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David V. Goliath Is the International Court of Justice an Option for Ukraine in Light of the Conflict with Russia?
 

Compensation for illegal sex slavery- in light of recent Korean Supreme Court case

Korea recently played host to the Prime Minister of Japan. A considerable time had lapsed since the last meeting between these two leaders in May 2012. Some  attributed the delay to the conflicting opinions on certain legal issues. There was much speculation at the outset of the summit as to whether these long-standing legal issues, […]

The House of Saud and the English Court: The Harb Saga

The efforts of Janan Harb, a widow of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, to obtain her share of the King’s estate through the English courts have given rise to two novel questions of international law. First, is the estate of a Head of State who died in office immune from legal action? Second, […]

The Buddhas of Bamiyan, Timbuktu, Palmyra: What next?

Earlier this year, the French President Francois Hollande, along with UNESCO’s Director General, said “We stand together” in an effort to express solidarity to people that suffer the destruction of their cultural heritage (see here). But where do we really stand, if not passively watching the destruction of the world’s cultural elements? Since 2001, when […]

David V. Goliath – The Republic of Marshall Islands’ Day in Court

The Republic of Marshall Islands (‘RMI’) is an island nation, located in the Pacific Ocean, with a population of 68,840 people. On the 24th April 2014, the RMI filed a dispute before the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’), against 9 states, namely, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North […]

Is the International Court of Justice an Option for Ukraine in Light of the Conflict with Russia?

On 4 July 2015, the Ukraine’s State Portal of Public Procurement issued Report no. 152973/5 “On results of negotiating public procurement procedure”, according to which Ukraine hired International Law Firm «Covington & Burling LLP» to work on the “protection of rights and interests of Ukraine in the settlement of international disputes involving Ukraine and other […]

Compensation for illegal sex slavery- in light of recent Korean Supreme Court case

09 December 2015

Korea recently played host to the Prime Minister of Japan. A considerable time had lapsed since the last meeting between these two leaders in May 2012. Some  attributed the delay to the conflicting opinions on certain legal issues. There was much speculation at the outset of the summit as to whether these long-standing legal issues, […]

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The House of Saud and the English Court: The Harb Saga

24 November 2015

The efforts of Janan Harb, a widow of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, to obtain her share of the King’s estate through the English courts have given rise to two novel questions of international law. First, is the estate of a Head of State who died in office immune from legal action? Second, […]

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The Buddhas of Bamiyan, Timbuktu, Palmyra: What next?

20 November 2015

Earlier this year, the French President Francois Hollande, along with UNESCO’s Director General, said “We stand together” in an effort to express solidarity to people that suffer the destruction of their cultural heritage (see here). But where do we really stand, if not passively watching the destruction of the world’s cultural elements? Since 2001, when […]

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David V. Goliath – The Republic of Marshall Islands’ Day in Court

02 November 2015

The Republic of Marshall Islands (‘RMI’) is an island nation, located in the Pacific Ocean, with a population of 68,840 people. On the 24th April 2014, the RMI filed a dispute before the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’), against 9 states, namely, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North […]

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Is the International Court of Justice an Option for Ukraine in Light of the Conflict with Russia?

01 October 2015

On 4 July 2015, the Ukraine’s State Portal of Public Procurement issued Report no. 152973/5 “On results of negotiating public procurement procedure”, according to which Ukraine hired International Law Firm «Covington & Burling LLP» to work on the “protection of rights and interests of Ukraine in the settlement of international disputes involving Ukraine and other […]

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Safe Harbor in stormy seas: The Advocate General Opinion in Schrems

29 September 2015

On 23 September 2015, Advocate General Yves Bot delivered his opinion in Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (Case C-362/14), one of the most significant data protection cases ever to come before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). In his opinion, AG Bot found that the national data protection authorities (DPAs) must be […]

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CJICL Vol. 4(1) Now Published

16 September 2015

The CJICL has just published Vol. 4(1). All articles of this latest issue can be accessed in the journal archive. The following is the editorial of the issue’s editors-in-chief Ana Júlia Maurício and Naomi Hart. It has been a pleasure to steward the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law through its fourth year. The Journal has the unusual distinction among […]

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Sovereignty Disputes under UNCLOS: Some Thoughts and Remarks on the Chagos Marine Protected Area Dispute

07 August 2015

On 18 March 2015, an arbitral tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (‘UNCLOS’) rendered a decision on the dispute between the United Kingdom and Mauritius relating to the Chagos Marine Protected Area. The dispute arose in 2010 after the United Kingdom unilaterally decided to create […]

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Book review: Gus Waschefort, International Law and Child Soldiers

18 June 2015

As part of the series Studies in International Law, Hart Publishing has recently published International Law and Child Soldiers by Gus Waschefort. The central argument in this book is that international law has a role to play in the prevention of child soldiering and that its focus should shift from norm creation to norm enforcement. […]

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The Gröning Case – What Constitutes “Aiding” in the Context of Systematic Human Rights Violations?

15 June 2015

In January 1945, Soviet forces liberated the survivors of Auschwitz, one of Nazi Germany’s most infamous concentration camps. 70 years later, 93 year old Oskar Gröning, who worked as a bookkeeper in the camp, is standing trial for aiding 300.000 cases of murder committed in Auschwitz. The trial is the first outcome of a recent […]

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Protecting the Power of the Keystroke: Key Takeaways from the Indian Supreme Court’s Decision Striking Down Censorship of Cyber Speech

04 June 2015

Over the last two decades, the internet has fundamentally transformed the ways in which individuals communicate and has emerged as one of the most important sites of heated contestations about the contemporary challenges that communities across the globe are confronting. Not only has the internet allowed citizens to fundamentally restructure the meaning of democracy by […]

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Safe Harbor before the EU Court of Justice

13 April 2015

On 24 March 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) held an oral hearing in the case Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner (Case C-362/14), which deals with the legality of data transfers to the US under the EU-US Safe Harbor system. While the case has attracted considerable public attention, there has been […]

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Posted in Current Affairs, Domestic Courts, Human Rights, Treaties2 Comments

The Unconventional Adoption of UNESCO Cultural Conventions

01 April 2015

Last year, the unusual application of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage was brought into focus under international law model competitions. In one of them, the case study cited that ‘the X state was a party to the 2001 UNESCO Convention whereas the counterpart, namely Y state, has signed but not […]

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Reforming the Constitution of Egypt: An Ugly Institutional Competition

25 March 2015

Constitutional reform is often a key component of any political transition, either to establish a more democratic regime or to help strengthen the rule of law. Although constitutions are recognized as the fundamental law in any given country, they still are a rule of law enforcement tool and reflect the strong or weak application of […]

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Many Presumptions and No Guarantees: Preliminary Observations on Shepherd C-472/13

03 March 2015

On Thursday 26th February, several (German) newspapers reported that the ECJ empowered the Bavarian Administrative Court in Lawrence v. Germany C-472/13 to examine whether or not the United States committed war crimes in the course of the US-led invasion of Iraq. This certainly makes for a catchy headline, but a preliminary study of the decision […]

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“Justness” Means Supporting the “Human Rights Economy”

26 February 2015

Billions of dollars have been spent in promoting and trying to develop the rule of law throughout the world. A civil society requires a predictable judicial process with fair remedies in order to secure the peace and attract investment and business. The public must perceive that a judicial system is fair and just. Yet often, […]

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Protecting the Powerful: The African Union’s Response to Allegations of Human Rights Violations

02 February 2015

The relationship between the African-Union (AU) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) has suffered a major setback with the issue of arrest warrants by France and Spain for international crimes against Rwandan Government officials in 2006 and the indictment of Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan, by the ICC in 2009. The resultant feelings of […]

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Frozen but Desirable: Examining the Legal Regime of the Arctic

19 January 2015

On 15 December 2014, Denmark submitted a territorial claim to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS), arguing that an area of approximately 895,000 square kilometers of the Arctic Ocean north of Greenland belonged to Denmark. The claim submitted that Lomonosov Ridge, a 1,800km-long underwater mountain range spliting the Arctic […]

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