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Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback)

20/08/2016 – 2:47 pm | Comments Off on Edited volume: ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’, Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback)

My edited book entitled ‘An Institutional Approach to the Responsibility to Protect’ has recently been published as paperback by Cambridge University Press (35 GBP).
Through its 22 chapters, covering

the responsibilities of the State;
the main political organs of the UN;
important regional and security organizations;
international judicial institutions and the regional human rights protection systems;

the book examines the roles and responsibilities of the international community regarding the responsibility to …

Palestine and Kosovo have become members of the Permanent Court of Arbitration

19/06/2016 – 11:41 am | One Comment

The number of States Member to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has increased to 121. Some of the last States to join this international arbitration mechanism are Djibouti, the Bahamas, and Palestine and Kosovo.
The process of accession of Palestine and Kosovo to the 1907 Convention (one of the two founding conventions of the PCA, the other being the 1899 Convention) was put under review …

Kosovo’s Membership in the PCA: Some comments on Professor Zimmermann’s post

18/04/2016 – 11:31 am | Comments Off on Kosovo’s Membership in the PCA: Some comments on Professor Zimmermann’s post

* Cross-posted from EJIL:Talk (13 April 2016).
It was nice to read Professor Zimmermann’s post on the issue of membership of Palestine and Kosovo in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), as this matter should get more attention from the community of international lawyers. I have already dealt with some of the relevant legal issues in an ESIL Reflection of 11 March 2016 which Professor Milanović …

Why Is Implementation of the Principle of Non-Discrimination within the UN Delayed?

06/10/2015 – 4:57 pm | Comments Off on Why Is Implementation of the Principle of Non-Discrimination within the UN Delayed?

By Cecilia M. Bailliet, Professor, PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
Cecilia Bailliet is Professor, Director of the Masters Program in Public International Law, and coordinator of International Criminal Law for PluriCourts at the University of Oslo.  She has a doctoral degree in law from the University of Oslo and a combined JD/MA degree from the George Washington University Law School & Elliott School of …

Professional life in The Hague bubble

22/06/2015 – 4:19 pm | Comments Off on Professional life in The Hague bubble

Two weeks ago, I was doing fieldwork in The Hague. The object was to study the international criminal courts and the field of stakeholders around them. As a sociologist, my research is based on interviews supported by different forms of statistical and written material. My latest trip to The Hague will serve here as an introduction to the contributions I intend to make to the …

Guest Post: A new model for transitional justice process in democracies facing challenge

29/05/2015 – 6:56 pm | Comments Off on Guest Post: A new model for transitional justice process in democracies facing challenge

Gaiane Nuridzhanian works as assistant lawyer at the Secretariat of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine in Strasbourg. The views expressed herein are solely those of the author; they do not bind or reflect in any way the views of the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine.
On 31 March 2015 the International Advisory Panel on Ukraine (“the Panel”, “IAP”) delivered its report on effectiveness of the Maidan …

New Book! Promoting Peace Through International Law (Oxford University Press, 2015)

16/02/2015 – 8:57 am | Comments Off on New Book! Promoting Peace Through International Law (Oxford University Press, 2015)

* Blog-post written by Cecilia M. Bailliet

Book edited by Cecilia M. Bailliet & Kjetil Mujezinović Larsen, University of Oslo
Inspired by the Grotian tradition in international law of the “idea of peace”, the book aims to explain how peace may be achieved utilizing the existing international and national normative and institutional frameworks.  Indeed, as Hersch Lauterpacht noted “international law should be functionally oriented towards both the establishment …

Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner (eds), Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations (PULP, 2014)

04/02/2015 – 9:09 am | Comments Off on Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner (eds), Convergence and Conflicts of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in Military Operations (PULP, 2014)

The book, edited by Erika de Wet and Jann Kleffner, explores the implications of the increased interplay between international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) in military operations, sometimes in ways that imply convergence and other times in ways that suggest conflict. These convergences and/ or conflicts are particularly acute in non-international armed conflicts, situations of belligerent occupation and in the area …

Reminder ESIL 2015 Annual Conference: ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?’, Oslo, September 10-12, 2015

08/12/2014 – 3:35 pm | Comments Off on Reminder ESIL 2015 Annual Conference: ‘The Judicialization of International Law – A Mixed Blessing ?’, Oslo, September 10-12, 2015

The Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (Oslo, September 10-12, 2015) will be hosted by the University of Oslo’s PluriCourts Center on the Legitimate Roles on the Judiciary in the Global Order. The annual ESIL conference has become one of the indispensable venues for European and international scholars interested in questions of international law.
The conference is entitled “The Judicialization of International Law …

“Children & International Criminal Justice” at Georgia Law features ICC Prosecutor, dozens of other experts (28 October 2014)

01/10/2014 – 10:18 am | Comments Off on “Children & International Criminal Justice” at Georgia Law features ICC Prosecutor, dozens of other experts (28 October 2014)

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will keynote “Children & International Justice,” an international experts’ conference, to be held Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens. The law school is home to Professor Diane Marie Amann, who serves as Bensouda’s Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict.
Taking part will be more than 2 dozen experts in …

Journal on the Use of Force and International Law: New Issue

25/09/2014 – 11:35 am | Comments Off on Journal on the Use of Force and International Law: New Issue

Hart Publishing is delighted to announce that the first issue, published in August, of the Journal on the Use of Force and International Law is now available online. Please see below for the table of contents and abstracts.
 Journal on the Use of Force and International Law
(including the Digest of State Practice on the Use of Force)
 Editors-in-Chief
Dr James A. Green (University of Reading)
Dr Christian Henderson (University …

Perceptions of Security and Governance in de facto and Partially Recognized States, UCL, 11-12 September

09/09/2014 – 2:28 pm | Comments Off on Perceptions of Security and Governance in de facto and Partially Recognized States, UCL, 11-12 September

Conference organized by the School of Public Policy, University College London
Haldane Room, Wilkins Building
September 11-12, 2014
In most separatist conflicts, where non-state groups fight for independence or greater autonomy within an existing state, the outcome entails no major changes to state boundaries. Yet in some cases, the conflict results in the creation of so-called de facto states. Referred to as breakaway regions by their parent states, …

Guest Post: The Appeals Chamber judgment in Prosecutor v Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

19/07/2014 – 2:19 pm | Comments Off on Guest Post: The Appeals Chamber judgment in Prosecutor v Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markač

Ms Anuja Pethia completed her bachelors in law (B.A LL.B) from National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal in India. After serving as a member of the editorial board of NLIU Law Review, she completed the bar exam in 2013 and practised in the area of industrial disputes and criminal law at the High Court of Madhya Pradesh in India. She gained a Masters of Law …

The Independence of International Courts – New publication

29/06/2014 – 4:19 pm | One Comment

My Ph.D. thesis entitled “The Independence of International Courts – The Adherence of the International Judiciary to a Fundamental Value of the Administration of Justice” was published a few days ago by Nomos and Hart Publishing. The following is the brief description used by the publishers:
The study analyses the contents and scope of the principle of judicial independence as currently applied in the international judiciary. …

International Law Observer collaborates with Oxford University Press

08/05/2014 – 9:46 am | Comments Off on International Law Observer collaborates with Oxford University Press

The International Law Observer is proud to announce a collaboration with Oxford University Press that allows readers of the blog to take advantage of a 20% discount on all OUP Law titles. To take advantage of this offer, go to http://www.oup.com/uk/sale/observer20, browse through the catalogue of available publications, select your title(s), and apply code: OBSERVER20.
Please also note that the International Law Observer welcomes guest posts …

Building the Ethical Cyber Commander and the Law of Armed Conflict

15/04/2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off on Building the Ethical Cyber Commander and the Law of Armed Conflict

The Possibility of Cyber War
Some believe that war in its common understanding will never occur as a result of military operations in cyberspace; others argue that at the very least, instances of cyber conflict have certainly not been in the nature of the “electronic Pearl Harbor” that has been prophesied for the last 20 years.  Instead, if Stuxnet is an example of a cyber tool …

Guest Post: Crimea Secession Claims, Right to Self-Determination and the Kosovo Precedent

20/03/2014 – 10:09 am | One Comment

Gaiane Nuridzhanian is an LL.M. candidate at the University of Cambridge specializing in public international law. She has worked at the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights and was subsequently engaged in representing the applicants in cases against Ukraine before the ECtHR. She is also a student editor here at the International Law Observer.

The crisis in Ukraine started in November 2013 with the protests against …

Guest Post: Looking at Maidan through the Nicaragua Standard: Did the EU and the US violate the Non-Intervention Principle?

18/03/2014 – 12:50 pm | Comments Off on Guest Post: Looking at Maidan through the Nicaragua Standard: Did the EU and the US violate the Non-Intervention Principle?

Ralph R.A. Janik, researcher at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Law, Section for International Law and International Relations.

Ever since Russian troops took control of Crimea, the law-related Blogosphere has – understandably – gone wild. After all, this is the time to shine for every international lawyer as the current events in the Crimea include a vast amount of legal aspects that warrant close scrutiny. …