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Case Concerning Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea

10/10/2007 – 3:50 pm | Comments Off on Case Concerning Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea

On 8 October 2007, the International Court of Justice delivered its judgment in the Case Concerning Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea. The Case involved a dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras over the delimitation of their maritime boundary, as well as a sovereignty dispute over certain islands and cays adjacent to their coasts. The case was …

Rewarding international law

10/10/2007 – 9:18 am | Comments Off on Rewarding international law

As the Nobel Prizes for the year 2007 are being announced these days (the Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded on Friday, October 12) it might be interesting to note that this years Right Livelihood Award (also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) went to inter alia the former ICJ-Judge Christopher G Weeramantry from Sri Lanka.
Interesting from an international law perspective is the motivation given …

World Habitat Day

01/10/2007 – 8:08 am | Comments Off on World Habitat Day

The first Monday in October – ie today – is the World Habitat Day. The purpose of this “international day” is “to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.”
An international conference to mark the World Habitat Day …

International Day of Older Persons

01/10/2007 – 8:05 am | Comments Off on International Day of Older Persons

Today is the International Day for Older Persons. The event is based on the General Assembly Resolution 45/106 of 14 December 1990, which explicitly recognizes that “the elderly are an asset to society and can contribute significantly to the development process”.
The event is based on the recognition of the worldwide demographic revolution due to a fast ageing world. According to UN statistics, today, around 600 …

Court of First Instance issues a judgement in Microsoft case

28/09/2007 – 1:57 pm | Comments Off on Court of First Instance issues a judgement in Microsoft case

On the 17th September 2007, the CFI issued a judgement in which it partly confirmed and partly annulled Commission’s decision of 2004 in Microsoft case. The case involved accusations of the abuse of dominant position by Microsoft in the PC operating system market by refusing to disclose interoperability information that would enable its competitors to fully interoperate
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Two lectures at University of Edinburgh

28/09/2007 – 1:10 pm | Comments Off on Two lectures at University of Edinburgh

Judge Mirjam Škrk, Vice-President of the Constitutional Court of Slovenia will deliver two lectures at School of Law, University of Edinburgh, on 11 and 12 October 2007. Here are more details on the lectures:
 
“A Constitutional Court in a New Member State“, 5pm, Europa Institute, School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Old College, 11 October 2007 Venue TBC
 
“The Agreement on Succession to the Former SFRY: Some …

Focus 2007 – The annual UN Treaty Event

28/09/2007 – 8:05 am | Comments Off on Focus 2007 – The annual UN Treaty Event

This year’s UN Treaty Event (titled “Focus 2007: Towards Universal Participation and Implementation – A Comprehensive Legal Framework for Peace, Development and Human Rights”) has attracted little attention in the media so far. Nevertheless, a number of UN Member States have seized the opportunity to sign and/or ratify multilateral treaties.
The UN Treaty Event, which has been initiated by the UN Secretary General in 2000, is an opportunity for …

Guyana – Suriname Arbitration under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention

27/09/2007 – 10:36 am | Comments Off on Guyana – Suriname Arbitration under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention

On 17 September 2007, an award was issued in the dispute between Guyana and Suriname under the 1982 Law of the Sea (LOS) Convention. It concerns the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Suriname and Guyana as well as the lawfulness of various acts committed by these states in the disputed maritime area. Dispute settlement proceedings were initiated by Guyana in February 2004. A five …

New Blog on Criminal Justice and Human Rights

26/09/2007 – 10:40 am | Comments Off on New Blog on Criminal Justice and Human Rights

The international law related blogosphere is expanding: the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights of the Faculty of Law, University College Cork in Ireland has started its own Blog. The Centre is relatively young (established in 2006) and sees as its main objectives a contribution on national and international debates on questions concerning the study of crime, justice and human rights, “through the promotion of …

International Day of Peace

21/09/2007 – 6:38 am | Comments Off on International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was first established by a UN General Assembly resolution (A/Res/36/67 of 30 November 1981) and, at that time, intended to be “devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples” (ibid. para. 2). It was also to coincide with the opening session of the UN General Assembly every September. The exact …

"Brother Number Two" arrested in Cambodia

19/09/2007 – 2:45 pm | Comments Off on "Brother Number Two" arrested in Cambodia

According to news reports, Nuon Chea, the former chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge and the number 2 (after Pol Pot) in the Standing Committee of the Khmer Rouge’s Central Committee during the period of power of the Khmer Rouge, was arrested in his house on the border between Cambodia and Thailand. This of course is good news for all those hoping to see the …

Commission issues Final Guidelines on application of Article 81 EC to maritime transport

17/09/2007 – 12:44 pm | Comments Off on Commission issues Final Guidelines on application of Article 81 EC to maritime transport

On the 14th September 2007 the European Commission issues long-promised (Draft) guidelines on the application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to maritime transport services. The Guidelines were proposed (and asked for by some shipping industry participants) in light of the changes in the EU competition regulation of shipping sector. First, the liner conference block exemption has been removed as a result of these changes. …

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

15/09/2007 – 10:36 pm | 2 Comments

Today is the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The UN General Assembly proclaimed the 16th September the Ozone Day in commemoration of the date, in 1987, on which the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Montreal Protocol, in which the member States recognize their …

ICJ to deliver Judgment on Monday 8 October 2007

14/09/2007 – 2:49 pm | Comments Off on ICJ to deliver Judgment on Monday 8 October 2007

The ICJ announced yesterday that it will deliver its Judgment in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v. Honduras) on Monday 8 October 2007 (see Press release).
The following is a short history of the proceedings before the ICJ (see Press release 2006/31):

On 8 December 1999 Nicaragua filed an Application instituting proceedings against the Republic of Honduras in …

New portal on non-state armed groups

13/09/2007 – 11:04 pm | Comments Off on New portal on non-state armed groups

An exciting new online portal has opened, which might be of interest for everyone paying attention to the legal and policy challenges posed by transnational and non-state armed groups: the tagsproject.org. It is a joint project by the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at Harvard University and the Graduate Institute on International Studies (HEI) in Geneva.
Here is how the founders describe the …

Remembering 9/11

11/09/2007 – 6:34 am | Comments Off on Remembering 9/11

Today it is six years ago, terrorists attacked the free world by flying commercial airliners into the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Much has happened since and due to these attacks; not at least from an international law perspective: the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the trial of Saddam Hussein, “Guantanamo” and the discussion on various new methods in the war …

International Law on Youtube

10/09/2007 – 8:18 pm | Comments Off on International Law on Youtube

As an indication of how the academic field of international law is trying to embrace the new developments on the Internet (besides the establishment of several international law Blogs such as the present one), more and more videos on topics of international law can be found on the online video portal youtube.com. The following video, which I stumbled across recently, is an interesting example: A …

International Literacy Day

08/09/2007 – 10:03 am | Comments Off on International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day. It hasn’t been highlighted to much by the UN itself. However, the UN still stays committed to Goal No 2 of its Millennium Development Goals, according to which the States of the UN ensure that, by the year 2015, “children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling and that girls and …