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New EJIL: Live! Interview with Dr Michelle Burgis-Kasthala

In this episode of EJIL: Live! Professor Joseph Weiler speaks with Dr Michelle Burgis-Kasthala, Lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Edinburgh Law School, about her article “Entrepreneurial Justice: Syria, the Commission for International Justice and Accountability and the Renewal of International Criminal Justice”, which appears in our 30:4 issue. In the article, Dr Burgis-Kasthala evaluates the work of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) and argues that this form of “entrepreneurial justice” may be filling a gap in the field of international criminal law. The conversation sweeps across many of the interesting issues explored in Dr Burgis-Kasthala’s article: What is the CIJA and how is it filling a gap in the international criminal law field? What is meant by the term “entrepreneurial justice”? How can the results of this type of private-public partnership be assessed? Does the methodology used in the research pose particular problems and questions? The interview was recorded at the IE Law School, Madrid.    …

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Is Security Council Authorisation Really Necessary to Allow Cross-Border Humanitarian Assistance in Syria?

  In December last year, Russia and China vetoed a draft Security Council resolution that would have renewed the authorisation for humanitarian assistance to be provided in Syria via four designated border-crossings. The authorisation had been in place since Resolution 2165 (2014), and had enabled the provision of humanitarian assistance to more than…

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Time to fix the Rome Statute and add the crime of starvation in non-international armed conflicts!

This week the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ASP) meets in The Hague for its 18th session. On the agenda is the Swiss proposal to amend Article 8 (“War crimes”) of the Rome Statute by adding a non-international armed conflict version of the war crime of starvation of…

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Turkey’s Military Operation in Syria: A Freedom of Expression Perspective

There is no doubt that Turkey’s use of force in Syria and the unfolding consequences thereof should generate much legal debate and analysis. The legal issues are broad. They cover primary norms under international law on the use of force, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and international refugee law. In addition, the relationship between the Turkish…

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Turkey, Aggression, and the Right to Life Under the ECHR: A Reaction to Professor Haque’s Post

Professor Haque yesterday published a thought-provoking piece on this blog arguing that the Turkish incursion against Kurdish forces in Syria, beyond being a violation of the UN Charter, also amounts to a violation of the right to life under the ECHR. His reasoning, which is sound, is based on the Human Rights Committee’s rather controversial new…

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