Author: John Heieck

In the late hours of 6 October 2019, the White House announced the withdrawal of US forces from northeastern Syria after a telephone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The announcement shocked defense and intelligence officials and drew rare criticism from Republican lawmakers, who were not consulted before Trump’s decision and who viewed the withdrawal of US...

Call for Papers The Palestine Yearbook of International Law (PYBIL) has opened an invitation for an additional round of submissions for Volume XXII. We welcome general submissions related to public international law. We are interested in particular in critical approaches to international law, and welcome submissions in relation to Palestine. This peer-reviewed volume would include articles, case commentaries, and book reviews.  Articles should not exceed 12,000 words,...

Call for Papers The Military Law and the Law of War Review / Revue de Droit Militaire et de Droit de la Guerre is a journal specialised in matters of interest for both civilian and military legal advisors as well as legal scholars and academics. Published since 1962, it is among the oldest publications at the international level in the areas of...

Announcements I am delighted to announce that CUP has recently published Freya Baetens' new book, Legitimacy of Unseen Actors in International Adjudication. Here's the publisher's description: International courts and tribunals differ in their institutional composition and functions, but a shared characteristic is their reliance on the contribution of individuals other than the judicial decision-makers themselves. Such 'unseen actors' may take the form...

Announcement: Francis Lieber Prize 2020 The American Society of International Law's Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict awards the Francis Lieber Prize to the authors of publications that the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict. Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays) are eligible for consideration — the prize is...

Call for Papers The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute is pleased to announce a research workshop on "Sociological Perspectives on International Economic Law and Human Rights Law" from 8 - 9 May 2020. International law is rooted in communities, influencing and affected by social groups and their socio-cultural features. This fifth workshop on the sociology of international...

The Emerging Voices Symposium continued this week with several thought-provoking contributions. Alexander Gilder wrote about the problem of mission creep associated with the use of ill-defined terms, such as ‘stabilization’ and ‘robust,’ in resolutions authorizing UN peacekeeping operations. Brenda Kombo offered new proposals for regional integration on the African continent by reconciling the historically separate areas of international human rights law and...

Call for Papers The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) International Human Rights Section and International Law Section are pleased to announce a call for papers on "New Voices in Human Rights and International Law". The Sections are soliciting papers and works-in-progress on any aspect of human rights law or international law by faculty members who have never presented a human...

Call for Papers The Juris En Conference on International Law 2020 (JECIL 2020) is an academic conference on the modernist approaches of International Law and its allied fields. This conference is being organized by Internationalism, a research organization dedicated to the innovative evolution of international law via academics, learning, and social entrepreneurship. We are in collaboration with ISAIL-Lucknow Institute for a Greater...

Call for Papers The BISA Working Group on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding, with funding from the BISA Postgraduate Network, is organising an interdisciplinary PGR workshop entitled ‘Militarisation and the Local in Peacekeeping: Ambition, Pragmatism and Adaptability’ to be held atCity, University of London on 20 September 2019. The workshop is the first of a four part series incorporating practitioners as well as academics and will explore challenges...

Featured Announcement SOAS Executive Course in Public International Law The School of Law at SOAS, University of London, is pleased to announce that its Executive Course in Public International Law, 9-13 September 2019, is now open for applications. Taught by some of the leading international lawyers in the UK, the short course is for professionals, but open to anyone interested in international law....

Mohamed Helal kicked off the week with a two-part jus ad bellum analysis (here and here) of the United States' possible legal justifications for going to war with Iran, in light of the Trump administration's recent saber-rattling towards the regime. In particular, Mohamed addressed three possibilities: (1) preempting a nuclear Iran, (2) resisting Iranian regional policies and responding to "indirect"...