The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Volume 1, 2017


The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law aims to publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles and reviews as well as significant developments in human rights and humanitarian law. It examines international human rights and humanitarian law with a global reach, though its particular focus is on the Asian region.

The focused theme of Volume 1 is ISIS and Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

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Editor-in-Chief: Professor Javaid Rehman
Managing Editor: Dr. Meryl Dickinson
Associate Editor: Dr. Ayesha Shahid

Editorial Board:
Dr. M. Shabir Korotana (Brunel Law School, Brunel University) (Pakistan)
Professor Nezir Akyesilmen (Selçuk Üniversitesi, Turkey) (Turkey)
Dr. Anicee Van Engeland (Senior Lecturer, Cranfield University) (United Kingdom)
Professor Peter Cumper (School of Law, University of Leicester) (United Kingdom)
Professor Catarina Kinnvall (Professor of Political Science, Lund University) (Denmark & India)
Dr. Nadjma Yassari (Max-Planck-Institute, Germany)
Dr. Annapurna Waughray (Reader in Law, Manchester Metropolitan University) (Manchester)
Dr. Ignacio de la Rasilla (Brunel Law School, Brunel University) (Spain)
Dr. Matthias Vanhullebusch (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) (China)
Dr. Mohamed Elewa Badar (Reader in Comparative and International Criminal Law & Islamic Law, Northumbria University) (United Kingdom)
Silvia Venier (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) (Italy)
Denise Venturi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna) (Italy)
Dr. Gerard Conway (Senior Lecturer, Brunel Law School, Brunel University)
Dr. Rawa Ghazy Almakky (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, King Abdulaziz University (Saudi Arabia)

International Advisory Board:
His Excellency Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh (Former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice and former Prime Minister, Jordan) Jordan)
Dr. Kamal Hossain (former Foreign Minister, Barrister-at-law, Bangladesh) (Bangladesh)
Professor Simon Chesterman (Professor of Law and Dean, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, Secretary-General, Asian Society of International Law) (Singapore)
Professor Jia Bing Bing (Professor of International Law, Tsinghua University Law School) (People’s Republic of China)
Ville Forsman (Director, RWI) (Denmark & Turkey)
Professor Asif H. Qureshi (Professor of International Law, School of Law, Korea University, Seoul) (Korea)
Professor Surya Subedi (Professor of International Law, UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia) (Nepal)
Professor Shaheen Ali (Professor of Law, Warwick University, Member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention) (Pakistan)
Professor Nisrine Abiad (Director Saint Joseph University, UAE) (Lebanon)
Professor Sarah Joseph (Monash University, Australia) (Australia)
Professor Susan Breau (Professor of International Law and Head of Reading School of Law) (Canada and United Kingdom)
Dr. Mark Ellis (Executive Director of the International Bar Association) (United Kingdom and United States)
Dr. Damos Agusman (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) (Indonesia)
Professor Borhanuddin Khan (Professor of Law, Dhaka University) (Bangladesh)
Professor Irmgard Marboe (Professor of Law, Vienna University) (Austria)
Professor Hossein Esmaeile (Iran and Australia)
Professor Osman Taştan (Faculty of Divinity, University of Ankara) (Turkey)
Ahmer Bilal Soofi, Advocate Supreme Court (Pakistan)

Associated Student Faculty
Mr. Syed Raza Shah Gilani (Doctoral Researcher, Brunel Law School) (United Kingdom)
Danyal Khan (Doctoral Researcher, Brunel Law School) (United Kingdom)
Özge Çelebi (Intern, Brunel Law School) (United Kingdom)
1. Focused Theme: ISIS & Implications for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
I. Nazir Afzal, Increasing the Civic Society Contribution to Tackling Extremism: We need a new Civic Response to Tackle Extremism
II. Michael Wood, Michael Legal Aspects of the Use of Force against ISIS
III. Mohamed Badar, The Self-Declared Islamic State and Ius ad Bellum under Islamic International Law
IV. Ignacio DeLa Rasilla, Ignacio An International Counter Terrorism Court in Nuce in the Age of International Adjudication?
V. Silvia Venier, & Denise Venturi, ISIS and the violations of human rights of sexual minorities: Is the international community responding adequately?
2. General Articles
I. Matthias Vanhullebusch, Fighting for Self-Determination: On equality of peoples and belligerents
II. Viviane Weng, Domestication of International Human Rights Norms in Taiwan: A dialogue through conventionality review under construction
III. Maartje de Vissier, Cultivating Judicial Conversations on Human Rights Protection under the Auspices of a Regional Rights Regime
IV. Rawa Al-Makky, The League of Arab States and the Arab Charter on Human Rights: an assessment
3. Recent Developments & State Practice
I. Eunwon Yi, Analysis of the Second Universal Periodic Review of the DPRK: Universality and Politicisation of Human Rights
II. Guo Sanzhuan, Independence of National HR Instiutions and linkage between International law and domestic law: A case study of National Human Rights Commission of Korea
III. Alessandra La Vaccara, IHL’s Achilles Heel: Ensuring compliance after the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent
4. Documents
SAARC Conventions:
SAARC Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution;
SAARC Convention on Regional Arrangements for the Promotion of Child Welfare in South Asia;
Additional Protocol (to the SAARC Regional Convention on Suppression of Terrorism);
The Arab League:
Arab Charter on Human Rights;
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation:
The Cairo Declaration on human rights in Islam;
Statute of the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission;
Covenant on the Rights of the Child in Islam;