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Thinking globally, acting regionally

Towards the regionalization of international criminal law

In June 2014, the African Union (AU) General Assembly adopted the Malabo Protocol that attempts to change the AU court system as well as international criminal law (ICL) in a radical – yes, even revolutionary way. The Protocol foresees the creation of an integrated African Court of Justice and Human Rights featuring a human rights chamber, a general affairs chamber and a criminal law chamber that has jurisdiction over natural …

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Current Developments

Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte: Türkei diskriminiert 20 Millionen Aleviten

  Der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte hat in seinem jüngsten Urteil İzzettin Doğan und andere gegen die Türkei (Urt. v. 26. April 2016, Beschwerde-Nr. 62649/10) die Finanzierung und Organisation des religiösen Lebens von Aleviten in der Türkei untersucht und festgestellt, dass der Konventionsstaat im Umgang mit dem Alevitentum gegen die Religionsfreiheit gemäß Art. 9 EMRK und das Diskriminierungsverbot gemäß Art. 14 EMRK verstößt.

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Interview

„Who among us gets to be global?“

An Interview with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian wrote a book entitled „The Cosmopolites“, which speaks about global citizenship in a way that is deeply informed by the theoretical discussion but at the same time rich in concrete stories. These involve stories about stateless persons, for whom their state of residence decided to buy citizenship of another state, stories about the merchandising of passports for a global elite, and stories of a man who decided …

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Die Besonderheit der Bodenschätze

Eine Erwiderung auf Markus Krajewski

Dieser Beitrag erwidert auf den Post von Markus Krajewski im Rahmen unserer Journal-Kooperation mit der “Verfassung und Recht in Übersee“. Ich freue mich, dass mir die Redaktion des Völkerrechtsblogs die Gelegenheit gibt, hier meine aktuelle Forschung zur Diskussion zu stellen. Die Krüger-Vorlesung von 2014, die Markus Krajewski kommentiert, ist ein kleiner Ausschnitt aus einem größeren Projekt zum transnationalen Rohstoffrecht.

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Menschenrechte als Antwort auf Verteilungsfragen im transnationalen Rohstoffrecht

Dieser Beitrag setzt unsere Journal-Kooperation mit der “Verfassung und Recht in Übersee” fort und diskutiert einen Aufsatz von Isabel Feichtner zum internationalen Rohstoffrecht, der in der nächsten Ausgabe der VRÜ erscheint. Isabel Feichtner lenkt unseren Blick auf Rechtsfragen der internationalen Rohstoffwirtschaft, die in den letzten Jahrzehnten nicht im Mittelpunkt der Völkerrechtswissenschaft standen, obwohl gerade auch in jüngerer Zeit vermehrt entsprechende politische und rechtssetzende Aktivitäten zu beobachten sind. Exemplarisch lässt sich …

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Climate Change and the Arctic as a Common Concern

A response to Birgit Peters. In her blog post Birgit Peters reflects on “recent rules and approaches” for protecting the Arctic region in a time of intense climatic changes. Peters emphasizes what she understands as a shift from traditional regulatory approaches that frame the Arctic as a common heritage and common concern, focused on prohibition, to an integrated approach focusing on sustainability. Peters in this respect discusses the role of …

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When climate change hits the Arctic: what to make of recent rules and approaches

Climate change in the Arctic Climate change, in particular global warming, is an inevitable fact. Nonetheless, it will hit different regions of the world differently. Of all regions, the area most affected by future temperature change is the Arctic. This is the part of the global north, which is situated above 66,3 degrees latitude. Here, differences in temperatures are predicted to rise at least 3 degrees Celsius compared to the …

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Current Developments

The Bemba Trial Judgment: A Small Step in the Right Direction

The decision On 21st March 2016 Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) guilty for murder and rape as a war crime and crime against humanity, as well as pillaging as a war crime, committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) in the period between 2002-2003.

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Current Developments

International Law – So 90s?

On periodization and the 1990s as crystallization point for contemporary International Law

The international legal order finds itself in turmoil. The crises in Ukraine and Syria, the questioning of the authority of the ECtHR, the opposition against the ICC by African states and the rise of global terrorism can all be interpreted as crisis symptoms justifying the need for a (re-)assessment of the current state and future of International Law.  

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International Health GovernanceSymposium

The WHO’s Institutional and Legal Role in Communicable Disease Epidemics: From Pandemic Influenza to Zika

On 1 February, 2016, the World Health Organization´s (WHO) Director-General declared that the Zika virus epidemic in the Americas is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The illness caused by this virus is very rarely fatal, and it causes mild symptoms: rash, headaches, conjunctivitis, sometimes fever and joint pains. Besides, an estimated 80% of cases are asymptomatic, which makes it next to impossible to establish an exact number …

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International Health GovernanceSymposium

Infectious Diseases as a New Threat to International Peace and Security

The Security Council and the Securitization of Health

The last quarter of century registered the resurgence of infectious diseases, that the medical community deemed to have defeated with the global vaccination campaign. Global health challenges, represented by pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola and Zika, arisen in developing countries, whose spread in developed countries has been facilitated by the process of globalization, determined the emersion of a global/collective interest to the protection of health. The global health governance …

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Photo by UNMEER/Martine Perret. 15 December 2014
International Health GovernanceSymposium

The Human Right to Health in Africa: Great Expectations, but Poor Results

Thirty years after the entry into force of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the protection of human rights still encounters many difficulties in the majority of the African States. Above all, the implementation of the ‘second generation’ human rights seems largely unrealistic, in spite of the great expectations emerging from the pertaining legal texts. The human right to health, enshrined in Article 16 of the ACHPR, …

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Current Developments

The Karadžić Judgment: The ICTY at its Peak

In theater, the peak of a play in which all strings of the story converge and the intrigue is resolved, is called the climax. With its verdict against Radovan Karadžić, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has come to its climax.

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International Health Governance

Fostering Regional Health Governance in West Africa: The Role of the West African Health Organization (WAHO)

Regional integration in Africa has been regarded as a necessary step towards accelerated development on the continent. The belief is that greater gains would be made if states pooled their resources together rather than act individually. Despite elaborate regional goals and objectives, regional institutions in Africa have not been effective in facilitating development, for two major reasons. First, they have significant capacity deficits, especially considering the weakness of their members …

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International Health GovernanceSymposium

Creating Legal Effects for the WHO’s International Health Regulations (2005) – Which way forward?

During the Ebola-crisis 2014, states have widely ignored the measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and have interfered in the fight against the disease. This blogpost suggests ways to address shortcomings in states’ adherence to the law. Global Health Crisis and the World Health Organization Globalization facilitates the worldwide spread of diseases. Recently, Ebola throughout Western Africa, and Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean gave rise to …

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Photo by UNMEER/Martine Perret. 15 December 2014
International Health GovernanceSymposium

Ebola Epidemic 2014-2015 – a Wake-Up Call for Sustainable Health Governance and Development Policy

After the first appearances of the Ebola epidemic in December 2013, the disease spread wide and fast, exceeding any previous Ebola epidemic with regard to incidence and prevalence and was declared a pandemic by WHO. Before 2013, the outbreaks of this highly infectious disease were locally restricted and primarily situated in rural areas. The latest outbreak of this epidemic, however, expanded to the urban population as well as across borders. …

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