Weekly News Wrap: Monday, June 9, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

Europe

Middle East and Northern Africa

Americas

UN/Other

  • The kidnapping of 200 Nigerian girls and several recent horrific murders of women is expected to raise pressure on the world community to take concrete action to punish those responsible for sexual violence at a global summit in London this week. 
  • A UN group tasked with formulating a proposed set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) will for the first time considerzero draft of a possible text at its next meeting later this month

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 27, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

  • India and Japan’s talks on nuclear cooperation have gained momentum over the past few months and the two hope for an agreement on civilian nuclear energy soon.
  • The head of Japan’s influential public broadcaster has used his first public comments to say that Japan’s World War Two policy of forcing conquered foreign women into sex slavery was “common in any country at war.”
  • In Thailand, an anti-government protest leader was killed in Bangkok, shot in the head while speaking during a protest rally.
  • The Philippine military has launched a major offensive against a splinter rebel group, two days after negotiations with the country’s main Muslim rebel group to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands successfully ended.
  • North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered the execution of his uncle’s entire family, including his children and relatives serving as ambassadors to Cuba and Malaysia, according to South Korea’s state news agency, Yonhap.

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekly News Wrap: Monday, January 20, 2014

by Jessica Dorsey

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

Africa

Asia

  • North Korea has called on South Korea to end “all acts of provocation and slander,” after it warned of “an unimaginable holocaust” if the South carried out military exercises with the United States.
  • Myanmar authorities have denied any civilian deaths but confirmed a clash took place after a rights group reported several people including women and a child have been killed in an attack on Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar.

Americas

Middle East

Europe

Weekday News Wrap: Monday, March 26, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

Weekday News Wrap: Friday, March 23, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

That’s it for our first week of our new feature, the Weekday News Wrap. We hope you are enjoying it. If there’s an event you’d like to see in our coverage, let us know. Keep your eye on Opinio Juris for the Weekend Roundup, a recap of all that’s happened this week on the blog, coming tomorrow!

Weekday News Wrap: Thursday, March 22, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

  • Mauritania has agreed to extradite ex-Libyan chief-of-intelligence Abdullah al-Senussi to Libya.
  • The Economist outlines the world’s biggest arms exporters based on a new report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
  • US President Barack Obama is slated to visit the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea today ahead of his upcoming visit with South Korean president, Lee Meyung-Bak.
  • Western powers diluted the language of a U.N. Security Council resolution regarding Syria in order to garner Russian support; in response, speaking from Jakarta, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon once again urged an international response to the violence in Syria and warned of ‘massive repercussions’ for the world if the international community does not act.
  • The Palestinian Authority has asked the U.N.’s Human Rights Council to investigate the impact of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories.
  • Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Iran would attack to defend itself if the United States or Israel were to show aggression toward the nation.
  • Saudi Arabia may include women on its Olympic team, potentially making the Summer Games in London a watershed event, where every participating nation features at least one female athlete.
  • The US exempted 10 EU countries and Japan from sanctions as they have significantly cut crude oil purchases from Iran, but this move leaves China and India exposed. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a statement here.
  • Israel has asked to clear out its embassy in Cairo, highlighting growing tensions since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak last year.
  • Jurist covers the ACLU’s petition filed yesterday with the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on behalf of Afghan and Iraqi citizens who were allegedly tortured while being detained by American military.
  • The Kony 2012 campaign and the ICC’s recent verdict in the Lubanga case have put the issue of child soldiers back on the international agenda, reports The Guardian.

Weekday News Wrap: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

Weekday News Wrap: Monday, March 19, 2012

by Jessica Dorsey

In addition to its recently introduced Weekend Roundup, Opinio Juris is pleased to offer you the Weekday News Wrap. This Monday-through-Friday feature aims to offer a selection of news items from around the world related to many topics of interest on the blog. As usual, feedback is very welcome and we wish you happy reading!


  • The first ITLOS judgment on maritime delimitation was issued last Wednesday (ITLOS press release). Commentary here and Dapo Akande discussion of the timing of the decision, coming on the same day as the ICC’s Lubanga decision, here.
  • The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says that at least 8,000 are dead in Syria and urged an end to the violence.
  • Despite criticism of the rocket technology it will use, North Korea plans to go ahead with its satellite launch, citing its sovereign right of “peaceful development and use of space.”
  • The WTO appellate body ruled that US subsidies to Boeing are illegal; the ICTSD reports on the decision here.
  • Javier Solana discusses sovereignty at Project Syndicate.
  • A cache of approximately 3,000 e-mails were leaked to The Guardian from insiders from the Syrian regime, including President Bashar al-Assad and his wife. Foreign Policy Passport gives a guide to reading them here.
  • Jurist reports about the US sending Afghan detainees to prisons known for torture.
  • Abdullah al-Senussi, the former Libyan chief-of-intelligence, has been arrested in Mauritania. The ICC, the Libyan National Transitional Council, and France have all requested his custody.
  • The L.A. Times reports on the psychological strain drone crews face.
  • Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, calls for a US troop withdrawal by the end of next year, previously scheduled for the end of 2014.
  • The NY Times reports that Ethiopian forces stormed into Eritrea and the clashes are stirring new tensions between the two countries.
  • Invisible Children’s production, Kony 2012, was screened in Uganda and stirred anger amongst viewers.
  • With all the hype stirred up by Hollywood stars surrounding the Kony 2012 campaign and activities in Darfur, Foreign Policy takes a look at the phenomenon of “Celebretarian Intervention.”