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Inter-American Court of Human Rights Rules on Irregular Migrants' Rights

30/12/2010 – 3:13 am | Comments Off on Inter-American Court of Human Rights Rules on Irregular Migrants' Rights

We conclude this year with some good news from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, which just handed down a landmark case regarding the human rights of irregular migrants.
In the case Vélez Loor v. Panamá, published 10 December 2010, the Court held that Panamá was liable for a breach of the American Convention on Human Rights for the deprivation of liberty of …

Response to the Request for Provisional Measures in the M/V Louisa Case

23/12/2010 – 5:27 pm | Comments Off on Response to the Request for Provisional Measures in the M/V Louisa Case

I have previously reported on this blog (here) on the dispute between Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on the one hand and Spain on the other hand concerning the arrest and detention the M/V Louisa and its tender, the Gemini III.  The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea gave its order on provisional measures today (23 December 2010).  In a pretty insipid Order, …

Max Planck Encyclopedia – December Upload

15/12/2010 – 9:48 am | Comments Off on Max Planck Encyclopedia – December Upload

The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law has been updated with 41 new articles, and an additional 37 existing articles have also been updated.  These updates include new articles in subject categories of the Use of Force and International Humanitarian Law. New articles of note include Refugees, International Law of Cooperation, and Cyber Warfare. A revised entry on Piracy has also been included. The total number of …

Past and Present of Corporate Complicity for Financing Human Rights Abuses: The Relevance of the Cassese report

15/12/2010 – 6:47 am | Comments Off on Past and Present of Corporate Complicity for Financing Human Rights Abuses: The Relevance of the Cassese report

The following is a guest post by Professor Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky. Dr. Bohoslavsky is currently the Program Director for the LL.M in Global Administrative Law at the University of Rio Negro, in Patagonia, Argentina. He also works as a legal consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Salamanca (2007) and a European Doctorate after …

Salzburg Global Seminar on Islamic and International Law: Searching for Common Grounds

08/12/2010 – 11:09 pm | One Comment

The following is a guest post by Louise Dear, Ph.D. candidate at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, working on human rights and Islamic law in the UK.
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From the 14-19 November 2010 Muslim scholars and jurists, international lawyers, and academics converged in the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, to engage in discussion aimed at fostering critical academic research across the traditions of Islamic and …

Guest post by Louise Dear

08/12/2010 – 11:03 pm | Comments Off on Guest post by Louise Dear

International Law Observer is glad to announce a guest post by Louise Dear.
Louise Dear is a Ph.D. candidate at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, working on human rights and Islamic law in the UK. She formerly worked as research associate for the United Nations Development Programme in Ramallah, as legal intern for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in …

Draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

07/12/2010 – 1:07 pm | Comments Off on Draft Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

A number of authors on this blog have followed the progress of the human rights and business agenda at the United Nations over the past few years (e.g. here and here).  The work of the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights is coming to a culmination as his mandate expires in 2011.  With this in mind, the Special Representative has published draft Guiding Principles for …

Prompt release of research vessels: MV Louisa

01/12/2010 – 4:39 pm | Comments Off on Prompt release of research vessels: MV Louisa

The latest case to come before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea raises some interesting questions about the availability of prompt release proceedings for vessels arrested for violating laws and regulations in the exclusive economic zone of a coastal state.  The case has been initiated by Saint Vincent and the Grenadines following the arrest of the MV Louisa, a research vessel flying …