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The Parochialism of Western Cosmopolitanism in a Competitive World Order

This post is part of the Joint Symposium that we are co-hosting with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts' new book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017).  We are familiar with the question: Is international law law? In my new book, I ask instead: Is international law international? Not particularly, is my answer—at least, not in the way that it tends to be conceptualized by international law academics in different states and in the international law textbooks and casebooks that they use. When asked to reflect on the professional community of international lawyers, Oscar Schachter memorably called it an “invisible college” whose members were “dispersed throughout the world” yet “engaged in a continuous process of communication and collaboration.” But in rendering that college visible, I find that international lawyers may be better understood as constituting a “divisible college” whose members hail from different states and regions and who often form separate (though overlapping) communities with their own…

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Joint Symposium with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts’ Is International Law International?

We are delighted to announce that over the next few days we will be co-hosting with Opinio Juris a discussion of our contributing editor, Anthea Roberts’ new and prize-winning book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017). The book has recently been awarded the American Society of International Law’s  2018 Certificate…

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The Impact of Austerity Policies on International and European Courts and their Jurisprudence

This post is part of the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law blog symposium on 'The Place of International Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis'. Many countries have been hit by deepening economic depression induced by the economic crisis of 2008. While there is no doubt that the crisis had its…

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The Security Council’s Response to the Ebola Crisis: A Step Forward or Backwards in the Realization of the Right to Health?

This post is part of the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law blog symposium on 'The Place of International Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis'. The fight against Ebola has brought into stark focus the global threat emanating from viral diseases. In response to the outbreak of the deadly virus in…

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Due Diligence Obligation in Times of Crisis: A Reflection by the Example of International Arms Transfers

This post is part of the ESIL Interest Group on International Human Rights Law blog symposium on 'The Place of International Human Rights Law in Times of Crisis'. In this blog post, I would like to take up a question that I discussed at the ESIL Human Rights Interest Group in Riga and…

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