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Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Caucasus crises and the future of international law

31/08/2008 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Caucasus crises and the future of international law

Since last week’s post on Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and our previous coverage of the issue (here, here and here), seemed to have caught the interest of our readers, this week’s “Clip of the Week” will in part try to follow up the reporting. This week’s “Clip of the Week” is an interview conducted by the Foreign Policy Digest with Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dean of …

Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

26/08/2008 – 10:48 pm | 9 Comments

Today the Russian President Medvedev signed decrees to the effect that the Russian Federation recognizes South Ossetia’s and Abkhazia’s independence (a Kremlin translation of Medvedev’s televised address can be found here).
With this the Russian President caused a further deterioration of the already strained relations with the West initially caused by the armed conflict in the two Georgian regions, Ossetia and Abkhazia. Without wanting to go …

40th Anniversary of the Invasion of Czechoslovakia

21/08/2008 – 9:35 pm | Comments Off on 40th Anniversary of the Invasion of Czechoslovakia

Forty years ago, on August 21, 1968 the armed force of the Warsaw Pact entered Czechoslovakian territory and put an end to the economic and political liberalization reforms initiated by a moderate Communist leader Alexander Dubcek. Supposedly, it was feared by the Soviet leaders that a liberalized political movement within Czechoslovakia might ultimately lead to a weakening of the Soviet bloc and the Warsaw Pact …

International Law Observer welcomes new author

21/08/2008 – 1:00 pm | Comments Off on International Law Observer welcomes new author

We are glad to announce that the team of authors here on International Law Observer has expanded further. Dr Jan Kittrich, M.C.L., currently a lecturer in international law and international security at the department of politics at the University of Hradec Králové (Hradec Králové, Czech Republic), is our latest enforcement. He finished his PhD under the supervision of Professor Eibe Riedel in early 2008; the thesis …

Judicial imperialism: The English courts extend their jurisdictional powers in the name of justice

20/08/2008 – 8:42 pm | Comments Off on Judicial imperialism: The English courts extend their jurisdictional powers in the name of justice

The English High Court’s judgment in the case of Michael Cherney v Oleg Vladimirovich Deripaska [2008] EWHC 1530 on 3 July 2008, was highlighted by the press for its arguably unprecedented admission of jurisdiction in cases where there is proof of a risk that justice would not be delivered in the natural jurisdiction for the case.

The main question the Court had asked itself pertained to the test that …

Hearings in the Georgia v. Russia Case Fixed for 8-10 September

19/08/2008 – 9:39 pm | 2 Comments

Acting in accordance with the powers conferred upon her by Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, addressed today an urgent communication to the Parties in the proceedings instituted by the Republic of Georgia against the Russian Federation.
Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules …

Blog Action Day 2008 launched

18/08/2008 – 11:00 am | Comments Off on Blog Action Day 2008 launched

International Law Observer is proud to once again support the initiative Blog Action Day. Last year’s event centered around the issue of the environment and International Law Observer contributed with a piece on “Global Environment, International Peace and International Law – Attempts of harmonization“. This year the organizers have chosen “Poverty” as the overarching theme for the campaign. The aim of the event is to unite …

Addendum: Clip of the Week

17/08/2008 – 8:52 pm | Comments Off on Addendum: Clip of the Week

This week’s “Clip of the Week” is an excerpt of a Carnegie Council talk of March 19, 2008 on the topic “The International Judge: An Introduction to the Men and Women Who Decide the World’s Cases”. The excerpt shows Daniel Terris (Director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, at Brandeis University) illustrating some key aspects about international judges and their work. For the full …

Georgia Requests Provisional Measures from the ICJ

15/08/2008 – 7:47 am | Comments Off on Georgia Requests Provisional Measures from the ICJ

Yesterday, on 14 August, Georgia filed with the Court a 10 page request for the indication of provisional measures. Georgia claimed that “Despite the withdrawal of Georgian armed forces and the unilateral declaration of a ceasefire, Russian military operations continued beyond South Ossetia into territories under Georgian government control”. It seems that the continued military operations by Russian troops in Georgian territory and the ongoing …

House of Lords halts inquiry into arms deal in disregard of IHL and IHRL

14/08/2008 – 11:41 pm | Comments Off on House of Lords halts inquiry into arms deal in disregard of IHL and IHRL

On 30 July 2008 the House of Lords ruled in the case of R v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) [2008] UKHL 60 that the inquiry into the arms deal between one of the biggest British arms assemblers, BAE Systems, and the Saudi Arabian State, should be brought to a halt immediately in the interests of national security, causing “serious damage to the …

The Georgia-Russia Conflict Comes before the ICJ

13/08/2008 – 11:28 am | 5 Comments

Starting from 7 August we have witnessed the start, the escalation of the armed conflict between Georgian and Russian troops, and at 2.00 a.m on 13 August the ceasefire agreement between the Georgian President, Saakashvili, and the Russian President, Medvedev, brokered by the French President, Sarkozy. This post does not concern itself with the legal aspect of the armed clashes between the armed forces of …