• Part I- This is not fine: The International Criminal Court in Trouble March 21, 2019
    Editor’s note: This is Part I of a three-part series. There is now a real sense that the International Criminal Court is in trouble. The questions are: how much, why and what is to be done? The UK pulled no punches in its statement to the 17th International Criminal Court Assembly of State Parties: TheRead […]
    Douglas Guilfoyle
  • The IHL Exclusion Clause, and why Belgian Courts Refuse to Convict PKK Members for Terrorist Offences March 20, 2019
    On 8 March, the Chamber of Indictments of the Court of Appeal of Brussels decided to discontinue the prosecution of thirty-nine individuals and two media companies affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). All were being prosecuted for participating in the activities of, or directing, a terrorist group. The Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office had openedRead […]
    Thomas Van Poecke
  • Additions to the EJIL:Talk! Editorial Team March 19, 2019
    We area delighted to announce additions to the EJIL:Talk! team. From this month, we welcome three new Contributing Editors (well, 2 brand new contributing editors and one who is returning to the team): Freya Baetens is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oslo and affiliated with the Europa Institute at the FacultyRead […]
    Dapo Akande
  • Brexit, the Northern Irish Backstop, and Fundamental Change of Circumstances March 18, 2019
    If, dear readers, you have any doubts that the parliamentary politics of Brexit have emerged from the fever dream of some demented game theorist, I would just ask you to take a very quick look at the events of last week. In their second meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal, British MPs voted itRead […]
    Marko Milanovic
  • Announcements: Munich Advanced Course in International Law; International Disaster Law Course; Summer Academy on the Continental Shelf; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; Business and Human Rights Summer School March 17, 2019
    1. Munich Advanced Course in International Law. The Munich Advanced Course in International Law (MACIL) is a summer school held at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (Germany) and dedicated to questions of international law. Its next session, entitled “International law without territory? – Governing spaces, resources and people beyond the confines of state territory”, will take place in late July/early AugustRead […]
    Mary Guest
  • Brexit Means Brexit: Does It so When It Comes to EU Citizenship? March 15, 2019
    Following a dramatic referendum, the United Kingdom triggered Art. 50 of the TEU in March 2017 officially commencing its withdrawal from the EU. At first glance, one of the many consequences of the move is the loss of EU citizenship for all British citizens as they will no longer be ‘holding the nationality of aRead […]
    Serhii Lashyn
  • Shamima Begum may be a Bangladeshi Citizen After All March 14, 2019
    In 2015, Ms Shamima Begum, then a 15-year-old British citizen living in London, travelled to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State. Her fate was unknown until recently when Ms Begum was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria. On 19 February 2019, the British Home Office in a letter delivered to Ms Begum’s family, revoked herRead […]
    Farhaan Uddin
  • The “Command Responsibility” Controversy in Colombia: A Follow-Up March 13, 2019
    A key issue arising out of the peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas is the definition of “command responsibility” that the Special Jurisdiction for Peace —the judicial system created as part of the peace talks— will apply when it prosecutes army commanders. In 2017, the ColombianRead […]
    Juan Carlos Ospina
  • Negotiating Brexit in the Shadow of the Law of Treaties March 12, 2019
    It is an extraordinary day in British politics today, with the Prime Minister’s ‘enhanced’ Brexit deal to be voted on in Parliament later this evening. The outcome of today’s vote, and the votes that may follow later in the week, is of course anyone’s guess (although the WA will likely be voted down). I haveRead […]
    Marko Milanovic
  • Equivalence and Translation: Further thoughts on IO Immunities in Jam v. IFC March 11, 2019
    At the end of February, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark judgment on the immunity of international organizations in Jam v. International Finance Corporation, 58 U.S. (2019). The case concerned the meaning of the 1945 International Organizations Immunities Act (IOIA), which affords international organizations “the same immunity from suit … asRead […]
    Julian Arato