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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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Iran v USA: ‘Economic Warfare’ and International Law

Iran v USA: ‘Economic Warfare’ and International Law

On the 3rd of October 2018, the International Court of Justice laid down its judgement in the case of Islamic Republic of Iran v United States of America. The decision came in response to an application by Iran for the indication of provisional measures relating to alleged American violations of the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights between the two states.

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Dissecting international concerns about Iran’s missiles

Dissecting international concerns about Iran’s missiles

While trying to save the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, some European leaders have stepped up pressure on Iran’s ballistic missile programme, simultaneously demanding talks and threatening sanctions. Iran—which sees ballistic missiles as crucial to the country’s defence—has responded by saying that its missile programme is non-negotiable.

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