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International law news is a Peace Palace Library news service on topics of International Law. The library is not responsible for the content of outside sources.

  • Going to court against China

    April 7, 2014

    For that alone, the government deserves commendation, because haling a Goliath to court who has dug his heels in is no paltry thing! Well, not really court, because absent a common choice of a dispute settlement mechanism under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, there has been triggered the application of the default setting—arbitration.

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  • The Most ‘Unusual’ It’s Ever Been

    April 7, 2014

    When capital punishment was more common, it was easy to claim that people are executed because they are criminals. But now that fewer criminals receive the death penalty, that’s no longer the case, and there are compelling reasons to argue that African-Americans are disproportionately subject to the death penalty not because of their crime, but because of their race.

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  • CSR Press Release Print Alerts Report: Judge Kaplan Let Chevron Make “Mockery of Justice” in New York RICO Case

    April 7, 2014

    A new report concludes Chevron made a “mockery of justice” and bribed a witness during its retaliatory RICO case in New York, leading to a likely reversal by U.S. appellate courts and a growing risk for the oil giant in jurisdictions where the villagers are trying to seize assets to pay for a clean-up of their ancestral lands.

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  • US Imposes Diplomatic Sanctions for Icelandic Whaling, Falls Short of Trade Sanctions

    April 7, 2014

    On March 31, President Obama announced that the United States will not impose targeted trade sanctions to address Iceland’s commercial whaling, although the President has revised and repackaged a series of diplomatic measures that US officials will be obligated to implement.
    In a message sent to Congress, the President acknowledged that Iceland’s actions jeopardize the survival of the fin whale, which is listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as among the species most threatened with extinction. Iceland’s actions were also found to undermine multilateral efforts to ensure greater worldwide protection for whales.

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  • The Dark Side of Lieber’s Code (or, Cheneyite Jurisprudence)

    April 7, 2014

    The 150th Anniversary of Lieber’s Code was celebrated by the International Humanitarian Law (Law of War) community in 2013 for the embryonic role the Code played in the development of the law of war. But while issuing Lieber’s Code is often credited as the founding of the law of war, in fact, Lieber’s Code is more correctly to be seen as the martial law regulation governing all of the non-Confederate states, the Northern states, during the latter half of the Civil War. While it put into the form of a Military Order previously existing humanitarian customary law of war principles, that was not its primary purpose.

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  • Hong Kong Was Promised the Stars, Got Blinking Lights Made in China

    April 7, 2014

    Anson Chan, former Chief Secretary of Hong Kong, says that China is not living up to its promise of democracy in Hong Kong. She spoke at the National Endowment for Democracy April 2. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

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  • Top American official charges U.N. patent organization chief with ‘serious violations of national and international law’

    April 7, 2014

    The top American official at the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization has accused its Director General, Francis Gurry, of “serious misconduct” and “violations of national and international law” in connection with a bizarre series of alleged 2008 burglaries of staffers’ offices to obtain samples of their DNA.

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  • The new world order? Part 2

    April 7, 2014

    Russia is not the only world power that has violated international law.

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  • The New World Order?

    April 4, 2014

    There is no more reliable guardian of entrenched conventional wisdom than The Economist. And so when its cover proclaims ‘the new world order,’ and removes any ambiguity from its intentions, by its portrayal of Putin as a shirtless tank commander with menacing features. No such iconography accompanied the last notable invocation of the phrase ‘new world order’ by George H. W. Bush in mobilizing support for a forcible response to the Iraqi invasion and annexation of Kuwait in 1990, the dirty work of Saddam Hussein. Here the elder Bush was seeking to suggest that with the Cold War winding down that finally the UN Security Council could act, as originally intended, and meet Iraqi aggression with a collective response. With some reluctance the Security Council mandated the use of force to repel Iraq, and restore Kuwaiti sovereignty.

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  • Ukraine intends to demand compensation for Crimea secession in court

    April 4, 2014

    Next week, Ukraine will finish calculating the damages from Crimea’s accession to Russia and will file a lawsuit demanding compensation, the country’s Minister of Justice Pavel Petrenko said.

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