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Unilateral Declaration by Polisario under API accepted by Swiss Federal Council

On 21 June 2015, the Polisario Front made the following unilateral declaration on behalf of the people of Western Sahara  that it undertook to apply the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocol I to the conflict between it and the Kingdom of Morocco. Conformément à l’article 96.3 du Protocole additionnel aux Conventions de Genève du …

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Fine-tuning the ICC’s Reparations Regime: Appeals Chamber Decision on Reparations in Lubanga Case

Many thanks to my SIM colleagues Dr Brianne McGonigle Leyh, Co-Director PILPG-NL, and Julie Fraser, Legal Adviser PILPG-NL for allowing me to reproduce their blog post below on the Appeals Decision on reparations in the Lubanga case. The post was first posted on the Public International Law and Policy Group blog. The Public International Law & Policy …

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Colombian Government and FARC armed group reach a mine clearance agreement

Many thanks to Nicolás Carrillo-Santarelli (PhD, Colombian lawyer and professor of international law at the Autónoma de Madrid University) for this guest post on the recent agreement between the Colombian government and FARC on mine clearance. As revealed by a joint communiqué dated 7th March 2015, available (in Spanish) here, the Government of Colombia and the …

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Transatlantic dialogue on international law and armed conflict: a compilation of the blog posts on Intercross, EJIL:Talk! and Lawfare

In the middle of July 2014, a group of academics and government lawyers from both sides of the Atlantic participated in a two-day dialogue on issues related to current challenges pertaining to armed conflict and the applicable law. The issues discussed included the relationship between IHL and IHRL, accountability for violations of IHL, partnered operations …

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Islamic jus ad bellum: the legitimacy of the use of force by states and armed groups

Today Erik Tristan Zouave joins us again for a guest post on Islamic jus ad bellum and what it says about the legitimacy of the use of force by states and armed groups. Erik (LLM University of York), a former Research Assistant at the Swedish National Defense College International Law Center, has published guest posts with us …

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Guest post by Erik Zouave: Iraq, Syria and the trade in opposition oil Part II: On balancing pillage against claims for legitimate use of natural resource wealth  

On 30 June 2014, Erik Tristan Zouave (LLM University of York), a former Research Assistant at the Swedish National Defense College International Law Center, gave a general background of the recent seizing of oil wells by armed groups, such as ISIS, in Syria and Iraq. Today, he analyzes whether such actions can be treated and …

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Guest Post by Erik Zouave: Iraq, Syria and the trade in opposition oil – A background to armed group activities and control of oil wells

About the Author Erik Tristan Zouave joins us again for a guest post. This time, Erik (LLM University of York), who is a former Research Assistant at the Swedish National Defense College International Law Center, will address in two posts the very topical issue of oil wells (and/or refineries) being taken over by opposition forces …

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Guest post by Jennifer Easterday – Katanga Trial:Will the OTP Learn from its Mistakes?

Jennifer Easterday is a Trial Monitor and Consultant for Open Society Justice Initiative and a PhD Researcher at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. These comments are made in her personal capacity and do not reflect the opinions of her employers. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Last week, a majority of Trial Chamber II of …

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Guest Post by Erik Zouave: The Weaponization of the Falluja Dam and the River Euphrates: A Non-State Test for International Environmental Humanitarian Law

Erik Tristan Zouave (LLM, University of York) is a trainee at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) Iraq Unit and a former research-assistant at the Swedish National Defense College’s International Law Center. He recently contributed to the book Regional Organizations and Peacekeeping: Challengers to the UN?  (available here). Erik thanks Hayder Al-Shakeri (National Program Officer …

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Islamic law, jihadists and humanitarian norms: IRIN series

On 24th April, the IRIN published an informative series of articles by Heba Aly on the intersection between Islamic law, jihadists and humanitarian norms. In a series of reports, Aly explores the tension and overlap between Islamic jurisprudence and international humanitarian law. She also reports on how jihadists are interpreting Islamic edicts , and how humanitarians are …

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