ECtHR or CEDAW: Spoilt for Choice in Moldova?
The proliferation of international and regional human rights bodies has given the victims of human rights violations the chance to pick and choose where they can send their complaints. Whilst these choices are limited by geographical locations of individuals and the states’ acceptance of right to individual petition before multiple bodies, today some individuals and their lawyers have more than one choice. Moldova is one such country.MORE
The Challenge of Systemic Non-Compliance and Non-Cooperation with the Human Rights Committee’s Views: The Case of Belarus
When State Parties refuse to cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) or deliberately reject its decisions, the influence of the HRC is negatively affected and the significance of its views diminished.MORE
International Human Rights Law and International Trade Law: What does the case-law say?
Extensive literature talks about the relationship between trade and human rights, and the ways in which International Human Rights Law (IHRL) can be integrated in International Trade Law (ITL). Indeed, IHRL and ITL nexus is discussed with respect to a wide range of rights provided for in IHRL.MORE
The Effects of International Human Rights Law on International Investment Law
This blog post surveys the key findings of our Reader of Top Fifty Cases on the effects of international human rights law (IHRL) on international investment law (IIL). These two branches have the potential to interrelate mainly in two ways. First, the protection afforded to foreign investors in the IIL regime can intersect with the rights protected in the IHRL regime.MORE
The Effects of International Human Rights Law on International Criminal Law
International Criminal Law (ICL) might be one of the fields of international law where the effects of International Human Rights Law (IHRL) have been the most apparent. It felt almost artificial while putting together our Annotated Compilation of Case Law on the Effects of IHRL on other Branches of International Law (Reader) to limit ourselves to only 10 cases that represent the effects of IHRL on ICL.MORE
The Effects of International Human Rights Law on International Humanitarian Law
The Center for Global Public Law of Koç University and the Human Rights Center of the University of Essex have been running a research project since September 2015 on the effects of international human rights law (IHRL) on other branches of international law.MORE
The Swiss cases before the 53rd Session of the UN Committee against Torture and their Contributions to the Interpretation of the Principle of Non-Refoulement
The advent of individuals forced to flee their homes has become one of the biggest human rights crises in modern history. According to most recent data from UNHCR, a total of 65.3 million people are currently forcibly displaced worldwide and nearly 34,000 continue to be internally displaced every day due to conflict or persecution.MORE
The Czechoslovakian Restitution Cases: Article 26 of the ICCPR v. Ratione Temporis
The Human Rights Committee (the Committee) is a quasi-judicial body. It is then no surprise that the Committee, like many other judicial bodies, has been criticized for allegedly broadening its scope and powers. The newest battleground in the struggle to clarify the scope of the Committee’s powers surrounds Article 26 (the right to non-discrimination) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).MORE
Extensions of Protection to Victims under CEDAW: Winds of change?
Since its adoption 38 years ago the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has become one of the most widely ratified human rights treaties.MORE
Right to Individual Petition before UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: the softly-spoken enforcer of human rights treaties?
Compared to regional human rights courts, the jurisprudence of the UN treaty body committees is not, with some exceptions, very well known to international scholars and students.MORE
Two paths to Transitional Justice: A comparison of the European Court of Human Rights and the Human Rights Committee’s approaches to Bosnian Enforced Disappearance Cases
Following its independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in March 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina went through three and a half years of armed conflict, which ended with the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in December 1995.MORE
On the Regulatory Logics of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) on Israeli Settlements
The US decision not to veto Security Council Resolution 2334 (SCR 2334 or "the Resolution"), adopted on December 23, 2016, as the last political act of the Obama administration on the Israel-Palestine conflict, may have gained more attention than the Resolution itself.MORE
Making Libya an ICC Priority Situation: Fake Promises to a Difficult Customer?
Exactly one week before the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute, Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was before the Security Council (SC) presenting her Twelfth report on the situation in Libya pursuant to resolution 1970 (.pdf). As the ASP’s 2016MORE
Contending with the Limits of Extraterritorial Regulation of Transnational Corporate Wrongs
In the wake of the 5th UN Business and Human Rights Forum, which took place in Geneva last week, a reflection on the efforts to implement the business and human rights (BHR) framework in international law seems in order. In particular, this post addresses the as yet underwhelming efforts of home-states to regulate overseas business, which contribute to some of the most egregious human rights violations and perpetuate a North-South dynamic of exploitation.MORE
What is the domain of global public law as a field of inquiry?
Global public law is an emerging field of research and practice. Its also a contested one. To define the research agenda for the Center for Global Public Law we must first understand how global public law as a field of inquiry is impacted by both how it has emerged and how it is contested.MORE
Solar Geo-Engineering and International Law: An Odd Couple?
In the aftermath of the U.N. climate conference (COP21) held in Paris in November, our planet is looking for concrete results in hesitant hopes. The gap between the pledges states are making to cut carbon emissions and those that scientists say are needed to maintain the increase in the average global temperature below 1.5–2 degrees Celsius is significant. At this stage, it seems simple.MORE
A Scrutiny of Algeria’s Responses to Individual Petitions before the United Nations Human Rights Committee
The clash between Algeria and the United Nations Human Rights Committee (hereinafter “HRC”) regarding the former’s domestic law titled Ordinance No. 06-01 enacting the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation is becoming more and more acute as the violation decisions by the HRC concerning Ordinance No 06-01 are piling up.MORE
Europe: a Friend or a Foe of Global Public Law?
The second annual colloquium of the Center for Global Public Law held in May 2016 focussed on a timely question: Europe: A friend or a foe of Global Public Law?MORE
The Situation Concerning the Mavi Marmara at the ICC: What Would be the Next Move for the ICC Prosecutor?
In early summer 2010, around fifty people were seriously injured and ten Turkish nationals died on a vessel part of the ‘Freedom Flotilla’: the Mavi Marmara ship. The incident saw the establishment of a UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission, aMORE
The Strasbourg Court Destroys ‘in part’ The Hague’s Case Law on Genocide
I am extremely happy to join the Center for Global Public Law and would like to begin my journey at Koç Law School with a (rather long) blog post on one of the most controversial topics of international criminal law: the ‘crime of crimes’, the ‘ultimate crime’, that is the crime of genocide.MORE
Compatibility with the object & purpose test and Turkey’s reservations to international human rights instruments
In both cycles of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Turkey rejected all recommendations that asked for withdrawal of her reservations to “the core International Human Rights Instruments”.MORE
"Is there a Global Public Law?” - Reflections on the Launch of the CGPL Colloquium Series
A guest post by Sinja Graf reflecting on the launch of the Center for Global Public Law colloquium series.
‘Is there a Global Public Law?” was the question that launched Koç University's Center for Global Public Law’s inaugural colloquium.MORE