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Völkerrecht und die Legislative

Wenn der nationale Gesetzgeber mit den Schultern zuckt

In diesem Beitrag plädiere ich dafür, dass sich Völkerrechtler*innen mit Unterlassungen von nationalen Gesetzgebern befassen sollten. Zweck des kurzen Textes ist die Begründung für eine rechtsdogmatische, -theoretische und -soziologische Auseinandersetzung mit Situationen, in denen Völkerrecht gesetzgeberische Maßnahmen vorgibt, die angesprochenen Legislatoren in den Vertragsstaaten aber mit den Schultern zucken. Warum sollten Unterlassungen der nationalen Legislativen Völkerrechtler*innen beschäftigen? Seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg hat die Zahl der völkerrechtlichen Normen unzweifelhaft zugenommen. Ebenso …

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Judicial appointments and the right kind of politics

A response to Bilyana Petkova   Judicial appointments matter, but it is difficult to pinpoint why exactly. One possibility – mentioned by Bilyana – is that there is a connection between representation and legitimacy. It is easy to see that there is a link. Large groups in society might lose trust in the legal system if they are systematically underrepresented on the bench. However, the link is nebulous and never …

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Selecting Europe’s Judges: on the Evolving Legitimacy of Appointments in Luxembourg and Strasbourg

What is judicial legitimacy?

The concept of legitimacy is a favorite debate among many political philosophers and lawyers. Since our perceptions of what is legitimate change over time, we look at legitimacy not as a static concept but as one evolving over time. Judicial appointments, particularly to constitutional, federal and international courts have always been a sensitive matter. In Europe, the impartiality and professional merit of both domestic and supranational judges are becoming a …

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Will the BRICS Bank really change the development world?

A response to Mariana Mota Prado Mariana Prado makes an excellent contribution to the growing debate about the BRICS Development Bank, which is expected to start operating in 2016. What is perhaps most notable about the bank so far is how little the five BRICS governments are willing to share with the public about the bank’s operating principles. In the same way, outsiders are kept in the dark regarding questions …

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Will the BRICS Bank change the development world as we know it?

This post inaugurates a new cooperation of Völkerrechtsblog with the journal “Verfassung und Recht in Übersee”/ “Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America”, the only law journal based in Germany dedicated exclusively to legal developments in the Global South. Authors from the current special issue on “New instruments in the law of development cooperation” discuss their arguments with respondents here on the blog. We start with the first …

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