The publications listed here represent a small selection of the work of staff members of the GCILS. To see full listings of publications please click through to the University of Glasgow main webpages in each individual staff member profile.

La dynamique du principe de proportionnalité: essai dans le contexte des libertés de circulation du droit de l’Union européenne

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Le retentissement du principe de proportionnalité partout dans le monde constitue un des développements juridiques les plus significatifs des dernières années et explique l'intérêt considérable que suscite cette question dans la littérature française et internationale. À l'encontre des analyses qui ont tendance à banaliser son impact (notamment en le ravalant au rang de simple exception au fonctionnement normal du système juridique), cette thèse cherche à montrer que le principe de proportionnalité signifie un bouleversement profond du droit. L'analyse est abordée dans le contexte particulier de l'Union européenne, qui s'avère à maints égards paradigmatique, à partir d'un examen du raisonnement de la Cour de justice dans ses décisions en application des libertés de circulation. L'intérêt de cet examen est double. D'un côté, il permet de prendre acte de l'ampleur du potentiel transformateur du principe de proportionnalité sur les plans formel (imposant une forme de raisonnement factualisée, qui consiste en une évaluation coûts-bénéfices), matériel (érigeant l'efficience des mesures étatiques en but ultime des libertés de circulation) et institutionnel (redéfinissant la répartition de compétences entre l'Union et les États membres). D'un autre côté, le principe de proportionnalité étant un miroir particulièrement apte à refléter la culture juridique de l'Union, cet examen permet aussi d'identifier les traits caractéristiques de cette culture, pour montrer notamment la prévalence d'un discours de nature technocratique.

Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties

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The Research Handbook on the Law of Treaties provides an authoritative treatment of fundamental issues in international treaty law. Identifying key challenges facing the modern law of treaties, the Handbook addresses the current regime and comments on potential directions of the law.

Antonios Tzanakopoulos
Andreas Zimmermann

The Development of International Law by the International Court of Justice

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This book traces the impact that the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has had on various areas of international law. A number of prominent international experts examine whether, and to what extent, international law has been shaped by the Court's jurisprudence. The informal development of international law through the Court's judgments contrasts with the development of international law through more deliberate means, such as treaty-making. Assessing key areas of international law over which the ICJ has exercised its jurisdiction, such as international environmental law, international human rights, the law of the sea, and the law of immunities, this book comprehensively details the impact of international jurisprudence on contemporary international law. It makes required reading for anyone studying the ways in which international courts have in shaping the evolution of international law.

James Sloan

Human Rights Implications of the Usage of Drones and Unmanned Robots in Warfare

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In recent years, the use of drones and other unmanned robots in warfare and other situations of violence has increased exponentially, and States continue to invest significantly into increasing the operational autonomy of such systems. The present study provides an overview of the current and likely future use of such systems and examines the relevant legal implications under human rights law, international humanitarian law and the UN Charter. The study concludes that the present sense of uncertainty as to the applicable legal standards, the rapid development and proliferation of drone and robotic technology, and the perceived lack of transparency and accountability of current policies have the potential of polarizing the international community, undermining the rule of law and, ultimately, of destabilizing the international security environment as a whole. Accordingly, the study develops a number of policy recommendations for European foreign policy.

Legacies of the Permanent Court of International Justice

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Legacies of the Permanent Court of International Justice assesses the continuing relevance of the first 'world court'. Active for merely 2 decades, and dissolved rather quietly in 1945/46 to be replaced by the International Court of Justice, the PCIJ, for better or worse, has shaped our thinking about binding legal dispute resolution. The contributions to this book trace the PCIJ's impact on procedural and substantive aspects of international law and on the development of the international judicial function.

Malgosia Fitzmaurice

The Politics of Justifying Force: the Suez Crisis, the Iraq War, and International Law

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What are the politics involved in a government justifying its use of military force abroad? What is the role of international law in that discourse? How and why is international law crucial to this process? And what role does the media have in mediating the interaction of international law and politics? This book provides a fresh and engaging answer to these questions. It introduces different actors to the study of international law in this context, in particular highlighting the importance of institutional actors and the role of the media. It takes a theoretical approach, informed by detailed empirical analysis of key case studies, which challenges the traditional distinction between the spheres of 'the international' and 'the domestic' in global affairs, and the role of international law in the making of public policy.