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The Recent Ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh: Territorial Control, Peacekeepers and Question of Status

The nine-point ceasefire agreement signed by the president of Azerbaijan, the prime minister of Armenia and the president of the Russian Federation on 9 November 2020 ended 44 days of hostilities that claimed more than 5000 lives. It also transformed the status quo existing in the South Caucasus since the 1994 Bishkek Ceasefire Agreement, which ended the first Nagorno-Karabakh War (1992-1994).   While the previous posts on this website and elsewhere analysed questions regarding the status and legal claims concerning Nagorno-Karabakh and the legality of the use of force (here, here and here), this blog focuses on some of the key terms of the ceasefire deal and their implication for various legal issues arising from this long-standing conflict.

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Reclaiming the Voice of Youth: Pandemic Politics and Law and the Invisibility of Youth

2019 will go down in history as the year with the largest transnational youth-led movement of all times: the global climate protests spearheaded by Fridays for Future. A year later, in the midst of an unprecedented global health crisis, the voices of these millions of politically active young people are virtually absent in all important sites of pandemic…

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Nuclear Weapons and International Law: The Impact of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

With Honduras being the 50th state to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on the 24th of October 2020, the 90 day countdown has begun for the treaty to come into force. Honduras also happened to ratify the treaty on UN Day, and not just any UN day, but the 75th anniversary…

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On the ILC, professional background, gender and positivism: A Rejoinder to Jan Klabbers

In “Codification by Interpretation”: The International Law Commission as an Interpreter of International Law, I argue that the United Nations (‘UN’) International Law Commission (‘ILC’) interprets international law; interpretation falls squarely within the ILC’s mandate; the ILC’s interpretative pronouncements can trigger an interpretative dialogue with States whose reactions can lead to ‘authoritative interpretations’; and ‘codification by interpretation’,…

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Yet another mala figura: Italy breached non-refoulement obligations by intercepting migrants’ boats at sea, says ECtHR

Francesco Messineo is lecturer at Kent Law School, Canterbury. For a country so obsessed with the bella figura (loosely translated as ‘making a good impression’), these are not good days for Italy – at least as far as international law is concerned. Only a few weeks…

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A Commentary on the Maritime Delimitation Issues in the Croatia v. Slovenia Final Award

I. Introduction An arbitral tribunal, constituted under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, issued its final and unanimous award in the Croatia v. Slovenia case on 29 June 2017. The arbitration concerned a territorial and maritime dispute between Croatia and Slovenia.

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Gbagbo Going to the Hague

The BBC is reporting that the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Laurent Gbagbo, the former president of the Cote d’Ivoire, and indeed that he is already on his way to the Hague. Gbagbo will be the first former head of state to sit…

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The Russian Constitutional Court and its Actual Control over the ECtHR Judgement in Anchugov and Gladkov

The amendment to the law on the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation which came into force on 14 December 2015 gave the Constitutional Court the power to declare “impossible to implement” judgements of a human rights body on the ground that its interpretation of the international treaty provisions…

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The Impact of Austerity Policies on International and European Courts and their Jurisprudence

This post is part of the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law blog symposium on 'The Place of International Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis'. Many countries have been hit by deepening economic depression induced by the economic crisis of 2008.

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More on Public International Law and Infectious Diseases: Foundations of the Obligation to Report Epidemic Outbreaks

In his recent post on the 2018-2019 Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Villarreal inter alia mentions the connection between the International Health Regulations (IHR) and international human rights law, arguing that states' obligations under the IHR are to be read in…

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