German Yearbook of International Law

The German Yearbook of International Law, founded as the Jahrbuch für Internationales Recht, provides an annual report on new developments in international law and is edited by the Walther Schücking Institute for International Law at the University of Kiel and published by Duncker & Humblot.

Since its inception in 1948, the Yearbook has endeavoured to make a significant academic contribution to the ongoing development of international law. Over many decades the Yearbook has moved beyond its origins as a forum for German scholars to publish their research and has become a highly-regarded international forum for innovative scholarship in international law. In 1976, the Yearbook adopted its current title and began to publish contributions written in English in order to reach the largest possible international audience. This editorial decision has enabled the Yearbook to successfully overcome traditional language barriers and inform an international readership about current research in German academic institutions and, at the same time, to present international viewpoints to its German audience. Fully aware of the paramount importance of international practice, the Yearbook publishes contributions from active practitioners of international law on a regular basis. The Yearbook also includes critical comments on German State practice relating to international and EU law, as well as international reactions to that practice.

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 will evaluate the Paris Climate Agreement. In its Focus Section, several “frozen conflicts” and their interaction with public international law are presented. The General Articles Section will deal with the foundations of customary international law, ambiguity in law, the international crime of genocide, Certain Iranian Assets, EU Trade Agreements, and other subjects.

German Yearbook of International Law: Vol. 58 (2015)

The Vol. 58 of the German Yearbook of International Law opens, in the Forum section, with an exploration of the “weakness” of international law in the face of the Ukraine conflict.

The Focus Section 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.

Articles in the final section discuss “German Practice” relating i.a. to the Federal Constitutional Court’s judgment on Muslim teachers wearing headscarves, the German Presidency of the UN Human Rights Council, the international legal framework for intelligence surveillance from a human rights perspective, Germany’s proposals for a temporary ‘Grexit’, and finally, an article from the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN in New York details the German-Iraqi Initiative in the UNGA relating to the Destruction of Cultural Heritage as a tactic of war.

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

Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2016
139,90 €, 558 Seiten
ISBN: 978-3-428-15061-8