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International Law Observer welcomes new author

15/04/2014 – 2:53 pm |

The International Law Observer is proud to welcome Professor Jody M. Prescott as an author on the website. Jody M. Prescott is a Senior Fellow, West Point Center for the Rule of Law, and an adjunct professor in the University of Vermont’s political science department. He served as an active duty U.S. Army judge advocate for 25 years, and his last operational tour was as …

European Journal of Human Rights – Journal européen des droits de l’homme

10/04/2014 – 9:35 pm |

The following is a guest post by Bruno Hardy, research assistant at the Center for the Philosophy of Law, Université Catholique de Louvain, and Editorial Assistant, European Journal of Human Rights.

The European Journal of Human Rights was launched in early 2013 as a response to the new pathways through which human rights evolve. While international treaties and new laws continue to matter, the development of …

A Changing Arctic: International Summer School at the University of Oslo

28/03/2014 – 3:51 pm |

The Arctic region has gained increased public, political, commercial and academic interest over the last decade. High-energy prices and technological advances have made it possible, if not yet commercially attractive, to exploit petroleum resources in the area. Climate change and the retraction of the polar ice have opened new sea transportation routes, considerably shortening the distance from Europe and North America to parts of Asia. …

Opportunity to Study Privacy Law in Amsterdam, July 7-11, 2014

25/03/2014 – 5:03 pm |

The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law will be holding its second annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy from July 7-11, 2014. The course will focus on privacy law and policy related to the Internet, electronic communications and online and social media. It will feature a faculty of leading experts from the EU and the US who will explore the recent developments …

New book: Proportionality in International Law

25/03/2014 – 8:18 am |

Proportionality in International Law (OUP)
Michael Newton and Larry May
Details can be found here. The book is also available in Ebook format.
The first comprehensive treatment of proportionality to combine abstract philosophical and legal analysis with highly emotive contemporary combat cases
Discusses how proportionality applies to the history of the Just War tradition, and emerging human rights issues
Offers a unique interdisciplinary approach to solving the difficult problem of …

“Iraq, detainee abuse, and the danger of humanitarian double standards” by Geoffrey S. Corn

18/03/2014 – 10:43 am |

The following article entitled “Iraq, detainee abuse, and the danger of humanitarian double standards” authored by Geoffrey S. Corn 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:

Eleven years ago this month the US-led military coalition crossed the ‘line of departure’ from Kuwait …

Clip of the week: The Responsibility of International Organizations and the International Law Commission

16/03/2014 – 6:02 pm |

This week’s international law-related video is a conversation between Professors Georg Nolte, member of the International Law Commission, and José E. Alvarez, NYU, on the subject of “The Responsibility of International Organizations and the International Law Commission”. The following is the description of the conversation provided by the NYU School of Law Youtube channel:

The responsibility of international organizations has been an important concern of the …

Workshop on Methodological and Theoretical Perspectives in International Criminal Justice, 24-25 April, Oslo

13/03/2014 – 4:39 pm |

 Workshop/Seminar description
Recent decades have seen an unprecedented growth of institutionalization, practice, scholarship and public debate on international criminal justice (ICJ). With objectives such as delivering justice, ending impunity and restoring peace, stability and security, a number of new unprecedented international institutions was established and a new body of international criminal law developed rapidly. These developments, accompanied by a cosmopolitan sense of universal morality, came with …

New Publications

09/03/2014 – 7:29 pm |

Asian Journal of International Law
Lost in Fragmentation: The Traditional Knowledge Debate Revisited
Transnational Environmental Law
US Federal Climate Change Law in Obama’s Second Term †
Michael B. Gerrard, Shelley Welton
Legal Theory
William A. Edmundson
International Journal of Cultural Property
Volume 20 / Issue 04 , November 2013, pp 357 – 502
International Review of the Red Cross
International Theory
Volume 6 / Issue 01 , March 2014, pp …

Call for papers – Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals

09/03/2014 – 7:23 pm |

Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals
University of Surrey, Guildford
19-20 September 2014

The Surrey International Law Centre of the School of Law of the University of Surrey with the support of the Institute of Advanced Studies, the McCoubrey Centre of the University of Hull and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (‘BIICL’) will host a two-day workshop on the identification of core standards of …

BIICL Short Course: Public International Law in Practice, 29-30 April

09/03/2014 – 7:16 pm |

29-30 April 2014
Held at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law,
Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP
Public International Law in Practice is a dynamic course of applied public international law. The course is a two day programme focused on current developments in public international law and their application in national and international litigation, in governmental and international policy-making and in international legal …

“The case law of the ICJ in investment arbitration” by Professor Alain Pellet

04/03/2014 – 10:52 am |

The following article entitled “The case law of the ICJ in investment arbitration” authored by Professor Alain Pellet 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

The dialogue between the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and investment tribunals is, at first sight, mainly …

International Law Observer on Twitter

02/03/2014 – 6:41 pm |

The International Law Observer blog has finally found its way to Twitter. Our account is available here. By opening a Twitter account, we hope to be able to share the contents of the blog with more readers including those who rely on social media providers to obtain their daily dose of international law-related web content.
However, all posts published on Twitter will also, of course, continue …

Call for Papers: “Justice and Dignity under Challenge”, University College Cork, 5-6 June 2014

01/03/2014 – 11:40 am |

The Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (CCJHR) at University College Cork is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Graduate Conference which will take place on the 5th and 6th June, 2014. The conference is specifically aimed at those who are undertaking doctoral research in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and human rights.

The theme for this year’s event is “Justice and Dignity …

Call for papers: Transnational Standards in the Domestic Legal Order: Authority and Legitimacy

27/02/2014 – 2:07 am |

The University of Amsterdam has issued a call for papers for a workshop on “Transnational Standards in the Domestic Legal Order: Authority and Legitimacy”. The workshop will be held on 24 October 2014. The keynote speaker is Prof. Nico Krisch, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. More information is available here (pdf).

The workshop explores the evolving interactions between transnational standards and the domestic legal order from the perspectives of authority and legitimacy.

The decline of sovereign …

Clip of the Week: Professor Martti Koskenniemi on Politics and International Law

16/02/2014 – 8:16 pm |

Some of our readers may already have realized that there are a number of interesting lectures, presentations and talks on international law available online in video format, mostly on the platform Youtube. And some may even remember that we some years ago presented a number of these Youtube videos here on the International Law Observer (the Clip of the Week series). I thought it would …

2014 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

28/01/2014 – 7:12 pm |

Call for Applications (click for more information)
The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law (Center) at American University Washington College of Law and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are pleased to announce the Fourth Annual International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition. The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students, as well as to …

New blog: AJIL Unbound!

27/01/2014 – 8:47 pm |

Welcome to the blogosphere: AJIL Unbound!
The American Journal of International Law is pleased to introduce this experimental edition of AJIL Unbound. In this edition, we include the contributions emerging from the AJIL’s open Agora requesting short reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. It includes submissions that appear in the October 2013 issue of AJIL, Agora: Reflections on …