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Location : Faculty of Law, University of Vienna, Lecture Room 15 (Basement)

Here is the programme in pdf : ESIL IGPS Shares Vienna Symposium Programme


14:00 – 14:30  Arrival

14:30 – 14:45  Introductory Remarks: The Changing Nature of Peacekeeping: Challenges for Primary and Secondary Rules Theodore Christakis (CESICE, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France) & André Nollkaemper (University of Amsterdam)

Session I:  Rethinking the Legal Regime of Peacekeeping Operations

Chair: Theodore Christakis (CESICE, Université Grenoble-Alpes, France)

14:45 – 15:00  The Multilateralisation of Armed Conflict and its Legal Consequences Greg Fox (Wayne State University) and Kristen Boon (Seton Hall University)

15:00 – 15:15  The Power to Prevent: Attribution, Due Diligence or Complicity? Nicholas Tsagourias (University of Sheffield)

15:15 – 15:30  The War Crime of Attacking Peacekeeping Personnel and Objects in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Overlap of Legal Regimes Applicable to the Conduct of Peacekeeping Operations Barbara Sonczyk (University of Westminster, London)

15:30 – 15:45  Command Responsibility in Peacekeeping Missions: A Comparison Between Humanitarian and Criminal Law Approaches Lenneke Sprik (University of Glasgow)

15:45 – 16:15  Discussion

Session II:  Allocating Responsibility

Chair: Ilias Plakokefalos (SHARES Project, University of Amsterdam)

16:15 – 16:30  Uniting Nations: Accommodating Shared Responsibility under the ILC’s Articles on Responsibility of International Organisations Odette Murray (University of Cambridge)

16:30 – 16:45  Factual and Normative Approaches in Article 7 DARIO: An Inquiry into the ‘Effective Control’ Test in the Context of Peace-Keeping Operations Andrea Spagnolo (Université de la Vallée d’Aoste, Italy)

16:45 – 17:00  Allocating Responsibility to Actors Providing Logistical Support Without Directly Engaging in Combat Operations Bérénice Boutin (University of Amsterdam)

17:00 – 17:30  Discussion

17:30 – 18:30  ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security Administrative Meeting

19:00 – 21:00         Informal Drinks and Dinner

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Final Programme:

Chairman: Theodore Christakis (University of Grenoble)

Annyssa Bellal (Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway): “Armed protest and international law”

Kenneth Chan & Jed Odermatt (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), “The ‘strategic’ recognition and de-recognition of old and new governments in the use of force: A legal analysis of issues of legality and inherent risks”

Vaïos Koutroulis (ULB) : “Quand est-ce qu’un conflit armé non international commence ? Enseignements à la lumière des révoltes de 2010-2012 en Tunisie, en Egypte, en Libye et en Syrie”

Shannonbrooke Murphy (Middlesex University): “Codifying the Right to Resist in International Law”

Charlotte Steinorth (CEU), “Resolution 1973 and the Security Council’s Instrumental Turn to Democracy”

Owen Taylor (School of Oriental and African Studies), ‘Between Reform, Revolution and a hard place: The political economy of the New International Economic Order’

Fernando R. Tesón (Florida State University): “Humanitarian Intervention as Assistance to Justified Revolutions”

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ESIL IGPS Workshop in Valencia, 13 September 2012 – Call for Papers
“Has International Law Something to Say About Revolution?”

The ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security (IGPS) has the pleasure to announce that its third Workshop will take place in Valencia, Spain, just before the opening of the 5th ESIL Biennial Conference, on the topic: “Has International Law Something to Say About Revolution?”.

The recent revolts in the Arab world and the international reactions that followed them demonstrated, according to some commentators, the limits of International Law in dealing with revolutions. This workshop will try to test and challenge this idea. Potential topics include: Is there a right to democracy in International Law? Legitimacy, recognition and de-recognition of governments and the principle of effectiveness; The continuing relevance of the principles of non intervention/non-interference in domestic affairs; The threshold of applicability of jus in bello; The International Human Rights implications posed both by the revolutions themselves and by outside responses; The role of the UN Security Council and the problem of interpretation of its resolutions…

The Workshop panel will consist of four or five participants and a chairperson. The Languages used will be English and French.

The IGPS invites the submission of abstracts from ESIL members or other scholars or practitioners interested in participating in this special workshop.Priority will be given to IGPS members. Papers presented at the workshop will be selected through a competitive process involving the submission of abstracts. The selection process will be based exclusively on the scholarly merits of the submitted proposals. Each submission should include the following:

A) An abstract of no more than 600 words in English or French specifying the intended language for the paper; and
B) A short CV in English or French including the author’s name, institutional affiliation, contact information and e-mail address.

All applications should be submitted to the IGPS chairman Prof. Theodore Christakis (christakis@wanadoo.fr). The deadline for submission of proposals is Thursday, 1 March 2012. The outcome of the selection process will be notified to all applicants by Monday, 19 March 2012. The selection Committee will be composed only by members who do not intend to present an application. Its composition will be notified to all applicants with the results.

Registration to the main ESIL Conference
Interest Group attendees are under no obligation to attend the main ESIL 2012 conference. We invite nonetheless IGPS members who wish to attend the conference to register following the instructions on the conference website. Please note that there should be no waiver from registration fees for ESIL IG panelists. The ESIL Secretariat also asked us to remind all IG members to renew their membership of the society for the year 2012.

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In his response to the contribution by Professor Theodore CHRISTAKIS on “The Colombia Cross-border Raid…”, Professor Rafael PRIETO SANJUAN, of the University Javeriana, Bogotá, argues that, although this incident demonstrated once again the effectiveness of regional dispute settlement mechanisms, it also perhaps revealed an ultra conservative commitment to sovereignty by the OAS which could be damaging to the fight against terrorism.

To read the whole article and comment visit the forum page.

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Dans un article posté au site de l’IGPS et qui paraîtra au Journal des tribunaux du 19 avril 2008 (Belgique), Pierre d’Argent, Professeur à l’Université catholique de Louvain, se demande quelle est la part du droit dans le processus qui a suivi la proclamation de l’indépendance du Kosovo le 17 février 2008.

Cet article, qui vient à la suite de ceux déjà publiés sur notre site par J. d’Aspremont, O. Corten et M. Kohen, est consultable sur la page des discussions.

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Call for Papers – IGPS Heidelberg Workshop

Insurgency and international law” : Special Workshop of the ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security to be held during the 3rd Biennial Conference of the European Society of International Law, Heidelberg, 4-6 September 2008

CALL FOR PAPERS : Deadline : Sunday, 20 April 2008

The newly created ESIL Interest Group on Peace and Security (IGPS) (https://igps.wordpress.com/) has the pleasure to announce its first Workshop which will take place during the third biennial conference of the European Society of International Law in Heidelberg. The IGPS Coordinating Committee invites the submission of abstracts from ESIL members or other scholars interested in participating in this special workshop.


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The IGPS initiates today a new discussion on “Kosovo and International Law” by posting three brief contributions sent by J. d’Aspremont, O. Corten and M. Kohen.

In the first of these contributions, Dr. J. d’Aspremont, lecturer in Public International Law at the University of Leiden, explains that international legal scholarship has been unable to provide policy-makers with a uniform position on the legal problems fuelled by the independence of Kosovo. He argues that the recognition of Kosovo following its declaration of independence does not constitute an international wrongful act and he discusses the practice that preceded or ensued the declaration of independence adopted by the government of Kosovo on 17 February 2008.

In the second of these contributions, already published in the newspaper “Le Soir” on February 20, 2008, Pr. O. Corten, Professor of International Law at the Free University of Brussels, argues on the contrary that the “premature” recognition of Kosovo is a violation of International Law and discusses, among other things, the relevance of the UN Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

In the third contribution, already published in Le temps (Geneva) on February 18, 2008, Pr. M. Kohen argues that the independance and the recognition are illegal, and suggests a “Hong Kong solution”.

The Interest Group on Peace and Security welcomes reactions and comments by legal scholars.

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Le nouvel ouvrage d’Olivier Corten, Le droit contre la guerre. L’interdiction du recours à la force en droit international contemporain (Paris, Pedone, préface de Bruno Simma, 2008, 867 p.), vient de paraître. Commande de l’ouvrage peut être faite aux éditions Pedone (editions-pedone@wanadoo.fr). A cette occasion, le dossier “interdiction du recours à la force” présent sur le site du Centre de droit international de l’ULB (cliquez sur “administrateur”; puis rubrique “Dossiers”) a été entièrement actualisé. On y trouvera un exposé de la position des Etats sur ce thème, à la fois dans le cadre de débats de principes qui se sont déroulés au sein de l’A.G., et à l’occasion de précédents plus particuliers.

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The Colombia Cross-border Raid, the Turkish Incursion in Northern Iraq and the Legality of Cross-Border Military Operations to Hunt Down Rebels

(by T. Christakis)

For the second time in a few days a State undertook an important cross-border military operation in order to attack rebels hiding on the other side of the frontier. After the February incursion of Turkish troops into northern Iraq to target PKK militants, Colombia undertook last Saturday (March 1, 2008) a cross-border raid inside Ecuador, which killed FARC’s number two commander Raul Reyes. You can find hereafter some declarations and reactions concerning these two cases which can be interesting for International Lawyers and which could give some useful information concerning State practice and opinio juris in matters like self-defence, “hot pursuit” and the principle of respect of the territorial integrity of States.

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Nouveau débat: légitime défense/Self Defence

La résolution de l’Institut de droit international sur la légitime défense reflète-t-elle le droit international ?

Is the IDI Resolution on Self-Defence reflecting International Law?

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