Jure Vidmar


Jure Vidmar is Professor of Public International Law, Maastricht University, the Netherlands. Prior to joining Maastricht, he held several teaching and research positions at Oxford University. He is also affiliated with the University of Pretoria and was a Visiting Fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Jure is the author of 'Democratic Statehood in International Law: The Emergence of New States in Post-Cold War Practice' and co-editor (with Erika de Wet) of 'Hierarchy in International Law: The Place of Human Rights'. Jure is also the editor-in-chief of the Hague Yearbook of International Law.

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Palestine v United States: Why the ICJ does not need to decide whether Palestine is a state

Palestine’s institution of proceedings against the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has already drawn much attention on this blog (see here and here) and elsewhere. A great deal has already been said on Monetary Gold and admissibility. My post will focus on the Article 34(1) ICJ Statute requirement that ‘[o]nly states…

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Catalonia: The Way Forward is Comparative Constitutional Rather than International Legal Argument

On 10 October 2017, Catalonia issued and then immediately suspended its declaration of independence, and urged Spain to negotiate. Spain does not want to negotiate. Rather, it sought clarification as to whether or not Catalonia’s manoeuvre indeed was a declaration of independence. Such clarification was needed, according to Spain, in order to decide on an appropriate…

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Excusing Illegal Use of Force: From Illegal but Legitimate to Legal Because it is Legitimate?

The US missile strikes on Syria have, inter alia, revived the debates on humanitarian intervention, the argument of ‘illegal but legitimate’ and more generally on the exceptions to the prohibition of the use of force. For some examples see here, here and here. Some contributors have pointed out that the US did not even try…

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