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Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback)

20/08/2016 – 2:47 pm | Comments Off on Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback)

My edited book entitled ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’ has recently been published as paperback by Cambridge University Press (35 GBP).
Through its 22 chapters, covering

the responsibilities of the State;
the main political organs of the UN;
important regional and security organizations;
international judicial institutions and the regional human rights protection systems;

the book examines the roles and responsibilities of the international community regarding the responsibility to …

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New Publication: Jan Arno Hessbruegge, Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in International Law, Oxford University Press (2017)

21/02/2017 – 10:57 am |

About the author

Dr. Jan Arno Hessbruegge works for the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He is also a visiting professor for international law at the U.N.-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. In the course of his career, he has worked as a legal advisor in the Executive Office of the High Commissioner, with the U.N. Commissions of Inquiry on Human Rights in Syria and North Korea, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons. Furthermore, he served in U.N. peacekeeping missions in Sudan and Haiti. He has written numerous scholarly works on international law and human rights. Dr. Hessbruegge holds a PhD in international law from the European University Viadrina.

About the book (Human Rights and Personal Self-Defense in International Law, Oxford University Press, 2017)

While an abundance of literature covers the right of states to defend themselves against external aggression, this is the first book dedicated to the right to personal self-defense in international law. Drawing on his extensive experience as a human rights practitioner and scholar, Dr. Hessbruegge sets out in careful detail the strict requirements that human rights impose on defensive force by law enforcement authorities, especially police killings in self-defense. The book also discusses the exceptional application of the right to personal self-defense in military-led operations, notably to contain violent civilians who do not directly participate in hostilities.

Human rights also establish parameters on how broad or narrow the laws can be drawn on self-defense between private persons. Setting out the prevailing international standards, the book critically examines the ongoing trend to excessively broaden self-defense laws. It also refutes the claim that there is a human right to possess firearms for self-defense purposes.

In extraordinary circumstances, the right to personal self-defence sharpens human rights and allows people to defend themselves against the state. Here the author establishes that international law gives individuals the right to forcibly resist human rights violations that pose a serious risk of significant and irreparable harm. At the same time, he calls into question prevailing state practice, which fails to recognize any collective right to organized armed resistance even when it constitutes the last resort to defend against genocide or other mass atrocities.

The book covers a number of topical issues from a perspective of international law,including

*             police using lethal force in self-defence,

*             military  relying on self-defense to use force against violent civilians not taking direct part in hostilities,

*             a (claimed) right to firearms as a means of self-defense,

*             “stand your ground” laws, home defender laws and other broad expansions of private self-defense,

*             the prohibition of targeted killings outside armed conflict for purposes of preemptive self-defense,

*             the impermissibility of torture even to defend life, and

*             rights of resistance against the state, including against mass atrocities.

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Reviews

This book deals with a complex, interwoven set of topics usually considered to be distinct – the various guises of personal self-defense in international law – and does so in a coherent, rigorous and original way, with an overarching central argument. It makes a significant contribution to the existing literature, which currently has no other work of comparable rigour and systematic quality. The quality of the underlying research is excellent, and the coverage is comprehensive.

  • Marko Milanovic, Associate Professor of Law, The University of Nottingham School of Law

This fascinating book advances the crucial dialogue between municipal and international law, apt for the current age. Whilst recognising the demands of international law to reasonably curb the self-defence of police, it advocates the recognition of self-defence and resistance against intolerable state conduct. By throwing light on the common needs for limitations and proportionality, Hessbruegge challenges us all to delineate the boundaries of self-defence in a principled, yet pragmatic way.

  • The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Past Justice of the High Court of Australia Formerly Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on North Korea

I know of no other publication that has studied in comparable depth and level of detail the use of lethal force by security forces in exercise of the right to self-defence and defence of others. This renders the book not only of academic interest, but also of remarkable practical relevance.

  • Professor Dr. Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, Chair of International Law, Europe-University Viadrina

CALL FOR PAPERS: “THE ROLE OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS: JURISPRUDENCIAL ADVANCES AND NEW RESPONSES” Oslo, 15 May 2017

20/02/2017 – 2:26 pm |

Aims
This workshop has three specific aims. Firstly, it focuses on the identification and discussion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ (IACtHR) valuable contribution to the field of International Human Rights Law, particularly in connection to new issues reaching this judicial body. Secondly, aware of existence of negative reactions provoked by some IACtHR’s decisions in determined States, the workshop aims at identifying and analyzing specific …

Call for Papers: JTMS Summer/Fall 2017 Issue

17/02/2017 – 9:26 am |

The Journal Territorial and Maritime Studies (JTMS) is soliciting submissions for its Summer/Fall 2017 issue.  In the interest of increasing submissions for this recently launched publication, JTMS is offering authors of articles successfully passing peer review and selected for publication in the Summer/Fall 2017 issue an honorarium of $1000. 
JTMS is an interdisciplinary Journal of research on territorial and maritime issues sponsored by the Northeast Asia …

Call for Papers: AsianSIL Interest Group on International Law in Domestic Courts, Deadline 23 April 2017

16/02/2017 – 8:52 am |

The Asian Society of International Law’s Interest Group on International Law in Domestic Courts has issued a call for papers  for a workshop to be held on 24 August 2017 at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.
On the occasion of the Sixth Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law  (which takes place on 25-26 August), the Society’s Interest Group on International Law in Domestic …

iCourts and PluriCourts PhD Summer School on International Law: Courts and Contexts, 26 June – 30 June 2017

15/02/2017 – 12:19 pm |

Context
The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) and PluriCourts (Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order) are hosting a high-level summer school for PhD students working on international courts in their social and political context. We particularly welcome students who are writing up a PhD thesis that involves a strong focus on methodology.
 The set-up
The iCourts/PluriCourts …

Call for Papers:  Utrecht Journal of International and European Law – General Issue 2017

07/02/2017 – 5:14 pm |

The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law has issued a Call for Papers to be published in its 85th edition in the summer  of 2017 on ‘General Issues’ within international and European law. Read the full announcement of this call here.
The Board of Editors invites submissions addressing any aspect of international and European law; topics may include, but are not limited to, European Union law, International and European …

Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)

05/02/2017 – 4:28 pm |

* This post is based mainly on ICJ Press Releases No. 2017/2 (17 January 2017) and No. 2017/4 (1 February 2017).
In the late afternoon of 16 January 2017, Ukraine instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation with regard to alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 9 December 1999 and the International Convention on the Elimination of All …

Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law: Call for Papers

19/01/2017 – 10:29 am | Comments Off on Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law: Call for Papers

25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Canberra, 29 June–1 July 2017
“Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism”
The 25th ANZSIL Annual Conference will take place from Thursday, 29 June, to Saturday, 1 July 2017 at Hotel QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, Australia.
The Conference Organising Committee invites proposals for papers to be presented at the …

Tanja Altunjan and Aziz Epik: The International Criminal Court in Crisis?

17/01/2017 – 1:48 pm | 2 Comments

By Tanja Altunjan and Dr. Aziz Epik
Tanja Altunjan is a Research Fellow and Dr. Aziz Epik is a Senior Research Fellow to the Chair for German and International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Modern Legal History, Prof. Gerhard Werle, Humboldt-University, Berlin.
70 years after the International Military Tribunal passed its Nuremberg judgment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the first permanent institution for the prosecution of …

Applications for the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) 2017/2018

17/01/2017 – 10:50 am | Comments Off on Applications for the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) 2017/2018

The European Interuniversity Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC http://www.eiuc.org) and 41 participating universities <http://eiuc.org/education/ema/universities/universities-and-directors.html>  from all member states of the European Union are proud to present to you the European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA) 2017/2018.
E.MA is an intensive one-year course aimed at educating up to 100 professionals annually in the field of human rights and democratisation. The Master’s Degree …

Call for Papers: 6th ASIANSIL BIENNIAL CONFERENCE (SEOUL, KOREA)

16/01/2017 – 2:08 pm | One Comment

The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will take place in Seoul, Korea, from Friday 25 to Saturday 26 August 2017.
The conference will be hosted by the Korean Chapter of the Asian Society of International Law, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
The theme of the conference is “Asia and International Law in Times of Uncertainty”.
The …

ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security Call for Papers, deadline 16 January

11/01/2017 – 10:44 am | Comments Off on ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security Call for Papers, deadline 16 January

The ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security will submit a proposal for a panel during the 13th ESIL Annual Conference in Naples (7 – 9 September 2017). The ESIL IGPS proposal fits perfectly into the overall thematic setting of the conference in Naples (‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses Of International Law’), by focusing in an innovative way on the …

A list of human rights textbooks: From 2014 onwards

22/12/2016 – 3:12 pm | Comments Off on A list of human rights textbooks: From 2014 onwards

 * By Henriette (Jet) Jakobien Liesker, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
Here below follows a detailed list of human rights textbooks published since 2014. If you want to bring to the attention of our readers more titles (preferably not older than 5 years), please do it through the comments section.
2014
Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou et al, Human Rights Law in Europe; The Influence, Overlaps and Contradictions of …

IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference, 3 March 2017, Dean Rusk International Law Center of the University of Georgia School of Law

14/12/2016 – 8:15 am | Comments Off on IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference, 3 March 2017, Dean Rusk International Law Center of the University of Georgia School of Law

The blog IntLawGrrls: voices on international law, policy, practice, will celebrate its first decade with “IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference” <http://law.uga.edu/intlawgrrls2016>  on Friday, March 3, 2017. The daylong event will be held at the Dean Rusk International Law Center of the University of Georgia School of Law, which is hosting as part of its Georgia Women in Law Lead initiative.
Organizers Diane Marie Amann, Beth Van Schaack, …

ICTY Call for Papers for the June 2017 Legacy Conference

08/12/2016 – 3:46 pm | Comments Off on ICTY Call for Papers for the June 2017 Legacy Conference

As part of its “ICTY Legacy Dialogues” events, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) is organising in the week of 19 June 2017 a conference on the legacy of the ICTY in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. We invite your participation.

With the ICTY’s closure scheduled for 31 December 2017, the conference aims to enable others to build on the achievements of the ICTY …

The legal legacy after the Khmer Rouge

02/12/2016 – 9:15 am | Comments Off on The legal legacy after the Khmer Rouge

by Mikkel Jarle Christensen, associate professor in law at iCourts, and Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, assistant professor in international law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
More than 1.7 million Cambodians perished during the Khmer Rouge’s attempt to create the perfect communist society between 1975 and 1979. On 23 November 2016, the Appeals Chamber of a special court in Phnom Penh delivered the final verdict in the case …

Call for Papers: ESIL Annual Conference, Naples, 7-9 September 2017

23/11/2016 – 5:57 pm | Comments Off on Call for Papers: ESIL Annual Conference, Naples, 7-9 September 2017

The 13th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law will take place in Naples, Italy, on 7-9 September 2017. The conference will be hosted by the University of Naples Federico II, the oldest public university in the world.
The theme of the conference is “Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law”. The Call for Papers is now open.
Deadline …

Alain Zysset, The ECHR and Human Rights Theory: Reconciling the Moral and the Political Conceptions (London: Routledge, 2016)

22/11/2016 – 6:15 pm | Comments Off on Alain Zysset, The ECHR and Human Rights Theory: Reconciling the Moral and the Political Conceptions (London: Routledge, 2016)

The book is addressed to two different and traditionally separated audiences, normative human rights theory on the one hand and European human rights law on the other. The book responds to the current state of the literature in those two fields. First, it is addressed to normative human rights theorists in testing the two overarching theoretical approaches to the foundations of human rights that pervade …

ADC-ICTY Annual Conference ‘Quo Vadis, International Criminal Law?’, 3 December, The Hague

15/11/2016 – 5:55 pm | Comments Off on ADC-ICTY Annual Conference ‘Quo Vadis, International Criminal Law?’, 3 December, The Hague

The ADC-ICTY will be holding its Annual Conference on 3 December in The Hague.
The title of the conference is: ‘Quo Vadis, International Criminal Law? Current Challenges of Implementing International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law‘.
The topics of the Conference panels are:
– Positive Complementarity – National Jurisdictions and Effective Sanctions
– Transitional Justice: Experience of implementing ICL and IHL in Ukraine
– Relocated Justice: The Kosovo Specialist Chambers
– …