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ESIL-IHRL Online Symposium: Is There General International Human Rights Law?

In June 2014, we launched the ESIL-IHRL interest group online symposia.  In our first blog post we identified three overarching challenges for researchers of international human rights law. These are resistance to containment as a sub-branch; internal-fragmentation; and interdisciplinary expansion.  We start our symposia with a basic question about international human rights law (a question that cuts through both resistance to contentment as a sub-branch and internal fragmentation): Is there general international human rights law? Any question of general international law queries which international laws attain sufficient generality as to bind all members of the international community. General international law is distinguished from particular international law. The latter only binds a small number of state parties to treaties. Some also argue that there is a third category in between: some norms can be ‘more or less general’. That is they bind a large number of states - including major powers (Oppenheim-Lauterpacht, International Law: A Treatise, Vol. I, 1948, 4-5). Whether one agrees with a definition of general international law…

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Syria and the Law of Humanitarian Intervention (Part II: International Law and the Way Forward)

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on Just Security. My first post for Just Security explained why, despite some bungled politics, President Obama’s proposed military action in Syria could have been lawful under U.S. domestic law.  This post discusses why President Obama did not violate international law by threatening to use force in Syria in…

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Syria and the Law of Humanitarian Intervention (Part I: Political Miscues and U.S. Law)

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and was Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013. Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Just Security, a new blog with a fantastic team of editors and contributors who will be well…

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Event: Symposium on Unilateral Sanctions

The Hague Center for Law and Arbitration and the Doshisha University Graduate School of Global Studies announce a Symposium on Unilateral Sanctions and International Law: Views on Legitimacy and Consequences, 11 July 2013 at the Asser Institute in The Hague. Details here.

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Symposium on ExtraTerritorial Jurisdiction

One of the topics that will be taught in any basic course on public international law is “Jurisdiction”. By this is meant the jurisdiction of States and as Rosalyn Higgins explains in her book Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It, questions of State jurisdiction are questions relating to allocation of competence. The question is…

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