journal of International Criminal Justice has issued a call for submissions for a special issue on "Refugee Law and International Criminal Justice." Here's the call:

Special Issue: Refugee Law and International Criminal Justice

Deadline for abstract submission: 28 February, 2014

The Journal of International Criminal Justice (JICJ) invites submissions for a Special Issue provisionally titled ‘The Interaction between Refugee/Migration Law and International Criminal/Humanitarian Law' to be co-edited by Fannie Lafontaine, Associate Professor, Law Faculty, Laval University, Member, Board of Editors, JICJ; Laurel Baig, Appeals Counsel, ICTY, Co-Chair, Editorial Committee, JICJ; and Joseph Rikhof, Part-Time Professor, Law Faculty, University of Ottawa.

While on the surface it may appear that refugee/migration law and international humanitarian/criminal law are distinct legal disciplines, a more in-depth examination shows that there have been a number of areas of cross-fertilization between these areas of law with varying results. The Special Issue will provide an opportunity for scholars and practitioners to explore the evolution of the various intersections between refugee and migration law on one hand and international humanitarian and criminal law on the other.

We will focus, for example, on examining the questions raised at the intersections of these areas of law. The wording of four regional refugee instruments — the 1966 Bangkok Principles on Status and Treatment of Refugees, the 1969 Convention on the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa and the 1984 Cartagena Declaration on Refugees — extend the definition of ‘refugee’ beyond what is contained in the 1951 Refugee Convention, and explicitly invite the consideration of international humanitarian/criminal law. The reference to armed conflict in the context of subsidiary protection in the European Qualification Directive indicates a similar approach. In a similar vein, the UNHCR has commissioned a number of papers as part of its Legal and Protection Policy Research Series with mandate to include notions of armed conflict, foreign aggression and other terms used in these four regional instruments as well as related concepts such as forced displacement or persecution.

International humanitarian/criminal law has played a major role in the development of the definition of who should be excluded from the protections of the Refugee Convention. Naturally, international criminal law has been influential in determining if a refugee claimant meets the requirements of Article 1F(a), which permits exclusion if the claimant ‘has committed a crime against peace, a war crime, or a crime against humanity, as defined in the international instruments drawn up to make provision in respect of such crimes’. National courts and tribunals have tended to adhere to the parameters of the international crimes mentioned in Article 1F(a), especially regarding crimes against humanity, while also referring to international instruments and jurisprudence to circumscribe the defences of superior orders and duress. Recent domestic jurisprudence, notably at the highest levels in the UK and Canada, has also turned to international sources to determine the legal definition of complicity for exclusionary purposes. Courts have also looked to international humanitarian/criminal law to determine whether a claimant should be excluded pursuant to Article 1F(c) on the basis that he has ‘been guilty of acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations’.

National courts have considered that most such ‘acts’ have been in the nature of human rights violations or terrorist activities. In some jurisdictions, such as the UK and Ireland, however, activities against international peacekeepers acting pursuant to a mandate of the UN Nations Security Council were brought within the parameters of this provision. Furthermore, international humanitarian/criminal law has also proven to be influential in relation to the issue of conscientious objectors.

International criminal law and international refugee law interact in a number of other ways, all of which raise issues related to the possible fragmentation of international law and the need for coherence while taking into account the different purposes of each legal regime: the post exclusion phase and its relationship with extradition and prosecution, including with the obligation aut dedere aut judicare; the consequences on exclusion of an acquittal or of the end of a served sentence following a criminal trial in a domestic or international court; the possible asylum claims of defendants or witnesses in international courts’ host states; and so on.

Some of the key questions to explore in this regard include:

  • Is recourse to international humanitarian or criminal law an appropriate approach in defining a refugee or providing subsidiary protection?
  • Are all aspects of international criminal and humanitarian law desirable for transposition into refugee law?
  • What are the parameters of exclusion and how far can reliance on international humanitarian or criminal law help or hinder the proper development of the concepts contained in these provisions?
  • Could international criminal or humanitarian law provide answers to the dilemma of the inability of states to remove a person because of non-refoulement obligations or human rights concerns?
  • Are there jurisprudential or policy trends in refugee or migration law which could assist international humanitarian or criminal law?
  • To what extent is it appropriate for international humanitarian/criminal law concerning forcible displacement to rely on refugee/migration law?
  • Do recent international criminal law decisions raise concerns for refugee agencies working in the field?

The editors welcome submission of abstracts not exceeding 400 words on any of the themes described above, or related areas of interest, on or before 28 February 2014, by email, at The abstract should contain the author’s name, home institution, and the title of the proposed paper. Please also send a current CV.

After the abstracts have been reviewed, in March we will invite a number contributors to submit full papers of no more than 9,000 words (including an abstract and all footnotes) by 1 June 2014. All papers will be subject to the JICJ's double blind peer-review policy.

It is expected the Special Issue will be published as the fifth issue of the Journal in December 2014.

For questions, further information, including on the Journal's stylesheet please contact the Executive Editor at

Monday, December 23, 2013

New Issue: Journal of World Investment & Trade

The latest issue of the Journal of World Investment & Trade (Vol. 14, no. 6, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Robert Ginsburg, Political Risk Insurance and Bilateral Investment Treaties: Making the Connection
  • Tarcisio Gazzini & Attila Tanzi, Handle with care: Umbrella clauses and MFN treatment in investment arbitration
  • Alphanso Williams & William A. Kerr, Investment and Trade in Biofuels: Will there be a Market in the US for Developing Country Ethanol?
  • Charles B. Rosenberg & Peter D. Fox, Leveraging the Trade Preference Program to Secure a State’s Compliance with International Law Obligations
  • Srikanth Hariharan, Distinction between Treaty and Contract The Principle of Proportionality in State Contractual Actions in Investment Arbitration

New Issue: Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen

The latest issue of Zeitschrift für Internationale Beziehungen (Vol. 20, no. 2, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Aufsätze
    • Sophie Eisentraut, Autokratien, Demokratien und die Legitimität internationaler Organisationen: Eine vergleichende Inhaltsanalyse staatlicher Legitimationsanforderung an die UN-Generalversammlung
    • Konstanze Jüngling, Großmächtige Worte?: Zur Wirkung verbaler Menschenrechtskritik auf Russland im Falle des Grosny-Ultimatums
  • Literaturbericht
    • Philipp Brugger, Andreas Hasenclever, & Lukas Kasten, Vertrauen lohnt sich: Über Gegenstand und Potential eines vernachlässigten Konzepts in den Internationalen Beziehungen
  • Forum
    • Maximilian Terhalle, Kritische Anmerkungen zur „Politisierung internationaler Institutionen“
    • Mathias Albert & Michael Zürn, Über doppelte Identitäten: Ein Plädoyer für das Publizieren auch auf Deutsch

New Issue: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

The latest issue of the Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Vol. 73, no. 4, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Abhandlungen
    • Diane A. Desierto & Colin E. Gillespie, Evolutive interpretation and subsequent practice: Interpretive communities and process in the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR
    • Ulf Linderfalk, The principles of rational decision-making: As applied to the indentification of normative conflicts in international law
    • Cameron A. Miles, The origins of the law of provisional measures before international courts and tribunals
    • Helmut Philipp Aust, Auf dem Weg zu einem Recht der globalen Stadt? - „C40” und der „Konvent der Bürgermeister” im globalen Klimaschutzregime
    • Nengye Liu, The European Union's Potential Contribution to Enhanced Governance of Arctic Shipping
    • Matthias Hartwig, Völkerrechtliche Praxis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2010

New Issue: Cuadernos de Derecho Transnacional

The latest issue of Cuadernos de Derecho Transnacional (Vol. 5, no. 2, October 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Estudios
    • Angelo Davì &Alessandra Zanobetti, Il nuovo diritto internazionale privato delle successioni nell’unione Europea
    • Lorenzo Álvarez de Toledo Quintana, La cuestión previa de la “existencia de matrimonio” en el proceso de divorcio con elemento extranjero
    • Sergio Cámara Lapuente, ¿De verdad puede controlarse el precio de los contratos mediante la normativa de cláusulas abusivas? : De la STJUE de 3 junio 2010 (Caja de Madrid, C-484/08) y su impacto aparente y real en la jurisprudencia española a la STS (pleno) de 9 mayo 2013 sobr
    • Beatriz Campuzano Díaz, La politica legislativa de la UE en DIPr de familia. Una valoración de conjunto
    • María Asunción Cebrián Salvat, Daños causados por un Estado en la comisión de crímenes de guerra fuera de su territorio inmunidad de jurisdicción, competencia judicial internacional y tutela judicial efectiva
    • Ornella Feraci, La nuova disciplina europea della competenza giurisdizionale in materia di successioni mortis causa
    • Ángel García Vidal, El comercio paralelo de medicamentos
    • Miguel Gómez Jene, La responsabilidad civil del árbitro: cuestiones de derecho internacional privado
    • Raúl Lafuente Sánchez, Hacia un sistema unitario europeo en materia de ley aplicable a las sucesiones internacionales
    • Inmaculada Llorente San Segundo, La adaptación de la normativa reguladora del derecho de desistimiento a las exigencias de la directiva 2011/83/UE sobre derechos de los consumidore
    • Carolina Macho Gómez, Los ADR «alternative dispute resolution» en el comercio internacional
    • Helena Mota, El ámbito de aplicación material y la ley aplicable en la propuesta de Reglamento Roma IV: algunos problemas y omisiones
    • Juan Jorge Piernas López, La libre circulación de mercancías entre la Unión Europea y Turquía. Algunas consideraciones a propósito de la aplicación del principio de reconocimiento mutuo
    • Luis Antonio Velasco San Pedro, La propuesta de reglamento de compraventa europea: cuestiones generales, en especial su ámbito de aplicación
    • Alfonso Ybarra Bores, El sistema de notificaciones en la Unión Europea en el marco del Reglamento 1393/2007 y su aplicación jurisprudencial
    • Pablo Zapatero Miguel, Long-term trends in World Bank rule-based supervision: overcoming the yes-men culture
    • Pablo Zapatero Miguel, Made on Earth: environmental externalities of global supply chains
  • Varia
    • María Jesús Elvira Benayas, Tratamiento de la aplicación facultativa del Reglamento 1206/2001 sobre obtención de prueba en la UE
    • Laura García Álvarez, Daños privados por contaminación en el tráfico externo: a propósito del caso Akpan vs. Shell (Nigeria)
    • Carla Gulotta, The first two decisions of the European Court of Justice on the law applicable to employment contracts
    • Mónica Herranz Ballesteros, Conflicto de jurisdicciones y declinación de la competencia: los asuntos Honeywell y Spanair
    • Rosa Miquel Sala, Transformación transfronteriza: exigencias para el estado miembro de acogida Comentario a la stjue c-378/10 (vale építési kft)
    • Miguel Unceta Laborda, Principios de Unidroit e ilicitud del contrato internacional

New Issue: Archiv des Völkerrechts

The latest issue of Archiv des Völkerrechts (Vol. 51, no. 3, September 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Abhandlungen
    • Roman Kwiecien, On some contemporary challenges to statehood in the international law between Lotus and global administrative law
    • Antje v. Ungern-Sternberg, Die Konsensmethode des EGMR: Eine kritische Bewertung mit Blick auf das völkerrechtliche Konsens- und das innerstaatliche Demokratieprinzip
    • Björnstjern Baade, Eine "Charta für Kriminelle?": Zur demokratietheoretischen Kritik am EGMR und dem aktiven Wahlrecht von Strafgefangenen
  • Beitrag
    • Patrick Abel, Menschenrechtsschutz und Individualbeschwerdeverfahren: Ein regionaler Vergleich aus historischer, normativer und faktischer Perspektive

New Issue: Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional

The latest issue of the Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional/Latin American Journal of International Trade Law (Vol. 1, no. 2, 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Artículos
    • Graham Cook, Razonabilidad en el derecho de la OMC
    • Jan Wouters, Bregt Natens & David D’Hollander, Relaciones entre Brasil y la Unión Europea en la Organización Mundial del Comercio: el uso de la solución de controversias como influencia
    • Vera Thorstensen, Daniel Ramos, Carolina Muller & Fernanda Bertolaccini, Economías de mercado y de no mercado en la OMC: El caso híbrido de China
    • Natividad Martínez Aguilar, Los incidentes en el proceso de revisión por un panel binacional del artículo 1904 del Tratado de Libre Comercio de América del Norte
    • Attila Tanzi, ¿Se reduce la distancia entre el Derecho Internacional de Inversión y los Derechos Humanos en el Arbitraje Internacional de Inversión?
    • Manuel Conthe & Antonio Delgado, ¿Podría la remisión corregir las ineficiencias de anulaciones de laudos del CIADI?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Issue: Revista de Derecho Económico Internacional

The latest issue of the Revista de Derecho Económico Internacional (Vol. 4, no. 1, December 2013) is out. Contents include:
  • Artículos académicos
    • María Fernanda Gómez, Cambio climático y ajustes fiscales en frontera: análisis jurídico y viabilidad institucional
    • Yetzy Villarroel, Capacidades estratégicas de la sub-región andina para contrarrestar la dependencia en el caso alimentario
    • Juan Antonio Gaviria, Una propuesta de expansión del sistema de solución de controversias de la OMC como contrapeso a la tendencia creciente de los tratados de comercio preferencial
  • Comentarios
    • Hugo Quiñones Pescador, Comentario sobre China – Aparatos de rayos X, Informe del Grupo Especial
    • José Manuel Vargas Menchaca, Comentario sobre China – Derechos compensatorios y antidumping sobre el acero magnético laminado plano de grano orientado procedente de los Estados Unidos (GOES), Informes del Grupo Especial y del Órgano de Apelación
    • Yahir Acosta, Comentario sobre Estados Unidos – EPO (COOL), Informes del Órgano de Apelación