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New vacancy at the Max Planck Institute

24/02/2010 – 3:48 pm | 3 Comments

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg has announced a vacancy in a research group on judicial independence. The position enables to pursue a Ph.D. at the Institute besides supporting the work in the research group. For more information see the vacancy announcement (in German only).

An organisation of American states without the United States?

23/02/2010 – 3:25 am | Comments Off on An organisation of American states without the United States?

Yesterday, 22 February, 25 Latin-American and Caribbean government representatives gathered, according to El País, in Mexico to discuss the possible creation of an American regional organisation without the United States and Canada (for the full article see here).  Among the diplomats present were, among others, the Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian and Venezuelan heads of State. The Mexican president spoke of an “unprecedented opportunity to build …

UK-Argentine dispute over oil drilling off the Falkland/Malvinas Islands

18/02/2010 – 3:31 pm | 3 Comments

There have been a number of news stories in recent days about a diplomatic row between the United Kingdom and Argentina concerning proposals to pursue exploration for oil and gas on the continental shelf off the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.  The Guardian reports that the Argentine government has issued a decree which will “in theory force all ships bound for the islands or travelling through waters claimed …

Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law

18/02/2010 – 1:04 am | One Comment

2010 SIEL/CUP Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law
A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law and Cambridge University Press for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law.
The competition is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students and those who have graduated no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Members …

New Releases

17/02/2010 – 8:39 am | Comments Off on New Releases

Recent releases of European-based international law  journals include International and Comparative Law Quarterly Vol. 59(1) 2010, which includes a piece by Prof. Trevor Hartley on libel tourism, European Public Law Vol. 16(1) 2010, and as noted by Dominik, Vol. 20(4) of European Journal of International, which, in addition to debates on the codification of the crime of aggression, includes an interesting piece on the extraterritorial …

Better Protection of National Minorities and Minority Languages in Sweden?

16/02/2010 – 7:57 am | Comments Off on Better Protection of National Minorities and Minority Languages in Sweden?

1.         Minorities and Minority Rights in Sweden
On 1 January 2010 a new Act on National Minorities and National Minority Languages[1] entered into force in Sweden. The new law is a response to the deficiencies that were found in Sweden’s implementation of its international obligations to protect national minorities and their languages.
The Swedish Constitution of 1974 provides in Art. 2(5) an obligation for the State to …

On Book Reviewing and Academic Freedom

12/02/2010 – 4:27 pm | One Comment

The editorial of the most recent edition of the European Journal of International Law (vol. 20, no. 4) contains an interesting piece on the attempt to prosecute Professor Joseph Weiler, editor in chief of the EJIL and editor of the Globallawbooks.org and EuropeanLawBooks.org, in France for refusing to remove a book review written by a distinguished academic to which, however, the author of the book in …

New vacancies at the ICJ

11/02/2010 – 9:05 am | Comments Off on New vacancies at the ICJ

Six new positions as law clerk to judges of the ICJ have been announced on the ICJ website. Deadline for applications is 6 April 2010.

Shaw on Legal Debates of the Iraq War

01/02/2010 – 9:50 am | 2 Comments

If you followed former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s appearance before the Iraq Enquiry last week, you might find the piece in the Times by Prof. Malcolm Shaw QC, on how the structure of the UK legal administration arguably rendered itself open to bad decision-making, worth reading.