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News Roundup – 27 February 2015

February 27, 2015

We must not fail in Gaza, say UN agencies, joining global call for action. 

If M15 sticks to outdated tactics Emwazi won’t be the last British security fail. 

Kurdish fighters rout ISIS militants from town near Iraq. 

UN laments IS statue-smashing ‘war crimes’. 

Iraq’s minorities since the fall of Mosul. 

Ngudjolo Chui case: ICC Appeals Chamber confirms acquittal decision. 

News Roundup – 26 February 2015

February 26, 2015

Amnesty International: unprecedented impact of conflict on African lives (see here for 2014/15 State of World Human Rights Report)

Amnesty International calls on UN powers to lose their veto on genocide votes.

US Courts: Palestinian authorities must pay Americans millions for Israel attacks. 

ISIS fighters destroy ancient artefacts. 

How Mohammed Emwazi went from fresh graduate to knife wielding extremist. 

International Crisis Groups Report: Libya: Getting Geneva right (see here for report).

Algeria hostage deaths unlawful. 

George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur. 

Sudan election is ‘propaganda’ says rebel leader. 

News Roundup – 17-18 February 2015

February 19, 2015

Mapping Colombia’s illegal armed groups

Boko Haram insurgents attack Cameroon army base, several wounded

Libya’s descent into violence

Fear and silence in Libya as divisions deepen

Heavy shelling hits Ukraine town where rebels reject ceasefire

Human Rights Watch: Why the Fight Against ISIS is Failing

Syrian insurgent group says it will not meet ‘biased’ U.N. envoy

Syrian Government Forces Attempt to Cut Off Key Supply Route for Rebels

Indian army says entire top leadership of KPLT insurgent group arrested

Myanmar declares emergency in restive border region

Philippine government, MILF pressed to cooperate in rights probe of Mamasapano carnage

5 killed in leftist rebel attack in Davao Oriental (Philippines)

Fight among Philippine Moro armed groups displaces 15,000

Claus Kress on Just Security: The Fine Line Between Collective Self-Defense and Intervention by Invitation: Reflections on the Use of Force against ‘IS’ in Syria

Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law

February 17, 2015

A few weeks ago, Oxford University Press published The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law (edited by Cambridge’s Marc Weller, and Jake William Rylatt and Alexia Solomou), which is now starting to arrive at university libraries. These last few years, there has been a real proliferation of “handbooks” on the various branches of public international law, with all the major publishing houses competing over the same branches (on ICL, see for example here, here, and here). However, they are not really regular “An Introduction to …”-handbooks that you would use for your students, when teaching a (bachelor) course. Rather, they are collections of essays or chapters by established academics (and practitioners) on various relevant topics within that branch of PIL. In that sense, The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law is no different, as it is a collection of topics addressed by established academics and it is not really useful for a (bachelor) course. What is very different though, is the sheer size (almost 1400 pages) and comprehensiveness of topics addressed. In nearly 60 chapters virtually all issues related to the use of force are discussed in one or more chapters. It is no surprise then that – although the law on the use of force is inherently state-orientated – various chapters will be of use the readers of this blog.

Examples include chapters on “Protection of Civilians in Security Council Practice” (Haidi Willmot and Raplh Mamiya), armed attacks by NSAs (Kimberley Trapp), and “Action against Host States of Terrorist Groups” (Lindsay Moir). Elizabeth Chadwick builds upon her previous work on “Self-determination Movements”, and Marc Weller discusses the related “Unifying Theory of Forcible Action on Behalf of Peoples and Populations”. Besides chapters on armed conflict, resource conflicts en self-defence, the ones of “Private Military Companies” (Ian Ralby) and “Piracy” (Douglas Guilfoyle) deal with armed groups.

The full table of contents (which is quite different from the ones on the UK and US websites of OUP) can be found here.

News Roundup – 16 February 2015

February 17, 2015

Nigeria’s Boko Haram launches first attack in Chad and Boko Haram issues new threat against Niger, Chad

Niger arrests more than 160 Boko Haram suspects at Nigerian border

Burundi launches inquiry into reports of rebel executions

Bomb hits pipeline from Libya’s El Sarir oilfield

ISIL video purports to show beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya, and in reaction Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya

Shelling halts in Ukraine’s Donetsk as Poroshenko orders ceasefire

Ukraine military says some rebel shelling but ceasefire generally observed

Scores said dead in intensified fighting in southern Syria

Lebanon’s Hezbollah acknowledges battling the Islamic State in Iraq

Iraq’s pro-Iranian Shiite militias lead the war against the Islamic State

Fighting in Yemen leaves 26 dead amid protests against rebel rule, whilst Yemen’s neighbours demand UN action to halt rebel advance

Sri Lanka’s president promises to initiate legal action on war crimes

U.N. Delays Release of Report on Possible War Crimes in Sri Lanka

47 Myanmar soldiers reported dead in clashes with Kokang rebels, in reaction Myanmar launches airstrikes against northern rebels

Chris Jenks on the UN Report on the Central African Republic: Is the Glass Reflecting the International Community’s Efforts Half-Empty or Half-Full?

News Roundup – 13 February 2015

February 13, 2015

UN chief calls for fundamental re-think to prevent atrocities. 

FARC bans recruitment of child soldiers. 

Islamic State says its holding Israeli spy in Syria. 

UN warns of  ‘urgent’ humanitarian situation as Boko Haram attacks spill over Nigerian border. 

To catch a victim and a perpetrator: the ICC and Dominic Ongwen. 

DRC: Tackling recruitment by armed groups. 

Impunity in the DRC: One step forward, two steps backwards. 

Why South Sudan’s children are fighting again?

Sudan calls for international pressure for humanitarian access to rebel held areas. 

News Roundup – 11 & 12 February 2015

February 12, 2015

UNICEF: More brutal and intense conflicts leave children increasingly vulnerable to recruitment. 

ICC and negotiated peace: reflections from Colombia. 

Islamic State magazine claims to interview Hayat Boumeddiene (wife of Coulibaly)

Security Council approves resolution targeting sources of funding for ISIL. 

Yemen in collapsing before our eyes, UN chief warns. 

Just Security: Obama’s forever war starts now. 

New UN report depicts turmoil and lawlessness in Libya (see here for report).

Fleeing Boko Haram: survivors’ stories. 

UN peacekeepers kill 7 rebels in CAR. 

Leaders agree on Ukraine peacemap. 

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