Emerging Voices: The Participation of Children in Hostilities before the ICC–An Inherent Contradiction between IHL and ICL?

Emerging Voices: The Participation of Children in Hostilities before the ICC–An Inherent Contradiction between IHL and ICL? [Demetra Loizou is a Lecturer in International Law and Legal Skills at the University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus.]  Article 8 of the Rome Statute, which sets out the war crimes within the ICC’s jurisdiction, is inextricably linked to the general IHL regime. Paragraph 2(a) refers to the grave breaches of the 1949 Geneva Conventions (international armed conflicts). Paragraph Read More …

Emerging Voices: The Case for CIL Interpretation–An Argument from Theory and an Argument from Practice

Emerging Voices: The Case for CIL Interpretation–An Argument from Theory and an Argument from Practice [Nina Mileva and Marina Fortuna are doctoral candidates at the University of Groningen, performing research within the TRICI-Law Project. This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No. 759728).] In international law interpretation is the process through which the interpreter attempts to determine the true Read More …

Consulate Worker Accused of “Visiting Prostitutes”

Simon Cheng, an employee of the U.K. consulate in Hong Kong, was yesterday confirmed to be held under “administrative detention” in Shenzhen after having not been heard from by family and friends since August 8, though no reason was given for his detention. Cheng’s girlfriend last heard from him that evening, when he texted saying he had boarded the high-speed train to Hong Kong in Shenzhen. An August 22 article from state-affiliated tabloid the Global Read More …

Global Companies, Celebrities “Compelled to Bow to Beijing’s Will” over Hong Kong

As protests against a proposed extradition law and the subsequent official response continue to roil Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific airline has found itself in the center of the turmoil, subject to an assault from Beijing that is “unprecedented in its speed and scope,” according to The Economist. Chinese authorities have pressured the company to release names and details of staff members who participated in or supported the protests, leading to the resignation or firing of Read More …

Emerging Voices: Denationalization, International Justice, and the Principle of Good Faith

Emerging Voices: Denationalization, International Justice, and the Principle of Good Faith [Michael W.R. Adams is a J.S.D. candidate at Columbia Law School.] Increasingly, states across Europe and in the Commonwealth of Nations have adopted laws permitting the ‘denationalization’, or stripping of citizenship, from so-called ‘foreign fighters’ in the interests of national security. Denationalization has antecedents going back to the states of the ancient world. States have historically employed denationalization as a response to acts of Read More …