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Editorial: The UK Taken in Adultery. Who Will Cast the First Stone?

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,[t]hey say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? So…He lifted up himself and said unto them, he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (John 8:3 et seq) It should come as no great surprise that the UK Government, in putting before Parliament the UK Internal Market Bill, is now spicing with illegality its torrid  meal  of irresponsibility and incompetence in the manner in which Brexit was managed –from the Cameron hors d’oeuvres, through the Theresa May main course and, now, the Boris dessert. And nota bene: I am not calling into question the Brexit decision itself. It is the amateurism of the process which is so stupefying. Were any of the issues now being raised by HMG –…

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Cyber and Influence Operations Targeting Elections: Back to the Principle of Non-Intervention

After the 2016 US presidential election, President Obama criticized Russia for interfering in the vote, but stopped short of alleging a violation of international law. The intervening period has seen a vigorous debate on the rules governing interference in elections, but no consensus has emerged. The 2020 presidential election would seem, then,…

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The United Nations and the Third Geneva Convention

This post is part of a joint blog symposium with the Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog and Just Security exploring the new ICRC Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention. See below for other posts in the symposium. This post discusses the role of the United Nations in ensuring…

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Two Weeks in Review, 12 – 25 October 2020

Online Teaching Joseph Weiler offers some thoughts on how to make Zoom teaching more engaging in this editorial, including the use of breakout rooms to encourage students to deliberate with each other. Tarcisio Gazzini follows up…

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The United Nations’ Efforts to Restore a Reputation Tarnished by Cholera

Overwhelming evidence demonstrates that UN peacekeepers are the source of a 2010 cholera outbreak that has infected nearly 800,000 people and killed more than 9,000 people. After refusing to apologize or provide redress to the individual victims for six years, the United Nations appears to be…

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The Diversity Deficit in Investment Arbitration

Editors’ Note:  This is the latest post in our ongoing series of posts (see introduction here, first post on costs here, second post on duration of proceedings here) from individual members of the Academic Forum of the UNCITRAL…

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Nigeria and Morocco Move Towards a “New Generation” of Bilateral Investment Treaties

Introduction On 3 December 2016, the Governments of Morocco and Nigeria signed a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) that deserves close scrutiny. The treaty is an important attempt by two developing countries to move toward a new generation of BITs fully aligned with the evolution of…

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New Drone Report by UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights

Following up on yesterday’s post on the Eye in the Sky, today the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights published an important new report on the UK’s resort to drone strikes. Most interestingly, the report contains a number of clarifications of the…

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Déjà vu? Investment Court Proposals from 1960 and Today

It is not business as usual in investment dispute resolution these days. In late April 2018 in New York, governments and experts met under the auspices of UNCITRAL Working Group IIIto continue vigorously debating how investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) should be reformed or replacedby an investment…

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High Risk, High Reward: Taking the Question of Italy’s Involvement in Libyan ‘Pullback’ Policies to the European Court of Human Rights

The mere filing of a case is rarely a reason for legal commentary but in this particular case, it may well be. A few days ago, a broad-based coalition consisting of NGOs and scholars, led by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) filed an application against…

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