This recent article on the Australian Institute of International Affairs website queries how States can ensure the laws of war are complied with in the 21st century, and focuses particularly on The Philippines as a positive case study. The author notes the historical relationship and shared military experiences between Australia and The Philippines (e.g. the recent confrontations against ISIS in Marawi, in which Australia provided technical assistance), and how the ICRC has been able to leverage off the bilateral relationship and shared commitments of the two countries’ armed forces as part of a broader pattern of ICRC engagement behaviour.
The latest issue of International and Comparative Law Quarterly (volume 69 issue 1) is now available. There are several interesting articles relevant to APCML readers, including pieces on ‘IHL and Counter-Terrorism: Fundamental Values, Conflicting Obligations’ by David McKeever and ‘Reconceptualising the Legal Response to Foreign Fighters’ by John Ip.
This internationally-recognised journal is now accepting submissions for Volume 31, due to be published at the end of 2020. Submissions can be on any issue of public international law, and selected papers will be peer-reviewed before publication. An announcement with further details has been published on the EJIL: Talk! blog website here.
This new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog shares the results of a new behavioural study focusing on post-conflict generations of children. The authors suggest that sustained peace building efforts may need to begin at a younger age, in order to help children growing up in divided post-conflict societies forge strong intergroup relations, and better inform the policies which support such efforts.
This article published on Just Security by Todd Buchwald is the first of a two-part analysis focusing on the submission of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) on 20 December 2019 for a ruling on whether the ICC has jurisdiction over “the situation in Palestine”. Buchwald explains the ICC’s jurisdictional background under the Rome Statute, and considers the nature and meaning of “a State” and whether Palestine can possibly said to qualify under this definition.
This post on the EJIL: Talk! blog website, by postdoctoral scholar Patryk I Labuda, identifies a gap in the recent literature surrounding the US killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, and focuses on the particular legality of using force against Iraq:
This analysis piece published on the IPI Global Observatory website by Arthur Boutellis notes that, historically speaking, peacekeeping and UNPKOs have remained immune from attacks on multilateralism and global cooperation within the UN system. However, the author considers whether this state of affairs will continue in future years, highlighting in particular issues associated with growing fault lines between the UN Security Council permanent members, and financial constraints.
This piece has been published on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog and is written by ICRC Head of Data Protection Massimo Marelli. The author identifies three key things that can help humanitarians shift from bystanders to active participants in digital protection, as organisations like the ICRC become more present and active in cyberspace.
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