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UNEP Points Finger at Criminals in the Niger Region

23/08/2010 – 7:23 am | One Comment

A number of newspapers report this morning that a UNEP report examining oil spills in the Niger region of Nigeria is set to argue that the main proportion of spills causing widespread environmental damage and human suffering in the region is caused by criminal activity. The report (to be published later this year) points out that 90% of the oil spills are a result of …

Max Planck Encyclopedia – August Upload

17/08/2010 – 8:06 am | Comments Off on Max Planck Encyclopedia – August Upload

Last week, OUP uploaded 40 new articles to the Encyclopedia. Two of the articles in particular exemplify the way the Encyclopedia’s content addresses the international law aspects of topical issues in international affairs. The Lockerbie Cases article explains the ICJ proceedings and the criminal trial which saw the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali Al Megrhai whose controversial release in 2009 has led to diplomatic tensions between …

New ICRC Database on Customary IHL – Happy Birthday, Geneva Conventions!

12/08/2010 – 2:06 pm | Comments Off on New ICRC Database on Customary IHL – Happy Birthday, Geneva Conventions!

To mark the 61st anniversary of the Geneva Conventions of 1949 – a truly momentous event – the ICRC has released a new database on customary IHL. The database is a particularly exciting new source of information which offers new useful materials and resources for eager international law practitioners and scholars.
The ICRC’s press release notes that this database is, in essence, the online version of …

Book review – Carolina León Bastos: La interpretación de los derechos fundamentales según los tratados internacionales sobre derechos humanos

11/08/2010 – 4:13 pm | Comments Off on Book review – Carolina León Bastos: La interpretación de los derechos fundamentales según los tratados internacionales sobre derechos humanos

Carolina León Bastos: La interpretación de los derechos fundamentales según los tratados internacionales sobre derechos humanos. Un estudio de la jurisprudencia en España y Costa Rica (English translation of the title: The Interpretation of Fundamental Rights in Accordance with International Human Rights Treaties. A Study of the Spanish and Costa Rican Jurisprudence). Madrid. Reus. 328 p. ISBN: 9788429016215 (in Spanish)
The question of how international law …

Will the Supreme Court start citing the ICJ?

11/08/2010 – 7:22 am | Comments Off on Will the Supreme Court start citing the ICJ?

Yes, if we are to believe David Andrews, former legal advisor to the US state department and member of the US national group at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. If you want to see more on this, check out this weeks Clip of the Week, which is taken from an ASIL reception honoring Joan E. Donoghue, the US nominee to the International Court of Justice.

Diamonds, Celebrities and the Charles Taylor trial

09/08/2010 – 8:38 pm | 3 Comments

The courtroom used by the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague (Leidschendam) has rarely, if ever, been so busy with journalists from all over the world following the Charles Taylor trial. The eagerly awaited testimonies of Naomi Campbell and Mia Farrow have been widely broadcast by the international media. Unfortunately however, with these celebrities stepping into the witness box, it seems that …

New FIDH Report and the Prospects of International Justice

08/08/2010 – 11:37 am | Comments Off on New FIDH Report and the Prospects of International Justice

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a major umbrella NGO for over 160 different organisations, recently (July 2010) launched “Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Abuses: A Guide for Victims and NGOs on Recourse Mechanisms“. The guide is comprised of five sections. Each examines a different type of instrument, including intergovernmental mechanisms, legal options, mediation mechanisms such as the OECD national contact points, complaints mechanisms …

The Council of Europe's work on secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees in Europe

04/08/2010 – 6:43 pm | Comments Off on The Council of Europe's work on secret detentions and illegal transfers of detainees in Europe

The Committee on legal affairs and human rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (COE) has published a briefing note on the Council of Europe’s investigation into illegal transfers and secret detentions in Europe: a chronology. It should be reminded that the COE Parliamentary Assembly has so far adopted two resolutions and recommendations on this matter.  More specifically, it has adopted two …

Book Review: Solon Solomon, The Justiciability of International Disputes – The Advisory Opinion of Israel’s Security Fence as a Case Study

03/08/2010 – 7:03 am | One Comment

Solon Solomon, The Justiciability of International Disputes – The Advisory Opinion of Israel’s Security Fence as a Case Study (Jerusalem: Wolf Legal Publishers, 2009) ISBN: 978-90-5850-437-1
By Dr. Fozia Nazir Lone
Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong, fnlone@cityu.edu.hk
Solon Solomon, in this book presents a comprehensive legal description on the justiciability of international disputes. This book was the author’s LLM thesis that he successfully wrote at the …