Christian Tams

@cjtams

About/Bio

Christian J. Tams is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow, where he directs the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security. He is the Review Editor of the European Journal of International Law and an academic member of Matrix Chambers London. His research focuses on questions of dispute resolution, the use of force, investment law and the law of treaties. A selection of his contributions is available on SSRN.

Recently Published

Decline and crisis: a plea for better metaphors and criteria

Note from the Editors:  This week we hold the first EJIL:Talk! Contributing Editors' Debate, where some or all of our distinguished Contributing Editors lend their views on broad themes of international law and the state of the art, science, and discipline of international law.  Our thanks to Andreas Zimmermann (Co-Director of the Berlin-Potsdam Research Group, 'The…

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No Dispute About Nuclear Weapons?

On 5 October 2016, the ICJ rendered judgment in three cases brought by the Marshall Islands against nuclear weapons States (namely against India, Pakistan and the UK). Notwithstanding differences in the respondents' optional clause declarations, the three judgments are largely identical. In all three of them, the Court decided that it did not…

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Comments on “Backlash against International Courts in West, East and Southern Africa: Causes and Consequences” by Karen J. Alter, James T. Gathii and Laurence R. Helfer

The article by Karen Alter, James T. Gathii and Laurence Helfer is instructive and, notwithstanding its considerable length, very readable. I learned a lot – about the three specific ‘court backlashes’, about the institutional setting in which the three courts under review operate, and about the factors determining the success or failure of ‘court-curbing’ – and…

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