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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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Pride and Prejudice: How the Financial Crisis Made Us Reconsider SWFs

Luca Schicho



The article analyzes the interrelation of the financial crisis and the regulation of state-owned investors: For a number of years, Western states raised protectionist fears by publicly debating an increasingly “tough” line on state-owned investors, in particular SWFs from the Middle East and East Asia. But after the dawning of the crisis in summer 2007, SWFs made a series of substantial and urgently needed investments in the Western financial sector. This development necessitated a process of reconsideration of these protectionist tendencies and is gradually leading to a new consensus where legitimate concerns of states are fairly balanced with the indispensable freedom of investment. The article first outlines the pre-crisis situation and its protectionist tendencies, then describes the development of selected national regulatory frameworks and finally dwells on the current situation and the challenges facing states and SWFs in the future: States will have to create clear rules for regulating such investments, while state-owned investors will need to improve their transparency and independence to alloy public concerns over their activities.


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