Baltic Yearbook of International Law, Volume 17 (2017/2018)


With this volume, the Baltic Yearbook of International Law celebrates the centenary of the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The editors of the Yearbook launched a call for papers on a theme: the Baltic States and International Law. The volume contains a selection of articles examining diverse issues and it is no surprise that the history of statehood and international law are closely intertwined in the case of the Baltic States.

It is highly symbolic that the Baltic Yearbook of International Law, having been founded and hosted for many years by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Lund University in Sweden, has now, from 2018, come home and has taken up residence at the Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL) in Latvia, in the very heart of the three Baltic States.

Among the selected authors, the Yearbook is glad to continue to introduce new authors from the region.

The Baltic Yearbook of International Law is the first legal journal in the field and sub fields of international law published under the auspices of the Baltic Editorial Board that attempts to bring to the international debate issues that are of importance in the Baltic States, providing a forum for the views on topical international-law themes from Baltic and international scholars. The first volume appeared in 2001 with a symposium on the question of the international legal status of the Baltic States. The Yearbook contains State practice reports from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, thus serving as an important source of international law that is unavailable elsewhere. From time to time the Yearbook has offered articles discussing the history of international law and current issues in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation, thus making regional discourse more accessible to a wider global audience.

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Lauri Mälksoo, Ineta Ziemele, Dainius Žalimas

Managing Editor:
Ligita Gjortlere, M.Sci.Soc., Riga Graduate School of Law

Language Editor:
Christopher Goddard, MA

Editorial Board:
Egidijus Bieliunas (Judge at the General Court of the Court of Justice of the EU)
Tanel Kerikmäe (Professor at the Tallinn University of Technology)
Egils Levits (Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU)
Lauri Mälksoo (Professor of International Law, University of Tartu)
Mārtiņš Mits (Judge at the European Court of Human Rights; Associate Professor, Riga Graduate School of Law)
Rein Müllerson (Member of the Institut de droit international; Professor Emeritus of the Tallinn University)
Vilenas Vadapalas (Attorney at Law; former judge of the General Court of the Court of Justice of the EU)
Dainius Žalimas (President of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania; Professor at the Faculty of Law, Vilnius University)
Ineta Ziemele (President of the Constitutional Court of Latvia; Professor at the Riga Graduate School of Law)
Pēteris Zilgalvis (Head of Unit, Digital Innovation and Blockchain, Digital Single Market Directorate, DG CONNECT)

Advisory Board:
Gudmundur Alfredsson (Professor, University of Akureyri; Visiting Professor, University of Strasbourg)
Theo van Boven (Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Maastricht)
James Crawford (Judge at the International Court of Justice, the Hague)
Andrew Drzemczewski (Visiting Professor at Middlesex University; former staff member of the Council of Europe)
John Dugard (Professor Emeritus of Public International Law, University of Leiden; Professor Emeritus of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)
Asbjørn Eide (Founder of the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, University of Olso)
Christine Gray (Professor Emeritus in International Law, University of Cambridge)
Mahulena Hofmann (Professor, SES Chair at the University of Luxembourg)
Göran Melander (Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Lund)
Allan Rosas (Judge at the Court of Justice of the EU)
Bruno Simma (Arbitrator, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal; former Judge, International Court of Justice)
Brigitte Stern (Professor Emeritus of International Law, University of Paris I)
Rüdiger Wolfrum (Professor, former Director, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law)
Editorial Note
Ineta Ziemele and Lauri Mälksoo

Part 1: Special Theme: 100 Year Anniversary of the Baltic States

 1 Principles and Pragmatism in State Succession: Bargaining in the Economic Affairs Commission of the Tartu Peace Conference
Hent Kalmo
 2 On the Borders of Law, History and Politics: Estonian Statesman Jüri Jaakson’s Views and Life in Context
Jaanika Erne
 3 One Hundred Years of Faith: The Baltic States’ Contribution to International Justice
Rytis Satkauskas
 4 A Century of the Baltic States’ Independence - some Similarities and Differences with Bulgaria
Gabriela Belova and Nikolay Marin
 5 Finland’s Continuation War (1941-1944): War of Aggression or Defence? War of Alliance or Separate War? Analyzed from the International – Especially Legal – Perspective
Lauri Hannikainen
 6 Application of Domestic Criminal Statutes in regard to International Crimes
Andres Parmas
 7 Case Law of the European Court of Human Rights as a Source of Human Rights Law
Ineta Ziemele

Part 2: Annual Conference of European Society of International Law in Riga (2016)

 8 Human Dignity in an Age of Autonomous Weapons: Are We in Danger of Losing an ‘Elementary Consideration of Humanity’?
Ozlem Ulgen
 9 Vulnerability as a Virtue: An Attempt to Transpose the Care Ethic in International Law
Marion Blondel

Part 3: Elements of Practices of the Baltic States in International Law

 10 Republic of Estonia Materials on International Law 2016
 Edited by René Värk
 11 Republic of Latvia Materials on International Law 2016
 Edited by Kristaps Tamužs
 12 Republic of Lithuania Materials on International Law 2017
 Edited by Andrius Bambalas and Saulius Katuoka
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