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Edited by Council of Europe/Conseil de l'Europe

The Yearbook of the European Convention on Human Rights, edited by the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, is an indispensable record of the development and impact of the world’s oldest binding international human rights treaty.
It reviews the implementation of the Convention both by the European Court of Human Rights and by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, responsible for supervising the application of the Court’s judgments in the member states.

The Yearbook includes:
Full text of any new protocols to the Convention as they are opened for signature, together with the state of signatures and ratifications.
Full listing of Court judgments; judgments broken down by subject-matter; and extensive summaries of key judgments handed down by the Court during the year.
Selected human rights (DH) resolutions adopted as part of the Committee of Ministers’ work supervising the execution of the Court’s judgments.
Enquiries by the Secretary General carried out under Article 52 of the Convention.
Other work of the Council of Europe connected with the European Convention on Human Rights, carried out by the Committee of Ministers, the Parliamentary Assembly, and the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs.
Bibliographic information from the library of the European Court of Human Rights.
The Yearbook is published in an English-French bilingual edition.


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.

Jelena Madir

In Sanctions Regimes of Multilateral Development Banks: What Process is Due, Jelena Madir examines the type of due process rights that should characterise sanctions regimes of multilateral development banks (MDBs). By benchmarking against comparable regimes, including the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and administrative tribunals of international organisations, the author analyses the extent to which MDBs’ sanctions regimes should be bound by the rules of law, analogous to those of national judicial bodies, and the level of due process and transparency that should be required from these ever-evolving regimes that are generally immune from judicial review.

The book should be of use to scholars, practicing lawyers and legal advisers in government and international organisations, as well as to lawyers whose practice concerns global sanctions and MDBs’ privileges and immunities.

Edited by Liesbeth Lijnzaad and Council of Europe

International custom remains one of the most important sources of international law despite the codification of the law and the numerous international agreements concluded between the different actors of the international community. However, uncertainties still remain in relation to several of its aspects, including its formation, evidence and the relationship between its two constituent elements, that is, State practice and opinio juris. This presents challenges to national and international judges when called upon to identify and apply the rules of customary international law. With a view to addressing these grey areas, the Council of Europe ad hoc Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France organised a conference on “The Judge and International Custom” where important contributions were made by international and national judges clarifying some aspects of this topical issue. This volume contains these contributions, supplemented with articles commissioned by the CAHDI from some of the highest judges at international and national level. The collection highlights the valuable contribution made by the CAHDI to the development of public international law and in particular to the work of the International Law Commission and the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly by participating proactively in the legal debate to establish a well-defined international legal framework for this topical issue.

La coutume internationale demeure l’une des sources les plus importantes du droit international malgré la codification du droit et les nombreux accords internationaux conclus entre les différents acteurs de la communauté internationale. Néanmoins, des incertitudes subsistent sur plusieurs de ses aspects, notamment sa formation, son identification et les liens entre ses deux éléments constitutifs, à savoir la pratique des Etats et l’opinio juris. Ces incertitudes constituent un défi pour les juges nationaux et internationaux lorsqu’ils sont appelés à identifier et à appliquer les règles de droit international coutumier. En vue d’examiner ces zones d’ombre, le Comité ad hoc des Conseillers juridiques sur le droit international public (CAHDI) du Conseil de l’Europe a organisé une Conférence en coopération avec le ministère des Affaires étrangères de la France sur « Le juge et la coutume internationale » au cours de laquelle d’importantes contributions ont été faites par des juges nationaux et internationaux afin de clarifier certains aspects de cette question d’actualité. Ce volume contient ces contributions, ainsi que des articles supplémentaires sollicités par le CAHDI aux plus hauts juges aux niveaux international et national. Le recueil souligne la contribution précieuse apportée par le CAHDI au développement du droit international public et en particulier aux travaux de la Commission du droit international et de la Sixième Commission de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies en participant de façon proactive au débat juridique visant à établir un cadre juridique international bien défini sur ce sujet d’actualité.