Saturday, January 21, 2017

Call for Papers: International Law in Crisis

The chairs of the section "International Law in Crisis" at the 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations on "The Politics of International Studies in an Age of Crises" invite proposals for papers and panels. Here's the call:


EISA 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations

Barcelona, 13-16 September 2017

As section chairs, we cordially invite you to submit your proposal for the section:

S21 - International Law in Crisis


International law thrives on crisis. It is involved in almost any crisis imaginable: it attempts to regulate crisis, to prevent crisis, to manage crisis, but it is also complicit through framing and enabling crisis and response. Moreover, international law itself seems to be in a perpetual state of crisis: its norms, its concepts, its institutions, its advocates, its relation to politics, and even its foundations. Political and legal categories that used to form the basis of modern international order are disrupted by challenges to the primacy of states, by the growing prominence of other actors, a changing focus on cosmopolitan values, developments in global politics, the increasing heterogeneity of juridical practices, and novel forms of socio-legal organization. These transformations can be slow and steady, yet more often cause international consternation and crisis talk.

This section aims to explore international law and its crises on multiple levels. Examples can range from tangible current crises such as the International Criminal Court facing an exodus of African states, to international law’s complicity in the refugee crisis, and further to more theoretical discussions of the identity crisis of international law as an academic discipline especially in relation to IR. The panels will address the intertwinement of disruption and development and discuss how international law shapes and is shaped in (response to) crisis.

We welcome individual paper proposals as well as full panel proposals. The section is particularly interested in papers that discuss one of the following panel themes:

(1) Concepts in Crisis
(2) (Inter)disciplinarity in Crisis
(3) Institutions in Crisis
(4) The Right to Crisis
(5) Complicity in Crisis

To submit your proposal (200 words max), please follow this link.

The closing date for paper and panel proposals is midnight (CET) on Friday 10 February 2017.

Section Chairs:

Renske Vos (University of Edinburgh/CePTL/VU Amsterdam) –
Sofia Stolk (VU Amsterdam/CePTL) –

Friday, January 20, 2017

Call for Papers: Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Environmental Sustainability (Reminder)

The Interest Group on International Environmental Law of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for an agora proposal for ESIL's 2017 Annual Conference in Naples (or alternatively for a workshop to take place immediately prior to the conference). The call is here. The deadline is January 24, 2017.

New Issue: Climate Law

The latest issue of Climate Law (Vol. 7, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Jonathan Verschuuren, Towards a Regulatory Design for Reducing Emissions from Agriculture: Lessons from Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative

"Live from L": International Law and the South China Sea

On February 22, 2017, the 7th Annual "Live from L" will be held at George Washington University Law School, featuring members of the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. The topic is "International Law and the South China Sea." The program is here.

Sykes: Regulatory Consistency Requirements in International Trade

Alan O. Sykes (Stanford Univ. - Law) has posted Regulatory Consistency Requirements in International Trade. Here's the abstract:
One of the most challenging tasks for international trade agreements is to distinguish protectionist regulation from legitimate regulatory policies. An important set of tools in this regard may be termed "regulatory consistency requirements." These include the national treatment obligation of GATT, which requires that imported goods be treated no less favorably than "like" domestic goods by regulators. Further consistency requirements were introduced at the formation of the WTO, requiring among other things that importing nations not make arbitrary distinctions in their regulatory approaches to similar problems in a manner that disadvantages imports. These consistency requirements allow challenges to domestic regulation based on disparate policies toward different products and industries (such as beef and pork, or salmon and baitfish). This paper explores the economic logic and legal scope of consistency requirements in WTO law, and argues that inter-industry consistency obligations are largely unhelpful both in theory and in practice for the identification of protectionist regulation.

de Brouwer & Smeulers: The Elgar Companion to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Anne-Marie de Brouwer (Tilburg Univ. - Law) & Alette Smeulers (Univ. of Groningen - Law) have published The Elgar Companion to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016). Contents include:
  • Navanethem Pillay, Foreword
  • Anne-Marie de Brouwer & Alette Smeulers, Introduction
  • Helen Hintjens, The Creation of the ICTR
  • Barbora Holá & Alette Smeulers, Rwanda and the ICTR: Facts and Figures
  • Payam Akhavan, Genocide
  • Valerie Oosterveld, Crimes Against Humanity
  • Felix Mukwiza Ndahinda, War Crimes
  • Anne-Marie de Brouwer & Usta Kaitesi, Sexual Violence
  • Kai Ambos & Stefanie Bock, Individual Criminal Responsibility
  • Alex Odora-Obote, Investigations and Case Selection
  • Christophe Paulussen, Arrest and Transfer
  • George William Mugwanya, Trial and Appeal Processes
  • Nancy Amoury Combs, The Evidentiary System
  • Caroline Buisman, The Rights of the Defence
  • Rosette Muzigo-Morrison, The Rights of the Victims
  • Mark A. Drumbl, Sentencing and Penalties
  • Hassan Bubacar Jallow, The ICTR’s Elaboration of the Core International Crimes of Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes and Modes of Liability
  • Francois-Xavier Nsanzuwera, Contribution of the ICTR for Rwandans

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added two lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. They were given by Concepción Escobar Hernández on “La Corte Penal Internacional” and “La Corte Internacional de Justicia: 70 años después.”

New Issue: ICSID Review: Foreign Investment Law Journal

The latest issue of the ICSID Review: Foreign Investment Law Journal (Vol. 32, no. 1, Winter 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • 2016 Lalive Lecture
    • Michael Wood, Choosing between Arbitration and a Permanent Court: Lessons from Inter-State Cases
  • Articles
    • Emmanuel Gaillard, Abuse of Process in International Arbitration
    • Piero Bernardini, Reforming Investor–State Dispute Settlement: The Need to Balance Both Parties’ Interests
    • Jean Ho, Investment Protection Under Successive Treaties
    • S. Mullen & E. Whitsitt, ICSID and Legislative Consent to Arbitrate: Questions of Applicable Law
    • Patrick Dumberry, The Importation of the FET Standard through MFN Clauses: An Empirical Study of BITs
    • Epaminontas E. Triantafilou, Contemporaneity and Evolutive Interpretation under the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
    • Odysseas G. Repousis, The Application of Investment Treaties to Overseas Territories and the Uncertain Provisional Application of the Energy Charter Treaty to Gibraltar
    • Markus Burgstaller & Jonathan Ketcheson, Should Expropriation Risk Be Taken into Account in the Assessment of Damages?
  • Note
    • Grant Hanessian & Kabir Duggal, The Final 2015 Indian Model BIT: Is This the Change the World Wishes to See?

Sauvé & Roy: Research Handbook on Trade in Services

Pierre Sauvé (Univ. of Bern - World Trade Institute) & Martin Roy (World Trade Organization) have published Research Handbook on Trade in Services (Edward Elgar Publishing 2016). Contents include:
  • Pierre Sauvé & Martin Roy, Introduction and Overview
  • Martin Roy, Charting the evolving landscape of services trade policies: Recent patterns of protection and liberalization
  • Andreas Maurer, Joscelyn Magdeleine & Rainer Lanz, Measuring trade in services in a world of global value chains
  • Sébastien Miroudot & Ben Shepherd, Trade costs and global value chains in services
  • Erik van der Marel, Ricardo does services: Service sector regulation and comparative advantage in goods
  • Anirudh Shingal, Going beyond the 0/1 dummy: Estimating the effect of heterogeneous provisions in services agreements on services trade
  • Sebastian Sáez & Daria Taglioni, Nurturing the competitiveness of services exports: Metrics and policy options
  • Martin Molinuevo & Sebastián Sáez, Services trade and regulatory reform: A methodology for developing countries
  • Eric H. Leroux, Twenty years of GATS case law: Does it taste like a good wine?
  • Markus Krajewski, Domestic regulation and services trade: Lessons from regional and bilateral free trade agreements
  • Bernard M. Hoekman & Petros C. Mavroidis, A technical barriers to trade agreement for services?
  • Panagiotis Delimatsis, Standard-setting in services: New frontiers in rule-making and the role of the EU
  • Sherry Stephenson & Gary C. Hufbauer, Services and state-owned enterprises
  • Mira Burri, Designing future-oriented multilateral rules for digital trade
  • L. Lee Tuthill, Cross-border data flows: What role for trade rules?
  • Tomer Broude & Shai Moses, The behavioural dynamics of positive and negative listing in services trade liberalization: A look at the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations
  • Rupa Chanda, Demographics and labour markets: Implications for mode 4 trade
  • Andrew Berry, Timon Bohn & Nanno Mulder, The changing landscape of global trade in business services and value chains: Are emerging economies taking over?
  • Joseph Wilson, Opening services markets in developing countries: What role for competition law?
  • Craig VanGrasstek & Mina Mashayekhi, The services trade agreements of developing countries
  • Pierre Sauvé & Natasha Ward, A trade in services waiver for least developed countries: Towards workable proposals
  • Gabriel Gari, Services negotiations: Where have we been and where are we heading?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Call for Papers: ANZSIL 25th Annual Conference (Reminder)

The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 25th Annual Conference, to take place June 29-July 1, 2017, in Canberra. The theme is "Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism." The call is here. The deadline is February 24, 2017.

Call for Submissions: International Commercial and Investment Disputes in and with India

Transnational Dispute Management has issued a call for submissions for a TDM special issue on "International Commercial and Investment Disputes in and with India." The call is here.

Lübbe-Wolff: Democracy, Separation of Powers, and International Treaty-making

Gertrude Lübbe-Wolff (Universität Bielefeld - Law; formerly, Judge, Bundesverfassungsgericht, Germany) has published Democracy, Separation of Powers, and International Treaty-making The example of TTIP (Current Legal Problems, Vol. 69, pp. 175-198, 2016). Here's the abstract:

An ever greater part of our national law is determined by international and supranational law. I will argue that in present circumstances, existing frameworks and practices concerning international treaty-making on European Union (EU) and national levels, and the underlying concept of separation of powers, are no longer adequate to secure the democratic character of governance by international treaty-making.

The inappropriateness of current practices is best illustrated by treaties such as TTIP, the ‘Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’, a free trade and investment protection agreement currently negotiated between the EU and the USA. I will therefore give an outline of what TTIP and related free trade agreements (FTAs) are about, and of the rules and practices governing the negotiation and conclusion of such agreements, before I come to explain why some of these rules and practices are untenable, and why and how they ought to be changed.

Reinbold: Seeing the Myth in Human Rights

Jenna Reinbold (Colgate Univ. - Religion) has published Seeing the Myth in Human Rights (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2017). Here's the abstract:

The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been called one of the most powerful documents in human history. Today, the mere accusation of violations of the rights outlined in this document cows political leaders and riles the international community. Yet as a nonbinding document with no mechanism for enforcement, it holds almost no legal authority. Indeed, since its adoption, the Declaration's authority has been portrayed not as legal or political but as moral. Rather than providing a set of rules to follow or laws to obey, it represents a set of standards against which the world's societies are measured. It has achieved a level of rhetorical power and influence unlike anything else in modern world politics, becoming the foundational myth of the human rights project.

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights presents an interdisciplinary investigation into the role of mythmaking in the creation and propagation of the Universal Declaration. Pushing beyond conventional understandings of myth, which tend to view such narratives as vehicles either for the spreading of particular religious dogmas or for the spreading of erroneous, even duplicitous, discourses, Jenna Reinbold mobilizes a robust body of scholarship within the field of religious studies to help us appreciate myth as a mode of human labor designed to generate meaning, solidarity, and order. This usage does not merely parallel today's scholarship on myth; it dovetails in unexpected ways with a burgeoning body of scholarship on the origin and function of contemporary human rights, and it puts the field of religious studies into conversation with the fields of political philosophy, critical legal studies, and human rights historiography. For Reinbold, myth is a phenomenon that is not merely germane to the exploration of specific religious narratives but is key to a broader understanding of the nature of political authority in the modern world.

Call for Papers: Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?

The World Trade Institute at the University of Bern has issued a call for papers for a conference on "Is a Multilateral Investment Treaty Needed?," which will take place on June 19, 2017. The call is here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Issue: Transnational Dispute Management

The latest issue of Transnational Dispute Management (2017, no. 1) is out. The table of contents is here.

New Issue: Chinese Journal of Global Governance

The latest issue of the Chinese Journal of Global Governance (Vol. 3, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Axel Marx, The Public-Private Distinction in Global Governance: How Relevant is it in the Case of Voluntary Sustainability Standards?
  • Irene I. Hadiprayitno, Development Hazard: A Violation-based Approach to the Right to Development
  • Qingjiang Kong, Emerging Rules in International Investment Instruments and China’s Reform of State-owned Enterprises

Alfadhel: The Right to Democracy in International Law

Khalifa A. Alfadhel (Univ. of Bahrain - Law) has published The Right to Democracy in International Law: Between Procedure, Substance and the Philosophy of John Rawls (Routledge 2017). Here's the abstract:
This book explores the right to democracy in international law and contemporary democratic theory, asking whether international law encompasses a substantive or procedural understanding of the notion. The book considers whether there can be considered to be a basis for the right to democracy in international customary law through identification of the relevant State practice and opinio juris,as well as through an evaluation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and whether the relevant provisions might be interpreted as forming customary law. The book then goes on to explore the relevant provisions in international treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights before looking at the role of regional organizations and human rights regimes including the European Court of Human Rights and the Arab human rights regime. Khalifa A. Alfadhel draws on the work of John Rawls in order to put forward a theoretical basis for the right to democracy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sellars: The Origin of the Idea of 'Aggression' in International Criminal Law

Kirsten Sellars (Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong - Law) has posted The First World War, Wilhelm II, and Article 227: The Origin of the Idea of 'Aggression' in International Criminal Law (in The Crime of Aggression – A Commentary, Claus Kress & Stefan Barriga eds., 2016). Here's the abstract:

It is well known that David Lloyd George declared his intent to try the Kaiser for starting World War I, but it is not known that British lawyers embarked on detailed behind-the-scenes plans for prosecuting him — plans now brought to light in newly uncovered archival documents.

At the end of the First World War, Lloyd George declared: ‘The Kaiser must be prosecuted. The war was a crime.’ This was a radical departure from the traditional approach to war, advancing the then-novel ideas that starting an aggressive war was a crime, and that national leader could be held criminally responsible.

After the signing of the Versailles Treaty in June 1919, the British Attorney General, Sir Gordon Hewart, quietly began laying the groundwork for Wilhelm II’s prosecution, in case the latter fell into entente hands. These plans – unheralded then and overlooked since – were set in motion in August 1919, when Hewart convened a meeting between himself, the Solicitor General, the Procurator General, and two senior barristers, Frederick Pollock and George Branson.

As it turned out, the ex-Kaiser never faced trial. Six days after the Versailles Treaty came into force, the entente powers requested that the Netherlands, where Wilhelm II had sought asylum, deliver him for trial. The Dutch refused, and Hewart pulled the plug on the British prosecution project.

Stephens: The Collateral Damage from China's ‘Great Wall of Sand’

Tim Stephens (Univ. of Sydney - Law) has posted The Collateral Damage from China's ‘Great Wall of Sand’ – the Environmental Dimensions of the South China Sea Case (Australian Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This contribution to the Australian Year Book of International Law’s agora on the South China Sea case assesses its treatment of fisheries and environmental issues. These matters might seem only second or third order concerns given the sovereignty and security issues also at stake. However, the South China Sea is one of the world’s most ecologically diverse marine bioregions and sustains an array of coral reef systems and highly productive and valuable fisheries. Contrary to popular perceptions access to these fisheries is more central to the disputes between the littoral states of the region than control over oil and gas resources. The arbitral Tribunal’s merits award clearly recognises this and addresses environmental protection and living resource questions in great length and detail.

New Issue: Asian Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Asian Journal of International Law (Vol. 7, no. 1, January 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Natalie Y. Morris-Sharma, The ILC’s Draft Articles Before the 69th Session of the UNGA: A Reawakening?
  • Andreas Schloenhardt & Hamish Macdonald, Barriers to Ratification of the United Nations Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants
  • Tom Obokata, The Value of International Law in Combating Transnational Organized Crime in the Asia-Pacific
  • Jinyuan Su, Space Arms Control: Lex Lata and Currently Active Proposals
  • Douglas MacFarlane, The Slave Trade and the Right of Visit Under the Law of the Sea Convention: Exploitation in the Fishing Industry in New Zealand and Thailand
  • David Price, Indonesia’s Bold Strategy on Bilateral Investment Treaties: Seeking an Equitable Climate for Investment?
  • Bassina Farbenblum, Governance of Migrant Worker Recruitment: A Rights-Based Framework for Countries of Origin
  • Benoit Mayer, Climate Change Reparations and the Law and Practice of State Responsibility

Arcuri & Violi: Reconfiguring Territoriality in International Economic Law

Alessandra Arcuri (Erasmus Univ. Rotterdam - Law) & Federica Violi (Erasmus Univ. Rotterdam - Law) have posted Reconfiguring Territoriality in International Economic Law (Netherlands Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

Recent scholarship in international law has studied the phenomenon of deterritorialization and, in this context, has framed territoriality and functionality as competing modes of organizing the global political order. In this article, we challenge this vision by exploring the hypothesis that territoriality and functionality, rather than mere substitutes or competitors, impart meaning to each other. To test this hypothesis, we identify different modes by which functionality and territoriality interact in the reconfiguration of the international legal space, and in particular in the trade and investment regimes.

In the context of international trade law, we show how territoriality is multiplied, and how it gives meaning to functionality at the intersection of the trade regime and regimes for the protection of health and environment. We further develop the idea of the emergence of techno-territoriality, where norms allegedly promoting global technocracy are being shaped by territoriality.

The analysis of the international investment regime engages with the threats that contractual clauses exert on territoriality in the context of investment operations, the significance of the territorial nexus requirement in the definition of investment, when intangible financial instruments are involved, as well as the ‘international-territoriality’ mode conveyed by the activities of sovereign investors abroad. We conclude by arguing that territoriality is not subsumed by functionality, but is rather undergoing a process of transformation into ‘non-modern’ territoriality: the reassertion of territoriality in investment and trade regimes, albeit in different forms, should be looked at as a positive development to keep alive the ‘public’ core of international law.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lauterpacht Centre Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series for Lent Term 2017

Here's the schedule for the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law's Lent Term 2017 Friday Lunchtime Lectures:
  • January 20, 2017: Philip Allott (Univ. of Cambridge – Law), Welcome to Eutopia!
  • January 27, 2017: Antje Wiener (Universität Hamburg – Political Science), The Rule of Law in Inter-national Relations: Contestation despite Diffusion - Diffusion through Contestation
  • February 3, 2017: Lauge Poulsen (Univ. College London - Political Science), The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries
  • February 17, 2017: Stephan Wittich (Univ. of Vienna – Law), Spoilt for Choice? The Reparation of Non-Material Damage in International Law
  • February 24, 2017: Tom Dannenbaum (University College London – Political Science), The Criminalisation of Aggression and Soldiers' Rights

Cavanagh: Prescription and Empire from Justinian to Grotius

Edward Cavanagh (Univ. of Cambridge) has posted Prescription and Empire from Justinian to Grotius (Historical Journal, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Europeans have long justified a right to something or other by invoking ‘prescription’ (that is, the creation of a legal entitlement by the passage of time). Yet for all the importance of prescription in the creation of international geopolitical order, no genealogy of the idea has emerged from historical or legal scholarship. This article will explore the relationship between prescription and empire within private, public, corporate, and ecclesiastical legal contexts. The idea of prescription is then considered within the specific ideological context of European imperialism between 1580 and 1640, when a series of diplomatic disputes and intellectual debates were had in Europe principally regarding maritime navigation and foreign dominion by ‘donation’. The metamorphosis of prescription in legal and political thought from Justinian (483–565) to Hugo Grotius (1583–1645) is therefore explored. Additional colour is given to this intellectual history by contrasting how corporate interests in North America attempted to justify their foreign land holdings in forts, ports, and hinterland by invoking ‘prescription’ during the early stages of colonial expansion. The case will be made for historians of early modern imperialism and international law to take closer notice of the opportunism of those prepared to justify prescription in theory and practice.

Nolan, Freedman, & Murphy: The United Nations Special Procedures System

Aoife Nolan (Univ. of Nottingham - Law), Rosa Freedman (Univ. of Reading - Law), & Thérèse Murphy (Queen's Univ. Belfast - Law) have published The United Nations Special Procedures System (Brill | Nijhoff 2017). Contents include:
  • Aoife Nolan, Rosa Freedman & Thérèse Murphy, Introduction
  • Elvira Domínguez-Redondo, The History of the Special Procedures: A ‘Learning-by-Doing’ Approach to Human Rights Implementation
  • Jane Connors, Special Procedures: Independence and Impartiality
  • Felice Gaer, Picking and Choosing? Country Visits by Thematic Special Procedures
  • Najat Maalla M’jid,The UN Special Procedures System: The Role of the Coordination Committee of Special Procedures
  • Marc Limon, Strengthening Cooperation: The Key to Unlocking the Potential of the Special Procedures
  • Ahmed Shaheed & Rose Parris Richter, Coping Mechanisms for State Non-Cooperation
  • Inga T. Winkler & Catarina de Albuquerque, Doing It All and Doing It Well? A Mandate’s Challenges in terms of Cooperation, Fundraising and Maintaining Independence
  • Olivier de Frouville, Working Out a Working Group: A View from a Former Working Group Member
  • Ella McPherson & Thomas Probert, Special Procedures in the Digital Age
  • Jessie Hohmann, Principle, Politics and Practice: The Role of UN Special Rapporteurs in the Development of the Right to Housing in International Law
  • Surya Subedi, Life as a UN Special Rapporteur: The Experience of the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia
  • Daria Davitti, Business and Human Rights in the United Nations Special Procedures System
  • Paul Hunt, The Challenge of Non-State Actors: The Experience of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health (2002–08)
  • Malcolm Evans, The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in the Developing Architecture of UN Torture Protection
  • Danielle Beswick & Jonathan Fisher, The African State and Special Procedures: Agency, Leverage and Legitimacy
  • Rosa Freedman & François Crépeau, Supporting or Resisting? The Relationship between Global North States and Special Procedures
  • Phil Lynch, Ending Reprisals: The Role and Responsibilities of the Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council

Gillespie: The Causes of War: Volume II: 1000 CE to 1400 CE

Alexander Gillespie (Univ. of Waikato - Law) has published The Causes of War: Volume II: 1000 CE to 1400 CE (Hart Publishing 2016). Here's the abstract:
This is the second volume of a projected five-volume series charting the causes of war from 3000 BCE to the present day, written by a leading international lawyer, and using as its principal materials the documentary history of international law, largely in the form of treaties and the negotiations which led up to them. These volumes seek to show why millions of people, over thousands of years, slew each other. In departing from the various theories put forward by historians, anthropologists and psychologists, Gillespie offers a different taxonomy of the causes of war, focusing on the broader settings of politics, religion, migrations and empire-building. These four contexts were dominant and often overlapping justifications during the first four thousand years of human civilisation, for which written records exist. - See more at:

Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group - Hilary Term 2017

Here's the schedule for the Oxford Public International Law Discussion Group for Hilary Term 2017:
  • January 19, 2017: Sophia Kopela (Lancaster Univ.), Historic Titles and Historic Rights in the Law of the Sea in the Light of the South China Sea Arbitration
  • January 26, 2017: Eric Fripp (Lamb Building, Temple), Nationality and Statelessness in the International Law of Refugee Status
  • February 2, 2017: Elisa Morgera (Univ. of Strathclyde), Under the Radar: Fair and Equitable Benefit-Sharing and the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Related to Natural Resources
  • February 9, 2017: Kate O’Regan (Univ. of Oxford), Adjudicating International Law in a Domestic Context: Reflections on the Experience of the South African Constitutional Court
  • February 16, 2017: Orna Ben-Naftali (Haim Striks School of Law), The ABC of the OPT (Occupied Palestinian Territory): A Legal Scrabble
  • February 23, 2017: Jean-Marie Henckaerts (International Committee of the Red Cross), The Updated Commentary on the First Geneva Convention: Relevance and Evolution of the Convention in the Light of 60 Years of Practice
  • March 2, 2017: Verity Robson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Recent Developments in the Law of Diplomatic Immunities
  • March 9, 2017: Benjamin Samson (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense), Advocacy before the International Court of Justice

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Tignino: Water During and After Armed Conflicts

Mara Tignino (Univ. of Geneva - Law) has published Water During and After Armed Conflicts: What Protection in International Law? (Brill 2016). Here's the abstract:

In The Protection of Water During and After Armed Conflicts: What Protection in International Law?, Mara Tignino offers an analysis of the principles and rules protecting water in situations of armed conflicts. The monograph also gives insights on the legal mechanisms open to individuals and communities after a conflict. Practice of international organizations and judicial decisions are examined in order to define the contours of the norms dealing with armed conflicts and post-conflict situations.

Beyond international humanitarian law, the author suggests that other areas of international law should be taken into account such as human rights law and international water law. This comprehensive view aims at preventing damage to water resources and ensuring access to safe drinking water. Given the fragmentation of instruments and norms dealing with water in times of armed conflicts, it requires an in-depth examination of what means of international law may be developed to ensure a better protection to water.

Call for Submissions: SIEL/JIEL/OUP Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law

The Society of International Economic Law, the Journal of International Economic Law, and Oxford University Press award a prize for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law. The submission deadline has been extended until January 31, 2017. Here's the call:
A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Journal of International Economic Law (JIEL) and Oxford University Press (OUP) for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law. Entries for the 2016-17 competition were due to close on January 15, 2017 but this submission deadline has now been extended until January 31, 2017.

The competition is open annually to all current undergraduate and graduate students of any university or other tertiary education institution, and those who have graduated from a university or other tertiary education institution no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Co-authorship is permitted provided all authors meet the stated conditions. Members of the SIEL Executive Council may not submit entries. The essay must not have been previously published.

The essay prize comprises three parts. The prize consists of £200, as well as £400 of Oxford University Press book vouchers and a three year subscription to the Journal of International Economic Law. The winner will receive free entry to the BIICL/IIEL/SIEL WTO Conference and will be given the opportunity to present on a panel or poster presentation. The winning essay will be submitted to the JIEL for publication, subject to the JIEL’s review and decision procedure.

The prize will be awarded by the SIEL Executive Council on the recommendation of a Prize Committee drawn from its members and the Editorial Board of the JIEL. Any queries should be addressed by email to Dr Gracia Marin Duran, University of Edinburgh (


Call for Papers: South Asia International Economic Law Network

The South Asia International Economic Law Network has issued a call for papers for its inaugural conference, to be held April 29-30, 2017, in New Delhi and at the Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat. The call is here.

New Issue: Global Trade and Customs Journal

The latest issue of Global Trade and Customs Journal (Vol. 12, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Ben Czapnik, Will the Trade Facilitation Agreement’s Novel Architecture and Flexibilities Have Unforeseen Consequences? An Analysis in the Context of World Trade Organization Accessions
  • Minyou Yu & Jian Guan, The Non-Market Economy Methodology Shall Be Terminated After 2016
  • Lila Rose, Free Trade Is Not Free: The Costs of Trade Compliance for Businesses
  • Jeong Cheol Cho, Korea’s Customs Valuation Method for Transaction Value Between Related Parties
  • Alex Davis, The Shochu Conundrum: Economics and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade Article III
  • Jon Truby, International Investment Law, Trade in Services and Customs: Legislative Strategies for States Hosting International Competitive Events

Christensen: Crafting and Promoting International Crimes

Mikkel Jarle Christensen (Univ. of Copenhagen - Law) has posted Crafting and Promoting International Crimes: A Controversy among Professionals of Core-Crimes and Anti-Corruption (Leiden Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The emergence of new international criminal courts in the 1990s intensified an existing professional contest to define international crime. This ongoing competition concerned which crimes should be termed international and consequently become the subject of international institution-building and prosecution. The article draws upon Pierre Bourdieu’s analytical tool of the ‘field’ in order to investigate successive phases how legal professionals located in different fields of practice crafted and promoted specific crimes as international. The focus of the analysis is on two stages of this development: The first is the protracted emergence of a field of ‘core crimes’ centred on a specific set of crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. The second focal point is an emergent contestation of this focus on ‘core crimes’ embedded in the careers of legal professionals engaged in the field of anti-corruption. By adapting the impactful narratives developed around core crimes, this second phase of contestation becomes a new frontline in the wider endeavour to define the role of criminal law in a larger international space of governance and politics.

Feldman: Multinational Enterprises and Investment Treaties

Mark Feldman (Peking Univ. - School of Transnational Law) has posted Multinational Enterprises and Investment Treaties. Here's the abstract:

Over the past few decades, a few thousand international investment agreements have been concluded. One cornerstone of those treaties has been a straightforward model of foreign investment: an investor based in a home State that has made an investment located in the territory of a host State. Under that model, treaty protections operate reciprocally, protecting the investments of each treaty party’s nationals made in the territory of another treaty party.

The foreign investment model on which investment treaties have been based — and which, in turn, supports the reciprocal structure of the treaties — often does not capture current economic reality. Foreign investments by multinational enterprises today routinely involve multiple jurisdictions in which inputs are traded (as part of international production networks known as global or regional value chains) and through which capital is channeled (as transit investment).

The reliance by multinational enterprises on international production networks and transit investment has challenged the reciprocal foundation of investment treaties. This article responds to that risk by developing strategies for policymakers and decision-makers to preserve the reciprocal foundation of investment treaties in a 21st century global economy.

Blank: The Limits of Inviolability

Laurie R. Blank (Emory Univ. - Law) has posted The Limits of Inviolability: The Parameters for Protection of United Nations Facilities during Armed Conflict (International Legal Studies, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

This article examines the international legal protections for UN humanitarian assistance and other civilian facilities during armed conflict, including both general international law setting forth the immunities of the United Nations and the law of armed conflict (LOAC), the relevant legal framework during wartime. Recent conflicts highlight three primary issues: 1) collateral damage to UN facilities as a consequence of strikes on military objectives nearby and military operations in the immediate vicinity; 2) the misuse of UN facilities for military purposes; and 3) direct attacks on fighters, weapons or other equipment that cause damage to such facilities.

UN facilities around the world enjoy protections enshrined in the 1946 Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, which helps to enable the UN — and its many components, agencies and other offshoots — to carry out the critical work of protecting, feeding and supporting individuals and communities around the world in tense and violent situations. At the same time, in situations of armed conflict, the LOAC governs the conduct of hostilities, including the targeting of persons and objects and the protection of civilians, the civilian population, civilian objects, and specially-designated objects from attack. The interplay between these two legal frameworks provides the foundation for understanding the protection of UN premises during armed conflict — and the limits of that protection.

To identify the appropriate parameters for, and limits of, protection for such facilities, this article therefore focuses on what inviolability of UN premises — the term used in privileges and immunities law — means within the context of armed conflict and the law of armed conflict. Part II addresses the question of which law governs for the purposes of determining the scope of protection for UN facilities and analyzing actions during armed conflict to assess whether damage to UN facilities violated that law. In particular, this section first explores the meaning of “inviolability” in the CIPUN to understand if and how it applies in the context of military operations, and demonstrates that inviolability does not encompass harm from military operations during armed conflict. Second, this section applies the principle of lex specialis to demonstrate that even if one extends the principle of inviolability beyond its accepted understanding, LOAC is the appropriate legal framework for analyzing harm to UN facilities during armed conflict if there is a conflict between general international law on immunities of the UN and LOAC. Part III then examines how the LOAC’s rules on military objectives, specially-protected objects, proportionality and precautions apply in practice when UN facilities located in areas of combat operations face direct or collateral consequences from those operations.

de Búrca: Human Rights Experimentalism

Gráinne de Búrca (New York Univ. - Law) has posted Human Rights Experimentalism (American Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Human rights in general and the international human rights system in particular have come under increasing attack in recent years. Quite apart from the domestic and global political events of 2016 including an apparent retreat from international institutions, the human rights system has also come in for severe criticism from academic scholars. Amongst the various criticisms levelled have been: (1) the ineffectiveness and lack of impact of international human rights regimes (2) the ambiguity and lack of specificity of human rights standards (3) the weakness of international human rights enforcement mechanisms and (4) the claim to universalism of human rights standards coupled with the hegemonic imposition of these standards on diverse parts of the world. This article responds to several of those criticisms by surveying a body of recent empirical scholarship on the effectiveness of human rights treaties, and interpreting key aspects of the functioning of those treaties from the perspective of experimentalist governance theory. Contrary to the depiction of international human rights regimes as both ineffective and top-down, the article argues that they function at their best as dynamic, participatory and iterative systems. The experimentalist governance perspective offers a theory of the causal effectiveness of human rights treaties, brings to light a set of features and interactions that are routinely overlooked in many accounts, and suggests possible avenues for reform of other human rights treaty regimes with a view to making them more effective in practice.