Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Issue: Trade, Law and Development

The latest issue of Trade, Law and Development (Vol. 6, no. 1, Summer 2014) is out. This is a special issue on "Trade & Climate Change." Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Rafael Leal-Arcas, Trade Proposals for Climate Action
    • Kati Kulovesi, Real or Imagined Controversies? A Climate Law Perspective on the Growing Links between the International Trade and Climate Change Regimes
    • Mark Wu, Why Developing Countries Won’t Negotiate? The Case of the WTO Environmental Goods Agreement
    • Sadeq Z. Bigdeli, Clash of Rationalities: Revisiting the Trade and Environment Debate in Light of WTO Disputes over Green Industrial Policy
  • Notes and Comments
    • Mahesh Sugathan, The Case for ‘Sui-Generis’ Developing Country–led Initiatives on Carbon Footprint Labelling

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Murphy: The Expulsion of Aliens (Revisited) and Other Topics: The Sixty-Sixth Session of the International Law Commission

Sean D. Murphy (George Washington Univ. - Law) has posted The Expulsion of Aliens (Revisited) and Other Topics: The Sixty-Sixth Session of the International Law Commission (American Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

The International Law Commission held its sixty-sixth session in Geneva from May 5 to June 6, and from July 7 to August 8, 2014, under the chairmanship of Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation). Notably, the Commission revisited on “second reading” its work concerning the expulsion of aliens, so as to finalize thirty-one draft articles (with commentaries). The general thrust of this project has been to acknowledge the sovereign right of a States to expel an alien from its territory, but to identify or propose the rules that the State must follow when doing so that are protective of the rights of the alien. Additionally the Commission adopted on “first reading” twenty-one draft articles relating to the protection of persons in the event of disasters, along with commentaries. These draft articles address the rights and obligations of States affected by natural or man-made disasters, as well as the rights and obligations of States and international organizations that provide assistance to an affected State. Moreover, the Commission finalized its work on the topic of the obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare).

Work continued on several other topics on the Commission’s agenda: subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties; protection of the atmosphere; immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction; identification of customary international law; protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts; provisional application of treaties; and the most-favored-nation clause. A new topic of crimes against humanity was added to that agenda, while another new topic on jus cogens was placed on the long-term work program.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Issue: Questions of International Law

The latest issue of Questions of International Law / Questioni di Diritto Internazionale (no. 10, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • The Security Council as a global ‘health-keeper’? Resolution 2177 (2014) and Ebola as a threat to the peace
    • Introduced by Maurizio Arcari and Paolo Palchetti
    • Gian Luca Burci, Ebola, the Security Council and the securitization of public health
    • Louis Balmond, Le Conseil de sécurité et la crise d’Ebola: entre gestion de la paix et pilotage de la gouvernance globale

Lauterpacht Centre Friday Lunchtime Lecture Series for Lent Term 2015

Here's the schedule for the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law's Lent Term 2015 Friday Lunchtime Lectures:
  • January 16, 2015: Robert Cryer (Univ. of Birmingham - Law), tba
  • January 23, 2015: Emily Haslam (Univ. of Kent - Law), Mixed Commissions, the Slave Trade and International Criminal Legal Histories
  • January 30, 2015: Stefan Kröll (Bucerius Law School), Challenges to Arbitrators
  • February 6, 2015: Surabhi Ranganathan (Univ. of Warwick - Law), Strategically Created Treaty Conflicts and the Politics of International Law
  • February 13, 2015: Ilaria Bottigliero (International Development Law Organization), Access to Justice: Revolutionizing the Role of Women
  • February 20, 2015: Eirik Bjorge (Univ. of Oxford - Law), A Doctrine with a Great Future Behind It: The Margin of Appreciation in International Law
  • February 27, 2015: Oliver Diggelmann (Univ. of Zurich - Law), International Law and World War I
  • March 6, 2015: Philippa Webb (King's College London - Law), The Immunity of States and International Organizations in the Face of Employment Disputes: The New Human Rights Dilemma?
  • March 13, 2015: Vasco Becker-Weinberg (Deputy and Legal Adviser to the Portuguese Secretary of State of the Sea), The South China Sea Disputes and the Law of the Sea

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Issue: Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales

The latest issue of the Revista Electrónica de Estudios Internacionales (No. 28, December 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Estudios
    • Amparo Sereno, El nuevo mapa marítimo de Portugal y el caso de las Islas Salvajes
    • Ángeles Lara Aguado, Impacto del Reglamento 650/2012 sobre sucesiones en las relaciones extracomunitarias vinculadas a España y Marruecos
    • Laura Gómez Urquijo, La consideración de la pobreza en la actual estrategia de coordinación y supervisión económica de la UE
    • Carlos Espaliú Berdud, La definición de esclavitud en el Derecho Internacional a comienzos del siglo XXI
    • Manuel Iglesias Cavicchioli, La doctrina neoconservadora y el excepcionalismo americano: Una vía al unilateralismo y a la negación del Derecho Internacional
    • José Manuel Sánchez Patrón, La legitima defensa ante la piratería marítima
    • Miguel Ángel Acosta Sánchez, Las fronteras terrestres de España en Melilla: Delimitación, vallas fronterizas y “tierra de nadie”
    • Beatriz Campuzano Díaz, Las normas de competencia judicial internacional del Reglamento 1215/2012 y los demandados domiciliados fuera de la UE: Análisis de la reforma
    • Nuria Marchal Escalona, ¿Hacia un nuevo derecho procesal europeo de protección del consumidor?: La nueva iniciativa europea sobre la resolución de litigios de pequeña cuantía
    • Margalida Capellà i Roig, ¿Qué queda del delito político en el Derecho Internacional contemporáneo? (Observaciones en los ámbitos de la extradición y del asilo)
  • Notas
    • José Luis Goñi Etchevers & Victor Fuentes Camacho, Otro punto de vista sobre el caso Odyssey
    • Edita Gruodytė & Stefan Kirchner, The Contribution of the European Charter of Human Rights to the Right to Legal Aid
    • Huang Zhang, The new lispendens regime in the Regulation Brussels I bis and the challenge met by Chinese jurisdiction

Monday, December 22, 2014

Call for Papers: Law's Violence

A call for papers has been issued for the section on "Law's Violence" at the 9th Pan-European Conference on International Relations. Here's the call:

Law's Violence

chairs: Tanja Aalberts (Centre for the Politics of Transnational Law, and Nikolas Rajkovic (University of Kent,

Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 September 2015

Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy

Justifying political decisions in legal terms has become an integral part of foreign policy, and even a ‘key aspect of modern war’ according to the former US deputy Advocate General. This realization of the 'power of law' at the same time reveals that international law is not immune to the evolving nature of international politics. Law's relationship to power, wealth and violence is more nuanced, complex and subversive than traditional perspectives on the normative thickening of international society envisage. This cross-disciplinary section of 5 panels will explore the various ways in which law not merely enables violence but even represents an instrument of violence itself. This runs from debates about the legal justification of military humanitarian intervention, Guantanamo Bay as a distinct juridical space, the role of lawyers in contemporary war rooms, the increasing “private” power of Foreign Investment and Trade Treaties, the colonial foundations of modern international law, to a reconceptualization of rights as governmental technologies, and more theoretical debates on the force of law by scholars such as Derrida, Foucault, Benjamin and Schmitt.

The Section Chairs are delighted to invite paper, panel, and roundtable proposals for submission. Deadline: 15 January 2015

Further information on the section and submission procedure is here.

New Issue: Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional

The latest issue of the Revista Latinoamericana de Derecho Comercial Internacional/Latin American Journal of International Trade Law (Vol. 2, no. 2, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Rodrigo Corredor Castellanos, Foreign Direct Investment: Ambiguity About Spillover Effects on Innovation and Possible Implications in the Field of Investor-State Disputes Relating to the Protection of Intangible Assets
  • Irakli Gelovani, Shareholder’s Claims in International Investment Arbitration
  • Renzo Andrade Chirinos, Two Coexisting Systems with a Common Enemy. Trade and Finance Vs. Economic Crises
  • Alejandro Follonier-Ayala, Evolution of Separability and Kompetenz- Kompetenz Principles in Latin America
  • Amy Sjoquist, Guatemalan Tragedy: A Case Study of the Negative Impact of Neoliberalism on the Protection of Human Rights
  • Giulliana Reggiardo Palacios & Carolina Urigüen Eljuri, The Negotiation of Ecuador-European Union
  • Renzo Andrade Chirinos, Towards Shaping the new EU Investment Policy

Sunday, December 21, 2014

New Issue: International Human Rights Law Review

The latest issue of the International Human Rights Law Review (Vol. 3, no. 2, 2014) is out. Contents include:
  • Gino J. Naldi & Konstantinos D. Magliveras, The ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
  • Robert Quinn & Jesse Levine, Intellectual-Human Rights Defenders and Claims for Academic Freedom under Human Rights Law
  • Kevin Aquilina, The European Court of Human Rights Case Law and Its Impact on Parliamentary Removal of a Judge in Malta
  • Hakeem Yusuf, S.A.S v France: Supporting ‘Living Together’ or Forced Assimilation?
  • Florian Lehne & Paul Weismann, The European Court of Human Rights and Access to Information