Modern International Law is evolving quickly due to the advent of new technologies giving rise to new areas of human activity on a global scale, the proliferation of international courts to hear international cases and the increased interest of States in taking an active role in the direct enforcement of International Law. New norms of International Law are regularly developing and replacing old ideas in this constantly evolving legal landscape of lacunae, desuetude and new practice. The goal of this blog is to bring together international legal practitioners and academics from around the world to regularly comment on these latest developments in real time; to set out what the changes mean for international legal doctrine and international relations.
Each week, the blog will host a summary of important decisions by various international tribunals. Focus will be made on the various international criminal courts (the International Criminal Tribunal for the Ex-Yugoslavia; the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; the International Criminal Court; the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia). The weekly summary will also include interesting decisions from the European Court of Human Rights and the other regional human rights mechanisms (the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights). We will also include judgments from the International Court of Justice as they are issued.
In addition to the weekly summary of cases, the blog will host posts from our regular contributors who are experts in International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, the International Law of State Responsibility and International Relations. Our first posts will include coverage of the significance of the ICC’s elaboration of doctrines of individual responsibility for international crimes and the early practice of the UN Human Rights Council and its employment of the Universal Periodic Review system.
Our goal is not to provide a description of what international courts have done, but to take international decisions and explain the place they hold in modern international legal doctrine. We will not only parrot back what courts and expert panels say. We will evaluate actions and decisions in light of where International Law has been, where it appears to be now and most importantly where it is going. From these evaluations we will describe the outline of what International Law will be as the Twenty-First Century hits its full stride. We will describe the New International Law.