Discussion

Multi-stakeholder self-regulation mechanisms for PMSCs – good enough for the United Nations?

Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) are not only hired by states, the UN makes use of PMSCs as well. Recent years have witnessed an increase in the number of PMSCs used by the UN (DCAF, Pingeot). One of the current challenges is the use of PMSCs in UN peacekeeping operations.

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Practitioner's Corner

Practitioner’s Corner: Project management – the missing part in law books

The “Practitioner’s Corner” gives the floor to practicing international lawyers. Their accounts illustrate the diversity of work within the field of international law and offer personal insights into the practice of international law. My name is Francesca Caonero. I’m from Italy and am currently an Associate Expert at the United Nations (UN). Associate experts are generally individuals participating in the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme. The JPO is a programme …

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Practitioner's Corner

Practitioner’s Corner: MONUSCO – an inside view into a peacekeeping mission

The “Practitioner’s Corner” gives the floor to practicing international lawyers. Their accounts illustrate the diversity of work within the field of international law and offer personal insights into the practice of international law. If it’s not written down, it does not exist In those words, I can sum up what I’ve learned over the past two years working for the UN. It also perfectly captures the basics of working in the …

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DiscussionKick-off

Palestine: Do the Recognitions of its Statehood by European National Parliaments matter?

On 17th December 2014, the European Parliament passed a resolution in favour of the recognition of Palestinian statehood. Since the beginning of Autumn 2014, many national Parliaments of the European Union (Spain, United Kingdom, France, Ireland, Portugal, Luxembourg) have passed resolutions inviting their executives to officially recognize Palestine as an independent State. The symbolic value of theses resolutions has often been emphasized. They constitute a further step in the progressive …

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Current Developments

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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Interview

Insights from the Practitioner of International Law

Professor James Crawford is not only the Special Rapporteur of the Draft Articles on State Responsibility, but has extensive experience as counsel in international litigation. Thus talking to him is a great opportunity to get some insight on international law in practice. This interview was conducted after he gave a keynote address on the “Unfolding of International Law since 1914” to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Walther Schücking Institute …

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Practitioner's Corner

Practitioner’s Corner: Working for Peace in Afghanistan

The “Practitioner’s Corner” gives the floor to practicing international lawyers. Their accounts illustrate the diversity of work within the field of international law and offer personal insights into the practice of international law. I had the opportunity to work for eleven months in Kabul, Afghanistan. With the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to be precise, and to be even more specific, inside one of the UN compounds. The weeks …

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