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 […]

West Papua: Postcolonial Colonialism?

Comprising the western half of the island of New Guinea, West Papua is a province on Indonesia’s far eastern frontier that has been in constant turmoil since Indonesian independence from the Netherlands. Having many of the same ingredients needed for a replay of Timor-Leste, it isn’t hard to see why comparisons have been drawn between […]

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 […]

Treatise on Treaties: Government Change and Withdrawal from International Agreements

International treaties are a tricky business. They are essentially contracts between signatory nations. Problems emerge when nations withdraw from or don’t ratify these treaties in the first place. While some treaties do explicitly forbid, or simple do not provide a withdrawal process, we do come to one of the more troublesome points of international law: […]

How to Sue a Nation: Corporation v. Country

As the death bells knell for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral trade agreement which was (eventually) opposed by every serious US Presidential candidate, many enraged netizens are left hanging with fervent opinions about their country’s obligations to foreign investors. Over the course of this election, America decided that Investor State Dispute Settlements, or ISDS, just […]