Author: John Heieck

It was another busy week on Opinio Juris. Victor Kattan kicked things off with a systematic analysis of the false premises undergirding Israel’s claims to the West Bank in two parts (here and here). Alonso provided a detailed post on the interplay between human rights and investor state dispute settlement (ISDS), with a particular focus on indigenous “social license” in investment...

Call for Papers The University of Hamburg Faculty of Law has published a call for submissions for young scholars in public international law to discuss their research (chapter of a doctoral thesis, post doc paper, other drafts or research ideas). The workshop will be held from 20 - 21 September 2019 in Hamburg. The deadline for abstracts is 10 June 2019. Abstracts can be...

Kevin kicked off the week of March 25th with a carefully reasoned post on the legal difficulties associated with the potential ICC investigation into the deportation of civilians from Syria to Jordan, with a particular emphasis on how they related to the divergent mentes reae of forcible transfer and deportation as crimes against humanity. In this way, Kevin distinguished the Syrian...

Events The Chinese (Taiwan) Society of International Law will hold the ILA-ASIL Asia-Pacific Research Forum on 17-18 May 2019 at Howard Civil Service International House in Taipei, Taiwan. The theme of the Research Forum is “International Law and Emerging Powers: New Policy Challenges in the Asia-Pacific.” The Research Forum will feature two keynote speakers: Dr Christopher Ward SC, President of...

Events The International Bar Association (IBA) is pleased to announce a conference on "The Next Big Questions for International Criminal Justice." This conference, presented by the IBA War Crimes Committee, will be held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, The Netherlands on 13 April 2019. Topics include: corporate accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide; private actors and investigations –...

Jennifer Trahan and Megan Fairlie kicked off the week with an analysis of the US’s latest attack on the International Criminal Court, in which they highlighted the doctrinal and practical problems associated with US’s threat to implement, inter alia, a travel ban on ICC officials investigating mass atrocity crimes which allegedly occurred in Afghanistan. Kevin continued with an historical analysis of...

Call for Papers In Resolution 1888 (2009), the United Nations Security Council urged Member States to investigate and prosecute conflict-related sexual violence and established the UN Team of Experts on Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict (Team of Experts) to assist national authorities in this regard. To commemorate the tenth-year anniversary of its establishment, the Team of Experts...

Kevin kicked off the week with a post about Jean-Pierre Bemba’s claim against the ICC for €70 million following his final acquittal. While Kevin was skeptical about the merits of Bemba’s compensation claim for €22 million based on his decade of wrongful detention, Kevin was more optimistic about the success Bemba’s spoliation claim for €42.4 million resulting from the ICC’s...

Call for Papers The University of London is pleased to announce a workshop on "Rectifying the Protection Gap for 'Climate Refugees': What's Next?" on 6 June 2019. This workshop aims to assess the outcomes of the UN Global Compacts and Task Force, to identify their contributions to ongoing attempts to construct better protection mechanisms for those forced to move as...

Dhruv Sharma and Utkarsh Srivastava kicked off the week with an analysis of India’s legal justification of “non-military preemptive action” for the Balakot airstrikes, which included a robust discussion on the law of self-defense. Livio Zilli, a Senior Legal Adviser and UN Representative at the International Commission of Jurists, provided a detailed analysis of the UN Human Rights Committee’s General Comment...

Events The International Nuremberg Principles Academy is pleased to announce an international conference on "Paving the Path of Human Rights: Synergies between International Criminal Law and UN Agenda 2030" on 3-4 May 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. More information on the conference, including registration, can be found here. Announcements The Codification Division of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs recently added...

It was a busy week on Opinio Juris. Julian Ku kicked things off with an interesting post on the legal ramifications of the status of the “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) between the US and China on trade matters. Scholars and students of the law of treaties and the WTO will be especially interested in Julian’s post. Alonso Gurmendi contributed a thought-provoking piece...