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International lawyers are fortunate to be well-served by a number of very well informed and thoughtful blogs, which are making a lasting contribution to scholarship. This increase in scholarly commentary, although a huge benefit to lawyers and scholars, can become rather difficult and time consuming to keep track of. With this in mind, the editors of Oxford Public International Law have begun a series of debate maps indexing discussions by scholars on the public international law aspects of these major debates. Information on these debate maps can be found below.

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UK/Russia Dispute | Armed Conflict and the Use of Force in Syria | South and East China Seas | Brexit | Israel/Gaza Wars: 2008 – 2014 | Ukraine Use of Force | High Profile Prosecutions at the ICC

UK/Russia Dispute | Read the Map
Oxford Public International Law contains a range of scholarly commentary that shed light on the international legal arguments stemming from the UK Government’s claim that the incident in Salisbury on 4 March 2018 “represents an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom”. The following materials have been made freely available:

Attribution of Conduct to the State: State Organs and Entities Empowered to Exercise Elements of Governmental Authority by Djamchid Momtaz, from The Law of International Responsibility

The Rainbow Warrior by Christina Hoss and Jason Morgan-Foster

Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua Case (Nicaragua v United States of America) by James Crawford.

Oil Platforms Case (Iran v United States of America) by Michael Bothe.

Commentary on Art.XII of the Chemical Weapons Convention on Measures to Redress a Situation and to Ensure Compliance, Including Sanctions, by Guido Den Dekker.

Commentary on Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, by Eileen Denza.

Persona non Grata by Joanne Foakes from Satow’s Diplomatic Practice 7th Edition.

Retaliation and Reprisals by Shane Darcy from the Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law.

 

Armed conflict and use of force in Syria | Read the Map
Created by Vito Todeschini, Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trento, School of International Studies and John Louth, Editor-in-Chief for Academic Law at Oxford University Press.
This index maps scholarly commentary on the legal issues surrounding the armed conflict in Syria, as well as the public international law aspects (but not domestic constitutional law) of the use of force against and in Syria published in English language legal blogs and newspapers (and some very recent journal articles). The following materials on the subject have also been made freely available:

Chemical Weapons and Warfare by Thilo Marauhn, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

Humanitarian Intervention by Vaughan Lowe and Antonios Tzanakopoulos, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

The Individual Use of Force in International Law from Problems and Process: International Law and How We Use It by Rosalyn Higgins.

Intervention from Oppenheim's International Law: Volume 1 Peace (9th Edition) edited by Sir Robert Jennings QC and Sir Arthur Watts QC.

Intervention, Prohibition of by Philip Kunig, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Self-Defence by Christopher Greenwood, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Stutts and ors v De Dietrich Group and ors, Stutts and ors v Deutsche Bank AG and ors, District court decision, No 03-CV-4058 (EDNY 2006), ILDC 874 (US 2006), 30th June 2006, United States; New York; District Court for the Eastern District of New York [EDNY] from Oxford Reports on International Law.

Uniting for Peace Resolution (1950) by Christina Binder, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

 

Legal Resources on the South and East China Seas | Read the Map
Created by Alexander Wentker, Brasenose College, University of Oxford, and John Louth, Editor-in-Chief for Academic Law at Oxford University Press.
The Disputes in the South and East China Seas Debate Map charts scholarly commentary on the international law aspects of the conflicts in and around the South China and East China Seas, including maritime boundary disputes, the question of sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, China’s announcement of an Air Defence Identification Zone, and the Philippines/China UNCLOS arbitration. It brings together primary documents with discussions in English-language legal blogs and a selection of journal articles. Additionally, the following materials have been made freely available:

Law of the Sea, Settlement of Disputes by Patibandla Chandrasekhara Rao, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

On State Territory in General from Oppenheim's International Law: Volume 1 Peace (9th Edition) edited by Sir Robert Jennings QC and Sir Arthur Watts QC.

Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands by Masahiko Asada, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Spratly Islands by Michael Strupp, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law .
 

 

Brexit | Read the Map
The Brexit debate map indexes analysis of and information about the legal consequences of the Brexit, focusing specifically on the mechanics of leaving the EU and the impact on EU citizens in the UK and British citizens in the EU—as well as on trade, the environment, and human rights protection in the UK.

The map also includes analysis of treaty withdrawal generally under international law and the extent to which obligations, particularly in the fields of human rights and trade, can be said to continue even after a state’s exit from a treaty. The collection includes blog posts, papers prepared by the UK government, legal advice issued by leading lawyers, journal articles, and book chapters. Its purpose is to collect together legal analysis of the consequences of the Brexit under international law and EU law.

The following chapters from The Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties edited by Olivier Corten and Pierre Klein have been made available:

Art.70 1969 Vienna Convention by Hervé Ascensio.

Art.54 1969 Vienna Convention by Vincent Chapaux.

Art.70 1986 Vienna Convention by Hervé Ascensio.

Art.54 1986 Vienna Convention by Vincent Chapaux.
 

 

Israel-Gaza Wars 2008-2014 | Read the Map
This index maps scholarly commentary on the international law aspects of the armed conflict(s) between Israel and Gaza since Israel withdrew from the territory. Sources in the map include commentary published in English language law blogs and newspapers, and free content from OUP's online services other free repositories.The following materials have been made freely available:

Gaza by Ian Scobbie, from International Law and the Classification of Conflicts, edited by Elizabeth Wilmshurst.

Armed Conflict in Gaza in 2012 from The War Report: 2012, edited by Stuart Casey-Maslan.

The Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza from The International Law of Occupation (2nd Edition) by Eyal Benvenisti.

Blockade by Wolff Heintschel von Heinegg, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Hostage Case, United States v List (Wilhelm) and ors, Trial Judgment, Case No 7, (1948) 11 TWC 757, (1950) 11 TWC 1230, (1948) 8 LRTWC 34, ICL 491 (US 1948), (1948) 15 ILR 632, 19th February 1948, International Military Tribunal [IMT]; Nuremberg Military Tribunal [NMT] from Oxford Reports on International Law.

List and Others (Hostage case) by Natasha Bakht, from The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice, edited by Antonio Cassese (Editor-in-Chief).

Proportionality by Jean-Marie Henckaerts, from The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice, edited by Antonio Cassese (Editor-in-Chief).
 

 

Ukraine Use of Force | Read the Map
The Ukraine Use of Force Debate Map charts scholarly commentary on the legal arguments regarding the public international law (and some domestic constitutional law) aspects of the use of force in Ukraine, published in English language legal blogs and newspapers, and free content from OUP’s online services. The following materials have been made available:

Aggression by Jens Ohlin, from The Oxford Companion to International Criminal Justice, edited by Antonio Cassese (Editor-in-Chief).

Border Treaty, Re, Karinš and ors v Parliament of Latvia and Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia, Constitutional Review, Case No 2007-10-0102, ILDC 884 (LV 2007), 29th November 2007, Latvia; Constitutional Court from Oxford Reports on International Law.

Self-Determination by Stefan Oeter, from The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary, Volume I (3rd Edition), edited by Bruno Simma, Daniel-Erasmus Khan, Georg Nolte, Andreas Paulus, and Nikolai Wessendorf (Assistant Editor) .

Self-Determination by Daniel Thürer and Thomas Burri, from The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Secession by James Crawford, from The Creation of States in International Law (2nd Edition).

Secession of Quebec, Re, Reference to Supreme Court, [1998] 2 SCR 217, (1998) 161 DLR (4th) 385, (1998), 55 CRR (2d) 1, ILDC 184 (CA 1998), 20th August 1998, Canada; Supreme Court [SCC] from Oxford Reports on International Law.

Referendum by Yves Beigbeder from The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Article 51 by Georg Nolte and Albrecht Randelzhofer, from The Charter of the United Nations: A Commentary, Volume II (3rd Edition).

South Ossetia by Philip Leach, from International Law and the Classification of Conflicts edited by ELizabeth Wilmshurst.

South Ossetia by Angelika Nußberger, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Intervention by Invitation by Georg Nolte from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Grenada by Robert J Beck from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

The Obligation of Non-Recognition of an Unlawful Situation by Martin Dawidowicz, from The Law of International Responsibility edited by James Crawford, Alain Pellet, Simon Olleson, and Kate Parlett (Assistant) .
 

 

High-profile prosecutions at the International Criminal Court | Read the Map

Use this map to review scholarly arguments and to keep track of which issues have been covered and who has said what.
This index maps scholarly commentary on the international law aspects of a number of high-profile prosecutions at the International Criminal Court, including those of Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy-President William Ruto, and Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir. The map looks specifically at questions of immunity, the obligation to arrest and surrender, the impact of Kenya’s possible withdrawal from the Rome Statute, and Ruto’s and Kenyatta’s obligations to be present throughout their trials. It brings together discussions in English-language legal blogs and a selection of journal articles. Additionally, the following materials have been made available:

Arrest Warrant Case (Democratic Republic of the Congo v Belgium) by Matthias Goldmann, from Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Can the Security Council Extend the ICC’s Jurisdiction? by Luigi Condorelli and Santiago Villalpando, from The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court edited by: Professor Antonio Cassese, Professor Paola Gaeta, and John R.W.D. Jones.

Heads of Governments and Other Senior Officials and Heads of StateMax Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.

Kenya section of the International Commission of Jurists v Attorney General and Minister of State for Provincial Administration and Internal Security and Kenyans for Justice and Development Trust (joining), Final judgment, [2011] eKLR, ILDC 1804 (KE 2011), 28th November 2011, Kenya; Nairobi; High Court from Oxford Reports on International Law.

Prosecutor v Taylor (Charles Ghankay), Decision on Immunity from Jurisdiction, Case No SCSL-2003-01-I, SCSL-03-01-I-059, ICL 25 (SCSL 2004), 31st May 2004, Special Court for Sierra Leone [SCSL]; Appeals Chamber [SCSL] from Oxford Reports on International Law.

Situation in Darfur, Prosecutor v Al Bashir (Omar Hassan), Decision pursuant to Article 87(7) of the Rome Statute on the failure by the Republic of Malawi to comply with the cooperation requests issued by the Court with respect to the arrest and surrender of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, Case no ICC-02/05-01/09-139, ICL 912 (ICC 2011), 12th December 2011, International Criminal Court [ICC]; Pre Trial Chamber I [ICC] from Oxford Reports on International Law.

Tachiona (on her own behalf, on behalf of her late husband Tapfuma Chiminya Tachiona, and on behalf of all others similarly situated) and ors v Mugabe and ors and United States (intervening), Appeal Judgment, Docket No 03-6033(L), Docket No 03-6043(XAP), 386 F.3d 205 (2d Cir. 2004), ILDC 1090 (US 2004), 6th October 2004, United States; Court of Appeals (2nd Circuit) [2d Cir] from Oxford Reports on International Law.