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Current Developments

When your landlord is North Korea

How a local authority in Berlin contributes to safeguarding international peace and security

In May 2018, Bezirksamt Mitte, the local authority managing Berlin’s central district, enforced a Security Council Resolution to restore public order. The Bezirksamt’s decision to close the “City Hostel Berlin” on the basis of EU sanctions law and ultimately a Security Council Resolution was recently upheld by the administrative first instance court of the State of Berlin (4 K 135.19). The decision exemplifies how local government can become key in …

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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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The urgent, the plausible and the irreparable

The significance of lowering ICJ thresholds for provisional measures

The ICJ’s decision on Iran’s application for provisional measures in its high-profile proceedings against the United States of America for alleged violations of their 1955 Treaty of Amity was handed down on Wednesday. This tightly constrained and circumscribed stage of the proceedings, though only a precursor to the far more significant jurisdictional and merits stages—each of which has the potential to ask questions with lasting significance for international law and …

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DiscussionJournal Cooperation

Disentangling the cyber security debate

In his insightful LJIL article Kubo Mačák discusses the under-developed state of international cyber security law. He assesses that the absence of cyber security law-making has created a power vacuum that has been filled by non-state actor initiatives, such as the Tallinn Manual. He calls on states that now is the time to reclaim their central role in international lawmaking, in the short-term by articulating their opinio iuris more clearly, …

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Resolution 2178 und ihre Auswirkungen auf die Bundesrepublik

Am 25. September 2014 hat der Sicherheitsrat der vereinten Nationen die Resolution 2178 verabschiedet. Die Resolution enthält ein Maßnahmenpaket gegen die Gefahren, die von international zugereisten Milizionären in bewaffneten Konflikten ausgehen. Anlass der Resolution ist die Situation in Syrien und Irak, aber eine grundsätzlich ähnliche Problemlage ließe sich auch mit Blick auf die Krim und die Ostukraine diagnostizieren. Die Rolle ausländischer Kämpfer in Syrien und Irak ist beachtlich. Nach Schätzungen …

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DiscussionResponse

Defining and identifying threats

A new challenge to old assumptions in the theory and practice of emergency and security law

A reply to Jens Kremer Jens Kremer raises a problem that is well known in the theory of security and emergency law. Since issues of security are so complex, and often so political, legal institutions, and especially courts, are not prepared to make decisions on them, the consequence being that courts, overwhelmingly take officials’ security-claims for granted. To tackle the problem, Kremer suggests we can use new tools and new concepts, …

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DiscussionKick-off

Security mindsets and international law

Thinking differently about security and adjudication

Security is a curious term and it comes in many different forms and shapes, and each field of research, every security institution and even more, every security professional has an own very specific understanding of security. Let me give three examples: For military leaders, security is a matter of military strength, tactics and capabilities. If state A has more tanks than state B, state B may want to balance this …

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