A selection of last week’s new arrivals. Fictions of Justice: the International Criminal Court and the challenge of legal pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa by Kamari Maxine Clarke (2009). ISBN 9780521889100 (Dedicated to Chima Ubani, Nigerian human rights leader killed in a motor accident in 2005). The book explores how notions of justice are negotiated through […]Read more
Last week Professors Thomas Franck (1931-2009) and Sir Derek Bowett (1927-2009) passed away. They had impressive careers in the field of international law. No doubt they have been aware of each others work. In any case Thomas Franck reviewed Bowett’s book “Law of International Institutions” in Harvard Law Review 1964 (vol. 77, p. 1565-1568). The […]Read more
Tourism is an important source of income, prosperity and happiness for many people, but not everywhere. The increasing number of cruiseships, loaded with tourists, heading for Antarctica threatens the fragile ecosystem, habitat of many animals, in this region. Tourism to the frozen continent has increased nearly ten-fold in the last 15 years.Read more
Tuesday last week the First Lady of International Law, Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice bade farewell to her colleagues at the Court in The Hague, after serving nearly fourteen years as judge and as its President.
This event coincided with the presentation of her latest book “Themes and Theories. Selected speeches and writings in International Law” (OUP 2009). An impressive collection of her thoughts over the last forty years. Ten chapters on various aspects of international law, reflected in articles, speeches, lectures and in her work as a member of the International Court of Justice.
Oxford University Press kindly donated this two volume set to the Peace Palace Library, completing the collection of Higgins’ publications.
The Library hopes that Dame Higgins, having spent so many years in The Hague, the Legal Capital of the World, will continue to be inspired by its excellent possibilities for research in international law.Read more
Yesterday Professor Yves Daudet, Secretary-General of the Hague Academy of International Law launched the first volume in English in the series of Pocketbooks of the Hague Academy : “The evolution of sustainable development in international law: Inception, meaning and status”, by Nico Schrijver, Professor of the University of Leiden. In the new lounge of the […]Read more
The Genocide Convention at Sixty!Read more
In 1948 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide .
To commemorate this fact: 1) A special issue of Case Western Reserve Journal of International law (Vol. 40, 2008, No. 1-2) and 2) two-day conference in The Hague in the Peace Palace
The United Nations Office of Legal Affairs launched the Audiovisual Library of International Law. The Audiovisual Library aims to provide free, scholarly resources to students and practictioners around the world, particularly in regions where there are few resources for the study of international law.Read more
Saturday 23 August marks the UN nineth annual International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition.Read more
A report published by President Paul Kagame’s government accuses France of complicity in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, by supporting and training Hutu leaders and their militia carrying out the massacres that killed 800.000 people.Read more
European Pact on Immigration and Asylum : At a meeting in Cannes on Monday, 7 July, EU ministers approved French proposals for a tougher common policy to stem the influx of illegal immigrants, despite some differences and concerns about accusations of xenophobia from outside the European Union.Read more