UN health agency reports deaths top 1,000 in Yemen, hospitals risk shutdowns amid hostilities 22 April 2015 – As the United Nations humanitarian wing appealed for “any initiative that can reduce the violence” in Yemen, the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the country reported that the death toll from ...Read More »
Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya (Reuters) – As many as 700 people wer...
Obama and Raúl Castro Meet, Making History PANAMA — President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cub...
Ukraine Rebels Celebrate Victory at Strategic City With a Festive Rally DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russi...
France Confiscates Passports to Stem Flow of Fighters to Syria PARIS — The French authorities began ...
Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya (Reuters) – As many as 700 people were feared dead after a fishing boat packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, in what may be one of the worst disasters of the Mediterranean migrant crisis, officials said ...Read More »
Obama and Raúl Castro Meet, Making History PANAMA — President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba met here Saturday, in the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half century. Seated beside Mr. Castro in a small room in the convention center downtown where ...Read More »
Ukraine Rebels Celebrate Victory at Strategic City With a Festive Rally DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian rebels celebrated their recent victory at Debaltseve with a festive rally on Monday in Donetsk, the main city they control, where soldiers received medals in Lenin Square and the crowd cheered and waved Soviet flags. ...Read More »
France Confiscates Passports to Stem Flow of Fighters to Syria PARIS — The French authorities began to use new, sweeping counterterrorism powers on Monday to halt the stream of young people going to Syria, confiscating the passports of six people suspected of trying to go there to engage in terrorist ...Read More »
Yemen’s former leader leaves Sanaa after house arrest (Reuters) – Yemen’s former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi escaped his official residence after weeks of house arrest by the Houthi militia on Saturday and flew to his home town of Aden, a senior political source and a Houthi official said. Hadi fled ...Read More »
U.N. Panel Threatens to Name Those It Accuses of War Crimes in Syria UNITED NATIONS — A United Nations panel investigating potential war crimes in Syria’s civil war threatened on Friday to release a closely guarded list of names of those it accuses of having raped, tortured and carried out ...Read More »
Eurozone Officials Reach Accord With Greece to Extend Bailout BRUSSELS — Ending an acrimonious standoff, European leaders hashed out a deal on Friday to extend Greece’s bailout by four months, giving the troubled country a financial lifeline and avoiding a bankruptcy with potentially destabilizing consequences for the region. The agreement, ...Read More »
Palestine, UN Non-Member Observer Status and ICC Jurisdiction On 22 January 2009, the Palestinian Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), lodged a declaration recognizing the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) (pictured left) ‘for the purpose of identifying, prosecuting and judging the authors and ...Read More »
Crimea: Does “The West“ Now Pay the Price for Kosovo? There is a lingering sentiment on this blog (see the posts by Nico Krisch and Christian Marxsen) that “the Kosovo issue” has facilitated the blatant violations of international law recently committed by Russia with regard to Crimea (notably the unlawful ...Read More »
Recognition of States in International Law: For Sale News reports indicate that former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo (pictured left) recently pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to accepting $2.5 million in bribes from Taiwanese officials in exchange for assurances of continued diplomatic recognition during his tenure in office ...Read More »
Sense and Nonsense of Territorial Referendums in Ukraine, and Why the 16 March Referendum in Crimea Does Not Justify Crimea’s Alteration of Territorial Status under International Law
Sense and Nonsense of Territorial Referendums in Ukraine, and Why the 16 March Referendum in Crimea Does Not Justify Crimea’s Alteration of Territorial Status under International Law Yesterday, on 15 April 2014, Ukrainian interim president Turtschinov considered to hold, simultaneously with the presidential elections, a referendum on regional competences in ...Read More »
Separatist unrest spreads in Ukraine; ultimatum ends with no crackdown (Reuters) – Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialize. Rebels in the ...Read More »
U.S. Says Iran’s Pick for U.N. Envoy Won’t Get a Visa WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday said it would bar an Iranian diplomat nominated as United Nations ambassador from entering the country, in a rebuke to Iran at a time when the United States is engaged in delicate ...Read More »
Cohen: Theorizing Precedent in International Law Harlan Grant Cohen (Univ. of Georgia – Law) has posted Theorizing Precedent in International Law (in Interpretation in International Law, Andrea Bianchi, Daniel Peat & Matthew Windsor eds., forthcoming). Here’s the abstract: Precedent presents a puzzle for international law. As a matter of doctrine, ...Read More »