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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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National Investigations of Human Rights Between National and International Law

Roee Ariav



This essay will examine the interplay between international and national law with regards to investigations of human rights violations. The duty to investigate violations of international law touches upon issues that up until recently were considered beyond the reach of international law. Since its recognition by the European Court of Human Rights in 1995, the procedural aspect of the right to life, i.e. the duty to investigate, has developed rapidly. In turn, also due to the unique legal relationship between the ECtHR and national courts, these developments have affected, and are still affecting, national law. This ongoing process of dialogue between national courts and international tribunals has greatly contributed to the development of the duty to investigate certain violation of international law, and the manner in which these investigations should be conducted.


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