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International Law Observer welcomes a new author

19/06/2008 – 7:38 am | Comments Off on International Law Observer welcomes a new author

We are glad to welcome Eitan Diamond, legal adviser at the ICRC, as a new author on International Law Observer. Besides working for the ICRC, Eitan is one of the founders of a group on the social networking website facebook called “Public International Law – scholars and practitioners” (facebook account necessary) for which he regularly publishes announcements on upcoming events and up-to-date developments related to …

Election of the judges for ITLOS

17/06/2008 – 9:13 pm | Comments Off on Election of the judges for ITLOS

On 13 June the States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea elected seven members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (press release). Among the judges that were re-elected for another term of nine years (beginning 1 October 2008 ) is the president of the Tribunal, Judge Wolfrum (Germany). The two new judges come from Algeria (Mr Bouguetaia) …

Mexico calls for clarification of Avena judgment

11/06/2008 – 3:44 pm | Comments Off on Mexico calls for clarification of Avena judgment

On 5 June 2008, Mexico submitted a request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) asking the Court to interpret its previous judgment of 31 March 2004 in the Case of Avena and Other Mexican Nationals.   In that case the United States (US) was found to have violated the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations by failing to inform 51 Mexican nationals of their right to …

ICJ delivers judgment in Case Concerning Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

11/06/2008 – 8:34 am | Comments Off on ICJ delivers judgment in Case Concerning Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its judgment in the Case Concerning Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters on 4 June 2008.
This case is one of the few to have been decided by the Court on the basis of forum prorogatum whereby the jurisdiction of the Court is founded on the conduct of the respondent state in relation to a unilateral application by another state. …

European Court of Justice refuses to rule on compatibility with Law of the Sea Convention

06/06/2008 – 8:34 am | Comments Off on European Court of Justice refuses to rule on compatibility with Law of the Sea Convention

The long-awaited decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over the compatibility of Directive 2005/35 with the international law of the sea was handed down on 3 June. It has been almost two years since the case was referred to the ECJ by the English High Court . Many of those waiting for the decision, however, will be highly disappointed, as the ECJ did …

New opportunities for the settlement of law of the sea disputes in Latin America

03/06/2008 – 11:55 am | Comments Off on New opportunities for the settlement of law of the sea disputes in Latin America

Latin American states have come to a new agreement concerning the use of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as a forum for the settlement of law of the sea disputes. According to a press release issued by the Tribunal, the arrangement foresees that when states from the region are involved in proceedings before a special chamber of the Tribunal, meetings may …

New Blog on the European Convention

02/06/2008 – 7:46 pm | One Comment

We at International Law Observer welcome a new Blog on an international law relation subject namely the “ECHR Blog“, which will contain posts related to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Blog is hosted by Antoine Buyse (from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights), who was kind enough to draw my attention to his new Blog. We, of course, wish him all …