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What are the Riyadh Agreements?

The ruction between Qatar and the Quartet (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain) recently passed the three-year mark. Yet for a dispute that spawned a remarkable array of international legal proceedings—including an original proceeding before the International Court of Justice, two novel inter-State proceedings before the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, two proceedings before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) currently on appeal before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), several proceedings before the World Trade Organization, and others—little consideration has been given to the international agreements underlying the dispute, the Riyadh Agreements. In light of a recent WTO Panel Report issued in one of the proceedings, this brief note aims to change that.

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The USA and the World Health Organization: What has President Trump actually decided and what are its consequences?

On Friday 29 May 2020, during a press statement denouncing China’s alleged “total control” of WHO, President Trump declared that “because they [WHO] have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving, urgent global public health…

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The Diversity of Rules on the Use of Force: Implications for the Evolution of the Law

Last month, I had the pleasure and honour to deliver one of the keynote lectures at the Canadian Council of International Law Annual Conference. The theme of the conference was "Diversity and International Law" and I chose to speak about the diversity of rules on the use of force and the implications of that…

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Could International Law Stop a No-Deal Brexit?

At the time of writing – less than 3 weeks until the current ‘Brexit day’ of 31 October 2019 -  all options relating to the UK’s departure from the European Union appear to be on the table. Leaving with a deal, ‘crashing out’, not leaving at all, or anything in between seem equally possible. Much attention has been…

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To be a Party or not to be a Party: Malaysia’s envisaged ‘withdrawal’ from its (pending) accession to the Rome Statute

As inter alia confirmed by its recent judgments concerning the Afghanistan situation and the Al Bashir case, the ICC currently finds itself in truly turbulent times. What is more, is that the Rome Statute has turned out to be a real treasure trove when it comes to the international law of treaties. This includes, inter alia,…

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