Hamburg Talk Series in International Law
The talks and discussions address current and pressing issues in international law and international relations. Academics and practitioners, as well as graduate, post-graduate and doctoral students from different disciplines, are invited to register and to join the discussion!
If you have any inquiries regarding the talk series, contact Dr. Anne Dienelt: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hamburg Summer Talk Series 2021:
- 28 June 2021, 6 pm CEST
UN Diplomacy 2.0?
Blanca Montejo & Maximilian Waßmuth
On 16 March 2020, all meetings and conferences at the UN headquarters in New York were canceled or postponed. They were soon switched to online fora, at the cost of human interaction and even political momentum. Nevertheless, the UN Security Council still kept delivering its mandate in these challenging times: It continued to pass critical solutions, including e.g. resolution 2532 (2020) supporting the Secretary General’s call for a global ceasere or resolution 2538 (2020) on women in peace operations; it also renewed the mandates of critical missions.
Now that the UN is reopening on 6 July, it is timely to take stock on what has been lost and was gained. Covid-19 should be used to open the door for future reection and reinvention. Can the lessons learned be used to strengthen multilateralism?
For more information, see here (PDF).
- 14 June 2021, 6 pm CEST
Analyzing Military Necessity
Dr. Nobuo Hayashi & Dr. Dieter Fleck & Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter
The principle of military necessity is, like the other core principles of international humanitarian law (IHL) such as distinction or proportionality, an essential component of IHL. It allows for measures that are necessary to accomplish a lawful military purpose. In general, the only lawful military purpose is to weaken the other belligerent's military capacity, which can run counter to humanitarian exigencies. Past conflicts (e.g. the use of lethal force by Israel or the destruction of cultural property in Mali ) illustrate the challenges regarding military necessity in practice. How can military commanders and legal advisors in the field apply military necessity? How can it be better operationalized?
- 31 May 2021, 6 pm CEST
Climate Litigation - Law-Making by Nationals Courts?
Prof. Dr. Andreas L. Paulus & Prof. Dr. Marta Torre-Schaub & Dr. Laura Burgers
On 24 March 2021, the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) issued an order in the case of the German Federal Climate Change Act. It held that the provisions of the Act governing national climate targets and the annual emission amounts allowed until 2030 were incompatible with fundamental rights in so far as they lack sucient specications for further emission reductions from 2031 onwards. Earlier in February 2021, the Paris Administrative Court had ruled that France had fallen short of meeting the targets of the Paris Agreement and was found guilty of failing to meet its commitments to combat global warming. After the prominent Urgenda case from 2019, the The Hague Court of First Instance will render its judgment in a case against the energy company Shell on 26 May 2021, which could have implications for future cases and the role of companies in meeting climate targets. Have these national developments anything in common? Are there any international legal implications of these national cases?
- 10 May 2021, 6 pm CEST
Up in the Air: The European Court of Human Rights' Interpretations of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in Context
Kalika Mehta, Dr. Anne Dienelt & Prof. Dr. Stefan Oeter
On 16 February, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Germany in the case Hanan v. Germany concerning a 2009 NATO Kunduz airstrike resulting in the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan. Once again, the Court dealt with questions of extraterritorial jurisdiction. Did it clarify or modify its concept of extraterroriality? In what situations and under which circumstances have other Human Rights systems affirmed extraterritorial jurisdiction? What are the implications of the judgment for the German context?