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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.

  • The Ebola outbreak is not just a human tragedy. It’s also an economic one.

    October 16, 2014

    Harnessing the energy of the St. Paul River in Liberia, the Mount Coffee hydroelectric plant was supposed to bring power — and prosperity — to a country upended by nearly two decades of civil war.

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  • Again, Venezuela on the spot over nationalised oil assets

    October 16, 2014

    An international arbitration panel has awarded ExxonMobil US$1.6 billion for Venezuelan assets seized in 2007. The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) decided unanimously that Venezuela has to pay damages to ExxonMobil totaling US$1.6 billion.

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  • Supreme Court of Canada Rules Individuals cannot sue a Foreign State in Canada for Torture Committed Abroad

    October 16, 2014

    On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) affirmed that individuals cannot bring civil actions in Canada against a foreign state, which includes foreign officials, for acts of torture committed abroad. In the majority opinion in Kazemi Estate v Islamic Republic of Iran, Justice LeBel explained that this decision is political and “Canada has given priority to a foreign state’s immunity [the principles of comity and state sovereignty (para 2)] over civil redress for citizens who have been tortured abroad” (para. 47).

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  • Amal Clooney: Greece has just cause to claim return of Elgin Marbles

    October 16, 2014

    Amal Clooney, the British lawyer who married George Clooney, says the British Museum should be embarassed about how the friezes have been split between London and Athens.

    By Nick Squires

    Source: The Telegraph

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  • Netherlands Fines Royal Caribbean Over $750,000 for Overworking Crewmembers

    October 16, 2014

    A newspaper in the Netherlands reports that Royal Caribbean has to pay at least €600,000 in fines for violating labor rules and regulations while the Oasis of the Seas was in the Netherlands. The newspaper says that ship employees lacked proper residence papers and worked excessive hours. Some of the crew members worked “up to 16 hours per day” the inspectors found.

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  • Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims

    October 15, 2014

    Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is “corrosive of online privacy” and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

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  • The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): A Brief History of an Agenda for Corporate Plunder

    October 15, 2014

    The corporate jargon surrounding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is about ‘protecting’ investment’, reducing ‘unnecessary’ barriers and ‘harmonising’ regulations that supposedly deter free trade between the US and the EU.

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  • Madrid’s attitude towards Gibraltar could thwart Spain’s seat at Security Council

    October 15, 2014

    The US newspaper alleges Spain is threatening to veto the British Government’s attempt to remain part of a host of European Union police and criminal justice agreements whilst exercising certain opt-outs from EU obligations. The article, based on comments from four unnamed diplomats, attributes Spain stance to the on-going row over Gibraltar.

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  • South Asia dominates third quarter ship demolition activity

    October 15, 2014

    In this quarterly publication, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform informs about the shipbreaking industry in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Providing an overview of vessels broken on the beaches of South Asia, accidents, recent on-the-ground, legislative and political developments including our activities in South Asia we aim to inform the public about the negative impacts of substandard shipbreaking practices as well as positive steps aimed at the realisation of environmental justice and the protection of workers’ rights.

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  • Permanent Court of Arbitration on Facebook

    October 15, 2014

    The Permanent Court of Arbitration has created a new Facebook page. For news, activities of the Court please join and like! The Court has developed into a modern, multi-faceted arbitral institution that is now perfectly situated at the juncture between public and private international law to meet the rapidly evolving dispute resolution needs of the international community.
    Permanent Court of Arbitration on Facebook

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