German Yearbook of International Law

Das German Yearbook of International Law (ehemals "Jahrbuch für Internationales Recht") ist ein renommiertes Forum für innovative wissenschaftliche Arbeit im Völkerrecht und leistet einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur fortwährenden Entwicklung des Völkerrechts.

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus aller Welt können hier ihre Forschungsarbeiten vorstellen und Aufsätze zu aktuellen und grundlegenden Fragen des internationalen Rechts veröffentlichen. In der "Focus Section" wird ferner ein ausgewähltes Themen von internationalen Experten auf diesem Gebiet aus verschiedenen Blickwinkeln beleuchtet.

Besonderen Wert legt das Yearbook auf die Darstellung und Kommentierung der deutschen Völkerrechtspraxis sowie Entscheidungen deutscher und internationaler Gerichte zu Sachverhalten, die einen Bezug zu Deutschland aufweisen.

Das Yearbook wird seit seiner Begründung 1948 durch die damaligen Institutsdirektoren Rudolf Laun und Hermann von Mangoldt am Walther-Schücking-Institut herausgegeben. Seit 1976 publiziert das Jahrbuch in Englisch um eine größtmögliche Leserschaft zu erreichen und einen Dialog zwischen der deutschsprachigen und internationalen Forschergemeinschaft zu ermöglichen. Um zu gewährleisten, dass das Yearbook höchsten wissenschaftlichen Ansprüchen genügt, werden die Beiträge von zwei externen Experten im sog. "Peer Review"-Verfahren begutachtet.

Beiträge zu aktuellen völker- und europarechtlichen Themen können von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus aller Welt eingereicht werden. Genauere Informationen zur Einsendung von Beiträgen sowie dem Yearbook selbst, findet sie auf dessen Homepage [engl.].

Mehr Informationen zu den einzelnen Bänden finden Sie nachfolgend sowie auf der Homepage von Duncker & Humblot, wo die Bände auch bestellt werden können

GYIL Style Sheet

Die aktuellen Formatierungshinweise für Beiträge im GYIL finden Sie hier (PDF-Reader erforderlich): GYIL Style Sheet

German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 61 (2018) - Forthcoming

Vol. 61 (2018) of the German Yearbook of International Law deals with a variety of topics in the General Articles section. Its Forum section analyses the Donald Trump administration and international law. Its Focus section assembles a selection of articles based upon presentations which were discussed at an international conference on International Law and Human Health convened by Sebastian von Kielmansegg and Nele Matz-Lück, and supported by the Thyssen Foundation, from 26-27 September 2018. The German Practice section analyses, among other topical matters, the activation of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, German practice concerning the use of force in Syria, and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, adopted in Marrakech, Morocco, in December 2018.

German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 60 (2017)

Vol. 60 (2017) opens with an obituary for German diplomat and international law expert, Antonius “Tono” Eitel (1933-2017).

The Forum Section examines the relationship between African States and the International Criminal Court.

The Focus Section discusses new ways for international law to cope with the dehumanisation of activities.

A Special Section on the First Walther Schücking Lecture introduces papers presented at the ensuing workshop with Professor Philip Allott: “Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law”.

The General Articles Section deals with questions concerning international climate litigation and different modes of State involvement in serious violations of international law.

The German Practice Section addresses topics including same-sex marriage under the Basic Law and the European Convention on Human Rights, the Assad regime in German courts, and the application of the offence of insulting foreign heads of State in light of the proceedings brought against satirist Jan Böhmermann.

We thank all of our authors for making this volume possible.

Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2018
152,90 €, 834 Seiten
ISBN (Print): 978-3-428-15658-0

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German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 59 (2016)

Vol. 59′s Forum Section evaluates the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Focus Section presents several “frozen conflicts” (Crimea, Nagorno-Karabakh, Moldova, Kosovo, Western Sahara, and Cyprus). Their historical development is assessed and their interaction with public international law and EU law and politics are explored.

The General Articles Section deals with the foundations of customary international law, ambiguity in law, the international crime of genocide, Certain Iranian Assets, EU Trade Agreements, and other subjects.

The German Practice Section takes up several decisions of Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court as well as of its Federal Court of Justice relating to questions of international and EU law. It furthermore explores Germany’s actions during its term of Chairmanship of the OSCE, deals with the question of whether it may designate the Maghreb States as ‘safe third countries’, evaluates the as yet unresolved border dispute with the Netherlands in the Ems estuary, and examines legal reactions to the Germanwings disaster.

We thank all of our authors for making this volume possible.

Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2017
149,90 €, 658 Seiten
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German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 58 (2015)

Vol. 58 opens, in the Forum section, with an exploration of the “weakness” of international law in the face of the Ukraine conflict. The Section then goes on to document the results of a conference organised by the German Federal Foreign Office in co-operation with the University of Potsdam on “International Law, Cyber Space and the Concept of Due Diligence” and looks i.a. at possible lessons to be learnt from the Environmental Law context and potential legal frameworks and regulatory models for Cyberspace.

The General Articles take up diverse issues such as inter-State cooperation in witness protection, the divergence of post-award remedies in ICSID and non-ICSID, the Palestinian right to exploit the Dead Sea coastline for tourism, the General Comments of the UN Human Rights Committee, the relationship between international law and negotiated or adjudicated maritime boundaries and issues of State succession and colonisation as a formal problem of international law.[more]

German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 57 (2014)

In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Walther Schücking Institute  for International Law where the GYIL is edited, Vol. 57 looks at a text  by its founder Theodor Niemeyer and deals with philosophical and  political questions of (legal) science within the “Forum”.

The “Focus Section” considers the position of the law of the sea in the  21st century. Participants of the March 2014 conference in Kiel present  articles on the development of fundamental issues pertaining to the law  of the sea, i.a. the domination of land over sea or institutional  developments, as well as current challenges, e.g. the exploitation of  deep sea resources, maritime security, and dispute settlement in  multi-layered constellations.

The subjects of “General Articles” range from fundamental questions  regarding the sources of law to the relationship between public  international and EU law, the application of the Monetary Gold  principle, issues of competence of the European Court of Human Rights,  consequences of the Kadi jurisprudence, and to matters of international  criminal law such as immunity and the right to a lawful judge.

Articles in the final section discuss “German Practice” relating i.a. to  the (il)legality of the Kosovo intervention, to a possible compensation  in the Kunduz case, to the human right to privacy in the digital age,  to UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, and to the reference decision of  the Federal Constitutional Court regarding the OMT Decision of the ECB.

We thank all of our authors for making this volume possible.

Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2015
149,90 €, 756 Seiten
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German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 56 (2013)

Vol. 56 (2013) of the German Yearbook of International Law deals with the current state of International Energy Law. It explores problems regarding the installation of both pipelines and power cables, examines the international investment protection regimes as well as the current treaty system for energy. Finally, the Focus Section includes studies on nuclear and renewable energy respectively and the situation of indigenous peoples vis-à-vis energy exploitation.

Our Forum Section sheds light from two sides on the conflicts in the South China Sea, exploring different approaches and searching for possible solutions.

General Articles tackle diverse issues from the legal language regarding jus cogens, the difficult relation between absolute rights and proportionality, to the rights of seaborne migrants and the application of the non-refoulement principle at sea as well as difficulties arising when returning ‘politically exposed persons’ illicit assets from Switzerland.

This year the German Practice Section is headed with an article from the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations in New York dealing with the German-Gabonese initiative on poaching in the UN Security Council. The articles in this section look at the human rights situation in Germany, its rules on arms export licensing, armed UAVs, the 50th anniversary of German-French friendship, and the legal issues arising between Germany and Switzerland relating to Zurich Airport. Furthermore, a trial of Somali pirates in Hamburg and the implementation of the EU Directive on Trafficking are explored.

We thank all of our authors for making this volume possible.

Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2014
119,90 €, 646 Seiten
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