IL in Pandemic TimesSymposium

Vulnerability in times of Corona

Guidelines from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the Right to Health

Two years ago, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Court) issued a seminal ruling regarding the right to health established in Article 26 of the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR). For the first time ever, it held a State Party to be internationally responsible for not guaranteeing non-discriminatory access to health services (previously discussed here and here). In the same case, the Court also established the justiciability of the …

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IL in Pandemic TimesSymposium

Look for everyday solidarity

International law in pandemic times

The absent global leadership and starkly uncoordinated cross-border responses have exacerbated the spread of the coronavirus. On a positive note, countries are progressively joining forces to address immediate humanitarian appeals. They are engaging with diverse partners and experimenting on novel funding approaches through various forums, including the Coronavirus Global Response and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. These partnerships are bringing light to the spirit of solidarity. We want to …

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BofaxeCurrent Developments

Follow the money and see where it goes – Unmasking the EU’s Libya programme

On the EU’s involvement in human rights violations committed by Libyan actors against migrants

On 20 May 2020, Philipp Dann, Michael Riegner and Lena Zagst presented on this blog the complaint before the European Court of Auditors (CoA), which a group of NGOs led by the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) submitted about a month ago. The authors had provided an expert opinion to the complaint, claiming that the EU’s “Libya Programme” violated EU budget and constitutional law. The authors argue that the EU’s …

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Current Developments

Bouncers beyond Borders

On the (il)legality of EU funding for the Libyan coast guard

Over the past two years, the EU has spent almost 100 million Euro to improve the Libyan coast guard’s ability to implement a “Search and Rescue Zone” in the Mediterranean. This financial cooperation is now the object of a legal complaint, filed by a coalition of NGOs led by the Global Legal Action Network. The complaint alleges that financial support for the Libyan coast guard violates European and international law. …

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Current DevelopmentsMedia

Vortrag: Grundrechte schützen – eine grenzenlose Verpflichtung?

Aufzeichnung des Heidelberger Kreises vom 7. Mai 2020

Der Völkerrechtsblog veröffentlicht die Aufzeichnung des digitalen Vortrags von Erik Tuchtfeld, Redaktionsmitglied des Völkerrechtsblogs, auf Einladung des Heidelberger Kreises am 07. Mai 2020: Grundrechte schützen – eine grenzenlose Verpflichtung? Der Heidelberger Kreis ist eine im Jahr 1946 gegründete studentische Vortragsgesellschaft an der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, die sich zum Ziel gesetzt hat, den fächerübergreifenden und parteipolitisch sowie konfessionell neutralen Gedankenaustausch zu fördern. Sie lädt zu diesem Zweck Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler sowie andere …

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Current Developments

24.000 EUR – für eine Auskunft?!

Das intransparente EU-Kostenrecht erschwert den Zugang zu Gerichten

Offenlegung: Einer der Autoren dieses Beitrags arbeitet als Syndikusanwalt für FragDenStaat und ist unmittelbar in den Rechtsstreit mit Frontex involviert.   23.700,81 EUR hat Frontex, die Europäische Agentur für die Grenz- und Küstenwache, im Februar Luisa Izuzquiza und Arne Semsrott als Kosten externer Rechtsberatung in Rechnung gestellt. Die Transparenz-Aktivist*innen der Organisationen Corporate Europe Observatory bzw. FragDenStaat hatten die EU-Behörde auf Zugang zu Informationen über Grenzschutz-Patrouillenschiffe in Anspruch genommen (Hintergrund hier) …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

How behavioural law can promote sustainable development

An overview of the potential and challenges

The idea that human society and peoples should develop in a sustainable way can be traced back to ancient cultures, practices and legal traditions. However, only recently there is an observable increase in conflicts throughout the world between the demands of economic development, the environment, and human rights. This has led to an emphasis on sustainable development in national, European, and international law and policy. This emphasis on sustainable development …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

Could “Net”-Zero Emissions prove to be a fatal blow for climate justice?

In 2015, after intense lobbying efforts and to the frustration of many climate justice activists, the Human Rights dimension of climate change was included not in the text, but only the preamble to the Paris Agreement. In the aftermath of the agreement, John Knox – at the time UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment – stated that „the Paris Agreement signifies the recognition by the international community …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

Access to justice and climate-related disasters: Do we need “disaster justice”?

The world is experiencing an increasing number of disasters, both those caused by natural hazards and those linked to human activities, and this fact renders cooperation and coordination at the international level more and more important in the field of disaster (risk) management. Although it is a subject that has been actively discussed at the international level, available remedies in current international law for individuals affected by disasters are still …

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Climate JusticeSymposium

Displacement in connection with climate change: does transitional justice offer a lens for durable solutions?

Forced displacement is not a recent phenomenon. However, in recent years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has estimated that there are over 65.6 million persons forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of conflicts, disasters, persecution, and other factors. In fact, the number of individuals forcibly displaced is the highest since the Second World War. Given this unprecedented number of forcibly displaced persons worldwide, corresponding protection …

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