America First, Paris Last: Does the America First Policy Mean the Death of the Paris Agreement?

By Aleksandar Vuksic Despite its shortcomings, and there are a few,[1] the Paris Agreement (Agreement) was a monumental achievement. Although the euphoria was not shared amongst all climate scientists, the international cooperation and new approach to climate diplomacy that was achieved cannot be understated.[2] It is no surprise then that when President Trump announced that […]

High Tide: Climate Change and Island States

By Olivia Townsend Seas cover more than 70% of the surface of the globe and historically have performed two important functions: first, as a medium of communication, and secondly, as a plentiful resource. These functions prompted the development of legal rules governing the seas, the most relevant of which is the United Nations Convention on […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part III)

By Samuel Lindsay RECOGNITION Having established in Part I and Part II that Kosovo likely satisfies the Montevideo Convention and independence criteria, it becomes necessary to consider the vexed question of recognition. Put simply, recognition is a statement or act by a State indicating the status in international law of another entity. The entity in […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part II)

By Samuel Lindsay INDEPENDENCE Having established in Part I that Kosovo satisfies the classic criteria for statehood in the Montevideo Convention, it is necessary to move to the next requirement for statehood: independence. While it may evoke romantic visions of the American Revolutionary War or the long struggle for Indian independence, the term does not […]

Is Kosovo a Country? (Part I)

By Samuel Lindsay Statehood is a deceptively simple concept. While identifying France or Argentina as a State is not exactly ground-breaking, entities such as Palestine or Kosovo pose considerably more difficulty. Clearly, politics plays a significant role in designation. Yet substantial complexities exist in international law as well. Over the course of three articles these […]