In this issue
Suffer little children
Targeted assassinations: Individual rights
Business and human rights update: the liability of holding companies for pollution by overseas subsidiaries
Ukraine initiates proceedings against Russia in the ICJ
Two DSI members appointed as Judges to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
Investor-State Dispute Settlement under Investment Treaties and Free Trade Agreements: ad hoc Arbitration or Investment Court System?
Litigating to Liberate LGBT People
The Unique Jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights: Protection of Human Rights Beyond the African Charter
RIP, Sir Nigel Rodley

On behalf of Doughty Street International, I am pleased to announce the publication of our first International Law Bulletin.


Since its establishment over 25 years ago, Doughty Street Chambers has been at the cutting edge of many of the most important international legal developments. In 2014, we established Doughty Street International (DSI), operating from bases in both London and in The Hague, to channel the extensive expertise of our team which comprises some of the world’s leading practitioners and academics working in international law. Our other founding aim was to further foster Doughty Street’s contribution to defining and promoting the rule of law around the world.  You can read more about DSI on our website; please click here.   


John Jones QC was the founding head of DSI. John's tragic passing last year was a monumental loss to us all. We remain grateful to all for all the kind messages of support in the months since, and we hope, in some small way, to be able to pay tribute to John by using international law for the betterment of our world, in the way that he always strived so to do. You can read more about John’s great contribution to international law by clicking here.


This will be a quarterly bulletin with the aim of keeping you up to date with some of the most interesting developments in international law, and to share with you our perspective on topical issues. In this first edition we look at the recent developments at the Special Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office established by the Republic of Kosovo (where DSI members have been appointed as two of the nineteen Judges). Tatyana Eatwell comments on the initiation of proceedings by Ukraine against Russia at the International Court of Justice, and Nani Jansen Reventlow looks at the unique jurisdiction of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The increasingly important field of Business and Human Rights is a particular area of focus for DSI, and Tim Cooke-Hurle writes on the liability of holding companies for pollution in overseas subsidiaries. Paul Barker of our International Arbitration Team considers the topical issue since the Brexit referendum and US general election of investor-State dispute settlement under free trade agreements. Our members are also regularly instructed on cases involving issues of international crime and international human rights, and articles in this edition reflect this, with Peter Carter QC’s piece on targeted assassinations in international law, Jonathan Cooper on the role of international litigation in the global effort to promote LBGT rights, and Kirsty Brimelow QC on the urgent need for greater protection of children at the international level. Finally, Professor Kevin Jon Heller reflects on and remembers the brilliant life and extraordinary contribution of our dear colleague Sir Nigel Rodley following his sad passing earlier this year.


We hope you find our new publication of interest. Should you wish to discuss any of the issues raised in this bulletin please do get in touch using the “Contact Us” button to the left, or e-mail us. And if you think colleagues may be interested in the Bulletin you can forward it to them using the link on the left.


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Warm regards,


Steven Powles

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