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International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on protracted armed conflict

04/07/2017 – 10:10 pm | Comments Off on International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on protracted armed conflict

Protracted armed conflicts are characterized by their longevity, intractability and mutability. This is not a new phenomenon, but some particular trends seen in today’s protracted conflicts, such as emerging technologies, pervasive media coverage, and so on, are specific to our times.
This issue of the Review will discuss strategies being put in place to respond to humanitarian needs arising in protracted armed conflict, such as multi-year …

Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965

29/06/2017 – 10:35 pm | Comments Off on Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965

* Based on the ICJ Press Release 2017/27 (29 June 2017).
On 22 June 2017, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution A/RES/71/292 (with 94 votes in favor, 15 against, and 65 abstaining) in which, referring to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, it requested the International Court of Justice to give an advisory opinion on the following questions:
(a) “Was the process …

CfP: Symposium on Effective Control in International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 11 to 12 November 2017

30/05/2017 – 3:25 pm | Comments Off on CfP: Symposium on Effective Control in International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 11 to 12 November 2017

Effective control is a notion going through many branches of international law, and has been researched by many international law scholars and experts separately. Nevertheless, a systematic research focusing on this particular notion from the perspective of diverse branches of international law is missing, and deserves further research.
Inspired by this idea, School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is pleased, …

Colleen Rohan and Gentian Zyberi (eds), Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

15/05/2017 – 2:40 pm | Comments Off on Colleen Rohan and Gentian Zyberi (eds), Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Edited by Colleen Rohan (International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)) and Gentian Zyberi (Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo). For a discount see the flyer Defence Perspectives on International Criminal Justice_Flyer.
Introduction
The edited volume ‘Defense Perspectives on International Criminal Justice’ is the first comprehensive book focusing on the multi-faceted role of the Defence in international criminal proceedings. This examination of the role …

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 …

ICTY Call for Papers for the June 2017 Legacy Conference

08/12/2016 – 3:46 pm | Comments Off on ICTY Call for Papers for the June 2017 Legacy Conference

As part of its “ICTY Legacy Dialogues” events, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”) is organising in the week of 19 June 2017 a conference on the legacy of the ICTY in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. We invite your participation.

With the ICTY’s closure scheduled for 31 December 2017, the conference aims to enable others to build on the achievements of the ICTY …

Reminder: ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

15/09/2016 – 1:38 pm | Comments Off on Reminder: ICTY/MICT Open Day in The Hague on 25 September

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) are hosting a joint Open Day on Sunday, 25 September, as part of The Hague International Day.
At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with Judges and other key staff members, view new documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, and explore art exhibitions and Archives material.
ICTY …

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 …

Detention safeguards – the key to preventing torture (Part Two)

20/08/2016 – 1:46 pm | One Comment

By Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance, Oxford Brookes University.
Richard Carver has more than 30 years of experience as a human rights researcher, working for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and a number of UN agencies. He has published extensively on national human rights institutions, particularly on criteria and techniques for measuring performance, impact and effectiveness. Originally an Africa specialist, his …

Does Torture Prevention Work? (First Part)

16/08/2016 – 9:47 am | 2 Comments

By Richard Carver, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Governance, Oxford Brookes University
Richard Carver has more than 30 years of experience as a human rights researcher, working for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, ARTICLE 19, and a number of UN agencies. He has published extensively on national human rights institutions, particularly on criteria and techniques for measuring performance, impact and effectiveness. Originally an Africa specialist, his …

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 …

6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Oslo, 21-23 June 2016

12/05/2016 – 6:26 pm | Comments Off on 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Oslo, 21-23 June 2016

Since 2001, Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) organises the World Congresses Against the Death Penalty. These international events bring together thousands of members of civil society, political representatives, lawyers and journalists from the five continents with the aim of developing new strategies for universal abolition. After Strasburg in 2001, Montreal in 2004, Paris in 2007, Geneva in 2010 and Madrid in 2013, Oslo is hosting the 6th World Congress from …

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 …

Tribunal convicts Radovan Karadžić for crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and sentences him to 40 years imprisonment

27/03/2016 – 5:36 pm | Comments Off on Tribunal convicts Radovan Karadžić for crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and sentences him to 40 years imprisonment

* Post based entirely on the ICTY Press Release, 24 March 2016. An analysis of the main factual and legal findings of this case will follow in early April.
For more information on the case visit the following links:
Radovan Karadžić Case – Key information & Timeline
Judgment Summary
Judgment, four volumes compiled
Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today convicted Radovan Karadžić, former President …

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 …