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Treaty of Lisbon passed by German lower house Parliament

24/04/2008 – 2:45 pm | Comments Off on Treaty of Lisbon passed by German lower house Parliament

Today the German lower house Parliament (Bundestag) passed the Treaty of Lisbon by 515 supporting votes, 58 against and one abstention. The result is a huge boost for the Reform Treaty, taking into account that the necessary two-thirds majority (408 supporting votes) was surpassed by a wide margin. The upper house of the Parliament (the Bundesrat) is expected to take a vote on May 23rd. …

The Pope and the "responsibility to protect"

18/04/2008 – 10:02 pm | Comments Off on The Pope and the "responsibility to protect"

On the fourth day of his visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI today visited the UN and spoke before the General Assembly. His speech in particular drew attention to the role of human rights, underlining that – in his view – they were God-given and thus unchanging. It was obviously meant to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration …

War tales and war trials

12/04/2008 – 11:13 pm | Comments Off on War tales and war trials

The new issue of the Michigan Law Review (vol 106, no 6, April 2008; available online) contains the 2008 survey of books related to the law. This year, the survey also deals with some interesting international law issues. There were in particular two contributions that caught my interest. Firstly, the foreword of Judge Patricia M Wald (inter alia former Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the …

Ecuador and Colombia go to court over crop-spraying

02/04/2008 – 3:55 pm | Comments Off on Ecuador and Colombia go to court over crop-spraying

On 31 March 2008, Ecuador seised the International Court of Justice in a dispute with Colombia regarding alleged aerial spraying of toxic herbicides over Ecuadorian territory.
Relations between Ecuador and Colombia have been somewhat strained in recent months. Diplomatic ties between the two countries were cut following a border incursion by Colombian troops who mounted an attack against FARC rebels located in Ecuadorian territory. For a …