Friday, October 19, 2018

Smirnova: Why make political finance transparent? Explaining the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)’s success in reforming national political finance regulation

Valeria Smirnova (Univ. of Cologne - Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences) has published Why make political finance transparent? Explaining the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO)’s success in reforming national political finance regulation (European Political Science Review, Vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 565-588, November 2018). Here's the abstract:
If transparency in political finance is part and parcel of democracy, why do some countries adopt internationally agreed standards to regulate political finance in a more transparent way, while others do not? This paper (a) suggests a theoretical framework to address this question, taking into account international obligations, existing party finance regulation, and demands for greater legitimacy of political institutions; (b) introduces a unique data set of 46 member-countries of the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) project operated by the Council of Europe; and (c) concludes that unwillingness to pay the high domestic costs of changing national regulation is the prime impediment to compliance with transparency regulation proposed by GRECO. Right-of-centre cabinets are, on average, associated with a poorer level of compliance. Interestingly, compliance with recommendations which reduce the privileges of parliamentary parties does not deviate from the overall pattern.

New Issue: American Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the American Journal of International Law (Vol. 112, no. 4, October 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Boyd van Dijk, Human Rights in War: On the Entangled Foundations of the 1949 Geneva Conventions
    • Dan Efrony & Yuval Shany, A Rule Book on the Shelf? Tallinn Manual 2.0 on Cyberoperations and Subsequent State Practice
    • Jarrod Hepburn, Domestic Investment Statutes In International Law
  • International Decisions
    • Jacquelene Mwangi, Francis Karioko Muruatetu v. Republic
    • Harrison Mbori, Ingabire Victoire Umuhoza v. The Republic of Rwanda
    • Rebecca J. Hamilton, Jesner v. Arab Bank
    • Jennifer Daskal, Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc.
  • Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law
    • Jean Galbraith, Contemporary Practice of the United States Relating to International Law
  • Recent Books on International Law
    • José E. Alvarez, The International Law of Property
    • David P. Stewart, reviewing The Death of Treaty Supremacy: An Invisible Constitutional Change, by David L. Sloss
    • Liav Orgad, reviewing At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship, by Peter J. Spiro
    • Katerina Linos, reviewing Is International Law International?, by Anthea Roberts
    • Jane Stromseth, reviewing Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change, by Lan Cao

Call for Papers: Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals

PluriCourts has issued a call for papers for a workshop on "The Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals: Multilevel Separation of Authority - Autonomy and International Courts," June 24-26, 2019, in Oslo. Here's the call:

Workshop on the Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals 2019

Multilevel Separation of Authority - Autonomy and International Courts

PluriCourts invites contributions for its upcoming workshop on "The Political and Legal Theory of International Courts and Tribunals: Multilevel Separation of Authority - Autonomy and International Courts" in June 24-26, 2019, Oslo.

Deadline for submission is December 1

States have established manifold regional and international ICs to resolve disputes, interpret treaties, and deter illegal behavior. These ICs cover a range of issues including, human rights, trade, investment, border disputes, and international crimes. ICs’ competences, level of authority, method of interpretation, and geographical reach widely vary. ICs’ increase in number and influence has spawned controversy and complaints, often phrased as charges that they are illegitimate. We especially invite papers that address one or more such ICs concerning the following themes. The workshop welcomes both abstract and practice-focused perspectives. Some travel grants are available upon request.

The Vertical and Horizontal Allocation of Authority

Brexit, African exits from ICC and other recent challenges against ICs urge renationalization of authority now placed at a regional or international level. States have delegated or pooled some sovereign rights to an IC in an issue area for various objectives: to enhance the state’s commitments, to coordinate better, or to manage cross border concerns. Such challenges of IC demanding the renationalization of authority are directed at the 'vertical' authority of ICs over states. The 'horizontal' allocation of authority among ICs, and between ICs and other international bodies is also questioned. With what right should ICs review other bodies and contribute to international enforcement? What are we to make of recent challenges concerning the ‘fragmentation’ among the IC: how states now create ‘competing’ regional ICs; and ICs resistance and resilience against formal harmonization – as between the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union?


The autonomy of individuals has been one fundamental normative value and standard to evaluate and challenge the justice and legitimacy of political institutions. The autonomy of political communities, collective self-determination, is also widely praised as an important normative ideal. Is autonomy – individual or collective - a good guide to normatively assess international courts? In what way does the legitimacy of ICs depend on them protecting or promoting individual autonomy? Is the authority of IC necessarily in conflict with the collective self-rule of states? Or is horizontal delegation of power compatible with, perhaps even necessary for, effective collective autonomy in our globalized world? Can the political or collective autonomy of peoples justify a space that international authorities such as ICs should – or should not – interfere with? Or is collective autonomy different from individual autonomy in providing such limits?

We invite papers that relate to either one of these two topics or the theory of legitimacy of ICs more general. The following indicate some of several possible issues:

  • The concept of legitimacy for ICs
  • The appropriate legitimacy standards for ICs from the perspectives of history of ideas and/or contemporary legal and political theory, such as human rights, transparency, or rule of law
  • Their multilevel separation of authority, and its impact on adjudication
  • Subsidiarity principles guiding the allocation of authority between ICs and the national level
  • Specialization and fragmentation in ICs
  • The relevance of protecting individual or collective autonomy for the legitimacy of ICs
  • The limits placed on IC authority by collective autonomy
  • Law and morality in international adjudication
  • Norm-indeterminacy and international adjudication
  • The comparative advantages of ICs
  • Best practices and models for ICs
  • IR theory perspectives on ICs


  • December 1, 2018 Expression of interest with provisional paper title, abstract (max. 400 words). Abstract and travel grant request can be submitted here.
  • January 10, 2019 Decisions on acceptance of proposals and travel grants announced
  • May 15, 2019 Draft papers due
  • June 24-26, 2019 Workshop

Note that the PluriCourts’ Annual Lecture and Conference occur later that week and participants of the workshop are invited to attend both events.

  • June 27: The PluriCourts Annual Lecture, by Professor Lawrence Helfer, Duke University
  • June 28: PluriCourts Annual Conference

About PluriCourts

PluriCourts is a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence whose overriding research objective is to analyze and assess the legitimate present and future roles of this international judiciary in the global legal order: Why and when are these international courts and tribunals legitimate authorities, whose decisions should enjoy deference by various domestic and international ‘compliance communities’? The PluriCourts Research Plan is available here.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Call for Submissions: Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies

The Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies has issued a call for submissions for its forthcoming Volume 10, Issue 1. The call is here.

New Issue: Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme

The latest issue of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l'homme (No. 116, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • C. Pettiti, In memoriam - Georges Flécheux (1929-2018)
  • D. Szymczak, Putsch manqué ou marché de dupes ? Retour sur la conférence de Copenhague des 12 et 13 avril 2018
  • E. Decaux, Brève histoire juridique de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme
  • K. Blay-Grabarczyk, Le statut du lanceur d’alerte dans les arrêts de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme
  • J. Dellaux, La réglementation de la lutte contre le dopage à l’aune de la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme, ou quand la pratique sportive justifie des restrictions importantes au droit
  • L. Burgorgue-Larsen & G-F. Ntwari, Chronique de jurisprudence de la Cour africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples (2017)
  • Q. Van Enis, Protection des données et liberté d’expression : (re)diffusion de données publiques ne rime pas (toujours) avec activités journalistiques
  • S. Nkenkeu-Keck, L’arrêt Naït-Liman c. Suisse ou l’occasion manquée par la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme de renforcer l’effectivité du droit des victimes d’obtenir réparation de violations graves des droits
  • B. Ader, Le droit qu’ont les avocats de critiquer publiquement l’institution judiciaire
  • P. De Fontbressin, La notion de « dignité du Parlement européen » à l’épreuve de la liberté d’expression : inquiétudes d’un citoyen européen
  • C. Charrière-Bournazel, Propos sur la répression du racisme, de l’antisémitisme et du négationnisme

Lauer: Die Implementierung menschenrechtlicher Verträge in Afrika

Sabrina Lauer has published Die Implementierung menschenrechtlicher Verträge in Afrika: Eine Analyse der zentralen Implementierungsorgane und -mechanismen des afrikanischen Regionalsystems (Nomos 2018). Here's the abstract:
Die teilweise verheerende menschenrechtliche Situation in Afrika bildet eine der wesentlichen Ursachen für die Flucht vieler Afrikaner nach Europa. Vor diesem Hintergrund ist die Frage der Implementierung menschenrechtlicher Verträge – eine der drängendsten Herausforderungen des afrikanischen Regionalsystems – in den Fokus der Aufmerksamkeit geraten. Mit der Analyse der verfahrensmäßigen Durchsetzung der materiellen Menschenrechtsgarantien in Afrika widmet sich Sabrina Lauer einem Thema, das bisher vor allem im deutschsprachigen Schrifttum vernachlässigt wurde. Die Arbeit konzentriert sich auf die in den afrikanischen Menschenrechtsverträgen vorgesehenen Implementierungsorgane und -mechanismen. Sie liefert ein detailliertes Bild des Mandats der Organe, ihrer Arbeit und der dabei zu überwindenden Schwierigkeiten sowie ihrer praktischen Wirkungen und macht die Leistungen des afrikanischen Regionalsystems auf diese Weise deutschsprachigen Menschenrechtsinteressierten zugänglich.

Green: The Commander's Dilemma: Violence and Restraint in Wartime

Amelia Hoover Green (Drexel Univ. - Politics) has published The Commander's Dilemma: Violence and Restraint in Wartime (Cornell Univ. Press 2018). Here's the abstract:

Why do some military and rebel groups commit many types of violence, creating an impression of senseless chaos, whereas others carefully control violence against civilians? A classic catch-22 faces the leaders of armed groups and provides the title for Amelia Hoover Green’s book. Leaders need large groups of people willing to kill and maim—but to do so only under strict control. How can commanders control violence when fighters who are not under direct supervision experience extraordinary stress, fear, and anger? The Commander’s Dilemma argues that discipline is not enough in wartime. Restraint occurs when fighters know why they are fighting and believe in the cause—that is, when commanders invest in political education.

Drawing on extraordinary evidence about state and nonstate groups in El Salvador, and extending her argument to the Mano River wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Amelia Hoover Green shows that investments in political education can improve human rights outcomes even where rational incentives for restraint are weak—and that groups whose fighters lack a sense of purpose may engage in massive violence even where incentives for restraint are strong. Hoover Green concludes that high levels of violence against civilians should be considered a "default setting," not an aberration.

Vidigal: Westphalia Strikes Back: The 2018 Trade Wars and the Threat to the WTO Regime

Geraldo Vidigal (Univ. of Amsterdam - Law) has posted Westphalia Strikes Back: The 2018 Trade Wars and the Threat to the WTO Regime. Here's the abstract:
The regime that has governed trade relations among the world’s largest economies since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995 is now under threat. While WTO Members adopting trade-restrictive measures on doubtful legal grounds is not a novelty, two developments make the current crisis unique. First, Members are reacting to perceived WTO-inconsistent conduct by imposing countermeasures, based on their own assessment that the justifications put forward are ill-founded. Second, acting on long-standing grievances against activism on the part of the Appellate Body, the United States has blocked all appointments of new members to the organ. Under present conditions, by the time any panel reports concerning these disputes are issued the Appellate Body will be non-operational. These developments undermine the core bargain underlying the WTO regime: the commitment by sovereign entities to entrust decisions regarding permissible and impermissible conduct to authoritative decision-making and to react to other Members’ conduct only following an institutional authorization to do so, when, within the Westphalian international order, they retain the ability to react unilaterally. After reviewing the development of the multilateral trade regime, this paper examines how the 2018 trade wars represent a breakdown of this core commitment and will potentially lead to fragmentation of the WTO regime. Members seeking to preserve the regime are faced with a paradox: overcoming the United States’ block through non-consensual procedures would undermine another commitment: that of decision-making by consensus. Without an Appellate Body or an alternative arrangement to reconstruct an authoritative institution, the WTO regime may devolve into one of Westphalian, de-institutionalized dispute resolution.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New Issue: International Criminal Law Review

The latest issue of the International Criminal Law Review (Vol. 18, no. 5, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Ines Peterson, Criminal Responsibility for Omissions in ICTY and ICTR Jurisprudence
  • Talita de Souza Dias, Recharacterisation of Crimes and the Principle of Fair Labelling in International Criminal Law
  • Hamed Tofangsaz, The Offence of Terrorist Financing; Why Does It Go Wrong?
  • Maike Isaac & Olga Jurasz, Towards an Intersectional Understanding of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: Gender, Sexuality, and Ethnicity at the ICTY
  • Clare Frances Moran, The Problem of the Authority of the International Criminal Court

Tzouvala: The academic debate about mega-regionals and international lawyers: legalism as critique?

Ntina Tzouvala (Univ. of Melbourne - Law) has posted The academic debate about mega-regionals and international lawyers: legalism as critique? (London Review of International Law, Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 189–209, 2018). Here's the abstract:
As struggles over the so-called mega-regionals intensified, a surprising cohort of international lawyers argued publicly against such treaties. This article focuses on certain contributions employing a particular mode of legalist resistance. Such interventions, I argue, offer welcome insights but, at their core, reaffirm a specifically neoliberal way of thinking about international law, regardless of the intentions of their authors.

Singer: Dehumanisierung der Kriegführung

Tassilo Singer has published Dehumanisierung der Kriegführung: Herausforderungen für das Völkerrecht und die Frage nach der Notwendigkeit menschlicher Kontrolle (Springer 2018). Here's the abstract:

Dieses Buch diskutiert, ob menschliche Kontrolle bei der Kriegführung nach dem Völkerrecht vorausgesetzt wird. Dies wird bei den Diskussionen zu autonomen Waffensystemen (LAWS) im Rahmen der UN-Waffenkonvention unter dem Thema „meaningful human control“ gefordert. Praktisch betrifft es die Frage, ob man Systeme ohne jegliche menschliche Kontrollmöglichkeit bei der Zielbekämpfung einsetzen darf und falls ja, unter welchen Voraussetzungen. Dies umfasst sowohl das Waffenrecht (darf eine Waffe überhaupt eingesetzt werden?) als auch das Einsatzrecht (wie darf eine Waffe in einem konkreten Einsatz verwendet werden?). Die rechtliche Analyse erstreckt sich auf vollautonome Waffensysteme und Cyber Operationen und geht auf die jeweiligen Eigenheiten ein. Zudem wird eine Lösung für Verantwortungslücken, die durch fehlende menschliche Kontrolle entstehen, entwickelt.

The public discussion about the challenges posed by so called “Killer Robots” gained momentum at least since the open letter by robotics and Artificial Intelligence experts (and others like Stephen Hawkings and Elon Musk) warned of military artificial intelligence being a threat to humankind. Besides, the CCW-process, which is trying to create a majority on a ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS), remains without a legal relevant outcome, yet. The legal framework governing the LAWS seems not to be that clear and state opinions are divided on the topic. This book critically discusses the postulate during the CCW meetings of "meaningful human control" and thereby raises the question if "human control" is required by IHL in general. For the purpose of a uniform analysis the restriction of human control in various areas of warfare is summarized under the term “dehumanization of warfare”. The focus will be on the general principles of IHL like the principle of distinction, proportionality, precautions in attacks and the Martens clause and their transfer to LAWS. Also the book develops a possible solution for the responsibility for war crimes committed by a LAWS, which has been sent by a military commander.

New Issue: International Organization

The latest issue of International Organization (Vol. 72, no. 4, Fall 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Stacie E. Goddard, Embedded Revisionism: Networks, Institutions, and Challenges to World Order
    • Brandon J Kinne, Defense Cooperation Agreements and the Emergence of a Global Security Network
    • Bentley B. Allan, Srdjan Vucetic, & Ted Hopf, The Distribution of Identity and the Future of International Order: China's Hegemonic Prospects
    • Jennifer M. Larson & Janet I. Lewis, Rumors, Kinship Networks, and Rebel Group Formation
    • Vally Koubi, Tobias Böhmelt, Gabriele Spilker, & Lena Schaffer, The Determinants of Environmental Migrants' Conflict Perception
    • Phillip Y. Lipscy, Democracy and Financial Crisis
  • Research Note
    • Stefanie Walter, Elias Dinas, Ignacio Jurado, & Nikitas Konstantinidis, Noncooperation by Popular Vote: Expectations, Foreign Intervention, and the Vote in the 2015 Greek Bailout Referendum

van Aaken & Motoc: The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law

Anne van Aaken (Universität Hamburg - Law) & Iulia Motoc (Judge, European Court of Human Rights) have published The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2018). Contents include:
  • Guido Raimondi, Preface
  • Anne van Aaken, Iulia Motoc, & Johann Justus Vasel, Introduction
  • Ineta Ziemele, European Consensus and International Law
  • Angelika Nußberger, Law or Soft law - Does It Matter?: Distinction Between Different Sources of International Law in the Jurisprudence of the ECtHR
  • Anja Seibert-Fohr, The Effect of Subsequent Practice on the European Convention on Human Rights: Considerations from a General International Law Perspective
  • Geir Ulfstein, Evolutive Interpretation in the Light of Other International Instruments: Law and Legitimacy
  • Marko Milanovic, Jurisdiction and Responsibility: Trends in the Jurisprudence of the Strasbourg Court
  • Isil Karakas & Hasan Bakirci, Extraterritorial Application of the European Convention on Human Rights: Evolution of the Court's Jurisprudence on the Notions of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction and State Responsibility
  • Ganna Yudkivska Territorial Jurisdiction and Positive Obligations of an Occupied State: Some Reflections on Evolving Issues under Article 1 of the Convention
  • Samantha Besson, Concurrent Responsibilities under the European Convention on Human Rights: The Concurrence of Human Rights Jurisdictions, Duties and Responsibilities
  • James Crawford & Amelia Keene, The Structure of State Responsibility under the European Convention on Human Rights,
  • Iulia Motoc & Johann Justus Vasel, The ECHR and Responsibility of the State: Moving Towards Judicial Integration: A View from the Bench
  • Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos, The UN Security Council, State Responsibility and The European Court of Human Rights: Towards an Integrated Approach?
  • Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque & Anne van Aaken, Punitive Damages in Strasbourg
  • Philippa Webb, A Moving Target: The Approach of the Strasbourg Court to Immunity
  • Riccardo Pavoni, The Myth of the Customary Nature of the United Nations Convention on State Immunity: Does the End Justify the Means?
  • Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade, The European Convention on Human Rights and General International Law: Concluding Reflections on the 2015 Strasbourg Conference

Conference: The ICC Statute Reaches 20: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches

On December 3-4, 2018, a conference on "The ICC Statute Reaches 20: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches/Le Statut de la CPI a 20 ans : Approches critiques et interdisciplinaires" will take place at the Université libre de Bruxelles. The program is here.

Call for Papers: The Rule of Law in Cyberspace

The Interest Group on Peace and Security of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a workshop on "The Rule of Law in Cyberspace" during the 2019 ESIL Research Forum. Here's the call:

2019 ESIL Research Forum, Göttingen
Interest Group on Peace and Security
3 April 2019

Call for Papers: The Rule of Law in Cyberspace

The Interest Group on Peace and Security is organising a workshop on the rule of law in cyberspace during the 2019 ESIL Research Forum. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 3 April 2019.

Cyberspace constitutes a new aterritorial and interconnected domain where individuals, states, businesses and a host of other actors interact and produce effects in cyberspace and/or in the physical world. The legal nature of cyberspace, the possibility of regulation or the nature of such regulation are the subject of debates and contestation. A central question then is whether we can speak of a rule of law in cyberspace and, if so, in which terms and whether national and/or international visions of the rule of law are suitable in cyberspace.

The IGPS invites submissions addressing among others issues such as the place and role of law in cyberspace, jurisdiction, national/international enforcement, human rights, the nature of the rule of law in cyberspace, visions of the rule of law in cyberspace.

Abstracts (of not more than 750 words) should be submitted to Paulina Starski and to Nicholas Tsagourias by 17 November 2018. Please include the following information with your abstract: your name, affiliation, email address, whether you are an ESIL member, plus a one-page curriculum vitae.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by 17 December 2018. Approximately 4-5 submissions will be selected. The selected speakers will receive comments on their paper presentations from the conveners and from other IGPS members. For this reason, we invite members to notify us as to whether they want to act as commentators. The conveners may also invite members or experts to act as commentators.

Complete paper drafts will be required by Monday 4 March 2019. Papers may in due course be published in the ESIL SSRN Conference Paper Series or in a journal. The conveners will make the necessary enquiries.

Selected speakers will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Some ESIL travel grants will be available to offer partial financial support to speakers who have exhausted other potential sources of funding. Further information on financial support will be distributed to speakers in due course.

For further information on the Research Forum please visit ESIL’s website.

Paulina Starski
Théodore Christakis
Nicholas Tsagourias

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Issue: Arbitration International

The latest issue of Arbitration International (Vol. 34, no. 3, September 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Elizabeth Gloster, Symbiosis or Sadomasochism? The relationship between the courts and arbitration
    • George A Bermann, What does it mean to be ‘pro-arbitration’?
    • Ronán Feehily, Separability in international commercial arbitration; confluence, conflict and the appropriate limitations in the development and application of the doctrine
    • Jonathan Hill, Claims that an arbitral tribunal failed to deal with an issue: the setting aside of awards under the Arbitration Act 1996 and the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration
    • David Isidore Tan, ‘Enforcing’ national court judgments as arbitration awards under the New York convention
  • Case Notes
    • Patrick Dumberry, State succession to BITs: analysis of case law in the context of dissolution and secession
    • Dietmar Czernich, The theory of separability in Austrian arbitration law: is it on stable pillars?

Koh: The Trump Administration and International Law

Harold Hongju Koh (Yale Univ. - Law) has published The Trump Administration and International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2018). Here's the abstract:
Will Donald trump international law? Since Trump's Administration took office, this question has haunted almost every issue area of international law. One of our leading international lawyers-a former Legal Adviser of the US State Department, Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, and Yale Law Dean-argues that President Trump has thus far enjoyed less success than many believe, because he does not own the pervasive "transnational legal process" that governs these issue areas. This book shows how those opposing Trump's policies during his administration's first two years have successfully triggered that process as part of a collective counter-strategy akin to Muhammad Ali's "rope-a-dope." The book surveys immigration and refugee law, human rights, climate change, denuclearization, trade diplomacy, relations with North Korea, Russia and Ukraine, America's "Forever War" against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State, and the ongoing tragedy in Syria. Koh's tour d'horizon illustrates the many techniques that players in the transnational legal process have used to blunt Trump's early initiatives. The high stakes of this struggle, and its broader implications for the future of global governance-now challenged by the rise of populist authoritarians-make this exhausting counter-strategy both worthwhile and necessary.

New Issue: Global Summitry

The latest issue of Global Summitry (Vol. 3, no. 2, Winter 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Axel Berger, Julia Leininger, & Dirk Messner, The G20 in 2017: Born in a Financial Crisis—Lost in a Global Crisis?
  • Axel Berger & Simon J. Evenett, The Trump-Induced G20 Stress Test on Trade: Did the German Presidency Pass?
  • Christian von Haldenwang & Jakob Schwab, Pathways to International Tax Governance: Has the German G20 Presidency Made a Difference?
  • Imme Scholz & Clara Brandi, Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Achievements and Limitations of the G20 Presidency in 2017
  • Céline Bak, Do G20 Leaders need to put on their Own Emergency Oxygen Masks First? A Look at Germany’s G20 Presidency and Climate Policy
  • Julia Leininger, “On the Table or at the Table?” G20 and its Cooperation with Africa
  • Dirk Messner & Dennis Snower, The G20 Summit Was More Successful than You Think

New Issue: Nordic Journal of Human Rights

The latest issue of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights (Vol. 36, no. 2, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Katharina Eva Ó Cathaoir, Children’s Right to Freedom From Obesity: Responsibilities of the Food Industry
  • Zahid ul Arefin Choudhury, Steffen Jensen & Tobias Kelly, Counting Torture: Towards the Translation of Robust, Useful, and Inclusive Human Rights Indicators
  • Vebjørn L Horsfjord, The Marrakesh Declaration on Rights of Religious Minorities: Opportunity or Dead End?
  • Willem Fourie, Religion and Limitations to the Protection of Human Life

Zastrow: Die Rolle des Ministerkomitees bei der Umsetzung der Urteile des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte

Julie-Enni Zastrow has published Die Rolle des Ministerkomitees bei der Umsetzung der Urteile des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte (Duncker & Humblot 2018). Here's the abstract:
Wenn der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte ein Urteil gegen einen Staat erlässt, ist das Urteil von diesem Staat in sein innerstaatliches Recht umzusetzen. Die Umsetzung überwacht das Ministerkomitee des Europarats, ein aus Diplomatinnen und Diplomaten zusammengesetztes politisches Organ. In Zeiten wachsenden Widerstandes gegen den Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte und seine Spruchpraxis stellt sich die Frage, welche Pflichten und Befugnisse das Ministerkomitee hat, um die vollständige Umsetzung der Urteile zu gewährleisten, und welche Möglichkeiten dem Ministerkomitee zur Verfügung stehen, um auf die Staaten einzuwirken, die ein Urteil nicht umsetzen. Neben der umfassenden Analyse der Rechtsgrundlagen des Ministerkomitees rundet eine Praxisanalyse anhand von Fallstudien die Untersuchung ab. Ebenso werden der Einfluss des EGMR und der übrigen Akteure des Europarats auf die Arbeit und Stellung des Ministerkomitees untersucht

Conference: We Have Come a Long Way: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 – Normativity and Compliance

On December 7-8, 2018, the Technische Universität Dresden - in cooperation with the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, and the Universität Leipzig - will convene a conference on "We Have Come a Long Way: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70 – Normativity and Compliance," in Dresden. The program is here. Here's the idea:

On 10th December 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Although not a legally binding instrument per se, the Declaration, in the 70 years of its existence, has both inspired and provided the framework for numerous legally-binding human rights treaties. Moreover, the core of human rights is recognized as customary international law. In legal terms, the world has thus made substantial progress in the sphere of human rights.

This legal situation stands in stark contrast to the human rights situation of many people in the world today. Lack of implementation of and compliance with human rights constitutes the major shortcoming of the international protection of human rights, even though the most important aspect of these rights in practice is their actual implementation, not their normative definition. For a long time, international law scholars have largely neglected the compliance record of States with international law as a field of research. However, particularly in the area of human rights, both the UN and the States were aware of the need for special monitoring mechanisms. For this reason, all human rights treaty regimes establish treaty bodies composed of independent experts. They help to ensure the implementation of human rights as well as encourage the States’ compliance with the treaties. In addition, the (former) UN Commission on Human Rights also developed several instruments to promote compliance, such as the institution of the Special Rapporteur. Moreover, at a regional level, human rights courts have been installed that can even issue legally binding judgements.

On the occasion of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ 70th anniversary, we will explore why, despite this range of compliance mechanisms, fundamental human rights are still not always adhered to. The conference will aim at a dialogue between members of several monitoring organs and scholars and confront practice with theory and vice versa.

d’Aspremont: International Law, Universality, and the Dream of Disrupting from the Centre

Jean d’Aspremont (Univ. of Manchester - Law; Sciences Po - Law) has posted ESIL Reflection on International Law, Universality, and the Dream of Disrupting from the Centre.

Rolffs: Angriff auf Friedensmissionen: Eine Untersuchung des völkerstrafrechtlichen Tatbestands

Lina Rolffs has published Angriff auf Friedensmissionen: Eine Untersuchung des völkerstrafrechtlichen Tatbestands (Nomos 2018). Here's the abstract:
Umfassende Analyse des völkerrechtlichen Straftatbestands „Angriff auf Friedensmissionen“. Ausgehend von der historischen Entstehung und bisherigen Rechtsprechung entwickelt die Autorin ein systematisch wie praktisch überzeugendes Verständnis des Straftatbestandes. Sie zeigt auf, dass die bislang zur Definition der Friedensmission herangezogenen „fundamental principles of peacekeeping“ auch wegen ihrer politischen Dimension strafrechtlichen Bestimmtheitsanforderungen nicht genügen und plädiert für eine weite, spezifisch völkerstrafrechtliche Definition, die die politische Fortentwicklung der Friedensmission unberührt lässt. Grundgedanken der „fundamental principles“ prägen danach aber u.a. den Anspruch der Mission auf den Schutz von Zivilisten und zivilen Objekten nach dem humanitären Völkerrecht. Nach der weiten Eröffnung des Tatbestands kann gerade durch dieses neue Tatbestandsmerkmal der Schutz des internationalen Friedenssicherungssystems wertungsmäßig gut abgerundet gelingen.

New Issue: Global Trade and Customs Journal

The latest issue of Global Trade and Customs Journal (Vol. 13, no. 10, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Gustavo Adolfo Guarin Duque, Interpreting WTO Rules in Times of Contestation (Part 1): Trump Tariffs on Imported Steel and Aluminium in the Light of the GATT 1994
  • Ye Li, Normal Value in Anti-Dumping Proceedings: Is Surrogate Value No Longer Applied Exceptionally?
  • Halit Yanikkaya & Zeynep Aktaş Koral, Assessing the Determinants of Customs-Related Transaction Costs in Turkey
  • Manuel Monteagudo, The Pacific Alliance in Search for a Financial Integration: So Close and yet so Far
  • Stephanie Ghislain, The EU-Mexico Global Agreement: A Groundbreaking Precedent for Animal Welfare in Trade Policy

Aust & Payandeh: German Practice with Regard to the Use of Force in Syria

Helmut Aust (Freie Universität Berlin - Law) & Mehrdad Payandeh (Bucerius Law School) have posted German Practice with Regard to the Use of Force in Syria (German Yearbook of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This brief note presents German practice with respect to the use of force in the Syrian conflict. The development of the international rules on the use of force depends to a large extent on the practice and statements of governments. For this reason, governments should carefully consider their justification for the use of force of their own armed forces as well as statements they make with respect to the use of force by other states. The contribution focuses on the participation of the German armed forces in the fight against the so-called "Islamic State" as well as on the reaction of Germany to the two uses of force by the United States of America, France and the United Kingdom in reaction to the alleged uses of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in 2017 and 2018.

Call for Submissions: Trade, Law and Development Special Issue on "Trade Facilitation"

The journal Trade, Law and Development has issued a call for submissions for its Summer 2019 issue (Vol. 11, no. 1), a special issue on "Trade Facilitation." The call is here.

New Issue: World Trade Review

The latest issue of the World Trade Review (Vol. 17, no. 4, October 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Shushanik Hakobyan, Do Anti-dumping Duties Still Matter? The Curious Case of Aluminum Foil
  • Rodrigo Polanco Lazo & Pierre Sauvé, The Treatment of Regulatory Convergence in Preferential Trade Agreements
  • Weihuan Zhou, Appellate Body Report on EU−Biodiesel: The Future of China's State Capitalism under the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement
  • Rodrigo Fagundes Cezar, The Politics of ‘Dolphin-Safe’ Tuna in the United States: Policy Change and Reversal, Lock-in and Adjustment to International Constraints (1984–2017)
  • Kathleen Auld, Trade Measures to Prevent Illegal Fishing and the WTO: An Analysis of the Settled Faroe Islands Dispute
  • Case Summaries: WTO Disputes
    • Maria Alcover, European Union – Countervailing Measures on Certain Polyethylene Terephthalate from Pakistan (EU–PET (Pakistan)), DS486
    • Kholofelo Kugler, Russia – Anti-Dumping Duties on Light Commercial Vehicles from Germany (Russia–Commercial Vehicles) (DS479)
    • Kholofelo Kugler, European Communities and Certain Member States – Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (EC and Certain Member States–Large Civil Aircraft) (DS316)

Trachtman: Functionalism, Fragmentation, and the Future of International (Trade) Law

Joel P. Trachtman (Tufts Univ. - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy) has posted Functionalism, Fragmentation, and the Future of International (Trade) Law. Here's the abstract:
This paper makes three related points. First, in order to achieve efficient levels and types of international cooperation, it will be necessary to overcome fragmentation, both in international legislation and in international adjudication. Second, WTO dispute settlement has avoided making cross-sectoral trade-offs that would effectively overcome fragmentation, in part because it generally avoids evaluation of regulatory rationales, and in part because its mandate does not allow application of international law beyond the covered agreements. Third, even if we overcame the fragmentation problem in legislation and adjudication, we would still need to move toward majority voting to reach an efficient level of international law-making.

New Issue: Global Responsibility to Protect

The latest issue of Global Responsibility to Protect (Vol. 10, no. 4, 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Alex J. Bellamy; Sara E. Davies & Luke Glanville, Editorial: Global R2P at Ten … and Beyond
  • Eva Piirimäe, Sovereignty, Self-Determination, and Human Rights from Walzer to the Responsibility to Protect
  • Wali Aslam, The Syrian Missile Strike and the Education of Donald J. Trump in the Art of Responsible Statecraft
  • Eamon Aloyo, Conceptualising Mass Atrocity Prevention, Nonviolent Resistance, and Politically Feasible Alternatives
  • Rodrigo Fracalossi de Moraes, Who is Responsible in the International Arms Trade? Measuring Human Rights Concerns in Arms Transfers

Conference: The Era of Disintegration. Taking Stock of the Dynamics of International Economic Governance in the First Two Decades of the 21st Century

On November 16, 2018, the Erasmus School of Law will host a conference on "The Era of Disintegration. Taking Stock of the Dynamics of International Economic Governance in the First Two Decades of the 21st Century." The program is here. Here's the idea:

This conference will explore the legal, socio-political, and economic dynamics set in motion by the current model of international economic integration. Whilst promising to smooth out divergences and remove barriers, the intended integrationist architecture of international and regional economic regimes seems in fact to be both sustaining and nurturing patterns of disintegration. Brexit, the Euro crisis, the US challenge to multilateralism, environmental disruptions, and resource-cursed States are just a few examples of how disintegration dynamics are unfolding rapidly at various levels.

Academics and practitioners from the fields of law, economics and philosophy of economics will analyze these patterns, trying to discern the paradox by which the very instruments and mechanisms introduced with the aim of achieving an ever-closer integration may have actually spurred centrifugal and structural fragmenting tendencies. These tendencies are visible both as disintegration of the international legal system - or some of its regimes; and as social, economic and environmental disintegration conveyed through these regimes.

In line with the aims and objectives of Erasmus Initiative of Inclusive Prosperity, panelists will use the paradox integration/disintegration to reflect on whether the current ‘integrationist’ model is in fact widening or reducing political, social and economic divergences.

The conference will blend different contributions aiming at (1) providing a deeper understanding of the interaction between ‘integrationist’ international economic norms and disintegration patterns; (2) combining law, economics and philosophy, in order to critically examine the conceptual underpinnings of international economic law and policy making; and (3) engaging in a normative exercise to envision new models of integration, which could reconcile the current international economic regime with claims of inclusiveness.

Symposium: The Sound of ICL

On October 18-20, 2018, the Salzburg Law School will hold a symposium on "The Sound of ICL." The program is here.

Call for Submissions: Journal of International Economic Law Special Issue on "Trade Wars"

The Journal of International Economic Law has issued a call for submissions for a special issue on "Trade Wars." The call is here.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Djukić & Pons: The Companion to International Humanitarian Law

Dražan Djukić (International Criminal Court) & Niccolò Pons (Kosovo Specialist Chambers) have published The Companion to International Humanitarian Law (Brill | Nijhoff 2018). Here's the abstract:
This important and unique volume begins with seven essays that discuss the contemporary challenges to implementing international humanitarian law. Its second and largest section comprises 263 entries covering the vast majority of IHL concepts. Written by a wide range of experts, each entry explains the essential legal parameters of a particular element of IHL, while offering practical examples and, where relevant, historical considerations, and supplying a short bibliography for further research. The starting point for the selection were notions arising from the Geneva Conventions, the Additional Protocols, and other IHL treaties. However, the reader will also encounter entries going beyond the typical scope of IHL, such as those related to the protection of the natural environment and animals, and entries that, in addition to an IHL perspective, discuss relevant issues through the lens of human rights law, refugee law, international criminal law, the law on State responsibility, national law, and so on. The editors have also attempted to take into account certain concepts that have no direct foundation in IHL, but that are commonly used in mass media and politics, or generate wide interest in contemporary society, such as drones, economic warfare, cyber warfare, sniping, targeted killings, transitional justice, terrorism, and many other topics.