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The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and International Law

31/05/2010 – 4:20 pm | 5 Comments

The environmental catastrophe following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico continues to unfold.  Yet, our growing consumption of oil and gas means that the incident is unlikely to stop the quest for drilling oil at such depths, despite the risks. Questions can be asked about whether or not international law can assist in helping to prevent further accidents …

ICC's Review Conference: Will Two Weeks Be Enough?

31/05/2010 – 12:44 pm | 2 Comments

Dominik’s earlier post calls attention to a very important event, the ICC’s Review Conference which starts today in Kampala, Uganda. The agenda for the conference includes a stocktaking exercise, including discussion of the impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities; and, issues of peace and justice, including managing the challenges of integrating justice efforts and peace processes. Amendments to the Rome Statute …

ICC Review Conference

28/05/2010 – 8:31 am | Comments Off on ICC Review Conference

On Monday the International Criminal Court Review Conference will begin in Kampala, Uganda. The conference, which will last until 11th June, is a meeting of a large number of delegates from around the world (see our earlier report here). In Kampala, States parties will discuss the following amendment proposals to the Rome Statute: (1) The revision of Article 124 of the Rome Statute; (2) the crime of aggression; and (3) …

The Kosovo Issue: What Should Kosovo and Serbia Discuss?

25/05/2010 – 10:15 am | One Comment

The dispute between Serbia and Kosovo is among the most complex and yet to be resolved political issues in Europe. Kosovo, an independent country for over two years, is formally recognized by 69 UN countries, which include 22 of the 27 EU countries and all of its neighbors. It joined the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on 29 June 2009. Around 100 countries …

Is there a need to establish new international courts?

20/05/2010 – 7:43 pm | 4 Comments

New initiatives have been aired recently in high political circles about creating two new courts to deal respectively with piracy off the Horn of Africa (stemming from Somalia), which continues to make headlines, and nuclear security issues.
Not long ago, there was a Dutch proposal that the UN should support the establishment of a tribunal to try Somali pirates, preferably located in Kenya, to work under …

New update of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

20/05/2010 – 2:54 pm | Comments Off on New update of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

OUP has performed another update of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, adding another 61 articles to the online edition. Here is a short description of the last update:

The May 2010 upload of new articles includes 13 entries from the International economic law and relations subject area. Highlights include articles on State Bankruptcy, ICSID, NAFTA, Regional Trade, and MERCOSUR. There are also a …

Inter-American Court is holding sessions from 17-28 May

18/05/2010 – 4:19 pm | Comments Off on Inter-American Court is holding sessions from 17-28 May

From 17 to 28 May 2010, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is holding ordinary sessions at its seat in Costa Rica. These sessions will include public hearings, deliberations of judgments to be handed down as well as hearings on and deliberations of provisional measures potentially to be granted by the Court. Also, sessions regarding the supervision of the compliance with the judgments already handed …

The Problem of Enforcement in International Law: Countermeasures, the Non-Injured State and the Idea of International Community

18/05/2010 – 11:23 am | 3 Comments

The problem of enforcement in international law is one that has undermined not only the effectiveness of the international normative system but also its credibility. For many international law sceptics there is only so much that international law can do. To expect the international system to offer true justice to the states comprising it is perhaps a utopian idea that cannot be fulfilled simply because …

Guest Post by Dr. Elena Katselli

18/05/2010 – 11:20 am | Comments Off on Guest Post by Dr. Elena Katselli

International Law Observer is pleased to welcome a guest contribution by Dr Elena Katselli. Dr Elena Katselli is a lecturer at Newcastle Law School where she teaches public international law and human rights law. She holds an LLB from University of Athens and LLM and PhD from University of Durham.  Elena’s research interests are public international law and human rights law in particular relating to …

Symposium on the Methods of interpretation of international norms

18/05/2010 – 8:49 am | Comments Off on Symposium on the Methods of interpretation of international norms

Symposium on the Methods of interpretation of international norms, Poitiers (France), 25 June 2010
For more information visit http://colloque-tini.conference.univ-poitiers.fr/
Thanks to Prof. Franck Latty for drawing my attention to this.

Venice Academy of Human Rights

18/05/2010 – 6:47 am | Comments Off on Venice Academy of Human Rights

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) in Venice will host a distinct human rights program this summer:
The inaugural session of the Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 12-17 July. Confirmed speakers include:
Jochen Abr. Frowein, Former director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg
Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for Victims …

African states promote UN resolution against female circumcision

13/05/2010 – 3:58 pm | 3 Comments

Last week, officials from 27 African states, United Nations envoys and international activists assembled in Dakar, Senegal, for a conference on female circumcision. The aim of the meeting was to encourage the adoption of a universal resolution that explicitly prohibits female genital mutilation as a practice that violates human rights.
According to the World Health Organisation, between 120 and 140 million girls and women in about …

International Seabed Authority requests advisory opinion on obligations of sponsoring states under Part XI of the Law of the Sea Convention

10/05/2010 – 3:14 pm | One Comment

The 16th session of the International Seabed Authority concluded last week with the Authority making the first request for an advisory opinion in relation to Part XI of the Law of the Sea Convention.  Under Article 191 of the Convention, either the Assembly or the Council of the Authority may make a request to the Seabed Disputes Chamber for an advisory opinion on legal questions …

Council of Europe and Fight against Sea Piracy

06/05/2010 – 7:41 pm | 2 Comments

Piracy at sea has in recent years reappeared as a growing conundrum for the stability and safety of international trade. The Council of Europe attempts to address this endemic problem in two recently adopted documents. First, its Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has on 28 April 2010 adopted Resolution 1722 entitled piracy – a crime and a challenge for democracies. The resolution derives from an earlier report drafted …

Italy's asylum policy violates international law

04/05/2010 – 9:05 am | One Comment

In its 2009 report on Italy, pubished on 28 April, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) condemned Italy’s “push-back” policy. The report can be found here: http://www.cpt.coe.int/documents/ita/2010-inf-14-eng.htm.
This push-back policy means that hundreds of mainly African people trying to reach Italy by boat are intercepted in international waters and subsequently brought back to countries such as Libya. Since May …