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Belgium’s return of Lumumba’s tooth: A new moment for anti-colonial struggles?

June 2022 was marked by a critical event in South-North relations: Belgium returning a tooth to Congo. As trivial as it may sound, the return of the gold-crowned tooth ends a quarrel of 62 years between the former colonial and colonized peoples regarding the murder of the anti-colonial leader Patrice Lumumba. More than that, the declaration that accompanied the act was the first satisfactory Belgian apology acknowledging unlawful conduct, ending a cycle of over 20 years of insufficient declarations about Lumumba’s death. It characterizes the circumstances of Lumumba’s killing as a human rights violation, signaling a potential new trend for future apologetic declarations.

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The New Wave of Article 63 Interventions at the International Court of Justice

Recent developments in the Ukraine v. Russia case at the International Court of Justice may force the Court to address head-on an important point of procedure relating to intervention pursuant to Article 63 of the Court’s Statute. The Court’s Statute in Articles 62 and 63 provides two separate devices to States wishing to intervene.

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Two weeks in review, 1 August – 14 August

New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 33 (2022) No. 1) The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law  (Vol. 33 (2022) No. 1) is now out. EJIL subscribers have full access to the latest issue of the journal at EJIL’s Oxford University Press site. Apart from articles published in the last 12 months,…

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Announcements: Ghent Human Rights PhD Vacancies; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Salzburg PostDoc Position in PIL; CfP German Yearbook of International Law

1. PhD Vacancies for The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context (Ghent University). The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context (Ghent University) is hiring 2 PhDs. They are seeking to fill 2 full-time PhD positions as part of the European Research Council (ERC) Project 'IMPACTUM' Assessing the Impact of Urgent Measures in…

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Palestine, UN Non-Member Observer Status and ICC Jurisdiction

On 22 January 2009, the Palestinian Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), lodged a declaration recognizing the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (pictured left) ‘for the purpose of identifying, prosecuting and judging the authors and accomplices of acts committed…

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Crimean Tatars: Eight Years of Anything but Marginal Resistance

On 3 March 2022, Professor Alain Pellet published a reflection on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, drawing parallels to the 2014 occupation of Crimea. With the eighth anniversary of the Crimean ‘referendum’ approaching, this post will respond to Prof. Pellet’s thoughts on the Crimean Tatars and their ‘marginal’,…

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The untidy dystopias of anti-terrorism: Italian State Secrets, CIA Covert Operations, and the Criminal law in the Abu Omar Judgment

Francesco Messineo will join Kent Law School (Canterbury) as a Lecturer in Law in October 2010. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge.  Between 2004 and 2006, he was the Refugee Coordinator of the Italian Section of Amnesty International. His most recent…

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Antarctic Environment Protocol Challenges and Achievements: 20 Years in Force

Introduction On 4 October 1991, almost 27 years ago, negotiation of the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty (the "Protocol") finished in Madrid. On 14 January 1998, two decades ago, the Protocol made its entry into force. Now, the Protocol is compulsory for 40 States.

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A Marxism for International Law

Note from the Editors:  We conclude 2017 with a roundtable discussion of the second edition of Professor B.S. Chimni's International Law and World Order: A Critique of Contemporary Approaches.  Given numerous changes that rapidly transpired in the international system since 2016, the roundtable discussion will certainly spur…

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The Law Applicable to Peacekeepers Deployed in Situations where there is No Armed Conflict

Siobhán Wills  is Professor of Law at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. I have been researching the peacekeeping operation in Haiti, MINUSTAH, and in doing so coming up against a problem that I would appreciate the  thoughts of EJIL:Talk! readers on. There have…

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