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The use of armed force in Syria: getting from bad to worse?

15/04/2017 – 8:19 pm | 4 Comments

Background
* A lot of the background information used below is taken from the BBC Syria timeline profile. The post has been amended to portray better the cause for the beginning of the conflict in Syria.
A lot has been written about the armed conflict in Syria in international law blogs including Ejil:Talk, Opinio Juris and Just Security, especially after the US attack deploying 59 Tomahawk cruise …

Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)

05/02/2017 – 4:28 pm | Comments Off on Application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)

* This post is based mainly on ICJ Press Releases No. 2017/2 (17 January 2017) and No. 2017/4 (1 February 2017).
In the late afternoon of 16 January 2017, Ukraine instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation with regard to alleged violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism of 9 December 1999 and the International Convention on the Elimination of All …

Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law: Call for Papers

19/01/2017 – 10:29 am | Comments Off on Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law: Call for Papers

25th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law, Canberra, 29 June–1 July 2017
“Sustaining the International Legal Order in an Era of Rising Nationalism”
The 25th ANZSIL Annual Conference will take place from Thursday, 29 June, to Saturday, 1 July 2017 at Hotel QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, Australia.
The Conference Organising Committee invites proposals for papers to be presented at the …

Tanja Altunjan and Aziz Epik: The International Criminal Court in Crisis?

17/01/2017 – 1:48 pm | 2 Comments

By Tanja Altunjan and Dr. Aziz Epik
Tanja Altunjan is a Research Fellow and Dr. Aziz Epik is a Senior Research Fellow to the Chair for German and International Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Modern Legal History, Prof. Gerhard Werle, Humboldt-University, Berlin.
70 years after the International Military Tribunal passed its Nuremberg judgment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) – the first permanent institution for the prosecution of …

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 …

Newly published articles: Cambridge Journals Online

14/01/2016 – 4:17 pm | Comments Off on Newly published articles: Cambridge Journals Online

Newly published articles from the International Review of the Red Cross and Asian Journal of International Law are available on Cambridge Journals Online.
International Review of the Red Cross
Romancing principles and human rights: Are humanitarian principles salvageable?
Stuart Gordon and Antonio Donini
Published online on 12 January 2016
Humanitarian diplomacy and principled humanitarian action – Speech given by Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red …

Kosovo’s membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration through the 1907 Convention

14/01/2016 – 9:55 am | 4 Comments

Membership to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is open to all States by ratification of the 1899 or the 1907 Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes. On 6 November 2015 Kosovo sent a letter to the Netherlands, notifying it about its intention to join the 1907 Convention establishing the PCA. In accordance with its Article 95, the 1907 Convention entered into force …

Program: The International Law and Domestic Policies Conference, 30-31 October 2015, Turgut Ozal University, Ankara

29/10/2015 – 5:23 pm | Comments Off on Program: The International Law and Domestic Policies Conference, 30-31 October 2015, Turgut Ozal University, Ankara

INTERNATIONAL LAW AND DOMESTIC POLICIES CONFERENCE
30-31 October 2015, Turgut Ozal University, Ankara
* The International Law and Domestic Policies Conference is organized by Turgut Ozal University School of Law in Ankara in partnership with Association for Canadian Studies, Intercultural Dialogue Institute, Canadian Council for International Law, and Center for Global and Regional Studies (CEGRES)
30 October 2015
9:00-10:00 Registration
10:00-11:00 Opening session
Prof. Dr. Abdulkadir Sengun, Rector of Turgut Ozal …

Job Openings: Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), LAPA Fellowships

12/09/2015 – 9:31 pm | Comments Off on Job Openings: Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA), LAPA Fellowships

Princeton University Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA)
LAPA Fellowships
The Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) at Princeton University invites outstanding faculty members of any discipline, independent scholars, lawyers, and judges to apply for visiting, residential appointments for the academic year 2016-2017.
DESCRIPTION: LAPA Fellows devote the major portion of their time to their own research and writing on law-related subjects of empirical, interpretive, doctrinal …

Freely Accessible:15 Popular Brill Articles on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

09/07/2015 – 10:34 pm | Comments Off on Freely Accessible:15 Popular Brill Articles on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Brill publisher has made 15 popular articles from Q1 2015 in International Law and Human Rights and Humanitarian Law freely available until July 31st 2015, while articles in Open Access remain freely available even after this date.
List of freely available articles:
Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Eugenia Zorbas
African Journal of Legal Studies, (Volume 1, No. 1, pp. 29-52) Open Access
Sovereignty, Choice, and the Responsibility to Protect
Edward C. Luck
Global …

“Oxi” vote the outcome of the Greek referendum

07/07/2015 – 11:53 pm | Comments Off on “Oxi” vote the outcome of the Greek referendum

An overwhelming 61,31% in favour of the “oxi” (no) vote was the outcome of the controversial Greek referendum of July 5th.
On Sunday past, the deeply divided Greek people were called to to accept or reject the proposal submitted by Greece’s creditors in the Eurogroup of June 25th, asking for more austerity in the form of spending cuts and tax increases. However, the referendum was given …

Call for Papers: For Two International Volumes “Biotechnology, Law & Development” and “Advanced Issues in International Criminal Law”

23/04/2015 – 11:16 am | Comments Off on Call for Papers: For Two International Volumes “Biotechnology, Law & Development” and “Advanced Issues in International Criminal Law”

 Call For Papers

For Two International Volumes: “Biotechnology, Law & Development” and “Advanced Issues in International Criminal Law”

Eminent Scholars, academicians, practitioners, students, researchers and experts from all relevant disciplines are invited to contribute their scholarly work for both or any one of the proposed volumes mentioned below. The volumes shall be published in the form of “edited book” by a reputed international publishing house with …

CfP: International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies – 30-31 October 2015, Ankara, Turkey

30/03/2015 – 6:54 pm | Comments Off on CfP: International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies – 30-31 October 2015, Ankara, Turkey

Turgut Ozal University School of Law, in cooperation with Association for Canadian Studies and IDI, invites scholars and policy-makers to submit paper proposals to International Conference on International Law and Domestic Policies. The Conference will take place on 30-31 October 2015 in Ankara, Turkey.
The aim of this International Conference is to evaluate the impact of international law and transnational law on the legal orders of …

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 …

UNSC: Concerns over Venezuela’s candidacy in upcoming elections

16/10/2014 – 11:27 am | Comments Off on UNSC: Concerns over Venezuela’s candidacy in upcoming elections

Elections will be held this Friday to fill five non-permanent seats at the Security Council for the 2015-2016 term. According to the SC’s rotation rules, the five seats will be distributed regionally as follows:
– one seat for the African group (Rwanda incumbent)
– one seat for the Group of Asia and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (Asia-Pacific Group)
(Republic of Korea incumbent)
– one seat for the …

Call for Papers: 4th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2015

09/10/2014 – 1:33 pm | Comments Off on Call for Papers: 4th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2015

 

Milan, 16-17 April 2015
Organised by PEPA/SIEL in collaboration with the Department of International, Legal, Historical and Political Studies of the University of Milan
SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) is, among other things, interested in fostering collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals in International Economic Law (IEL). PEPA/SIEL fulfils these goals through various activities such as organising conferences at which emerging IEL …

British parliament to hold vote on recognizing Palestine statehood

08/10/2014 – 1:16 pm | Comments Off on British parliament to hold vote on recognizing Palestine statehood

Source: JURIST
The British parliament next week will vote on whether the government should recognize the state of Palestine following its return from recess next Monday. Though the move is unlikely to influence official policy [Reuters report], it would result in increased attention towards the issue and could be favored by lawmakers should they decide that it would help in establishing peace between Palestinian territories and …