Swine Flu: Legal Obligations and Consequences When the World Health Organization Declares a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”

On Saturday, the World Health Organization declared the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the United States to constitute a “public health emergency of international concern” under the International Health Regulations, a legally binding international instrument on disease prevention, surveillance, control, and response adopted by 194 countries. Countries with confirmed cases of swine flu are […]

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SOLON War Crimes Conference – Retrospectives and Prospects

The SOLON War Crimes Conference, themed “Retrospectives and Prospects,” took place on 19-21 February 2009 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University, in association with SOLON and The Institute of Historical Research. Reprinted here with permission is the conference report and transcript of the plenary talk by Lesley Abdela.

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China Health Official Denounces Dog Destruction

Jiang Zuojun, China’s Vice Minister of Health, today denounced the recent mass dog-destruction campaigns as unnecessary. He recommended that local authorities should increase rabies vaccinations as the primary control strategy. While his advice is consistent with the latest recommendations from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO), he disappointingly […]

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Famine and International Criminal Law Under the Rome Statute

Last week, Laurent Nkunda’s armed militias in war-torn eastern Congo raided, seized, and deliberately destroyed and burned refugee camps located north of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu. His strategic political goal was to spark a crisis and to bring about the conditions to demand direct negotiations with the Congolese government. Two days ago, […]

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Cholera in Zimbabwe: UN Security Council Authority to Respond to Public Health Emergencies Under Chapter VII of the UN Charter

During the past week, three of the five permanent members on the UN Security Council publicly called for Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to step down from office. The United States, France, and the United Kingdom point to the continued violence, the regime’s repressive policies against opponents and the media, its failed economic management, and the […]

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Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law (IJHRL)

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law (IJHRL) is currently seeking submissions for its 2009-2010 annual publication. IJHRL is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal designed to address international human rights issues. The journal invites quality submissions from scholars, jurists, and professionals in fields related to human rights and international humanitarian law. IJHRL also welcomes review essays, […]

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ABA Section of International Law Panel Discussion: Drafting and Negotiating International Agreements

This panel, at the 2009 ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, addressed common pitfalls in negotiating and drafting international agreements. Panelists included Pierre-Yves Gunter, Calvin Hamilton, Florian Jörg, Fabiano Deffenti, and Erik B. Wulff. Panelists shared their “war stories” of cross-border transactions. The panelists agreed that lawyers need cross-cultural understanding and training. They provided […]

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ASIL 103rd Annual Meeting Agenda – Obama Officials and ICJ Judges

The full agenda for the 103rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) is now available. The theme is “International Law as Law.” Plenary and special sessions will feature top officials from the Obama administration, former and current judges of the International Court of Justice, UN officials, and judges from the Iran-United […]

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2009 Jessup International Moot Court Competition

This year’s special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition concluded with a special Gala and International Rounds in Washington, D.C. The competition simulates a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ / “World Court”) in The Hague, the Netherlands. This year, 2000+ students at 560+ […]

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