AJIL Unbound

By: Tom Ginsburg | November 25, 2015 | 11:45 AM EST

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As the world prepares for the opening of the Paris Climate Change conference, AJIL Unbound is pleased to offer a set of reflections on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter On Care for Our Common Home.[1] Released in May 2015, it has generated much...

By: Dale Jamieson | November 25, 2015 | 11:30 AM EST

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Pope Francis has more epistemological and moral authority than any scientist, philosopher, lawyer, or politician. He has the second most popular twitter feed, and his messages are more likely to be retweeted than anyone else’s. The Pope has the power to order some and to persuade others. Most of all he has the power to affect the global agenda. When the Pope speaks, people listen.

Pope Francis commands respect for many reasons...

By: Daniel Bodansky | November 25, 2015 | 11:15 AM EST

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The brokerage firm, E.F. Hutton, used to have a tagline that went, “When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen.” On climate change, the Pope has spoken, but will people listen? And should they? The first question is empirical; the second, normative.

The papal encyclical, Laudato Si’, was released in May 2015 to much acclaim. It is an extraordinarily wide-ranging document. Although I will focus,...

By: Dinah Shelton | November 25, 2015 | 11:00 AM EST

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The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis centers on an interpretation of Biblical texts that establishes human power over other creatures and the right to beneficial use of them, imposing a type of guardianship or a trust,[1] not a right of ownership.[2] The Pope emphasizes that message he...

By: Lavanya Rajamani | November 25, 2015 | 10:30 AM EST

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A fundamental theme running through the remarkable 192-page Papal Encyclical on Climate Change is the notion of solidarity—between nations and peoples, and between and within generations. In the words of the Encyclical, “...

By: Lincoln L. Davies | November 25, 2015 | 10:15 AM EST

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As the world turns its attention to Paris this December, all eyes will be on international decisionmakers, including those from the United States, to see if meaningful progress on climate change can finally be made. Climate change, of course, is the great environmental challenge of our time, a challenge that is irrevocably bound up with energy production and consumption. This “...

By: Alexandra Huneeus | November 11, 2015 | 12:45 PM EST

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Editor’s Note:  We are pleased to note that I-CONnect (http://www.iconnectblog.com/), the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, has graciously agreed to cross-post this Symposium on the Constitutionalization of International Law in Latin America.

Had one been pressed, in the mid-1980s, to characterize...

By: Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor | November 11, 2015 | 12:30 PM EST

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One of the most recent and most effective efforts of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Inter-American Court) to increase the level of compliance with the American Convention on Human Rights (ACHR) has been the creation of the “conventionality control” doctrine. The Inter-American Court describes this as a “mechanism for the...

By: Ariel E. Dulitzky | November 11, 2015 | 12:15 PM EST

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Judge Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor presents a very clear and concise description of the main contours of the conventionality control theory articulated by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (“Court,” “Tribunal,” or “Inter-American Court”).[1] So, I will not repeat his masterful explanation, which states, in brief, that the conventionality control...