18/19, Foreword, Jill Robbie

Last year, when I became convenor of the Environmental Law course, I introduced a formative essay in order to provide the students with the opportunity to gain feedback on written work in a low-pressure and informal way. I didn’t set an essay question; the students could choose a topic to write about. The result was…

18/19, B. Haylamaz, ‘To Be or Not to Be – Recognition of Liberland as a State in Light of the Montevideo Convention’

Author: Burak Haylamaz Burak Haylamaz is a third-year bachelor student in Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His interested areas are International Law, Criminal Procedure Law and Intellectual Property Law. He is the author of the respective articles; (i) Criticism of Constitutional Amendments in Turkey; (ii) Each Choice is a Renunciation; Does the Detention in Custody Before…

18/19, ELSA Competition Winner, E.Grant, ‘Critically Evaluate the Extent to which the Refugee Legal Framework Can (or could) Provide Sufficient Protection to LGBTQI Asylum Seekers’

Author: Ellen Grant “…. the term “refugee” shall apply to any person who….owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside his country of nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the…

18/19, C. MacIntyre, ‘Here to Stay: An Evaluation of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission’s Role in Criminal Justice’

Author: Connor MacIntyre Introduction In this essay it will be argued that the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (“the Commission”) plays a largely valuable role within the Scottish criminal justice system, and represents a welcome improvement upon the system it replaced. Initially, a brief outline of the Commission’s background and the legal framework within which…

18/19, T. Kolu, ‘United States and the International Criminal Court’s Jurisdiction over Non-Party State Nationals: A Critical Assessment of The US Position in regard to the ICC’s Jurisdiction over Non-Party State Nationals in light of the Afghanistan Situation’

Author: Tuisku Kolu   Introduction On the 3rd of November 2017, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Prosecutor Bensouda requested the Pre-Trial Chamber (PTC) to authorise a formal investigation into the situation in Afghanistan,[1] which would mark the first investigation into United States(US) nationals by the ICC. This is of relevance to the international legal field,…

18/19 Environmental Law Competition Winner, S. Kiviranta, ‘Paris Rulebook: Can Transparency Replace Obligations of Result?’

Author: Samuli Kiviranta   Less than a month had passed since the finalisation of the ‘Paris Rulebook’ in Katowice this December, when the President of the United States communicated his amusement at a presidential hopeful ‘talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow’.[1] The alarming persistence of this type…