Feminist Critiques of International CourtsSymposium

It’s not about “women’s issues”.

An interview with Nienke Grossman about parity on international court benches

There is no way to get around Nienke Grossman’s work when reflecting about diversity on the benches of international courts. Her scholarship offers statistics about the numbers of women judges, their development over the last years and the respective distribution along nationalities; it examines causes for the exclusion of women, and discusses reasons for claiming a more equal composition of benches. While directly concerned with the representation of women in …

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Feminist Critiques of International CourtsSymposium

Symposium: Feminist Critiques of International Courts

In the upcoming days, we are very glad to host a symposium on feminist critiques of international courts. Where to begin when introducing this topic? There is much to say about the particular role of (international) courts for international law, and equally much about the role of feminist perspectives for international law. Courts are not just institutions, in which a decision is rendered about the interpretation of law in a …

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Current Developments

This is about globalization, and there is work to do for international legal scholarship

A personal reflection on the election of Donald Trump to the US Presidency

These last two days have been filled with consternation, with anger, with a search for reasons, with restless reading about the consternation, anger, and search for reasons of and by others. Two days filled with the attempt to situate what the election of Donald Trump means. What it means in terms of the causes for this particular result, also in terms of the political challenges we are confronted with more …

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Current Developments

Von der komplizierten Freiheit, die eigene Muttersprache zu sprechen

Der Fall Semir Güzel vor dem EGMR

Sprachenrechte gehören, wie der Europäische Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte (EGMR) in entsprechenden Urteilen regelmäßig betont, als solche nicht zu den von der Europäischen Menschenrechtskonvention (EMRK) geregelten Rechten und Freiheiten. Dass es keinen übergreifenden Artikel gibt, muss aber nicht heißen, dass die Konvention nicht ausreichend Grundlage bietet, um die verschiedenen Aspekte sprachlicher Rechte sinnvoll zu garantieren. In den letzten Jahren hat sich das Gericht unter diversen Artikeln der EMRK damit befasst – …

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Current Developments

Responsibility-sharing for refugees (2)

Can global solutions avoid contributing to the legal production of superfluity?

I have argued in the previous post, how states’ regulation of borders and the global question of responsibility sharing relate: Not only does the securization of borders in one place shift responsibility for refugees to other states. Strategies of containment have shaped today’s international structure of protection much more generally, including the growing role of humanitarian actors and the corresponding expansion of humanitarian reason in reactions to displacement. These dynamics …

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Current Developments

Responsibility-sharing for refugees (1)

Law’s production of superfluity as an analytical lens

When the German Minister of the Interior a few weeks ago announced that “the refugee crisis has not been resolved, but its solution is on a very good way”, he was obviously not speaking about the global situation. He was referring to the situation in Europe and particularly in Germany, where after the successive closure of the Balkan route and the agreement between the EU and Turkey in March (as …

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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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Klima- und umweltbedingte FluchtSymposium

„Das kommt jetzt aber ungelegen.“

Klimabedingte Migration und die gegenwärtige Diskussion um Flüchtlingsschutz

Im Juli 2015 veranstalteten der FlüchtlingsforschungsBlog und der Völkerrechtsblog gemeinsam eine Beitragsserie zur klimabedingten Flucht. In sechs Beiträgen diskutierten WissenschaftlerInnen und PraktikerInnen die Zusammenhänge von Klimawandel und Zwangsmigration. Ausgangspunkt der Diskussionen war die Beobachtung, dass Klimaveränderungen in vielfältiger Weise die Lebensgrundlagen von Menschen beeinträchtigen, sei es durch langsame Veränderungsprozesse oder plötzliche Katastrophen. Zwar lassen sich eindeutige Kausalitäten zwischen Klimawandel und einzelnen Wetterereignissen kaum nachweisen, der generelle Zusammenhang ist jedoch unbestritten.

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Current Developments

Von sichtbarer und unsichtbarer Gewalt. Politik an der Grenze.

Am 2. September 2015 ertrank Aylan Kurdi bei dem Versuch, in Europa Schutz zu finden, nachdem er mit seiner Familie aus Kobane, Syrien, geflohen war. Sein Bruder und seine Mutter verloren bei der Überfahrt ebenfalls ihr Leben. Der Körper von Aylan Kurdi wurde am folgenden Tag an der türkischen Küste gefunden. Das Bild dieses toten Kindes im Sand erzeugte einen Aufschrei in Europa und der Welt, einen Aufschrei mit der …

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InterviewKlima- und umweltbedingte FluchtSymposium

There is no point in waiting

Walter Kälin and the Nansen Initiative for disaster-induced displacement

To better understand how climate change affects migration and displacement, we were inevitably led to interview Walter Kälin. Professor Kälin holds a chair at the University Bern, with a research focus on refugee and international human rights law. Over the years, displacement linked to natural hazards has emerged as one of his central academic interests. At the same time, Walter Kälin has been active within the United Nations Organization, for …

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