Saturday, December 2, 2017

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. They were given by Christian J. Tams on “The League of Nations” and “Coopération et intégration régionale en Afrique” and Jean Ho on “La responsabilité d’Etat et la rupture des contrats d’Etat” and “国际法对投资合约的保障.”

Janik: The Responsibility to Protect, Conflict Prevention, and the ius ad bellum: What Role for Democracy?

Ralph R.A. Janik (Univ. of Vienna - Law) has posted The Responsibility to Protect, Conflict Prevention, and the ius ad bellum: What Role for Democracy? (in Gerechte Intervention? Zwischen Gewaltverbot und Schutzverantwortung, Stephanie Fenkart, Heinz Gärtner, & Hannes Swoboda eds., pp. 167-190, 2017). Here's the abstract:
The Responsibility to Protect goes way beyond a mere political and legal framework for the use of force in cases of mass atrocities. On the contrary, as it focuses on conflict prevention. Democracy, i.e. first and foremost the peaceful transfer of governmental authority, plays a key role in this connection. At the same time, one must not underestimate the potential detrimental impact of elections in countries and situations marked by ethnic, cultural, or religious tensions.

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Issue: American Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the American Journal of International Law (Vol. 111, no. 3, July 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Megan Donaldson, The Survival of the Secret Treaty: Publicity, Secrecy, and Legality in the International Order
    • Katerina Linos & Tom Pegram, What Works in Human Rights Institutions?
  • Notes and Comments
    • Geoff Dancy & Florencia Montal, Unintended Positive Complementarity: Why International Criminal Court Investigations May Increase Domestic Human Rights Prosecutions
  • International Decisions
    • Beatrice I. Bonafé, Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean
    • Jed Odermatt, Council of the European Union v. Front Populaire pour la Libération de la Saguia-El-Hamra et Du Rio de Oro (Front Polisario)
    • Marie Joseph Ayissi, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights v. Libya
    • David Attanasio & Tatiana Sainati, Urbaser S.A. and Consorcio de Aguas Bilbao Bizkaia, Bilbao Biskaia Ur Partzuergoa v. The Argentine Republic ICSID
  • Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law
    • Kristina Daugirdas & Julian Davis Mortenson, Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law
  • Recent Books on International Law
    • Deborah Pearlstein, reviewing How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. by Rosa Brooks
    • Adam S. Chilton, reviewing The Continent of International Law: Explaining Agreement Design, by Barbara Koremenos
    • Patrick Kelly, reviewing Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change: Recognizing Grotian Moments, by Michael P. Scharf
    • Jessica Simonoff, reviewing Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals, edited by Arman Sarvarian, Filippo Fontanelli, Rudy Baker & Vassilis Tzevelekos
    • Donald Earl Childress, reviewing The Oxford Handbook of the Theory of International Law, edited by Anne Orford & Florian Hoffman, with Martin Clark
    • Bart L. Smit Duijzentkunst, reviewing Paradigms of International Human Rights Law, by Aaron Xavier Fellmeth

New Issue: Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law

The latest issue of the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (Vol. 26, no. 3, November 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: International and EU Law on Air Pollution
    • Yulia Yamineva & Seita Romppanen, Is law failing to address air pollution? Reflections on international and EU developments
    • Peter H. Sand, The discourse on ‘protection of the atmosphere’ in the International Law Commission
    • Adam Byrne, Trouble in the air: Recent developments under the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
    • Mark W. Roberts, Finishing the job: The Montreal Protocol moves to phase down hydrofluorocarbons
    • Sophia Kopela, Making ships cleaner: Reducing air pollution from international shipping
    • Shawkat Alam & Laely Nurhidayah, The international law on transboundary haze pollution: What can we learn from the Southeast Asia region?
    • Aleksandra Čavoški, The unintended consequences of EU law and policy on air pollution
  • Regular Articles
    • Alejandro Gonzalez Arreaza, Natural resource sovereignty and economic development in the WTO in light of the recent case law involving raw materials and rare earths
    • Peter Lawrence & Daryl Wong, Soft law in the Paris Climate Agreement: Strength or weakness?
  • Case Notes
    • Caroline E. Foster, Respecting regulatory measures: Arbitral method and reasoning in the Philip Morris v Uruguay tobacco plain packaging case
    • Fernando Dias Simões, Blusun S.A. and others v Italy: Legal (in)stability and renewable energy investments

Call for Papers: ANZSIL 26th Annual Conference

The Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 26th Annual Conference, to take place July 5-July 7, 2018, at the Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law. The theme is "International Law: From the Local to the Global." Here's the call:

26th Annual ANZSIL Conference
Call for Papers

Conference Theme: International Law:
From the Local to the Global

Conference dates: 5 - 7 July 2018

Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Law, New Zealand

Closing date for Call for Papers and Panels: 2 March 2018

Please read the following before submitting your paper proposal or panel proposal using the application form below.

The 26th ANZSIL Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 July 2018 at Victoria University of Wellington’s Faculty of Law, New Zealand. The Conference Organising Committee now invites proposals for papers to be presented at the Conference, either individually, or as a panel.

International law practice and scholarship is increasingly confronted by the tension between the global aspirations and traditions of international law and the impact of more local demands. Law and institutions that have been built upon state-centric institutions and universalist aspirations face the challenge of shifts in regional perspectives; the impact of legislatures, referenda and other national political processes; development and sometimes divergence in national foreign relations law; and the capacities of non-state actors. The 26th ANZSIL Annual Conference will be an opportunity to explore these themes as they arise across a range contexts.

The intersection of domestic law and politics with international law

The 2017 ANZSIL Conference explored the role of international law in an age of nationalism, which is continuing to have an influence in many states. How do domestic law and politics affect international law? Are some national legal systems becoming more open or more closed to international influences? If so what are the reasons for this? And to what extent are there major differences in the ways in which national legal systems conceptualise international law? Does this undermine assumptions about the universality of international law?

The intersection between regionalism and globalism

There is ongoing tension in international law between the development of global rules and institutions, and the ascendancy of regionalism – as seen for example in the preference for regional trade agreements over new WTO rules and the argument that the international community has no role to play in security disputes in particular regions. Does this move challenge the international rule of law, or is it an opportunity for international law to respond to the needs of particular groups of states?

The emergence of new (and old) global challenges

New challenges are arising for the international community all the time. Meanwhile, the existing challenges continue, but in a time at which national interests are sometimes being promoted over the stability of the international order. Are the existing international legal frameworks capable of effectively responding to these developments? Are the principles on which our international legal order are based under threat? Or can we be confident that the international rule of law is sufficiently robust that our contemporary challenges are no more problematic than those that arose in the past?

Particular issues of interest may include, for example:

  • International or foreign policy-making and social media
  • Journalism, international media conglomerates and democracy
  • Data protection and innovation, trade and investment promotion
  • Balancing surveillance needs with data protection
  • Between local and global: the challenges of cybersecurity
  • Protection of the environment in the climate change era (including domestic barriers to international climate change objectives)
  • International or cross-border migration and the future labour force
  • The future of international (development) aid and regional issues (especially in relation to the Pacific)
  • Transnational cooperation and non-legally binding international instruments
  • The role of culture and customs in international law
  • International challenges and opportunities for middle powers

The Conference Organising Committee invites paper submissions reflecting on these themes in any area of public and private international law, including (but not limited to): human rights; the law of the sea; international humanitarian law; international trade law; international investment law; international financial regulation; international environmental law; international criminal law; global administrative law, including the law surrounding sanctions; international diplomatic and consular law, including diplomatic protection and immunities; international legal pedagogy; international legal theory; international legal history; anthropologies, sociologies or geographies of international law; and/or the ethics or politics of international law.

Also invited are proposals for panels comprised of three to four papers in circumstances where the presenters concerned are already in conversation, or would find it useful to be so assembled. Proposed panels are expected to have a balanced gender representation. Those proposing panels are also invited to seek out a diversity of presenters in other respects as well, including the stage of their career, type and place of work, discipline or sub-discipline, and so on.

In the tradition of ANZSIL Conferences, the Conference Organising Committee also invites and welcomes proposals on international law topics not connected to the Conference theme.

Submission of Paper Proposals

Those proposing papers for presentation at the Conference should submit a single Word document comprised of:

  • an abstract of no more than 250 words (papers with extracts in excess of 250 words will not be considered);
  • a biographical note of no more than 200 words (for possible inclusion in the conference program); and
  • a one-page curriculum vitae.
The information requested above should be provided in a single Word document entitled “ANZSIL Conference 2018 Paper Proposal: [Your Name] [Title of Paper]”. Please submit your paper proposal using the application form.

Submission of Panel Proposals

Those proposing panels for presentation at the Conference should submit a single document comprised of:

  • a synopsis of no more than 250 words, explaining the rationale and theme of the panel; and
  • three or four paper proposals, including in each case the information requested above (250-word abstract, 200-word biographical note and one-page curriculum vitae).

The information requested above should be provided in a single Word document entitled “ANZSIL Conference 2018 Panel Proposal: [Your Name] [Title of Proposed Panel]”. Please submit your panel proposal using the application form.

Process and Dates

The closing date for proposals is Friday, 2 March 2018. The Conference Organising Committee will endeavour to inform applicants of the outcome of their proposals by early April 2018. All presenters will be required to register for the Conference by Monday, 15 May 2018 to be included in the final Conference program. Further information about the Conference, including program and registration details, will be available on the ANZSIL website.

New Volume: Irish Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the Irish Yearbook of International Law (Volume 10, 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Symposium: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea
    • Richard Collins, Europe's Shared Burden: Collective Responsibility for Migrants at Sea
    • Patrick Burke, Troubled Waters: The Legal Issues Inherent in the Irish Defence Forces' Role in the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis
    • Kristof Gombeer, Human Rights Adrift?: Enabling the Disembarkation of Migrants to a Place of Safety in the Mediterranean
    • Ainhoa Campàs Velasco, The International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue: Legal Mechanisms of Responsibility Sharing and Cooperation in the Context of Sea Migration?
    • Francesca Mussi & Nikolas Feith Tan, Comparing Cooperation on Migration Control: Italy–Libya and Australia–Indonesia
    • Bríd Ní Ghráinne, Left to Die at Sea: State Responsibility for the May 2015 Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian Pushback Operations
    • Daria Davitti & Annamaria La Chimia, A Lesser Evil? The European Agenda on Migration and the Use of Funding for Migration Control

Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Issue: Questions of International Law

The latest issue of Questions of International Law / Questioni di Diritto Internazionale (no. 44, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • The Israeli military justice system and international law
    • Introduced by Mariagiulia Giuffré, Peter Langford, and Triestino Mariniello
    • Valentina Azarova, The Pathology of a Legal System: Israel’s Military Justice System and International Law
    • Luigi Daniele, Enforcing Illegality: Israel’s Military Justice in the West Bank

New Volume: Asian Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the Asian Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 21, 2015) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Ted L. McDorman, The South China Sea Arbitration: Selected Legal Notes  
    • Hsiao-Chi Hsu, The Political Implications of the South China Sea Ruling on Sino-Philippine Relations and Regional Stability  
    • Thi Lan Anh Nguyen, Award of the Republic of Philippines v. the People’s Republic of China: Legal Implications on the South China Sea Disputes  
    • Jacques deLisle, Political-Legal Implications of the July 2016 Arbitration Decision in the Philippines-PRC Case Concerning the South China Sea: The United States, China, and International Law  
    • Alan H. Yang, The South China Sea Arbitration and Its Implications for ASEAN Centrality  
    • Terence Roehrig, Caught in the Middle: South Korea and the South China Sea Arbitration Decision  
    • Leszek Buszynski, Law and Realpolitik: The Arbitral Tribunal’s Ruling and the South China Sea  
    • Eiichi Usuki, China’s Three Distinctive Assertions under the ‘Nine-dash-line’ Claims and the Annex VII Arbitral Tribunal’s Interpretation of Article 121 Regarding an Island and Rocks under the 1982 un Convention on the Law of the Sea  
    • Chie Kojima, South China Sea Arbitration and the Protection of the Marine Environment: Evolution of UNCLOS Part XII Through Interpretation and the Duty to Cooperate  
  • Notes and Commentaries
    • Xiangxin Xu, Guobin Zhang & Guifang (Julia) Xue, China’s Deep Seabed Law: Towards “Reasonably Appropriate” Environmental Legislation for Exploration and Exploitation of Deep Sea Minerals in the Area  
    • Kanami Ishibashi, Further Developments in Fukushima and Other New Movements for Implementing International Human Rights Law in Japan  
    • Taegil Kim & Eonkyung Park, Status and International Cooperation Aspects of Air Quality Control Laws and Policies in Korea  
    • Kyu Rang Kim & Seong Won Lee, The Waste You Left Behind: Polluter Liability as Tort Korean Supreme Court Decision (2009 Da 66549)  

New Issue: Human Rights Review

The latest issue of the Human Rights Review (Vol. 18, no. 4, December 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Alison Kesby, Narratives of Aging and the Human Rights of Older Persons
  • Christof Royer, International Criminal Justice Between Scylla and Charybdis—the “Peace Versus Justice” Dilemma Analysed Through the Lenses of Judith Shklar’s and Hannah Arendt’s Legal and Political Theories
  • Asher Lazarus Hirsch & Nathan Bell, The Right to Have Rights as a Right to Enter: Addressing a Lacuna in the International Refugee Protection Regime
  • Berihun Adugna Gebeye, Toward Making a Proper Space for the Individual in the Ethiopian Constitution
  • Gayatri Patel, How ‘Universal’ Is the United Nations’ Universal Periodic Review Process? An Examination of the Discussions Held on Polygamy

Conference: Health, Environment, Food and Risk Regulation

On December 4, 2017, the Department of Law, Politics and International Studies and the Center for Studies in European and International Affairs of the University of Parma, in conjunction with the European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Environmental Law, the American Society of International Law Interest Group on Intellectual Property Law, and gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, will host a conference on "Health, Environment, Food and Risk Regulation - focus on: Good Governance, Intellectual Property Rights and Consumer Protection." The program is here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Call for Papers: International Law on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Environmental Protection in Times of Disorder and Contestation

The International Environmental Law Interest Group of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for an event to be held prior to the ESIL Research Forum in Jerusalem, on February 28, 2018. The theme is: "International Law on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Environmental Protection in Times of Disorder and Contestation." The call is here.

Rossi & Casolari: The Principle of Equality in EU Law

Lucia Serena Rossi (Univ. of Bologna - Legal Studies) & Federico Casolari (Univ. of Bologna - Legal Studies) have published The Principle of Equality in EU Law (Springer 2017). The following chapters might be of particular interest to those who focus on international affairs:
  • Lucia Serena Rossi, The Principle of Equality Among Member States of the European Union
  • Jan Wouters & Pierre Schmitt, Equality Among Member States and Differentiated Integration in the EU
  • Federico Casolari, The Acknowledgment of the Direct Effect of EU International Agreements: Does Legal Equality Still Matter?

Cottier & Nadakavukaren Schefer: Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law

Thomas Cottier (World Trade Institute) & Krista Nadakavukaren Schefer (Swiss Institute of Comparative Law; World Trade Institute) have published Elgar Encyclopedia of International Economic Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). Here's the abstract:
The Encyclopedia is the definitive reference work on international economic law. This comprehensive resource helps redefine the field by presenting international economic law in its broadest, real-world context. Organized thematically rather than alphabetically, the subject is split into four principal sections: the foundations and architecture of international economic law, its principles, its main regulatory areas, and the future challenges that it faces. Comprising over 250 entries written by leading scholars and practitioners, traditional international economic law subject matter is supplemented by coverage of newly developing areas. Thus, the concepts and rules of trade, investment, finance and international tax law are found alongside entries discussing the relationship of international economic law with environmental protection, social standards, development, and human rights.

Ostřanský: An Exercise in Equivocation: A Critique of Legitimate Expectations As a General Principle of Law Under the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard

Josef Ostřanský (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies) has posted An Exercise in Equivocation: A Critique of Legitimate Expectations as a General Principle of Law Under the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard (in General Principles of Law and International Investment Arbitration, A. Gattini, A. Tanzi, & F. Fontanelli eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The notion of legitimate expectations has become considered the bedrock of the obligation to provide fair and equitable treatment (‘FET’) both in arbitral practice and in international investment law (´IIL´) scholarship. Claimants invoke it in virtually all investment cases, and tribunals frame their decisions around this notion. This is despite the fact that the concept has rather unclear sources and juridical origins. The more recent accounts seem to accept the notion of legitimate of legitimate expectations as a general principle of law. This chapter starts with an overview of different sources and justifications of the protection of legitimate expectations in international investment law offered in case law and doctrine, focusing primarily on legitimate expectations as a general principle of law. Next, in line with the methodology of deriving general principles of law, a limited comparative overview of national conceptions of legitimate expectations as well as international law conceptions in other than investment protection contexts is presented. In this section, the rationales for and limitations on the protection of legitimate expectations in these other legal systems and regimes is highlighted. Finally, the concept is analysed in the investment treaty arbitration case law. The main thesis of this contribution is that there is a significant disconnection between the justifications, functions, and contents of the conceptions of legitimate expectations in other than investment contexts, on the one hand, and the practice and doctrine of IIL, on the other. Investment treaty arbitration case law shows that legitimate expectations are often used in a much more relaxed calibration; not as a residual and limited remedy, but rather as a core principle under FET or as an overarching argumentative framework for FET. This poses exacting constraints on the regulatory powers of the host State, which may be viewed as problematic due to the not so solid juridical basis of the notion when treated as a general principle of law and due to the questionable normative basis of the international protection of foreign investment.

Cantwell: Hybrid Warfare: Aggression and Coercion in the Gray Zone

Douglas Cantwell (U.S. Navy - Judge Advocate General’s Corps) has posted an ASIL Insight on Hybrid Warfare: Aggression and Coercion in the Gray Zone.

New Volume: European Investment Law and Arbitration Review

The latest volume of the European Investment Law and Arbitration Review (Vol. 2, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Nikos Lavranos, Mixed Exclusivity: The CJEU's Opinion on the EU-Singapore FTA
    • Naboth van den Broek & Danielle Morris, The EU’s Proposed Investment Court and WTO Dispute Settlement: A Comparison and Lessons Learned
    • Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi, Binding Committee Interpretations in the EU’s New Free Trade and Investment Agreements
  • Case Notes
    • Caroline Le Moullec, Churchill Mining Plc and Planet Mining Pty Ltd v Republic of Indonesia, ICSID Case No. ARB/12/14 and 12/40, Award, 6 December 2016   Lucian Ilie & Amy Seow, Ioan Micula, Viorel Micula, S.C. European Food S.A, S.C. Starmill S.R.L. and S.C. Multipack S.R.L. v. Romania, ICSID Case No. ARB/05/20, Final Award, 11 December 2013  
  • Focus Section on the European Energy Union and Arbitration Aspects
    • Anna De Luca & Seline Trevisanut, What Energy Union? – An Introduction  
    • Leonardo Zannier & Federico Tarantini, The Energy Union: A New Policy Paradigm or a Revived Focus on Old Priorities? A Journey across the Internal and External Implications of Its Five Dimensions  
    • Kim Talus, Old Problems and New Challenges: Will the Energy Union Provide the Answers?  
    • Ilaria Espa, Promoting Renewables in the Energy Union: Current Strategies and the Challenges Ahead  
    • Edoardo Marcenaro, Energy Contracts at the Crossroad between Public Law and Private Law: The Relevance of Sustainability Objectives in International EPC Contracts  
    • Giuditta Cordero-Moss, Some Observations on the Significance of Local Law for Energy Contracts: The Example of Norwegian Law  
    • Tomoko Ishikawa, The Protection of Energy Investments under the ECT: An Extra-EU Country’s Perspective  
    • Nikos Lavranos, Is Commercial Arbitration an Alternative to Investment Treaty Arbitration in Light of the Increasing Aversion against BITs and ISDS?
  • Focus Section on Transparency in the EU’s Investment Policy
    • Elisa Baroncini, Marina Trunk-Fedorova & Peter-Tobias Stoll, The Role of the European Parliament in the Conclusion and Implementation of Free Trade Agreements – An Introduction
    • Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, EU Constitutional Law as Restraint for eu Trade and Investment Agreements: The Example of CETA and Investor-State Dispute Settlement
    • Fernando Dias Simões, The European Parliament’s Oversight Powers over Trade and Investment Negotiations
    • Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi, Transparency, Investment Protection and the Role of the European Parliament
    • Ana M. Lopez-Rodriguez, It Takes Two to Tango: Regional Investment Treaties and Investor Protection on Both Sides of the Atlantic
    • Marcin Menkes, Requiem for Transparency

New Issue: International Legal Materials

The latest issue of International Legal Materials (Vol. 56, no. 5, October 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Rights and Guarantees of Children in the Context of Migration and/or in need of International Protection (Inter-Am. Ct. H.R.), with introductory note by Jorge Contesse
  • J. N. v. Staatssecretaris voor Veiligheid en Justitie (C.J.E.U.), with introductory note by Lieneke Slingenberg
  • Belhaj v. Straw & Rahmatullah (NO 1) v. Ministry of Defence (U.K. Sup. Ct.), with introductory note by Natasha Simonsen
  • United Nations Security Council Resolution 2339, with introductory note by Jonathan Horowitz

New Issue: Transnational Legal Theory

The latest issue of Transnational Legal Theory (Vol. 8, no. 3, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Joseph (Yusuf) Saei, Amicus curious: structure and play in investment arbitration
  • Klaas Hendrik Eller, Private governance of global value chains from within: lessons from and for transnational law
  • Symposium: Neil Walker: Intimations of Global Law
    • Karen Knop, Elegance in global law: reading Neil Walker, Intimations of Global Law
    • Patrick Capps, Authority in Intimations of Global Law
    • Kostakopoulou Dora, Brexit, the US presidential election and neonationalism: is the global imaginary faltering?
    • Martin Loughlin, The misconceived search for global law
    • Neil Walker, The shaping of global law

Call for Papers: Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia

The Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore has issued a call for papers for a conference on "Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia," to take place June 21-22, 2018. Here's the call:


The Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore will be hosting a conference from 21 to 22 June 2018 on “Teaching and Researching International Law in Asia” (TRILA). The broad purposes of the Conference are to assess the current state of teaching and research in International Law in the Asia Pacific region, to identify commonly experienced challenges for teachers of international law, and to formulate a programme of further action and activities to assist individuals in their teaching and research. This Conference follows in the footsteps of the successful Conference held on the same topic in Singapore in 2001. It also complements the ongoing work of the Asian Society of International Law.

The Conference will be preceded by a Junior Faculty Workshop on the 20th of June, which is directed at exploring the challenges junior faculty confront at the beginning of their careers in establishing themselves as teachers and in developing a scholarly agenda.


The Conference on Teaching and Researching
International Law (TRILA)

General Information

The Conference will feature a variety of formats – panels, roundtables, break-out sessions – to enable both focused discussion and widespread participation. Topics, themes and issues to be explored include, but are not confined to the following:

  • ­­­­­the relevance and importance of international law to the practice of law
  • how to make the study of public international law relevant and engaging to students
  • the relationship between international and national law
  • the place of international law in the law school curriculum
  • curriculum content–what topics should be included in a core public international law course, including the possibility of incorporating non-traditional areas (e.g., technology, cyberspace, environment, investment, corporate social responsibility, and others)
  • what should be the purpose of teaching international law in an era of globalization
  • teaching and research methods in institutions with limited resources
  • what teaching methods and materials are appropriate for a course taught in the Asia Pacific region, including the role of moot courts and other experiential learning methods
  • the history and theory of international law in the Asia Pacific region and its place in the teaching of international law
  • the challenges of teaching international law in the local language
  • balancing the demands of teaching and scholarship
  • recent developments in international law scholarship
  • the internet and the teaching of international law
  • the relationship between teaching, scholarly work, and national policy
  • the challenges of researching and publishing with limited resources
  • comparing the challenges faced by scholars and teachers in Asia with those facing their colleagues in Africa and Latin America

The Conference will be held from 21 to 22 June 2018.

How to Participate

Persons anywhere in the world who are interested in participating in the Conference are invited to submit the following:

1. a curriculum vitae listing work experience, qualifications, publications, and other relevant information
2. a short think piece of no more than 600 words dealing with any issue/topic relating to the broad themes of the Conference OR an official nomination from the Dean of the Law School indicating why the nominee should be selected and how the nominee can contribute to the conference

The deadline for submissions is on 15 January 2018. We expect to be able to announce the result of the paper selection in mid-February 2018.

You may sign up here to express your interest in joining the Conference. We will then provide you with updates, reminders, and other relevant information pertaining to the Conference. You may submit your application requirements here.

Participation in this event is by invitation of selected applicants only.


Junior Faculty Workshop

General Information

The Conference will be preceded by a Junior Faculty Workshop on 20 June 2018 which is directed at exploring the challenges junior faculty confront at the beginning of their careers in establishing themselves as teachers and developing a scholarly agenda. Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to present their works in progress for comment. The workshop will include a forum which will deal with topics including: developing a research agenda; the relationship between teaching and scholarship; the elements of good scholarship; preparing an article for publication.

Participants in the Junior Faculty Workshop will be invited to remain for the Conference on 21st and 22d June.

How to Participate

Teachers of international law who are younger than 35 years of age OR who have no more than six years of teaching experience, are invited to apply. Please submit:

1. a 600 words or less abstract of your paper in progress
2. a curriculum vitae containing details of qualifications, work experience, publications

Papers relating to all topics of international law – General international law, the use of force, human rights, international environmental law, investment law, the history and theory of international law – are welcome.

The deadline for the submission of these materials is 22 January 2018. We expect to be able to announce the result of the paper selection by the last week of February. Participants who are selected will be requested to submit their completed papers (no more than 8,000 words) by 15 April 2018.

You may sign up here to express your interest in joining the Junior Faculty Workshop. We will then provide you with updates, reminders, and other relevant information pertaining to the workshop. You may submit your application requirements here.


Participation in the Conference and in the Workshop are free while lunch and snacks will be provided at the venue. Participants are, however, expected to take care of their other costs.

For inquiries, please contact Mr. Robert Real (

Conference: Teaching International Law

On January 24-26, 2018, the University of Innsbruck, the University of Trento, and the University of Bozen-Bolzano will hold a conference on "Teaching International Law," in Innsbruck. The program is here.

Vierck, Villarreal, & Weilert: The Governance of Disease Outbreaks

Leonie Vierck (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), Pedro A. Villarreal (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), & A. Katarina Weilert (Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft) have published The Governance of Disease Outbreaks - International Health Law: Lessons from the Ebola Crisis and Beyond (Nomos 2017). Contents include:
  • Leonie Vierck, Pedro A. Villarreal, & A. Katarina Weilert, The Concept of the Book
  • Michael Marx, Ebola Epidemic 2014-2015: Taking Control or Being Trapped in the Logic of Failure – What Lessons Can Be Learned?
  • Wolfgang Hein, The Response to the West African Ebola Outbreak (2014-2016): A Failure of Global Health Governance?
  • Mateja Steinbrück Platise, The Changing Structure of Global Health Governance
  • Leonie Vierck, The Case Law of International Public Health and Why its Scarcity is a Problem
  • A. Katarina Weilert, The Right to Health in International Law – Normative Foundations and Doctrinal Flaws
  • Elif Askin, Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations of States in the Event of Disease Outbreaks
  • Hunter Keys, Bonnie Kaiser, & André den Exter, The Real Versus the Ideal in NGO Governance: Enacting the Right to Mental Healthcare in Liberia During the 2014-2016 Ebola Epidemic
  • Pedro A. Villarreal, The World Health Organization’s Governance Framework in Disease Outbreaks: A Legal Perspective
  • Edefe Ojomo, Fostering Regional Health Governance in West Africa: The Role of the WAHO
  • Ilja Richard Pavone, Ebola and Securitization of Health: UN Security Council Resolution 2177/2014 and Its Limits
  • Robert Frau, Combining the WHO’s International Health Regulations (2005) with the UN Security Council’s Powers: Does it Make Sense for Health Governance?
  • Susan L. Erikson, The Limits of the International Health Regulations: Ebola Governance, Regulatory Breach, and the Non-Negotiable Necessity of National Healthcare
  • Christian R. Thauer, The Governance of Infectious Diseases. An International Relations Perspective

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Call for Papers: 6th SIEL Biennial Global Conference (Update)

The Society of International Economic Law has issued a call for papers for its 6th Biennial Global Conference, to take place July 12-14, 2018, at the American University Washington College of Law, in Washington, DC. The theme is "International Economic Law in Unsettling Times." The deadline has been extended to December 20, 2017. The updated call is here.

Call for Papers and Panels: Asia and International Law in Challenging Times

The Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law has issued a call for papers and panels for its Global Annual Conference, to take place July 1, 2018, at Waseda University, Tokyo. The theme is: "Asia and International Law in Challenging Times." Here's the call:

Call for Papers & Panels
The Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law
The Global Annual Conference
1 July 2018
Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

All academics, practitioners, lawyers, and government officials around the world are invited to submit a proposal.

Conference Theme: Asia and International Law in Challenging Times

Asia is currently confronted with unprecedented challenges in all areas of international law. While some of them are repercussions of developments on a global scale, others reflect the diversity of Asia, which fuels growth but also creates complexity. As political and economic relations expand and social and cultural exchanges grow in the region, local interests and concerns become more intricately intertwined with international, transnational, and regional interests and concerns, which deepens the complexity in Asia. As the driving force of the world economy amid the advancement of information networks and the globalization of business in a new era, Asia requires the evolution of international rules and institutions. This conference seeks to explore how international law can address these challenges in relation to regional frameworks and initiatives in Asia.

Proposals for papers and panels are welcome in the following areas:

・Theory and history of international law
・International trade and investment law
・International human rights law
・Women in international law
・Terrorism and international law
・International criminal law
・International refugee law
・International environmental and energy law
・Law of the sea
・International and domestic law
・International commercial law
・Private international law
・Cyberspace law

Submission Details

Proposals must be sent to by 31 January 2018.

They must include the following:

1. An abstract of no more than 500 words in Word format (The abstract must include a paper or panel title. For panel proposals, the abstract should also include the names and affiliations of up to three proposed panelists.)

2. The proposal author’s CV of no more than 2 pages (The CV should include a list of relevant publications. It should also indicate whether the author is a member of the Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law and/or the Asian Society of International Law.)

3. The proposal author’s contact details, including name, affiliation and email address

Review of Proposals

Proposals will be reviewed by the Research and Planning Committee of the Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law.

Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by early March.

Full Papers

Authors of accepted paper proposals must submit a full paper by 17 June 2018. The papers will be made available to the participants of the Conference.

Registration Fees and Expenses

All speakers and panelists are exempted from registration fees for the Conference. Lunch will be provided to speakers and panelists during the Conference.

All participants, including the speakers and panelists, must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.


The working language of the Conference is English. A few parallel sessions may be held in Japanese.

Best Paper Award

A speaker who presents the best paper at the Conference will be awarded a grant of JPY50,000.


For inquiries about the Conference, please contact

New Issue: Transnational Dispute Management

The latest issue of Transnational Dispute Management (2017, no. 4) is out. This is a special issue on "Comparative and International Perspectives on Mediation in Insolvency Matters." The table of contents is here.

New Issue: Global Responsibility to Protect

The latest issue of Global Responsibility to Protect (Vol. 9, no. 4, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Serena K. Sharma, The 2017 General Election in Kenya: Re-evaluating R2P’s First Test Case 10 Years On
  • Chloë M. Gilgan, Exploring the Link between R2P and Refugee Protection: Arriving at Resettlement
  • Melinda Rankin, Investigating Crimes against Humanity in Syria and Iraq: The Commission for International Justice and Accountability
  • Gregory Kent, Protecting Civilians in Non-permissive Contexts: A Tentative Typology of Humanitarian Crises
  • Bolarinwa Adediran, Implementing R2P: Towards a Regional Solution?

Dehaussy: Propos sur les sources du droit international

Jacques Dehaussy has published Propos sur les sources du droit international : L'exercice de la fonction normative dans un ordre juridique singulier (Pedone 2017). Here's the abstract:

Pourquoi, dans l’ordre juridique international, les conventions sont-elles sources du Droit alors que, dans tous les autres ordres, elles ne créent que des droits (et des obligations) tirant du Droit leur force obligatoire ? Répondre à cette question conduit l’auteur de cet ouvrage non seulement à faire le constat, mais aussi à tirer toutes les conséquences, en droit positif, de la singularité essentielle que présente cet ordre : il n’a pas d’organes propres. Toutes les fonctions inhérentes à son existence – aujourd’hui unanimement reconnue – sont exercées par les Etats et par les organisations créées par les Etats, agissant par leurs organes.

Ayant, dans un souci didactique, défini les multiples notions impliquées par l’expression métaphorique « sources du Droit », puis celle, spécifique, de « sources du droit international », il examine comment s’exerce, dans cet ordre, de manière par définition fractionnée (et non pas décentralisée), la fonction de création des normes – comment, aussi, un principe de droit international dérivé de la norme pacta sunt servanda (principe général de droit) oblige chaque Etat à rendre exécutoires, dans les rapports des catégories de personnes privées concernées, les normes qu’il a conventionnellement acceptées. En présentant cette conception relativement originale, l’auteur soutient, de manière beaucoup plus large que la doctrine dominante ne le fait, que ces personnes peuvent se voir attribuer un statut (limité) dans l’ordre international.

En cet ordre, aussi bien qu’en tout autre, l’exercice de la fonction normatrice a pour objet premier, nécessairement, la formation des normes qui composent son droit constitutionnel. Dans la seconde Partie de l’ouvrage, partant du constat de la dualité statutaire essentielle de l’Etat, l’auteur s’autorise à énoncer le contenu des normes – normes effectivement appliquées sans qu’il ait été besoin de les formuler – qui, selon lui, constituent ce « droit constitutionnel », y compris la norme fondamentale d’où résulte, en sa version contemporaine, le caractère universel de l’ordre international.

New Issue: European Journal of International Relations

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Relations (Vol. 23, no. 4, December 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Jonathan C. Agensky, Recognizing religion: Politics, history, and the “long 19th century”
  • Ann E. Towns & Bahar Rumelili, Taking the pressure: Unpacking the relation between norms, social hierarchies, and social pressures on states
  • Suraj Jacob, John A. Scherpereel & Melinda Adams, Will rising powers undermine global norms? The case of gender-balanced decision-making
  • Matthias Dembinski, Procedural justice and global order: Explaining African reaction to the application of global protection norms
  • Aarie Glas, Habits of peace: Long-term regional cooperation in Southeast Asia
  • Zoltán I. Búzás, Evading international law: How agents comply with the letter of the law but violate its purpose
  • Thomas Richard Davies, Understanding non-governmental organizations in world politics: The promise and pitfalls of the early ‘science of internationalism’
  • Loriana Crasnic, Nikhil Kalyanpur, & Abraham Newman, Networked liabilities: Transnational authority in a world of transnational business
  • Sean Fleming, Artificial persons and attributed actions: How to interpret action-sentences about states

Kolla: Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution

Edward James Kolla (Georgetown Univ. - School of Foreign Service) has published Sovereignty, International Law, and the French Revolution (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:
The advent of the principle of popular sovereignty during the French Revolution inspired an unintended but momentous change in international law. Edward James Kolla explains that between 1789 and 1799, the idea that peoples ought to determine their fates in international affairs, just as they were taking power domestically in France, inspired a series of new and interconnected claims to territory. Drawing on case studies from Avignon, Belgium, the Rhineland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy, Kolla traces how French revolutionary diplomats and leaders gradually applied principles derived from new domestic political philosophy and law to the international stage. Instead of obtaining land via dynastic inheritance or conquest in war, the will of the people would now determine the title and status of territory. However, the principle of popular sovereignty also opened up new justifications for aggressive conquest, and this history foreshadowed some of the most controversial questions in international relations today.

New Issue: Swiss Review of International and European Law

The latest issue of the Swiss Review of International and European Law (Vol. 27, no. 3, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Frauke Renz, The Role of Private Military and Security Companies: Corporate Dogs of War or Civilians Operating in Hostile Environments?
    • Judith Wyttenbach & Nicola Hofer, Die Bedeutung des Gesetzes für die Einschränkung und die Gewährleistung von EMRK-Garantien

New Issue: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

The latest issue of the Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Vol. 77, no. 3, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Jochen Abr. Frowein, Zum Tode von Botschafter Prof. Dr. Tono Eitel 1933-2017
  • Giacomo Rugge & Valentina Volpe, The Italian Court Through the Looking-Glass – A Dialogue Between Constitutional Justices
  • A Falling Tree Makes More Noise Than a Growing Forest - On the Constitutional Courts’ Underestimated Contribution to the Domestic Enforcement of the European Convention on Human Rights
    • Davide Paris, Introduction
    • David Kosař & Jan Petrov, The Architecture of the Strasbourg System of Human Rights: The Crucial Role of the Domestic Level and the Constitutional Courts in Particular
    • Davide Paris, Allies and Counterbalances – Constitutional Courts and the European Court of Human Rights: A Comparative Perspective
    • Ausra Padskocimaite, Constitutional Courts and (Non)execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights: A Comparison of Cases from Russia and Lithuania
    • Diletta Tega, The Italian Way: A Blend of Cooperation and Hubris
    • Ladislav Vhynánek, A Holistic View of the Czech Constitutional Court Approach to the ECtHR’s Case Law – On the Importance of Individual Justices
    • Tobias Ackermann & Katrin Fenrich, Motion and Rest –International Law’s Responsiveness Towards Terrorism, Mass Surveillance, and Self-Defence
    • Marco Longobardo, (New) Cyber Exploitation and (Old) International Humanitarian Law

New Issue: Revista Española de Derecho Internacional

The latest issue of the Revista Española de Derecho Internacional (Vol. 69, no. 2, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Estudios
    • Luis Garau Juaneda, La Ley 20/2011, del Registro Civil, y sus efectos en el Derecho internacional privado español
    • Caterina García i Segura, "Westfalia, worldfalia, eastfalia". El impacto de las transformaciones de la estructura de poder interestatal en el orden internacional
    • Jorge E. Viñuales, La protección ambiental en el Derecho consuetudinario internacional
    • Mónica Guzmán Zapater, Matrimonios celebrados en el extranjero e inscripción en el Registro Civil: práctica de la Dirección General de los Registros y del Notariado
    • Ricardo Arredondo, "WikiLeaks", Assange y el futuro del asilo diplomático
    • Inmaculada Marrero Rocha, Nuevas dinámicas en las relaciones entre crimen organizado y grupos terroristas
    • Marcela López Vallejo, En la frontera del debate global-local: la provisión de bienes públicos desde la gobernanza escalar
    • Sagrario Morán Blanco, La ciberseguridad y el uso de las Tecnologías de la Información y la Comunicación (TIC) por el terrorismo
    • Aurelio López-Tarruella Martínez, El criterio de las actividades dirigidas como concepto autónomo de DiPr de la Unión Europea para la regulación de las actividades en internet
    • Lucas J. Ruiz Díaz, La prevención de la radicalización en la estrategia contra el terrorismo de la Unión Europea. Entre "soft law" e impulso de medidas de apoyo
  • Foro. Ciberseguridad y Derecho Internacional
    • Faustino Cordón Moreno, La orden europea de retención de cuentas en un proceso seguido en España: ¿naturaleza cautelar o ejecutiva?
    • M. Carmen Senés Motilla, La orden europea de retención de cuentas: una apuesta decidida para la tutela cautelar del crédito en asuntos transfronterizos
  • Foro. La orden europea de retención de cuentas
    • Gracia Abad Quintanal, Las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y la República Popular China en la era Trump: el arte de la negociación frente al arte de la guerra
    • David García Cantalapiedra, La Administración Trump, el ascenso de la República Popular China y el nuevo "internacionalismo independiente"
  • Foro. La Administración Trump, China y la lógica del conflicto en Asia
    • Francesc Xavier Pons Rafols, El Tribunal Constitucional y la Ley catalana de acción exterior y de relaciones con la Unión Europea
    • Miguel García García-Revillo, Falta de jurisdicción de los tribunales españoles para conocer de delitos contra el medio ambiente (pesca IUU) cometidos por españoles mediante buques de pabellón extranjero en alta mar

Monday, November 27, 2017

New Issue: Revue Générale de Droit International Public

The latest issue of the Revue Générale de Droit International Public (Vol. 121, no. 3, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Dossier : l'exécution des décisions juridictionnelles internationales
    • Carlo Santulli, L'obigation d'exécuter les décisions juridictionnelles internationales
    • Péter Kovács, Les mesures conservatoires dans la pratique de la Cour internationale de Justice et de la Cour Pénale Internationale
    • Guillaume Le Floch, L'exécution des décisions ordonnant la mainlevée des navires devant le Tribunal international du droit de la mer
    • Gérard Cahin, L'exécution des décisions juridictionnelles internationales rendues à l'encontre des organisations internationales
    • Sébastien Touzé, L'exécution des constatations des comités conventionnels des Nations Unies
    • Pierre-François Laval, Les limites constitutionnelles à l'exécution des arrêts de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme à la lumière de la jurisprudence nationale comparée
    • H. Tigroudja, L'obligation d'exécution dans le système interaméricain des droits de l'homme : vers l'affirmation d'un droit subjectif international à l'exécution des décisions de la Cour interaméricaine?
    • Mamadou Hébié, L'exécution des décisions de la Cour africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuple
    • Andrea Hamann, L'encadrement de l'exécution des recommandations adoptées dans le règlement des différends de l'OMC
    • Patrick Jacob, L'exécution des décisions ALENA
    • Laurent Coutron, L'exécution des condamnations étatiques prononcées par le juge de l'Union européenne
    • Hélène Gaudin, L'exécution des condamnations de personnes privées prononcées par le juge de l'Union
    • Malik Laazouzi, L'exécution des sentences arbitrales ad hoc rendues sur le fondement d'un traité de protection des investissements
    • Clémentine Emery, L'exécution des mesures conservatoires prononcées par les tribunaux arbitraux
    • Baptiste Tranchant, L'immunité étatique et l'exécution en France des sentences arbitrales internationales. Observations suite à l'entrée en vigueur de la loi "Sapin 2"
    • Denis Alland, A titre de conclusions : Qu'est que l'exécution d'une décision juridictionnelle internationale et qui l'assume?

AJIL Unbound Symposium: Africa and the Future of International Trade Regimes

AJIL Unbound has posted a symposium on "Africa and the Future of International Trade Regimes." The symposium includes an introduction by James Thuo Gathii and contributions by Joy Kategekwa, William Davis, Kathleen Claussen, and Stephen Lande and Dennis Matanda.

Canal-Forgues & Delmas-Marty: Quelle(s) complémentarité(s) en droit international pénal

Eric Canal-Forgues & Mireille Delmas-Marty have published Quelle(s) complémentarité(s) en droit international pénal (Pedone 2017). Contents include:
  • Eric Canal-Forgues, Quelle politique de complémentarité ? Complementarity as politics
  • Isabelle Fouchard, L'hybridation des juridictions pénales comme reflet des interdépendances
  • Cécile Aptel, La complémentarité en droit international pénal et les droits des victimes en droit international des droits de l'homme
  • Leïla Bourguiba, La justice pénale internationale est-elle politisée ? Des relations entre la CPI, le Conseil de sécurité et l'Union Africaine
  • Eric Canal-Forgues, How can a state win (or lose) a complementarity challenge ? Libya vs. the ICC
  • Ibrahim M. H. Aljazy, The international Criminal Court and the Arab world : lessons to be learned
  • Mireille Delmas-Marty, Complémentarité et gouvernance mondiale

Donaldson: The Survival of the Secret Treaty

Megan Donaldson (Univ. of Cambridge) has posted The Survival of the Secret Treaty: Publicity, Secrecy and Legality in the International Order. Here's the abstract:
This article offers the first detailed history of the norm of treaty publication as it has evolved over the last century. Drawing on both public debates and archives of foreign ministries, it traces how, and why, secret treaties have persisted, even in liberal democracies. It challenges assumptions of ever-greater transparency over time, and complicates the associations made — by interwar reformers and international lawyers today — between the norm of treaty publication and ideals of legality in the international order.

Koskenniemi, García-Salmones Rovira, & Amorosa: International Law and Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Martti Koskenniemi (Univ. of Helsinki - Law), Mónica García-Salmones Rovira (Univ. of Helsinki - Law), & Paolo Amorosa (Univ. of Helsinki - Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights) have published International Law and Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Oxford Univ. Press 2017). Contents include:
  • Martti Koskenniemi, International Law and Religion
  • Sarah Mortimer, Law, justice, and charity in a divided christendom : 1500-1625
  • Pia Valenzuela, Between Scylla and Charybdis: Aquinas's political thought and his notion of natural law and Ius Gentium
  • Mary M. Keys, Religion, empire, and law among nations in The City of God: from the Salamanca School to Augustine, and back again
  • Janne E. Nijman, Grotius' Imago Dei Anthropology: Grounding Ius Naturae et Gentium
  • Ofir Haivry, John Selden and the Jewish Religious Fountainhead of the International law of the sea
  • John Haskell, The religion/secularism debate in human rights literature: constitutive tensions between Christiam, Islamic, and secular perpectives
  • Mónica García-Salmones Rovira, Natural rights in Albert the great: beyond objective and subjective divides
  • Pasquale Annicchino, The past is never dead: Christian anti-internationalism and human rights
  • Pamela Slotte, Whose justice? What political theology? On Christian and theological approaches to human rights in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries
  • Moussa Abou Ramadan, Muslim jurists' criteria for the division of the world into Dar al-Harb and Dar al-Islam
  • Nahed Samour, From imperial to dissident: approaches to territory in Islamic International law
  • Reut Yael Paz, 'If I forget thee, O Jerusalem': religion, International law, and Jerusalem
  • Ileana M. Porras, The doctrine of the providential function of commerce in International law: idealizing trade
  • Immi Tallgren, The faith in humanity and International criminal law
  • Michele Nicoletti, Religion and empire: Carl Schmitt's Katechon between International relations and the philosophy of history
  • Elena Paris, International law-making and metaphysical foundations of universality: retrieving an alternative metaphysics
  • Paul W. Kahn, The law of nations at the origin of American law
  • Paolo Amorosa, Messianic visions of the United States: International law, religion, and the Cuban intervention, 1898-1917

New Issue: Journal du Droit International

The latest issue of the Journal du Droit International ("Clunet") (Vol. 144, no. 4, Octobre-Novembre-Décembre 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Doctrine
    • Régis Bismuth, L’extraterritorialité du FATCA et le problème des « américains accidentels »
    • Salma Triki, Le principe de sécurité juridique en droit international privé de la famille

de Lassus Saint-Geniès: Droit international du climat et aspect économique du défi climatique

Géraud de Lassus Saint-Geniès (Université de Laval - Law) has published Droit international du climat et aspect économique du défi climatique (Pedone 2017). Here's the abstract:

Résoudre la crise climatique est un défi intrinsèquement économique. Il s’agit d’inventer une nouvelle économie, moins carbonée et capable – face à l’attrait de l’immédiat – de défendre suffisamment les intérêts des générations futures. En matière de lutte contre les changements climatiques, encadrer les choix économiques nationaux est donc indispensable. Mais le droit international, que les États mobilisent depuis plus de 25 ans pour protéger le climat, y contribue-t-il réellement ?

Cette question constitue le centre de gravité de cet ouvrage qui vise à déterminer l’importance que les membres du système multilatéral de lutte contre les changements climatiques accordent aux aspects économiques du défi climatique dans le cadre de leur coopération.

Fondée sur une analyse de la Convention-cadre des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques, du Protocole de Kyoto et de l’Accord de Paris, cette étude démontre la portée limitée des outils mis en place par les États pour amorcer la transition énergétique et le haut niveau de protection que la norme internationale garantit à leurs intérêts économiques.

Cet ouvrage, qui se veut accessible au plus grand nombre, propose une analyse critique du régime juridique international du climat sous un angle novateur. Il permettra à chacun de mieux saisir le contenu et le fonctionnement de ce droit international du climat, et de mesurer toute la complexité de construire, au sein d’une société internationale plurielle et en proie à la tentation du repli national, des mécanismes juridiques garantissant une articulation plus harmonieuse des préoccupations économiques et environnementales.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Senti & Hilpold: WTO System und Funktionsweise der Welthandelsordnung

Richard Senti & Peter Hilpold have published WTO System und Funktionsweise der Welthandelsordnung (2. Auflage, Schulthess 2017). Here's the abstract:
Die vorliegende Veröffentlichung bietet einen Gesamtüberblick über das aktuell geltende Recht der WTO, sie verfolgt dabei einen interdisziplinären Ansatz, der einerseits die ökonomischen Zusammenhänge darstellt sowie andererseits die Welthandelsorganisation aus völkerrechtlicher Sicht analysiert. Die 2. Auflage dieses Lehrbuches bedingt eine weitgehende Umgestaltung der Darstellung, da in den letzten eineinhalb Jahrzehnten ein weitgehender Perspektivenwechsel erfolgte: Die 2001 eingeleitete Doha-Runde konnte bis heute nicht zum Abschluss gebracht werden, und dennoch hat sich das WTO-Recht zwischenzeitlich in vielem verändert und weiterentwickelt. Von zunehmender Bedeutung sind insbesondere die regionalen Handelsabkommen, die eine immer stärkere Konkurrenz zur WTO-Ordnung darstellen. Auch die Rechtsprechung der WTO-Streitbeilegungsinstanzen verlangt einen neuen Zugang zu dieser Materie. Grosse Aufmerksamkeit wird zudem der Frage gewidmet, wie sich das WTO-Recht im System des internationalen Wirtschaftsrechts für die Zukunft positioniert.

Calboli & Ng-Loy: Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture

Irene Calboli (Singapore Management Univ. - Law; Texas A&M Univ. - Law) & Wee Loon Ng-Loy (National Univ. of Singapore - Law) have published Geographical Indications at the Crossroads of Trade, Development, and Culture: Focus on Asia-Pacific (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:
Historically, few topics have proven to be so controversial in international intellectual property as the protection of geographical indications (GIs). The adoption of TRIPS in 1994 did not resolve disagreements, and countries worldwide continue to quarrel today as to the nature, the scope, and the enforcement of GI protection nationally and internationally. Thus far, however, there is little literature addressing GI protection from the point of view of the Asia-Pacific region, even though countries in this region have actively discussed the topic and in several instances have promoted GIs as a mechanism to foster local development and safeguard local culture. This book, edited by renowned intellectual property scholars, fills the void in the current literature and offers a variety of contributions focusing on the framework and effects of GI protection in the Asia-Pacific region.

Conference: ASEAN Law in the New Regional Economic Order

On December 7-8, 2017, Singapore Management University School of Law will hold a conference on "ASEAN Law in the New Regional Economic Order: Global Trends and Shifting Paradigms." The program is here. Here's the idea:

The fast-growing Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been attracting the attention of governments and business. ASEAN trade agreements are also critical to the prospect of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The legalization of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and ASEAN’s external agreements with major Asia-Pacific economic powers (China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand) provide a valuable case study of the New Regional Economic Order.

A comprehensive legal analysis of the concept of ASEAN law in national, regional and global contexts is urgent and necessary. The objective of the ASEAN Law Conference is to produce a detailed publication on ASEAN law under the new AEC Blueprint 2025 and its impact on conventional theory of regional integration. In particular, the conference focuses on the impact of regional agreements on the business and commercial aspect of laws. From a comparative law perspective, case studies on the laws of Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam will add to the existing literature. Moreover, the conference will examine the implications of mega-regionals and EU agreements for ASEAN law. Hence, this conference will offer a fresh view of the legal perspective of Asia-Pacific regionalism and bridge the gap between academia and practice.

Chesterman: How 'Public' is Public International Law?

Simon Chesterman (National Univ. of Singapore - Law) has posted How 'Public' is Public International Law? Towards a Typology of NGOs and Civil Society Actors. Here's the abstract:
How “public” is public international law? Despite its natural law origins, international law has long privileged the role of the state. Today, NGOs and civil society actors play an increasingly important role — offering a voice for the disenfranchised through their advocacy, and a helping hand for the disadvantaged through their operations. Calls for accountability of these actors are understandable, but often founder on their diversity. This paper therefore develops a typology of such actors, based on their activities and their drivers. That typology better reflects the reasons for and circumstances in which accountability is appropriate. In addition, it suggests a possible evolution in the international order where the status of an actor (state, intergovernmental organization, NGO, etc) is less important than its function.

New Volume: Israel Yearbook on Human Rights

The latest volume of the Israel Yearbook on Human Rights (Vol. 47, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, Non-State Actors in the Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court
  • Robin Geiß & James G. Devaney, Zealots, Victims and Captives: Maintaining Adequate Protection of Human Shields in Contemporary International Humanitarian Law
  • Marco Roscini, Animals and the Law of Armed Conflict
  • Chris De Cock, Legal Implications Surrounding Operation “Inherent Resolve” in Iraq and Syria
  • Yoram Dinstein, A European Model Law for the Promotion of Tolerance and the Suppression of Intolerance
  • Rein Müllerson, New Challenges to the Old Idea of Universality of (All) Human Rights
  • Arnon Gutfeld & Yoram Rabin, Homeschooling in the United States and Its Lessons for Israel
  • Haggai Erlich, Vicissitudes of History and Human Rights - Ethiopia and Eritrea
  • Pierre d’Argent & Melinda Kuritzky, Refoulement by Proxy? The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and the Training of Libyan Coast Guards by EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia
  • Laurie R. Blank, The Extent of Self-Defence against Terrorist Groups: For How Long and How Far?
  • Nicholas Rostow, 100 Years Later: The Continuing Relevance of the Balfour Declaration
  • Joseph Agassi, Never Again?
  • Jeff Lahav, Judgments of the Supreme Court of Israel Relating to Human Rights

Lang & Weiner: Handbook on Global Constitutionalism

Anthony F. Lang, Jr. (Univ. of St Andrews - International Relations) & Antje Wiener (Univ. of Hamburg - Political Science) have published Handbook on Global Constitutionalism (Edward Elgar Publishing 2017). Contents include:
  • Anthony F Lang, Jr. & Antje Wiener, A Constitutionalizing Global Order: An Introduction
  • Jill Harries, Global Constitutionalism: The Ancient Worlds
  • Francis Oakley, Medieval Constitutionalism
  • Martine Julia van Ittersum, Global Constitutionalism in the Early Modern Period: The Role of Empires, Treaties and Natural Law
  • Chris Thornhill, The Enlightenment and Global Constitutionalism
  • Michel Rosenfeld, Modern Historical Antecedents of Global Constitutionalism in Theoretical Perspective
  • Garrett Wallace Brown, Cosmopolitanism and Global Constitutionalism
  • Iain Ferguson, Liberal Theory
  • Jan Wilkens, Constructivism
  • Oliver Jütersonke, Realist Perspectives on Global Constitutionalism
  • Gavin W. Anderson, Critical Theory
  • Jean d’Aspremont, International Legal Constitutionalism, Legal Forms, and the Need for Villains
  • Jutta Brunnée & Stephen J. Toope, Interactional Legal Theory, the International Rule of Law and Global Constitutionalism
  • Jeffrey L. Dunoff, The Multifaceted Relationship between Functionalism and Global Constitutionalism
  • Mattias Kumm, Global Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law
  • Eoin Carolan, Balance of Powers
  • Peter Niesen, Constituent Power in Global Constitutionalism
  • Samantha Besson, Human Rights as Transnational Constitutional Law
  • Anne Peters, Proportionality as a Global Constitutional Principle
  • Bardo Fassbender, Written versus Unwritten: Two Views on the Form of an International Constitution
  • Andrew Arato, Constitution Making
  • Başak Çalı, International Judicial Review
  • M. J. Peterson, Legislatures
  • William E. Scheuerman, Executive and Exception
  • Thomas O. Hueglin, Federalism: From Constitutionalism to Constitutionalisation?
  • Michael W. Doyle, The UN Charter and Global Constitutionalism?
  • Jan Klabbers, Functionalism, Constitutionalism and the United Nations
  • Jo Shaw, The European Union and Global Constitutionalism
  • Andrea Birdsall & Anthony F Lang, Jr., The International Criminal Court and Global Constitutionalism
  • Joel P. Trachtman, Global Commercial Constitutionalization: The World Trade Organization
  • Christine Schwöbel-Patel, The Political Economy of Global Constitutionalism
  • Susanna Mancini, Global Religion in a Post-Westphalia World
  • Neil Walker, Constitutionalism and Pluralism

New Issue: Global Environmental Politics

The latest issue of Global Environmental Politics (Vol. 17, no. 4, November 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Forum
    • Florian Krampe, Toward Sustainable Peace: A New Research Agenda for Post-Conflict Natural Resource Management
  • Research Articles
    • Rebecca L. Gruby, Macropolitics of Micronesia: Toward a Critical Theory of Regional Environmental Governance
    • Paul Tobin, Leaders and Laggards: Climate Policy Ambition in Developed States
    • Kees Jansen, Business Conflict and Risk Regulation: Understanding the Influence of the Pesticide Industry
    • Chandra Lal Pandey & Priya A. Kurian, The Media and the Major Emitters: Media Coverage of International Climate Change Policy
    • Lisa Vanhala, Process Tracing in the Study of Environmental Politics
    • Nina Kolleck, Mareike Well, Severin Sperzel, & Helge Jörgens, The Power of Social Networks: How the UNFCCC Secretariat Creates Momentum for Climate Education
    • Michael J. Bloomfield & Philip Schleifer, Tracing Failure of Coral Reef Protection in Nonstate Market-Driven Governance
  • Book Review Essay
    • Alessandro Bonanno, The Contradictions of the Neoliberal Global Agri-Food System