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The ICJ Begins Its Deliberations in the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite Case

29/03/2012 – 9:29 am | 2 Comments

* Prepared on the basis of ICJ Press Release No. 2012/13, 21 March 2012.
The public hearings in the case concerning Questions Relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite (Belgium v. Senegal) currently pending before the International Court of Justice (ICJ or Court) opened on Monday, 12 March, and concluded on Wednesday, 21 March 2012. The Court has started the deliberations and its judgment will be …

UN Human Rights Council to Appoint Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

24/03/2012 – 10:08 am | One Comment

At its 19th session on the 20th of March, the UN’s Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on human rights and the environment facilitating an independent expert on human rights obligations related to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. The resolution was adopted by consensus, with more than 80 States co-sponsoring. The expert is to be appointed for a period of three …

Venice School of Human Rights

22/03/2012 – 8:38 pm | One Comment

The 3rd edition of Venice School of Human Rights will take place from 28 June till 7 July 2012.
The goal of the Venice School is to allow its participants to be updated on the state of the art debate on human rights issues and to stimulate a reflection on the actual challenges faced by human rights actors worldwide.
After a first session common to all participants …

CJICL Conference 2012 – Agents of Change: The Individual as a Participant in the Legal Process

22/03/2012 – 9:49 am | One Comment

The Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law is pleased to announce that at its upcoming conference – “Agents of Change: The Individual as a Participant in the Legal Process” – on 19 and 20 May 2012 there will now be two keynote addresses by:
JUDGE ANTONIO AUGUSTO CANCADO TRINDADE
and
PROFESSOR JAMES CRAWFORD SC
Other highlights include a welcoming address by SIR ELIHU LAUTERPACHT CBE QC and a …

Judging Judges: A Reply to Marko Milanovic

21/03/2012 – 11:00 pm | Comments Off on Judging Judges: A Reply to Marko Milanovic

(cross-posted from EJIL:Talk)
 This is a reply to the post by Marko Milanovic entitled ‘Judging Judges: A Statistical Exercise’. His starting point is a paragraph by Andrea Bianchi’s post ‘On Certainty’ which speaks about certainty in international law, based on the ICJ’s decision in the Jurisdictional Immunities of the State case. As Bianchi notes in his post, the ICJ is always very considerate of the systemic …

Call for Proposals – Collective Redress in the Cross-Border Context

21/03/2012 – 8:10 am | Comments Off on Call for Proposals – Collective Redress in the Cross-Border Context

Large-scale international legal injuries are becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s globalized economy, whether they arise in the context of consumer, commercial, contract, tort or securities law, and countries are struggling to find appropriate means of providing collective redress, particularly in the cross-border context.  The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), along with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social …

Beyond International Human Rights Law: CERD's Holistic Legal Approach

20/03/2012 – 12:03 am | Comments Off on Beyond International Human Rights Law: CERD's Holistic Legal Approach

Some discussion has taken place with regards to whether human rights treaty bodies along with the Human Rights Council, all part of the United National human rights machinery, apply and develop international humanitarian law in time of armed conflict and occupation, in concurrence with international human rights law (IHRL). Even less, if any, discussion has been undertaken with respect to the concurrent application of IHRL with …

Judgment in Bangladesh-Myanmar Maritime Boundary Dispute

15/03/2012 – 1:15 pm | 17 Comments

On Wednesday 14 March, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its judgment in the Dispute concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar.  The dispute concerned the delimitation of the territorial seas, exclusive economic zones and continental shelves of these two states in the Bay of Bengal.
The Judgment is important in a number of respects. Firstly, it is the …

UNCTAD Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending & Borrowing: A Comparative Legal Survey

15/03/2012 – 11:22 am | Comments Off on UNCTAD Principles on Responsible Sovereign Lending & Borrowing: A Comparative Legal Survey

The following is a guest post by Professor Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, currently UNCTAD Sovereign Debt Expert, who has previously contributed to the International Law Observer on the topic of “Past and Present of Corporate Complicity for Financing Human Rights Abuses: The Relevance of the Cassese report“, the unveiling of the UNCTAD principles to guide responsible sovereign lending and borrowing and the UNCTAD conference on the Principles on …

ICC Renders Its First Verdict: Guilty as Charged

14/03/2012 – 6:55 pm | Comments Off on ICC Renders Its First Verdict: Guilty as Charged

* Based on the ICC Press Release ICC-CPI-20120314-PR776 of 14 March 2012 (available here)
Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) decided unanimously that Thomas Lubanga Dyilo is guilty, as a co-perpetrator, of the war crimes of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15 and using them to participate actively in hostilities from 1 September 2002 to 13 August 2003. This is …

Swearing in of Judges and Election of the New Presidency at the ICC

13/03/2012 – 7:07 pm | Comments Off on Swearing in of Judges and Election of the New Presidency at the ICC

Five judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) were sworn in at a ceremony held at the seat of the Court in The Hague on 9 March 2012. Judges Howard Morrison (United Kingdom), Anthony T. Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago), Olga Herrera Carbuccia (Dominican Republic), Robert Fremr (Czech Republic) and Chile Eboe-Osuji (Nigeria) were elected by the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties  (ASP) in December 2011 …

European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

13/03/2012 – 3:41 pm | Comments Off on European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA)

Our readers might be interested to learn about the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).
The E.MA is an intensive one-year master’s programme aimed at educating professionals in human rights, democracy, peace and development. The programme offers an action- and policy-oriented approach to learning which combines interdisciplinary perspectives with skills building activities. While studying in a multicultural environment, students have the opportunity to …

Venice Academy of Human Rights

09/03/2012 – 11:17 pm | Comments Off on Venice Academy of Human Rights

Venice Academy of Human Rights

The Venice Academy of Human Rights will take place from 9-18 July 2012. The theme of this year’s Academy is “The Limits of Human Rights” (http://www.eiuc.org/veniceacademy/).
Online registration is open until 1 May 2012.
Faculty of the Venice Academy 2012
Professor Philip Alston, NYU
Professor Seyla Benhabib, Yale
Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Helsinki
Professor Friedrich Kratochwil, CEU/EUI
Professor Bruno Simma, Ann Arbor/Munich
Professor Henry Steiner, Harvard
Erika Feller, UNHCR Assistant High …

Calls for Papers on Different Fields of International Law

05/03/2012 – 5:34 pm | Comments Off on Calls for Papers on Different Fields of International Law

* Based on an ASIL announcement of 1 March 2012.
Call for Scholarly Papers
ASIL Research Forum
The American Society of International Law calls for submissions of scholarly paper proposals for the ASIL Research Forum to be held at the University of Georgia School of Law on October 20-21, 2012.
The Research Forum, a Society initiative introduced in 2011, aims to provide a setting for the presentation and focused …

Judgements in Lubanga (ICC) and Taylor (SCSL) to be rendered in March and April

01/03/2012 – 9:07 pm | Comments Off on Judgements in Lubanga (ICC) and Taylor (SCSL) to be rendered in March and April

Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) will deliver its decision in the Thomas Lubanga Dyilo case in a public hearing on 14 March 2012 at 10.00 a.m. (The Hague local time). More information on the Lubanga case can be accessed here.
The Special Court for Sierra Leone will deliver its judgment in the Charles Ghankay Taylor case on 26 April 2012. For more …