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Sanctioning Qatar: the Finale?

As already commented upon on various occasions on EJIL Talk!, on 5 June 2017 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt (the ‘quartet’) severed economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar, which included airspace restrictions, maritime restrictions, and travel bans on Qatari nationals. Four years later, the measures have been lifted. This was made possible through Kuwaiti mediation efforts between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The two eventually agreed to the Solidarity and Stability Deal in January 2021, which lead to the end of the stand-off between Qatar and the quartet. In the meantime, Qatar had also engaged with various dispute settlement mechanisms. This post reviews the role that adjudication played in the dispute.

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The War on Compensation: Troubling Signs for Civilian Casualties in the Gaza Strip

The last round of belligerency between Hamas and Israel claimed a significant toll from civilians, with many arguing that some of the more devastating activities conducted by the IDF were in breach of the laws of war (for example, here, here, and here). Just days before a ceasefire was declared, Judge Shlomo Friedlander of Israel’s…

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1. ECHR Protocol 15 – Brighton Revisited Lecture. On Monday 14 June at 6pm BST, the Convenors of the Essex Public International Law Lecture Series (Dr Meagan Wong and Dr Emily Jones) are hosting a lecture by Judge Erik Wennerström, European Court of Human Rights, entitled ‘ECHR Protocol 15 – Brighton Revisited’, chaired by Dr…

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An international crime of “ecocide”: what’s the story?

Global momentum is growing for a collective meaningful effort to be made to tackle the increasing urgency of the climate emergency. In corporate boardrooms, shifting business priorities can be seen in recent shareholder action at ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total. International organisations are weighing in, with expert publications such as…

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Part II: The Partition of the Chagos Archipelago and the Haunting Spectre of the South West Africa Cases

[Part II of a two-part post] When consent has been vitiated One of the most challenging aspects of partition is proving that its representatives’ consent was vitiated due to duress. In nearly all cases of partition duress, coercion, and even…

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What is the Meaning of “Consensus” in International Decision Making?

On 28 March, the negotiators at the Final UN Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty failed to adopt the Arms Trade Treaty (see BBC report here) by consensus.  A few days later the Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly…

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Covid-19: Italy is not a “place of safety” anymore. Is the decision to close Italian ports compliant with human rights obligations?

The Inter-ministerial Decree n. 150 of 7 April 2020 of the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, in agreement with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Health, has established that: For the entire period of health emergency resulting from the spread of the…

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Head of State Immunity is a Part of State Immunity: A Response to Jens Iverson

In a post here a couple of weeks ago Jens Iverson argues that “Nowhere does the Rome Statute explicitly recognize head of state immunity as a reason not to comply with obligations under the Statute.” He argues that although Article 98(1) of the ICC…

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Belgium asks European Court of Justice to opine on compatibility of Energy Charter Treaty’s investor-State arbitration provisions with EU law

On 3 December 2020, the Government of Belgium announced that it was submitting a request to the Court of Justice of the European Union for an opinion on ‘the compatibility of the intra-European application of the arbitration provisions of the future modernised Energy Charter Treaty with the European…

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GoJIL: Student Essay Competition

Wanted Dead or Alive? The Use of Unmanned Drones in Current Conflicts as a Legal Challenge Since his inauguration, US President Barack Obama has ordered over 120 drone attacks on Pakistani territory. Targeted killings and the use of drones by the US administration raise serious questions of international law. Are…

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