Interview

“The Inter-American System has always been in crisis, and we always found a way out”

An interview with Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot

Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor Poisot is the Vice President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and one of the most progressive judges currently in office. This summer he spent some days at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg for a conference on the implementation of judgments of the regional human rights courts. We had the opportunity to meet him and discuss about new …

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„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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Law as a site of politics (Part II)

An interview with Hilary Charlesworth

Völkerrechtsblog is delighted to post the second part of our conversation with Hilary Charlesworth. In this part of the interview she tells us more about the power of rituals and ritualism in human rights law, the role of law in regulation, why interdisciplinary research in law matters, and about her time on the ICJ, where she worked on the Whaling case.

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Interview

Law as a site of politics (Part I)

An interview with Hilary Charlesworth

Hilary Charlesworth is best known for her work on feminist theory and international law, however her intellectual curiosity extends far beyond this – for example she recently explored the role of rituals and ritualism in human rights monitoring and in 2011 she was appointed judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice for the Whaling in the Antarctic case. In 2015 Völkerrechtsblog had the pleasure to meet with Hilary Charlesworth in …

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Debating Cosmopolitan Law

An interview with Immanuel Kant and Georg Friedrich von Martens (Part II) Christoph Brendel This is the second part of a fictional conversation with Immanuel Kant and Georg Friedrich von Martens. These two outstanding scholars never met face-to-face in real life but come together for a fictional debate, set sometime in the year 1801 in a country house a few miles outside of Königsberg. The matter in dispute will be Kant’s …

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Debating Cosmopolitan Law

An interview with Immanuel Kant and Georg Friedrich von Martens (Part I) Christoph Brendel This fictional conversation will bring together two persons of outstanding importance for science in the late 18th and early 19th century who never met face-to-face. One was a professor of logic and metaphysics from Königsberg (now Kaliningrad), the other a professor of natural and international law from Göttingen. The former revolutionised philosophy through his critical method, …

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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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InterviewKlima- und umweltbedingte FluchtSymposium

Es hat keinen Sinn zu warten.

Walter Kälin und die Nansen-Initiative zu klima- und katastrophenbedingter Flucht

Wenn es um Klimawandel als Ursache von Migration und Flucht geht, dann bietet sich ein Gespräch mit Walter Kälin an. Seit dreißig Jahren forscht und lehrt Professor Kälin an der Universität Bern zum Flüchtlingsrecht und zum internationalen Menschenrechtsschutz. Ökologische Ursachen von Flucht zählen heute zu seinen Forschungsschwerpunkten. Neben seiner akademischen Arbeit war Walter Kälin im Rahmen der Vereinten Nationen tätig, unter anderem als Mitglied des UN-Menschenrechtsausschusses und Spezialberichterstatter für den …

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„Am Völkerrecht kommt heute niemand mehr vorbei.“

Rudolf Bernhardt und die Leidenschaft fürs Fach Interview: Dana Schmalz Professor Rudolf Bernhardt hat eine glanzvolle Karriere hinter sich: Er war Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Völkerrecht, saß lange Jahre im völkerrechtswissenschaftlichen Beirat des Auswärtigen Amtes, war Richter und Präsident am Europäischen Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte. Am 29. April diesen Jahres feierte er seinen 90. Geburtstag. Anlass für ein rauschendes Fest, wie es Mitte Mai am Heidelberger Institut stattfand. Aber auch ein …

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Insights from the Practitioner of International Law

Professor James Crawford is not only the Special Rapporteur of the Draft Articles on State Responsibility, but has extensive experience as counsel in international litigation. Thus talking to him is a great opportunity to get some insight on international law in practice. This interview was conducted after he gave a keynote address on the “Unfolding of International Law since 1914” to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Walther Schücking Institute …

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