'Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law' (Delhi);
policy briefs by Philip Allott and on ICC's Africa crisis and Iran;
new Cooperation and Judicial Assistance Database;
15 new collections available in the ICC Legal Tools Database

Dear colleague,

In a new policy brief, Cambridge Professor Philip Allott writes that we "have inherited an international legal system that was rationalised in the eighteenth century as a system for the piece-meal reconciling of the self-interest of states, as represented by their governments". He argues that the "high social function of philosophy must be restored", that "lawyers have a duty to try to make the law as good as it can be", and that "[n]owhere is this more necessary than in international society".  

Tuned to this challenge, we are pleased to present - on UNESCO's World Philosophy Day - a call for papers for the new research project 'Philosophical Foundations of International Criminal Law'. Selected authors will be invited to present their papers at a conference in New Delhi on 25-26 August 2017, co-organized by 11 partner institutions. The project a) analyses foundational concepts in international criminal law, b) correlates the teachings of leading philosophers of law and scholars with international criminal law, and c) invites a future-oriented rationalisation of the discipline, assessing whether its foundational concepts impose clear limits for the further development of its content and ways of enforcement. The project seeks to clarify and deepen the intellectual roots of international criminal law, and help us start thinking about the future of the discipline. Please go to the concept note and call for papers for more information.

We are also pleased to publish policy briefs on ICC's sharpened Africa crisis, on the constitutional law anatomy of Iran's violations of minorities, on the open access revolution in international criminal law, on our continuing discourse on reconciliation, and two briefs on rule of law in China. The complete bibliographies appear below.

Furthermore, we are proud to announce the Cooperation and Judicial Assistance Database, one of two new services in the free online CMN Knowledge Hub, developed by CILRAP's project partner Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (and its Professor Olympia Bekou), with financial support from the E.U. and Norway. The new service - which is integrated in the ICC Legal Tools Database - enables users to review, analyse and compare information regarding co-operation legislation. The service will be launched at a side event to the annual Session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties in The Hague on Monday 21 November 2016 at 13:15 CET. CILRAP organizes a second side event on 'Crimes Against Humanity, Sex Crimes and Command Responsibility: Developments and Bounderies in Core International Crimes Practice' tomorrow Friday 18 November 2016, also at 13:15 CET. The second new service in the CMN Knowledge Hub is the Singapore War Crimes Trials Web Portal, developed by international lawyers in Singapore (led by Assistant Professor CHEAH Wui Ling).

Finally, CILRAP has contributed to the development of fifteen new collections of sources relevant to international criminal law in the ICC Legal Tools Database, freely available to browse, filter or search on one platform, including the following collections:
  • Permanent Court of International Justice;
  • International Court of Justice;
  • UN Security Council;
  • UN General Assembly;
  • UN International Law Commission;
  • UN Office of the Special Adviser;
  • UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice;
  • UN Human Rights Mechanisms;
  • African Union;
  • European Union;
  • European Court of Human Rights;
  • Inter-American Court of Human Rights;
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.
Kind regards,
Morten Bergsmo
Director, CILRAP
Visiting Professor, Peking University Law School

New policy briefs by the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher:

FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 75 (2016):
Philip Allott:
How to Make a Better World: Human Power and Human Weakness
[In Arabic]
[In Chinese]
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 24 October 2016. 
ISBNs: 978-82-8348-060-3 (English), 978-82-8348-063-4 (Arabic), 978-82-8348-064-1 (Chinese). 
LTD-PURL: (Arabic).
LTD-PURL: (Chinese). 

FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 74 (2016):
Mutoy Mubiala:
Regional v. Universal Jurisdiction in Africa: The Habré Case
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 16 November 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-059-7.

FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 73 (2016):
Melody Mirzaagha:
Striving Towards a Just and Sustainable Peace: The Role of Reconciliation
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 29 August 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-058-0.

FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 72 (2016):
QIAO Cong-rui:
On Discrepancy and Synergy Between China and the International Criminal Court
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 16 November 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-061-0.
FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 71 (2016):
NG Pei Yi:
Development in International Criminal Law Open Access Tools: Increasing Public Education and Engagement
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 29 August 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-057-3.

FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 70 (2016):
Salim A. Nakhjavani:
Constitutional Coherence and the Legal Status of the Bahá'í Community of Iran
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 16 November 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-062-7.

FICHL Policy Brief Series No. 69 (2016):
International Human Rights Law and the Advancement of the Right to a Fair Trial in China
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Published on 29 August 2016.
ISBN: 978-82-8348-048-1.
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