Events and Announcements: 9 November 2019

Call for Papers In 2020, an ESIL Symposium on ‘Exploring the Frontiers of International Law in Cyberspace’ will be co-organized by the Chair of Public International Law, Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University, The Netherlands. The symposium will consist of two one-day events, one organized on 15 May 2020 in Kraków, the other in November 2020 in Leiden. The idea is to consider the challenges posed Read More …

The Chapultepechian De-Grotianization of Jus ad Bellum

Over at Just Security, my friend Adil Haque has written a fantastic post on self-defense and non-state actors. Adil’s main point is that Article 51 of the UN Charter does not apply to armed attacks by non-state actors given its “Latin American origin”. He explains how it should be read in accordance with the Act of Chapultepec, which referred only to inter-state uses of force. I highly recommend everyone to read it. Here, I wanted to share Read More …

Did ACLJ/ECLJ Lie to the Appeals Chamber?

On October 15, Jay Sekulow — best know as one of Trump’s lawyers — filed a request to submit observations concerning the Afghanistan appeal on behalf of the European Centre for Law & Justice (ECLJ), the European branch of the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), an ultra-right NGO. The Appeals Chamber granted the request on October 24, and Sekulow is scheduled to appear at the hearing. In his request, Sekulow identified two issues Read More …

Netizen Voices: There Has Never Been Such Tyranny Throughout History and All of the Lands

On October 29th, the Shuangqiao branch office of Chengde City Public Security Bureau in Hebei Province released a “police announcement” on Weibo. The notice said that the bureau “cracked” a case involving a 15-year-old student who viewed information that was “anti-China” and “antagonistic towards China.” The boy was severely reprimanded by the police and authorities from his school. From the Shuangqiao Public Security Internet Spokesperson Weibo account: Police Announcement: Recently, the Shuangqiao Public Security Bureau Read More …

Winning Hearts and Minds through Propaganda and Disinformation

In an episode of BBC Sounds as part of her series “China and the World,” Isabel Hilton gives an in-depth look at the the Chinese government’s influence campaigns overseas, in particular programs under the United Front and the “Grand External Propaganda” campaign. Interviewees, including Isaac Stone Fish, Didi Kirsten Tatlow, David Bandurski, and others look at Chinese influence in the media, academia, cultural institutions, and elsewhere. From the show’s introduction: Now, seemingly, China has adopted Read More …