International Law in Brief


International Law in Brief (ILIB) is a forum that provides updates on current developments in international law from the editors of ASIL's International Legal Materials.
| By: Romita Chattaraj : April 25, 2023 |

On April 25, 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC) and European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) signed a Working Arrangement that creates a legal framework to establish collaborative efforts between ICC and Europol and foster the sharing of information, knowledge, and expertise. ICC President Piotr Hofmański issued a statement expressing his approval of the framework, stating, “Europol’s expertise and specialist knowledge is world-...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : April 24, 2023 |

On April 15, 2023, the EU agreed to implement reforms to the Emissions Trading System (ETS) as the EU seeks to achieve climate neutrality. The improvements strive to lower industrial emissions in favor of investment in climate-friendly technologies. The reforms call for a 62% reduction in emissions in the ETS sectors by 2030, a significant shift from the previous goal of a 55% reduction in emissions. Rapporteur Peter Lise commented on the reforms and hopes that...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : April 24, 2023 |

On April 19, 2023, at the 22nd United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), a New Zealand environmental group alleged that the New Zealand forestry industry has committed breaches against indigenous rights. A representative of Mana Taiao Tairāwhiti, the environmental group, testified that there have been “irreversible landscape changes” including severe deforestation, irresponsible forestry practices, and climate change that have damaged the...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 20, 2023 |

On March 16, 2023, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine released a report that found Russian forces in Ukraine violated international humanitarian law and conducted “indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks” against civilians. The report described Ukrainian civilians as living in “a climate of unbearable uncertainty and fear” and called for further investigation and accountability. The commission identified several violations of...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 20, 2023 |

On March 14, 2023, Australia, the US, and UK concluded a deal that will extend nuclear powered submarines to the Australian Navy, a key part of the AUKUS security agreement between the three countries. The AUKUS deal requires the Australian government to dispose of nuclear waste containing radioactive materials produced by the submarines. While Australia has facilities to store low through intermediate-level waste, no facilities exist to store high-level waste...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 20, 2023 |

On March 17, 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The court alleges that he is responsible for war crimes committed since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, including the illegal deportation of Ukrainian children to Russia. The Russian commissioner for children’s rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, is also wanted by the ICC.


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 15, 2023 |

On March 10, 2023, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and French President Emmanuel Macron Friday came to an agreement on a multi-million pound package of measures to prevent migration across the Channel at the end of the 36th Franco-British Summit. According to the UK government, “The unparalleled multi-year agreement delivers on the PM’s priority to stop small boats and builds on joint measures taken with France in 2022 which increased patrols by 40%.” In the statement, Sunak underscores how the agreement seeks to intercept...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 15, 2023 |

On March 10, 2023, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations following talks in China. In a joint statement, both countries communicated their desire to “resolve the disagreements between them through dialogue and diplomacy.” The agreement comes following tensions in the relationship between these two nations. Specifically, the 2016 Saudi Arabian execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric met backlash as critics believed it was a means of reducing Shiite influence within Saudi Arabia, a majority...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 03, 2023 |

On March 1, 2023, Indian Minister of State Jitendra Singh encouraged G20 member states to commit to strict anti-corruption strategies leading up to the G20 New Delhi Summit on September 9-10, 2023. Singh believes the G20 are capable of addressing the “complex social, political and economic challenge” of corruption. In his statement, given to delegates representing the world’s twenty largest economies, Singh underscored the adverse financial effects of corruption in India. He recalled how Indian public sector banks lost approximately $272 billion due to fraud. Singh pointed to the systemic...


| By: Romita Chattaraj : March 03, 2023 |

On February 27, 2023, UN experts supported Armenia’s commitment to combat mercenaries and private security companies. The statement came during a visit by UN experts investigating Armenia’s legal frameworks following the ratification of the International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries during the visit. During the visit, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia Vahe Gevorgyan stated that mercenarism has a regional character and pointed to Azerbaijan’s use of mercenaries during the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020. He further welcomed UN efforts to...