AJIL Unbound

By: Jacqueline Peel | November 21, 2014 | 11:00 AM EST

In international environmental law, the elephant is an icon. Like other “charismatic megafauna” such as whales and pandas, the plight of the elephant has captured the imagination of the general public and generated a raft of international regulations. In efforts to protect the elephant, we can track many of the elements of international law that have been characteristic of the environmental field as a whole: historical beginnings in concerns to prevent the over-exploitation of a harvested species; the rise...

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By: Mary Ellen O’Connell | September 04, 2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

I very much appreciate the seriousness with which Tom Ruys read my comments on his article. Rather than convince me that his thesis about Article 2(4) is correct, however, his reply provides further support for the opposing view. Minor force is excluded from Article 2(4) but regulated under other legal principles. Here are some examples:

  • He accepts that there are many cases where states and courts have treated low level uses of force as regulated under rules other than Article 2(4). He also argues, and I agree, that some cases are unclear as to whether they support an...
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By: Tom Ruys | September 03, 2014 | 09:30 AM EDT

Of Trojan Horses and Pandora’s Boxes

In her comment on my piece in the latest issue of the American Journal of International Law (The Meaning of “Force” and the Boundaries of the Jus ad Bellum: Are “Minimal” Uses of Force Excluded from UN Charter Article 2(4)?), Mary Ellen O’Connell expresses strong objections to the piece’s central thesis, notably that small-scale or...

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By: David Zaring | August 05, 2014 | 09:30 AM EDT

The globalization of administration is the most interesting thing happening in both administrative and international law. Richard Stewart’s article in the April 2014 issue of the American Journal of International Law is a brilliant tour of the horizon of the problems and prospects of this sort of lawmaking. It reflects the work he has done, along with Benedict Kingsbury, as a member of the Global Administrative Law (GAL) Project, housed...

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