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Compliance and Accountability Mechanisms in the 2024 Revisions to the WHO International Health Regulations (2005)

Since the COVID-19 virus first emerged in China in late 2019 there have been many high-level reviews of how the world could better have tackled this…

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A general obligation of due diligence in international law?

Recently, arguments have emerged that a universal source exists from which it is automatically possible to derive binding due diligence obligations for states in relation to all forms…

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A Fossil Fuel Ban Treaty: Corrective Treaty-Making Beyond Consensus

As the COP28 drew to a close the day before yesterday, the final outcome left many disappointed. The first global stocktake, regarded as the central decision of the…

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Nothing is certain but death and taxes (unless you get hacked): An international law perspective on Ukraine’s cyber attack against Russia’s Federal Tax Service

Talk about bad timing. This week, all international lawyers with a little more than passing interest in all things cyber have their eyes on – or are themselves…

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The Discomfort of Extraterritoriality: US Semiconductor Export Controls and why their Chokehold on Dutch Photolithography Machines Matter  

In the wake of the US Department of Commerce’s announcement on 17 October 2023 of new sweeping semiconductor export control restrictions, China began stockpiling photolithography machines…

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Are we still friends? The U.S. and EU approach to ‘friend-shoring’ of supply chains

On August 28, 2023 the Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Wang Wentao and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo held…

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25 Years after the Adoption of the ILO 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: What is New in the Human Rights Turn in Labour Law?

June 2023 marked the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the ILO 1998 Declaration of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (the Declaration). The Declaration…

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The Ljubljana – The Hague Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance: Was the Gap Closed?

26 May 2023 was a historical day for the fight against impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. On that day, a Diplomatic…

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Two Weeks in Review, 8 May – 21 May 2023

Pedro A. Villarreal explores the recent WHO declaration on COVID-19 no longer constituting a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). Villarreal addresses the legal consequences brought upon…

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“We’re In This for the Long Haul”: The End of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern Due to COVID-19

Last Friday, 5 May 2023, acting upon advice from an Emergency Committee, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared under Article 12 of the International…

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