- Giovanni Agostinis & Kevin Parthenay, Exploring the determinants of regional health governance modes in the Global South: A comparative analysis of Central and South America
- Emma-Louise Anderson, Laura Considine, & Amy S. Patterson, The power-trust cycle in global health: Trust as belonging in relations of dependency
- Katharine A. M. Wright & Annika Bergman Rosamond, NATO's strategic narratives: Angelina Jolie and the alliance's celebrity and visual turn
- Adam Kochanski, Framing, truth-telling, and the limits of local transitional justice
- Maria Mälksoo, Militant memocracy in International Relations: Mnemonical status anxiety and memory laws in Eastern Europe
- Thomas Linsenmaier, Dennis R. Schmidt, & Kilian Spandler, On the meaning(s) of norms: Ambiguity and global governance in a post-hegemonic world
- Randall Germain, Nearly modern IPE? Insights from IPE at mid-century
- Charlie Thame, The economic corridors paradigm as extractivism: Four theses for a historical materialist framework
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Review of International Studies (Vol. 47, no. 4, October 2021) is out. Contents include:
International Legal Materials (Vol. 60, no. 5, October 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Georgia v. Russia (II) (Eur. Ct. H.R. (Grand Chamber)), with introductory note by Christina M. Cerna
- Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. U.A.E.) (I.C.J.), with introductory note by David Keane
Le cyber espionnage en droit international (Pedone 2021). Here's the abstract:
Faut-il, dès lors, considérer que « tout ce qui n’est pas interdit est permis », y compris en matière de cyber-espionnage ? Il convient de répondre par la négative, et souligner que le cyber-espionnage est sujet à un évitement normatif. Il n’est, en effet, ni interdit ni permis. D’une part, il n’est pas « interdit », car la commission de tels actes ne saurait constituer un fait internationalement illicite. D’autre part, il n’est pas « permis », « autorisé » ou ne constitue pas un « droit », car les Etats peuvent tout à fait prendre des mesures pour empêcher d’autres Etats d’exercer des activités de cyber-espionnage à leur encontre. D’un côté, les Etats souhaitent profiter de cette absence de règlementation internationale et ne sont pas favorables à une prohibition expresse de l’espionnage. D’un autre côté, ils ne souhaitent pas pour autant consacrer un « droit » à l’espionnage, dans la mesure où l’activité peut aller à l’encontre de leurs intérêts. C’est bien le cas en matière de cyber-espionnage, et ce phénomène d’évitement normatif se manifeste tant à l’égard des règles connectées à l’intégrité territoriale (Première partie), dont l’application est nécessairement perturbée par les caractéristiques uniques du cyber-espace, qu’à l’égard des règles déconnectées de l’intégrité territoriale (Deuxième partie).
Incredible Commitments: How UN Peacekeeping Failures Shape Peace Processes (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
Why do warring parties turn to United Nations peacekeeping and peacemaking even when they think it will fail? Dayal asks why UN peacekeeping survived its early catastrophes in Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans, and how this survival should make us reconsider how peacekeeping works. She makes two key arguments: first, she argues the UN's central role in peacemaking and peacekeeping worldwide means UN interventions have structural consequences – what the UN does in one conflict can shift the strategies, outcomes, and options available to negotiating parties in other conflicts. Second, drawing on interviews, archival research, and process-traced peace negotiations in Rwanda and Guatemala, Dayal argues warring parties turn to the UN even when they have little faith in peacekeepers' ability to uphold peace agreements – and even little actual interest in peace – because its involvement in negotiation processes provides vital, unique tactical, symbolic, and post-conflict reconstruction benefits only the UN can offer.
The American Branch of the International Law Association will hold International Law Weekend 2021 on October 28-30, virtually. The theme is "Reinvesting in International Law." The program is here.
A call for papers has been issued for the 2022 ESIL Research Forum, which will take place March 31–April 1, 2022 and hosted by the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security. The topic is: “International Law and Global Security: Regulating an Illusion?” The call is here. The deadline is September 30, 2021.
Baltic Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 19, 2020) is out. Contents include:
- Ineta Ziemele, Latvian Tradition in International Law
- Ieva Miļūna, Latvian Tradition in State Responsibility
- Jānis Lazdiņš, Ainārs Lerhis, Jānis Pleps, & Ineta Ziemele, Legal and Historical Elements of Latvia’s Restoration of Independence
- Žaneta Mikosa, Evolution of Procedural Rights and Legal Standing in Environmental Matters in Latvia
- Edvards Kušners & Esmeralda Balode-Buraka, Behind the Scenes: EU Accession Challenges
- Christoph Schewe, Shattering the Concept of EU Citizenship? The Potential Impact of Brexit and Potential Secession of Catalonia on EU Citizenship
- Agnese Saukuma, Legal and Ethical Issues in Designing Online Courts
- George Chakhvadze, Mafruza Sultana, & Jānis Grasis, The Concept of Maritime Terrorism Between Traditionalism and Expansionism: Re-thinking Maritime Terrorism as a Transnational Crime
The latest issue of the Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international (Vol. 23, no. 3, 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Miloš Vec, A Luminous Trace. Commemorating the Frankfurt Lawyer and Historian of International Law Michael Stolleis (20 July 1941–18 March 2021)
- Giulio Bartolini, World War I and the Italian International Law Scholars
- Steven M. Harris, Manufacturing International Law: Pre-printed Treaties in the ‘Scramble for Africa’
- Daniel Ricardo Quiroga-Villamarín, Beyond Texts? Towards a Material Turn in the Theory and History of International Law
The latest issue of the Review of International Organizations (Vol. 16, no. 4, October 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Alexander Kentikelenis & Erik Voeten, Legitimacy challenges to the liberal world order: Evidence from United Nations speeches, 1970–2018
- Timm Betz, Amy Pond, & Weiwen Yin, Investment agreements and the fragmentation of firms across countries
- Arthur Dyevre & Nicolas Lampach, Issue attention on international courts: Evidence from the European Court of Justice
- Frank Bohn & Jan-Egbert Sturm, Do expected downturns kill political budget cycles?
- Benjamin Faude & Michal Parizek, Contested multilateralism as credible signaling: how strategic inconsistency can induce cooperation among states
- Matias E. Margulis, Intervention by international organizations in regime complexes
- Christina L. Davis & Tyler Pratt, The forces of attraction: How security interests shape membership in economic institutions
Netherlands International Law Review (Vol. 68, no. 2, September 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Lachezar Yanev, Jurisdiction and Combatant’s Privilege in the MH17 Trial: Treading the Line Between Domestic and International Criminal Justice
- Yoshifumi Tanaka, Between Stability and Change: The Concept of Historical Consolidation of Title in the Acquisition of Territory Revisited
- Julien Chaisse & Jamieson Kirkwood, Adjudicating Disputes Along China’s New Silk Road: Towards Unity, Diversity or Fragmentation of International Law?
- Nikolaos Giannopoulos, International Protection of Foreign Investments in Offshore Energy Production and Marine Environmental Protection: Birds of a Feather or Frenemies Forever?
- Mir-Hossein Abedian Kalkhoran & Habib Sabzevari, Standards of Review for the Non-Precluded Measures Clause in Investment Treaties: Different Wording, Different Levels of Scrutiny
- Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger & Nico J. Schrijver, ILA Guidelines for Sustainable Natural Resources Management for Development
Friday, September 17, 2021
Yearbook of International Disaster Law. The theme is: “Regionalization and Localization of International Disaster Law.” The call is here. The deadline for abstracts is November 14, 2021.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
The latest issue of the Journal of International Criminal Justice (Vol. 19, no. 1, March 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Special Issue: New Technologies and the Investigation of International Crimes
- Alexa Koenig, Emma Irving, Yvonne McDermott, & Daragh Murray, New Technologies and the Investigation of International Crimes: An Introduction
- Federica D’Alessandra & Kirsty Sutherland, The Promise and Challenges of New Actors and New Technologies in International Justice
- Lindsay Freeman, Weapons of War, Tools of Justice: Using Artificial Intelligence to Investigate International Crimes
- Alexa Koenig & Ulic Egan, Power and Privilege: Investigating Sexual Violence with Digital Open Source Information
- Yvonne McDermott, Alexa Koenig, & Daragh Murray, Open Source Information’s Blind Spot: Human and Machine Bias in International Criminal Investigations
- Chiara Gabriele, Kelly Matheson, & Raquel Vazquez Llorente, The Role of Mobile Technology in Documenting International Crimes: The Affaire Castro et Kizito in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Elena Radeva, The Potential for Computer Vision to Advance Accountability in the Syrian Crisis
- Giancarlo Fiorella, Charlotte Godart, & Nick Waters, Digital Integrity: Exploring Digital Evidence Vulnerabilities and Mitigation Strategies for Open Source Researchers
- Lindsay Freeman & Raquel Vazquez Llorente, Finding the Signal in the Noise: International Criminal Evidence and Procedure in the Digital Age
- Karolina Aksamitowska, Digital Evidence in Domestic Core International Crimes Prosecutions: Lessons Learned from Germany, Sweden, Finland and The Netherlands
- Sarah Zarmsky, Why Seeing Should Not Always Be Believing: Considerations Regarding the Use of Digital Reconstruction Technology in International Law
The latest issue of Global Society (Vol. 35, no. 3, 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Raffaela Puggioni, Governing Global Subjects? Border-crossers and the Limits of (Global) Governmentality
- Maïka Sondarjee, Collective Learning at the Boundaries of Communities of Practice: Inclusive Policymaking at the World Bank
- Hüsrev Tabak, Diffusionism and Beyond in IR Norm Research
- Costas M. Constantinou & Maria Hadjimichael, Liquid Entitlement: Sea, Terra, Law, Commons
- Silvia Menegazzi, Chinese Think Tanks and Public Diplomacy in the Xi Jinping Era
- Judit Trunkos, Comparing Russian, Chinese and American Soft Power Use: A New Approach
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Catherine Amirfar (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) & Merryl Lawry-White (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) have posted an ASIL Insight on The Paris Agreement’s Conciliation Annex: If Not Now, Then When?
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
The latest issue of Global Responsibility to Protect (Vol. 13, nos. 2-3, 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Special Issue: Myanmar and (the Failure of) Atrocity Prevention
- Martin Mennecke & Ellen E. Stensrud, The Failure of the International Community to Apply R2P and Atrocity Prevention in Myanmar
- Noel M. Morada, ASEAN and the Rakhine Crisis: Balancing Non-interference, Accountability, and Strategic Interests in Responding to Atrocities in Myanmar
- Claire Q. Smith & Susannah G. Williams, Why Indonesia Adopted ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ over R2P in the Rohingya Crisis: The Roles of Islamic Humanitarianism, Civil–Military Relations, and asean
- Cecilia Jacob, Navigating between Pragmatism and Principle: Australia’s Foreign Policy Response to the 2017 Rohingya Crisis
- Ellen E. Stensrud, The Rohingya Crisis, the Democratisation Discourse, and the Absence of an Atrocity Prevention Lens
- Kate Ferguson, For the Wind Is in the Palm-Trees: The 2017 Rohingya Crisis and an Emergent UK Approach to Atrocity Prevention
- Camilla Buzzi, Mass Atrocities in Myanmar and the Responsibility to Protect in a Digital Age
- Sebastiaan Verelst, Accountability in Myanmar: A Transformative Stepping-Stone?
- Martin Mennecke, The International Court of Justice and the Responsibility to Protect: Learning from the Case of The Gambia v. Myanmar
- Morten B. Pedersen, The Rohingya Crisis, Myanmar, and R2P ‘Black Holes’
- Nickey Diamond, The Failure to Protect in Myanmar: A Reflection on National Protection of Rohingya against Mass Atrocity Crimes and Prospects for the Responsibility to Protect
- Ivan Šimonović, Why ‘Never Again’ and R2P Did Not Work in Myanmar
Monday, September 13, 2021
AJIL Unbound has posted a symposium on Frédéric Mégret's article "Are There 'Inherently Sovereign Functions' in International Law?" The symposium includes an introduction by Melissa J. Durkee and contributions by Eyal Benvenisti, Samantha Besson, Jean L. Cohen, Nigel D. White, and Daniel Lee.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Peremptory Norms of General International Law (Jus Cogens): Disquisitions and Disputations (Brill | Nijhoff 2021). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:
Peremptory Norms of General International Law (Jus Cogens): Disquisitions and Dispositions brings together an impressive collection of authors addressing both conceptual issues and challenges relating to peremptory norms of general international. Covered themes in the edited collection include concepts relating to the identification of peremptory norms, consequences of peremptory norms, critiques of peremptory norms, the relationship between peremptory norms and particular areas of international law as well as the peremptory status of particular norms of international law. The contributions are presented from an array of scholars and experts with different perspective, thus providing an interesting mosaic of thoughts on peremptory norms. Written against the backdrop of the ongoing work of the International Law Commission, it exposes some tensions inherent in the jus cogens.
On October 1, 2021, the Università di Milano and the Federal University of Minas Gerais will jointly host an online conference on "Science before International Tribunals: Deference or Distrust?" The conference is co-sponsored by the Brazilian Branch of the International Law Association and the Interest Group on International Litigation of the Italian Society of International Law. The program is here. Registration is here.
David Turns (Defence Academy of the United Kingdom) has posted an ASIL Insight on The HMS Defender Incident: Innocent Passage versus Belligerent Rights in the Black Sea.
War (Oxford Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
How relevant is the concept of war today? This book examines how notions about war continue to influence how we conceive rights and obligations in national and international law. It also considers the role international law plays in limiting what is forbidden and legitimated in times of war or armed conflict. The book highlights how, even though war has been outlawed and should be finished as an institution, states nevertheless continue to claim that they can wage necessary wars of self-defence, engage in lawful killings in war, imprison law-of-war detainees, and attack objects which are said to be part of a war-sustaining economy. The book includes an overall account of the contemporary laws of war and delves into whether states should be able to continue to claim so-called 'belligerent rights' over their enemies and those accused of breaching expectations of neutrality. A central claim in the book is as follows: while there is general agreement that war has been abolished as a legal institution for settling disputes, the time has come to admit that the belligerent rights that once accompanied states at war are no longer available. The conclusion is that claiming to be in a war or an armed conflict does not grant anyone a licence to kill people, destroy things, and acquire other people's property or territory.
Less-Lethal Weapons under International Law: A Three-Dimensional Perspective (Cambridge Univ. Press 2021). Here's the abstract:
Hitherto 'less-lethal' weapons, in contrast to classical firearms and other highly destructive weapons, have literally slipped under the radar of public international law. This book is the first monograph addressing and analysing all international legal regimes applicable to less-lethal weapons, ranging from arms control treaties, international humanitarian, criminal and human rights law. In doing so the different scenarios in which less-lethal weapons come to use will be taken into account, such as law enforcement, armed conflict and law enforcement scenarios during armed conflict. The relationships between the different legal regimes will be elaborated thoroughly with a view to examining how international law responds to less-lethal weapons. The final chapter provides guidelines as well as recommendations on appropriate use and regulation of less-lethal weapons, where the different scenarios of application, such as in armed conflict and law enforcement, will be given due account.
Call for Papers: The European Union re-founded? Rethinking EU governance in times of permanent crisis
A call for papers has been issued for the Annual Danish European Association-European Community Studies Association Conference, to be held December 2-3, 2021, at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law. The theme is: "The European Union re-founded? Rethinking EU governance in times of permanent crisis." The call is here.
The latest issue of the European Journal of International Relations (Vol. 27, no. 3, September 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Stefan Elbe, ioinformational diplomacy: Global health emergencies, data sharing and sequential life
- Perri 6 & Eva Heims, Why do states in conflict with each other also sustain resilient cooperation in international regulation? Britain and telegraphy, 1860s–1914
- Kristin Haugevik & Cecilie Basberg Neumann, Reputation crisis management and the state: Theorising containment as diplomatic mode
- Nicholas J. Wheeler & Marcus Holmes, The strength of weak bonds: Substituting bodily copresence in diplomatic social bonding
- Thomas Dörfler & Thomas Gehring, Analogy-based collective decision-making and incremental change in international organizations
- Arthur A Goldsmith, Political regimes and foreign investment in poor countries: Insights from most similar African cases
- Glen Biglaiser & Ronald J. McGauvran, The effects of debt restructurings on income inequality in the developing world
- Muyang Chen, Infrastructure finance, late development, and China’s reshaping of international credit governance
- Jonas Gamso, Is China exporting media censorship? China’s rise, media freedoms, and democracy
- Kamal Sadiq & Gerasimos Tsourapas, The postcolonial migration state
- Corinne Bara, Annekatrin Deglow, & Sebastian van Baalen, Civil war recurrence and postwar violence: Toward an integrated research agenda
- Ludvig Norman, Rethinking causal explanation in interpretive international studies
Jus Cogens (Vol. 3, no. 2, 2021) is out. Contents include:
- Sara De Vido, A Quest for an Eco-centric Approach to International Law: the COVID-19 Pandemic as Game Changer
- Panagiotis Sotiris, Gramsci and Althusser Encountering Machiavelli: Hegemony and/as New Practice of Politics
- Jan-Werner Müller, A Theory of Standards for Intermediary Powers
- Massimo Fichera, The Idea of Discursive Constituent Power
- Thomas Bustamante & Conrado Hübner Mendes, Freedom Without Responsibility: the Promise of Bolsonaro’s COVID-19 Denial
Schäfer & Peters: Politics and the Histories of International Law: The Quest for Knowledge and Justice
Politics and the Histories of International Law: The Quest for Knowledge and Justice (Brill | Nijhoff 2021). Here's the abstract:
- Anne Peters, Raphael Schäfer, & Randall Lesaffer, Politics and the Histories of International Law: An Introduction
- Madeleine Herren, Strength through Diversity? The Paradox of Extraterritoriality and the History of the Odd Ones Out
- Anne-Charlotte Martineau, The Politics of Writing on the History of Slavery in International Law
- Parvathi Menon, Edmund Burke and the Ambivalence of Protection for Slaves: Between Humanity and Control
- Momchil Milanov, One Hundred Years of Soli(dari)tude: The Creation of the Refugee Regime and the Politics of Humanitarianism
- Hendrik Simon, Theorising Order in the Shadow of War: The Politics of International Legal Knowledge and the Justification of Force in Modernity
- Etienne Henry, The Road to Collective Security: Soviet Russia, the League of Nations, and the Emergence of the ius contra bellum in the Aftermath of the Russian Revolution (1917–1934)
- Deborah Whitehall, Three Wartime Textbooks of International Law
- Maria Adele Carrai, The Politics of History in the Late Qing Era: William A. P. Martin and a History of International Law for China
- José Gustavo Prieto Muñoz, Mixed Claims Commissions in Latin America during the 19th and 20th Centuries: The Development of International Law in between Caudillos and Revolutions
- Angelo Dube & Lindelwa Mhlongo, The Forgotten Continent? A South African Perspective on the Development of African International Legal Thought
- Michel Erpelding, International Law and the European Court of Justice: The Politics of Avoiding History
- Sebastian M. Spitra, Civilisation, Protection, Restitution: A Critical History of International Cultural Heritage Law in the 19th and 20th Century
- Ríán Derrig, International Law, Science and Psychology in the New Haven School
- Julia Bühner, Histories Hidden in the Shadow: Vitoria and the International Ostracism of Francoist Spain
- Jean d’Aspremont, Turntablism in the History of International Law
- Emiliano J. Buis, The Politics of Anti-Politics: Historiographies of International Law and the Paradox of Antiquity
- Hirofumi Oguri, Taming Politics or Naïveté of Positivism in International Law?: Lassa Oppenheim and His Ascertainment of Customary International Law
- Jacob Katz Cogan, A History of International Law in the Vernacular