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Important Research Tool: The International Crimes Database (ICD) of the Asser Institute

25/11/2013 – 4:23 pm |

Many of the readers of our blog would be interested in a recently-launched important research tool, namely The International Crimes Database (ICD) website, hosted and maintained by the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague. This database offers a comprehensive database on international crimes adjudicated by national, …

Hague Academy of International Law position

24/11/2013 – 3:36 pm |

The Hague Academy of International Law, founded in 1923, is a high level, post-academic institution for the study and dissemination of public and private international law. The Academy’s well-known Summer Programme and its Centre for Studies and Research are held in the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands) during the months of July, August and September. The Academy seeks to appoint a Publications Manager with copy-preparing/proof-reading responsibilities. The appointee …

The Human Rights Commission decides contrary to the European Court of Human rights in Sikh turban case

21/11/2013 – 8:28 pm |

In (Mann) Singh v. France (HRC, 26/09/2013, CCPR/C/108/D/1928/2010), the Human Rights Committee decided that prohibiting a Sikh to wear a turban on the identity photograph, without convincingly explaining how such a measure is necessary for guaranteeing the public safety, violates the individual’s right to manifest his religion (article 18 of the ICCPR), completely in opposition to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.
For more information and …

Newly published article(s) for Asian Journal of International Law available on Cambridge Journals

20/11/2013 – 5:21 pm |

New articles have been published on Cambridge Journals Online, available for preview:
Where Security Meets Justice: Prosecuting Maritime Piracy in the International Criminal Court Melanie O’BRIEN
Introducing a 0.05% Financial Transactions Tax as an Instrument of Global Justice and Market Efficiency Ross P. BUCKLEY
You can consult these articles and the ones published previously here

The UN sued in America for the Haitian cholera outbreak

20/11/2013 – 4:57 pm |

A few weeks ago a group of Haitian cholera victims took the extraordinary step of filing a class action suit against the United Nations in the Manhattan Federal District Court. The claimants ultimately seek compensation from the United Nations, alleging on the basis of overwhelming scientific evidence that the Haitian cholera outbreak was inadvertently caused by Nepalese peacekeepers stationed at a UN base close to …

The ICJ renders its decision in the Preah Vihear II case

13/11/2013 – 4:04 pm |

On 11 November 2013, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its judgment in the Preah Vihear II case (Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand) (Cambodia v. Thailand).
The Court found that the 1962 Judgment decided that Cambodia had sovereignty over the whole territory of the promontory of Preah Vihear.
In …

Oxford lecture on Drone Attacks by the UN Special Rapporteur

08/11/2013 – 12:26 am |

On 12 November 2013 the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Ben Emmerson will deliver a lecture on drone attacks.
The United Nations human rights expert will discuss the potential illegal use of armed drones. In his recent report to the UN General Assembly on the use of armed drones in counter-terrorism operations and its civilian …

“´Operation: Last Chance´, dilemmas of justice, and lessons for international criminal tribunals” by Sergey Vasiliev

05/11/2013 – 12:38 pm |

The following article entitled “´Operation: Last Chance´, dilemmas of justice, and lessons for international criminal tribunals” authored by Sergey Vasiliev was first published on OUPblog, Oxford University Press’s Academic Insights for the Thinking World and is reproduced here with the kind permission of OUP. The original article is available here
In late July 2013, the Guardian reported that the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC), a global …

Law Clerk to Judges of the ICJ (Associate Legal Officer) (multiple positions)

01/11/2013 – 2:51 pm |

Note: Deadline to apply has been extended until 15 November 2013 at midnight Central European Time (CET).
 For more information on these positions click here
The International Court of Justice wishes to appoint multiple Law Clerks each of whom will provide research and other legal assistance to one of the judges of the Court. For administrative purposes, the Law Clerks are attached to the Department of Legal …

ADC-ICTY Legacy Conference, 29 November 2013, The Hague

24/10/2013 – 4:47 pm |

The Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the ICTY (ADC-ICTY) Legacy Conference will take place on Friday, 29 November 2013, in the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague.
The keynote speech will be delivered by H.E. Judge Theodor Meron, ICTY President. Speakers and moderators include The Right Hon. Lord Iain Bonomy, Judge Bakone Justice Moloto, Judge Howard Morrison, as well as renowned Defence Counsel.
The program of …

Call for Papers – Oxford Human Rights Hub

23/10/2013 – 5:13 pm |

Perspective-Call For Papers

The Oxford Human Rights Hub is pleased to announce a call for papers for a major global conference on Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Perspective to be held in Kigali, Rwanda on April 28-30, 2014.
This conference will bring together and foster a network among leading academics in various disciplines, legal practitioners, prominent local, regional and international NGOs, human rights bodies, governmental officials, …

New from Oxford University Press in 2013 – London Review of International Law

22/10/2013 – 3:46 pm |

The London Review of International Law publishes highest-quality scholarship on international law from around the world. Reflecting the pace and reach of developments in the field, the London Review seeks to capture the ways in which received ideas are being challenged and reshaped by new subject-matters, new participants, new conceptual apparatuses and new cross-disciplinary connections. Central aims of the London Review are to encourage imaginative thinking, …

Request for provisional measures: Kingdom of Netherlands v. Russian Federation (Arctic Sunrise)

22/10/2013 – 10:03 am |

On 22 November 2013 ITLOS ordered the Russian Federation to release the Arctic Sunrise and her crew from detention and allow to leave the territory and maritime zones of Russia for a bond in the amount of Eur 3 600 000. Russia did not attend the hearings of the ITLOS as it did not consider that ITLOS has jurisdiction over the matter. The Tribunal has looked very …

The Arab League supports Saudi Arabia’s decision to reject UN Security Council seat

21/10/2013 – 4:57 pm |

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi declared on Sunday support for Saudi Arabia’s decision to reject a seat on the UN Security Council (UNSC) after several Arab ambassadors criticized the decision earlier this week. The UN awarded Saudi Arabia a two-year position on the UNSC Thursday along with Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Nigeria. The Saudi government, however, declined the position Friday and accused the UNSC of …

New Appearance: The Journal of World Investment and Trade

21/10/2013 – 4:54 pm |

Editor-in-Chief: Stephan Schill, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

The Journal of World Investment & Trade (JWIT) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the legal aspects of foreign investment relations in a broad sense. This encompasses the law of bilateral, multilateral, regional and sectoral investment treaties, investor-State dispute settlement, and domestic law relating to foreign investment, but also relevant trade …

Right to paid leave of absence to commissioning parents of a surrogate child (Advocate General Wahl’s Opinion of 26 September 2013 in Case C-363/12)

21/10/2013 – 3:12 pm |

This is a note on a case involving surrogate parents’ rights to paid leave under EU law. National laws really differ in this respect; according to Wikipedia some prohibit it altogether, whether commercial or altruistic (e.g. France, Norway); some allow also commercial surrogacy(India or Russia, for example); some leave it unregulated so far (Ireland as an example in this case).
In 2013, DG Internal Policies carried …

Two International Law Textbooks from Hart Publishing

10/10/2013 – 4:06 pm |

1. Wade Mansell and Karen Openshaw, International Law: A Critical Introduction
This book provides a critical introduction to the concepts, principles and rules of international law through a consideration of contemporary international events. It provides ways of considering the relevance of international law to particular disputes and also an appreciation of both the possibilities and limitations of legal method in international disputes. This in turn necessitates …

Workshop on “Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law”, 25 October 2013, European University Institute, Florence

07/10/2013 – 5:46 pm |

The Cassese Initiative for Justice, Peace and Humanity (Cassese Initiative) organizes a workshop on the topic “Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law”, which will be held at the European University Institute in Florence, on Friday 25 October 2013.
“Enforced disappearance remains one of the most heinous human rights violations. From the ‘political cleansing’ campaigns of oppressive regimes to the ‘war on terror’, hundreds of …