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Cambodia Tribunal Monitor

27/11/2009 – 10:16 am | Comments Off on Cambodia Tribunal Monitor

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia this week heard the closing arguments in the trial of Kaing Guek Eav (alias Duch). For all those interested in learning more about the activities of the Chambers (past and present), have a look at the website of the Cambodia Tribunal Monitor, which is a consortium of academic, philanthropic and non-profit organizations committed to providing public access …

4th Biennial Conference of the ESIL

26/11/2009 – 9:53 am | Comments Off on 4th Biennial Conference of the ESIL

After the success of last year’s biennial meeting of the European Society of International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, the next event is being organized by the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge and will take place on 2-4 September 2010. The conference theme is: International Law 1989-2010: A Performance Appraisal. Here is a short description of what is hidden behind this title.
The role …

Clip of the week on piracy and international law

23/11/2009 – 7:45 am | One Comment

This week’s video clip is an interesting summary of how international law applies to the fight against piracy. The clip shows Professor John Norton Moore, director at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, talking inter alia about the applicable norms and what could be done on the level of international law to confront piracy. You can access the archive …

The Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

23/11/2009 – 7:26 am | Comments Off on The Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers

1. Introduction
The subject of the following article is the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers (‘Report’) issued on 24 March 2009. The report was endorsed by the Human Rights Council (‘HRC’) during its 12th session in October 2009. The focus of the following statements will be on the parameters identified by the Rapporteur as being necessary to effectively guarantee …

The Right to Development and Intellectual Property

20/11/2009 – 8:54 am | Comments Off on The Right to Development and Intellectual Property

Since the Senegalese jurist Keba M’baye first advanced it in 1972, the idea of a ”right to development” has been the focus of an extensive but largely theoretical debate. Jurists from the South enumerated the possible subjects and objects of this right while jurists from the North questioned whether it existed at all. However, the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of a Declaration …

Climate Change Talks: Road to Copenhagen

17/11/2009 – 1:10 pm | Comments Off on Climate Change Talks: Road to Copenhagen

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Kelleher, LLB Law with European Studies (German and History), LLM in Comparative and European Laws. Jennifer previously interned at the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges in Cambodia and is currently working with the International Council of Environmental Law on Arctic Law and Policy.
Next month, 191 countries will come together in Copenhagen under the auspices of the UNFCCC …

International Law Association Conference 2010

12/11/2009 – 11:48 am | Comments Off on International Law Association Conference 2010

Next years annual conference of the International Law Association will be hosted by the Netherlands Society for International Law, which at the same time celebrates its 100th anniversary. So far little information is available on the conference itself. The conference website merely circumscribes the overarching topic with ‘Peace, Justice and International Law’. Online registration will be possible starting in January.

104th annual meeting of the American Society of International Law

12/11/2009 – 11:30 am | Comments Off on 104th annual meeting of the American Society of International Law

The ASIL’s 104th Annual Meeting will be held March 24-27, 2010. The theme is ‘International Law in a Time of Change’ (am I the only one who sees some influence of Obamania in the topic?). The goal of the meeting is to ‘present a broad range of perspectives on the remaking of international law through new modes of lawmaking, new methods of global governance, new actors …

EU-Israel Trade Agreement Does Not Apply to Products from the Occupied Territories

04/11/2009 – 10:24 pm | One Comment

On 29 October 2009, Attorney General Bot published his Opinion on a preliminary reference addressed to the European Court of Justice by a German court on the application of the EC-Israel Association Agreement in the context of products originating from the occupied Palestinian territories and the question of their entitlement to preferential customs treatment under the EC-Israel Preferential Trade Agreement (for the full text of …