By Lys Kulamadayil – This post reflects on the appointment of Professor Hilary Charlesworth to the judicial bench of the International Court of Justice. By reviewing some of her work, it concludes that her appointment promises to be a step towards reconciling realism and idealism in the practice of international law.
Aimed at informing policy debates, our briefs summarize pressing complex issues, weigh the implications for global governance and suggest recommendations.
By Erika Moret – On 18 October 2021, the US Treasury Department released its sanctions review, concluding sanctions remain an important policy tool but face important challenges. As part of ongoing feedback supplied by Dr. Erica Moret to the US Government on the topic, this article outlines concrete recommendations about how and when US sanctions should be used.
By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan
As the world continues to face the COVID-19 health threat and its economic and social impact, the trend towards mandatory human rights due diligence, possibly coupled with environmental due diligence, could contribute to “level the playing field” and to “build back better”. This blog post offers a bird’s eye view of legal developments at the national, regional and global levels.
By Akshita Tiwary – Sea level rise has grave consequences under international law. The International Law Commission may provide suitable guidelines in this regard.
By Nico Krisch – If (re)designed based on the principle of subsidiarity, international investment adjudication could supplement rather than substitute or challenge domestic processes.
By Jerome Bellion-Jourdan – States are not off the hook in the “Business and Human Rights” agenda: a key take away of recent events at the United Nations and beyond; a timely reminder of the “smart mix of measures” foreseen by the UN Guiding Principles for States to foster business respect for human rights; a strong call on States to act, along with business, against the background of Kofi Annan’s warning: “if we cannot make globalization work for all, in the end it will work for none.”
By Jolene Yiqiao Kong, Richard Burzynski and Cynthia Weber – The interaction of three forces – organizational missions, new technologies, and political narratives – will shape the UN system’s approach to AI.
With multilateralism under strain, the Summit will test Japan’s leadership, member countries’ resolve, and the foundations of the G20 itself.
By Erica Moret – How the UK coordinates its sanctions policies with the EU will be important in a post-Brexit world.
By Ramon della Torre – Using sovereign debt securities as instruments to help mitigate conflicts has been largely underestimated.
By Anita Prakash – Global governance bodies must be inclusive and bring in the voices from developing economies, which are practitioners of open and rule based trade relations.
By Lorenzo Gasbarri – In this case, the ECJ explicitly refers to EU law as being international law and at the same time forming an internal legal system. What does this mean, and are there consequences for the interactions between legal regimes?