Current Developments

Land ahoy? Solutions for Statehood in a post climate change world

Climate change is expected to cause receding coastlines due to rising sea levels. Geological formations like islands, rocks, reefs and other low-tide elevations would be permanently submerged, and this would affect the control of States over the sea if the baseline measurement changed with them. In fact, some low-lying States could conceivably lose their rights to exploit their territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) due to their land territory …



Customary international law identification as constrained law-making

A response to David Koppe There has been a resurgence of interest in recent years in how customary international law is identified, and this interest will likely intensify as a result of the International Law Commission’s current work on the subject. Somewhat ironically, this resurgence of interest comes at a time when there are increasing doubts about the continued usefulness of customary international law in addressing the world’s problems, and …



Ascertaining Customary International Law – a relatively straightforward matter?

This blog post refers to the recent findings of the International Law Commission’s (ILC) topic now entitled “Identification of Customary International Law” and addresses some issues, which still remain unsettled even in its current third report (A/CN.4/682) and which call for further considerations. Irrespective of the dispute about the proper theory of customary international law a settled methodology for ascertaining the existence of a rule of customary international law is …