New Zealand Yearbook of International Law

Volume 18, 2020


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The New Zealand Yearbook of International Law is an annual, internationally refereed publication intended to stand as a reference point for legal materials and critical commentary on issues of international law. The Yearbook also serves as a valuable tool in the determination of trends, state practice and policies in the development of international law in New Zealand, the Pacific region, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica and to generate scholarship in those fields. In this regard the Yearbook contains an annual ‘Year-in-Review’ of developments in international law of particular interest to New Zealand as well as a dedicated section on the South Pacific.

This Yearbook covers the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

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Dr. James Mehigan is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Canterbury and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

Christian Riffel, PhD (2014), Bern, is Associate Professor of International Economic Law at the University of Canterbury, Aotearoa New Zealand. He is editor of the WTO TRIPS Commentary (Brill) and contributor to the Encyclopedia of Public International Law. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and a member of the International Law Association Committee on Rule of Law and International Investment Law. Chris is on the list of suitable arbitrators for EU trade agreements and also serves as the Honorary Consul of Germany in the South Island of New Zealand.

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Part 1
Articles and Commentaries
1 Disease Outbreak Disclosure and Trade in Goods A Specific Instances Inquiry Mechanism?
  Caroline E Foster

2 The European Union and New Zealand Possible Implications of Brexit
  Serena Kelly

3 When Brand Distinctiveness Is in the ai of the Beholder Trademark Law for Autonomous Intelligent Shopping Agents
  Mariela de Amstalden and Burkhard Schafer

4 Advisory Opinions of the International Court of Justice Uncovering Their Legal Status
  Julia Gunn

5 Protecting the Pacific? Appraising the Domestic Implementation of the International Humanitarian Law of Sexual Violence in the Pacific Region
  Tamara Richardson

  Pacific Islands Forum – 2020
  AH Angelo and Sarina Theys 

Part 2
The Year in Review
6 International Human Rights Law
  Cassandra Mudgway and Lida Ayoubi

7 Indigenous Peoples’ Rights under International Law
  Tracey Whare

8 International Economic Law
  Abdul Hasib Suenu

9 International Environmental Law
  Vernon Rive

10 Law of the Sea and Fisheries
  Joanna Mossop

11 The Antarctic Treaty System
  Alan D Hemmings

Part 3
New Zealand State Conduct
12 Treaty Action and Implementation
  Mark Gobbi

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