Saturday, April 21, 2018

Zakerhossein: Situation Selection Regime at the International Criminal Court

Mohammad Hadi Zakerhossein has published Situation Selection Regime at the International Criminal Court (Intersentia 2017). Here's the abstract:
The International Criminal Court (the Court) in The Hague, in fulfilling its mandate to put an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious international crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, is neither able nor intended to investigate all situations of crisis across the world. Selectivity is unavoidable for the operation of this international organization. However, the authority of the Prosecutor of the Court to select and prioritize a situation over other situations is not unfettered. This book studies the situation selection regime at the International Criminal Court. In doing so, it first clarifies the notion of situation under the constituent instrument of the Court, the Rome Statute. In addition to this conceptualization, through describing the situation selection process and criteria, the Court’s law, policies and practices in this regard are examined. Dealing with the misunderstanding of the Court’s selectivity, this book reads the situation selection regime from the lens of expressivism. This theory justifies the selectivity in the Court’s operation. The book is a resource for anyone who seeks more insight into the situation selection regime of the Court.

Friday, April 20, 2018

New Issue: Global Trade and Customs Journal

The latest issue of Global Trade and Customs Journal (Vol. 13, no. 4, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Vassilis Akritidis & Florentine Sneij, The Shake-Up of the EU Institutions’ Dumping Calculation Methodology and the Compatibility of a Market-Oriented Concept of Normal Value with WTO Law
  • Laura Fraedrich, Chase Kaniecki, & Sara Rafferty, Global Survey of Existing Regimes and Potential Significant Changes on the Horizon
  • Shuzhong Ma, Yuxi Chai, Jinmin Wang, & Yan Duan, New Digital Infrastructure, Cross-Border E-Commerce and Global Vision of Creating Electronic World Trade Platform
  • Eyal Ronen & Yohan Benizri, Export Competitiveness and Trade Agreements: Analysis and Insights from Israel’s Experience
  • Mariya Polner, Harnessing the Power of Data for Customs Enforcement

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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 Charles C. Jalloh on “The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law” and Edith Brown Weiss on “The Commons, Public Goods and International Law.”

New Volume: Czech Yearbook of Public & Private International Law

The latest volume of the Czech Yearbook of Public & Private International Law (Vol. 8, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Symposium: Law of International Responsibility
    • Pavel Šturma, Introduction to Section “Symposium: Law of International Responsibility”
    • Josef Mrázek. Peremptory Norms of International Law and Invocation of International Responsibility
    • Karolina Wierczyńska, Responsibility of State and Responsibility of Individual – Old Problems and New Challenges for International Law
    • Tomáš Fecák, Responsibility for Violations of Investors’ Rights under New EU Investment Agreements
    • Adam Giertl, International Responsibility in the Context of Disaster Response
  • Studies in International Law and Organizations
    • Dalibor Jílek & Jana Michaličková, Personal Staus of Refugees: The Original International Solution
    • Pavel Caban, Failure to React as Evidence of opinio iuris (a Comment to the ILC’s First Draft Conclusions on Identification of Customary International Law)
    • Zuzana Trávníčková, Legal Status of Unilateral Coercive Measures under Customary International Law
    • Birutė Pranevičienė & Violeta Vasiliauskienė, Irregular Migration through South Mediterranean Route: Actions by Coast Guard Vessels and NGO Vessels
    • Sandra Brožová, The Importance of Customary Law for the Codification of the Law of Treaties
    • Milan Lipovský, Existence of a Dispute in Front of the ICJ
  • International Law and European Law
    • Ondrej Hamuľák & Ján Mazák, The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union vis-à-vis the Member States – Scope of its Application in the View of the CJEU
    • Harald Christian Scheu, Migrant Integration as a New EU Agenda
    • Václav Šmejkal, Ten Years after the Viking Judgment: EU Court of Justice still in Search of Balance between Market Freedoms and Social Rights
    • Monika Forejtová, Legal Status of the Notarial Profession as a Specific Profession in Europe – the Example of the Czech Republic and Hungary
    • Michal Petr, Twice about ne bis in idem: Conflicting Approach of European Courts to the Same Principle
    • Radka MacGregor Pelikánová & Marek Beneš, Does the Full Harmonization of the Consumers’ Protection against Unfair Commercial Practices via UCPD fit in Europe 2020?
  • Use of Force and So-Called Islamic State
    • Veronika Bílková, The Use of Force against the Islamic State (Jus ad Bellum Aspects)
    • Tamás Lattmann, Questions of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law in the Case of a Foreign Military Intervention against the Islamic State
    • Jelena Dinic, Money Laudering as a Form of Financing Terrorism through the Prism of Terrorist Organization “Islamic State of Iraq and Levant”
  • Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
    • Alla Tymofeyeva, Indirect Obligations of Business Entities under the European Convention on Human Rights
    • Tomáš Bruner, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights: Twenty Years from Addis Ababa Protocol
    • Martin Faix & Tuomass Heikkinen, States´ Obligations under Common Article 1 of the Geneva Conventions in the Context of Multinational Military Operations
  • International Criminal Law
    • Čestmír Čepelka, The Concept of Crimes against Humanity
    • Ondřej Sváček, Brothers and Sisters in Arms as Victims of War Crimes: Ntaganda Case before the ICC
  • Environmental Protection and Law of the Sea
    • Ernest Petrič, “Junction Area“ – a New Legal Regime Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) Case No. 2012-04 (Slovenia v. Croatia)
    • Jan Ondřej, The Issues of Sovereignty and Ownership in Respect to the Sea-bed and Ocean Floor and its Resources (Including Exploration and Exploitation of Resources from the Sea-bed Beyond the Boundaries of the National Jurisdiction of States)
    • Jakub Handrlica, The Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and Radioactive Waste Management: Problems Revisited
  • Health Law, Ethics, and Human Rights
    • Petr Šustek, Restrictions of Personal Freedom in the Context of Psychiatric Care in the Czech Republic
    • Martin Šolc, Reflections of Ethical Debate in the International Law Regulation of Stem Cell Research
    • Tomáš Holčapek, Doctrine of Loss of Chance in Medical Malpractice Cases: Comparative, International and Transnational Aspects
  • Views on Investment and Trade Law
    • Katarína Chovancová, Countermeasures and their (In)Comparable Congruence in International Investment Arbitration & the WTO Law
    • Elisa Baroncini, From Turkey – Textiles to Peru – Additional Duty: Th e Contribution of the WTO Case-Law on the Relation between the Marrakesh System and Regional Trade Agreements
    • Kristýna Urbanová, WTO in Context of Brexit
    • Ondřej Svoboda, No Reason to Party: United Kingdom as Party to EU Free Trade Agreements after Brexit
    • Zdeněk Nový, Lis Pendens between International Investment Tribunals and National Courts
    • Petr Stejskal, War: Foreign Investments in Danger Can International Humanitarian Law or Full Protection and Security Clause Always Save it?
  • Czech Practice of International Law
    • Pavel Šturma, The Work of the International Law Commission at the beginning of the New Term: Crimes against Humanity and Other Topics
    • Petr Válek, The International Law Aspects of the New Czech Act on Foreign Service
    • Václav Stehlík, Application of CILFIT Criteria by Czech Supreme Courts
    • Vít Alexander Schorm, The Czech Republic before the European Court of Human Rights in 2016
    • Milan Beránek, List of Ratified International Treaties which Entered into Force for the Czech Republic from 1st January 2016 till 31st December 2016
    • Ondřej Svoboda, Tomáš Kozárek, & Alex Ivančo, The Czech Republic’s Push for Innovative Agenda in the UNIDROIT and the UNCITRAL
  • Shorter Articles and Notes
    • Milan Lipovský, Moot Courts on Issues of Public International Law in the Year 2016/2017
    • Pavel Šturma, Avec un brin de nostalgie: On the Occasion of the 90th Birthday of Professor Čestmír Čepelka

Call for Papers: Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law

The Anti-Corruption Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law, Sciences Po Law School, and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have issued a call for papers for a conference on “Transnationalization of Anti-Corruption Law,” to take place December 6-7, 2018, in Paris. The call is here.

New Issue: Yale Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Yale Journal of International Law (Vol. 43, no. 1, Winter 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Richard Albert, Constitutional Amendment and Dismemberment
  • Suren Gomtsian, Annemarie Balvert, Branislav Hock, & Oğuz Kirman, Between the Green Pitch and the Red Tape: The Private Legal Order of FIFA
  • Mariana Pargendler, The Role of the State in Contract Law: The Common-Civil Law Divide

New Volume: Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law

The latest volume of the Hungarian Yearbook of International Law and European Law (2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Part I Thematic Part: Migration
    • Ielyzaveta Lvova, Global, International and State Dimensions of Migration – Problems of International/Domestic Enforcement
    • Balázs András Orbán, Legislation as a Catalyst of Irregular Migration
    • Barbara Bazánth & Gábor Kajtár, The Duty to Compensate for Expenses Occurring as a Result of Mass Migration in International Law
    • László Komáromi, The EU Migrant Quota Referendum in Hungary – The Legal Aspects of a Primarily Political Device
    • Tamás Molnár, Limitations on the Expulsion of Aliens Imposed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – A Retrospect of 50 Years
    • Blanka Ujvári, The Causes of Statelessness
    • Anita Rozália Nagy-Nádasdi, Fleeing Former Child Soldiers’ Right to Integration
  • Part II: Developments in International Law
    • Snezana Trifunovska, The Principle of Non-Interference and Cyber Operations
    • Tamás Lattmann, Potential Role of International Law in the Field of IT Warfare
    • Saeed Bagheri, The Legal Aspects of Turkey’s War against the PKK – A Case for Self-Defence within the Context of International Law
    • Lénárd Sándor, International Law Issues in Human Rights and the World of Business
    • Dodik Setiawan Nur Heriyanto, Resolving Indonesia’s Responsibility for Transboundary Haze Pollution in Light of the Toothless ATHP

New Volume: Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional

The latest volume of the Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional (Vol. 33, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Estudios Doctrinales
    • Romualdo Bermejo García, Las denominadas nuevas tendencias en la lucha contra el terrorismo internacional: el caso del Estado Islámico
    • Pedro J. Martínez-Fraga, La Doctrina de Prescripción en el Derecho Internacional Público y la necesidad de nuevos paradigmas transnacionales
    • Consuelo Ramón Chornet, La reciente evolución de la estrategia antiterrorista, test de la estrategia global de seguridad de la UE
    • Soledad Torrecuadrada García-Lozano, Los hijos del enemigo: las víctimas silenciosas de los crímenes sexuales
    • María José Cervell Hortal, El ataque de Estados Unidos contra Siria por el empleo de armas químicas: ¿acto «contra legem» o contramedida por violación del «ius cogens»?
    • Marco Longobardo, The self-proclaimed statehood of the Islamic State between 2014 and 2017 and International Law
    • Dorothy Estrada Tanck, Los derechos humanos al agua y al saneamiento: una visión desde el Derecho Internacional, Europeo y Español
    • Daniel García San José, El derecho de acceso a los medicamentos como corolario de la acción internacional contra medicamentos ilegales
  • Notas
    • Carmen Rocío García Ruiz, El papel de las ONGs en el sistema de la Corte Penal Internacional
    • Pedro Manuel Quesada López & Rabia M’Rabet, Reflexiones jurídicas en torno al posible papel mediador de la Unión Europea en el contencioso de Gibraltar
    • Begoña Rodríguez Díaz, La aplicación de las reglas de interpretación de los tratados internacionales de la Convención de Viena de Derecho de los Tratados de 1969 a la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad: el derecho a la vida de los fetos con síndrome de Down

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Volume: Japanese Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the Japanese Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 60, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • In Memoriam
    • Professor Dr. Yasuo Ishimoto (1924-2015)
  • Uniform Law Treaties: Their Reception, Implementation, Success and Failure
    • Hiroo Sono, Introductory Note
    • Hiroo Sono, Going Forward with Uniform Private Law Treaties: A Study in Japan’s Behavioral Pattern
    • Tomotaka Fujita, When Does Japan Not Conclude Uniform Private Law Conventions?
    • Souichirou Kozuka, The Selective Reception of Uniform Law in Asia
    • Tetsuo Morishita, Successes and Failures of Harmonization of Commercial Laws
  • New Japanese Legislation for Peace And Security (2015) and International Law
    • Shunji Yanai, New Japanese Legislation for Peace and Security — Its Background and Salient Points —
    • Tadashi Mori, Collective Self-Defence in International Law and in the New Japanese Legislation for Peace and Security (2015)
    • Akira Mayama, The Constitutional Limitation on the Exercise of the Right of Collective Self-Defense: Minesweeping in Foreign Territorial Waters and Close-In Logistical Support for Belligerents
    • Masahiro Kurosaki, The Legal Frameworks of “Coming-To-Aid” Duty: The Pluralism of the Concept of Self-Defense and Its Multi-Layered Legal Grounds
  • Half a Century with the International Covenants on Human Rights: Long-Term Impacts on the World, Asia and Japan: Part Two
    • Naoko Maeda, Forty Years’ Practice of the UN Human Rights Committee for Implementation of the Covenant: A Universal Model for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
    • Walter Kälin, Human Rights Treaties within the UPR Process: Opportunities and Limits of Inter-Governmental Monitoring of Human Rights
    • Kimio Yakushiji, Developments in the Acceptance and Implementation of Obligations Defined in Core UN Human Rights Conventions by East Asian and Southeast Asian Countries
  • Unilateralism and Multilateralism in Regulating Cross-Border Business Transactions: Part Two
    • Yoshiaki Nomura, Fall of Extraterritoriality and Resurgence of Choice of Law in Global Securities Litigation
  • Special Lecture
    • Ronny Abraham, The Role of the ICJ in the Promotion of the Rule of Law
  • Japanese Digest of International Law
    • Shotaro Hamamoto, Territorial Status of the Northern Territories
    • Shin Hae Bong, Legislative, Administrative and Judicial Measures in Japan Against Racial Hate Speech
  • Cases and Issues in Japanese Private International Law
    • Dai Yokomizo, Recognition of a Foreign Judgment on Children Born Through Surrogate Pregnancy

Call for Papers: The Universality Challenge to Human Rights Law: a Sword, a Shield, or Neither?

On the occasion of the 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law, the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law has issued a call for papers for a preconference roundtable on "The Universality Challenge to Human Rights Law: a Sword, a Shield, or Neither?" The call is here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lixinski & Tzevelekos: The Strained, Elusive and Wide-Ranging Relationship between International Cultural Heritage Law and the Law of State Responsibility

Lucas Lixinski (Univ. of New South Wales - Law) & Vassilis Tzevelekos (Univ. of Liverpool - Law) have posted The Strained, Elusive and Wide-Ranging Relationship between International Cultural Heritage Law and the Law of State Responsibility: From Collective Enforcement to Concurrent Responsibility (in Cultural Heritage Law and Ethics: Mapping Recent Developments, A. Chechi & M.A. Renold eds., 2017). Here’s the abstract:
The Chapter engages with the connections between State responsibility and international heritage law. In the absence – in principle – of special rules on State responsibility within the cultural heritage regime, general law is the law to use. The example of heritage tells an important story about the international law on State responsibility, namely, a story of how fragmented normative regimes in the same specialised field (i.e. heritage law) can articulate different responses and different levels of State responsibility, ultimately harming the regime’s overall effectiveness. The Chapter identifies two strands of reasons explaining why State responsibility is not as effective as one would wish: those pertaining to general international law (especially the deficiencies of collective enforcement), and reasons that are inherent to international heritage law. However, despite these pessimistic remarks, the argument is made that the combination of State responsibility rules and the principle of due diligence allows cultural heritage to expand in various directions, including State responsibility associated with the conduct of non-State actors (whose conduct is not attributable to the State) and concurrent State responsibility. Outside heritage impacted by non-State actors, the Chapter examines different levels of State involvement in heritage safeguarding multinational heritage nominations and heritage listed by one State, but that is also of interest to other States.

Seminar: Analysing the Western Sahara Campaign Case

On May 3, 2018, the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs at Queen Mary University of London will host a seminar on "Analysing the Western Sahara Campaign Case." Here's the idea:
Western Sahara is a Non-Self-Governing Territory which has been under Moroccan occupation since the 1970s, in defiance of international law. The Western Sahara Campaign Case involves the interpretation of EU/Moroccan Agreements – specifically the 2006 Fisheries Partnership Agreement and its successive protocols – which have resulted in the vessels of Member States fishing in the waters off Western Sahara. In essence, the CJEU was asked to consider whether the exploitation of natural resources belonging to this Occupied Territory, seemingly under the cover of established EU/Moroccan agreements, violated EU Law and International Law. This decision – along with the CJEU’s 2016 judgment in Front Polisario v Council – has major ramifications for the interpretation and conclusion of agreements between the EU and third States; the EU Courts’ ability to oversee such arrangements; the EU’s compliance with peremptory norms and obligations erga omnes; and the interaction between EU Law and International Law more generally.

Singh: More Norms, Less Justice: Refugees, the Republic, and everyone in between

Prabhakar Singh (Jindal Global Law School) has posted More Norms, Less Justice: Refugees, the Republic, and everyone in between (Liverpool Law Review, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The paper argues for conflating refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) as two sides of a work-in-progress postcolonial state. To be sure, aliens, refugees, IDPs, and stateless persons are separate legal entities. Nevertheless, this fragmented normative regime stands testimony to more laws and less justice. Many Asian states have no domestic refugee law. India, a common law system, takes a case by case approach as refugees are given “temporary shelter on humanitarian considerations”. Ironically, a work-in-progress postcolonial state sustains even de jure citizens as de facto stateless persons; the erstwhile Indo-Bangla enclaves for more than half a century were an apt example. Surely, the raison d’être of international law on refugees is to end human suffering, if needed, by transcending the absence of positive laws. A constitutional and political desire to minimise human suffering alone could cut the rigour of such positivist legal narratives. The Delhi High Court seemingly walked that path in Koul v Estate Officer noting “refugees and IDPs appear to be similarly situated”. Rising terrorism has made states increasingly believe in a security narrative all the same. A simultaneous emergence of a demographic anxiety particularly in India’s North-eastern states increasingly pits aliens and refugees against the domiciled indigenous and tribal people.

Call for Papers: Knowledge Production and International Law (Reminder)

A reminder that the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies has issued a call for papers for a conference on "Knowledge Production and International Law," to be held September 7-8, 2018. The call is here. The deadline is May 14, 2018.

New Issue: Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme

The latest issue of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme (No. 114, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • F. Krenc, « Dire le droit », « rendre la justice ». Quelle Cour européenne des droits de l’homme ?
  • S. Hennette Vauchez, La France sous état d’urgence (14 novembre 2015-1er novembre 2017)
  • H. Surrel, Le Conseil constitutionnel français face à la répression de la négation de crimes de génocide : une jurisprudence dans l’impasse ?
  • F. Quilleré-majzoub & T. Majzoub, Le préambule de la Charte arabe des droits de l’homme : vers un aggiornamento des droits de l’homme dans les États arabes ?
  • A. Ailincai et al., La soft law dans le domaine des droits fondamentaux (octobre 2016 – octobre 2017)
  • C. Verbrouck, Quand la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme méconnaît les réalités des mutilations génitales féminines et des violences de genre qui y sont liées
  • L. Milano, L’arrêt A et B c. Norvège, entre clarifications et nouvelles interrogations sur le principe non bis in idem
  • C. Pettiti, Employeurs : the European Court of Human Rights is watching you
  • S. Sarolea, L’arrêt Ndidi c. Royaume-Uni ou le coup de règle de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme

New Issue: Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy

The latest issue of the Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy (Vol. 13, no. 1, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization (ARMO)
    • Chang-fa Lo, The Launch of the ARMO Initiative and a Food for Thought for the Debates on the Most Suitable Dispute Settlement Mechanism for the Asia-Pacific Region
    • Chang-fa Lo, Junji Nakagawa, Rajesh Sharma, Tsai-yu Lin, Lisa Toohey, Joseph Wira Koesnaidi, Jaemin Lee, Tomohiko Kobayashi, R.V. Anuradha, Julien Chaisse & R. Rajesh Babu, Draft “Agreement on the Establishment of the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization”
    • Chang-fa Lo, Junji Nakagawa, Rajesh Sharma, Tsai-yu Lin, Lisa Toohey, Joseph Wira Koesnaidi, Jaemin Lee, Tomohiko Kobayashi, R.V. Anuradha, Julien Chaisse & R. Rajesh Babu, Draft “Rules of Procedure for Mediation Conducted Under the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization”
    • Chang-fa Lo & Janice Lee, A New Approach for the Settlement of Regional Disputes to Maintain Dynamic Stability—A Selective Elaboration of the Draft Agreement on the Establishment of the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization
    • Rajesh Sharma, Mediation Rules of the ARMO for State-to-State Disputes: Effective, Efficient and Practical
    • Lisa Toohey, Enhancing Mediation in the Asia-Pacific: The Interaction of the ARMO Regime with Existing Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
    • Jaemin Lee, Settling International Disputes Through Mediation—Establishing a New International Organization in Asia Pacific and Jurisdictional Issues
    • Tomohiko Kobayashi, If You Build It, They Will Come: On the Institutional Arrangements of the ARMO
    • Tsai-yu Lin, Making It a Treaty Obligation: Enforcement of Mediated Settlement Agreements Under the ARMO
    • R. Rajesh Babu & R.V. Anuradha, State-to-State Mediation: Perspectives from India
    • Joseph Wira Koesnaidi, The Assessment of Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization (ARMO): From the Perspective of Indonesia
    • Chang-fa Lo, Chih-yuan Lo, Xin-Wei Huang & Yu-Fang Shih, Outsiders’ Perspective on China’s Possible Participation in the Asia-Pacific Regional Mediation Organization—Toward Peaceful and Prosperous Coexistence
    • Ching-wen Hsueh & Mao-wei Lo, An Assessment of ARMO from the Perspective of Taiwan
  • General Articles
    • Elbinsar Purba, Necessary Measure Under the SPS Agreement
    • Gu Bin, Procurement of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Five Legal Issues

New Issue: International Journal of Refugee Law

The latest issue of the International Journal of Refugee Law (Vol. 29, no. 4, December 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Claire Inder, The Origins of ‘Burden Sharing’ in the Contemporary Refugee Protection Regime
  • Meltem Ineli-Ciger, Protecting Syrians in Turkey: A Legal Analysis
  • Vladislava Stoyanova, How Exceptional Must ‘Very Exceptional’ Be? Non-Refoulement, Socio-Economic Deprivation, and Paposhvili v Belgium
  • Femke Vogelaar, The Eligibility Guidelines Examined: The Use of Country of Origin Information by UNHCR
  • Bernard McCloskey, Third-Country Refugees: The Dublin Regulation/Article 8 ECHR Interface and Judicial Remedies

Monday, April 16, 2018

Hafetz: Punishing Atrocities through a Fair Trial: International Criminal Law from Nuremberg to the Age of Global Terrorism

Jonathan Hafetz (Seton Hall Univ. - Law) has published Punishing Atrocities through a Fair Trial: International Criminal Law from Nuremberg to the Age of Global Terrorism (Cambridge Univ. Press 2018). Here's the abstract:
Over the past decades, international criminal law has evolved to become the operative norm for addressing the worst atrocities. Tribunals have conducted hundreds of trials addressing mass violence in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and other countries to bring to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. But international courts have struggled to hold perpetrators accountable for these offenses while still protecting the fair trial rights of defendants. Punishing Atrocities through a Fair Trial explores this tension, from criticism of the Nuremberg Trials as 'victor's justice' to the accusations of political motivations clouding prosecutions today by the International Criminal Court. It explains why international criminal law must adhere to transparent principles of legality and due process to ensure its future as a legitimate and viable legal regime.

Besson: International Human Rights Law and Mirrors

Samantha Besson (Univ. of Fribourg - Law) has posted an ESIL Reflection on International Human Rights Law and Mirrors.

Daugirdas: International Organizations and the Creation of Customary International Law

Kristina Daugirdas (Univ. of Michigan - Law) has posted International Organizations and the Creation of Customary International Law. Here's the abstract:

This article argues that international organizations “as such” can contribute directly to the creation of customary international law for three independent reasons. First, the states establishing an international organization may subjectively intend for that organization to be able to contribute to the creation of customary international law. Second, the capacity to contribute to at least some kinds of customary international law may be an implied power of the organization. Third, the capacity to contribute to at least some kinds of customary international law is a necessary incident of other features or authorities of international organizations—specifically the combination of international legal personality and the capacity to operate on the international plane.

Recognizing international organizations' direct role in making customary international law is unlikely to result in a dramatic shift in the content of customary international law or in the processes by which particular rules of customary international law are ascertained. The circumstances in which international organizations can contribute directly are fairly discrete and limited. That is not to say, however, that international organizations’ capacity to contribute directly to making customary international law does not matter. Instead, this conclusion matters primarily because it reinforces other conclusions about how international organizations fit into the international legal system. As a theoretical matter, recognizing that international organizations directly contribute to the formation of customary international law reinforces the conclusions that customary international law binds international organizations and that international organizations incur international responsibility when they violate international law. Both are important components for assuring the accountability of international organizations. As a practical matter, acknowledging that international organizations can contribute to the formation of customary international law may also have important consequences for how IO lawyers understand and carry out their work.

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 A.A. Cançado Trindade on “La persona humana en el contencioso interestatal ante la Corte Internacional de Justicia” and “La perennidad del legado de los ‘Padres Fundadores’ del derecho internacional.”

Oude Elferink, Henriksen, & Busch: Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law - Is It Consistent and Predictable?

Alex G. Oude Elferink (Universiteit Utrecht), Tore Henriksen (Universitetet i Tromsø), & Signe Veierud Busch (Universitetet i Tromsø) have published Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law - Is It Consistent and Predictable? (Cambridge Univ. Press 2018). Contents include:
  • Alex G. Oude Elferink, Tore Henriksen, & Signe Veierud Busch, The Judiciary and the Law of Maritime Delimitation: Setting the Stage
  • Davor Vidas, The Delimitation of the Territorial Sea, the Continental Shelf, and the EEZ: A Comparative Perspective
  • Nuno Marques Antunes & Vasco Becker-Weinberg, Entitlement to Maritime Zones and Their Delimitation: In the Doldrums of Uncertainty and Unpredictability
  • Donald McRae, The Applicable Law: The Geneva Convention on the Continental Shelf, the LOSC, and Customary International Law
  • Natalie Klein, Provisional Measures and Provisional Arrangements
  • Lucie Delabie, The Role of Equity, Equitable Principles, and the Equitable Solution in Maritime Delimitation
  • Alex G. Oude Elferink, Relevant Coasts and Relevant Area: The Difficulty of Developing General Concepts in a Case-Specific Context
  • Coalter G. Lathrop, The Provisional Equidistance Line: Charting a Course between Objectivity and Subjectivity?
  • Malcolm Evans, Relevant Circumstances
  • Naomi Burke O’Sullivan, The Case Law’s Handling of Issues Concerning Third States
  • Yoshifumi Tanaka, The Disproportionality Test in the Law of Maritime Delimitation
  • Signe Veierud Busch, The Delimitation of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nm: Procedural Issues
  • Øystein Jensen, The Delimitation of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nm: Substantive Issues
  • Alex G. Oude Elferink, Tore Henriksen, & Signe Veierud Busch, Conclusions: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Sunday, April 15, 2018

New Issue: Journal of International Economic Law

The latest issue of the Journal of International Economic Law (Vol. 21, no. 1, March 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Federico Lupo-Pasini, Financial Disputes in International Courts
  • Weitseng Chen, Lost in internationalization: Rise of the Renminbi, Macroprudential Policy, and Global Impacts
  • Manuel Sánchez Miranda, Liberalization at the Speed of Light: International Trade in Electricity and Interconnected Networks
  • Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Between ‘Member-Driven’ WTO Governance and ‘Constitutional Justice’: Judicial Dilemmas in GATT/WTO Dispute Settlement
  • Hanna Schebesta & Dominique Sinopoli, The Potency of the SPS Agreement’s Excessivity Test: The Impact of Article 5.6 on Trade Liberalization and the Regulatory Power of WTO Members to take Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures
  • Simon Lester & Inu Manak, The Rise of Populist Nationalism and the Renegotiation of NAFTA
  • Emilija Leinarte, The Principle of Independent Responsibility of the European Union and its Member States in the International Economic Context
  • JIEL Debate
    • Tao Li & Zuoli Jiang, Human Rights, Justice, and Courts in IEL: A Critical Examination of Petersmann’s Constitutionalization Theory
    • Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, International Economic Law without Human and Constitutional Rights? Legal Methodology Questions for my Chinese Critics

New Issue: Arbitration International

The latest issue of Arbitration International (Vol. 34, no. 1, March 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Saar A Pauker, Admissibility of claims in investment treaty arbitration
    • Menalco J Solis, Adverse inferences in investor–state arbitration
    • Ana Fernández Pérez, Conflicts of interests of arbitrators in international law firms
    • Christian Armbrüster, Arbitrators’ remuneration in discontinued proceedings
  • Recent Developments
    • Abimbola Akeredolu & Chinedum Ikenna Umeche, Arbitrators’ impartiality and independence: commentary on Gobowen v AXXIS
    • David Kwok, Breach of arbitration agreement and its costs consequences
  • Case Note
    • Joshua Folkard, Interlocutory judicial challenges to arbitrators in India: HRD Corporation v GAIL and TRF v Energo from a comparative perspective