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Announcements: Inadvertent Negligence in Criminal Law Conference; Perspectives on Willful Blindness and Mistakes of Fact Workshop; CfS Terrorism and Belligerency Workshop

1. Criminalising Carelessness: Inadvertent Negligence in Criminal Law. The Research Group "Criminal Law Theory" at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security, and Law is organizing a conference on the topic of inadvertent negligence in criminal law. The conference will take place from 29 - 31 August 2024 in Freiburg/Germany. For further information and registration, see here. 2. Blame for Ignorance? – Perspectives on Willful Blindness and Mistakes of Fact. The Research Group “Criminal Law Theory” is organizing a workshop in cooperation with the University of Göttingen to address the theoretical, doctrinal, and practical issues of willful blindness and (culpable) mistakes of fact. The workshop will take place from 5 - 7 September 2024 in Freiburg/Germany. For further information and registration, see here.

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ICJ Delivers Advisory Opinion on the Legality of Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories

Yesterday, the International Court of Justice delivered its groundbreaking advisory opinion on the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. (The Court’s opinion and all of the individual opinions of the judges are available here.) The bottom line of the AO is that the…

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Olympics 2024: The litmus test for the future role of international sport in times of war

As the Moscow Times reports, ‘only 16 Russians and 17 Belarusians have accepted invitations to compete under a neutral banner at the Paris Olympics’. While this may sound like a deliberate decision, the reality is that the ‘Individual Neutral Athlete Eligibility Review Panel’ (INAERP), appointed by the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive…

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Environmental Procedural Rights at Risk? Inadequate Financial Contributions Threaten to Undermine the Aarhus Convention

From 2-4 July, the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention met for the 28th time in the UN Headquarters in Geneva. The agenda featured critical topics such as access to justice, public participation in international forums, the protection of environmental defenders, compliance cases, capacity-building, and possible topics of future…

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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…

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China, the Philippines and Oil Rig HD-981: A New Flashpoint in the South China Sea Dispute

Tensions between China and Vietnam over the disputed Paracel islands erupted into anti-Chinese riots this week in Vietnam. The immediate cause is the positioning of a deep sea exploratory oil rig, the HD-9H1, 17 nautical miles from Triton Island, the south-western most feature of the…

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Fair and Equitable Treatment: A Rejoinder to Martins Paparinskis

I don’t think that there’s all that much between Martins Paparinskis and me.   I certainly don’t decry the difference between treaty and custom in this field,…

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The Inter-American Court's Advisory Function Continues to Boom – A few comments on the requests currently pending

    Just on the same day that Evo Morales had asked the Bolivians to re-elect him for the fourth time as President, Colombia’s President Iván Duque apparently followed his words with deeds by filing a further request for an advisory opinion to the IACtHR. Already in his…

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Will the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awaken? The Kunduz Hospital Attack and the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission

Editors Note: Following the attack earlier this month in Kunduz on a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières, we  are  today posting two articles on the potential role of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) in any investigation. The two posts, the first by Ove Bring (Professor Emeritus of International Law…

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Orwellian Rulings of the Russian Constitutional Court on the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia Provinces of Ukraine

With its historical denialism, Newspeak and propaganda, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has given new life to George Orwell’s evocation of how political language can be used to obscure or misrepresent reality. Does the same hold true for legal language? On 30 September 2022, following the…

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