Saturday, January 2, 2016

SADI: L'Afrique et le droit international pénal

The Société Africaine pour le Droit International has published L'Afrique et le droit international pénal : Actes du troisième colloque annuel SADI (Pedone 2015). Contents include:
  • Abdoulaye Soma, L’africanisation du droit international pénal
  • Brusil Miranda Metou, De la présomption d’innocence dans le procès pénal international
  • Moussa Abdoul Wahab, Opérations de maintien de la paix et droit pénal international : Histoire d’une convergence ou concours de circonstance ?
  • Paul Elvic Batchom, La double présence au sein des institutions internationales. Une analyse de la position des Etats africains face aux mandats d’arrêt de la CPI
  • Uchechukwu Ngwaba, The ICC, Africa and the travesty of international criminal justice
  • Obiora Chinedu Okafor & Uchechukwu Ngwaba, The international criminal court as a “transitional justice” mechanism in africa: the good, the bad and the ugly
  • Augustin Nguefeu, Les chambres africaines extraordinaires pour la répression des crimes internationaux : embryon d’une instance juridictionnelle pénale africaine ?
  • Timothée Fomegang, La Cour pénale internationale et le rétablissement de la paix dans des situations post-conflit en Afrique: les cas de la Côte-d’Ivoire et de la République démocratique du Congo
  • Maurice Kamto, En guise de conclusion Brèves considérations sur la justice transitionnelle et le droit international pénal

New Volume: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law

The latest volume of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (Vol. 17, 2014) is out. This is a special volume on "1914–2014: WWI Centenary - 100 Years of Warfare Evolution." Contents include:
  • The Evolution of Warfare
    • Peter Maurer, The Evolution in the Legal Protection of Victims of Armed Conflict
    • Ahmet Üzümcü, One Hundred Years of Chemical Warfare and Disarmament: Then and Now
    • Wim Klinkert, Warfare 1914–2014: The Most Violent Century in Human History
  • The Law of Weaponry 1914–2014
    • Thilo Marauhn, The Prohibition to Use Chemical Weapons
    • Jonathan Herbach, The Evolution of Legal Approaches to Controlling Nuclear and Radiological Weapons and Combating the Threat of Nuclear Terrorism
  • The Methods of Warfare 1914–2014
    • Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, The Development of the Law of Naval Warfare from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-First Century—Some Select Issues
    • Emily Crawford, From Inter-state and Symmetric to Intra-state and Asymmetric: Changing Methods of Warfare and the Law of Armed Conflict in the 100 Years Since World War One
  • Challenges to Humanitarian Assistance and Protection
    • Keiichiro Okimoto, Humanitarian Activities Carried Out Across Borders in Times of Armed Conflict in the Light of State Sovereignty and International Humanitarian Law
    • Emilie E. Kuijt, Legal Challenges in the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance: The Case of Non-international Armed Conflicts
  • Other Fields of Law
    • Yaël Ronen, A Century of the Law of Occupation
    • Kevin Chamberlain, Casualties of Armed Conflict: Protecting Cultural Property
  • Other Articles
    • Fréderique van Oijen & Jessica Dorsey, Year in Review 2014
    • Kenneth Watkin, Military Advantage: A Matter of “Value”, Strategy, and Tactics

Friday, January 1, 2016

Ziccardi Capaldo: The EUNAVFOR MED Operation and the Use of Force

Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo (Univ. of Salerno - Law) has posted an ASIL Insight on The EUNAVFOR MED Operation and the Use of Force.

New Issue: International Law: Revista Colombiana de derecho Internacional

The latest issue of International Law: Revista Colombiana de derecho Internacional (No. 25, Julio-Diciembre 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Benedict Kingsbury, Editorial: Indicadores y derecho
  • Marcela Abadía, Criminal Justice Policy Through the Use of Indicators: The Case of Sexual Violence in the Armed Conflict in Colombia
  • Marcela Abadía, Política Criminal Por Medio del Uso de Indicadores: El Caso de la Violencia Sexual en el Conflicto Armado Colombiano
  • Migai Akech, Evaluating the Impact of Corruption (Perception) Indicators on Governance Discourses in Kenya
  • Migai Akech, Evaluación del Impacto de la Corrupción (La Percepción) de los Indicadores del Discurso de la Gobernanza en Kenia
  • Lina Buchely, Indicators as a Form of Resistance Colombian Community Mothers: An Example of the Global South's Use of Indicators as a Counter−Hegemonic Global Dominance Technique
  • Lina Buchely, Indicadores Como Forma De Resistencia Las Madres Comunitarias En Colombia Como Ejemplo Del Uso De Indicadores En El Sur Global Como Una Técnica De Dominación Contrahegemónica
  • Lina M. Céspedes−Báez, Far Beyond What Is Measured: Governance Feminism and Indicators in Colombia
  • Lina M. Céspedes−Báez, Más Allá de Lo Que Es Medible: El Feminismo de la Gobernanza y los Indicadores en Colombia
  • Luciana Gross Cunha, Fabiana Luci de Oliveira, & Rubens Eduardo Glezer, Brazilian Justice Confidence Index
  • Kevin Davis & Benedict Kingsbury, Indicadores Como Intervenciones: Obstáculos y Expectativas Al Apoyar Iniciativas de Desarrollo
  • René Urueña, Indicadores, Derecho Internacional y el Surgimiento de Nuevos Espacios de Participación Política en Gobernanza Global

Call for Papers: The Gendered Imaginaries of Crisis in International Law

The Feminism and International Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a panel proposal for ESIL's 12th Annual Conference, in Riga. Here's the call:

Feminism and International Law Interest Group

ESIL Annual Conference, Riga, 8-10 September 2016

The Gendered Imaginaries of Crisis in International Law

Agora Proposal: Call for Papers

This bilingual roundtable (agora) seeks to convene various perspectives on the ways current crisis-ridden international law, or utopian crisis-free international law, thrive on gendered narratives, as well as how the contributions feminist approaches can offer enlarged critical engagement with the status quo of international law and its focus on crisis. Set up as a roundtable rather than a traditional panel, the agora aims at providing an interactive platform for feminist and/or gender-related engagement with the past, present and future of international law within and without its recurrent crises. Innovative approaches such as research on visual images as well as interdisciplinary reflections uncovering the powerful discursive complex resulting from the interaction between media coverage and international institutions’ communication politics and their impact on the gendered narratives of international law are welcomed. Contributions in French are strongly encouraged. More details and submission information are attached below.


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New Issue: Global Society

The latest issue of Global Society (Vol. 30, no. 1, 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: Contesting and Shaping the Norms of Protection: The Evolution of a Responsibility to Protect
    • Gerrit Kurtz & Philipp Rotmann, The Evolution of Norms of Protection: Major Powers Debate the Responsibility to Protect
    • Harry Verhoeven, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira & Madhan Mohan Jaganathan, To Intervene in Darfur, or Not: Re-examining the R2P Debate and Its Impact
    • C.S.R. Murthy & Gerrit Kurtz, International Responsibility as Solidarity: The Impact of the World Summit Negotiations on the R2P Trajectory
    • Julian Junk, Bringing the Non-coercive Dimensions of R2P to the Fore: The Case of Kenya
    • Erna Burai, Parody as Norm Contestation: Russian Normative Justifications in Georgia and Ukraine and Their Implications for Global Norms
    • Julian Junk, Testing Boundaries: Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Scope of R2P
    • Gerrit Kurtz & Madhan Mohan Jaganathan, Protection in Peril: Counterterrorism Discourse and International Engagement in Sri Lanka in 2009
    • Sarah Brockmeier, Oliver Stuenkel & Marcos Tourinho, The Impact of the Libya Intervention Debates on Norms of Protection
    • Marcos Tourinho, Oliver Stuenkel & Sarah Brockmeier, “Responsibility while Protecting”: Reforming R2P Implementation

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Volume: Anuario Iberoamericano de Derecho Internacional Penal

The latest volume of the Anuario Iberoamericano de Derecho Internacional Penal (Vol. 3, 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Sección de Investigación
    • Ana Isabel Pérez Cepeda, Ley Orgánica 1/2014, de 13 de marzo: Ley de punto final del principio de justicia universal en España
    • Enrique Carnero Rojo, Crónica de una muerte anunciada: la jurisdicción de los tribunales españoles sobre crímenes internacionales antes y después de la Ley Orgánica 1/2014 relativa a la justicia universal
  • Sección de Ensayos de Investigación
    • Fernando Geraldo Leão Simões, Os grupos protegidos pela Convenção do Genocídio: perspectivas e desafios interpretativos
    • Carmen Vallejo Pena, La fragilidad de una jurisdicción universal complementaria de la justicia internacional penal: el reciente paradigma español
    • Ana Elena Abello Jiménez, El “margen protector” de la Corte Penal Internacional
  • Sección de Reseñas Jurisprudenciales
    • Steffany Serebrenik Beltrán, Observaciones sobre la situación en la República Democrática del Congo, Caso de la Fiscalía c. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo
    • Paula Viviana Fierro Barreto, Situación en Libia, Caso de la Fiscalía c. Saif Al Islam Gaddafi y Abdullah Al-Senussi

De Vos, Kendall, & Stahn: Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions

Christian De Vos (Open Society Justice Initiative), Sara Kendall (Univ. of Kent - Law), & Carsten Stahn (Leiden Univ. - Law) have published Contested Justice: The Politics and Practice of International Criminal Court Interventions (Cambridge Univ. Press 2015). Contents include:
  • Ruti G. Teitel, Foreword
  • Christian M. De Vos, Sara Kendall & Carsten Stahn, Introduction
  • Frédéric Mégret, In whose name? The ICC and the search for constituency
  • Carsten Stahn, The ICC and conceptions of the 'local'
  • David S. Koller, The global as local: the limits and possibilities of integrating international and transitional justice
  • Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Bespoke transitional justice at the International Criminal Court
  • Michael A. Newton, A synthesis of community based justice and complementarity
  • Stephen Oola, In the shadow of Kwoyelo's trial: the ICC and complementarity in Uganda
  • Pascal Kalume Kambale, A story of missed opportunities: the role of the International Criminal Court in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Njonjo Mue & Judy Gitau, The justice vanguard: Kenyan civil society and the pursuit of accountability
  • Deirdre Clancy, 'They told us we would be part of history': reflections on the civil society intermediary experience in the Great Lakes region
  • Matias Hellman, Challenges and limitations of outreach: from the ICTY to the ICC
  • Kamari Maxine Clarke, 'We ask for justice, you give us law': justice talk and the encapsulation of victims
  • Laurel E. Fletcher, Refracted justice: the imagined victim and the International Criminal Court
  • Peter J. Dixon, Reparations and the politics of recognition
  • Sara Kendall, Beyond the restorative turn: the limits of legal humanitarianism
  • Christian M. De Vos, All roads lead to Rome: implementation and domestic politics in Kenya and Uganda
  • Patryk I. Labuda, Applying and 'misapplying' the Rome Statute in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Jennifer Easterday, Beyond the 'shadow' of the ICC: struggles over control of the conflict narrative in Colombia
  • Mark Kersten, Between justice and politics: the ICC's intervention in Libya
  • Juan E. Mendez & Jeremy Kelley, Peace making, justice, and the ICC

New Issue: International Review of the Red Cross

The latest issue of the International Review of the Red Cross (Vol. 96, nos. 895-896, Autumn/Winter 2014) is out. The theme is "Generating Respect for the Law." Contents include:
  • Vincent Bernard, Time to take prevention seriously
  • Interview with Emanuele Castano - Professor and Chair of Psychology, New School for Social Research
  • Knut Dörmann & Jose Serralvo, Common Article 1 to the Geneva Conventions and the obligation to prevent international humanitarian law violations
  • Naz K. Modirzadeh, International law and armed conflict in dark times: A call for engagement
  • Dale Stephens, Behaviour in war: The place of law, moral inquiry and self-identity
  • Chris Jenks & Guido Acquaviva, Debate: The role of international criminal justice in fostering compliance with international humanitarian law
  • Elizabeth Stubbins Bates, Towards effective military training in international humanitarian law
  • Marion Harroff-Tavel, The International Committee of the Red Cross and the promotion of international humanitarian law: Looking back, looking forward
  • Sharon Weill, Building respect for IHL through national courts
  • Annyssa Bellal, Building respect for the rule of law in violent contexts: The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights' experience and approach
  • Geoffrey S. Corn, Contemplating the true nature of the notion of “responsibility” in responsible command
  • Andrew J. Carswell, Converting treaties into tactics on military operations
  • Laurie R. Blank & David Kaye, Direct participation: Law school clinics and international humanitarian law
  • Tim McCormack, Australian Red Cross leadership in the promotion of international humanitarian law
  • Kate Jastram & Anne Quintin, Prevention in practice: Teaching IHL in US legal academia
  • Ido Rosenzweig, Promoting respect for IHL by NGOs: The case of ALMA – Association for the Promotion of IHL
  • Cristina Pellandini, Ensuring national compliance with IHL: The role and impact of national IHL committees
  • Mariana Salazar Albornoz, The work of Mexico's Interministerial Committee on International Humanitarian Law
  • Tania Elizabeth Arzapalo Villón, Peru's National Committee for the Study and Implementation of International Humanitarian Law
  • Frédéric Casier & Alix Janssens, Belgium's Interministerial Commission for Humanitarian Law: Playing a key role in the implementation and promotion of IHL
  • What's new in law and case law around the world? - Biannual update on national implementation of international humanitarian law January–June 2014
  • Matthias Lanz, Emilie Max & Oliver Hoehne, The Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 17 December 2014 and the duty to ensure respect for international humanitarian law

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Issue: Michigan Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Michigan Journal of International Law (Vol. 36, no. 4, Summer 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Rochelle Dreyfuss & Susy Frankel, From Incentive to Commodity to Asset: How International Law is Reconceptualizing Intellectual Property
  • Carlo Garbarino & Giulio Allevato, The Global Architecture of Financial Regulatory Taxes

New Issue: China and WTO Review

The latest issue of China and WTO Review (Vol. 1, no. 2, 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Xuewei Feng, On the Feasibility of Self-Correction of the Appellate Body's Previous Decision: Lessons from China-Rare Earths
    • Jingjia Ke, The ASEAN-China Free Trade Area: Neighbors, Relatives or Foes?
    • Haijun Lu, Changing Tides of the Chinese Trademark Act
  • Current Developments
    • Jaemin Lee, The Other Side of the FTAs: China's Multilateralism and the Balkanization of the Global Trading Rules
    • Lin Zhang, Law, Financial Stability and Economic Development: With Special References to the Financial Regulatory Structures in Hong Kong, Mainland China, the UK and the US

Bruinsma: Histories of Transnational Crime

Gerben Bruinsma (VU Univ. Amsterdam - Law) has published Histories of Transnational Crime (Springer 2015). Contents include:
  • Gerben Bruinsma, Criminology and Transnational Crime
  • Bruce Elleman, Historical Piracy and its Impact
  • Marlou Schrover, History of Slavery, Human Smuggling and Trafficking 1860–2010
  • Jonathan Grant, The Arms Traffic in World History
  • Carl Trocki, The Criminalization of Drugs. Drugs Before they Were Criminalized
  • Noah Charney, A History of Transnational Trafficking in Stolen and Looted Art and Antiquities
  • Wim Huisman, Annika van Baar & Madelijne Gorsira, Corporations and Transnational Crime
  • Edward R. Kleemans, Criminal Organization and Transnational Crime

Tanzi, McIntyre, Kolliopoulos, Rieu-Clarke, & Kinna: The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes

Attila Tanzi (Univ. of Bologna - Law), Owen McIntyre (Univ. Cork College - Law), Alexandros Kolliopoulos (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece), Alistair Rieu-Clarke (Univ. of Dundee - Law), & Rémy Kinna (Oxfam Australia) have published The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes: Its Contribution to International Water Cooperation (Brill | Nijhoff 2015). Contents include:
  • Alistair Rieu-Clarke, Remarks on the Drafting History of the Convention
  • Iulia Trombitcaia & Sonja Koeppel, From a Regional towards a Global Instrument – the 2003 Amendment to the UNECE Water Convention
  • Francesca Bernardini, The Normative and Institutional Evolution of the Convention
  • Stephen Mccaffrey, The 1997 UN Convention: Compatibility and Complementarity
  • Laurence Boisson de Charzournes, Christina Leb & Mara Tignino, The UNECE Water Convention and Multilateral Environmental Agreements
  • Owen McIntyre, The Water Convention and other UNECE Environmental Treaties
  • Gábor Baranyai, The Water Convention and the European Union: the Benefits of the Convention for EU Member States
  • Malgosia Fitzmaurice & Panos Merkouris, Scope of the UNECE Water Convention
  • Attila Tanzi, Alexandros Kolliopoulos & Nataliya Nikiforova, Normative Features of the UNECE Water Convention
  • Attila Tanzi & Alexandros Kolliopoulos, The No-Harm Rule
  • Owen McIntyre & Attila Tanzi, The Principle of Equitable and Reasonable Utilisation
  • Nicolas de Sadeleer & Mehdy Abbas Khayli, The Role of the Precautionary Principle in the UNECE Water Convention
  • Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli & Pierre-Marie Dupuy, The Polluter-Pays Principles in the UNECE Water Convention
  • Alistair Rieu-Clarke, The Sustainability Principle
  • Rémy Kinna, The Development of Legal Provisions and Measures for Preventing and Reducing Pollution to Transboundary Water Resources under the UNECE Water Convention
  • Heide Jekel, Integrated Water Resources Management as a Tool to Prevent or Mitigate Transboundary Impact
  • Annukka Lipponen & Lea Kauppi, Monitoring and Assessment and the duty of cooperation under the Water Convention: exchange of information among the riparian parties
  • Serhiy Vykhryst, Public Information and Participation under the Water Convention
  • Patricia Wouters & Christina Leb, The Duty to Cooperation in International Water Law – Examining the Contribution of the UN Water Conventions to Facilitating Transboundary Water Cooperation
  • Ruby Moynihan, The Contribution of the UNECE Water Regime to Transboundary Cooperation in the Danube River Basin
  • Antti Belinskij, Cooperation between Finland and the Russian Federation
  • Attila Tanzi & Cristina Contartese, Dispute Prevention, Dispute Settlement and Implementation Facilitation in International Water Law: the Added Value of the Establishment of an Implementation Mechanism under the Water Convention
  • Phani Dascalopoulou-Livada & Alexandros Kolliopoulos, The 2003 Kiev Protocol on Civil Liability and Compensation for Damage Caused by the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents on Transboundary Waters
  • Owen McIntyre, The Water Convention and the Human Right to Access to Water: The Protocol on Water and Health
  • Alexandros Kolliopoulos, The UNECE Model Provisions on Transboundary Flood Management
  • Vasiliki-Maria Tzatzaki & A. Dan Tarlock, International Water Law and Climate Disruption Adaptation
  • Bo Libert & Iulia Trombitcaia, Advancing Dam Safety in Central Asia: The Contribution of the UNECE Water Convention
  • Attila Tanzi & Alexandros Kolliopoulos, The International Water Law Process and Transboundary Groundwater: Supplementing the Water Convention with the 2012 UNECE Model Provisions
  • Emma S. Norman, Alice Cohen & Karen Bakker, The Water Convention from a North American Perspective
  • Lilian del Castillo-Laborde, The UNECE Water Convention from a Latin American Perspective
  • Patricia Wouters, Enhancing China’s transboundary water cooperation – what role for the UNECE Water Convention?
  • Rémy Kinna, The UNECE Water Convention Viewed from the perspective of the SADC Revised Protocol on Shared Watercourses
  • Raya Marina Stephan, The development of a regional legal framework for shared waters in the Arab Region: potential guidance from the UNECE Water Convention
  • .A. Vaughan Lowe, Environmental Conditionalities and International Funding of Water Works of a Transboundary Relevance
  • Salman M.A. Salman, International Financial Institutions and the Water Convention: Consultations Arrangements
  • Attila Tanzi, Owen Mcintyre & Alexandros Kolliopoulos, The Contribution of the UNECE Water Convention to International Water Law

New Issue: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

The latest issue of the Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Vol. 75, no. 4, 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Abhandlungen
    • Georg Nolte, Faktizität und Subjektivität im Völkerrecht
    • Stefan Oeter, Bundesstaat, Föderation, Staatenverbund – Trennlinien und Gemeinsamkeiten föderaler Systeme
    • Christian Walter, Der Internationale Menschenrechtsschutz zwischen Konstitutionalisierung und Fragmentierung
    • Matthias Hartwig, Überholen, ohne einzuholen – Die Transformation in Osteuropa zwischen Standardsetzung und Standardumsetzung
    • Thilo Marauhn, Obituary
    • Mieke van der Linden, The Neglected Colonial Root of the Fundamental Right to Property
    • Federico Fabbrini, Representation in the European Parliament: Of False Problems and Real Challenges
    • Maximilian J. Alter, “Judicial Review” im englischen Sicherheitsrecht: Von der Rationalitäts- zur Verhältnismäßigkeitskontrolle
    • Matthias Hartwig, Völkerrechtliche Praxis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2011

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Call for Nominations: 2016 Lieber Society Richard R. Baxter Military Prize

The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, has issued a call for nominations for the Richard R. Baxter Military Prize, which is awarded for exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality. The deadline is December 31, 2015. The call is here.

Tzanakopoulos: The Influence of English Courts on the Development of International Law

Antonios Tzanakopoulos (Univ. of Oxford - Law) has posted The Influence of English Courts on the Development of International Law (in Contemporary Perspectives on British Influences on International Law, Robert McCorquodale & Jean-Pierre Gauci eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This contribution does not aim to quantify the influence of English courts on the development of international law, but rather to highlight their contribution in that development by focusing on important decisions on the law of immunity and on UN Law and the law of international organisations, and by referring to further notable decisions in other areas of international law. This is done against the background of an understanding of domestic courts as 'agents' of international law development through instigation, reaction, and approval, which is also explained in the paper.

New Issue: Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme

The latest issue of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme (No. 105, January 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Patrick de Fontbressin, In memoriam – Michel Puéchavy
  • Linos-A Sicilianos, La Cour européenne des droits de l’homme face à l’Europe en crise
  • Frédéric Bernard, La Cour européenne des droits de l’homme et la lutte contre le terrorisme
  • Adeline Gouttenoire, Les enlèvements internationaux d’enfants devant la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme : entre obligation positive et ingérence
  • Julie Ringelheim, La discrimination dans l’accès à l’éducation : les leçons de la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme
  • Marjolaine Monot-Fouletier, De la régulation du port de signes religieux dans les établissements et l’espace publics – L’exemple français ?
  • Suliane Neveu, Reconnaissance mutuelle et droits fondamentaux : quelles limites à la coopération judiciaire pénale ?
  • Arnaud Lebreton, Les défis de l’entrée en vigueur du Protocole facultatif se rapportant au Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels
  • Mihaela Ailincai, Céline Fercot, Stéphane Gerry-Vernières, Sabine Lavorel, Xavier Souvignet, & Sandrine Turgis, La soft law dans le domaine des droits fondamentaux (juin 2014 – juin 2015)
  • Laura Van Den Eynde, Requêtes d’ONG à la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme : la Cour tente (trop) prudemment d’élargir l’accès à son prétoire en contournant ses propres embûches (obs/s. Cour eur. dr. h., Gde Ch., Affaire Centre de ressources juridiques au nom de Valentin Câmpeanu c. Roumanie, 17 juillet 2014)
  • Céline Lageot, Les enseignements de l’affaire Tarakhel : le raisonnement enrichi des juges à la source d’une protection renforcée des migrants en Europe (obs/s. Cour eur. dr. h., Gde Ch., Tarakhel c. Suisse, 4 novembre 2014)
  • Thierry Bontinck & Anaïs Guillerme, L’encadrement timide des « perquisitions concurrence » par la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme (obs/s. Cour eur. dr. h., Vinci Construction et GTM Génie Civil et services c. France, 2 avril 2015)

New Issue: La Comunità Internazionale

The latest issue of La Comunità Internazionale (Vol. 70, no. 3, 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Interventi
    • Umberto Leanza, Conflitti armati interni e regionalizzazione delle guerre civili
  • Articoli e Saggi
    • Ludovica Chiussi, Food for thought on the right to food
  • Osservatorio Diritti Umani
    • Salvo Emanuele Leotta, L’esposizione in pubblico dei simboli religiosi individuali: la pronuncia sul caso S.A.S. v. France, ennesima chance persa per Strasburgo?
  • Note e Commenti
    • Andrea Insolia, The Haiti Cholera Case and UN’s Immunity from Civil Jurisdiction: Nothing New Under the Sun

Monday, December 28, 2015

Singh: Sino–Indian Attitudes to International Law: of Nations, States and Colonial Hangovers

Prabhakar Singh (Jindal Global Law School) has published Sino–Indian Attitudes to International Law: of Nations, States and Colonial Hangovers (Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 348-374, 2015). Here's the abstract:
Behind China’s and India’s different attitudes to international law lie China’s semi-colonial and India’s colonial past. Indeed, Asia’s colonial past is central to the many cartographic hangovers that have remained between China and India and China and its neighbours in the South China Sea. While India has adhered to the British colonial position since 1947, China has denounced colonial treaties since 1920. However, China and its publicists’ acceptance of even post-colonial treaties, such as the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), is selective and political.1 Such an attitude strategically suspends international law’s primary sources. Contrarily, India and its courts have not just adhered to these colonial treaties, but the Indian courts have also upheld customary laws as common law. The 1954 Agreement on Trade and Intercourse between the Tibet Region of China and India (Panchsheel Treaty) is often said to embody the Sino–Indian post-colonial engagement.2 The functional role of this 1954 Sino–Indian treaty, however, remains overstated, although, recently, a Sino–Indian joint statement acknowledged the positive role of bilateral agreements since 1954. This article compares the attitudes to international law in China and India based on (i) their construction of sovereignty since 1947–9; (ii) their mutual engagement via the 1954 Panchsheel Treaty’s bilateralism and the politics of colonial maps; and (iii) Sino–Indian approaches to the sources of international law.

New Issue: Indian Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Indian Journal of International Law (Vol. 55, no. 2, May 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Helmut Tuerk, Liability of international organisations for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
  • Surya P. Subedi, The universality of human rights and the UN human rights agenda: the impact of the shift of power to the East and the resurgence of the BRICS
  • Abhimanyu George Jain, Universal civil jurisdiction in international law
  • R. Rajesh Babu, State responsibility for illegal, unreported and unrelated fishing and sustainable fisheries in the EEZ: some reflections on the ITLOS Advisory Opinion of 2015

Djeffal: Static and Evolutive Treaty Interpretation: A Functional Reconstruction

Christian Djeffal has published Static and Evolutive Treaty Interpretation: A Functional Reconstruction (Cambridge Univ. Press 2015). Here's the abstract:
How should international treaties be interpreted over time? This book offers fresh insights on this age-old question. The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT) sets out the rules for interpretation, stipulating that treaties should be interpreted inter alia according to the 'ordinary meaning' of the text. Evolutive interpretation has been considered since the times of Gentili and Grotius, but this is the first book to systematically address what evolutive interpretation looks like in reality. It sets out to address how and under what circumstances it can be said that the interpretation of a treaty evolves, and under what circumstances it remains static. With the VCLT as its point of departure, this study develops a functional reconstruction of the rules of treaty interpretation, and explores and analyses how the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights have approached the issue.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Vadi: Analogies in International Investment Law and Arbitration

Valentina Vadi (Lancaster Univ. - Law) has published Analogies in International Investment Law and Arbitration (Cambridge Univ. Press 2015). Here's the abstract:
Although investment treaty arbitration has become the most common method for settling investor-state disputes, some scholars and practitioners have expressed concern regarding the magnitude of decision-making power allocated to investment treaty tribunals. Many of the recent arbitral awards have determined the boundary between two conflicting values: the legitimate sphere for state regulation in the pursuit of public goods, and the protection of foreign private property from state interference. Can comparative reasoning help adjudicators in interpreting and applying broad and open-ended investment treaty provisions? Can the use of analogies contribute to the current debate over the legitimacy of investor-state arbitration, facilitating the consideration of the commonweal in the same? How should comparisons be made? What are the limits of comparative approaches to investment treaty law and arbitration? This book scrutinises the impact a comparative approach can have on investment law, and identifies a method for drawing sound analogies.

Ahmed: Boundaries and Secession in Africa and International Law: Challenging Uti Possidetis

Dirdeiry M. Ahmed (Dirdeiry and Associates) has published Boundaries and Secession in Africa and International Law: Challenging Uti Possidetis (Cambridge Univ. Press 2015). Here's the abstract:
This book challenges a central assumption of the international law of territory. The author argues that, contrary to the finding in the Frontier Dispute case, uti possidetis is not a general principle of law enjoining states to preserve pre-existing boundaries on state succession. It demonstrates that African state practice and opinio juris gave rise to customary rules that govern sovereign territory transfer in Africa. It explains that those rules changed international law as it relates to Africa in many respects, leading chiefly to creating norms of African jus cogens prohibiting secession and the redrawing of boundaries. The book examines in-depth the singularity of secession in Africa exploring extensive state practice and case law. Finally, it advances a daring argument for a right to egalitarian self-determination, addressing people-to-people domination in multi-ethnic African states, to serve as an exception to the fast special customary rule against secession.