January 2017

In Memoriam – H.E. Judge C.G. Weeramantry

Judge Christopher Weeramantry passed away on the 5th of January. Judge Weeramantry was a jurist of striking range, depth, independence and erudition. His famous judgments in Nuclear Weapons and Gabcikovo now appear to be more important than ever. They are also significant for incorporating Asian legal and cultural traditions into the jurisprudence of the ICJ.…

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ASEAN’s Golden Opportunity (Bangkok Post, 23 January 2017)

ASEAN’s Golden Opportunity (Bangkok Post, 23 January 2017) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is celebrating 50 years of existence in 2017, with the Philippines holding the chairmanship of the 10-member bloc. The golden anniversary presents a golden opportunity for ASEAN leaders to show how important regionalism can be at a time when people…

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‘Protectionist’ India resorts to other tools to bypass WTO bilateral rules (Financial Express, 12 January 2017)

‘Protectionist’ India resorts to other tools to bypass WTO bilateral rules (Financial Express, 12 January 2017) With little flexibility under the World Trade Organization (WTO) and bilateral trade agreements to raise tariffs, India is increasingly resorting to other tools — anti-dumping duties, safeguard levies and minimum import prices (MIPs) — to provide the requisite protection to…

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Persecuted Minority in Myanmar Is Escalating Its Armed Insurgency (NYT, 23 January 2017)

Persecuted Minority in Myanmar Is Escalating Its Armed Insurgency (NYT, 23 January 2017) The beginning of an armed resistance is just one of several developments that are reshaping the conflict over Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority with potentially far-reaching consequences. The group that attacked the border posts, Harakah al-Yaqin, is believed to have several hundred recruits,…

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