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Editor: Serena Forlati
The twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (Palermo, 2000) is a timely moment for an appraisal of the Convention system, its developments (including the recently adopted review mechanism) and the challenges it faces. In The Palermo Convention at Twenty: Institutional and Substantive Challenges experts with different backgrounds begin such a discussion by focusing on the institutional and substantive features of the Convention and its potential as a tool for countering different forms of criminality – including some that were not meant, in principle, to fall under its scope.
Developments in the Definition of Islands under the International Law of the Sea
Author: Clive Schofield
When can a state give political support to a military intervention in another state? The Government of the Netherlands commissioned an international Expert Group composed of eminent members from the fields of international law, international relations and diplomacy. The Expert Group’s objective was to examine this complex, topical and time-sensitive question and to consider whether the government should press for international acceptance of humanitarian intervention as a new legal basis for the use of force between states in exceptional circumstances. This volume is the result of those efforts. The Expert Group was led by Professor Cyrille Fijjnaut and consisted of Mr. Kristian Fischer, Professor Terry Gill, Professor Larissa van den Herik, Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Professor Claus Kreß, Mr. Robert Serry, Ms. Monika Sie Dhian Ho, Ms. Elizabeth Wilmshurst and Professor Rob de Wijk. Their thorough analysis and recommendations offer important insights that can aid governments in formulating a position on political support for the use of force between states and humanitarian intervention. The volume also constitutes a useful tool for scholars and practitioners in considering these difficult and important issues.

From the Foreword by Stef Blok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands:

"The Expert Group’s thorough analysis and recommendations on this complex subject offer important insights that can aid the government in formulating its position on political support for the use of force between states and humanitarian intervention. In drawing up this advisory report the Expert Group has helped the government develop a new, contemporary vision on these issues...."
This book takes a critical lens to humanity’s collective regulatory response to the existential threat of climate change. It explores those aspects of the international climate change regime that, albeit born of political dysfunction, demonstrate ingenuity, innovation and experimentation. This includes aspects relating to the legal form of instruments in the regime, the legal character of its provisions, as well as norm hybridity and mutation, and the nature, extent and evolution of differential treatment in the regime. This book argues that innovations and experiments in the international climate change regime have resulted in a highly sophisticated and nuanced legal regime – one that challenges the conceptual boundaries of international law, enriches the core of treaty law and practice and is likely to have an enduring impact on international law, legal practice and diplomatic intercourse.
Author: Jutta Brunnée
The interplay between procedure and substance has not been a major point of contention for international environmental lawyers. Arguably, the topic’s low profile is due to the mostly uncontroversial nature of the field’s distinction between procedural and substantive obligations. Furthermore, the vast majority of environmental law scholars and practitioners have tended to welcome the procedural features of multilateral environmental agreements and their potential to promote regime evolution and effectiveness. However, recent developments have served to put the spotlight on certain aspects of the procedure substance topic. ICJ judgments revealed ambiguity on aspects of the customary law framework on transboundary harm prevention that the field had thought largely settled. In turn, in the treaty context, the Paris Agreement’s retreat from binding emissions targets and its decisive turn towards procedure reignited concerns in some quarters over the “proceduralization” of international environmental law. The two developments invite a closer look at the respective roles of, and the relationship between, procedure and substance in this field and, more specifically, in the context of harm prevention under customary and treaty law.
Le tiers impartial et indépendant a pris une telle importance dans la création normative juridique qu’il a paru nécessaire de se pencher sur ce personnage qui cristallise un grand nombre de critiques, probablement à la mesure du pouvoir accru qui lui est conféré. C’est à cette tâche que le présent volume est consacré. L’auteur emmène le lecteur à travers le dédale de la maison justice : contexte théorique et philosophique, aspects historiques, architecture, iconographie, méthodes décisionnelles, modes alternatifs, les dialogues divers mis en place entre les tiers et avec les experts. L’objectif de l’auteur est de susciter l’esprit critique du lecteur en lui permettant de se poser des questions qu’il n’a pas l’habitude d’énoncer.