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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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Protecting in Libya on Behalf of the International Community

Marie-José Domestici-Met



Here is the third issue of a series of three, under the global title "Humanitarian Action - A Scope for the Responsibility to Protect?". The first issue dealt with "Humanitarian Assistance Looking for a Legal Regime Allowing its Delivery to Those in Need under any Circumstances" and ended with the conclusion that humanitarian action protagonist had hitherto failed to find the adequate regime. The second issue questioned whether R2P was a legal tool ready to use; it ended with the conclusion that it was not yet really the case.

But soon after this second issue was published, the first armed reaction to events threatening populations occurred, being carried out under a UN mandate. This paper has been written while the 2011 events developed in the Arab world. The last semester of the year 2011 has been marked by a very strong acceleration of the process of change in the name of R2P. The publication was purposely postponed twice.

When putting an end to the paper, we cannot know which future is to be awaited. However, it is already possible to do more than storytelling and to take stock of some trends.


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