Michael A Becker

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Michael A Becker is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin. He served previously as an Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice.

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The Situation of the Rohingya: Is there a role for the International Court of Justice?

In April 2017, the UN Human Rights Council established the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar to investigate alleged human rights abuses by military and security forces. The Fact-Finding Mission issued an initial summary reportin August 2018, followed by a 444-page report of detailed findingsin September. Among other things, the Fact-Finding Mission found that…

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Japan’s New Optional Clause Declaration at the ICJ: A Pre-Emptive Strike?

On the pitch, the best offense is sometimes a good defense. Alternatively, you can simply decide not to play. It was reported yesterday that Japan has submitted a new reservation to its declaration recognizing the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The new reservation, which is not yet available on the Court’s…

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