Project: Public International Law

Textbook

International law spans the globe and, per definition, concerns peoples and nations around the world. Yet, truly transboundary scholarly communication all too often is hampered by legal and technical barriers and obstacles. To overcome some of these hurdles, we look for authors to create the first-ever Open Access textbook in international law in the context of the initiative “OpenRewi”. The aim of the book is to introduce readers to the field of public international law with a focus on the general questions/questions common to all specialized sub-fields. The aim is both to give an overview of the vast body of law and to discuss certain important questions in more detail and provide further references. The targeted audience are both students studying the field for the first time and those who would like to deepen their knowledge.

Participate

The team of authors is fully staffed at the moment. However, we always welcome comments. The latest version is always available at Wikibooks. For further questions please contact pil@openrewi.org.

Exercises

Our textbook is complemented by a variety of interactive learning exercises:

Team

Max Milas
Editor, Author

University of Muenster (Germany)

Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, Empirical Legal Studies

PhD student in international human rights law at the University of Muenster (Germany) and research assistent at the chair for Public Law, International Law and European Union Law of Professor Niels Petersen.
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Grażyna Baranowska
Author
Hertie School (Germany), Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)
European Court of Human Rights, UN treaty bodies, Enforced disappearances, Missing persons, Missing migrants,  Border violence, Memory laws
Grażyna Baranowska is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Hertie School, where she leads a project funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions “Missing Migrants: Identifying and Shaping Obligations for Protection” (MIRO). She is also Assistant Professor in the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in an EU-funded project on memory laws, and worked as a Policy Advisor on enforced disappearances in the German Institute for Human Rights.
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Jens Theilen
Author

Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg (Germany)

Human Rights, Citizenship and Migration Law, Critical Legal Theory

Jens is a post-doc at Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, and holds a doctorate from the University of Kiel. Their first monograph, European Consensus Between Strategy and Principe, offers a critical reading of argumentative structures within regional human rights law and was published by Nomos in 2021.
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Deepa Kansra
Author

Jawaharlal Nehru University (India)

International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Criminal Law 

Assistant Professor, Human Rights Studies Programme, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
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Mando Rachovitsa
Author

Assistant Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen (The Netherlands)

Human Rights Law, Judicial Dispute Settlement, Interpretation, International law & Technology

Dr Mando Rachovitsa is an Assistant Professor of International Law at the University of Groningen. Prior to this, she held the same position at the College of Law, Qatar University (2013-2016). Her research involves judicial dispute settlement, including interpretational and jurisdictional issues across international (human rights) courts. She also writes on the relevance of international law and human rights to regulating the Internet and technology. She is a qualified lawyer in Greece (currently non-practicing).
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Abbas Poorhashemi
Author

President of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise (Canada)

International law, International environmental law, International criminal law, Human rights

Dr. Poorhashemi holds a Ph.D. in International Law from the University of Strasbourg, France. He received a Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Law at CEDIM of University UQAM, Canada. He is academic and expert in international law. His practice, teaching and research interests are in different areas of International Law. He has published many books and articles in international law. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the CIFILE Journal of International Law (CJIL), Canada.
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Marko Svicevic
Author

Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law, Palacký University, Olomouc (Czech Republic)

Collective security, Use of force, Extradition and mutual legal assistance

Dr Svicevic obtained his BA(Law), LLB and LLD degrees from the University of Pretoria, where he was also a research associate with the South African Research Chair in International Constitutional Law. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow with the South African Research Chair in International Law at the University of Johannesburg, and a researcher and guest lecturer at the Centre for International Humanitarian and Operational Law in Palacký University, Czech Republic.
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Imdad Ullah
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Assistant Professor at the Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad (Pakistan)

International law, politics, war and new technologies of warfare

Earlier I completed my PhD from the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, the University of Erfurt, Germany as a DAAD fellow. My PhD dissertation came out as a book (Terrorism and the US Drone Attacks in Pakistan: Killing First) in 2021 by the Routledge, London and New York. I am also working as a Regional Coordinator for the Digest on State Practice (Journal of Use of Force and International Law, Routledge)
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Beáta Bolyová
Author

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Slovakia)

Public International Law, International Procedural Law and Dispute Settlement, State Responsibility, International Human Rights Law

Harvard Law School and Leiden University Public International Law LL.M. graduate, previously Assistant Legal Advisor at NATO Headquarters.
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Viljam Engström
Author

Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo (Finland)

The function of law and legal reasoning, International organizations/institutions, The role of rights in global governance, Law and governance of the European Union

Dr.Soc.Sc (Public International Law), Adjunct professor (Docent), works as Lecturer in Public International Law. The uniting theme in my research is exploration of the role and function of international organizations/institutions. Publications include e.g: “EU Interaction with Institutions in the Baltic Sea Region”, outcoming in EU and the Baltic Sea Area (ed. A. Rosas); "The IMF and Protection of Vulnerable Groups", Nordic Journal of International Law 89 (2020).
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Raffaela Kunz
Editor, Author

Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg (Germany)

Relationship Between International Law and Domestic Law, Domestic Courts in International Law, International Courts and Tribunals, ECtHR, Human Rights, Global Administrative Law, Open Science

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law where I conduct research for my habilitation thesis which deals with access to scientific knowledge in the digital age and lead the DFG-funded research project “Scientific Blogs as Infrastructure for Digital Publishing and Academic Communication”. I am also a lecturer in public international law at the Europainstitute of Saarland University and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Völkerrechtsblog.
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Marnie Loydd
Author

Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Public International Law, International Humanitarian Law, Armed Conflict, Humanitarianism, Foreign Fighting, Counterterrorism, Nationality and Legal Identity, Forced Migration

International lawyer with expertise in international law related to armed conflict and the protection of civilians and detainees. Teaches and researches in the areas of humanitarian law and policy, forced migration, foreign fighting and counterterrorism which builds on fifteen years in the international humanitarian sector, primarily with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Member of New Zealand’s National IHL Committee and Associate-Director of the New Zealand Centre for Public Law.
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Lucas C. Lima
Author

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Public International Law, International Dispute Settlement, International Adjudication, Procedure before international tribunals , Inter-American System, Regionalism

Adjunct professor of Public International Law at Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. PhD in International and European Law from Università degli Studi di Macerata, having been Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for International Procedural Law in Luxembourg and at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at Cambridge University. LLM and undergraduate studies at Federal University of Santa Catarina. Coordinator of the Research Group on International Courts and Tribunals CNPQ/UFMG 11:55 PM
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Verena Kahl
Author

University of Hamburg (Germany)

Human and Fundamental Rights, Environmental/ Climate Change Law, Feminist Approaches

Verena Kahl is PhD candidate and research assistent at the University of Hamburg. She is currently awarded a scholarship by the Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy Graduate School of Law and holds both German State Examinations as well as a Master of Public International law and Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace, Costa rica. From 2015 to 2018 she served as a junior lawyer at the Inter-Amercian Court of Human Rights.
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Milan Tahraoui
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Ph.D. candidate both at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne und Frei Universität Berlin, Research Fellow (WiMi) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law/Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht

General international law, surveillance, data privacy/data protection, jurisdiction, public/private divide, extraterritoriality, history of international law, transcivilisationality, digital evidence

Ph.D. candidate at Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University und FU Berlin, Research Fellow (WiMi) at the Berlin School of Economics and Law/Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (since 01/09/2021), Part-time Consultant for Global Cornerstones Associates LPC (London) (01.08.2020/01.09.2021), Research Fellow (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and Comparative Law) (01.12.2013/30.11.2020), Member of the Defense Team for Laurent Gbagbo for the International Criminal Court (01.09.2012/.09.2013), Master 2 International Law and Law of International Organisations Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (2012)
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Raghavi Viswanath
Author

European University Institute (Italy)

Cultural rights, international criminal law, decolonial approaches, and TWAIL

Raghavi is a PhD researcher in international human rights law at the European University Institute in Florence. Alongside the PhD, Raghavi is a consultant for cultural rights collectives in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, a senior research associate at the Public International Law and Policy Group, and a visiting lecturer at the National Law School of India University.
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Silvia Steininger
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Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg (Germany)

Public International Law, Human Rights Law, International Courts and Tribunals, International Economic Law, Interdisciplinary Perspectives, in particular Social Sciences and Empirical Methods

Silvia Steininger is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law, Goethe University Frankfurt. She holds graduate degrees in public international law (University of Amsterdam) and political science (University of Heidelberg) and teaches human rights and public international law in universities in Germany and France.
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Walter Arévalo-Ramírez
Author

Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)

Public international law, international courts and tribunals, State responsibilities, diplomatic immunities, Human rights, Law of the seas.

Principal Professor of Public International Law at the Law Faculty of Universidad del Rosario (Colombia), LLM Stetson University College of Law, PhD summa cum laude U.Rosario. Local Director of the BRIDGE Project – Latin American Journal of European Studies funded by the Jean Monnet Network of the European Commission and the Erasmus+ Program. Tutor of The Hague Academy of International Law (2019). Fellow of the international law Fellowship of the United Nations, Office of Legal Affairs. Professor of the Diplomatic Academy, Ministry of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Colombia. Director of the Latin American Network of International Law Journals RELAREDI. Secretary General of the Colombian Academy of International Law.
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Shubhangi Agarwalla
Author

International Trade Law Team, Sarvada Legal (India)

International Trade Law and the Political Economy, Feminist Approaches to International Law
Shubhangi is an international trade lawyer at Sarvada Legal wherein she was the youngest lawyer to present oral arguments before a WTO Panel in a dispute representing the Government of India (DS582). Prior to joining Sarvada, she was a legal assistant at the United Nations International Law Commission. She is the recipient of the Helton Fellowship by the American Society of International Law. She runs a blog, International Law and the Global South which aims to bring critical sensibilities to the international law blogosphere.
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Alex Green
Author

Lecturer, York Law School, University of York (United Kingdom)

Legal and Political Theory, Statehood and Legal Status, Indigenous Justice

Alex works at the intersection of law and analytical philosophy. He has an LLB, LLM, and PhD from University College London, and is currently an Academic Associate of 23 Essex Street Chambers in the United Kingdom. His work has been funded by bodies such as the Hong Kong Research Grants Council and the Modern Law Review and has appeared in periodicals such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies and the Journal of Comparative Law.
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