Geir Ulfstein

About/Bio

Geir Ulfstein is Professor of International Law in the Faculty of Law and Co-director of PluriCourts, a Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, at the University of Oslo.

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How International Law Restricts the Use of Military Force in Hormuz

We await whether an allied action will protect shipping in the Persian Gulf, and whether it will be led by the USA or by European states. The UK's new government will support US action, while at least some other European states are reluctant to be seen as supporters of US aggressive policy towards Iran. Political arguments aside, there…

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Copenhagen – much ado about little?

The Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the ‘Copenhagen Declaration’ Friday April 13 concerning the perpetual reform of the European Human Rights System. Previous installments were agreed at Interlaken, Izmir, Brighton and Brussels. On the face of it not much is new in the Declaration. It is still interesting, not least for what the Ministers…

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The Draft Copenhagen Declaration: Whose Responsibility and Dialogue?

Scattered responsibility and Melian dialogue? The Danish Chairmanship of the Council of Europe has proposed a new installation to the reform saga of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Their recipes sound innocuous: no one can be against ‘sharing responsibility’ for human rights protection, or for improved ‘dialogue’ between the Court and states. Yet…

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