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A Reply to Professor Kraska on the Iranian Shootdown of the US Global Hawk Drone _ 17072019

A Reply to Professor Kraska on the Iranian Shootdown of the US Global Hawk Drone _ 17072019

Prof. Kraska has argued in his latest EJIL: Talk! article that the incident regarding the downing of a US drone by Iran happened due to the scarce knowledge of international law by an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander. While I do appreciate Prof. Kraska’s discretion in referring to US intelligence sources, on the other hand the US President himself openly provided to the media the same assessment.

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Misunderstanding of International Aviation Law May be Behind Iran’s Shootdown of the U.S. Global Hawk Drone _ 01072019

Misunderstanding of International Aviation Law May be Behind Iran’s Shootdown of the U.S. Global Hawk Drone _ 01072019

The recent shootdown of the U.S. drone likely arose from a lack of understanding of international aviation law and Iran’s rights and responsibilities as a party to the 1944 Convention on Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention) and the rules promulgated by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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The US withdrawal from the Iran deal: One year on

The US withdrawal from the Iran deal: One year on

On 8 May last year, US President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States would pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which sets limits on Iran’s nuclear programme to ensure that it cannot produce nuclear weapons. Despite the US withdrawal, the JCPOA remains in force; it is a multilateral agreement to which seven of the original eight parties still adhere.

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International Arbitration Training Course – 2019|07|01

International Arbitration Training Course – 2019|07|01

The International Arbitration Training Course, offered by Leiden Law School in cooperation with the Permanent Court of Arbitration, focuses on the theory and practice of international arbitration as a distinct field of the law and field of legal practice. It covers international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration and inter-state arbitration.

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Do Irans New Space Launchers Violate International Law?

Do Irans New Space Launchers Violate International Law?

This is not the first time the U.S. has criticized Irans space-launch vehicles, and it is not the first time Iran has rejected that critique. But who is right? Does Security Council Resolution 2231 forbid Iran from testing new space-launch vehicles? Relatedly, can Iran readily convert its space-launch vehicles, which are purportedly designed to launch telecommunication satellites into lower orbit, into ICBMs capable of reaching the U.S.?

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The one Iran deal the US should keep

The one Iran deal the US should keep

The US-Iran Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights was signed on 15 August 1955 two years after the coup in Iran. The aim was to solidify the young Shah’s position domestically, while advancing US political and economic power in Iran. Ever since, this little-known treaty remained the only valid and working legal framework for US-Iranian bilateral relations, despite the absence of any true “amity” between them.

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Degrading the International Law by the Trump Administration Regarding the JCPOA

Degrading the International Law by the Trump Administration Regarding the JCPOA

One of the most contentious decisions taken by President Trump is the withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), colloquially known as the ‘Iranian nuclear deal’, and the re-imposition and possible expansion of nuclear-related sanctions on 8 May 2018 and 5 November 2018.

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