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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 …

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Trade and Climate Change

07/10/2013 – 9:55 am |

Founded in 2009, the philosophy of Trade, Law and Development has been to generate and sustain a constructive and democratic debate on emergent issues in international economic law and to serve as a forum for the discussion and distribution of ideas. In keeping with these ideals, the Board of Editors is pleased to announce Trade and Climate Change as the theme for its next Special …

Call for Papers Reminder: The Legitimacy and Effectiveness of International Criminal Tribunals Conference

03/10/2013 – 12:50 am |

PluriCourts, University of Oslo, August 30-31 2014

The establishment of International Criminal Tribunals (including the ICTY, ICTR, and the ICC),  and hybrid or internationalized tribunals (including the SCSL, ECCC, East Timor and Kosovo  Panels and others) has been hailed as a great achievement within international law. They  are characterized as institutions which promoted peace and reconciliation by seeking to  prevent and deter war crimes, crimes against …

Expert seminar on Foreign Investment in Africa – 10/11 October 2013

29/09/2013 – 8:59 am |

Expert seminar on Foreign Investment in Africa  – 10/11 October 2013
Professor Makane Mbengue (University of Geneva), Dr. Eric De Brabandere (Grotius Centre, Leiden University) and Dr. Tarcisio Gazzini (VU University Amsterdam) organize the 3rd Expert Seminar on Contemporary Perspectives on International Investment Law on 10 and 11 October 2013. The topic of this year’s seminar is ‘Foreign investment in Africa: Gaining Development Momentum’. Speakers include Laurence …

Special Court of Sierra Leone upholds Charles Taylor conviction for 50 years in prison

26/09/2013 – 11:30 pm |

Today the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone unanimously upheld the conviction of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia, and affirmed the Trial Chamber’s sentence of 50 years imprisonment.
For the whole text of the decision: decision ; for a legal discussion of the Court’s decision: Ejil Talk!

Oxford Public International Law

25/09/2013 – 7:05 pm |

In July 2013 Oxford University Press launched and re-launched three essential online products for public international law. These services are searchable and browsable in one place on Oxford Public International Law.
The services include:

Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (OSAIL contains full-text online editions of market-leading reference works and treaties published by Oxford University Press, such as Oppenheim and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law. All titles …

Egypt court bans Muslim Brotherhood

25/09/2013 – 6:57 pm |

An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and ordered its assets confiscated as part of the military government’s crackdown on the group. The Cairo administrative court declared that its ruling would apply to all organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC report], including its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party [party website]. Although the Muslim Brotherhood was …

New issue of Israel Law Review is available on Cambridge Journals Online

24/09/2013 – 5:25 am |

Volume 46 / Issue 03 , November 2013 was published Online today, on Cambridge Journals Online.
From the table of contents:
How International Courts Shape Domestic Justice: Lessons from Rwanda and Sierra Leone, Sigall Horovitz
Domestic Investigation and Prosecution of Atrocities Committed during Military Operations: The Impact of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, Silvia Borelli
Statutory Sentencing Reform in Israel: Exploring the Sentencing Law of 2012, …

Hadžić case: Trial Chamber conducts site visit in eastern Croatia

24/09/2013 – 5:12 am |

Hadžić case: Trial Chamber conducts site visit in eastern Croatia
The Trial Chamber in the case of Goran Hadžić, former President of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, began today a five-day site visit to locations relevant to the indictment in eastern Croatia in order to obtain a first-hand impression of those sites, including the topography of the relevant areas.
The visiting delegation consists of Judges Delvoie …

Applications for the 2014 Workshop of the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Qatar, Doha

31/08/2013 – 4:36 pm |

IGLP: The Workshop, which will be held in Qatar, Doha, from 3-11 January 2014, is an intensive residential program designed for doctoral and post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty. This initiative aims to promote innovative ideas and alternative approaches to issues of global law, economic policy, and social justice in the aftermath of the economic crisis. The IGLP is now accepting applications for the 2014 workshop, the …

New UN Online Courses: Public Diplomacy in a Multipolar World

30/08/2013 – 1:09 pm |

The courses of Public Diplomacy in a Multiploar World will take place from 23  September – 20 October 2013; Course fee: 600 USD
The course aims to help participants understand what public diplomacy is, how its practice has evolved over time and how the current challenges are being addressed. It will also examine a range of tools & techniques available to public diplomacy practitioners.
The course is …

100 years from the opening of the Peace Palace in the Hague

27/08/2013 – 3:18 pm |

August 28th marks the centennial anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Since its inauguration, the Peace Palace has become a worldwide icon of Peace and Justice. A chain of special events are scheduled between August 28th and September 21st, the UN Day of Peace, to emphasize The Netherlands’ unwavering commitment to a better world in which conflicts are settled peacefully.
The commeration will involve …

Two new positions announced at PluriCourts: Researcher in International Trade Law and in International Criminal Law (6 months)

23/08/2013 – 5:10 pm |

1. A temporary position as researcher at postdoctoral level (6 months) is available at PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, a Centre of Excellence at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (

The researcher shall focus on international courts and tribunals regarding trade.  Applicants must submit a short project proposal which shows how the project …

Responsibility to Protect: State Responsibility and Prevention

20/08/2013 – 1:06 am |

The fifth report of the UN Secretary-General on the responsibility to protect has been released (17 pages). As the title suggests (‘Responsibility to Protect: State Responsibility and Prevention’) this report deals with a crucial element of RtoP, namely prevention. The report is based on a broad consultation process conducted in spring 2013 by the UNSG Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect (receiving written submissions from …