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Landmark Decision on the Eviction of Indigenous People in Kenya

19/04/2010 – 7:24 am | One Comment

The following is a guest post by Michèle Morel, who is a Ph.D. researcher at the Faculty of Law, Ghent University, Belgium. Her Ph.D. deals with the international legal aspects surrounding environmental displacement.
 On February 4, 2010, the African Union adopted the decision by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued in May 2009, which ruled in favor of an indigenous group in Kenya.[i] …

Book Review: Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law

19/04/2010 – 1:05 am | Comments Off on Book Review: Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law

Nigel D. White, Democracy Goes to War – British Military Deployments under International Law (Oxford: OUP, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0-19-921859-2 
Nigel D. White, Professor of International Law at the University of Sheffield, in this book presents a clear doctrinal narrative on a very sensitive issue of the use of military force and peacekeeping.  The book specifically analyzes the deployment of British troops after the end of WWII …

South North Dialogue on the Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant

17/04/2010 – 10:08 am | Comments Off on South North Dialogue on the Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant

Africa Legal Aid  (ALFA) will be holding a one day conference in The Hague on 26 April 2010,  titled “Al-Bashir Arrest Warrant: The World vs Africa or the African Union vs the People of Africa.” The aim is to explore the South/ North dimensions of the emerging regime of international criminal justice and discuss the views of both proponents and opponents of the actions of the …

Call for papers – Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials

13/04/2010 – 3:43 pm | Comments Off on Call for papers – Untold Stories: Hidden Histories of War Crimes Trials

Our friend Kevin Jon Heller is co-organising a two-day symposium on hidden histories of domestic and international war crimes trials. Details are available below:
UNTOLD STORIES: HIDDEN HISTORIES OF WAR CRIMES TRIALS
A two-day international symposium to uncover and explore some of the less well-known war crimes trials, both international and domestic.
Melbourne Law School
15th and 16th October 2010
Presented by The Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, Melbourne …

Conference on jurisdictional objections in international investment disputes

13/04/2010 – 7:26 am | Comments Off on Conference on jurisdictional objections in international investment disputes

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is organising the fourteenth Investment Treaty Forum conference which will take place on Friday 7 May 2010 in London.  The aim of the conference is to review and analyse important developments in recent cases on jurisdiction by international investment tribunals. A large number of prominent speakers from academia and practice will discuss how and why recent cases …

Establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory – environment v human rights

02/04/2010 – 8:25 am | One Comment

The British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) is composed of a group of low-lying islands situated in middle of the Indian Ocean. The largest of the islands, Diego Garcia, is only 30 km2 in area.  The islands are subject to British control, although sovereignty over the islands is also claimed by Mauritius.  The British Government entered into an agreement with the United States in 1965 to …

Time to Get Real: The Necessity of Legal Accountability for Responsible Transnational Commerce

31/03/2010 – 7:01 pm | One Comment

International Law Observer is glad to welcome a guest contribution by Richard Reibstein. Richard Reibstein is an environmental attorney, analyst and trainer with expertise in pollution prevention and regulatory policy innovation.  He also teaches environmental law and policy at Boston University.

The focus on voluntary reporting, norms, guidance, and the concept that companies can do well by doing good is laying a foundation for the evolution …

Report on Enhancing Parliament’s role in relation to human rights judgments

30/03/2010 – 9:29 am | Comments Off on Report on Enhancing Parliament’s role in relation to human rights judgments

The Joint Committee on Human Rights of House of Lords and House of Commons has just published a Report on Enhancing Parliament’s role in relation to human rights judgments. Here is the summary:

This is our fourth report of the Parliament dealing with adverse judgments by the European Court of Human Rights and declarations of incompatibility issued by the domestic courts under the Human Rights Act. …

Harold Koh on International Law

30/03/2010 – 1:15 am | Comments Off on Harold Koh on International Law

FORA.TV shows an excerpt from this year’s ASIL annual meeting, which concluded on 27th March. The clips is from the presentation of the current legal adviser of the US state department, Harold Koh. Discussion on the statements made by Harold Koh are ongoing on Opinio Juris.

Update of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises

29/03/2010 – 10:51 am | Comments Off on Update of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises

The OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises are non-binding principles concerning the conduct of multinational enterprises operating in or from the territories of adhering countries. The Guidelines were first adopted in 1976 as part of the Declaration on International Investment and Multinational Enterprises. Today, adhering countries include all 30 OECD Members as well as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru, Romania, and …

The ICC and Afghanistan: A Moment of Opportunity for Justice

25/03/2010 – 1:17 pm | 3 Comments

In today’s International Herald Tribune, Candace Rondeaux and Nick Grono of the International Crisis Group argued that the International Criminal Court (ICC) should formalize their investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, now that the Taliban’s military chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been arrested in Pakistan. I believe formalizing such an investigation at this particular stage would be catastrophic in consequence, …

Guest post by Rahim Kanani on the ICC and Afghanistan

25/03/2010 – 1:14 pm | Comments Off on Guest post by Rahim Kanani on the ICC and Afghanistan

International Law Observer is glad to welcome a guest contribution by Rahim Kanani. Rahim Kanani is a research associate in justice and human rights at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard Kennedy School, where he focuses on the role of NGOs in advancing international justice. He has worked at a variety of institutions including Amnesty International, the United Nations, and the U.S. military …

European Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

25/03/2010 – 8:49 am | Comments Off on European Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

European Parliament ‘s Committee on Constitutional Affairs held last week a hearing on the institutional aspects of the European Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. A topical intervention was made by Mr Holovaty, of  the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights. He argues that the EU should accede to the …

LL.M. fellowship for a German at Washington & Lee University

19/03/2010 – 1:07 pm | One Comment

Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, USA announces a scholarship for one qualified German LL.M. student.
The financial aid package will include:
* $10,000 tuition scholarship [provided by Washington & Lee Law School]
* employment as a research assistant [provided by Washington & Lee Law School]
* € 975/month (nine months) living-costs stipend [provided by DAAD- if the DAAD application is successful]
* airfare [provided by …

The EU’s Accession to the ECHR

19/03/2010 – 8:13 am | One Comment

Yesterday’s EUobserver has a concise and well-written piece on some of the issues which will need addressing as part of the EU’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. This is a topic which is likely to receive a lot of academic attention over the coming months.

Diplomatic protection and consular cooperation after the Treaty of Lisbon

18/03/2010 – 2:22 pm | Comments Off on Diplomatic protection and consular cooperation after the Treaty of Lisbon

The right to diplomatic and consular protection constitutes an essential entitlement of citizenship of the European Union. This right marks the extension of the institution of EU citizenship to outside the borders of Member States. In that sense, Article 46 of the Charter on Fundamental Rights of the European Union provides: “Every citizen of the Union shall, in the territory of a third country in …

New guest post

18/03/2010 – 2:22 pm | Comments Off on New guest post

International Law Observer is glad to announce a guest contribution by Silke Steiner.
Silke Steiner is a lecturer and post-doc assistant at the Department of European, International and Comparative Law at the University of  Vienna, Austria. She studied law in Graz and EU external relations at the College of Europe, Bruges. During the Austrian presidency of the EU Council, she worked in the EU department of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign …

Final programme of the Conference on "The Responsibility to Protect: From Principle to Practice" now published

12/03/2010 – 1:02 pm | Comments Off on Final programme of the Conference on "The Responsibility to Protect: From Principle to Practice" now published

The final programme of the Conference on “The Responsibility to Protect: From Principle to Practice” which will be held in Scandic Linköping Väst, Sweden from 8-12 June 2010 has now been published. Speakers include Francis Deng, Edward Luck, Ambassador Heraldo Munoz,  Nicolas Michel, Larry May, Daphna Shraga and Paola Gaeta. The full programme is available at www.esf.org/conferences/10319 The deadline for registration and the submission of …