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On Hezbollah, Huawei, Homosexuality, Sharon Stone and a Chainsaw: The Economic Normalization Agreement between Serbia and Kosovo

On September 4, 2020, an economic relations agreement was signed between Serbia and Kosovo, as part of efforts to resolve the long-standing dispute about Kosovo’s independence. It was brokered by the Trump administration and signed at the White House. President Trump called the agreement historic and its signatories – the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and Prime Minister of Kosovo, Avdullah Hoti – great leaders (for more background see here, here, and here). As explained below, to describe this agreement as historic would be an overstatement, to put it mildly. Instead of setting the ground for what it will supposedly achieve – the normalization of economic relations between Serbia and Kosovo, thus advancing the welfare of their people – the agreement in reality seems to be a mishmash of different issues important mostly to President Trump in his campaign for the US presidential election this coming November. It is more like a New Year’s resolution list, as someone noted on Twitter, than…

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The Applicability of the ECHR in Contested Territories; Two Other ECHR Cases Against Russia

Earlier this week the European Court of Human Rights decided Sandu and Others v. the Republic of Moldova and Russia, nos. 21034/05 etc, the latest in its Ilascu line of cases (see here and here for more background). As in its previous case law, the Court in Sandu found that both Moldova and Russia exercised…

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Kosovo’s Membership in the PCA: Some comments on Professor Zimmermann’s post

It was nice to read Professor Zimmermann’s post on the issue of membership of Palestine and Kosovo in the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), as this matter should get more attention from the community of international lawyers. I have already dealt with some of the relevant legal issues in an ESIL Reflection of 11 March 2016…

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Palestine at the Gates of the Peace Palace: The long and windy road towards Palestinian membership in the Permanent Court of Arbitration

To Be or not to be a Party … It took two lengthy sessions of the Administrative Council of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (‘PCA’ ) before it decided, on March 14, 2016, to confirm that the ‘State of Palestine’ is a contracting party to the 1907 Hague Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes…

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Crimea, Kosovo, Hobgoblins and Hypocrisy

One of the more remarkable aspects of the whole unfortunate Ukraine episode is the rampant hypocrisy on part of all of the major players involved in the dispute. Those same Western states that unlawfully invaded Iraq, and supported Kosovo's secession from Serbia while endlessly repeating that Kosovo was somehow a really super-special sui generis case, are now pontificating about…

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