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Weekly News Wrap: Thursday, October 24, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

  • The United States has denied its drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan and elsewhere infringed international law and said it did all it could to avoid civilian casualties.
  • American and Israeli officials have differed over Iran’s nuclear program, as Israel called for its effective dismantlement and the US suggested safeguards could show that it was peaceful rather than military.

Worldwide

Weekly News Wrap: Thursday, October 17, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Middle East

Asia

  • US military forces have captured Latifullah Mehsud, a senior commander with the Pakistani Taliban, according to the US State Department.
  • Japanese authorities may have underestimated by 20 percent the radiation doses workers got in the initial phase of the Fukushima plant disaster, a Japanese newspaper reported citing a U.N. panel.

Africa

Europe

Americas

Worldwide

Events and Announcements: October 13, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • The Cassese Initiative is pleased to inform you about its coming workshop on the topic “Enforced Disappearance: Challenges to Accountability under International Law”, which will be held at the European University Institute in Florence, on Friday 25 October 2013. Register here. From the organization: “Enforced disappearance remains one of the most heinous human rights violations. From the ‘political cleansing’ campaigns of oppressive regimes to the ‘war on terror’, hundreds of thousands of targeted opponents have disappeared without a trace, and their families left to live in uncertainty over their fate. Due to its complex nature as a multiple human rights violation and a very serious international crime, and the fact that it is, by definition, shrouded in secrecy, enforced disappearance poses particular problems with regard to accountability. Today, in spite of a framework which includes the 2007 United Nations Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, several international courts and monitoring bodies with competence over the violation, as well as the International Criminal Court, these problems persist and new challenges emerge in the fight against impunity.” More information can be found on their websiteFacebook and/or Twitter pages.
  • The Nineteenth Annual Herbert Rubin and Justice Rose Luttan Rubin International Law Symposium, entitled:“The Function of Judges and Arbitrators in International Law” Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Symposium will examine the function of judges and arbitrators in international law. As the importance of formal international adjudication increases, more and more focus is placed on the role that its adjudicators play, and the functions they are meant to fulfill. One of the highlights of this year’s Symposium is the participation of PluriCourts, whose directors Andreas Føllesdal and Geir Ulfstein will be speaking. If you would like to register now, please click here.

Call for Papers

  • The Centre for Global Governance Studies at Catholic University Leuven presents: The Rule of Law: A Strategic Priority of the European Union’s External Action (ROLA)–International Workshop on 27-28 February 2014 in Leuven (Belgium)Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th October 2013. From their announcement: ‘The Rule of Law – A Strategic Priority of the European Union’s External Action’ (ROLA) is an interdisciplinary Jean Monnet project conducted by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (GGS) and co-funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. The purpose of this project is to assess the importance of the rule of law as a strategic priority of the European Union (EU)’s external action as mandated by article 21 of the Treaty on European Union. ROLA aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines (inter alia law, economics, international relations and political science), officials from EU institutions and EU partner countries, and representatives from civil society. Generating theoretically and practically relevant findings for both researchers and practitioners, this project focuses on an increasingly important though still under-theorized and underexplored research topic: the EU’s strategic prioritization of the rule of law towards emerging powers.” Contactmatthieu [dot] burnay [at] ggs [dot] kuleuven.be A full call for papers in PDF format can be found here. For more information on the project: www.rola-ggs.eu

Announcements

  • The annual Human Rights Essay Award Competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The 2014 topic is Persons with Disabilities and International Human Rights Law. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic. The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. For detailed guidelines about the award please click here.

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekend Roundup: October 5-11, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

This week on Opinio Juris, we had two guest posts from Tomer Broude, the first giving an introduction to behavioral law and the second discussing a methodological framework to behavioral law. Carsten Stahn also delivered a guest post on cautioning against a new affirmative defense to Article 2(4) of the UN Charter, in response to argumentation put forth by Harold Koh’s Just Security contribution.

Kevin discussed Charles Taylor’s disproportionate sentencing in a post examining the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s treatment of customary international law. Duncan posted this week with his analysis on the existential function of interpretation in international law and Roger pointed out “the fact that” we lawyers ought to omit needless words.

Kristen highlighted the recent class action lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York by the lawyers for the Haiti Cholera victims while Deborah offered insight into the raids in Somalia and Libya recently by the US and their implications on the theories of self defense and responded to Marty Lederman’s Just Security take on her analysis here. Deborah also pointed out an upcoming event on counterterrorism strategies taking place Monday, which she will moderate. Rounding things out, I provided the Weekly News Wrap and you can find An’s Events and Announcements post here.

Many thanks to our guest contributors and have a nice weekend!

Weekly News Wrap: Thursday, October 10, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Middle East

Asia

Africa

Europe

Americas

Weekly News Wrap: October 3, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Your weekly selection of international law and international relations headlines from around the world:

Middle East

Asia

Africa

  • Foreign Policy features an interview with Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, dubbing her “The New Iron Lady.”
  • The ICC has issued two arrest warrants: the first for Walter Barasa, who is suspected of tampering with witnesses in the war crimes case against Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and the second for Charles Ble Goude, accused of working with former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to orchestrate deadly post-election violence.
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, has told Somalia to “put their house in order,” in a sign of frustration at the festering instability in the neighboring country after members of a Somali armed group attacked and killed dozens at a Nairobi shopping mall.
  • Tuareg separatists and Malian soldiers exchanged fire in the northern town of Kidal in a sign of escalating tensions after MNLA rebels ended a ceasefire with the newly elected government.
  • IntLawGrrls offers a two-part analysis of the recent Appeals Chambers Judgment in the Charles Taylor case here and here.

Europe

Americas

Events and Announcements: September 29, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Events

  • On October 2nd, the University of Richmond School of Law will host an ASIL Speed Mentoring Panel event, described as: “a unique forum that will expose law students and new legal professionals to experienced international practitioners. The event will begin with a brief introduction of the panelists and several questions presented by D. Wes Rist, ASIL’s Director of Education and Research, designed to provide insight into professional development opportunities, as well as to illustrate the various avenues the panelists took into international legal practice. Following the group discussion, each panelist will “host” a table at which a small group of students can spend 10-12 minutes asking more personal, directed questions of the participants. Students will then be able to rotate among tables, thus having the chance to speak directly with multiple panelists.The 90-minute speed mentoring event will be followed by a networking reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Practitioners in the area and others who do not plan to attend the speed-mentoring event are welcome to attend the reception.  No registration is required for those attending the reception only.”
  • On October 15th, the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague,  as a special book launch evening in its Hague Initiative for Law and Armed Conflict (HILAC) Lecture Series, will host a book launch for Armed Conflict and International Law: Searching for the Human Face, a liber amicorum in memory of Dr. Avril McDonald. The event is free, but registration is necessary.
  • The Government Law College, Mumbai, India, in association with the D. M. Harish Foundation is pleased to announce the 15th edition of the D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition (DMH), scheduled to be held from 6th-9th February, 2014. Comprehensive information about the moot along with the case study, Written Submissions, Rules and other details of the previous years can be accessed from the competition website. The contact person is Mr. Raghav Dev Garg. 
  • International Law Weekend 2013 – the world-famous autumn festival of the migratory flock of international lawyers, brought to you by the American Branch of the International Law Association – begins on Thursday night, October 24, 2013, at the Great Hall of the Association of the  Bar of the City of New York, 42 West 44th Street, NYC, and continues at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, at the Lincoln Center facilities of Fordham Law School, at 140 West 62nd Street, NYC.   Advance Registration is available at http://ila-americanbranch.org/ or http://www.ilsa.org/conferences/16-conferences/16-ilw-new-york.

Announcements

Last week’s events and announcements can be found here. If you would like to post an announcement on Opinio Juris, please contact us.

Weekly News Wrap: September 26, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

It’s been another busy week in international law and international relations. Here’s a recap of a selection of the headlines from around the world:

Middle East

  • Israel and Palestine have agreed to intensify their peace talks with greater participation by the United States.
  • Iran’s foreign minister expressed hope that a meeting with top diplomats from the US and five other powers will jump-start negotiations to resolve the decade-long dispute over the Iranian nuclear program.
  • UN chemical weapons inspectors have returned to Syria to continue investigating allegations of chemical weapons use.

Asia

Africa

  • After this weekend’s hostage situation at a Nairobi mall where al-Shabaab has taken responsibility for attacking and killing over 70 civilians before the mall collapsed, Kenyan security forces are continuing to go from room to room inside the mall, firing protectively before entering unknown territory, in a bid to secure the complex a day after a siege that killed scores ended. Foreign forensic teams have joined to assist the Kenyan authorities in their search. Foreign Policy offers analysis here.
  • African Union leaders will hold a special summit next month amid growing opposition to the crimes against humanity trials of Kenya’s leadership at the ICC.

Europe

  • Today, at 11:00 CET, the Appeals Judgment will be delivered in the Charles Taylor Trial (see here and here for information about the case). You can watch the events live  here via the SCSL’s website.
  • Russia has accused Greenpeace activists of piracy. IntLawGrrls has more here.
  • The UK-based NGO Reprieve has claimed there is a campaign of intimidation of human rights workers going on at UK borders after the Terrorism Act was used to detain a Yemeni activist at Gatwick. Glenn Greenwald offers more here.
  • People in the southern Swiss canton of Ticino have voted to impose the country’s first ban on full-face veils, following in the footsteps of French and Belgian restrictions that rights groups say discriminate against Muslims.

Americas

Weekend Roundup: September 14-20, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Another week has gone by at Opinio Juris with much to say about current events in international law and international relations. In fact, this week, we hosted an online symposium on the recent book by Jeffrey Dunoff and Mark Pollock, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations.

In other coverage this week, Julian argued on how the UN Charter does not necessarily constrain China in starting territorial disputes that involve sovereignty claims. He also commented here and here on the proposed visa application of Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir, who is trying to enter the United States for the upcoming UN General Assembly meetings, despite the arrest warrant for him from the ICC. Kevin also weighed in here on that subject, and Kristen argued that travel sanctions should be used against Bashir.

Kevin also pointed out the erroneous Al-Jazeera news report from Thursday that reported Saif al-Islam Gaddafi would appear in Tripoli, and pointed out that he appeared in Zintan instead (with his trial being adjourned until December in order to allow other defendants to be present). Kevin additionally discussed the current “score” in Syria events of Putin & Assad: 1, US: 0, and took issue with Eric Posner’s column in Slate on the coming death of the ICC.

As usual, we featured our news wraps and our conferences and events. Thanks for following us at Opinio Juris and have an enjoyable weekend!

Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, September 19, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey

Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

by Jessica Dorsey