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European Court decides A and others v. United Kingdom

Today the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights delivered its judgment in A and others v. United Kingdom, App. No. 3455/05, the sequel to the Belmarsh case, [2005] UKHL 71, decided by the House of Lords several years ago. The applicants were detained preventatively as suspected terrorists by UK authorities pursuant to legislation passed by Parliament and a derogation from Article 5 ECHR made by the UK after the 9/11 attacks under Article 15 ECHR. The House of Lords declared the derogation incompatible with the ECHR, on the grounds that it discriminated between nationals and non-nationals, as it allowed the preventative detention only of the latter. Today it was the European Court’s turn to deal with numerous issues arising out of the applicants’ preventative detention.

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Sayadi: The Human Rights Committee’s Kadi (or a pretty poor excuse for one…)

In October 2008, the Human Rights Committee decided the Sayadi case (CCPR/C/94/D/1472/2006) regarding UN Security Council terrorist blacklists, and the decision has now been made public (h/t to Bill Schabas, who made available the text of the views). As I will now explain, the Committee regrettably failed to do justice to the many complex issues of international law that…

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The Application of Human Rights Treaties in Wartime

This year the EJIL has been marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by publishing a series of articles on international human rights law. The international human rights movement was birthed in response to the atrocities during the second World War. It is therefore appropriate to examine the extent to which international human rights…

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Human Rights, International Economic Law and ‘Constitutional Justice’: a Reply by Robert Howse to Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann’s Article in EJIL Vol 19:4

In issue 4 of our year marking the anniversary of the UDHR, we published an article by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann on "Human Rights, International Economic Law and 'Constitutional Justice'". We continue the discussion by publishing a reply and a rejoinder to this piece. We invite our readers to comment. Herein find a reply by Robert Howse to Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann: "Together with developments…

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Human Rights, International Economic Law and ‘Constitutional Justice’: A Rejoinder by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann

In this post Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann issues a rejoinder to Robert Howse's comments [above] on Prof. Petersmann's article. "All academics learn from discussion and criticism of their published views. Hence, I congratulated the EJIL editors, Alston in 2002 and Weiler in 2008, when they invited a response to my articles in EJIL. Following the insulting EJIL comments by Alston in 2002, this…

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