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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 30 (2019) No. 3) – Now Published

Published on December 12, 2019        Author: 

 

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law (Vol. 30 (2019) No. 3) is now out. As usual, the table of contents of the new issue is available at EJIL’s own website, where readers can access those articles that are freely available without subscription. The free access article in this issue is Paz Andrés Sáenz de Santa María’s The European Union and the Law of Treaties: A Fruitful RelationshipEJIL subscribers have full access to the latest issue of the journal at EJIL’s Oxford University Press site. Apart from articles published in the last 12 months, EJIL articles are freely available on the EJIL website.

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Favourite Readings 2019 – Industry? What Industry?

Published on December 12, 2019        Author: 

 

As in previous years, EJIL’s Review Editor, Christian J. Tams, has invited EJIL board members and (associate) editors to offer short reflections on their favourite books of the year 2019. No strict rules apply — the posts are meant to introduce books that left an impression, irrespective of their genre. Today we have selections from Jan Klabbers. You can read all the posts in this series here.

 

Looking back, I notice I have read a surprisingly large number of really good books this year, and from a variety of disciplines too. Still, it is a rather damning indictment of the current state of the academic industry that the most memorable works I have read this year have had no relationship whatsoever to formal notions of research projects”, funding schemes”, grant applications”, principal investigators”, or any other manifestation of the competitive bureaucratization of academic work in recent decades.

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EJIL Vol. 30 (2019) No. 3: In this Issue

Published on December 11, 2019        Author: 

 

The first section of this issue includes three articles. The first article, by Paz Andrés Sáenz de Santa María, examines the treaty-making practice of the European Union (EU) from an international law perspective. Contrary to the view that international treaty law is ill-suited to deal with distinct legal actors such as the EU, this article shows that international treaty law has been a useful and flexible mechanism to fulfil the objectives of the EU’s external relations. At the same time, EU treaty-making practice and adjudication have contributed to the development of international treaty law. The article highlights the main features of this mutually constructive relationship, while also pointing to some challenges that need to be addressed.

The second article, by Vera Shikhelman, assesses the implementation of the decisions of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) in individual communications. Drawing on an analysis of original empirical data, the article identifies the main factors that influence state compliance with HRC decisions. Arguably, these findings can also shed light on state cooperation with other international human rights institutions.

In the third article, Máximo Langer and Mackenzie Eason challenge the prevailing perception that universal jurisdiction is in decline. They conduct a worldwide survey to show that universal jurisdiction has actually been invisibly but persistently expanding in terms of quantity, frequency, and geographical spread. They then suggest some explanations for this trend and assess its merits and pitfalls. Read the rest of this entry…

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Favourite Readings 2019 – Closing an Uneasy Decade with Rhythm and Blues

Published on December 11, 2019        Author: 

 

As in previous years, EJIL’s Review Editor, Christian J. Tams, has invited EJIL board members and (associate) editors to offer short reflections on their favourite books of the year 2019. No strict rules apply — the posts are meant to introduce books that left an impression, irrespective of their genre. Today we have selections from Michal Saliternik. You can read all the posts in this series here.

 

We are closing the second decade of the twenty-first century without seeing much progress in addressing this century’s most daunting problems, including violent conflicts, social inequality, environmental degradation, and the decline of democracy. My good reads for the past year deal with these problems from different perspectives and methodological approaches within several genres. Together, they take the reader to a journey between the small details and the big picture; between the past and the future; between the heart and the mind; between despair and hope.

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New Issue of EJIL (Vol. 30 (2019) No. 3) Out This Week

Published on December 9, 2019        Author: 

 

The latest issue of the European Journal of International Law will be published this week. Over the coming days, we will have a series of editorial posts by Joseph Weiler and Sarah Nouwen, Editors-in-Chief of EJIL. These posts will appear in the Editorial of the new issue. 

Here is the Table of Contents for this new issue:

Editorial

On My Way In – I: Impressions of a New Editor-in-Chief’s First Months in the EJIL Engine Room; On My Way Out – Advice to Young Scholars VI: WeakPoint, On the Uses and Abuses of PowerPoint; In This Issue

Articles

Paz Andrés Sáenz de Santa María, The European Union and the Law of Treaties: A Fruitful Relationship

Vera Shikhelman, Implementing Decisions of International Human Rights Institutions – Evidence from the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Máximo Langer and Mackenzie Eason, The Quiet Expansion of Universal Jurisdiction

Symposium: International Commissions of Inquiry

Michael A. Becker and Sarah M.H. Nouwen, International Commissions of Inquiry: What Difference Do They Make? Taking an Empirical Approach

Eliav Lieblich, At Least Something: The UN Special Committee on the Problem of Hungary, 1957–1958

Hala Khoury-Bisharat, The Unintended Consequences of the Goldstone Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Organizations in Israel

Mohamed S. Helal, Two Seas Apart: An Account of the Establishment, Operation and Impact of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI)

Roaming Charges: Moments of Dignity: Mekong River

EJIL: Debate!

Jeffrey Kahn, The Relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation: Conflicting Conceptions of Sovereignty in Strasbourg and St. Petersburg

Blankenagel, The Relationship between the European Court of Human Rights and the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation: A Reply to Jeffrey Kahn

EJIL: Debate!

Heike Krieger, Populist Governments and International Law

Marcela Prieto Rudolphy, Populist Governments and International Law: A Reply to Heike Krieger

Paul Blokker, Populist Governments and International Law: A Reply to Heike Krieger

A Fresh Look at an Old Case

Amedeo Arena, From an Unpaid Electricity Bill to the Primacy of EU Law: Gian Galeazzo Stendardi and the Making of Costa v ENEL 

Review Essay

JHHW, FIFA – The Beautiful Game – The Ugly Organization

Sahiba Gill, Edouard Adelus and Francisco de Abreu Duarte, Whose Game? FIFA, Corruption, and the Challenge of Global Governance. Review of J. Sugden and A. Tomlinson. Football, Corruption and Lies: Revisiting ‘Badfellas’, the Book FIFA Tried to Ban; D. Conn. The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer; H. Blake and J. Calvert. The Ugly Game: The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup; B. Mersiades. Whatever It Takes: The Inside Story of the FIFA Way; J. Chade. Política, Propina e Futebol: Como o Padrão FIFA Ameaça o Esporte Mais Popular do Planeta

Book Reviews

William A. Schabas, The Trial of the Kaiser (Roger O’Keefe)

Honor Brabazon (ed.). Neoliberal Legality: Understanding the Role of Law in the Neoliberal Project (Anna Chadwick)

Joseph Klingler, Yuri Parkhomenko, Constantinos Salonidis (eds). Between the Lines of the Vienna Convention? Canons and Other Principles of Interpretation in Public International Law (Richard Gardiner)

The Last Page

Antjie Krog, Litany

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Favourite Readings 2019 – 10 Good Reads

Published on December 9, 2019        Author: 

 

 

As in previous years, EJIL’s Review Editor, Christian J. Tams, has invited EJIL board members and (associate) editors to offer short reflections on their favourite books of the year 2019. No strict rules apply — the posts are meant to introduce books that left an impression, irrespective of their genre. Today we have selections from Joseph Weiler. You can read all the posts in this series here.

 

It is the time of year once more when I publish my pick from some of the books that came my way since my last “Good Reads” listing. These are not book reviews in the classical and rigorous sense of the word, for which you should turn to our Book Review section. I do not attempt to analyze or critique, but rather to explain why the books appealed to me and why I think you, too, may find them not only well worth reading but enjoyable, good reads. 

Anthony Julius, Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England (OUP, 2010)

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Announcements: UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Research Positions NUS Centre for International Law; The Intensive Doctoral Week; CfP Conflict and Entanglement in the Global Legal Order; CfP Old and New Threats to Freedom of Expression; CfC Research Roundtable on Civil Liability for Human Rights Violations; CfA Oak Foundation Research Visitor Programme; ECHR Law Review 

Published on December 8, 2019        Author: 

 

1. New Additions to the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Codification Division of the Office of Legal Affairs recently added the following lecture to the Lecture Series of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) website: Ms. Vera Rusinova on “Human Rights in Armed Conflicts” available in English and Russian. The Audiovisual Library of International Law is also available as a podcast, which can be accessed through the preinstalled applications in Apple or Google devices, through SoundCloud or through the podcast application of your preference by searching “Audiovisual Library of International Law”.

2. Two Research Positions NUS Centre for International Law (CIL). NUS Centre for International Law (CIL) is hiring for 2 Research Positions. The first is a Research Associate/Fellow (CIL’s Oceans Law and Policy Programme) and the second a Research Associate/Fellow (MPA-CIL Oceans Governance Research Programme). Applications open 10 December 2019 and close on 20 January 2020. CIL is seeking applications from candidates with both an advanced degree in international law (PhD or LLM) and a demonstrable interest in the law of the sea, marine environmental law or the international regulation of shipping. Candidates with a particular interest in Southeast Asia and its regional institutions are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants please see here and submit the required documents to cil.jobs {at} nus.edu(.)sg by 20 January 2020. 

3. The Intensive Doctoral Week. Initiated in 2011, the Intensive Doctoral Week (IDW) is a co-organised initiative led by Sciences Po Law School and the Law and Political Science Doctoral School of Paris Nanterre University as well as a great number of partners in the world (For more information on previous IDW events). Limited to a small number of PhD researchers coming from partners’ institutions and from other Law Schools, the IDW is designed as a PhD-training Lab. It aims at enabling researchers to present their own topics, to discuss their own work, and to engage their ideas with renowned Law professors, from France or abroad. Registration is free. Applications will be examined and selected by an independent committee of experts. To apply, fill in the online application. The deadline for application is 10 February 2020. More information is here. Read the rest of this entry…

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Favourite Readings 2019 — Book Recommendations by EJIL Board Members

Published on December 6, 2019        Author: 

 

Each year, around 150,000-200,000 books are published in the UK alone. A steady and not-so-slow reader averaging one book per week will get through 52 per year. So we need to be selective, and in order to select well, or at least make informed choices, we need guidance and suggestions.  

Over the course of the next days, EJIL:Talk! will seek to provide such guidance: as in previous years, we‘ll publish a series of short posts in which some of the people behind EJIL offer their suggestions and tell you about their favourite readings of the year.

Needless to say, the recommendations reflect personal choices and a wide range of interests: expect international law to feature, but not to dominate — we‘ll have a good mix of life & law and fact & fiction, including Habermas and Afua Hirsch, but also Dr Seuss, Javier Marias and Leonard Cohen. As in previous years, 2019 does not necessarily stand for the year of publication: it simply means that these books impressed our writers during 2019.  I’ll hope you enjoy our suggestions — and if you do, make sure to go and buy the books from your local independent book store. 

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Announcements: CfP Glasginburgh 2020; CfP Colloquium in Critical International Law; Glasgow Global Security Dialogue; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; CfA Migration Conference 2020; Positive State Obligations Concerning Fundamental Rights Conference; CfP: Historicization of Int Law and its Limits

Published on November 24, 2019        Author: 

 

1. Call for Papers: Glasginburgh (Glasgow-Edinburgh) 2020. Announcing the keynote speakers for the Glasginburgh Conference June 2020: Priya Lal, Boston College (US) and Margot Solomon, London School of Economics (UK). The conference will be held at the University of Glasgow on Monday 8th – Tuesday 9th of June 2020. Our aim is to explore the relationship between international law and questions of “distribution” – broadly conceived. The two-day event will promote a dialogue about the myriad ways in which current ‘distributions’ inform or even determine the development of international law, and how, in turn, the practices of international legal institutions may impact upon distributions of income, resources, and power in the world. We welcome applications from the critical, doctrinal and visionary traditions of international law enabling a serious scholarly reflection on this topic. Abstracts of 500 words should be sent to glasginburgh {at} gmail(.)com by 30th November 2019. For more information see our full call for papers.

2, Call for Papers: Postgraduate Colloquium in Critical International Law. Durham Law School’s Law and Global Justice research cluster and the Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law at SOAS University of London have issued a call for papers for their second Postgraduate Colloquium in Critical International Law. The colloquium will focus on postgraduate research in international law that takes a critical approach (broadly understood). Relevent approaches might include, for example: feminism/gender studies, queer theory, Marxism, critical race theory, TWAIL/(post-)colonial approaches, international legal history/history and international law, psychoanalysis, structuralism and post-structuralism, post-modernism, law and literature, law and art, realism, law and science, and/or empirical approaches. Further details can be found here. The deadline for responding to the call for papers is 16th December 2019 and the Colloquium will be held at Durham University on 27th April 2020. Read the rest of this entry…

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Announcement: Sovereignty and Non-Intervention Event – State Cyberattacks; CfP Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law

Published on November 17, 2019        Author: 

 

1. Sovereignty and Non-Intervention: The Application of International Law to State Cyberattacks. This event will take place on Wednesday 4 December 2019 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Chatham House, 10 St James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LE. International law applies to cyber operations – but views differ on exactly how. Does state-sponsored interference in another state’s affairs using cyber means – for example,  disinformation campaigns in elections, disabling government websites, or disrupting transport systems – breach international law? If so, on what basis and how are the principles of sovereignty and non-intervention relevant? This event will bring together a broad group of actors, including policymakers, the private sector, legal experts and civil society, and will be followed by a drinks reception. For more information, and to register interest, see here. The event will be chaired by Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House.

2. Call for Papers: 9th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law 2020. The conference is organised by the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) in collaboration with the International Law Forum and other sponsors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 17-19 May 2020. The scope of the conference is broad, and we invite submissions on any IEL topic. Submissions should include (1) a CV (no more than 2 pages); (2) an anonymized research abstract (no more than 400 words), to be sent no later than 31 January 2020. Should you have any questions regarding application or participation, please feel free to contact pepasiel2020 {at} gmail(.)com.  More information: 9th PEPA/SIEL Call for Papers.

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