Monday, August 20, 2012

Read On! Exploring intlaw from the margins

(Read On! ... occasional posts on writing worth reading)

I am pleased to announce the publication of Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes: From the Margins,  just released by Cambridge University Press and edited by me, Cecilia M. Bailliet.
This book is based on the conference, "The Creation of International Law An Exploration of Normative Innovation, Contextual Application, and Interpretation in a Time of Flux", hosted in Oslo, Norway, in August 2010. As posted at the time (by Beth Van Schaack here and Rebecca Bratspies here), many IntlLawGrrls participated. A number also contributed to this collection.
By offering critical perspectives of normative developments within international law, our volume of essays unites academics from various disciplines to address concerns regarding the interpretation and application of international law in context. The authors present common challenges within international criminal law, human rights, environmental law and trade law, and point to unintended risks and consequences, in particular for vulnerable interests such as women and the environment. Omissions within normative or institutional frameworks are highlighted and the importance of addressing accountability of state and non-state actors for violations or regressions of minimum protection guarantees is underscored.
Overall, the volume advocates harmonisation over fragmentation, pursuant to the aspiration of asserting the interests of our collective humanity without necessarily advocating an international constitutional order.
The essays are as follows:

Part 1: International Criminal Law
► "International Criminal Law Creating international law: gender as new paradigm" by Dr Catharine MacKinnon, Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and Special Gender Adviser to the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court.
► "Legal redress for children on the front line: the invisibility of the female child" by Dr Christine Byron, Lecturer at Cardiff Law School in Wales.
► "Understanding the post-conflict terrain for women in the context of prevailing gender hierarchies: stereotypes and masculinities" by Dr Fionnuala Ni Aoláin, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard, Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota, Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster, and IntLawGrrl.
► "Who is the most able and willing? Complementarity and victim reparations at the International Criminal Court" by Edda Kristjánsdóttir, Ph.D. candidate at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Part 2: Human Rights
► "What is to become of the human rights-based international order within an age of neo-medievalism?" by yours truly, Professor of Law at the University of Oslo, Norway.
► "Productive tensions: women's rights NGOs, the 'mainstream' human rights movement, and international lawmaking" by IntLawGrrl Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law at the University of California-Davis.
► "Transnational lawmaking in Oslo – Norwegian-Pakistani women at the interface" by Dr Anne Hellum, Professor of Law, University of Oslo.

Part 3: Environmental Law, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development
► "The creation of international law of climate change: complexities of sub-state actors" by IntLawGrrl Hari M. Osofsky, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota.
► "International environmental law and soft law: a new direction or a contradiction?" by Dr Sumudu Atapattu, Associate Director of Global Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin.
► "Assuming away the problem: grappling with the vexing relationship between international trade and environmental protection" by IntLawGrrl Rebecca Bratspies, Professor of Law at CUNY.
► "Quo vadis, Europe? The significance of sustainable development as objective, principle and rule of EU law" by Dr Beate Sjåfjell, Professor of Law at the University of Oslo.

The conclusion is written by Dr Hilary Charlesworth, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Australian National University and an IntLawGrrls contributor.

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