Thursday, January 19, 2023

Call for Papers: Non-hegemonic International Law?

A call for papers has been issued for the sixth conference “Dialogues on International Law,” which will take place at Di Tella Law School on October 9, 2023 The theme is: "Non-hegemonic International Law?" The call is here.

New Issue: International Journal of Human Rights

The latest issue of the International Journal of Human Rights (Vol. 27, no. 1, 2023) is out. Contents include:
  • Enrique Prieto-Rios, Juan Francisco Soto Hoyos & Juan P. Pontón-Serra, Foreign concerns: the impact of international investment law on the ethnic-based land restitution programme in Colombia
  • Albert Gordon Omulo, Towards an evaluation of the nexus between unfettered, unregulated capitalism, donor aid and debt relief inconsistencies, and the problem of post-election violence in Kenya
  • Samih Eloubeidi & Tina Kempin Reuter, Restricting access to employment as a human rights violation: a case study of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
  • Caroline Sweeney, The United Nations Human Rights Council at 16: a creature of compromise or a compromised creature?
  • Fernanda Cavalcante Rangel & Katarina Schwarz, Are women not enslaved in Brazil? A data-driven analysis of gender dynamics in Brazilian antislavery efforts
  • Anette Faye Jacobsen, Expanding into the local level: selective and maximalist models of human rights implementation in Denmark and Sweden
  • Mohammed Nijim, Genocide in Palestine: Gaza as a case study
  • Muhammad Saud & Asia Ashfaq, Civil resistance campaign for the Free Papua Movement and student protests in 2019 in Surabaya, Indonesia

Feichtner & Gordon: Constitutions of Value: Law, Governance, and Political Ecology

Isabel Feichtner
(Universität Würzburg) & Geoff Gordon (Asser Institute) have published Constitutions of Value: Law, Governance, and Political Ecology (Routledge 2023). The table of contents is here. Here’s the abstract:
Gathering an interdisciplinary range of cutting-edge scholars, this book addresses legal constitutions of value. Global value production and transnational value practices that rely on exploitation and extraction have left us with toxic commons and a damaged planet. Against this situation, the book examines law’s fundamental role in institutions of value production and valuation. Utilizing pathbreaking theoretical approaches, it problematizes mainstream efforts to redeem institutions of value production by recoupling them with progressive values. Aiming beyond radical critique, the book opens up the possibility of imagining and enacting new and different value practices. This wide-ranging and accessible book will appeal to international lawyers, socio-legal scholars, those working at the intersections of law and economy and others, in politics, economics, environmental studies and elsewhere, who are concerned with rethinking our current ideas of what has value, what does not, and whether and how value may be revalued.

New Issue: Cambridge International Law Journal

The latest issue of the Cambridge International Law Journal (Vol. 11, no. 2, December 2022) is out. Contents include:
  • Sreenivasa Rao Pemmaraju, Optimum world order beyond war: a long view on current challenges
  • Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Strengthening multilevel governance of public goods through democratic and republican constitutionalism
  • Carlos Soria-Rodríguez, Marine renewable energy technologies on the high seas: challenges and opportunities to strengthen international environmental and renewable energy governance
  • Shreya Mishra, Managing zoonotic diseases in the international wildlife trade through the One Health approach: a future role for CITES?
  • Thanapat Chatinakrob, Rethinking the scope of international law regulating information operations: lessons learned from a crime of online genocide in Myanmar
  • Prabhash Ranjan & Aman Kumar, Nomination of candidates to international judicial and legal bodies: a critical examination of Indian practice

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

New Issue: Ocean Development & International Law

The latest issue of Ocean Development & International Law (Vol. 53, no. 4, 2022) is out. Contents include:
  • Linda Finska, Ludmila Ivanova, Ingvild Ulrikke Jakobsen, Heidi Rapp Nilsen, Anne Katrine Normann & Jan Solski, Waste Management on Fishing Vessels and in Fishing Harbors in the Barents Sea: Gaps in Law, Implementation and Practice
  • Zhongyu Li & Makoto Seta, The Expanding Role of Classification Societies in Conserving the Marine Environment: The Case of the 2004 BWM Convention
  • Hu Zhang & Qiuwen Wang, New Developments in China’s Maritime Traffic Safety Legislation: Theoretical Background, Institutional Changes, and Potential Implications
  • Alberto Pecoraro, The Regulatory Powers of the International Seabed Authority: Security of Tenure and Its Limits

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Call for Papers: Towards a multi-dimensional enhancement of a sustainable business environment in Asia

The Japan Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for its 14th Annual Conference, to be held July 8, 2023, at Yokohama National University. The theme is: "Towards a multi-dimensional enhancement of a sustainable business environment in Asia." The call is here. The deadline for proposals is February 28, 2023.

Monday, January 16, 2023

Kaplow: Signing Away the Bomb: The Surprising Success of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Jeffrey M. Kaplow
(College of William and Mary - Government) has published Signing Away the Bomb: The Surprising Success of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime (Cambridge Univ. Press 2022). Here's the abstract:
For more than fifty years, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the wider nuclear nonproliferation regime have worked to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Analysts and pundits have often viewed the regime with skepticism, repeatedly warning that it is on the brink of collapse, and the NPT lacks many of the characteristics usually seen in effective international institutions. Nevertheless, the treaty continues to enjoy near-universal membership and high levels of compliance. This is the first book to explain why the nonproliferation regime has been so successful, bringing to bear declassified documents, new data on regime membership and weapons pursuit, and a variety of analytic approaches. It offers important new insights for scholars of nuclear proliferation and international security institutions, and for policymakers seeking to strengthen the nonproliferation regime and tighten international constraints on the spread of nuclear weapons.

Jeßberger, Steinl, & Mehta: International Criminal Law—A Counter-Hegemonic Project?

Florian Jeßberger
(Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Leonie Steinl (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), & Kalika Mehta (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) have published International Criminal Law—A Counter-Hegemonic Project? (Asser Press 2022). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

This book enquires into the counter-hegemonic capacity of international criminal justice. It highlights perspectives and themes that have thus far often been neglected in the scholarship on (critical approaches to) international criminal justice.

Can international criminal justice be viewed as a ‘counter-hegemonic’ project? And if so, under what conditions? In response to these questions, scholars and practitioners from the Global South and North reflect inter alia on the engagement with international criminal justice in the context of Ukraine, Palestine, and minorities in South-Asia while also highlighting the hegemonic tendencies built into the institutional structure of the International Criminal Court on the axes of gender and language.

New Volume: Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law

The latest volume of the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law (Vol. 24, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Cultures of International Humanitarian Law
    • Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg, Des-Encanto: Latin America and International Humanitarian Law
    • Rotem Giladi, Rites of Affirmation: The Past, Present, and Future of International Humanitarian Law
    • Juana Inés Acosta-López & Ana Idárraga, Prisoners of War, Taking of Hostages and the Colombian Armed Conflict: Challenges Arising Out of Conflictive Understandings of IHL by Different Actors in Particular Contexts
    • Rebecca Sutton, Read the Room: Legal and Emotional Literacy in Frontline Humanitarian Negotiations
  • Focus Section: Samuel Moyn’s Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War (2021)
    • Jolanda Jackelien Andela, Examining a Norm of Customary International Law that Criminalises the Intentional Use of Starvation of the Civilian Population as a Method of Warfare
    • Craig Jones & Nisha Shah, Wars with and for Humanity
    • Doreen Lustig, The Peace Movement and Grassroots International Law
    • Samuel Moyn, Emancipation, Humanity, and Peace: A Response
  • Year in Review
    • James Patrick Sexton, Florent Beurret, & Nathan O’Regan, Year in Review 2021

Scalia: Génocidaire(s) : au coeur de la justice internationale pénale

Damien Scalia
(Université libre de Bruxelles) has published Génocidaire(s) : au coeur de la justice internationale pénale (Dalloz 2022). Here's the abstract:

Le procès de Nuremberg a 75 ans en 2021 et l'inventaire de son héritage est encore loin d'être acquis tant la justice internationale pénale est présentée comme la réponse la plus adéquate aux crimes de masse que sont les génocides, les crimes contre l'humanité et les crimes de guerre.

Nuremberg est un sujet inépuisable et des ouvrages ne cessent d'être publiés sur ce procès historique et hors normes, père de toutes les croyances en une humanité meilleure qui dit « Plus jamais ça ! ». Tout semble avoir été dit sur ces procès et tout a été entendu.

L'auteur entend renouveler les regards portés sur le sujet, en renversant la perspective habituelle, généralement située du côté de la norme, de l'institution ou des victimes. C'est à partir d'un matériau unique sur l'expérience judiciaire et pénale (une soixantaine d'entretiens réalisés avec les plus grands criminels jugés par des juridictions internationales pénales) qu'il fait émerger des savoirs cruciaux sur la mise en oeuvre, la rationalité et l'impact réel de cette nouvelle forme de justice à vocation universelle.

Ces personnes - appelées communément génocidaire(s) -, l'auteur les a rencontrées et écoutées longuement, non pas pour étudier leur passage à l'acte criminel comme c'est généralement le cas, mais pour mieux appréhender, grâce à l'analyse de leur trajectoire et de leur expérience, les rouages, le fonctionnement et les fondements des instances internationales pénales. Présenter leur point de vue et leur ressenti face à la justice permet de décrire la manière dont cette justice est appréhendée par les auteurs de crimes de masses, de produire un témoignage de l'expérience pénale vécue et d'analyser le fonctionnement de cette institution par un prisme nouveau : celui des personnes jugées.

Myjer & Marauhn: Research Handbook on International Arms Control Law

Eric P.J. Myjer
(Utrecht Univ. - Law) & Thilo Marauhn (Justus Liebig Univ. Giessen - Law); Univ. of Amsterdam - Law) have published Research Handbook on International Arms Control Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2022). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

This Research Handbook provides a broad yet detailed treatment of international arms control law. It takes stock of existing arms control agreements, addresses current challenges and aims to indicate avenues for the future development of this distinct branch of public international law.

Split across nine thematic parts, this comprehensive Handbook goes beyond the pure encyclopaedic approach by providing analytical and doctrinal guidance. Chapters provide extensive analysis of international arms control law, addressing both conventional weapons and new technologies, contextualising arms control law and politics through identifying actors, forums and regulatory approaches. The impressive list of contributors also explore geographical zones of arms control including Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

New Volume: Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs

The latest volume of the Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs (Vol. 39, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Thomas D. Grant, Rescission of the Autonomy of Hong Kong
    • Volker Roeben & Sava Jankovic, Validity of Contested Title to Territory in Frozen Conflict Zones: The Case of Nagorno Karabakh with Particular Reference to the 2020 War
    • Denise Cheong & S. Nivedita, Enhancing Transboundary Consultation in the Context of Nuclear Power Development in Southeast Asia
    • Makoto Seta, International Framework for Cruise Vessels in the Post-Pandemic Asia-Pacific Region: Unclear Rights over Internal Waters
    • Mark McLaughlin, Regulating the Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in Investment Arbitration
    • Min K. Lee & Ji Hyoi Moon, The More the Merrier: Is East Asia’s ADR Scene Missing out on Expert Determination?
    • Winnie Jo-Mei Ma, Institutional and Legislative Rule-Making for Taiwan’s Arbitration: CAA and Its International Arbitration Centre
    • P. Brian Chen, Investigating the WHO’s Lack of Insulation from International Power Politics
  • Special Reports
    • Zsuzsa Anna Ferenczy, The EU, China and Taiwan: Time to Embrace Change
    • Siqi Zhao, Promoting and Protecting Cultural and Creative Industries through Free Trade Agreements: The Experience from Korea and Japan

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Lieblich & Benvenisti: Occupation in International Law

Eliav Lieblich (Tel Aviv Univ. - Law) & Eyal Benvenisti (Univ. of Cambridge - Law) have published Occupation in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2022). Here's the abstract:

The international law of occupation is the body of law, under international humanitarian law, that regulates the actions of states that gain effective control over territory during armed conflict. This body of law seeks to balance between several interests, which are often in tension with one another. Its most fundamental principle is that occupation does not confer sovereignty, and that the powers of the occupant are limited to that of a temporary trustee. What empowers the occupant to maintain public order and safety, including that of its own forces? How are the rights of the absent sovereign protected, as well as the right to self-determination, and the individual rights of the local population?

In this new volume of the Elements of International Law series, Eyal Benvenisti and Eliav Lieblich seek to provide an entry point to the topic by elaborating on general principles and key rules. The book explores the tensions and dilemmas which characterize the modern law of occupation, while highlighting, when needed, interpretations which best conform with the law's object and purpose. All in all, this book aims to guide relevant actors - whether states, academics, NGOs, or individuals under occupation - when seeking to assess or to challenge state actions in occupied territories.

McGuinness & Stewart: Research Handbook on Law and Diplomacy

Margaret E. McGuinness
(St. John's Univ. - Law) & David P. Stewart (Georgetown Univ. - Law) have published Research Handbook on Law and Diplomacy (Edward Elgar Publishing 2022). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

This timely Research Handbook examines the dynamic and interdependent relationship between law and diplomacy in the contemporary international system. Through accounts of the actual practice of international law and diplomacy, it provides insights into how international law and relations operate and examines the complex relationship.

An impressive selection of contributors provides analyses of bilateral and multilateral diplomacy in international law making, interpretation, and adjudication. These accounts include examinations of legal diplomacy, reforms within international organisations, judicial diplomacy, and the role of non-state actors – including NGOs and corporations – in the international system. Chapters consist of case studies of treaty negotiations, multilateral legal reform, and the resolution of disputes under formal and informal international legal mechanisms. This Handbook also assesses the relative roles of lawyers, diplomats and lawyer-diplomats within the international system, and the ethical framework for their professional conduct.

Zheng: China’s Foreign Investment Legal Regime: Toward China’s Development Goals

Yawen Zheng
(National Univ. of Singapore) has published China’s Foreign Investment Legal Regime: Toward China’s Development Goals (Brill | Nijhof 2023). Here's the abstract:
China’s foreign investment legal regime encompasses domestic laws governing inward and outward investments, investment treaties and the Belt and Road Initiative. Can China’s foreign investment legal regime lead its two-way investments towards the country’s five development goals (building technological capacity, deepening integration into the global economy, promoting green development, protecting security, and participating in global economic governance and rule-making)? Yawen Zheng pioneers a systematic study of China’s foreign investment legal regime, finding that the regime has gradually made progress towards the development goals, but the effort is diluted by obstacles such as outdated treaties, conflicts with the West, and domestic political challenges.

New Issue: International & Comparative Law Quarterly

The latest issue of the International & Comparative Law Quarterly (Vol. 72, no. 1, January 2023) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Russell Buchan, Non-Forcible Measures and the Law of Self-Defence
    • Andrew D Mitchell & James Munro, An International Law Principle of Non-Regression from Environmental Protections
    • Gracia Marín Durán, Securing Compatibility of Carbon Border Adjustments with the Multilateral Climate and Trade Regimes
    • Jason Haynes & Antonius Hippolyte, The Coloniality of International Investment Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean
    • Adeline Chong, Characterisation and Choice of Law for Knowing Receipt
    • Priyal Bunwaree, The Illegality of Fishing Vessels ‘Going Dark’ and Methods of Deterrence
  • Shorter Articles
    • George Politakis, The Recognition of Occupational Safety and Health as a Fundamental Principle and Right at Work
    • Benoit Mayer, Prompting Climate Change Mitigation Through Litigation
    • Johannes Ungerer, A Bidirectional Anglo-German Comparison of Consideration in Contract Law

Conference: Resilience of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: 40 Years

On March 10, 2023, the University of the Faroe Islands and the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen will hold a conference on "Resilience of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: 40 Years," in Copenhagen. Program and registration are here.

Webinar: The War in Ukraine, International Law, and Regional Peace and Security

On January 25, 2023, the European Society of International Law's Peace and Security Interest Group, in association with the University of Zürich's Institute for International and Foreign Constitutional Law and the Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights, will hold a webinar on "The War in Ukraine, International Law, and Regional Peace and Security." Details are here.

Call for Papers: International Law and the Regulation of Resort to Force: Exhaustion, Destruction, Rebirth?

The Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law at the Faculty of Law of Palacký University, in collaboration with the Institute for International Law and International Relations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz, has issued a call for papers for a conference on "International Law and the Regulation of Resort to Force: Exhaustion, Destruction, Rebirth?" to take place on September 14-15, 2023, in Olomouc. The call is here.

Book Launch: International Environmental Law: Text, Cases & Materials

On January 17, 2023, there will be a book launch for Malgosia Fitzmaurice, Joseph Crampin, and Meagan Wong's International Environmental Law: Text, Cases & Materials. Details are here.

Khan, Lagrange, Oeter, & Walter: Democracy and Sovereignty: Rethinking the Legitimacy of Public International Law

Daniel Erasmus Khan
(Univ. of the Bundeswehr), Evelyne Lagrange (Sorbonne Law School), Stefan Oeter (Univ. of Hamburg), & Christian Walter (Ludwig Maximilian Univ. of Munich) have published Democracy and Sovereignty: Rethinking the Legitimacy of Public International Law (Brill | Nijhof 2022). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:
At a time where multilateralism is coming under increasing pressure, a new reflection on the foundations of international law is warranted. Democracy and Sovereignty: Rethinking the Legitimacy of Public International Law addresses urgent new and intrinsically international subject areas, such as digitalization, climate change and transborder investments. This volume looks at the changing role of state sovereignty and explores more democratic modes of legitimation in order to supplement the traditional concept of state consent, and sharpen the notion of democracy itself.

New Volume: AIIB Yearbook of International Law

The latest volume of the AIIB Yearbook of International Law (Vol. 4, 2021) is out. Contents include:
  • Funding International Development Organizations
    • Christopher Smith, Xuan Gao, & Thomas Dollmaier, Funding International Development Organizations
  • Part 1 The Role of International Organizations in the Development of Local Capital Markets
    • Development of Domestic Capital Markets Elena Sulima, The EBRD Experience
    • Purva Chadha, The Role of Development Finance Institutions in Developing and Deepening Local Capital Markets: A Case Study of Masala Bonds and Maharaja Bonds Issued by the International Finance Corporation
    • Yixin (Christine) Chen, Inspiring Opening-Up, Innovation and Transparency: International Organizations in the Development of China’s Debt Capital Market
  • Part 2 The Legal Status of International Organizations
    • Christopher P. Moore & Paul C. Kleist, Immunity for Multilateral Development Banks in the United States: Assessing Litigation Exposure Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Jam v. International Finance Corporation
    • Paul Dudek, Regulation of Offerings by International Financial Institutions under the U.S. Federal Securities Laws
    • Minny Siu & James Guan, International Financial Institutions and China: The Legal Status of International Financial Institutions and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank under the Law of the People’s Republic of China
  • Part 3 Innovations in Resource Mobilization
    • Gerd Droesse, International Financial Institutions: Paradigms of Organizational Structures, Funding Structures and Innovative Funding Modalities
    • Douglas Leys & Rosanna Anderson, The Green Climate Fund: A Unique Financing Vehicle among International Organizations
    • Heikki Cantell, Developments in the Labelled Bond Concept: More than just Green
    • Arthur M. Mitchell, Smart Infrastructure: The New Sustainable Development Paradigm
  • Part 4 Innovations in Structure and Development
    • Gayle Girod, The Flood of the Private Sector Funding in Development and USAID’s Maneuvers to Ride the Wave
    • Ilias Bantekas, Multilateral Development Banks as Agents of Private Contract
  • Appendices
    • Xue Hanqin, 2020 AIIB Law Lecture: The Judicial Role of the International Court of Justice in the Development of International Law
    • Georgia Papalexiou, 2020 AIIB Legal Conference Report

Menon & Reyes: Transnational Commercial Disputes in an Age of Anti-Globalism and Pandemic

Sundaresh Menon
& Anselmo Reyes have published Transnational Commercial Disputes in an Age of Anti-Globalism and Pandemic (Hart Publishing 2023). The table of contents is here. Here's the abstract:

In this book, senior judges and academics at the forefront of transnational commercial law in Asia, Australia, Europe, the US, and elsewhere, reflect on the implications of anti-globalism and the COVID-19 pandemic on international commercial dispute resolution (ICDR).

The chapters consider: (1) What types of cross-border commercial disputes will arise in the future and what resources will be needed to respond to them in a cost-effective, time-efficient, and equitable manner? (2) Is there still merit in a multilateral approach to transnational commercial law and ICDR, despite the closing of borders, the rise of protectionism, and the disruption of global supply chains? (3) What reforms and innovations should courts, arbitrators, and mediators contemplate when navigating the post-pandemic landscape? (4) Can the accelerated use of remote technology in ICDR (as prompted by the pandemic) be leveraged to enhance access to justice for all?

Pustorino: Introduction to International Human Rights Law

Pietro Pustorino
(Luiss Univ. - Law) has published Introduction to International Human Rights Law (Asser Press 2023). Here's the abstract:
This book offers a compact but general introduction to international human rights law. It discusses the theoretical, historical and legal foundations of international human rights law, providing an encompassing analysis of the substantive content of the most important human rights and of the role of States and non-State actors in ensuring their respect. It also carries out a specific analysis of the UN system and the ECHR and other regional systems – all this while constantly situating the discussion on international human rights law within the broader framework of public international law.

New Issue: GlobaLex

The latest issue of GlobaLex (November/December 2022) includes the following:

2023 Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures

On March 14-16, 2023, B.S.Chimni (O.P. Jindal Global Univ. - Law) will deliver the 2023 Sir Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lectures at the University of Cambridge. The topic is: "Capitalism and the Doctrines of International Law."