Two Weeks in Review, 3 – 16 August 2020

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EJIL related posts

The new issue of EJIL was published on 7 August 2020. The Table of Contents was first released, followed by the editorials written by EJIL’s Editors-in-Chief, including a look at EJIL is making their review process author-friendly by removing the requirement of exclusive submission for the first in-house review stage, Orbán and the Self-Asphyxiation of Democracy, a reflection on COVID-19 and EJILPublishers, Academics and the Battles over Copyright and Your Rights, Vital Statistics, and a reflection on Festschriften by Joseph Weiler.

A new EJIL:Live! episode was released, in which Dr Sarah Nouwen spoke with Dr Ezgi Yildiz, about her article “A Court with Many Faces: Judicial Characters and Modes of Norm Development in the European Court of Human Rights”.

A new EJIL: The Podcast! episode was released. In Episode 4 – Court Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Marko Milanovic, Sarah Nouwen, Philippa Webb and Dapo Akande speak to Kamari Clarke about whether the ICC is able to deal with structural injustice. The second part of the podcast discusses some of the political and legal challenges that have arisen, such as the recent US sanctions against the Court and determining the territorial boundaries of Palestine, when the Court goes after nationals of states not party to its Statute. 

COVID related posts

 asks whether the National Security Exception in the TRIPS Agreement is a realistic option in confronting COVID-19 and concludes that, in the absence of domestic manufacturing capacity, the national security exception may not be useful to some countries during COVID-19.

 analyses the main international law prohibitions and obligations associated with “vaccine espionage” and cyber operations impeding vaccine research and development programs.

, , , , , and  post about the The Second Oxford Statement on International Law Protections of the Healthcare Sector During Covid-19: Safeguarding Vaccine Research. The statement clarifies how international law applies to the protection of the development, testing, manufacture, and distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. The post also contains contact information for international lawyers who wish to append their name to the Statement.

non COVID related posts

 takes a thorough look at the first report of the OPCW’s Investigation and Identification Team identifying the perpetrators of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, concluding that the report may serve as a precursor to judicial and compensatory accountability under domestic or international regimes. 

 pays tribute to the work and life Anthony P. Lester, Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, who recently died of heart disease. 

and  explore whether hate speech can constitute the actus reus for persecution, giving rise to a successful charge of crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the ICC, examining the threshold of “sufficient gravity” set out by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

and  give some background on the Dutch inter-State application against Russia six years after MH 17 and discuss the challenges the case raises, including the issues of extra-territorial jurisdiction and the overlap with individual applications. 


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