Welcome to the PluriCourts Blog, an interdisciplinary blog dedicated to discuss and comment on topical issues relating to international courts and tribunals.
By Taylor St. John and Yuliya Chernykh. This text was originally published on the EJIL Talk - Blog of the European Journal of International Law.
By Geir Ulfstein and Andreas Føllesdal. This text was first published on the EJIL Talk - Blog of the European Journal of International Law.
Research assistant Marcelo Campbell provides insights into the interplay between health measures and intellectual property rights with regard to regulations aiming at preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Researcher Carola Lingaas offers her approach to the definition of race in international criminal law.
On January 9th 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) released an Advisory Opinion, requested by Costa Rica in 2016, recognizing important features of the right to gender identity and non-discrimination against same-sex couples.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Joanna Nicholson, provides insights of her new book Fighting and Victimhood in International Criminal Law (Routledge, 2018).
Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi provides comments on a recent decision by the CJEU and on its relevance for the negotiation and conclusion of future trade and investment agreements.
For more than two decades, one Austrian lawyer has strategically represented cases to eliminate discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people before domestic and international courts. On 5 December 2017, the Austrian Constitutional Court decided that two persons of the same sex must be able to enter into civil marriage.
On the 21st of September, PluriCourts, with generous funding from the Norwegian Research Council and Lovsamlingsfondet, brought together young researchers from around the world for the first postgraduate colloquium on the frontiers of international environmental law. Topics from the creation of a court for the environment, to prosecuting the crime of ecocide at the ICC, to the legal consequences of space debris were discussed.
EU Commision President Juncker has suggested to carve out contentious clauses on investment protection from trade agreements. Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi provides comments on this EU Commission’s potential policy shift, which is most likely a response to recent EU law developments.
Opinion 2/15 is already causing quite a stir in legal academia. While some take an EU law perspective, others look at it from the perspective of investment law or public international law. In this short post I will not focus on purely legal issues. Instead, I will look at the Opinion’s effects on the EU’s investment policy and propose a change in the Commission’s approach to the negotiation of international economic agreements.
In February this year, Slovenia legalized same-sex marriage. From a European standpoint, this may not seem particularly ground-breaking considering that the Netherlands were the first to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001. However, marriage equality has been an uphill battle.
BBC News posted an article earlier today entitled “South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court”. The tone of the piece is reflective of a general trend within the media towards poorly nuanced reporting as regards the International Criminal Court (ICC) and African states. Framed reporting such as this will only add flames to the legitimacy difficulties that the court is currently facing.
The Paris Agreement will enter into force on 4 November 2016. The agreement requires the deposition of instruments of ratification or acceptance by at least 55 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
By Stian Øby Johansen, PhD Candidate, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo
This week, Pluricourts, University of Oslo, hosted a two day conference entitled ‘Strengthening the Validity of International Criminal Tribunals.’ The purpose of the conference was to explore ways in which the field of international criminal law (ICL) can improve, and lessons that can be learnt, as ICL enters a more mature phase in its development.
The 25th and 26th of August marked an important event in PluriCourts’ history, the conference on ‘Adjudicating International Trade and Investment Disputes: Between Isolation and Interaction’. As the title suggests, the main topic of the conference was the interplay between the international trade and investment regimes, mainly the question of convergence and divergence and whether this cross‑fertilization is beneficial or should be treated with caution.
By Joanna Nicholson, Researcher, PluriCourts
By Andreas Føllesdal, Co-Director, PluriCourts
By Robin Churchill, Professor of International Law, University of Dundee