Here is the information.

A fantastic idea of my favourite international law journal! Here is the retrospective, which includes great pieces illustrating EJIL’s unique intellectual scope and ambition in its first quarter century. Congratulations!

I have a post commenting on this project here. It is a very interesting project, and there is plenty of time to send a proposal. Good luck, and also to Jessie and Dan with this superb project.

Dr Jessie Hohmann, QMUL, and Dr Dan Joyce, UNSW, invite contributions to an edited volume on International Law’s Objects: Emergence, Encounter and Erasure through Object and Image. The project interrogates international law’s material culture and everyday life.

The study of international law is highly text based. Whether as practice, scholarship or pedagogy, the discipline of international law both relies on and produces a wealth of written material. Cases, treaties, and volumes of academic writing are the legal sources through which most of us working in international law relate to the subject, and, at times we might come to feel that these texts are our major project and output.

Yet international law has a rich existence in the world. International law is often developed, conveyed and authorised through objects or images. From the symbolic (the regalia of the head of state and the symbols of sovereignty), to the mundane (a can of dolphin-safe tuna certified as complying with international trade standards), international legal authority can be found in the objects around us. Similarly, the practice of international law often relies on material objects or images, both as evidence (satellite images, bones of the victims of mass atrocities) and to found authority (for instance, maps and charts).

Motivating this project are three questions:

  • First, what might studying international law through objects reveal? What might objects, rather than texts, tell us about sources, recognition of states, construction of territory, law of the sea, or international human rights law?
  • Second, what might this scholarly undertaking reveal about the objects – as aims or projects – of international law? How do objects reveal, or perhaps mask, these aims, and what does this tell us about the reasons some (physical or material) objects are foregrounded, and others hidden or ignored?
  • Third, which objects will be selected? We anticipate a no doubt eclectic but illuminating collection, which points to objects made central, but also objects disclaimed, by international law. Moreover, the project will result in a fascinating artefact (itself an object) of the preoccupations of the profession at this moment in time.

Further information, including the timeline for submissions, can be found in the Call for Papers [pdf]. The Call for Papers closes 18 April 2015.

I have got a nice email asking “Do you have an idea for a new book?” If so, maybe the new series on Human Rights and International Law of Routledge Law is the place to submit your proposal. The email says:

Edited by Professor Surya P. Subedi (University of Leeds), this series will explore human right law’s place within the international legal order, looking at how human rights impacts on areas as diverse and divisive as, for example, security, terrorism, climate change, refugee law, migration, bio-ethics, natural resources, and international trade. The objective of the series will be to publish books that explore the interaction, interrelationship and potential conflicts between human rights and other branches of international law.

We are now inviting anyone interested in writing a new book to submit your proposals. If you can offer a unique perspective, expert critical analysis and dynamic new ideas on this rapidly developing subject area then please get in touch.

Find out more here.

Very interesting! Junior Research Fellowship in International Law and the History of Political Thought at King’s College, University of Cambridge. Here is the information. Good luck!

I have uploaded a new paper on the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in Jurisdictional Immunities of States (2012). It was written for the Conference ‘The ICJ’s Judicial Year in Review’, which took place in 25-26 April 2013 at the European University Institute. The conference was superbly directed by professors Andreas Zimmermann and Eyal Benvenisti. Here is the abstract of the paper which will be publish with the rest of the presentations in the next issue of the Journal of International Dispute Settlement (October 2013).

Of Plumbers and Social Architects: Elements and Problems of the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in Jurisdictional Immunities of States

Carlos Espósito


This analysis of the judgment of the International Court of Justice in the Jurisdictional Immunities case is conducted in two parts. The first briefly presents the basic elements of the judgment of the Court in Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v Italy: Greece intervening); the second part identifies and discusses some problems raised by the judgment. These include the legal character of the rule of state immunity, the limits of the positivist methodology to establish state practice as evidence of customary international law and its exceptions, and the troubles with a strictly procedural approach to consider a possible exception to immunity for serious violations of international law and international humanitarian law. The comment concludes with a brief general assessment of the judgment of the Court, its role and the future development of the law of state immunities by national courts.

El próximo lunes 10 de junio de 2013, a partir de las 10:30 horas, tendrá lugar un seminario organizado en el contexto del proyecto de investigación sobre la protección de los bienes jurídicos globales, en el que el Profesor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann, Catedrático Emérito de Derecho Internacional y Europeo del Instituto Universitario de Florencia, Italia, presentará una ponencia sobre su trabajo “Constituting, Limiting, Regulating and Justifying Multilevel Governance of Interdependent Public Goods: From Constitutional Nationalism to Multilevel Constitutionalism and Cosmopolitan Constitutionalism?”

El profesor Markus Wagner, Universidad de Miami, abrirá la discusión con un comentario sobre la contribución del Profesor Petersmann.

El seminario será moderado por el Profesor Carlos Espósito, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

El programa empieza a las 10:30 horas y termina a las 13:00 horas, incluida una pausa café de 15 minutos. El lugar de celebración es el Seminario VIII de la cuarta planta del edificio de la Facultad de Derecho de la UAM y la lengua de trabajo será el inglés.

Rogamos confirmar la intención de asistir a nicolas.carrillo@uam.es antes del miércoles 5 de junio con el fin de prever la capacidad de la sala.

 A continuación reproducimos el abstract del trabajo y aquí se puede descargar el texto completo del artículo y un resumen para el seminario.

Constituting, Limiting, Regulating and Justifying Multilevel Governance of Interdependent Public Goods: Methodological Problems of International Economic Law Research

by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann



This contribution discusses legal and methodological problems of multilevel governance of the international trading, development, environmental and legal systems from the perspective of “public goods theories” and related legal theories. The state-centred, power-oriented governance practices in worldwide organizations fail to protect effectively human rights, transnational rule of law and other international public goods for the benefit of citizens. Their criticism by civil society, democratic parliaments and courts of justice prompts increasing opposition to non-inclusive, intergovernmental rule-making, as in the case of the 2011 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement rejected by the European Parliament. The “democracy deficits” and morally often unjustified power politics underlying “Westphalian intergovernmentalism” weaken the overall coherence of multilevel regulation of interdependent public goods that interact “horizontally” (e.g., the monetary, trading, development, environmental and related legal systems) as well as “vertically” (e.g., in case of “aggregate public goods” composed of local, national, regional and worldwide public goods). The “laboratory” of European multilevel governance offers lessons for reforming worldwide governance institutions dominated by executives. The integration of nation states into an interdependent, globalized world requires a multilevel integration law in order to protect transnational public goods more effectively. Legal and constitutional theories need to be integrated into public goods research and must promote stronger legal, judicial and democratic accountability of intergovernmental rule-making vis-à-vis citizens on the basis of “cosmopolitan constitutionalism” evaluating the legitimacy of national legal systems also in terms of their contribution to protecting cosmopolitan rights and transnational public goods.

Forthcoming Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence (GCYILJ) 2012 (2013).

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