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With WHOm can I share data? Applying the GDPR to transfers of data to International Organisations

Introduction The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown International Organisations (IOs) such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) into the spotlight. Critics ask whether they suffer from undue political influence or unhelpful political apathy. A more prosaic question the crisis raises, however, concerns the rules that apply to such bodies when they process personal data. In this regard, while the debate about whether the GDPR applies to IOs directly, has largely been settled, its application to entities transferring data to them remains beset by uncertainty. The decision of the CJEU in Schrems II has done little to ameliorate that uncertainty. Those proceedings concerned the transmission of data to a third country. However, the impugned provisions (in Chapter V of the GDPR) which limit such transfers except in certain circumstances, also apply when data are transferred to IOs. In its wake, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published two documents addressing the issues raised (here and here). Meanwhile the Commission has adopted a Draft Implementing Decision elaborating a new set of standard contractual…

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Withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention by Turkey: A Testing Problem for the Council of Europe

On Saturday 20 March 2021, Turkey woke up to a historic first – the announcement of its first withdrawal from a human rights treaty by the President. A presidential decision declared that Turkey was leaving the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. This is the convention better known, most ironically,…

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Could the General Assembly Exclude Myanmar from the UN by Refusing to Recognise the Credentials of its Ruling Military Junta?

Earlier this month, Myanmar’s military seized power from the democratically elected government in a dramatic coup d’état.  State Counsellor Aung San Suy Kyi was arrested alongside other government ministers, parliamentarians and activists.  The military’s Commander-in-Chief, who a UN Fact-Finding mission said in 2018 should be prosecuted for crimes under international law, is running the country.    …

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Of Straw Men, the United Nations and Illegal Occupation: A Rejoinder to David Hughes

Introduction In volume 31:3 of EJIL, David Hughes provides an interesting reply to my article in the same volume, in which I critically examine the commitment of the United Nations (UN) to the international rule of law by examining its management of the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT) since 1967. I argue that…

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EJIL: The Podcast! Episode 6 – Trumping International Law?

This episode examines the effects of the four years of the Trump Administration on international law. I am joined by Joseph Weiler, Co-Editor in Chief of EJIL and University Professor at New York University School of Law; Neha Jain, Professor of Public International Law at the European University Institute; and Chimene Keitner, who is Alfred…

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