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Venice Academy of Human Rights – July 11-16, Venice (Italy)

28/05/2011 – 10:50 pm | Comments Off on Venice Academy of Human Rights – July 11-16, Venice (Italy)

This year’s Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place in less than two months. The programme is dedicated to the topic “Human Rights and the Cosmopolitan Idea(l)” with lectures by professors Abdullahi A. An-Na’im, David Held, Yasuaki Onuma, Boaventura de Sousa Santos and Mary Robinson (Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights).
A few reasons why this programme is unique and particularly appealing:
• It focuses …

Mladic's arrest and the ICTY completion strategy

26/05/2011 – 1:30 pm | Comments Off on Mladic's arrest and the ICTY completion strategy

It is all over the news that one of two remaining ICTY fugitives, Ratko Mladic,  was arrested today in Serbia. It is expected that the legal procedures concerning his transferral to The Hague will take about a week. The first indictment against him was confirmed by Judge Jorda on 25 July 1995, so his arrest comes almost 16 years after. He is accused of having …

Provisional measures hearings scheduled in the Preah Vihear Temple Bis case

23/05/2011 – 1:53 pm | Comments Off on Provisional measures hearings scheduled in the Preah Vihear Temple Bis case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold public hearings on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 May 2011 in the case concerning the Request for  Interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the Case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand) (Cambodia v. Thailand). These hearings concern the request for the indication of provisional measures filed by Cambodia on 28 April …

Max Planck Encyclopedia – May Upload

22/05/2011 – 6:28 pm | Comments Off on Max Planck Encyclopedia – May Upload

On May 19th, the May update to MPEPIL went live, with 46 new articles added – taking the total number of articles to 1,294. Highlights of the uploaded included articles on Compliance, Amnesties, International Administration of Territory, and Gay Rights. The next upload is set for August 2011.
Thanks to Nik Speller for drawing my attention to this.

India Army Major Avtar Singh- Perpetrator of Extrajudicial Killing – Roaming Free in California

18/05/2011 – 6:21 am | Comments Off on India Army Major Avtar Singh- Perpetrator of Extrajudicial Killing – Roaming Free in California

On 13th May 2011 I read a news item in Kashmiri local newspaper Greater Kashmir captioned ‘File status report on Major Avtar’s Extradition’.  The news stated that Court directed police to file a status report on the progress made in the extradition of Major Avtar Singh, accused in the killing of prominent lawyer and human rights activist Jaleel Andrabi, who was kidnapped and killed by …

New Issue of International and Comparative Law Quarterly

15/05/2011 – 10:43 am | Comments Off on New Issue of International and Comparative Law Quarterly

New Issue of International and Comparative Law Quarterly
The April issue of ICLQ is out:
Arbitration in three dimensions
Jan Paulsson
The europeanization of third country judiciaries through the application of the EU Acquis: the cases of Russia and Ukraine
Roman Petrov and Paul Kalinichenko
The functions of transparency in regulating contract terms: UK and Australian approaches
Chis Wllett
Postmodern international fisheries law, or we are all coastal states now
Andrew Serdy
International law, peace …

Heading for a Temple of Preah Vihear Bis (Cambodia v. Thailand)?

14/05/2011 – 1:59 pm | Comments Off on Heading for a Temple of Preah Vihear Bis (Cambodia v. Thailand)?

On 28 April 2011 Cambodia requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ or Court) for an interpretation of its Judgment rendered on 15 June 1962 in the border dispute case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand) after tensions with Thailand flared up again along that part of the border. Seemingly, we are heading towards a Temple of Preah Vihear Bis. In view …

Migration and International Human Rights Law: Guide for practitioners

13/05/2011 – 2:54 pm | Comments Off on Migration and International Human Rights Law: Guide for practitioners

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has published a new 300 page “Practitioners Guide No. 6 on Migration and International Human Rights Law” (researched and written by Massimo Frigo and edited by Róisín Pillay): see http://icj.org/dwn/database/PGNo6-ElectronicDistribution.pdf?
“For migrants, the principle that human rights accord to all human beings often seems to be illusory in practice. Although national laws and circumstances vary greatly, migrants around the world regularly face …

New Journal for Transnational Environmental Law

12/05/2011 – 6:42 am | Comments Off on New Journal for Transnational Environmental Law

Cambridge University Press has announced the launch of a new academic journal titled ‘Transnational Environmental Law’. Submissions are sought for the first issue which is to be published in 2012.
The blurb from CUP reads:
Transnational Environmental Law (TEL) is a peer-reviewed journal for the study of environmental law and governance beyond the state. It approaches legal and regulatory developments with an interest in the contribution of …

Climate Change and Geo-engineering

11/05/2011 – 9:49 am | Comments Off on Climate Change and Geo-engineering

The most recent issue of Stanford Journal of Law, Science and Policy is a special issue on the topic of geo-engineering. Readers interested in the challenges which climate change gives rise to may find the issue worth a look.
In particular the short contribution by Robert Berg, who assesses whether the UN can be a future leader on climate change, is worth noting. Like so many …

UNCTAD unveils principles to guide responsible sovereign lending and borrowing

08/05/2011 – 10:17 am | Comments Off on UNCTAD unveils principles to guide responsible sovereign lending and borrowing

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky drew my attention to the recent publication of the principles to guide responsible sovereign lending and borrowing. An Expert Group has drafted these principles to be applied in this area and in particular in financial crisis. The next step is to organize regional meetings to discuss the principles with governments. Juan Pablo would like to draw attention to the principles so that a debate …