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.

German Yearbook of International Law Vol. 56 (2013) - Contents

Forum – Conflicts in the South China Sea

Zou Keyuan
China and the South China Sea Conundrum: Any Prospective Solution in Future?

Abstract & Keywords


Ted L. McDorman
The South China Sea: The U-Shaped Line, Islands and the Philippine-China Arbitration

Abstract & Keywords


Focus – International Energy Law

Sergei Vinogradov & Gokce Mete
Cross-Border Oil and Gas Pipelines in International Law

Abstract & Keywords


Tara Davenport
The Installation of Submarine Power Cables under UNCLOS: Legal and Policy Issues

Abstract & Keywords


Kaj Hobér & Joel Dahlquist
International Investment Protection Regimes in the Energy Sector

Abstract & Keywords


Andrey Konoplyanik
Russia and the Energy Charter: Long, Thorny and Winding Way to Each Other

Abstract & Keywords


Patrick Reyners
The International Nuclear Energy Law Framework: An Outlook

Abstract & Keywords


Peter Kayode Oniemola
International Law on Renewable Energy: The Need For a Worldwide Treaty

Abstract & Keywords


Alexandra Xanthaki
Rights of Indigenous Peoples under the Light of Energy Exploitation

Abstract & Keywords


General Articles

Ulf Linderfalk
All the Things That You Can Do with Jus Cogens – A Pragmatic Approach to Legal Language

Abstract & Keywords


Martin Borowski
Absolute Rights and Proportionality

Abstract & Keywords


Jasmine Coppens
Interception of Seaborne Migrants: The Applicability of the Non-Refoulement Principle at Sea

Abstract & Keywords


Dagmar Richter & Patrick Uhrmeister
Returning ‘Politically Exposed Persons’ Illicit Assets from Switzerland – International Law in the Force Field of Complexity and Conditionality

Abstract & Keywords


German Practice

Christophe Eick
The German-Gabonese Initiative on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking: Is There a Role for the UN Security Council?


Berenike Schriewer
Shining a Light on the Human Rights Situation in Germany – The Human Rights Council’s Report on Germany in the Second Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review


Marlitt Brandes
Germany’s Secret Arms Deals: Compliance of German Arms Export Licensing with International Law


Nicholas English & Tim Rauschning
The Procurement and Use of Armed UAVs by the German Military in International and German Law


Jule Siegfried & Marieke Lüdecke
50th Anniversary of the Élysée Treaty


Katrin Kohoutek
The Swiss-German Treaty on the Effects of the Operation of Zurich Airport on German Territory


Julia Müller
The Hamburg Piracy Trial – A Contribution to the International Aim of Combating Piracy?


Andrea Meyer
The 2011 EU Directive on Preventing and Combating Trafficking: Non-Implementation by Germany?


Book Reviews

Bardo Fassbender/Anne Peters (eds.): The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Ziegler) 613  
Maurizio Ragazzi (ed.): Responsibility of International Organizations: Essays in Memory of Ian Brownlie (Krzan) 616  
Duncan B. Hollis (ed.): The Oxford Guide to Treaties (Schladebach) 619  
Francesco Francioni/James Gordley (eds.): Enforcing International Cultural Heritage Law (Fitzmaurice) 621  
Mohamed Elewa Badar: The Concept of Mens Rea in International Criminal Law – The Case for a Unified Approach (Orakhelashvili) 624  
Yvonne Dutton: Rules, Politics, and the International Criminal Court: Committing to the Court (Nwamaraihe) 626  
Anne-Marie de Brouwer/Charlotte Ku/Renée Römkens/Larissa van den Herik (eds.): Sexual Violence as an International Crime: Interdisciplinary Approaches
(Toledo Escobar)
Stefan Talmon: Über Grenzen; and Matthias C. Kettemann: Grenzen im Völkerrecht (Matz-Lück) 631  
Paparinskis, Martins: The International Minimum Standard and Fair and Equitable Treatment (Hillier) 636  
Eleanor M. Fox/Michael J. Trebilcock (eds.): The Design of Competition Law Institutions – Global Norms, Local Choices (Schladebach) 637  
Jeffrey L. Dunoff/Mark A. Pollack (eds.): Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Law and International Relations – The State of the Art (Orakhelashvili) 639  
Kevin E. Davis/Angelina Fisher/Benedict Kingsbury/Sally Engle Merry (eds.): Governance by Indicators: Global Power through Quantifications and Rankings (Muir Watt) 641  
Books received 645