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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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Modes of International Criminal Justice and General Principles of Criminal Responsibility

Hiromi Sato



International criminal justice now functions via two systems – a direct one led by the international tribunals and an indirect one driven by national courts. The difference between the two systems inevitably brings about further differentiation with respect to the substantive aspect of these laws. It is especially noteworthy that the indirect system has not been equipped with customary international rules on several topics relating to general principles of criminal responsibility, so it relies heavily on the national laws of States that prosecute serious international crimes. Meanwhile, customary international law applying irrespective of judicial forums has more or less been developed with regard to other topics of general principles of criminal responsibility. Thus, two types of customary international law would be observed in this field – the one peculiar to international proceedings and the other applying to both international and national proceedings. It should also be noted that the law of the International Criminal Court sometimes differs from either type of customary international law, which has partially been caused by the difference between the normative characteristics of conventional and customary laws.


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