Friday, May 7, 2021

New Issue: Journal of International Dispute Settlement

The latest issue of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Vol. 12, no. 1, March 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Tarald Laudal Berge & Axel Berger, Do Investor-State Dispute Settlement Cases Influence Domestic Environmental Regulation? The Role of Respondent State Bureaucratic Capacity
    • Gregor Maučec, Law Development by the International Criminal Court as a Way to Enhance the Protection of Minorities—the Case for Intersectional Consideration of Mass Atrocities
    • Tae Jung Park, The Uses and Advantages of Side Letters in the Investment Chapters in Preferential Trade Agreements
    • Solon Solomon, Quasi-judicial Bodies and the Establishment of Standards and Principles for Assessing Mental Harm Sustained by Civilians Exposed to Hostilities
  • Current Developments
    • Manjiao Chi & Zongyao Li, Administrative Review Provisions in Chinese Investment Treaties: ‘Gilding the Lily’?
    • Luping Zhang, How Are Disputes Resolved under Bilateral Air Services Agreements? A Typology

Hobe & Scheu: Evolution, Evaluation and Future Developments in International Investment Law

Stephan Hobe
(Universität zu Köln - Law) & Julian Scheu (Universität zu Köln - Law) have published Evolution, Evaluation and Future Developments in International Investment Law: Proceedings of the 10 Year Anniversary Conference of the International Investment Law Centre Cologne (Nomos 2021). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

The law on the protection of foreign investments is situated at the crossroads of international law and diplomacy in the context of a globalized economy. It is therefore not surprising that investment law has undergone fundamental changes in the last decade. The exponential growth of arbitration cases has illustrated a number of complex legal and political issues that have called into question the efficiency and legitimacy of investor State dispute settlement (ISDS). Thus, even for experts in the field it is challenging to keep track with the rapid and fundamental changes of what is often described as one of the most dynamic fields of international law.

Against this background, the present volume provides an ‘Evolution, Evaluation, and Future Developments in International Investment Law’. World leading academics and practitioners shed light on the most important developments such as the evolution of investment law and its relationship to general international law, the practical importance of State contracts, the role of investment protection in the age of climate change, and current reform projects under the auspices of ICSID and UNCITRAL.

New Issue: Leiden Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Leiden Journal of International Law (Vol. 34, no. 2, June 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Editorial
    • Elies van Sliedregt, One rule for Them - Selectivity in international criminal law
  • International Legal Theory
    • Zhuo Liang, Chinese perspectives on the ad bellum/in bello relationship and a cultural critique of the ad bellum/in bello separation in international humanitarian law
    • Salvatore Caserta, Western centrism, contemporary international law, and international courts
  • International Law and Practice
    • Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott, Due diligence as a secondary rule of general international law
    • Josef Ostřanský & Facundo Pérez Aznar, Investment treaties and national governance in India: Rearrangements, empowerment, and discipline
    • Ulrike Will & Cornelia Manger-Nestler, Fairness, equity, and justice in the Paris Agreement: Terms and operationalization of differentiation
    • Niels Petersen, The implicit taxonomy of the equality jurisprudence of the UN Human Rights Committee
    • David McKeever, Revisiting Security Council action on terrorism: New threats; (a lot of) new law; same old problems?
    • Snjólaug Árnadóttir, Fluctuating boundaries in a changing marine environment
  • International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
    • Nikola R. Hajdin, The actus reus of the crime of aggression
  • International Court of Justice
    • Priya Urs, Obligations erga omnes and the question of standing before the International Court of Justice

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Hughes & Melia: Parent Company Influence Over Group Compliance Policies

Paul Hughes (Steptoe & Johnson LLP) & Alex Melia (Steptoe & Johnson LLP) have posted an ASIL Insight on Parent Company Influence Over Group Compliance Policies.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Webinar Series: Current Issues in the Law of the Sea

Over the next few months, the ESIL Interest Group on the Law of the Sea will host a webinar series. The schedule is here. The first event, on "The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea: Recent Jurisprudence and Looking Forward," will take place on May 13, 2021.

Hamburg Summer Talk Series in International Law

The Institute for International Affairs of the University of Hamburg Faculty of Law has announced the schedule for its "Hamburg Summer Talk Series in International Law." The schedule is here. The first discussion will take place on May 10, 2021, with Malika Mehta, Anne Dienelt, and Stefan Oeter.

Call for Papers: International Investment Law & New Technologies

A call for papers has been issued for a colloquium on "International Investment Law & New Technologies" to be hosted by the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) on December 9-10, 2021. The colloquium is jointly organized by TILEC, the Athens Public International Law Center of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University College of Law. The call is here. The deadline is May 28, 2021.

Symposium: Trade Rules and State Intervention in the Economy in the Covid Era

On May 11, 2021, the Department of Legal Studies at Bocconi University will hold an online symposium on "Trade Rules and State Intervention in the Economy in the Covid Era." Details and the program are here.

Conference: Colloque annuel de la Société française pour le droit international (Reminder)

On May 6-7, 2021, the Société française pour le droit international will hold its Colloque annuel, hosted by Université Toulouse Capitole. The theme is: "L’espace extra-atmosphérique et le droit international." The program is here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Call for Submissions: South African Yearbook of International Law

The South African Yearbook of International Law has issued a call for submissions for its upcoming volume. The theme is: "International Law in the Time of Covid-19." The call is here.

Call for Papers: International Courts versus Compliance Mechanisms: Comparative advantages of non-compliance mechanisms and complaint procedures

PluriCourts has issued a call for papers for a conference on "International Courts versus Compliance Mechanisms: Comparative advantages of non-compliance mechanisms and complaint procedures," to be held either hybrid or online in October 2021. The call is here. The deadline is June 30, 2021.

Grossman & Pruitt: Litigating U.S. Policy Toward the International Criminal Court

Nienke Grossman (Univ. of Baltimore School of Law) & Ellen Pruitt (Univ. of Baltimore School of Law) have posted an ASIL Insight on Litigating U.S. Policy Toward the International Criminal Court.

Dahlquist: The Use of Commercial Arbitration Rules in Investment Treaty Disputes

Joel Dahlquist
has published The Use of Commercial Arbitration Rules in Investment Treaty Disputes: Domestic Courts, Commercial Arbitration Institutions and Tribunal Jurisdiction (Brill | Nijhoff 2021). Here's the abstract:
Arbitration clauses in investment treaties often provide investors with a choice between ICSID arbitration, on the one hand, and rules originally drafted for commercial arbitration on the other. The Use of Commercial Arbitration Rules in Investment Treaty Disputes studies how domestic courts and commercial arbitration institutions impact the scope of arbitral tribunal jurisdiction when commercial arbitration rules are used. Based on extensive studies of court decisions and previously-unknown arbitral awards, Joel Dahlquist’s book analyses the practice of domestic courts in reviewing treaty-based jurisdiction, and explains how the two most used commercial arbitration institutions – the ICC and the SCC – have drafted, interpreted and applied their arbitration rules in treaty-based disputes.

Corten, Dubuisson, & Falkowska-Clarys: Cinematic perspectives on international law

Olivier Corten
(Université libre de Bruxelles - Law), François Dubuisson (Université libre de Bruxelles - Law), & Martyna Falkowska-Clarys (Belgian Judicial Training Institute) have published Cinematic perspectives on international law (Manchester Univ. Press 2021). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:
Why are constitutionalist ideals so prominent in science fiction? Does Independence Day depict self-defence as a legal concept with absolute limits? Is international law lost in space? This innovative interdisciplinary volume represents the first exploration of the relationship between international law and cinema. From Star Wars to Werner Herzog, The Godfather to The West Wing, this book uncovers a diverse range of representations of international law and its norms in film and television. Examining the wider links between international law, cinema, and ideology, the contributions not only examine visual representations of international law, but they offer an essential insight into the functions fulfilled by these cinematic representations. Providing an extraordinary introduction to a variety of perspectives on core international legal questions, Cinematic perspectives on international law extends a valuable methodology by which international lawyers can critique the depiction of international law in film.

Monday, May 3, 2021

New Issue: Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht

The latest issue of the Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht (Vol. 81, no. 1, 2021) is out. ZaöRV/HJIL is now an Open Access Journal. Contents include:
  • Comment
    • Anne Peters, The Importance of Having Rights
  • In Focus: Relaunch of the ZaöRV/HJIL as an Open Access Journal
    • Raffaela Kunz, Opening Access, Closing the Knowledge Gap? Analysing GC No. 25 on the Right to Science and Its Implications for the Global Science System in the Digital Age
  • Abhandlungen
    • Koen Lenaerts, José A. Gutiérrez-Fons, & Stanislas Adam, Exploring the Autonomy of the European Union Legal Order
    • Armin von Bogdandy & Pedro A. Villarreal, The Role of International Law in Vaccinating Against COVID-19: Appraising the COVAX Initiative
    • Erin Pobjie, COVID-19 and the Scope of the UN Security Council’s Mandate to Address Non-Traditional Threats to International Peace and Security
    • Angelo Jr Golia, Laura Hering, Carolyn Moser, & Tom Sparks, Constitutions and Contagion – European Constitutional Systems and the COVID-19 Pandemic
    • Fabian Simon Eichberger, Give a Court an Inch and It Will Take a Yard? The Exercise of Jurisdiction over Incidental Issues

Call for Papers: Tenth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law (Reminder)

A call for papers has been issued for the Tenth Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law, convened by Dino Kritsiotis (Univ of Nottingham - Law), Sarah M.H. Nouwen (European Univ. Insitute & Univ. of Cambridge - Law), Dire D. Tladi (Univ. of Pretoria - Law), and J.H.H. Weiler (New York Univ. - Law). The Tenth Forum will be held at the University of Pretoria on December 13, 14, and 15, 2021. Please note that the convenors are aiming at an in-person event (although are reserving the virtual format as a default option). This year, the Forum will be open to junior faculty who are working at an institution on the African continent or whose proposed work will have a strong African focus. Full details of the application procedure can be found here. Applications must be submitted by the deadline of this Friday, May 7, 2021.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Schwöbel-Patel: Marketing Global Justice: The Political Economy of International Criminal Law

Christine Schwöbel-Patel
(Univ. of Warwick - Law) has published Marketing Global Justice: The Political Economy of International Criminal Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
Marketing Global Justice is a critical study of efforts to 'sell' global justice. The book offers a new reading of the rise of international criminal law as the dominant institutional expression of global justice, linking it to the rise of branding. The political economy analysis employed highlights that a global elite benefit from marketised global justice whilst those who tend to be the 'faces' of global injustice - particularly victims of conflict - are instrumentalised and ultimately commodified. The book is an invitation to critically consider the predominance of market values in global justice, suggesting an 'occupying' of global justice as an avenue for drawing out social values.

New Issue: Revue Générale de Droit International Public

The latest issue of the Revue Générale de Droit International Public (Vol. 125, no. 1, 2021) is out. This issue is open access here. Contents include:
  • In Memoriam
    • Jean-Pierre Queneudec, Jacques Dehaussy (1924 – 2021)
    • Jean-Denis Mouton & Batyah Sierpinski, Jean Charpentier (1928-2020)
  • Articles
    • Serge Sur, Le traité international, entre bouquet d’actes unilatéraux et fait juridique international
    • Leonardo Borlini & Robert Kolb, Le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies et les entités non étatiques

New Issue: Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé

The latest issue of the Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé (2021, no. 1) is out. Contents include:
  • M. Hamad, L’immunité juridictionnelle de l’État étranger : la Cour de cassation égyptienne/France 2020
  • T. Georgopoulos, Constitution économique : un concept de droit comparé au service de l’intégration européenne
  • M.K. Ndassa Chouarupouo, À la recherche du critère d’objectivation du licenciement pour motif personnel en droit du travail camerounais

Barnes & Long: Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Oceans and Climate Challenges: Essays in Honour of David Freestone

Richard Barnes
(Univ. of Lincoln) & Ronán Long (World Maritime Univ.) have published Frontiers in International Environmental Law: Oceans and Climate Challenges: Essays in Honour of David Freestone (Brill | Nijhoff 2021). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:
Frontiers in International Environmental Law explores how law and legal scholarship has responded to some of the most important oceans and climate governance challenges of our time. Using the concept of the frontier, each contributor provides a unique perspective on the way that we can understand and can shape the development of law and legal institutions to better protect our marine environment and climate system, and reduce conflicts in areas of legal uncertainty. The authors show how different actors influence legal development, and how legal transitions occur in marine spaces and how change influences existing legal regimes. They also consider how change creates risks for the protection of vulnerable environment, but also opportunities for creative thinking and better ways of governing our environment.

Call for Submissions: Melbourne Journal of International Law

The Melbourne Journal of International Law has issued a call for submissions for the second issue of its twenty-second volume. The call is here.

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new materials to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law website. They include an introductory note by Judith Gardam on the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949; and the procedural history of the Agreement governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, 1979.

Lecture: Tanzi on "A common but differentiated law of international adjudication"

On May 6, 2021, Attila Tanzi (Univ. of Bologna - Law) will deliver a lecture on "A common but differentiated law of international adjudication" as part of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series. Details are here.

Special Issue: Trade Conflicts, Multilateral Cooperation and WTO Reform

The latest issue of Global Policy (Vol. 12, Special Issue 3, 2021) focuses on "Trade Conflicts, Multilateral Cooperation and WTO Reform." The table of contents is here.

New Issue: Questions of International Law

The latest issue of Questions of International Law / Questioni di Diritto Internazionale (no. 80, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Should I stay or should I go? The effects of denunciation of the American Convention and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ Advisory Opinion 26/2020
    • Introduced by Lucas Lima
    • Lucas Lixinski, The ‘collective guarantee’ of international human rights: Creating, reinforcing, and undoing legitimacies and mandates between law and politics
    • Cecilia M. Bailliet, The political question of human rights. Dissent by judge Raúl Zaffaroni in OC-26/20
    • Laurence Burgorgue-Larsen, Interpreting Articles 78 of the ACHR & 143 of the OAS Charter. Is there something special when the IACtHR comes to interpret “procedural clauses”?

New Issue: African Journal of International and Comparative Law

The latest issue of the African Journal of International and Comparative Law (Vol. 29, no. 2, May 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Maame A. S. Mensa-Bonsu, Why Electoral Reforms are Urgently Needed in Ghana
  • Justice Srem-Sai, Committing Ghana to International Agreements: A Review of the Roles of Parliament and the President
  • Eti Best Herbert, Application of Electricity Federalism in Nigeria: Drawing Inspiration from America
  • Zakariya Mustapha, Sherin Kunhibava & Aishath Muneeza, Judicial Challenges Facing the Islamic Finance Industry of Nigeria
  • Sileshi B. Hirko, The Implications of TRIPs ’ Criminal Provisions on Copyright Exception for Education in Ethiopia: A Critical Approach from a Human Rights Perspective
  • Carol Chi Ngang, Self-Determination and the Southern Cameroons’ Quest for Sovereign Statehood
  • Oyeniyi Ajigboye & Ifeoluwa A. Olubiyi, Impact of TRIPs Agreement on Access to Immunosuppressant Drugs: Another Challenge in Kidney Transplantation and Treatment in Developing Countries
  • Rachel Sloth-Nielsen, September v. Subramoney and its Implications for Transgender Persons in South Africa