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Check out this interesting, intellectually stimulating workshop on “The Judicialization of International Relations”!

The journal International Organization and Northwestern University’s Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies invite applications for a workshop to be held June 12-13, 2015.

Karen Alter and Erik Voeten, with the support of IO’s editorial board, will convene this workshop. Interested participants should submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by December 1, 2014 to judicializationconference@gmail.com.

We especially welcome the following types of proposals:

  • Studies that examine whether states, international institutions, firms or other nonstate actors act differently in the shadow of adjudication
  • Studies comparing politics in non-judicialized to judicialized contexts
  • Studies of the impact of judicialization across countries, regions or issue areas
  • Studies that analyze whether and when adjudicators are becoming consequential creators of international law
  • Examinations of the potential counter-responses to the increased authority of judicial institutions. For example, how and when do state actors successfully seek to influence adjudicators or otherwise reduce their jurisdiction or authority?
  • Analyses of whether international law differentially influences states depending on how much authority domestic judicial bodies have to utilize international law.
  • Inquiries into the larger theoretical implications of the emergence of these judicial actors.
  • Studies that provide generalizable insight into the practices, processes, politics and decision-making of adjudicatory bodies that have an international or transnational jurisdiction.

For more information, see: http://www.cics.northwestern.edu/groups/ioil/2015Workshop.html

Se ha publicado mi ‘book review’ del libro de Michael Waibel en el European Journal of International Law (2013) 24 (2): 732-735.

Michael Waibel’s book is a timely, elegant, and rich study of the adjudication of sovereign defaults by international courts and tribunals. In a time of learning the hard way to overcome what Reinhard and Rogoff’s study of financial crises has described as the ‘this-time-is-different’ syndrome, Waibel gives us an account of the underdeveloped state of the law regulating sovereign debt through the study of the relevant cases before international courts and tribunals. These kinds of disputes abound: Waibel’s book explains and assumes that ‘[e]ver since the birth of the modern fiscal and borrowing state in the seventeenth century, disputes on the non-payment of sovereign debt have been common’ (at 8). The book, which has won the 2012 European Society of International Law Book Prize, presents a thorough study of these disputes organized in two parts: the first part is a history of the varied ways in which sovereign defaults have been adjudicated on internationally over the past 150 years; the second part concentrates on the present and future resolution of sovereign defaults by international courts and tribunals, and particularly on the role of arbitration on sovereign debt.

Seguir leyendo o descargarlo en pdf.

El libro editado por Jessica Almqvist y yo, The Role of Courts in Transitional Justice: Voices from Latin America and Spain, está disponible ahora también en tapa blanda (paperback) y en versión Kindle. ¡Qué bueno estar en Kindle!

TDM announces a forthcoming TDM special issue on Legal Issues in Tobacco Control. Here is the information:

This special issue will examine legal issues surrounding international related disputes arising from tobacco regulation and control. This is a particularly urgent topic for examination in view of the ongoing investment arbitration claims launched against Australia in relation to its plain tobacco packaging measure and against Uruguay in relation to its own tobacco packaging and labeling regulations, as well as the consultations commenced by Ukraine and Honduras with Australia in the World Trade Organization (WTO) — the first step towards a formal WTO dispute concerning plain packaging. The recent WTO Appellate Body decision concerning the United States’ prohibition on characterizing flavors in cigarettes other than tobacco and menthol also provides relevant material for reflection.

Possible questions for consideration in this special issue include:

  • What challenges are States facing against health-directed tobacco control measures in domestic and international courts and tribunals?
  • How do the prospects of success in domestic claims compare with those in international claims?
  • Do current international trade and investment laws adequately protect States’ regulatory sovereignty with respect to tobacco control and other public health measures?
  • What lessons should States draw for future international trade and investment negotiations from the current challenges to tobacco regulation?
  • What are the implications of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control for international challenges to tobacco regulation?
  • Does the problem of regulatory chill threaten the achievement of national and international health objectives?
  • What additional obstacles do developing countries face in responding to threatened or actual legal challenges to tobacco regulation, and how can these obstacles be best overcome?

This special issue will be edited by Professor Andrew Mitchell (Melbourne Law School) and Associate Professor Tania Voon (Melbourne Law School).

Please address all questions and paper proposals to the editors, see here for contact info.

Publication is planned for late 2012. Paper proposals of up to 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible. The Editors will select papers at their discretion. If selected, full papers of up to 6000 words including footnotes will be due by September 15, 2012.

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