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Reflections on the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement

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Reflections on the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change Agreement Ending months of fevered speculation, President Donald Trump fulfilled his campaign promise and announced US withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement last week. He did so because in his opinion the Paris Agreement inflicts ‘severe energy restrictions’ on the …

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Forcible Humanitarian Action in International Law

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Forcible Humanitarian Action in International Law There is a widespread myth amongst international lawyers. This is the apparently unshakeable proposition that forcible humanitarian action is clearly unlawful. Any changes to that proposition would be impossible, given: The preponderance of the doctrine of sovereignty over countervailing considerations, such as human rights; …

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China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative: Can A Bilaterally-Negotiated ‘Globalization 2.0’ Internalize Human Rights, Labor, and Environmental Standards?

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China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ Initiative: Can A Bilaterally-Negotiated ‘Globalization 2.0’ Internalize Human Rights, Labor, and Environmental Standards? Over the weekend, while the world’s largest economy was focused on internal fallout from the presidential sacking (and subsequent threatening) of the United States’ FBI Director (and amid calls for impeachment of President …

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States Are Failing Us in Syria — Not International Law

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States Are Failing Us in Syria — Not International Law by Kevin Jon Heller by Kevin Jon Heller Last month, Just Security published a long and thoughtful post by Rebecca Ingber with the provocative title “International Law is Failing Us in Syria.” The international law she is talking about is the …

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The US and the Paris Agreement: In or Out and at What Cost?

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The US and the Paris Agreement: In or Out and at What Cost? Ever since President Donald Trump won the US elections, climate pundits have been playing the ‘will they, won’t they’ game in relation to US withdrawal from the hard-won and widely accepted 2015 Paris Agreement. The political need …

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The Brexit Bill and the Law of Treaties

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The Brexit Bill and the Law of Treaties As has been widely reported in the media (e.g. The Guardian, the BBC), the House of Lords reached two main legal conclusions in its March 2017 report on Brexit and the EU budget: Article 50 TEU allows the UK to leave the …

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Ukraine v Russia (Provisional Measures): State ‘Terrorism’ and IHL  

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Ukraine v Russia (Provisional Measures): State ‘Terrorism’ and IHL   On 16 January 2017, Ukraine filed an Application against Russia before the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’ or ‘the Court’), founding the Court’s jurisdiction (in part) on the compromissory clause (Article 24) of the Terrorism Financing Convention (‘ICSFT’). On the …

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The Legality Surrounding the US Strikes in Syria

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The Legality Surrounding the US Strikes in Syria by Nancy Simons [Nancy Simons is a Belgian lawyer and serves on the International Bar Association’s Drones Task Force. Her professional background lies in international law generally. She has worked at a number of international non-governmental organisations and the International Criminal Tribunal …

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Call for Papers: 15° Congresso Brasileiro de Direito Internacional

Call for Papers: 15° Congresso Brasileiro de Direito Internacional

Call for Papers: 15° Congresso Brasileiro de Direito Internacional The Brazilian Academy of International Law / Academia Brasileira de Direito Internacional has issued a call for papers for the 15th Brazilian Congress of International Law / 15° Congresso Brasileiro de Direito Internacional, to be held in Florianópolis, from August 30-September …

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