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“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 http://blog.oup.com/2014/02/icj-case-law-investment-arbitration-pil/.

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 …

ISISC’s 14th Specialization Course in “Assessing the Effectiveness of International Criminal Law in the Prevention and Control of Transnational and International Crimes”

27/01/2014 – 10:17 am |

ISISC’s 14th Specialization Course in International Criminal Law for Young Penalists on “Assessing the Effectiveness of International Criminal Law in the Prevention and Control of Transnational and International Crimes” will take place from May 18th to May 28th and is open to all international graduate law students.

The deadline for application submissions is March 20th, 2014. ISISC will select 60 participants who should have at a …

International Law Observer back online

15/01/2014 – 11:42 am |

We apologize to our readers for the inaccessibility of the International Law Observer website over the past days, which was due to server issues. All problems should be resolved by now and you can once again enjoy the contents of the website. Should you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the editors.

Three articles available now on The Journal of Asian Studies – Dealing with Catastrophes

18/12/2013 – 5:13 am |

In the latest issue of The Journal of Asian Studies are three discussions of how current events can alter and illuminate our knowledge of the past. Mass media coverage of the Japanese tsunami, the political repression by the Khmer Rouge and the reverberations of that crisis in Cambodian history.
These articles, and the issue’s editorial foreword, are freely available only through January 15, 2014, so read …

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 http://blog.oup.com/2013/10/operation-last-chance-justice-international-criminal-tribunals-pil/.
In late July 2013, the Guardian reported that the Simon Wiesenthal Centre (SWC), a global …