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Guest Post: The Appeals Chamber judgment in Prosecutor v Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

19/07/2014 – 2:19 pm |

Ms Anuja Pethia completed her bachelors in law (B.A LL.B) from National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal in India. After serving as a member of the editorial board of NLIU Law Review, she completed the bar exam in 2013 and practised in the area of industrial disputes and criminal law at the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in India. She gained a Masters of Law …

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Academia, Conference, Public International Law, Rule of Law, United Nations »

Conference: The Rule of Law and Its Application to the United Nations

24/07/2014 – 9:57 am |

The Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law will organize a conference on the meaning and the consequences of the rule of law for the UN and its specialized agencies concerning their own actions and activities. The event will take place on 11-12 September 2014. The conference description reads as follows:

“[T]he rule of law applies to […] the United Nations and […] should guide all of [its] activities.” This is a statement that sounds like a wonderful and far-flung promise: Many States that were addressees of UN sanctions might have wished more than once to find a convincing argument to stop the Security Council from adopting measures which in their view were unfair or inappropriate. Others wanted to hold the Security Council accountable for actions under a UN mandate that caused damage to innocent people. Again others have hoped to find a way to “democratize” the composition of and procedure in the Security Council. UN staff, in turn, had and have an interest in an internal justice mechanism against the UN as an employer since the UN is not subject to national jurisdiction. And, most strikingly, individuals listed as terrorist suspects long for due process and legal protection.

The “Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels” adopted as a resolution by the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2012 (UN Declaration) declares – with the words cited above – the rule of law applicable to the UN itself and its principal organs. That raises many questions: What is the legal basis of the rule of law on the international level? Which parts of the Declaration apply to whom? What are the concrete contents of the rule of law? What does the rule of law mean for sanctions, peace-keeping and development activities of the UN with external effects? What is its significance for administration and procedures as well as for legal protection and dispute settlement at the UN internally?

The conference will address these questions and take a comprehensive look at the meaning and the consequences of the rule of law for the UN and its specialized agencies concerning their own actions and activities. To that end, the conference gathers scholars and legal advisors of the UN in order to provide both the academic view and the reality of practice to allow for discussions that hopefully lead to practicable results which might indeed be realizable in everyday life of the UN.

For more information, please visit the conference website.

Former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passes away

23/07/2014 – 11:00 am |

We are saddened to hear that former ICC Judge Hans-Peter Kaul passed away on 21 July 2014. Judge Kaul stepped down from the Court effective 1 July 2014 due to health reasons. A great loss for the ICC and, I dare say, for the international (law) community as a whole.
A Press Release from the ICC can be found here, a German obituary here, and an …

Research Associate in International Law at UCL

18/07/2014 – 5:56 pm |

With thanks to Dr Ralph Wilde for bringing this to our attention:
The Human Rights Beyond Borders project seeks to appoint a Research Associate in International Law to provide secondary research assistance to the Principal Investigator, Dr Ralph Wilde, as well as project management support. The successful applicant will be responsible, inter alia, for locating, sifting through, reading and identifying key parts of source materials, the management …

Recently Published from Hart Publishing

02/07/2014 – 1:58 pm |

Making Sovereign Financing and Human Rights Work
Edited by Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and Jernej Letnar Černič
 Poor public resource management and the global financial crisis curbing fundamental fiscal space, millions thrown into poverty, and authoritarian regimes running successful criminal campaigns with the help of financial institutions are all phenomena that raise fundamental questions around finance and human rights. They also highlight the urgent need for more systematic …

New Issue: Taylor & Francis Online

24/06/2014 – 9:10 pm |

A new issue of the International Journal of Human Rights is available on Taylor & Francis Online.
Τhe International Journal of Human Rights
Volume 18, Issue 3, 2014

Table of Contents
Jürgen Zimmerer
Published online: 23 June 2014
Climate change, environmental violence and genocide
Jürgen Zimmerer
Published online: 23 June 2014
Subsistence societies, globalisation, climate change and genocide: discourses of vulnerability and resilience
Mark Levenea & Daniele Conversi
Published online: 23 June 2014

Marx, Lemkin and the …

International Journal for Court Administration

20/06/2014 – 10:08 am |

* With thanks to Professor Philip Langbroek, Utrecht University School of Law, for bringing this to our attention.
The International Journal for Court Administration is a journal for a world wide audience. It belongs to the International Association for Court Administration, but has an independent editorial board.
Demands of judicial independence and impartiality, and court efficiency and the relation between courts and other state institutions make the …

Journal of World Investment & Trade (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers)

09/05/2014 – 9:46 am | One Comment

The Journal of World Investment & Trade (Brill/Nijhoff Publishers) <> has just published its first double issue under the new editorship of Dr. Stephan W. Schill. Under Dr. Schill’s editorship the Journal also has new Editorial and Editorial Advisory Boards.

The content of this first double issue is freely available on our online platform at the link below.

Additionally, individuals can access all Journal content freely by …

The Institute for Information Law’s 25th anniversary conference on 2-4 July 2014 in Amsterdam

29/04/2014 – 10:32 am |

From 2-4 July 2014, the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam organizes a conference on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.
This international conference features the Information Influx Young Scholars Award event, a public opening with keynote speech by prof. Yochai Benkler, and two days packed with panels sessions and keynotes addressing the myriad legal challenges facing our information societies.
Check the conference website …

Upcoming panel discussion on migration by sea in the Mediterranean

22/04/2014 – 9:49 am |

The Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law of the European Society of International Law, the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam are pleased to announce ‘Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?’, a panel discussion on migration by sea in the Mediterranean. The panel discussion will be held on …

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals: TWAIL Conference February 2015

20/04/2014 – 11:24 pm | 2 Comments

TWAIL Cairo 2015 Call for Papers (click to see attachment)
The American University in Cairo
Egypt, 22 – 24 February 2015
The first TWAIL conference in the global South will be held in Cairo from 22 to 24 February 2015. In the context of the ongoing revolutionary processes across the Middle East and North Africa, the thematic focus of the conference is that of the intellectual as a political …

Summer School Program, “International Criminal Law at the First World War Centenary — From Consolidation Towards Confrontation?”, 3-15 August 2014

20/04/2014 – 4:27 pm | One Comment

The Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS) welcomes applications for its Sixteenth Summer Session, “International Criminal Law at the First World War Centenary — From Consolidation Towards Confrontation?”, Sunday 3 to Friday 15 August 2014.
The SLS is a two-week summer programme aimed at postgraduate students, young academics and practitioners. This year’s session will scrutinize principles and procedures …

International Law Observer welcomes new author

15/04/2014 – 2:53 pm |

The International Law Observer is proud to welcome Professor Jody M. Prescott as an author on the website. Jody M. Prescott is a Senior Fellow, West Point Center for the Rule of Law, and an adjunct professor in the University of Vermont’s political science department. He served as an active duty U.S. Army judge advocate for 25 years, and his last operational tour was as …

European Journal of Human Rights – Journal européen des droits de l’homme

10/04/2014 – 9:35 pm |

The following is a guest post by Bruno Hardy, research assistant at the Center for the Philosophy of Law, Université Catholique de Louvain, and Editorial Assistant, European Journal of Human Rights.

The European Journal of Human Rights was launched in early 2013 as a response to the new pathways through which human rights evolve. While international treaties and new laws continue to matter, the development of …

A Changing Arctic: International Summer School at the University of Oslo

28/03/2014 – 3:51 pm |

The Arctic region has gained increased public, political, commercial and academic interest over the last decade. High-energy prices and technological advances have made it possible, if not yet commercially attractive, to exploit petroleum resources in the area. Climate change and the retraction of the polar ice have opened new sea transportation routes, considerably shortening the distance from Europe and North America to parts of Asia. …

Opportunity to Study Privacy Law in Amsterdam, July 7-11, 2014

25/03/2014 – 5:03 pm |

The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law will be holding its second annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy from July 7-11, 2014. The course will focus on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media. It will feature a faculty of leading experts from the EU and the US who will explore the recent developments …

New book: Proportionality in International Law

25/03/2014 – 8:18 am |

Proportionality in International Law (OUP)
Michael Newton and Larry May
Details can be found here. The book is also available in Ebook format.
The first comprehensive treatment of proportionality to combine abstract philosophical and legal analysis with highly emotive contemporary combat cases
Discusses how proportionality applies to the history of the Just War tradition, and emerging human rights issues
Offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to solving the difficult problem of …

“Iraq, detainee abuse, and the danger of humanitarian double standards” by Geoffrey S. Corn

18/03/2014 – 10:43 am |

The following article entitled “Iraq, detainee abuse, and the danger of humanitarian double standards” authored by Geoffrey S. Corn was first published on OUPblog, Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World and is reproduced here with the kind permission of OUP. The original article is available here:

Eleven years ago this month the US-led military coalition crossed the ‘line of departure’ from Kuwait …

Clip of the week: The Responsibility of International Organizations and the International Law Commission

16/03/2014 – 6:02 pm |

This week’s international law-related video is a conversation between Professors Georg Nolte, member of the International Law Commission, and José E. Alvarez, NYU, on the subject of “The Responsibility of International Organizations and the International Law Commission”. The following is the description of the conversation provided by the NYU School of Law Youtube channel:

The responsibility of international organizations has been an important concern of the …

Workshop on Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives in International Criminal Justice, 24-25 April, Oslo

13/03/2014 – 4:39 pm |

 Workshop/Seminar description
Recent decades have seen an unprecedented growth of institutionalization, practice, scholarship and public debate on international criminal justice (ICJ). With objectives such as delivering justice, ending impunity and restoring peace, stability and security, a number of new unprecedented international institutions was established and a new body of international criminal law developed rapidly. These developments, accompanied by a cosmopolitan sense of universal morality, came with …