Interview

Whose rights? Whose justice? (Second part)

An interview with Marta Torre‑Schaub on climate liability and climate justice

Völkerrechtsblog is pleased to present the second part of the interview with Marta Torre‑Schaub. In this section, we will discuss the status of the Amazonian forest in international law, the importance of national litigation for climate protection and questions of climate justice for the most vulnerable states and groups. This completes the picture of legal liability under international law for environmental damage in the field of climate change. Given the vulnerable …

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Interview

Whose rights? Whose justice? (First part)

An interview with Marta Torre Schaub on climate liability and climate justice

The urgent need to combat climate change seems widely accepted. Nonetheless, the measures taken so far have remained ineffective while irreparable environmental damages are constantly augmenting and threats to the human existence increase. For instance, last summer’s Amazon fires have caused concern around the globe. Prof. Stephen M. Walt (Harvard) recently raised the question of whether “states have the right – or even the obligation – to intervene in a …

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BofaxeCurrent Developments

Does policy “Trump” international law?

On the legality of the US’ statement on Israel’s settlement policy

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has announced a reversal of US policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. While the Obama Administration deemed Israel’s settlement activities illegal under international as well as Israeli law and an obstacle to the peace process in the region, the Trump Administration now officially breaks with that position by stressing that “the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not …

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Current Developments

Saber-rattling in space

How international law does (not) regulate States’ plans for Space Forces

Does international law entitle states to have military space forces? Recent efforts by several states as well as NATO to strengthen their military space capabilities re-ignite this debate. The issue is not unregulated; international space law in particular is not silent on this issue. But the limits are not as strict as one might think. Renewed military interest in space At its 70th anniversary summit in London in December 2019, …

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Current Developments

Climate change in the Security Council

On the road to qualifying climate change as ‘threat multiplier’

Wildfires are heating the Earth from the Arctic to the Amazon, islands are drowning, and the record for the hottest year has been broken every year since 2015. No one would doubt that climate change causes these events. Despite people from all continents protesting in the streets to urge decision-makers to eventually take action to help combat climate change, the UN Security Council (UNSC) has not taken any binding measures …

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Interview

Quel droit ? Quelle justice ? (Deuxiéme partie)

Une interview avec Marta Torre Schaub sur la responsabilité et la justice climatique

Völkerrechtsblog est ravi de vous présenter la deuxième partie de l’interview avec Marta Torre‑Schaub. Dans cette partie, nous parlerons du statut de la région Amazonienne en droit international, de l’importance des contentieux nationaux pour la protection du climat et de la Justice climatique envers les États et les groupes les plus vulnérables. Ces éléments complèteront le tableau de la responsabilité juridique en droit international pour les dommages causés à l’environnement dans …

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Interview

Quel droit ? Quelle justice ? (Première partie)

Une interview avec Marta Torre Schaub sur la responsabilité et la justice climatique

Il ne paraît guère nécessaire de répéter l’urgence demandée pour lutter contre le changement climatique. Néanmoins, les mesures prises jusque‑là sont restées ineffectives, les dommages irréparables pour l’environnement augmentent. De plus en plus ils menacent également l’existence humaine. Un exemple qui a attiré l’attention mondiale était l’incendie de la forêt amazonienne au Brésil. Le Professeur en sciences politiques Stephen M. Walt (Harvard) a récemment soulevé la question de savoir si …

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Current Developments

Social media platforms as expropriated investors

Reviewing state measures from the perspective of international investment law

The reach and expanse of social media in the past decade has been enormous. With its growth, several legal issues have emerged. Particularly, instances of refusal to share personal data of users have led platforms to shut down their operations in some states. These developments raise concerns if the conventional understanding and interpretation of investments and investor-state disputes must be modified for fitting modern forms of business models like social …

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Internet Governance ForumSymposium

The Contract for the Web: The newest manifestation of digital constitutionalism?

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is intended to bring together the multistakeholder community to talk about the current and the future Internet. It is distinctly not supposed to bring about agreements that bind these actors to certain norms. Disregarding this custom, the Contract for the Web (Contract) was launched on November 25, 2019 on “Day Zero” of this year’s IGF in Berlin. Whether the Contract will turn out to be …

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Internet Governance ForumSymposium

A tale of two foundational orders

How international law and Internet governance protect the future of (us on) the Internet

The Internet – as a global technological facility enabling information and communication creation and exchange – has become an object of regulation by international law. But more than that: the Internet’s security, stability, robustness, resilience and functionality (its integrity) has crystallized into a global common interest. Internet integrity has become essential for the effective administration for all private and statal critical infrastructural resources. States are not able to regulate through …

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