The Political Economy of Investment Arbitration asks how political institutions and actors in the host state of an investment contribute to the emergence of investor-state disputes. Combining insights from international relations and political economy, it considers two opposing explanations for investor-state disputes: shifting state preferences toward FDI, or the lack of state capacity to maintain an investment-friendly environment.
This book's overarching conclusion is that democratic institutions in host states contribute to the emergence of investor-state disputes. Phillips Williams argues that at the heart of many investor-state disputes are highly politicized distributional conflicts involving a range of domestic interest groups. Indeed, it is often pressure from these groups, whether through voting, protests or lobbying, which motivates states to take the policy decisions that are subsequently subject to investors' legal challenges. Thus, this monograph demonstrates that in the face of the potentially high costs posed by investment arbitration, governments continue to take measures which may harm investors in order to pursue specific policy goals. More importantly, these disputes are not only the result of corruption or weak rule of law, but of measures which are taken at the behest of broader interest groups and relate to clear public policy concerns. This has important implications of our normative assessment of the regime and is highly relevant to current debates in both international law and international political economy about the relationship between investment treaties and domestic politics.
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Phillips Williams: The Political Economy of Investment Arbitration
Federman & Niezen: Narratives of Mass Atrocity: Victims and Perpetrators in the Aftermath
Individuals can assume—and be assigned—multiple roles throughout a conflict: perpetrators can be victims, and vice versa; heroes can be reassessed as complicit and compromised. However, accepting this more accurate representation of the narrativized identities of violence presents a conundrum for accountability and justice mechanisms premised on clear roles. This book considers these complex, sometimes overlapping roles, as people respond to mass violence in various contexts, from international tribunals to NGO-based social movements. Bringing the literature on perpetration in conversation with the more recent field of victim studies, it suggests a new, more effective, and reflexive approach to engagement in post-conflict contexts. Long-term positive peace requires understanding the narrative dynamics within and between groups, demonstrating that the blurring of victim-perpetrator boundaries, and acknowledging their overlapping roles, is a crucial part of peacebuilding processes.
Sourgens: Good Faith in Transnational Law: A Pluralist Account
Transnational law currently appears fragmented and captured by self-interested corporate actors. Good faith is at the heart of this fragmentation. To defend transnational law thus requires an account of good faith. Good Faith in Transnational Law explains and recasts fragmentation and capture as something valuable, and casts good faith as an obligation of other-regarding communicative conduct. Frédéric Gilles Sourgens argues that the fragmentation we experience is a virtue: for communication across vastly different commercial, economic, social, cultural and linguistic contexts to remain legally meaningful, we must translate our different expectations into a shared, context-bound idiom. He argues that law harnesses stress of such translations through stress fields that reintegrate the different experiences in a shared transnational discourse.
Marke, Mehling, & de Andrade Correa: Governing Carbon Markets with Distributed Ledger Technology
Carbon markets involve complex governance challenges, such as ensuring transparency of emissions, facilitating as well as recording transactions, overseeing market activity and preventing abuse. Conventionally, these have been addressed with a combination of regulatory, procedural and technical structures that impose significant burdens on market participants and administrators while remaining vulnerable to system shocks and illicit practices. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) has the potential to address these problems. This volume offers the first book-length exploration of how carbon markets can be governed using DLT, offering conceptual and theoretical analysis, practical case studies, and a roadmap for implementation of a DLT-based architecture in major existing and emerging carbon markets. It surveys existing expertise on distributed ledger technology, provides progress updates from industry professionals, and shows how this technology could offer a cost-effective and sustainable solution to double-counting and other governance concerns identified as major challenges in the implementation of carbon markets.
Marinelli: The International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect
This book examines the parallel development and interaction between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), assessing this relationship over time and through case studies of Darfur, Libya, and Syria.
The similarities and connections between the doctrine and the Court have been highlighted by UN bodies, the organs of the Court, and scholars, yet their relationship and common impact on international law have been less explored. This book fills this gap in presenting an overview of how the development of RtoP and the ICC affect various branches of international law. The research shows that while the doctrine and the Court experienced significant implementation problems in their first decades of life, they nonetheless have the potential to contribute to the historical evolution of international law in combining their values of promoting international peace and protecting human rights.
Reiertsen: Effective Domestic Remedies and the European Court of Human Rights: Applications of the European Convention on Human Rights Article 13
In Malone v. UK (Plenary 1984), the right to an effective domestic remedy in the European Convention on Human Rights Article 13 was famously described as one of the most obscure clauses in the Convention. Since then, the European Court of Human Rights has reinforced the scope and application of the right. Through an analysis of virtually all of the Court's judgments concerning Article 13, the book exhaustively accounts for the development and current scope and content of the right. The book also provides normative recommendations on how the Court could further develop the right, most notably how it could be a tool to regulate the relationship between domestic and international protection of human rights. In doing so, the book situates itself within larger debates on the enforcement of the entire Convention such as the principle of subsidiarity and the procedural turn in the Court's case law.
Call for Submissions: Protecting the Environment in Armed Conflict: The Legal and Policy Framework of the Future (International Review of the Red Cross)
Scheu: Creation and Implementation of a Multilateral Investment Court
This book deals with the ongoing reform process for investor-state dispute settlement in UNCITRAL Working Group III, in particular the proposal to create a multilateral investment tribunal (MIC). The book covers key elements of the MIC proposal, such as the institutional framework of the court, the design of an appeals mechanism, the use of class-law settlement procedures, and the establishment of an advisory center for developing countries. In addition, the selection and appointment of judges is discussed. It also explores the following questions: How can the MIC be integrated into the existing ISDS system? How can the implementation of its decisions be ensured? Each chapter highlights the legal issues to be discussed and places them in a larger context to offer an understanding of the core questions and how they are related to each other.
Conference: Human Rights Due Diligence, Price and Remuneration
Golia, Kettemann, & Kunz: Digital Transformations in Public International Law
Souveränität, Sicherheit, Rechte, Partizipation: Diese vier Makro-Themen sind durch die Auswirkungen der digitalen Technologien auf die Struktur des Völkerrechts stark betroffen. Aber welche Rolle spielt das Völkerrecht für das Internet? Und wie haben das Internet und die Plattformen, Cyberwaffen und Multistakeholder-Ansätze zur Rechtsetzung das Völkerrecht beeinflusst? Dieses Buch untersucht die wechselseitigen Einflüsse zwischen digitalen Technologien und Völkerrecht und trägt dazu bei, den hartnäckigen Mythos vom Internet als unreguliertem Raum zu entkräften. Auf diese Weise zeigt es aktuelle und zukünftige Forschungsfelder auf, die an der Schnittstelle zwischen Völkerrecht und digitalen Technologien entstehen und in Zukunft noch an Bedeutung gewinnen werden. Mit Beiträgen von Angelo Jr. Golia, Matthias Kettemann, Raffaela Kunz, Pia Hüsch, Edoardo Celeste, Uchenna Jerome Orji, Alena Douhan, Stefanie Schmahl, Rossella Pulvirenti, Adam Krzywoń, Katharina Luckner und Vera Strobel.
Sovereignty, security, rights, participation: these four macro-issues have been deeply affected by the impact of digital technologies on the inner infrastructures of public international law. But what role does international law play for the internet? And how have the internet and the platforms, rogue actors, cyber weapons, and multistakeholder approaches to law-making influenced international law? This book examines the reciprocal influences between digital technologies and public international law and contributes to further debunk the persisting myth of the internet as an unregulated space. By these means, it current and future fields of inquiry emerging from the interface between public international law and digital technologies which will become even more relevant in the future. With contributions by Angelo Jr Golia, Matthias Kettemann, Raffaela Kunz, Pia Hüsch, Edoardo Celeste, Uchenna Jerome Orji, Alena Douhan, Stefanie Schmahl, Rossella Pulvirenti, Adam Krzywoń, Katharina Luckner and Vera Strobel.
New Issue: Chinese Journal of International Law
- Sienho Yee, Territory in the Work of the Institut de Droit International
- Karolina Wierczyńska, International Prosecutors Acting before National Courts?: The Rome Statute System and the Ultimate Approach to Positive Complementarity
- Chao Wang & Taixia Shen, Adaptation of International Law in the Chinese Constitution and Legal System: New Developments
Friday, October 7, 2022
New Issue: Italian Review of International and Comparative Law
- Massimo Iovane, Non-Recognition of Territorial Acquisitions by the Use of Armed Force: The Status of Jerusalem before Italian Courts
- Roberto Virzo, Sea-Level Rise and State of Necessity: Maintaining Current Baselines and Outer Limits of National Maritime Zones
- Gabriele Asta, The ECtHR’s Decision to Dismiss the First Request Submitted Under Article 29 of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine: Putting Its Sleeping Advisory Competence Back in the Attic
- Federico Casolari, Italy’s Contribution to a More Robust International Architecture for the cbrn Legal Landscape: A Critical Appraisal
- Paolo Passaglia, The Italian Constitutional Court and the Use of Comparative Law: An Empirical Analysis
- Donato Greco, Italy and the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments on Third States’ Tort Liability for Sponsoring Terrorism: The Conundrum of Jurisdictional Immunity of Foreign States in the Presence of Serious Violations of Human Rights
- Pietro Franzina, Violation of Public Policy as a Ground for Non-Recognition of Foreign Judgments – The Case of Judgments Preceded by a Mareva-Type Freezing Order
- Simone Marinai, Stateless Status and Expulsion from Italian Territory: Some Remarks on the Recent Case Law of the Corte di Cassazione
- Filippo Venturi, War and Peace in the Context of the Multilevel Legal Order for the Protection of the Fundamental Rights of the Persons Requested for the Execution of a European Arrest Warrant: Some Remarks on the Decisions No. 216 and 217 of 2021 of the Italian Constitutional Court
- Elettra Stradella, The Last Presidential (Re)Election in Italy: Internal and Exogenous Factors in the Framework of an Unsatisfactory Discipline of Presidential Election
- Ilaria Queirolo, International Child Abduction and the 1980 Hague Convention in Practice: The Biran Case
- Luigi Prosperi, Legal Effects of the Ratification by Italy of the Amendments to the icc Statute on Aggression
- Francesca Capone, The Development of the Italian Doctrine in the Words of Antonio Cassese: Towards a More Pragmatic Approach?
- Martina Buscemi, What’s in a name? International Organizations in Search of an Identity
- Pasquale Annicchino, The Fragmentation of Human Rights. Case Studies from a Post-Arab Spring Context
New Issue: European Convention on Human Rights Law Review
- Vassilis P Tzevelekos & Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, The Judicial Discretion of the European Court of Human Rights: The Years of Plenty, and the Lean Years
- Françoise Tulkens, Judicial Activism v Judicial Restraint: Practical Experience of This (False) Dilemma at the European Court of Human Rights
- George Tsebelis, What Determines the Judicial Discretion of the European Court of Human Rights?
- Lize Glas & Jasper Krommendijk, A Strasbourg Story of Swords and Shields: National Courts’ Motives to Request an Advisory Opinion from the ECtHR Under Protocol 16
- Jeremy Letwin, A Utilitarian Account of Article 3 echr
- Sarah Ganty, The Double-Edged ECtHR Lăcătuş Judgment on Criminalisation of Begging: Da Mihi Elimo Sinam Propter Amorem Dei
New Issue: Michigan Journal of International Law
- Reuven Avi-Yonah & Young Ran (Christine) Kim, Tax Harmony: The Promise and Pitfalls of the Global Minimum Tax
- David Eichert, Decolonizing the Corpus: A Queer Decolonial Re-examination of Gender in International Law's Origins
- Robert Howse & Amin R. Yacoub, Litigating Terror in The Sinai After The Egyptian Spring Revolution: Should States Be Liable to Foreign Investors for Failure to Prevent Terrorist Attacks?
- Benedict Sheehy & Ying Chen, Let Them Eat Rights: Re-Framing the Food Insecurity Problem Using a Rights-Based Approach
- Tally Kritzman-Amir, Asylum-Seekers are Not Bananas Either: Limitations on Transferring Asylum-Seekers to Third Countries
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Ebbesson & Hey: The Cambridge Handbook of the Sustainable Development Goals and International Law
In 2015, the United Nations established seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that aimed 'to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all' by 2030. The chapters within this collection address each of these SDGs, considering how they relate to one another and international law, and what institutions could aid their implementation. Development has been a contentious topic since the decolonization period after World War II, and issues surrounding sustainable development are necessarily impacted by the multifaceted relationship between the Global South and Global North. Confronting the context and challenge of sustainable development, this collection outlines how the international economic system problematizes the attainment of the SDGs. Introducing a novel, cosmopolitan approach, this book offers new ways of understanding sustainable development and suggests potential solutions so that we might finally achieve it.
Inaugural Robert E. Dalton Roundtable on International Law in Government Practice
Hovell & Hughes: Self Defence and Its Dangerous Variants: Afghanistan and International Law
The question as to whether Operation Enduring Freedom was justified under international law may seem one that has passed its practical use-by date. Yet, as may be disturbingly apparent from current global conflicts, justifications relied on by certain states in the past can influence their credible use by other states in the future and diminish opportunities to refute them. In this essay, the authors examine the international legal arguments used by the United States and its allies to justify the intervention in Afghanistan. They look at the impact these justifications had on the authority, purpose and expectations of Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as on relevant frameworks for cooperation and acceptable limits of collateral damage. The authors also look at the impact these justifications have had on interpretations of the law of self-defence in modern conflict more broadly.
Johns: International Law and Digitalisation
Digitalisation has wrought fundamental change in the stuff of international law since the end of the Cold War: the objects towards which it is oriented; the subjects by and for which it is understood to be made; the matters with which it is concerned; the materials, rhythms, politics, protagonists and modalities of its operation. These changes have been entangled with others and have helped to fuel and shape many of them. The claim is not that digitalisation has made international law stronger or weaker across the board or that it has overridden all prior or alternative logics of the discipline. Rather, this chapter contends that digitalisation has enlivened multiple tonalities within the discipline of international law and ramified a range of conflicts within it. This chapter will first explain what is meant by digitalisation and reflect briefly on the conundrum of ‘Cold War’ periodisation before turning to various sub-domains into which international lawyers have traditionally subdivided their field to survey the ingression of the digital in each. This sequence begins with the digitalisation of the global economy and its international legal infrastructure. It continues with the digitalisation of war as practised and comprehended by international lawyers and concludes with the digitalisation of global politics as imagined and conducted in the international legal field. A final section will reflect on the significance of this ingression for post-Cold War hubris, New Cold War entrenchment, and allegiances and struggles that surpass both.
New Issue: International Community Law Review
- Romola Adeola, Bridging the Accountability Gap in the Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: Non-State Actors Under the Kampala Convention
- Mariana Clara de Andrade, General Principles of Procedural Law in the Practice of the WTO Appellate Body
- Marco Longobardo, The Standing of Indirectly Injured States in the Litigation of Community Interests before the ICJ: Lessons Learned and Future Implications in Light of The Gambia v. Myanmar and Beyond
- Christian Tomuschat, The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: The Quest for a Perfect World Order
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Bédard & Pearsall: Reflections on International Arbitration - Essays in Honour of Professor George Bermann
Bode & Huelss: Autonomous Weapons Systems and International Norms
Autonomous weapons systems seem to be on the path to becoming accepted technologies of warfare. The weaponization of artificial intelligence raises questions about whether human beings will maintain control of the use of force. The notion of meaningful human control has become a focus of international debate on lethal autonomous weapons systems among members of the United Nations: many states have diverging ideas about various complex forms of human-machine interaction and the point at which human control stops being meaningful.
In Autonomous Weapons Systems and International Norms Ingvild Bode and Hendrik Huelss present an innovative study of how testing, developing, and using weapons systems with autonomous features shapes ethical and legal norms, and how standards manifest and change in practice. Autonomous weapons systems are not a matter for the distant future - some autonomous features, such as in air defence systems, have been in use for decades. They have already incrementally changed use-of-force norms by setting emerging standards for what counts as meaningful human control. As UN discussions drag on with minimal progress, the trend towards autonomizing weapons systems continues.
Call for Papers: Global Crisis and Global Legal Orders: 'What should we now discuss for the Future of Global Legal Ordering?'
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Viljoen, Sipalla, & Adegalu: Exploring African approaches to international law: Essays in honour of Kéba Mbaye
Monday, October 3, 2022
JFIEL Symposium 2022: Lived Realities and Critical Spaces in International Law
New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law
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