Editorial #10: On Equal Access to the International Legal Profession
The interns' room at Palais Wilson, hosting most of the UN's human rights activities, is a pleasant room with a gorgeous view of Lake Geneva. In contrast, the entry door...
- Defining Ecocide
Defining Ecocide – An Interview with Christina Voigt
Wrapping up our Symposium ‘Defining Ecocide’, Christina Voigt, member of the Independent Expert Panel, explains her views on the definition of ecocide. In a conversation with Justine Batura, Philipp Eschenhagen...
- Defining Ecocide
Introducing the Symposium on the Draft Definition of Ecocide
The proposed definition of a novel international crime of ecocide - unveiled on 22 June by the StopEcocide initiative - has been discussed widely across the international law blogosphere and beyond....
- Rewarding in International Law
From Sticks to Carrots?
A new article on how States could be encouraged to comply with international law promises to revolutionize how we think about incentives in international relations. In ‘Rewarding in International Law’,...
- Inter-State Cases under the ECHR
On Current Developments and Reforms
What is the significance of inter-State cases within the European System of Human Rights? And what does their constant increase over the last decade mean for the European Court of...
The initiative StopEcocide aims to amend the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) by incorporating a fifth international crime: 'Ecocide'. To that end, it recently commissioned an independent expert drafting panel to draft a...
Don’t Settle For Less
The German Parliament will debate today a draft for a due diligence act intended to protect human rights in global supply chains ('Lieferkettengesetz'), as submitted by the German government. The...
“What Should Be a Better Alternative to the Council of Europe’s Unique System?”
From November 2020 until May 2021, Germany holds the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s decision-making body. At the halfway point of the term, we had...
- The role of the ILC
The International Law Commission as an interpreter of international law?
The role of the International Law Commission (ILC), as the subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly charged with the promotion and codification of progressive development of international law, has...
“Enforced disappearance is a particularly heinous crime”. This phrase has been repeated time and again by civil society organisations and UN experts, and states have condemned this crime countless times....
Call for Contributions: Symposium on Enforced Disappearances
The year 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED) and the 40th anniversary...
A ‘golden age’ of inter-state complaints?
Recently, the Principality of Liechtenstein brought an inter-state complaint against the Czech Republic to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Already before, the two countries shared a complicated relationship....