Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Saul, Føllesdal, & Ulfstein: The International Human Rights Judiciary and National Parliaments: Europe and Beyond

Matthew Saul (Universitetet i Oslo - PluriCourts), Andreas Føllesdal (Universitetet i Oslo - Law), & Geir Ulfstein (Universitetet i Oslo - Law) have published The International Human Rights Judiciary and National Parliaments: Europe and Beyond (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Contents include:
  • Matthew Saul, Andreas Føllesdal & Geir Ulfstein, Introduction
  • Geir Ulfstein, A transnational separation of powers?
  • Kirsten Roberts Lyer & Philippa Webb, Effective parliamentary oversight of human rights
  • Jürg Steiner, Citizens' deliberation and human rights
  • Alice Donald, Parliaments as compliance partners in the European convention on human rights system
  • Theresa Squatrito, Parliamentary interpretation and application of European human rights law
  • Matthew Saul, How and when can the international human rights judiciary promote the human rights role of national parliaments?
  • Amrei Müller, Obligations to 'secure' the rights of the Convention in an 'effective political democracy': how should parliaments and domestic courts interact?
  • Colin Murray, Shifting emergencies from the political to the legal sphere: placing the United Kingdom's derogations from the ECHR in historical context
  • Nino Tsereteli, The role of the European Court of Human Rights in facilitating legislative change in cases of long-term delays in implementation
  • Leiv Marsteintredet, The Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the mobilisation of parliaments
  • Ed Bates, Democratic override (or rejection) and the authority of the Strasbourg court – the UK parliament and prisoner voting
  • Colm O'Cinneide, Saying 'no' to Strasbourg – when are national parliaments justified in refusing to give effect to judgments of international human rights courts?
  • Andreas Føllesdal, Law making by law breaking? A theory of parliamentary civil disobedience against international human rights courts
  • Matthew Saul, Conclusion: how does, could, and should the international human rights judiciary interact with national parliaments?

Cohen: The Continuing Impact of French Legal Culture on the International Court of Justice

Mathilde Cohen (Univ. of Connecticut - Law) has posted The Continuing Impact of French Legal Culture on the International Court of Justice (in Comparative International Law, Anthea Roberts, Paul B. Stephan, Pierre-Hugues Verdier, & Mila Versteeg eds., pp. 181-205, 2017). Here's the abstract:
This chapter proposes a reflection on comparative international courts rather than comparative international law more broadly understood. International courts are approached differently by various legal actors who may be influenced by their own national legal environments. Though there is a long tradition of scholarly thinking about the role of particular national traditions in shaping international law, be it substantive or procedural law, little attention has been paid to the influence of domestic legal cultures and languages on the design and internal organization of international courts. Yet, is there such a thing as a specifically international way of designing and running courts tasked with resolving international disputes? Focusing on the ICJ and its predecessor court, the Permanent Court of International Justice (PCIJ), this chapter aims to make the reach of domestic norms, in particular French legal culture, in the design and daily operation of international courts more salient.

New Issue: International Journal of Transitional Justice

The latest issue of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Vol. 10, no. 3, November 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Editorial
    • M Brinton Lykes & Hugo van der Merwe, Exploring/Expanding the Reach of Transitional Justice
  • Articles
    • Renee Jeffery, Lia Kent, & Joanne Wallis, Reconceiving the Roles of Religious Civil Society Organizations in Transitional Justice: Evidence from the Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Bougainville
    • Megan Bradley, More than Misfortune: Recognizing Natural Disasters as a Concern for Transitional Justice
    • Kirsten Ainley, Evaluating the Evaluators: Transitional Justice and the Contest of Values
    • Amy Rothschild, Victims versus Veterans: Agency, Resistance and Legacies of Timor-Leste’s Truth Commission
    • Omer Aijazi & Erin Baines, Relationality, Culpability and Consent in Wartime: Men’s Experiences of Forced Marriage
    • Cheryl Lawther, The Truth about Loyalty: Emotions, Ex-Combatants and Transitioning from the Past
    • Raluca Grosescu, Judging Communist Crimes in Romania: Transnational and Global Influences
    • Sidney Leclercq, Injustice through Transitional Justice? Subversion Strategies in Burundi’s Peace Process and Postconflict Developments

Eckes: Integrated Rights Protection in the European and International Context: Some Reflections About Limits and Consequences

Christina Eckes (Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance) has posted Integrated Rights Protection in the European and International Context: Some Reflections About Limits and Consequences (in Interfaces between EU and International Law, Sasha Garben & Inge Govaere eds., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:

The universal claim of human rights and the cultural and political dimension of fundamental right stand in an apparent tension. The same is true for different regimes of fundamental rights that govern the same substantive situations within the same territory. An integrated rights protection must ideally be able to put these tensions at work in order to attain a justified and adequate level of protection in the European, national and international context.

Different courts make claims about how the different rights regimes should relate to each other, which can be and are justified within the internal logic of their different legal orders. The protection of the individual is in this claim-making only one consideration amongst several. The claims are also strongly influenced by systematic considerations of how the particular decision fits into the specific system; in what way it may change the relationship between the different orders; and ultimately, what it may mean in terms of shifts of powers between different judicial actors or between the judiciary and the other branches of government.

These system specific considerations makes it unlikely that any satisfactory answer can be found in (exclusively) studying judicial practices to questions of how the different regimes should relate to each other or whether they should integrate to reach a more justified and adequate level of protection. This paper argues that the question of how the different regimes should interrelate requires explicating and developing general theoretical considerations of who should decide what a justified and adequate level of rights protection is.

In support of this central argument, the paper firstly explains why fundamental rights protection has been the area in which most tensions have arisen between the different legal orders. Secondly, it sets out the current judicial practice of pursuing rights coherence while keeping external rights regimes at an interpretational distance. Finally it develops its argument that the two central questions are ultimately questions of a theoretical nature: Who should determine the interpretation of human rights norms? How much integration of fundamental rights protection is justifiable and adequate?

Call for Submissions: The Law Behind Rule of Law Transfers (Update)

The Goettingen Journal of International Law has issued a call for submissions for a special issue on "The Law Behind Rule of Law Transfers." The deadline for the submission of paper abstracts has been extended until October 29, 2017. Here's the call:

“The law behind rule of law transfers”

GoJIL Call for papers

In 2018, with Till Patrik Holterhus as special issue editor, the Goettingen Journal of International Law (GoJIL) will publish a special issue on “The law behind rule of law transfers”.


Globalization and internationalization have led to drastically increased interaction between state and non-state actors, both on the international and supranational level. Such interactions provide a fertile soil for the “transfer” of legal concepts – transfer here to be understood as the inter-regime process of promoting, implementing and safeguarding a legal concept.

One fundamental legal concept that has been and still is a main subject of these transfer processes is the “rule of law”. With roots reaching back into ancient Athens and Rome, the late Middle Ages, the Enlightenment-fostered great Revolutions of the 18th century, and its final conceptual formation in the 19th and 20th century, the rule of law can best be described as a set of principles organizing the relationship between a community and its governing institutions, with the aim of subjecting power to law by institutional and procedural means – namely the existence of general, predictive and enforceable laws; a public monopoly of power; the governing institutions being bound by the law and legitimized by the governed community, and the separation of powers.

The process of transferring the rule of law in regime interactions has extensively been studied in academia. This GoJIL special issue intends to contribute to these efforts by adopting a specific legal perspective that has not yet received much attention – the law that applies to these transfer processes. For this purpose, the issue will feature several case studies that identify and explore the legal sources, norms and procedures that drive and govern the various transfer processes, with a particular focus on transfers occurring in complex, interdependent supranational and international contexts.


Against this background a plethora of relevant and interesting legal regime interactions come to mind. To name only a few, topics could include

  • the European Union’s mandate and mechanisms of promoting the rule of law in accession and association processes, as well as the European Union’s enforcement and safeguarding instruments regarding rule of law standards in its member states
  • the United Nations’ mandate and methods to promote the rule of law in its member states, e.g. by means of Security Council resolutions
  • the normative basis of rule of law implementation in situations and by means of post-conflict administration (by the United Nations or other international actors)
  • belligerents’ obligation under international humanitarian law to restore, maintain, and ensure law and order in occupied territories
  • rule of law clauses in bi- or plurilateral trade agreements, and the design of interlinked sanction and suspension mechanisms
  • the World Bank’s mandate and current rule of law assistance/reform programs and the legal design of their implementation mechanisms
  • rule of law-dialogues and their intergovernmental legal arrangements
  • integrated and institutionalized rule of law-dialogues between national/European courts and their legal foundations and implications

The submissions deadline for full papers is December 31st, 2017.

For this call for papers, GoJIL will accept abstracts of paper projects submitted before October 15th, 2017. If an abstract is submitted, the author will be informed before October 31st, 2017 whether or not GoJIL considers the topic particularly relevant and would appreciate to receive the full paper. The submission of abstracts is not mandatory, but offers an opportunity for early communication with the editors. All full papers received will be submitted to a double-blind peer review. They must be written in English and should not exceed 15,000 words, including footnotes.

The GoJIL article guidelines can be found here. In case of any questions feel free to contact the special issue editor (tholter@uni-goettingen.de) or the GoJIL Editors-in-Chief (info@gojil.eu).


  • October 15th29th, 2017 – Submission of paper abstracts
  • October 31st, 2017 – Selection of abstract authors to submit a full paper
  • December 31st, 2017 – Submission of full papers (with or without previous abstract)
  • January 15th, 2018 – Final selection of published papers

Nicholson: Fighting and Victimhood in International Criminal Law

Joanna Nicholson (Univ. of Oslo - PluriCourts) has published Fighting and Victimhood in International Criminal Law (Routledge 2017). Here’s the abstract:

The act of fighting or being a fighter has certain consequences in international law. The most obvious example can be found in international humanitarian law, where a distinction is drawn between fighters and civilians, with fighters being military objectives and civilians being protected from attack. Another example is from international human rights law, where it has been held that the particular characteristics of military life have to be taken into account when interpreting the human rights of members of state armed forces. This volume focuses on the field of international criminal law and asks the question: what relevance does fighting have to victimhood in international criminal law?

Among the topics that are explored are: how have international criminal courts and tribunals untangled lawful casualties of war from victims of war crimes? How have they determined who is a member of an organised armed group and who is not? What crimes can those who fight be victims of during hostilities? When does it become relevant in international criminal law that an alleged victim of a crime was a person hors de combat rather than a civilian? Can war crimes be committed against members of non-opposing forces? Can persons hors de combat be victims of crimes against humanity and genocide? What special considerations surround peacekeepers and child soldiers as victims of international crimes? The author carries out an in-depth exploration of case law from international criminal courts and tribunals to assess how they have dealt with these questions. She concludes that the import of fighting upon victimhood in the context of international criminal law has not always been appreciated to the extent it should have been.

Call for Submissions: Polish Yearbook of International Law

The Polish Yearbook of International Law has issued a call for submissions for its next volume. Here's the call:

Call for Papers

Polish Yearbook of International Law

Polish Yearbook of International Law (PYIL) is currently seeking articles for its next volume (XXXVII), which will be published in June 2018. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers in areas connected with public and private international law, including European law. Although it is not a formal condition for acceptance, we are specifically interested in articles that address issues in international and European law relating to Central and Eastern Europe. Authors from the region are also strongly encouraged to submit their works.

Submissions should not exceed 12,000 words (including footnotes) but in exceptional cases we may also accept longer works. We assess manuscripts on a rolling basis and will consider requests for expedited review in case of a pending acceptance for publication from another journal.

All details about submission procedure and required formatting are available at the PYIL’s webpage.

Please send manuscripts to pyil@inp.pan.pl. The deadline for submissions is 31 January 2018.

Monday, October 16, 2017

New Issue: Journal of International Economic Law

The latest issue of the Journal of International Economic Law (Vol. 20, no. 3, September 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Chris Brummer, The Renminbi and Systemic Risk
  • Carlo de Stefano, Reforming the Governance of International Financial Law in the Era of Post-Globalization
  • David M. Ong, The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Bringing ‘Asian Values’ to Global Economic Governance?
  • Emily Lydgate, Is it Rational and Consistent? the Wto’s Surprising Role in Shaping Domestic Public Policy
  • Panagiotis Delimatsis, The Evolution of the EU External Trade Policy in Services – CETA, TTIP, and TiSA after Brexit
  • Luigi Pedreschi, Balancing Efficacy with Policy Space: the Treatment of Public Services in EU Trade Agreements
  • Stephan W. Schill, Reforming Investor–State Dispute Settlement: A (Comparative and International) Constitutional Law Framework
  • Gary Horlick & Peggy A. Clarke, Rethinking Subsidy Disciplines for the Future: Policy Options for Reform
  • Claus-Dieter Ehlermann, The Workload of the WTO Appellate Body: Problems and Remedies

New Issue: Criminal Law Forum

The latest issue of Criminal Law Forum (Vol. 28, no. 3, September 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Special Issue: Sentencing
    • Antje du Bois-Pedain, Guest Editor’s Preface
    • Tom O’Malley, Judgment and Calculation in the Selection of Sentence
    • Antje du Bois-Pedain, In Defence of Substantial Sentencing Discretion
    • Wolfgang Frisch, From Disparity in Sentencing Towards Sentencing Equality: The German Experience
    • Julian V. Roberts & Lyndon Harris, Reconceptualising the Custody Threshold in England and Wales
    • Stefan Harrendorf, Sentencing Thresholds in German Criminal Law and Practice: Legal and Empirical Aspects
    • Chris Maxwell, Non-custodial Dispositions and the Politics of Sentencing
    • Anthony E. Bottoms, ‘Punishment’ in Non-custodial Sentences: A Critical Analysis

Epik: Die Strafzumessung bei Taten nach dem Völkerstrafgesetzbuch

Aziz Epik (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Law) has published Die Strafzumessung bei Taten nach dem Völkerstrafgesetzbuch (Mohr Siebeck 2017). Here's the abstract:

Das Völkerstrafgesetzbuch bildet die Rechtsgrundlage für die Verfolgung von Völkerrechtsverbrechen durch die deutsche Justiz. Erfasst sind Völkermord, Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, Kriegsverbrechen und seit kurzem auch das Verbrechen der Aggression. Für die Strafzumessung trifft das Gesetz allerdings keine besonderen Regelungen, sondern verweist auf das allgemeine deutsche Strafzumessungsrecht. Aziz Epik untersucht, ob diese Lösung sachgerecht ist und es ermöglicht, die Besonderheiten dieser Taten bei der Strafzumessung zu berücksichtigen. Zu diesem Zweck unternimmt er eine umfassende vergleichende Analyse des deutschen und des völkerrechtlichen Strafzumessungsrechts und widmet sich insbesondere den maßgeblichen Strafzwecken und Strafrahmen des Völkerstrafgesetzbuches, der Methode der Strafzumessung sowie den dabei zu berücksichtigenden Strafzumessungskriterien.

The German Code of Crimes against International Law (VStGB) forms the legal basis for the German judiciary to prosecute international crimes. In terms of sentencing, the VStGB refers to the general provisions of the German Criminal Code. In light of the specific nature of these crimes, Aziz Epik examines whether this is appropriate by analysing, discussing and comparing the law of sentencing under German and international criminal law.

Call for Papers: Latin America and International Law

A call for papers has been issued for a conference on "Latin American and International Law," to take place February 8-9, 2018, at the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law, University of Hamburg. Here's the call:

Latin America and International Law

From February 8 to 9, 2018, the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law (University of Hamburg) in conjunction with Professor José Manuel Barreto Soler (Universidad de los Andes, Universidad Externado) organizes a conference on the history of international law in Latin American. The conference title is roughly borrowed from Alejandro Álvarez' very influential (but also controversially discussed) article "Latin America and Inernational Law" from 1909. Insprired by his work, we aim at exploring the complex relationship between Latin America and international law in the past centuries.

In the last few years, questions concerning Latin America's historic relationship to international law have moved to the focus of academic attention. Several outstanding treatises have been published on and conferences have dealt with this topic. But its study is still a comparably recent academic field (especially in Europe). The conference shall contribute to its further sharpening and to the creation of new perspectives on the study of the history of international law in Latin America.

We therefore invite early as well as established academics working in the field of the history of international law in Latin America to participate in this event and to present and to discuss new ideas in this framework. We look forward to your proposals and to welcome you in Hamburg next year.We would like to invite everybody interested in the study of the history of international law in Latin America to participate in our call and to submit proposals for contributions on any of the listed subtopics (see below).

Please send your application in one single PDF file including

  • your proposal of around 300 - 500 words and
  • a brief CV (indicating also your institutional affiliation)

until December 3, 2017, to matthias.packeiser"AT"uni-hamburg.de

The selection of speakers will be based on the quality of their abstracts and the abstract's suitability to the overall topic of the conference.

Selected candidates will be informed by December 8, 2017.

At the conference, each speaker will be granted 20 mins for his/her presentation. Each presentation will be followed by 10 min-discussions.

Unfortunately, we are not able to cover travel or accomodation costs.

List of Subtopics:

1. International Law in the Americas before Independence

- The conquest of America and the formation of modern international law
- Spanish Derecho Indiano and natural rights
- International law and the colonisation of the Americas by other European Empires (Portuguese, Dutch, French, British, et al.)
- International law and resistance to imperialism (Las Casas, Suárez, Vieira, Guamán Poma, et al.)
- Etc.

2. International Law and the Independence in the Americas

- Decolonization under 19th century international law
- European and U.S. reactions to Latin America's independence
- Toussaint Louverture, Miranda, Bolívar, Santander, O'Higgings, et al.
- Etc.

3. International Law, United States' Imperialism and Latin America

- Hemispherism, inter-Americanism, and Pan-Americanism
- U.S. interventions and imperialism (e.g. the Mexican-American War)
- The Monroe Doctrine and the Roosevelt Corollary
- Etc.

4. The Particularity of Latin American International Law

- The discussion on the existence of an independent sphere of international law (Alejandro Álvarez, Amancio Alcorta, Rafael F. Seijas, Manuel de Sá Vianna, Jesús María Yepes, et al.)
- Latin American particularities in international law (uti possidetis, compulsory arbitration for the settlement of State to State disputes, norms limiting the right of foreign interventions, et al.)
- Etc.

5. International Law, Globalisation, and Latin America

- Latin America's role in international law in the 19th and early 20th century
- Trade as a motor of international integration? Law as a motor of peace?
- Legal equality (e.g. the Second Hague Peace Conference)
- Prohibition of the use of force to collect sovereign debt
- Etc.

6. New Latin American Approaches to International Law?

- Creole, Mestizo, Decolonial international law, etc.

7. Germany and the History of International Law in the Americas

- Karl V, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, the conquest of America, and the colonisation of Venezuela, New Granada, and the River Plate
- German colonial companies, El Dorado and colonial accumulation of capital: The Welser Bank in Klein Venedig
- German philosophy, international law, and the colonisation of America: Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Schmitt

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added new lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. They were given by Jean Michel Arrighi on “The Organization of American States,” “L’Organisation des États Américains,” and “La Organización de los Estados Americanos.”

Sunday, October 15, 2017

de la Rasilla del Moral: A Very Short History of International Law Journals, 1869-2018

Ignacio de la Rasilla del Moral (Brunel Univ. London - Law) has posted A Very Short History of International Law Journals, 1869-2018 (European Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
The first part presents an overview of the rise of the first international and comparative law journals in the late 19th century followed by an account of the three factors lying behind the relative fall of the comparative element in the title of some of the international law journals published in French, Russian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian and English from 1869 to the end of the First World War. The second part surveys the consolidation of international law periodicals in the interwar period under the impact of the establishment of the League of Nations in both Latin-America and Europe including Nordic and Eastern Europe. The third part examines the expansion and main characteristics of international law journals during the Cold war and their geographical extension towards Asia, Oceania and, occasionally, the Middle East and Africa. The fourth part focuses on the main features of the global post-1989 period in the field of periodicals of international law examining the impact on them of the expansion and sectoral specialization of international law, regionalization, globalization, interdisciplinary and the transformative influence of new technologies respectively. The conclusion reflects on the first one hundred and fifty years of international law journals and points to future developments.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Suttle: Distributive Justice and World Trade Law

Oisin Suttle (Queen's Univ. Belfast) has published Distributive Justice and World Trade Law: A Political Theory of International Trade Regulation (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:
What does justice demand in international trade regulation? And how far does World Trade Organization (WTO) law respond to those demands? Whether our focus is developing countries, struggling industries, or environmental protection, distributive conflict is a pervasive feature of international economic law. Despite this, we lack an adequate theory of distributive justice for this domain. Drawing on philosophical approaches to global justice, this book advances a novel theory of justice in trade regulation, and applies this to explain and critique the law of the WTO. Integrating theoretical and doctrinal approaches, it demonstrates the potential for political theory to illuminate and inform the progressive development of WTO law, including rules on border measures, discrimination, trade remedies and domestic regulation. Written from an interdisciplinary perspective, accessible to lawyers, philosophers and political scientists, the book will appeal both to theorists interested in building bridges from theory to practice, and practitioners seeking new perspectives on existing problems.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bekker & van de Poll: Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire Receive a Strict-Equidistance Boundary

Pieter Bekker (Univ. of Dundee - Law) & Robert van de Poll (Fugro Group) have posted an ASIL Insight on Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire Receive a Strict-Equidistance Boundary.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Hosting European Conference on the Theory and Philosophy of International Law

The ESIL Interest Group on International Legal Theory and Philosophy has issued a call for European scholarly institutions to express their interest in hosting and coorganizing the first European Conference on the Theory and Philosophy of International Law. Here's the call:

Call for Expressions of Interest

First European Conference on the Theory
and Philosophy of International Law

The ESIL Interest Group on International Legal Theory and Philosophy (IGITLP) cordially invites European scholarly institutions to express their interest in hosting and co-organising, together with IGILTP, the First European Conference on the Theory and Philosophy of International Law.

At this stage, IGILTP is only looking for an expression of interest in organising the conference. All details of the proposed conference, including date, format, selection of speakers and topic are subject of discussions between IGILTP’s Co-ordinating Committee and those expressing an interest in hosting the event. We nonetheless wish to propose a potential topic as basis for negotiations:

    Unseen Fission? The Drifting-Apart of Theories
    and Philosophies of International Law

    Has the proliferation of theoretical (including philosophical) approaches to international law, the increasing specialisation of (legal-)theoretical research, together with a radicalisation of their argumenta-tive foundations, silently killed any hope for a common theoretical discourse about international law? Have legal theorists become too legalistic to hear and be heard by philosophers? Have theoretical discourses become too theoretical – and black-letter lawyers too practice-oriented – for each to be able to speak to the other? These questions (and more like it) are the unseen heart and unsung story of theoretical research into international law in Europe and beyond; the conference will explore it. The event is designed to foster maximum inclusivity, both regarding the approaches studied as well as re-garding the method(ologie)s used to study these phenomena.

Please submit expressions of interest to IGILTP’s chair, Jörg Kammerhofer (joerg.kammerhofer@jura.uni-freiburg.de), until Wednesday, 31 January 2018. Informal queries can be directed to the same address.

The ESIL IGILTP Co-ordinating Committee

Noora Johanna Arajärvi, Gleider I Hernández, Jörg Kammerhofer, John Morss, Ozlem Ulgen, Ekaterina Yahyaoui

Workshop: How Demanding Should Human Rights Be?

Today and tomorrow, October 13-14, 2017, Northwestern University will host a workshop on "How Demanding Should Human Rights Be?" The program is here. Here's the idea:
International human rights are classically understood to be “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations” (Preamble, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). However, it is unclear how demanding international human rights standards should be taken to be. Should they be understood as minimal standards of treatment below which no State can fall without strong international condemnation, or are they co-extensive with ambitious and ideal demands to which all States should strive and whose achievement may require strong international cooperation? This two-day workshop will bring together top scholars in the field of international human rights law and philosophy to debate these important normative and political questions. A local audience of scholars and practitioners will be invited to participate in the discussion as well. A particular emphasis will be placed on the real-world implications, legal or not, of these abstract moral questions about human rights and on the interaction of human rights, globalization in general, and global capitalism.

Fox, Dubinsky, & Roth: Supreme Law of the Land? Debating the Contemporary Effects of Treaties within the United States Legal System

Gregory H. Fox (Wayne State Univ. - Law), Paul R. Dubinsky (Wayne State Univ. - Law), & Brad R. Roth (Wayne State Univ. - Law) have published Supreme Law of the Land? Debating the Contemporary Effects of Treaties within the United States Legal System (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Contents include:
  • Paul R. Dubinsky, Gregory H. Fox & Brad R. Roth, Introduction
  • Mark Janis & Noam Wiener, Treaties in US law from the Founding to the Restatement (Third)
  • Gregory H. Fox, Treaties and the Third Restatement
  • Paul R. Dubinsky, Competing models for treaty interpretation: treaty as contract, treaty as statute, treaty as delegation
  • Ingrid Wuerth, Self-execution
  • Margaret McGuinness, Treaties, federalisation, and the contested legacy of Missouri v. Holland
  • David P. Stewart, Recent trends in US treaty implementation
  • Michael D. Ramsey, The treaty and its rivals: making international agreements in US law and practice
  • Roger P. Alford, Judicial barriers to the enforcement of treaties
  • Geoffrey Corn & Dru Brenner-Beck, Case study no. 1: exploring US treaty practice through a military lens
  • Paul R. Dubinsky, Case study no. 2: private law treaties and federalism: can the United States lead?
  • Gary B. Born, Conclusion

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Symposium: Sir Elihu Lauterpacht: a celebration of his life and work

On October 13, 2017, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law will hold a symposium on "Sir Elihu Lauterpacht: a celebration of his life and work." The program is here.

Call for Papers: Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations

The ERC project "Rethinking Disability" has issued a call for papers for a workshop on "Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations." Here's the call:

CFP: Historians without Borders: Writing Histories of International Organizations

Leiden University – 22-23 March 2018

This workshop is organized by the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability’. It is intended to bring together early-career researchers from different fields working on international organizations, to discuss methodological challenges together with peers and established scholars. A combination of a master class, keynote lectures, and roundtable discussions aims at providing an informal and interactive setting for the exchange of ideas and perspectives. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Davide Rodogno (The Graduate Institute, Geneva)
  • Corinne Pernet (University of Geneva)
  • Kiran Patel (Maastricht University)

Call for abstracts

Ever since the paradigm of ‘globalization’ has found its way into the field of history, ways of writing histories beyond borders have proliferated. Today, historians no longer need to justify enlarging their geographical scope beyond the national, but it can nonetheless be a daunting task to decide on how to do this. While we are going beyond borders, the choice for a translocal, transnational, transregional or global history still reveals our preference for a certain scale. Methodologically, our toolbox now offers us concepts such as comparisons, transfers, connections, entanglements and circulations. As different approaches focus on different concepts, choosing one approach often entails a rejection of other possible approaches. Transnational historians will distance themselves from comparative history; global history, as any global historian will tell you, is not the same as world history. The further we seem to get in advancing the call for breaking with our ‘methodological nationalism’, the more we seem to split up into different subfields, where fruitful dialogue becomes increasingly difficult. The purpose of this workshop is to open up this dialogue, to see what specific advantages different approaches can offer and how they can be best put to use.

In order to do this, the workshop will focus on the history of international organizations (IOs), as they are “extremely stimulating heuristic objects for historians of globalism in that they represent a true laboratory of the accords and tensions at work between the international, national, and local scenes and frames of reference” (Kott, 2011, p. 449). Therefore, writing their history automatically compels us to think about methodologies of doing ‘history beyond borders’. Although they automatically force historians to think about international connections, it is equally important to consider the continuing role of local or national scales within international organizations. Research objects in this regard can encompass both the main intergovernmental organizations (IOs) – such as the League of Nations, the UN or the NATO – and the vast field of International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), spanning a diverse range of causes from the environment (Greenpeace), over human rights (Amnesty International), to humanitarianism (Médecins sans frontières).

For this workshop, we are looking for original contributions on the history of IOs and INGOs, based on empirical research, but with explicit methodological reflections on transnational, global, comparative, etc. approaches. Questions raised can include (but are not limited to):

  • What specific advantages do different approaches bring to the history of international organizations?
  • Are these approaches mutually exclusive, or do we need to combine different perspectives and concepts?
  • What are some of the methodological challenges in writing the history of international organizations, in terms of analyzing connections, entanglements, comparisons, etc.?
  • What are some of the practical challenges in writing the history of international organizations, in terms of mobility, language barriers, cultural sensitivity, etc.?
  • How can we deal with the fact that levels can be used both as analytical concepts (used by the historian) and as historical concepts (used by the historical actors)?
  • How can we deal with different uses of terms like international, national, local, e.g. as level, geographical or spatial unit or loyalty of a historical actor?
  • How can we deal with the (hidden) hierarchy of terms or levels like global, national, etc.?


The workshop will offer a combination of a master class, keynote lectures, and roundtable discussions. It will start on 22 March in the afternoon, with a master class by Davide Rodogno (The Graduate Institute, Geneva), followed by a keynote lecture by Corinne Pernet (University of Geneva). The second day (23 March) will consist of roundtable sessions, where participants present their research and enter into discussion. Senior researchers will chair these sessions and Kiran Patel (Maastricht University) will deliver a closing keynote.

Submission of abstracts

Please send an abstract of max. 500 words and a short CV to the following email address: rethinkingdisability@hum.leidenuniv.nl by 13 November 2017. Questions to the organizers can be sent using the same address. Authors will be notified regarding the acceptance of their contribution by 20 November. Invited participants will be expected to submit a short draft version of a more substantial paper two weeks prior to the event, which will be circulated among all other participants. Participants who are accepted to present their paper are also automatically accepted to participate in the master class. If you are unable or do not wish to attend the master class, kindly indicate this in your application.


The workshop is initiated and hosted by the research team of the ERC project ‘Rethinking Disability: the Global Impact of the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) in Historical Perspective’, based in the Institute for History at Leiden University. It is supported by the Huizinga Institute, the national Dutch research network for Cultural History.

Download the pdf-document with the call for papers here

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Evangelista & Tannenwald: Do the Geneva Conventions Matter?

Matthew Evangelista (Cornell Univ. - Government) & Nina Tannenwald (Brown Univ. - Watson Institute) have published Do the Geneva Conventions Matter? (Oxford Univ. Press 2017). Contents include:
  • Nina Tannenwald, Assessing the Effects and Effectiveness of the Geneva Conventions
  • Giovanni Mantilla, The Origins and Evolution of the 1949 Geneva Conventions and the 1977 Additional Protocols
  • Sahr Conway-Lanz, The Struggle to Fight a Humane War: The United States, the Korean War, and the 1949 Geneva Conventions
  • Gary D. Solis, America, the 1949 Geneva Conventions, and War Crime Courts-martial in the Vietnam Conflict
  • Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault, Geneva Convention Compliance in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Raphaëlle Branche, The French Army and the Geneva Conventions during the Algerian War of Independence and After
  • Mark Kramer, Russia, Chechnya, and the Geneva Conventions, 1994-2006: Norms and the Problem of Internalization
  • Amichai Cohen & Eyal Ben-Ari, The Application of International Humanitarian Law by the Israel Defence Forces: A Legal and Organizational Analysis
  • R. Craig Nation, Noncompliance with the Geneva Conventions in the Wars of Yugoslav Secession
  • Anicée Van Engeland “Be Karbala Miravim!” Iran or the Challenges of Internalizing International Humanitarian Law in a Muslim Country
  • Renée de Nevers, Private Military and Security Companies
  • Siobhán Wills, The Geneva Conventions: Do they matter in the context of peacekeeping missions?
  • Matthew Evangelista, How the Geneva Conventions Matter

Call for Papers: 7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of SIEL

A call for papers has been issued for the 7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law, to be held April 13-14, 2018, in Nicosia. Here's the call:

7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2018

Nicosia, Cyprus, 13-14 April 2018

The 7th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/ Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) organised by PEPA/SIEL in collaboration with the Law School of the European University of Cyprus, will take place on 13 - 14 April 2018 in Nicosia, Cyprus.

This conference constitutes a unique and established platform which grants early academics (students enrolled in Master or Ph.D. programmes) and early professionals/academics (generally within five years of graduating) studying or working in the field of IEL, the opportunity to demonstrate and receive valuable feedback on their ideas and research about broader issues relating to International Economic Law (IEL). SIEL’s Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network (PEPA/SIEL) aims to, inter alia, foster collaboration and mentoring opportunities for emerging academics and professionals, by granting to the latter the opportunity to not only present and discuss their research in a supportive and welcoming environment, but most importantly the opportunity to receive fruitful feedback from experienced academics and professionals as well as experts in the field.

The organisers invite submissions on any IEL topic including, but not limited to:

  • Law and practice in international economic governance and international organizations;
  • International trade, investment, competition, monetary and financial law;
  • The interaction of IEL branches with other branches of law governing intellectual property, human rights, environment, sustainable development, food safety;
  • Bilateral and regional economic integration and the multilateral trading system;
  • Comparative economic law, focusing on how international economic law interacts with laws, institutions and actors at the domestic level;
  • International economics, philosophy, sociology, politics.
  • International developments and economic law, which may inter alia, refer to Brexit, the OECD-led tax Initiatives international financial regulation, cryptocurrencies and monetary affairs.

Submissions should include a CV (no more than 2 pages) and a research abstract (no more than 400 words) and be sent no later than 3 November 2017 to pepa2018conference@gmail.com. Papers will be selected based on a double-blind review conducted by a senior practitioner or academic and a conference organizer so kindly ensure that your CV will be in a separate file and your abstract will not entail personal details.

Decisions regarding the symposium program will be made no later than November 30, 2017. Selected applicants will be expected to submit their complete paper (not exceeding 5.000 words) by February 28th, 2018.

General inquiries regarding the conference should be directed to the email address above.

A limited number of scholarships to cover travel/accommodation expenses for applicants from developing countries facing financial hardship, is available by the Developing Country Participant Fund. Applicants for such a waiver are kindly invited to add a short letter of no more than 3 paragraphs to their conference application, stating the reason for the scholarship.

Conference Co-Chairs: Freya Baetens, José Caiado, Konstantinos Tsimaras and Venetia Argyropoulou.

Schultz: Non-Analytical Obstacles to Stateless Law

Thomas Schultz (King's College London – Law) has posted Non-Analytical Obstacles to Stateless Law (North Carolina Journal of International Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
This article reviews legal scholars’ key prudential and moral reasons to oppose the view that law can exist without the state. After a discussion of the real-world impact of views on what counts as law, the article discusses the following grounds for resistance to stateless law: law as something necessarily produced by states scores quite high on criteria to determine how good a theory is; paradigms intrinsically resist change; certain forgotten prudential political rules are wrongly remembered as analytical precepts; there is sheer political resistance to the emancipation of powers outside the state; attempts are made by those who shape our understanding of law to please their constituencies; the pursuit by academics of a legal practice interferes with rigorous legal thinking; there are important vested interests in the current state-centred system; and a sense of anti-intellectualism dominates certain areas of the legal academy.

Foley: UN Peacekeeping Operations and the Protection of Civilians

Conor Foley (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro) has published UN Peacekeeping Operations and the Protection of Civilians: Saving Succeeding Generations (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:
This book is based on the author´s experience of working for more than two decades in over thirty conflict and post-conflict zones. It is written for those involved in UN peacekeeping and the protection of civilians. It is intended to be accessible to non-lawyers working in the field who may need to know the applicable legal standards relating to issues such as the use of force and arrest and detention powers on the one hand and the delivery of life-saving assistance according to humanitarian principles on the other. It will also be of interest to scholars and students of peacekeeping, international law and international relations on the practical dilemmas facing those trying to operationalise the various conceptions of 'protection' during humanitarian crises in recent years.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Bradley: Exiting Congressional-Executive Agreements

Curtis A. Bradley (Duke Univ. - Law) has posted Exiting Congressional-Executive Agreements. Here's the abstract:
Some commentators have argued that, even if the President has the unilateral authority to terminate Article II treaties concluded with the Senate’s advice and consent, the President lacks the unilateral authority to terminate “congressional-executive agreements” concluded with majority congressional approval, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This paper challenges that claim. If one accepts a presidential authority to terminate Article II treaties, this paper contends, there is no compelling reason to conclude differently with respect to congressional-executive agreements. Congressional-executive agreements have become largely interchangeable with Article II treaties as a matter of domestic law and practice, and, thus, for example, either instrument can be used to address matters relating to international commerce and trade. Moreover, while presidents do not have the authority to unilaterally terminate statutes, congressional-executive agreements are not mere statutes; they are, like Article II treaties, binding international instruments that can be concluded by the United States only through presidential action. These agreements also typically contain withdrawal clauses similar to the ones contained in Article II treaties that presidents have long claimed the authority to invoke unilaterally, and Congress has never indicated that it views presidents as having less withdrawal authority for such agreements. Indeed, in its trade legislation, Congress appears to have accepted that presidents may invoke such clauses unilaterally.