Archive 32

‘The Challenge for the ICJ in the Reliance on UN Fact-Finding Reports in the Case against Myanmar’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post looks at the past week’s provisional measures hearing at the ICJ against Myanmar. The author notes The Gambia’s extensive reliance on UN fact-finding reports, and considers the extent to which the ICJ will be willing to give weight to the findings in such reports.

Vacancy at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy

The Academy is a non-profit foundation dedicated to the promotion of international criminal law and human rights. It is seeking to recruit a Project Officer with a special focus for working on the research project “Length of Proceedings at the ICC”. Full details are available here.

‘From child soldier to child “terrorist”: safeguarding innocence from counter-terrorism’

This recent post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog focuses on the use of child soldiers by terrorist groups, and the problems this raises when such children are potentially designated as both victims and perpetrators under international legal frameworks.

‘International Law and Maritime Terrorism’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post aims to draw attention to the little-studied area of maritime terrorism. The author outlines the need to create a category of maritime terrorism as an international crime, and also analyses some of the difficulties related to defining “maritime terrorism” as such.

‘What Can be Done about the Length of Proceedings at the ICC?’

This recent two-part EJIL: Talk! blog post examines some of the reasons why ICC trials can take so long. Issues include the “cold case” nature of many ICC proceedings; the knock-on effects of delayed arrests; and financial strictures.

‘Are UN PKOs effective?’

This article on the International Peace Institute website interrogates existing assessments of the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping operations (PKOs) from various angles. The author concludes that such a multi-faceted enquiry is mandatory when undertaking this exercise, but also notes that effectiveness may hinge on the larger political context and the streamlining of all efforts to sustain peace in a country together.

‘Implementing International Humanitarian Law through Human Rights Mechanisms: Opportunity or Utopia?’

This recent working paper published by the Geneva Academy focuses on the current lack of mechanisms which IHL possesses to ensure its own compliance. Emilie Max, researcher at the Geneva Academy and author of the paper, explains: “This paper does not pass any judgement on this trend – a trend so entrenched that would, in any case, prove hard to pause - but aims at contributing to its dispassionate assessment" Instead, the paper provides an overview of this trend, and identifies lessons previously learned from the engagement of human rights bodies with IHL. The paper was presented at a colloquium studying this issue at the 2019 Geneva Human Rights Week hosted by the University of Geneva in conjunction with the Geneva Academy this week.

Lauterpacht Centre latest newsletter available

The Centre’s latest newsletter (issue 29 – Autumn/Winter 2019) is now available online. Articles in this issue include “Before Drones and Cyber: New Histories of the (Old) Law of Armed Conflict” by Dr Giovanni Mantilla.

‘Moving Beyond Mine Risk Education to Risk Awareness and Safer Behaviour’

This recent post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog explores why the number of people killed or injured by mines and explosive remnants of war has continued to increase in recent years, ahead of the upcoming Fourth Review Conference for states that are parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

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