Monthly Archives: February 2012

Who Killed Hammarskjöld?






Who Killed Hammarskjöld?: The UN, the Cold War and White Supremacy in Africa. I am very intrigued by this “mystery history”, due to be released this month. Now I wonder if the Cafebreria El Pendulo that I just blogged about will carry it…

The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World « Disseminus






The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World « Disseminus. I’ve been to Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, but not to the rest. Based on the pictures, I think my favorite is the Cafebreria El Pendulo in Mexico City. Anytime I can combine passions (coffee and reading) it can’t be a bad thing.

Course Notes – IL: Universal Jurisdiction






We are also discussing universal jurisdiction this week, albeit briefly. At Erga Omnes there is an interesting post about Yemen’s amnesty law that is intended to grant President Saleh immunity for any crimes he may be complicit in. This issue underscores the tension between the objectives of peace and stability (giving a President a way…

Course Notes – IL: ATS and Corporate Persons






As I mentioned in class on Monday, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments this week on two cases Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. These cases concern the Alien Tort Statute, an almost-forgotten law that allows foreigners who violate serious international legal rules and norms to be held accountable in the…

Noted






Sunday’s Political Pressures in West Africa Senegal did not fall apart after the elections yesterday, but the presidential race is still unresolved. Unofficially, incumbent President Wade will have to square off with former PM Macky Sall (BBC News). Also on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe was in Mali, admonishing them to negotiate with Tuareg…

Africa Notes






Senegal is at a “critical historical juncture” today, writes Alpha Diedhiou. President Wade’s “unfortunate” (that was the U.S. Ambassador’s word for it, according to NPR this morning) decision to stand for reelection has challenged the peace of this otherwise stable and solid democracy. The poll is on Sunday. “The BRICS want a BRIC Bank”. The…

Course Notes – IL: Medellín and Self-Executing Treaties,






Opinio Juris has had a nice discussion this week on the exact subject we discussed yesterday and will continue to discuss next week: the relationship between international law and US law. The symposium is all online: Opinio Juris/Yale Journal of International Law Symposium: Hathaway, McElroy, and Solow on International at Home Some highlights: 1. This…

Noted: African Summits, Direct democracy, and Jeremy Lin






African Summits I meant to write up a summary of the recent summit activity on the continent but never got around to it. Fortunately, Alex Thurston at the Sahel Blog, did it for me: “Summits around the Continent”. More reasons not to like direct democracy I have thought for some time that California’s proposition system…

Fighting Somali Piracy In London






David Leonard, writing for African Arguments, has an interesting take on the need to combat the international roots of the Somali piracy problem: The real solution to Somali piracy lies with a partnership between NATO navies and European commercial interests. NATO needs to prevent international exploitation of Somali fishing waters while also patrolling defined maritime…