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On the ILC, professional background, gender and positivism: A Rejoinder to Jan Klabbers

In “Codification by Interpretation”: The International Law Commission as an Interpreter of International Law, I argue that the United Nations (‘UN’) International Law Commission (‘ILC’) interprets international law; interpretation falls squarely within the ILC’s mandate; the ILC’s interpretative pronouncements can trigger an interpretative dialogue with States whose reactions can lead to ‘authoritative interpretations’; and ‘codification by interpretation’, especially in relation to the law of treaties, may be explained by the ILC’s vision to reinforce international law by instilling the rules on ‘law-making’ with clarity and certainty over time, thus convincing States to continue to use international law as a means for regulating international affairs. This last point is a significant endeavour at a time when some States seem increasingly keen to depart from multilateralism. Jan Klabbers, in the same issue of EJIL, has commented on my article. I dispel his misunderstanding of my argument in a Letter to the Editors in a forthcoming issue of EJIL. However, Klabbers also asks (I paraphrase bluntly): why should we listen to the ILC? And urges…

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The ‘New’ World Bank Accountability Mechanism: Observations from the ND Reparations Design and Compliance Lab

On 8 September 2020, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a Resolution establishing the World Bank Accountability Mechanism [hereafter, “Accountability Mechanism Resolution”], composed of the original World Bank Inspection Panel established in 1993, and a new entity called the Dispute Resolution Services.  A counterpart updated Resolution was also passed relating to the World Bank Inspection…

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The United Nations and the Third Geneva Convention

This post is part of a joint blog symposium with the Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog and Just Security exploring the new ICRC Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention. See below for other posts in the symposium. This post discusses the role of the United Nations in ensuring…

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United in What? Some reflections on the Security Council’s sovereignty rhetoric in the latest Syria resolutions

The Security Council’s (SC) decision-making process on the renewal of humanitarian assistance for Syria caused a lot of unease amongst observers of the situation. Only a day after the previous aid program had expired, could a new agreement on the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Syrian people be reached. While the debates leading up to the…

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“I want to break free”: the WHO Foundation as an Experiment in the Financing of International Organisations

The current COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the World Health Organization (WHO) into sharp relief. Views differ on the questions of whether the WHO has convincingly managed the pandemic, whether its International Health Regulations are up to scratch and whether it and its current leadership are under too heavy influence of China, other member states or even private actors…

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