Weekend Roundup: July 21 – 27, 2012
This week on Opinio Juris, we shared what our Readers’ Survey taught us about our readers, and we implemented a widely requested new feature: the Opinio Juris Job Board. You can access the Job Board here or via the link on the right-hand sidebar. If the survey has left you wanting to know more about Opinio Juris, check out Chris Borgen’s recent TV interview about the blog’s origins. Recent research has shown that we have become one of the top 10 cited blogs, as Kevin mentions here.
Peter Spiro posted about the possibility that Honduras may outsource certain appeals procedures to Mauritius, which could ultimately lead to cases with respect to Honduras being decided by the Privy Council, and raised three points about overseas voting and campaign finance in response to Mitt Romney’s visit to the UK.
Speaking of Mitt Romney, while he may have questioned whether London is ready for the Olympics, we here at Opinio Juris certainly are, with Peter paying attention to questions of the nationality of competitors. He posted about a decision by the IOC’s Executive Board allowing a marathon runner to compete as an Independent Olympic Athlete, and discussed whether there is a solution to avoid strategic nationality choices in the Olympics. You can find more about the latter, including Peter’s argument to remove the requirement that an athlete is a national of the country of the National Olympic Committee entering him or her, on NYTimes’ Room for Debate.
Kevin Jon Heller discussed a change in policy in the US towards Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame over military support to warlords in the DRC. He was also puzzled by a statement of the OTP that the ICC does not have jurisdiction because Rwanda is not a party even though the alleged aiding and abetting took place in the DRC, which is a party.
Duncan Hollis argued that the Aurora shootings are unlikely to change US positions during negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty.
In a guest post, Solon Solomon wrote about the dynamic interpretation of the law of occupation. A second guest post, by Annie Gell, discussed the practical lessons to be learned from the recently concluded Taylor trial.
Thank you to our guest posters for their contributions and have a nice weekend!