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UN General Assembly Recognizes Right to Water as a Human Right

30/07/2010 – 1:03 am | One Comment

Yesterday, on 28 July 2010, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution introduced by Bolivia on the human right to access to clean water and sanitation. The Resolution was adopted by 122 in favour, no votes against and 41 abstentions (for the press release of the UN General Assembly see here, for the text of the Resolution see here).

In the key provisions of the Resolution …

The ICJ’s advisory opinion on Kosovo

23/07/2010 – 8:59 am | 3 Comments

The website of the ICJ stills seems to be overwhelmed by users so here is the advisory opinion as a pdf: ICJ Advisory Opinion Kosovo. More coverage will follow.

Kosovo's Declaration of Independence In Accordance with International Law

22/07/2010 – 4:17 pm | One Comment

A brief summary of the Advisory Opinion of 22 July 2010 in the Kosovo case
As customary, the Court dealt first with the issue of whether it had jurisdiction and in turn whether it should exercise its discretion and refuse to answer the question (paras. 17-48). This part is rather interesting in that it clarifies the powers of the General Assembly and its relationship with the …

Advisory Opinion on the Kosovo Case to be rendered on 22 July

14/07/2010 – 4:31 pm | One Comment

The advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice in the Kosovo case will be delivered on 22 July, at 3.00 p.m, by the President of the Court, H.E. Hisashi Owada.
The question about the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence of 17 February 2008 was submitted to the Court through resolution 63/3 (A/63/L.2) of 8 October 2008 by the United Nations General Assembly (based on …

Update of the Oxford Reports on International Law

13/07/2010 – 2:42 pm | Comments Off on Update of the Oxford Reports on International Law

The Oxford Reports on International Law, which is a collection of case law reports from international law courts around the world, was updated this week and now includes 3,000 cases! When OUP launched the service, back in September 2008, it had 785 cases – an increase of 2,215 cases in just under 2 years.
The Oxford Reports on International Law sits alongside the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public …

European Parliament approves SWIFT Agreement

09/07/2010 – 6:02 pm | 2 Comments

On Thursday 7 July 2010, the European Parliament approved the new SWIFT-Agreement on bank data transfers to the United States for counter-terrorist purposes (see the press release of the European Parliament). The Draft Agreement provides for mass bank data transfers upon request by the US authorities with a view to identifying suspected terrorists. It is important to note though that only financial transactions to non-EU …

In Memoriam: Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad

09/07/2010 – 1:34 pm | 9 Comments

This post is authored by Dr Elena Katselli and Dr Zeray Yihdego.
Professor Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad: A Tribute to a Great Professor and a Wonderful Human Being
On July 1, 2010, Professor Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad, formerly at Durham University and most recently at Brunel University, passed away leaving an irreplaceable void. Not only was he a great Professor of International Law who made significant contributions and who …

Comment on the Review Conference of the Rome Statute

06/07/2010 – 1:32 pm | One Comment

The following is a commentary by Bukeni Waruzi, Program Manager for Africa and the Middle East, WITNESS, on the recent Review Conference of the Rome Statute.
The Review Conference of the Rome Statute held in Kampala, Uganda from May 31- June 11, 2010 aimed to make critical improvements to the statute on specific issues: to determine the crime of aggression and stocktaking of several areas of …

Sweden and the Universal Periodic Review in the Human Rights Council

05/07/2010 – 11:56 am | 4 Comments

During its tenth session the Working Group[1] on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the Human Rights Council (HRC), on 7 May 2010 held its first review of the Swedish human rights record. Sweden had submitted its report on national protection of human rights on 22 February 2010.[2] During the review a number of noteworthy issues were discussed regarding the human rights situation in Sweden, …