Blogs & Commentary

A Word on the Comparative Approach of International Law and a Proposed Direction for Chinese Textbooks of International Law

This post is part of the Joint Symposium that we are co-hosting with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts’ new book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017).  Professor Roberts’s thought-provoking book prompts many questions. My preliminar...Read More

Can International Law Be More International?

This post is part of the Joint Symposium that we are co-hosting with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts’ new book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017).  In her monograph Anthea Roberts has drawn a comprehensive portrait of Internatio...Read More

From Babel to Esperanto and Back Again: The Fate of International Law (or of International Lawyers?)

This post is part of the Joint Symposium that we are co-hosting with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts’ new book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017).  While I’ve been reading, I have wondered about the exact nature of Anthea Robert...Read More

The Parochialism of Western Cosmopolitanism in a Competitive World Order

This post is part of the Joint Symposium that we are co-hosting with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts’ new book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017).  We are familiar with the question: Is international law law? In my new book, I a...Read More

Joint Symposium with Opinio Juris on Anthea Roberts’ Is International Law International?

We are delighted to announce that over the next few days we will be co-hosting with Opinio Juris a discussion of our contributing editor, Anthea Roberts’ new and prize-winning book Is International Law International? (OUP, 2017). The book h...Read More

Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers Starts Infringement Proceedings in Mammadov v. Azerbaijan: A Victory for the International Rule of Law?

On 5 December 2017 it finally happened: the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (‘the Committee’) launched for the first time ever in the history of the European Convention of Human Rights (‘ECHR’) infringement proceedings for n...Read More

Announcements: Associate Professor Oxford; CfP Ensuring and Balancing the Rights of Defendants and Victims; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Third World Approaches to International Law; CfP Postgraduate ADR Conference 2018; CfP Human Rights Inside and Outside

1. The Faculty of Law, University of Oxford and St Peter’s College, Oxford seeks to appoint an Associate Professor of Public International Law with effect from the start of the academic year 2018-19. Associate Professor is the main academic...Read More

United in Mixity? The Future of the EU Common Commercial Policy in light of the CJEU’s recent case law

The post-Lisbon Common Commercial Policy in the field of foreign investment policy The Lisbon Treaty for the first time expressly attributed exclusive competence to the EU in the area of foreign investment by adding foreign direct investmen...Read More

The Turkish Operation in Afrin (Syria) and the Silence of the Lambs

Operation Olive Branch On 20th January 2018, the Turkish military started to attack the Kurdish-populated region of Afrin in Syria (“Operation Olive Branch“). With its letter to the Security Council of 22nd January 2018, Turkey justified th...Read More

Announcements: Conference on Margin of Appreciation at Court; Lecturer in International Law; CfP Palestine Yearbook of International Law; CfS International Law for the Sustainable Development Goals; Director/Senior Legal Expert IHLRC; CfP Identity on the International Bench Series; CfP Colloquium on International Investment Law & Competition Law

1. Conference on Margin of Appreciation at Court. The conference, entitled ‘European Human Rights Culture – What Role for the Margin of Appreciation‘, asks a simple question – what is the role of the Margin of Appreciation doctrine in conte...Read More

The Activation of the Crime of Aggression in Perspective

In its final hours soon after midnight of 14 December 2017, the 16th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court decided to activate the Court‘s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. This is the e...Read More

Ecuador Seeks to Confer Diplomatic Status on Julian Assange: Does this Oblige the UK to Allow Him to Leave the Embassy & Is the Matter Headed to the ICJ?

There is a recent twist in the Julian Assange saga leading to new claims that the UK has the legal obligation to allow Assange to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London without arresting him. In December, Ecuador granted Assange its nationa...Read More