Two Weeks in Review, 26 October – 8 November 2020

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EJIL Editorial

 reflects on whether there is ‘anything worse than a flagrant, openly admitted violation by a Government of a bilateral treaty just recently signed?’ and the position of the UK and EU states regarding violations of international law. 

Joint blog symposium: Third Geneva Convention

We co-hosted a joint blog symposium with the Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog and Just Security exploring the new ICRC Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention.

discussed the UN’s role in ensuring respect for the Third Geneva Convention, addressing the treatment of prisoners of war in times of international armed conflict. Okimoto takes us through the role of the UN General Assembly, UN Security Council, the ICTY and peacekeeping operations. 

You can read other posts that form part of this symposium here:

The Third Oxford Statement on International Law 

, , , , , and  published the Third Oxford statement and opened it for signature.

The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means: International lawyers who wish to append their name to the statement should send an email to oxfordcyberstatement{at}

You can read (and add your name to) the first and second Oxford Statements which are still open for signature:

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 writes about the cyber operations targeting elections and probes the definition of coercion, as well as the line between coercion and influencing, in some depth. 

Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission of the European Union is interviewed by Professor J.H.H Weiler, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the EJIL, as he completes his first year in office. The interview ‘Europe Must Learn Quickly to Speak the Language of Power’ was posted in two parts: Part I and Part II. 

 addresses the recent English Court of Appeal judgment in Maduro Board v Guaidó Board – a case which concerns the assets of Venezuela held in England and which touches on the question of who is the rightful president of Venezuela. Webster considers the distinction between de facto and de jure regimes, English law on this issue, and the role of domestic courts in making determinations about the valid government or a representative of a foreign State. 

, and  respond to recent posts on CETA (see Baetens et al., Arcuri et al.) and propose broadening the questions asked: first, that discussions on the legitimacy of national parliamentary involvement in the ratification of trade and investment agreements negotiated by the EU should proceed from an analysis of the division of competences between the EU and Member States; that decisions to accept or reject CETA should be informed by a thorough knowledge of the law and practice of ISDS; and third whether comprehensive trade agreements, such as CETA, need to be concluded as mixed agreements to begin with.

Finally, you can read all the recent Announcements and Events here.

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