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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 …

Proposed Canadian regulations on passage through arctic waters

05/03/2010 – 1:11 pm | 2 Comments

Canada is planning to apply mandatory new rules to certain vessels passing through arctic waters to the north of the country.  According to the press release issued by the Canadian government:
The proposed regulations would require vessels to report information such as identity and intended route before entering, while operating within and when leaving Canada’s northern waters. By identifying and monitoring vessels, the Canadian Coast Guard …

New vacancy at the Max Planck Institute

24/02/2010 – 3:48 pm | 3 Comments

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg has announced a vacancy in a research group on judicial independence. The position enables to pursue a Ph.D. at the Institute besides supporting the work in the research group. For more information see the vacancy announcement (in German only).

An organisation of American states without the United States?

23/02/2010 – 3:25 am | Comments Off on An organisation of American states without the United States?

Yesterday, 22 February, 25 Latin-American and Caribbean government representatives gathered, according to El País, in Mexico to discuss the possible creation of an American regional organisation without the United States and Canada (for the full article see here).  Among the diplomats present were, among others, the Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Haitian and Venezuelan heads of State. The Mexican president spoke of an “unprecedented opportunity to build …

UK-Argentine dispute over oil drilling off the Falkland/Malvinas Islands

18/02/2010 – 3:31 pm | 3 Comments

There have been a number of news stories in recent days about a diplomatic row between the United Kingdom and Argentina concerning proposals to pursue exploration for oil and gas on the continental shelf off the Falkland/Malvinas Islands.  The Guardian reports that the Argentine government has issued a decree which will “in theory force all ships bound for the islands or travelling through waters claimed …

Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law

18/02/2010 – 1:04 am | One Comment

2010 SIEL/CUP Prize for an Essay in International Economic Law
A prize has been established by the Society of International Economic Law and Cambridge University Press for the best essay submitted on any topic in any field of international economic law.
The competition is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students and those who have graduated no earlier than five years before the submission deadline. Members …