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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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From Riches to Rags – the Paradox of Plenty and its Linkage to Violent Conflict

Pelin Ekmen



The article addresses the economic phenomenon of the so called Dutch Disease, also known as the Paradox of Plenty, as faced by countries rich in natural resources. Rendering a rough definition of this occurrence, the article continues to dwell on the linkage between violent conflict and illicit resource trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Using the example of coltan, which is a rare metallic ore essential to the power-storing parts of consumer electronic products, the article explores why the DRC has so far failed to benefit from its large deposits in this highly demanded resource. While in the case of illicit diamond trade the establishment of a certificate of origin scheme has already increased awareness for the matter, a similar certification scheme for coltan is not in place yet. The article thus reviews past experiences made with the Kimberly Certification Scheme against blood diamonds, to find whether its regulatory structures could be applied to coltan trade as well. Identifying the role of law and the Security Council within this debate, the author finally argues in favor of a model akin to the scheme for coltan, which obligates participant states to pass implementing legislation while operating on the basis of voluntariness. However the article also concludes that a certification scheme alone will not be sufficient to combat the resource curse and thus offers a brief insight into possible assisting mechanisms.


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