Monthly Archives: October 2014

ICJ Elections 2014

International Law Curry

As a memorandum by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (SG) notes, the terms of five current judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will come to an end on 5 February 2015 (Judges Sepulveda, Keith, Bennouna, Skotnikov, and Donoghue). An election to fill these five vacancies is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, 6 November. The details of the voting procedure to be followed in the General Assembly and the Security Council are described in the SG’s memo.

Following the procedure laid down in Articles 4-7 of the ICJ Statute, nine candidates have been nominated by the national groups of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) to fill the five vacancies. The nine candidates are: Jemal Agatt (Mauritania); Eugenie Liliane Arivony (Madagascar); Mohamed Bennouna (Morocco); Sayeman Bula-Bula (Democratic Republic of the Congo); Susana Ruiz Cerutti (Argentina); James Richard Crawford (Australia); Joan E. Donoghue (USA); Kirill Gevorgian (Russia); and…

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Writing: Discarding Text & Sentiment

We are all, quite naturally, implicated in a continual process of selecting words in our conversations and thoughts. Sometimes the selection is between two similar words, and at other times, perhaps between two different approaches. These two descriptions of choice are merely two in a rather vast ocean of possibilities of selection. There are many languages, words, fora, conversations and participants. This problem of how our words and thoughts could have many meanings is something we are both “aware of” and also “ignore” as we live our lives.

However, just because it is routine, it does not mean that we remain immune from problems. We use all sorts of conceptions and ideas – for instance that one’s eyes are the windows to one’s soul – as means by which we think about how to prioritize one meaning over others. This raises questions on how we observe meaning itself, how we carry it, and how we communicate it.

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FutureLearn – Free Online Course – World War 1: Paris 1919 – A New World Order?

FutureLearn is offering a course designed in partnership with the BBC to commemorate World War I. Professor Tams leads the course which reassesses the aspirations for a new world order by those participating in the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. Christian J. Tams is Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. The course begins 13 October 2014.


The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 not only ended the Great War, but also redrew the map of the world. By doing so, the events leading to the conference and its treaties ushered in a new era of international relations. Often criticised as naive, the peace-makers in Paris set up the precursor to the United Nations, a ‘world organisation’ called the League of Nations.

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Frauenchiemsee meeting of the Legal Profession Group Video Streams

International Working Group on the Legal Professions

For all those who missed the Frauenchiemsee meeting of the Legal Profession Group, here the link to the videostreams of presentations we have recorded. Maybe you can also use some of it in your teaching. As we could only record in one room, you find all the plenaries and the videostreams of the presentations in the bigger room we had. Sorry for all the pearls we could not collect. I also attach the agenda of the meeting and the list of the videostreams.

All the best


Legal Profession Group Meeting 2014

Frauenchiemsee July 6-9, 2014

1 Legal Profession

2 Legal Professional Values and Identities

3 Family Justice Procedure

4 Women/Gender in the Legal Profession

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A Constant Craving for Fresh Brains and a Taste for Decaffeinated Neighbours

Maria Aristodemou, a legal scholar from Birkbeck, recently published an article with the European Journal of International Law. In Maria’s words, her article attempts “a radical rethinking of public international law through the use of Lacanian psychoanalysis.” Here’s a short synopsis and a couple of links to a discussion of her contribution with Joseph Weiler. Continue reading