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Al-Skeini and Al-Jedda in Strasbourg

I’ve posted on SSRN an article which will be published in the EJIL next year on Al-Skeini and Al-Jedda before the European Court of Human Rights. The pre-print draft will be available on SSRN until the article comes out in the Journal. The abstract is below, and comments are welcome, as always. The article analyses the European Court of Human Rights’ recent judgments in Al-Skeini v. United Kingdom and Al-Jedda v. United Kingdom. The former is set to become the leading Strasbourg authority on the extraterritorial application of the ECHR; the latter presents significant developments with regard to issues such as the dual attribution of conduct to states and to international organizations, norm conflict, the relationship between the ECHR and general international law, and the ability or inability of UN Security Council decisions to displace human rights treaties by virtue of Article 103 of the UN Charter. The article critically examines the reasoning behind the two judgments, as well as their broad policy implications regarding ECHR member state action abroad and their implementation of various…

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Keitner on Rights Beyond Borders

I’d like to draw our readers’ attention to an excellent recent article by Chimene Keitner, ‘Rights Beyond Borders,’ published in the Yale Journal of International Law, and dealing with the extraterritorial application of domestic guarantees of individual rights. It is a timely piece which engages in a comparative examination of relevant US, UK and Canadian case law;…

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UK Supreme Court Decides R (Smith) v SSD

Today the UK Supreme Court decided R (Smith) v Secretary of State for Defence [2010] UKSC 29 (press summary), yet another fascinating addition to the unfolding saga on the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties. The plaintiff was the mother of a UK soldier stationed in Iraq who died there from a severe heatstroke. She demanded an inquiry…

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Grand Chamber Hearings and Preview of Al-Skeini and Al-Jedda

Today the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights held joint hearings in  Al-Skeini and others v. UK (no. 55721/07) and Al-Jedda v. UK (no. 27021/08) - webcast available here, statements of facts available here. It would be no exaggeration to say that these are some of the most important cases to come before the Court…

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ECHR Rights at Sea: Medvedyev and others v. France

Dr Douglas Guilfoyle is a Lecturer in Law at University College London.  His research has focussed on the law of the sea and international and transanational criminal law. His book Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009. His previous EJIL Talk! posts can be found by clicking on…

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