International Law

In the news: stories relevant to international environmental law






We are now moving on to International Environmental Law in our IL course. Here are some recent stories to get us thinking: First, you may want to look at this projection of “what Earth will look like if we melt all the ice”. Florida is gone, amongst other changes. Second, it is worth looking at…

In the news: chemical weapons, treaties, and privacy






Before my International Law class moves on to International Environmental Law, it is worth noting news from the last week that is relevant to topics we recently covered. Bond v. United States First, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Bond v. United States. This case should interest us for a number of reasons. One is…

ATS Update: Daimler v. Bauman






This should be of interest to my International Law students. The Alien Tort Statute (ATS) has been used as a way to bring foreign human rights claims into US courts. Adam Steinman has a post on Opinio Juris about the oral arguments in this case, which resembles Kiobel. The Ninth Circuit in California found that…

“Behavioral International Law”






Opinio Juris is hosting a discussion of the “behavioral” approach to international law, beginning with a post by Tomer Broude. As he begins to describe it, the behavioral research agenda aims to explore the characteristics of real decision-making processes of different types of actors, under different circumstances. This approach might be useful for some of…

ASIL Videos






Interesting videos from recent conferences and events of The American Society of International Law.

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum : SCOTUSblog






Kiobel has been decided. The scope for using the Alien Tort Statute to bring human rights claims is now more limited. The opinion: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/10-1491_8n59.pdf Commentary: Scotus:Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum : SCOTUSblog. Opinio Juris has a range of responses.  

The ICC’s impacts






There is an interesting discussion at the Monkey Cage on the impacts of the ICC. This should interest some of my International Law and Africa in World Politics students. “How is the ICC supposed to work?” (James Fearon) To me it looks like a well-intentioned but not fully thought out institutional experiment that will tend…

Global Elections: the race to be the next leader of the WTO






After 8 years in office, Pascal Lamy, the long-standing, cool-headed leader of the World Trade Organization will step down. Lamy (France, and former EC Commissioner for Trade) was the fifth Director-General of the WTO. Past leaders included Supachai Panitchpakdi (2002-2005, Thailand), Mike Moore (1999-2002, New Zealand), Renato Ruggiero (1995-1999, Italy) and Peter Sutherland (1993-1995, Ireland,…

Africa Notes: Charles Taylor, Guilty!






The Special Court of Sierra Leone found Charles Taylor Guilty. Here is the summary of the judgment. As it states, he was found guilty of aiding and abetting the commission of 11 crimes, including terrorism, slavery, rape, and the use of child soldiers. As a number of observers have noted, the guilty verdict falls short…