The One That Lasted 100 Hours

The legality of war is tricky business. Given the number of potential hotspots erupting (I’m looking at you North Korea), it might be a good time to look back to when it was last done well: the Iraq war. Not that Iraq war, the one before that- the Persian Gulf War of 1991. On August […]

Nature’s Legal Personality

I’m about to present a very lofty aspiration for International Law, one on recognising nature as a living person. But is this possible and practical? Under new legislation,[1] the Whanganui River in New Zealand became the first major river in the world to be recognised as a living entity. The river was afforded legal personality – the […]

In the sledge tracks of Amundsen

14th December is an important date for many reasons. According to Wikipedia, Constantinople was struck by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in 557, while closer to home, the Seat of Government Surrender Act 1909 (NSW) transferred the Australian Capital Territory from New South Wales to the Commonwealth. However, for polar observers, 14th December 1911 marks the […]

A Tale of Two Chinas

  If you thought Donald Trump used the word China too much, this is going to be quite the journey for you! When someone says the word China, you probably think of ya know, China, that place where all your stuff gets made! If you’re a China-savvy individual, you’ll be quick to point out that […]

The EU in a nutshell

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, the United Kingdom and Gibraltar go to the polls to vote on whether or not to secede from the European Union. For all the hype, it has emerged that many people do not know what the EU does. More relevantly for an international law blog: what exactly is the EU in […]