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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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The Principles of 'Complementarity' and Universal Jurisdiction in International Criminal Law: Antagonists or Perfect Match?

Britta Lisa Krings



The concepts of complementarity and Universal Jurisdiction as such raise various concerns, just in themselves. The combination of these concepts may be a very reasonable one, however, it tends to cause confusion and renunciation within the international community. The objective of the present work is to present very briefly the two different legal concepts and provide an analysis on their compatibility. In order to come to a result, the principle of complementarity is evaluated as both, an admissibility criterion and a State obligation and right, to primarily be able to deal with a case in their national legal system, acknowledging that criminal jurisdiction is situated in the heart of State’s sovereignty. Universal Jurisdiction is brought into a relation with these two ideas of complementarity. This paper addresses possible solutions.


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