SymposiumVerfassungs- und Völkerrecht im Spannungsverhältnis

Let Not Triepel Triumph

How To Make the Best Out of Sentenza No. 238 of the Italian Constitutional Court for a Global Legal Order

(This article has previously been published on EJIL: talk!) The Italian Constiutional Court’s decision no. 238 of 22 Oct. 2014 (unofficial translation into English) already inspired a flurry of comments in the blogosphere (see in EJIL talk! Christian Tams (24 Oct. 2014) and Theodor Schilling (12 Nov. 2014); on the Verfassungsblog amongst others Filippo Fontanelli (27 Oct. 2014); on Opinio Juris (19 Nov. 2014); on the Völkerrechtsblog Felix Würkert (11 Dec. 2014)); see also …

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SymposiumVerfassungs- und Völkerrecht im Spannungsverhältnis

Damage-assessment on the building of international law

After the Italian Constitutional Court’s decision no. 238 of 2014: no structural damage, just wear and tear

A reply to Felix Würkert This symposium invites reflections on the intercourse between national courts and international law, in light of the recent judgment of the Constitutional Court of Italy (no. 238 of 2014, of 22 October 2014). I briefly examine this judgment’s impact on international law in two respects. First, whether it can point to a new principle of international law. Second, whether it undermines international law as such.

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SymposiumVerfassungs- und Völkerrecht im Spannungsverhältnis

No custom restricting state immunity for grave breaches ‒ well why not?

In a recent judgement (discussed here and here), the Italian Constitutional Court (CC) found that the Italian Constitution barred Italian courts from applying the ICJ’s judgement in Germany v. Italy (discussed here and here) and that the Italian laws implementing the judgement were unconstitutional. The CC did so without wandering off into the field of international law. It did however acknowledge the ICJ’s finding, that there was no customary international …

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