Geir Ulfstein

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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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The Netherlands’ inter-State application against Russia six years after MH 17

Malaysian Airlines flight MH 17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down in July 2014 over the territory of Eastern Ukraine, killing 298 persons. On 10 July 2020, almost exactly six years later, the Dutch government lodged an inter-State application against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR, the Court) under Article 33 ECHR,…

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Inter-State Applications under the European Convention on Human Rights: Strengths and Challenges

  This post provides, in broad strokes, an overview of human rights litigation via the inter-State application procedure under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as well as its strengths and challenges. In the last seven decades, States have referred 24 situations to the former Commission and to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Certainly, compared…

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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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