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ICJ to deliver judgement on 13 December 2007

30/11/2007 – 2:57 pm | Comments Off on ICJ to deliver judgement on 13 December 2007

The International Court of Justice will deliver its judgment in the case concerning the Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v Colombia) on 13 December 2007 (see press release here). The judgment will merely deal with the preliminary objections by Colombia, regarding the jurisdiction of the Court. Stay tuned for an update here on International Law Observer as soon as the judgment has been delivered.

Extension of time-limits in the Case between Chile and the EC before the ITLOS (Sustainable Exploration of Swordfish Stocks)

30/11/2007 – 1:33 pm | Comments Off on Extension of time-limits in the Case between Chile and the EC before the ITLOS (Sustainable Exploration of Swordfish Stocks)

Today the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), or rather the Special Chamber of the ITLOS which was formed by order of 20 December 2000, further extended the time-limits for the Case between Chile and the European Community concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Exploitation of Swordfish Stocks in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean for one year until 1 January 2009 (the press release can be found here, …

International Bar Association publishes new monitoring report on the ICC

28/11/2007 – 10:37 pm | Comments Off on International Bar Association publishes new monitoring report on the ICC

The International Bar Association (IBA) recently published a new monitoring report concerning the International Criminal Court (ICC). According to the report itself, “the monitoring programe focus primarily on the fair trial rights of defendants before the Court and the manner in which the Rome Statute, Regulations of the Court and the Rules of Evidence and Procedure are implemented by the different organs of the Court.” The report …

3rd Biennial Conference of ESIL "coming up"

19/11/2007 – 2:11 pm | Comments Off on 3rd Biennial Conference of ESIL "coming up"

The third biennial Conference of the European Society of International Law will be held in Heidelberg on 4-6 September 2008. This time the conference will be organized in association with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law. The organizers have chosen “International Law in a Heterogeneous World” as the main topic of the event. A preliminary programme can be found here. …

Serge Brammertz nominated as succesor of Carla Del Ponte

14/11/2007 – 8:09 pm | Comments Off on Serge Brammertz nominated as succesor of Carla Del Ponte

In July the International Law Observer noted that Serge Brammertz was the probable succesor of Carla Del Ponte as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Today, Le Monde reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has nominated Serge Brammertz for the position. Serge Brammertz had a strong competitor in David Tolbert, deputy chief prosecutor at the ICTY.
Thus, Serge Brammertz will be …

International Law 2.0

12/11/2007 – 8:07 am | Comments Off on International Law 2.0

On his monthly column, ASIL president José E. Alvarez recently wrote about the “Democratization of the Invisible College“. The concept of an Invisible College of International Lawyers was first coined by Oscar Schachter (the late Professor of Columbia University Law School) who saw it as “the active professional community of professors, students, government officials and international civil servants”. According to Alvarez, Schachter’s
“invisible college was simply …

Blog Readability Test – or: what level of education is required to understand International Law Observer?

11/11/2007 – 4:43 pm | Comments Off on Blog Readability Test – or: what level of education is required to understand International Law Observer?

Here is an interesting side note: We at International Law Observer certainly understand it as one of our main objectives to contribute to the exchange of ideas in the academic world. So far so good. But what do we really presuppose or even demand from our readers? What level of education is required to understand the contents of International Law Observer? Well, according to the …

The USA and the Convention on the Law of the Sea

05/11/2007 – 8:49 am | 2 Comments

Will the USA really ratify the UN Convention for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)? This question has preoccupied much of the law-related public debate in the USA during the recent days. After the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) on Wednesday last week (31 October) voted 17 to 4 in support of recommending the Senate to accede to the UNCLOS, the issue seems to have caught …