Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ambrus, Rayfuse, & Werner: Risk and the Regulation of Uncertainty in International Law

Mónika Ambrus (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Rosemary Rayfuse (Univ. of New South Wales - Law), & Wouter Werner (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Law) have published Risk and the Regulation of Uncertainty in International Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2017). Contents include:
  • Mónika Ambrus, Rosemary Rayfuse, & Wouter Werner, Introduction
  • Nicholas Tsagourias, Risk and the Use of Force
  • Lianne Boer & Wouter Werner, 'It Could Probably Just as Well be Otherwise': Imageries of cyberwar,
  • Douglas Guilfoyle, Maritime Security and Risk
  • Steven Freeland, Risk, Uncertainty and the International Legal Regulation of Outer Space
  • Mónika Ambrus, The Role of the European Court of Human Rights in Governing Risk
  • Britta Van Beers, The Future Child: Risk and the Regulation of Biomedical Technologies
  • Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli, Conceptualising Environmental Risk(s): The Expression of the Obligation of Prevention in International Environmental Law
  • Aline Jaeckel & Rosemary Rayfuse, Conceptions of Risk in an Institutional Context: Deep Seabed Mining and the International Seabed Authority
  • Jaqueline Peel, Imagining Unimaginable Climate Futures in International Climate Change Law
  • Floor Fleurke, Catastrophic Climate Change, Precaution, and the Risk/Risk Dilemma
  • Andreas Ziegler & David Sifonios, The Assessment of Environmental Risk and the Regulation of Process and Production Methods (PPMs) in International Trade Law
  • Azernoosh Bazrafkan & Alexia Herwig, Risk and Responsibility in International Investment Law

Monday, May 29, 2017

Huneeus & Madsen: Between Universalism and Regional Law and Politics: A Comparative History of the American, European and African Human Rights Systems

Alexandra Valeria Huneeus (Univ. of Wisconsin - Law) & Mikael Rask Madsen (Univ. of Copenhagen - Law) have posted Between Universalism and Regional Law and Politics: A Comparative History of the American, European and African Human Rights Systems (International Journal of Constitutional Law, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Regional human rights have been heralded as one of the greatest innovations of international law of the 20th century. And yet, the broader debate on the history of human rights has paid surprisingly little attention to regional human rights systems, thereby missing some of the most salient strands of the larger history. This article represents a first systematic attempt to compare the institutional histories of the regional human rights systems in Europe, the Americas and Africa. It reveals how the regional rights systems’ evolution has been shaped in part by the same geopolitical dynamics, and how, in many ways, they have explicitly and implicitly worked in tandem, linked by common challenges, and notably by shared ideas and practices. Our story also uncovers that the paths of influence between the regional rights systems are not, as is often assumed, simply unidirectional: while it is undoubtedly the case that the European human rights system became influential in its region earlier, the Latin American and African systems have also contributed to the making of the broader international human rights order.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Lines: Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law

Richard Lines (Univ. of Essex - Human Rights Centre) has published Drug Control and Human Rights in International Law (Cambridge Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:
Human rights violations occurring as a consequence of drug control and enforcement are a growing concern, and raise questions of treaty interpretation and of the appropriate balancing of concomitant obligations within the drug control and human rights treaty regimes. Tracing the evolution of international drug control law since 1909, this book explores the tensions between the regime's self-described humanitarian aspirations and its suppression of a common human behaviour as a form of 'evil'. Drawing on domestic, regional and international examples and case law, it posits the development of a dynamic, human rights-based interpretative approach to resolve tensions and conflicts between the regimes in a manner that safeguards human rights. Highlighting an important and emerging area of human rights inquiry from an international legal perspective, this book is a key resource for those working and studying in this field.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Workshop: Asian Society of International Law Interest Group on International Law in Domestic Courts

On August 24, 2017, the Asian Society of International Law's Interest Group on International Law in Domestic Courts will hold its first workshop on the ways Asian courts invoke, interpret, and apply international law. The workshop will take place at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul. The program is here.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Volume: Recueil des Cours

Volume 382 of the Recueil des Cours, Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law is out. Contents include:
  • Volume 382
    • Daniel P. Cooper & Christopher Kuner, Data Protection Law and International Dispute Resolution
    • Bing Bing Jia, International Case Law in the Development of International Law

Call for Papers: Seventh Yale Law School Doctoral Scholarship Conference

A call for papers has been issued for the Seventh Annual Yale Law School Doctoral Scholarship Conference, to be held November 10-11, 2017, in New Haven. Here's the call:

Yale Law School is proud to host the Seventh Annual Doctoral Scholarship Conference, to be held on November 10-11, 2017, in New Haven, Connecticut. The conference aims to provide doctoral students and early-stage postdocs with a forum to workshop, present, and debate their work. It seeks to promote quality research and to facilitate meaningful academic dialogue, with a view towards fostering a community of legal scholars.

The conference is open to all current doctoral candidates, in law or related disciplines, and to those who completed their doctoral degrees during the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 academic year. Participants will be selected on the basis of their abstracts’ quality and capacity to provoke thoughtful debate with other submissions.

This year’s conference will be divided into three separate “wheels”—thematic working groups which will run in parallel—comprising around eight participants each. This year’s three wheels will cover papers in the fields of “International Law”, “Law, Society, History”, and “Law, Politics, Theory”. The purpose of this breakdown into wheels is to allow enough time for each paper to be workshopped thoroughly and receive comments from scholars who are well versed in the academic field in which the article is situated. In addition to intensive workshops in small groups, there will be several receptions, and keynotes and workshops by Yale Law School faculty, open to all participants, allowing attendees to get to know one another, advance their professional development, and socialize.

Within individual wheels, authors will be expected to offer brief, 10-minute introductions, to their paper, followed by an intensive workshop-like discussion. Selected participants will be expected to attend all conference events. Additionally, participants will be expected to read, in advance, and come prepared to comment and discuss all papers presented in their respective wheels. We anticipate that the conference will be the beginning of a longer-term collaboration amongst participants.

The Doctoral Scholarship Conference is generously sponsored by the Graduate Programs Office at Yale Law School. We regret that we are unable to provide financial support for travel and accommodation.


Applications will be accepted through this online form until July 1, 2017. Each applicant must indicate which of the three wheels their proposal is to be associated with; each proposal can only be associated with a single wheel. A proposal must consist of (i) an extended abstract of up to 500 words; and (ii) a brief one-paragraph biographical note. Applicants of selected papers will be informed of acceptance no later than August 1, 2017. Selected participants will be required to submit papers of up to 10,000 words in length (excluding footnotes) by October 1, 2017, which will be circulated among the members and participants of their respective wheels.

For any questions or concerns, please contact doctoralconference.law[at]yale.edu.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lang: Genocide: The Act as Idea

Berel Lang (State Univ. of New York, Albany - Philosophy) has published Genocide: The Act as Idea (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press 2016). Here's the abstract:
The term "genocide"—"group killing"—which first appeared in Raphael Lemkin's 1944 book, Axis Rule in Occupied Europe, had by 1948 established itself in international law through the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Since then the charge of genocide has been both widely applied but also contested. In Genocide: The Act as Idea, Berel Lang examines and illuminates the concept of genocide, at once articulating difficulties in its definition and proposing solutions to them. In his analysis, Lang explores the relation of genocide to group identity, individual and corporate moral responsibility, the concept of individual and group intentions, and the concept of evil more generally. The idea of genocide, Lang argues, represents a notable advance in the history of political and ethical thought which proposed alternatives to it, like "crimes against humanity," fail to take into account.

Call for Papers: Global Commons and Values in Oceans

The Law of the Sea Interest Group of the European Society of International Law has issued a call for papers for a workshop on September 6, 2017, in Naples, immediately prior to the ESIL Annual Conference. The workshop's theme is: "Global Commons and Values in Oceans: What Should be the Role of the New Implementing Agreement under UNCLOS?" The call is here. The deadline for the submission of proposals is June 15, 2017.

Felz: Das Alien Tort Statute: Rechtsprechung, dogmatische Entwicklung und deutsche Interessen

Daniel Felz has published Das Alien Tort Statute: Rechtsprechung, dogmatische Entwicklung und deutsche Interessen (Duncker & Humblot 2017). Here's the abstract:
Aufgrund des sog. »Alien Tort Statute« (ATS), eines kleinen und etwa 100 Jahre lang vergessenen Satzes des US-amerikanischen Gerichtsverfassungsgesetzes von 1789, gründeten die US-Gerichte ein amerikanisches Forum mit weltweit reichender Gerichtsbarkeit für milliardenschwere Schadensersatzklagen wegen Menschenrechtsverletzungen. Dabei wurden insbesondere deutsche Gesellschaften in Anspruch genommen und Fälle, in denen deutsche Konzerne zu den Hauptbeklagten gehörten, mündeten in Leitentscheidungen der dogmatischen Expansion der ATS-Rechtsprechung. Daniel Felz arbeitet die enorme Masse an US-Entscheidungen auf, um die breitgefächerten dogmatischen Fundamente der ATS-Rechtsprechung zu ordnen. Alsdann widmet er sich der Behauptung der deutschen Bundesregierung, für derlei Klagen stünden die deutschen Gerichte offen, indem Felz einer Untersuchung der mit länderübergreifenden Menschenrechtsklagen verbundenen materiell- und prozessrechtlichen Fragen des deutschen Rechts nachgeht.

Call for Papers: Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America and International Economic Law

The Fundação Getulio Vargas and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law have issued a call for papers for a workshop on "Transformative Constitutionalism in Latin America and International Economic Law: Avoiding Conflict and Fostering Dialogue," to be held August 28-29, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro. The deadline for the submission of proposals is June 12, 2017. The call is here.

Cello: The legitimacy of international interventions in Vattel’s The Law of Nations

Lorenzo Cello (Univ. of Queensland - School of Political Science and International Studies) has posted The legitimacy of international interventions in Vattel’s The Law of Nations (Global Intellectual History, forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Although Emer de Vattel is widely acknowledged as a pivotal figure in the history of international thought, his legacy remains contested. Scholars struggle to find a comfortable intellectual collocation for what is often seen as an incoherent and contradictory thinker. The present article tackles this interpretation and suggests that the supposed inconsistencies in Vattel’s international thought diffuse once we fully grasp the nature of his intellectual intervention. In order to substantiate this view, the paper focuses on Vattel’s reasoning on the legitimacy of international interventions, as disclosed in his The Law of Nations. It recovers his casuistic mode of reasoning with reference to the historical and intellectual context from which it emerged. The article concludes by suggesting that this long-forgotten mode of reasoning offers a different entry point into current debates on international intervention and the use of force, one that might help us move beyond a merely moralistic approach.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New Issue: Human Rights Law Review

The latest issue of the Human Rights Law Review (Vol. 17, no. 2, June 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Damon Barrett, International Child Rights Mechanisms and the Death Penalty for Drug Offences
  • Cristy Clark, Of What Use is a Deradicalized Human Right to Water?
  • Vian Dakhil, Aldo Zammit Borda, & Alexander R. J. Murray, ‘Calling ISIL Atrocities Against the Yezidis by Their Rightful Name’: Do They Constitute the Crime of Genocide?
  • Stéphanie Hennette Vauchez, Is French laïcité Still Liberal? The Republican Project under Pressure (2004–15)
  • Erica Howard, Freedom of Speech versus Freedom of Religion? The Case of Dutch Politician Geert Wilders
  • Başak Bağlayan & Johannes Hendrik Fahner, ‘One Can Always Do Better’: The Referral Procedure before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights

Peters: Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization

Margaret E. Peters (Univ. of California, Los Angeles - Political Science) has published Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization (Princeton Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:

Why have countries increasingly restricted immigration even when they have opened their markets to foreign competition through trade or allowed their firms to move jobs overseas? In Trading Barriers, Margaret Peters argues that the increased ability of firms to produce anywhere in the world combined with growing international competition due to lowered trade barriers has led to greater limits on immigration.

Peters explains that businesses relying on low-skill labor have been the major proponents of greater openness to immigrants. Immigration helps lower costs, making these businesses more competitive at home and abroad. However, increased international competition, due to lower trade barriers and greater economic development in the developing world, has led many businesses in wealthy countries to close or move overseas. Productivity increases have allowed those firms that have chosen to remain behind to do more with fewer workers. Together, these changes in the international economy have sapped the crucial business support necessary for more open immigration policies at home, empowered anti-immigrant groups, and spurred greater controls on migration.

Debunking the commonly held belief that domestic social concerns are the deciding factor in determining immigration policy, Trading Barriers demonstrates the important and influential role played by international trade and capital movements.

New Issue: Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

The latest issue of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (Vol. 50, no. 2, March 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Robert W. Emerson, An International Model for Vicarious Liability in Franchising
  • Daniel Francis, Exit Legitimacy
  • Vera Korzun, The Right to Regulate in Investor-State Arbitration: Slicing and Dicing Regulatory Carve-Outs
  • Peter Tzeng, Humanitarian Intervention at the Margins: An Examination of Recent Incidents

New Issue: Virginia Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Virginia Journal of International Law (Vol. 56, no. 3, Winter 2016) is out. Contents include:
  • Daniel Abebe, Does International Human Rights Law in African Courts Make a Difference?
  • Kishanthi Parella, The Stewardship of Trust in the Global Value Chain
  • Serio Puig, Blinding International Justice

Schniederjahn: Das Verschwindenlassen von Personen in der Rechtsprechung internationaler Menschenrechtsgerichtshöfe

Nina Schniederjahn has published Das Verschwindenlassen von Personen in der Rechtsprechung internationaler Menschenrechtsgerichtshöfe (Duncker & Humblot 2017). Here's the abstract:
Das Verschwindenlassen von Personen ist wohl eines der grausamsten Menschenrechtsverbrechen der Neuzeit und zugleich das unbekannteste. Unter dem Verschwindenlassen versteht man jede Freiheitsentziehung durch Staatsbedienstete oder andere Personen, die mit Unterstützung oder Duldung des Staates handeln, gefolgt von der Weigerung, den Freiheitsentzug anzuerkennen und über den Verbleib des Opfers Auskunft zu geben. Oftmals endet das Verschwindenlassen für die betroffene Person mit dem Tod, ohne dass jemals ein Leichnam gefunden wird und die Angehörigen Gewissheit über das Schicksal des Opfers erhalten. Die Arbeit vergleicht die rasch anwachsende Judikatur des Inter-Amerikanischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte und des Europäischen Gerichtshofs für Menschenrechte zu diesem Verbrechen. Der Schwerpunkt liegt dabei auf der Beweislastverteilung. Zudem wird der Beitrag der Gerichtshöfe zur Aufarbeitung, Verfolgung und Verhinderung des Verschwindenlassens, insbesondere am Beispiel Perus, untersucht.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Renshon: Fighting for Status: Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics

Jonathan Renshon (Univ. of Wisconson, Madison - Political Science) has published Fighting for Status: Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics (Princeton Univ. Press 2017). Here's the abstract:

There is widespread agreement that status or standing in the international system is a critical element in world politics. The desire for status is recognized as a key factor in nuclear proliferation, the rise of China, and other contemporary foreign policy issues, and has long been implicated in foundational theories of international relations and foreign policy. Despite the consensus that status matters, we lack a basic understanding of status dynamics in international politics. The first book to comprehensively examine this subject, Fighting for Status presents a theory of status dissatisfaction that delves into the nature of prestige in international conflicts and specifies why states want status and how they get it.

What actions do status concerns trigger, and what strategies do states use to maximize or salvage their standing? When does status matter, and under what circumstances do concerns over relative position overshadow the myriad other concerns that leaders face? In examining these questions, Jonathan Renshon moves beyond a focus on major powers and shows how different states construct status communities of peer competitors that shift over time as states move up or down, or out, of various groups.

Combining innovative network-based statistical analysis, historical case studies, and a lab experiment that uses a sample of real-world political and military leaders, Fighting for Status provides a compelling look at the causes and consequences of status on the global stage.

New Issue: Chinese Journal of International Law

The latest issue of the Chinese Journal of International Law (Vol. 16, no. 1, March 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Editorial Comment
    • Hans Köchler, Justice and Realpolitik: The Predicament of the International Criminal Court
  • Articles
    • Nina H.B. Jørgensen, Complicity in Torture in a Time of Terror: Interpreting the European Court of Human Rights Extraordinary Rendition Cases
    • Xiaohui Wu, Friendly Competition for Co-Progressive Development: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank vs. the Bretton Woods Institutions
    • Gbenga T. Oduntan, Legal and Evidential Implications of Emerging Satellite Imagery of Ancient African Relict Boundaries
  • Comment
    • Sherzod Shadikhodjaev, The “Regionalism vs Multilateralism” Issue in International Trade Law: Revisiting the Peru–Agricultural Products Case

Titi: Procedural Multilateralism and Multilateral Investment Court

Catharine Titi (Centre national de la recherche scientifique; Université de Bourgogne - CREDIMI) has posted Procedural Multilateralism and Multilateral Investment Court (in Institutionalisation Beyond the Nation State: Transatlantic Relations, Data Privacy and Trade Law, Elaine Fahey ed., forthcoming). Here's the abstract:
Recent decades have witnessed the growing malaise of multilateralism within international economic governance and an inclination for bilateralism and tailor-made solutions. And yet procedural multilateralism does exist in international investment law. The ICSID Convention is a multilateral treaty, and UNCITRAL’s Mauritius Convention, is multilateral – or at least of multilateral ambition. Some limited subject-matter multilateral initiatives also exist outside international investment law and offer inspiration in this respect. This paper assesses the Mauritius Convention and the OECD’s Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), in order to draw inspiration for the European Union’s multilateral investment court. Its emphasis is on recent developments, in light of the EU’s 2017 public consultation on a multilateral reform of investment dispute resolution. It argues that while the UNCUTRAL and OECD examples of ‘retroactively’ reforming thousands of existing treaties can offer useful guidance, the establishment of a multilateral investment court ‘applicable’ to existing IIAs would require two instruments: a convention regulating the relationship between IIAs and the multilateral investment court, and a standalone convention (the statute) on the multilateral investment court; and that only the first of these instruments can draw on the UNCITRAL and OECD precedents.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Conference: TTIP and Beyond . . . Negotiating and Implementing the EU's Free Trade Agreements in an Uncertain Environment

On June 15-16, 2017, the Institut de l'Ouest: Droit et Europe of the University of Rennes 1, in cooperation with the University of Bologna and King's College London, will host a conference on "TTIP and Beyond . . . Negotiating and Implementing the EU's Free Trade Agreements in an Uncertain Environment," at the University of Rennes 1. The program is here.

Call for Papers: The Emergence of New and Dynamic China-Africa Economic Relationships: International Economic Law Perspectives

The University of New South Wales's China International Business and Economic Law Initiative, along with the Renmin University Law School, the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law, and the Lund University Faculty of Law, have issued a call for papers, panels, and posters for a conference on "The Emergence of New and Dynamic China-Africa Economic Relationships: International Economic Law Perspectives," to be held November 22-24, 2017. The conference will be hosted by the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa, Arusha, Tanzania. The call is here. The deadline is June 15, 2017.

New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law

The Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs recently added three lectures to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. They were given by Philippe Gautier on “1996-2016 : 20 ans de jurisprudence internationale relative au droit de la mer,” Jean Ho on “State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts,” and Michael Ewing-Chow on “Coherence in Trade and Investment Law.”

Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Issue: Journal of International Dispute Settlement

The latest issue of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (Vol. 8, no. 2, July 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Michael A. Becker & Cecily Rose, Investigating the Value of Site Visits in Inter-State Arbitration and Adjudication
  • Luiz Gustavo Meira Moser, Inside Contracting Parties’ Minds: The Decision-making Processes in Cross-border Sales
  • Michal Swarabowicz, Identity of Claims in Investment Arbitration: A Plea for Unity of the Legal System
  • Vincent-Joël Proulx, An Incomplete Revolution: Enhancing the Security Council’s Role in Enforcing Counterterrorism Obligations
  • Brian McGarry, The Development of Custom in Territorial Dispute Settlement
  • Jean d’Aspremont, The International Court of Justice and the Irony of System-Design
  • Stefan Talmon, The South China Sea Arbitration and the Finality of ‘Final’ Awards

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Newton: An Assessment of the Legality of Arms Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Context of the Conflict in Yemen

Michael A. Newton (Vanderbilt Univ. - Law) has posted An Assessment of the Legality of Arms Sales to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Context of the Conflict in Yemen. Here's the abstract:
This White Paper analyzes U.S. statutory obligations regarding arms sales and military assistance to Saudi Arabia in the context of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The United States has provided significant support for Saudi Arabia, including over $115 billion in arms sales over the last eight years. During the course of hostilities conducted by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen over the last two years, the United States has provided billions of dollars of equipment for use in Yemen and provided in-flight re-fueling to support bombing operations. In light of credible allegations of widespread violations of international humanitarian law by all parties to the conflict resulting in significant civilian casualties over the last two years, concerns have been raised about the legality of further arms sales under U.S. law. In the face of persistent reports of wrongdoing, Saudi Arabia has failed to rebut allegations or provide detailed evidence of compliance with binding obligations arising from international humanitarian law. In the context of multiple credible reports of recurring and highly questionable strikes, even after Saudi units received training and equipment to reduce civilian casualties, the United States cannot continue to rely on Saudi assurances that it will comply with international law and agreements concerning the use of U.S.-origin equipment. Under these circumstances, further sales under both the Arms Export Control Act and the Foreign Assistance Act are prohibited until the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia takes effective measures to ensure compliance with international law and the President submits relevant certifications to the Congress. Congress should utilize the expedited review procedures of both Acts to ensure compliance with the law.

New Issue: Manchester Journal of International Economic Law

The latest issue of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law (Vol. 14, no. 1, 2017) is out. Contents include:
  • Raj Bhala, Exposing the Forgotten TPP Chapter: Chapter 17 as a Model for Future International Trade Disciplines on SOEs
  • Maureen Irish, Development, Reciprocity and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
  • Rawan Al-Louzi, Bilateral Investment Treaties as Tools for Enhancing Foreign Investment Climate and Increasing Competitiveness
  • Anna Chadwick, World Hunger, the 'Global' Food Crisis, and (International) Law
  • Ozue Vivian Adaeze, The Decision-Making Process of the WTO in Relation to Developing Countries