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.


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.

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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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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Opening – Ouverture

The IGPS website is dedicated to promoting collaborative research in the field of international security law. The site hosts a page containing links to documents that may prove useful for researchers working on this topic. A discussion page is also available to facilitate debate on specific topics. This tool results from an initiative within the European Society of International Law.

Le site IGPS est dédié à la recherche participative en droit de la sécurité internationale. Il contient une page reprenant des liens vers des documents qui peuvent s’avérer utiles à la recherche dans ce domaine. Une page discussion est également disponible afin de permettre à ceux qui le souhaitent de prendre part aux débats qui sont organisés sur des thèmes plus particuliers. Ce outil a été mis en ligne à la suite d’une initiative au sein de la Société européenne de droit international.