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International Courts Improve Public Deliberation

16/05/2017 – 12:55 pm |

Shai Dothan, associate professor in iCourts, has published a new paper.
Here is the abstract:
Public deliberation is essential for democracy to flourish. Taking decisions away from elected bodies and transferring them to courts seems to diminish deliberation. The damage appears even greater when decisions are taken away from domestic bodies and given to international courts—organizations considered to be completely independent from the public. But this view …

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 …

ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security Call for Papers, deadline 16 January

11/01/2017 – 10:44 am | Comments Off on ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security Call for Papers, deadline 16 January

The ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security will submit a proposal for a panel during the 13th ESIL Annual Conference in Naples (7 – 9 September 2017). The ESIL IGPS proposal fits perfectly into the overall thematic setting of the conference in Naples (‘Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses Of International Law’), by focusing in an innovative way on the …

The legal legacy after the Khmer Rouge

02/12/2016 – 9:15 am | Comments Off on The legal legacy after the Khmer Rouge

by Mikkel Jarle Christensen, associate professor in law at iCourts, and Astrid Kjeldgaard-Pedersen, assistant professor in international law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
More than 1.7 million Cambodians perished during the Khmer Rouge’s attempt to create the perfect communist society between 1975 and 1979. On 23 November 2016, the Appeals Chamber of a special court in Phnom Penh delivered the final verdict in the case …

New Article: Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions

01/11/2016 – 11:14 am | Comments Off on New Article: Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions

Professor Mikael Rask Madsen and Associate Professor Mikkel Jarle Christensen, both from iCourts in Copenhagen have published a new article: “Global Actors: Networks, Elites, and Institutions”. The article draws mainly on examples from human rights and international criminal law to investigate who, precisely, we speak about when referring to global actors.
The full article can be accessed here.
Abstract:
Over the past several decades scholars have intensively debated …

Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, 2016 General Issue Published; and, Call for the 2017 General Issue

30/09/2016 – 1:52 pm | Comments Off on Utrecht Journal of International and European Law, 2016 General Issue Published; and, Call for the 2017 General Issue

The Utrecht Journal of International and European Law is pleased to announce that the latest edition of the journal, the 2016 General Issue, has just been published.
Full, free access is available here, with links to the individual pieces included below.
ARTICLES
Intellectual Property Rights in Traditional Knowledge: Enabler of Sustainable Development
Freedom-Kai Phillips
(Pages 1-18)
It’s Not the Fish that Stinks! EU Trade Relations with Morocco under the Scrutiny of the General Court of the …

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 …

Lex Petrolea – Reality or Myth?, London, 21 June 2016

20/05/2016 – 11:07 am | Comments Off on Lex Petrolea – Reality or Myth?, London, 21 June 2016

 The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law of Swansea University will organise a joint one-day seminar on the subject of Lex Petrolea with the Center for Energy, Law, and Business of University of Texas Law School on 21 June 2016 in London.
For the flyer see here.
For further information see here.

12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), Riga, 8-10 September 2016

12/05/2016 – 2:53 pm | Comments Off on 12th Annual Conference of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), Riga, 8-10 September 2016

The 12th ESIL Annual Conference will be held in Riga on Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 September 2016. ESIL Interest Group events will be organised, as usual, on the day before the conference, on Wednesday 7 September.
The theme of the conference is: How International Law Works in Times of Crisis.
The conference is hosted by the Riga Graduate School of Law in cooperation with the Latvian Constitutional …

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 …

CfP: ‘International Law and a Dynamic Asia’, Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference, Ha Noi, 14-15 June 2016

03/04/2016 – 11:48 am | One Comment

Asian Society of International Law Regional Conference
‘International Law and a Dynamic Asia’
Ha Noi, 14-15 June 2016 
The 2016 Regional Conference of the Asian Society of International Law will take place in Ha Noi, Viet Nam, hosted by the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and a number of agorae. In addition, the Conference will feature two special agorae on the …

iCourts working paper no. 50 published

21/03/2016 – 2:32 pm | Comments Off on iCourts working paper no. 50 published

The Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts) has published its 50th working paper.
You can access all 50 working papers here.
Working paper number 50: “EU Law Classics in the Making: Methodological Notes on Grands Arrêts at the European Court of Justice” was written by professor Antoine Vauchez of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and permanent visiting professor to iCourts. The abstract reads:
To a large extent, EU …

CfP: The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field, 21–23 June 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom

09/03/2016 – 12:33 pm | Comments Off on CfP: The International Law of Military Operations: Mapping the Field, 21–23 June 2016, Exeter, United Kingdom

Conference Theme
Military deployments in the territory of other States are subject to a diverse range of rules under international law. In recent years, it has become increasingly common to refer to these rules as ‘operations law’ or the ‘international law of military operations’.
Despite the growing popularity of the term, its meaning and utility remain uncertain. The rules of international law governing military operations are complex …

“The Variable Authority of International Courts:” New special issue of Law and Contemporary Problems

07/03/2016 – 12:51 pm | Comments Off on “The Variable Authority of International Courts:” New special issue of Law and Contemporary Problems

“The Variable Authority of International Courts” is the result of a collective endeavour to contribute original and multidisciplinary perspectives on the proliferation and impact of international courts. The volume features articles from widely recognized as well as up-and-coming scholars of internationational courts.
All articles in the special issue can be accessed directly here
The special issue of Law and Contemporary Problems (vol. 79, no. 1, 2016) was …

iCourts posts anniversary issue of working papers on SSRN

02/02/2016 – 12:55 pm | Comments Off on iCourts posts anniversary issue of working papers on SSRN

To celebrate 4 years since its establishment iCourts is pleased to announce this Anniversary Issue, which includes a sample of papers by members of the iCourts academic community available on SSRN.
iCourts’ research focus is on the ever growing role of international courts, their place in a globalizing legal order and their impact on politics and society at large. To understand these crucial and contemporary interplays …

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 …

New issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) published

11/01/2016 – 4:16 pm | Comments Off on New issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) published

The new issue of the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) has gone online: http://ejls.eu/issue/19/ . As always, the contributions are stimulating and thought-provoking. The topics tackled range from EU migration and internal market law, to Critical Race Theory, to the judicial dialogue between the CJEU and the ICJ and the social accountability of central banks. We would particularly like to draw your attention to …