International Law

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The Legitimisation of Australia’s Deterrent Migration Policy

The Legitimisation of Australia’s Deterrent Migration Policy

This essay analyses the ways in which Australian authorities legitimise their deterrence regulations in relation to international refugee legal standards.

IPE and Transnational Criminal Law: An Imperfect Yet Fruitful Relationship

IPE and Transnational Criminal Law: An Imperfect Yet Fruitful Relationship

Transnational criminal law can contribute to the field of International Political Economy through the integration of ideas related to international financial crime.

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

The Emperor’s New E-Clothes: State Sovereignty in the Cyber-era

Cyberspace actors operate outside the bounds of the traditional social contract, but cyber sovereigns could emerge under a new conception of sovereignty.

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

Will Armed Humanitarian Intervention Ever Be Both Lawful and Legitimate?

At present, armed humanitarian intervention cannot be lawful and legitimate, but conflicts in Libya and Syria show the prospects of a renewed and robust R2P framework.

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

From ‘Globocop’ to ‘NoGoCop’: Intervention, R2P & Sovereignty in the Chinese Era

The differences between China and the US with regards to Responsibility to Protect are based on their understandings of sovereignty and legitimate authority.

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

The Possibility of a Cosmopolitan World Order: An Optimistic View of History

A cosmopolitan world order underpinned by democracy is both a possible and a necessary outcome for international relations.

Spaces of Exception and Refusal? The Borderzone of Mexico/US

Spaces of Exception and Refusal? The Borderzone of Mexico/US

The Mexico/US borderzone is both a space of exception and refusal, rooted in a history of racial discourse and capitalist supremacy.

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The Effect of the Intervention in Libya on the International Debate about Syria

The intervention in Libya was seen by non-Western states as a dangerous legal precedent undermining the status state sovereignty had been given under international law.

Determining a Successful Humanitarian Intervention

Determining a Successful Humanitarian Intervention

While national interest is not necessarily a requisite feature of a successful intervention, it is clear that when national interests are at stake, success is likely to occur.

Compliance with UN Watercourses Convention: Half Full or Half Empty?

Compliance with UN Watercourses Convention: Half Full or Half Empty?

How can the UN Watercourses Convention minimise the risks of inter-state conflict over water resources?

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War’s Silent Victim: The Environment

Modern conflicts have a high human cost but the environment is often the forgotten victim. Is international law equipped to protect the environment from war?

From Prague to Riga: Has the EU’s Eastern Partnership Been a Failure?

From Prague to Riga: Has the EU’s Eastern Partnership Been a Failure?

With Russia’s intervention in politics of its neighboring states, the EU’s role in the region is now seen differently and so its previous policy requires reassessment.

Inconsistency, Hegemony, Colonialism and Genocide: How R2P Failed Libya

Inconsistency, Hegemony, Colonialism and Genocide: How R2P Failed Libya

States’ strategic interests should play no role in deciding where to intervene and who to save.

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