International Judicial Monitor
Published by the American Society of International Law and the International Judicial Academy
April 2008 Issue
Thomas Buergenthal Justice in Profile
Pius Nkonzo Langa serves as Chief Justice of the South African Constitutional Court, an institution that has made a profound impact on the rule of law of South Africa and on the country’s transition from apartheid to a constitutional democracy. Read more »
The World Trade Organization International Tribunal Spotlight
The World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement System.
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Significant Judicial Developments

US Supreme Court Decides Medellin

Judicial System Reform in Iraq

Malaysia Set to Reform Judiciary

Montenegro Speeds Up Crime Cases

Uganda:  Bail Not a Right

Iran: Judge Seeks Public Executions Curb

(More Judicial Developments »)

International Resources

Rule of Law Assistance Directory

African Court Decisions


CCJE Opinion No. 10

HiiL ROL Conference Report

Judicial Selection in US States

(More International Resources »)

Rule of Law Survey

Do you think the European Court of Justice should hold public authorities personally liable for failure to enforce environmental legislation?


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Calendar of Events

May 21-23, 2008
16th Annual International Judicial Conference »

June 16-20, 2008
Justice Sector Reform: Applying Human Rights Based Approaches »

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Lawyers and the Rule of Law as an Organizing Principle
The response of lawyers and the legal profession to the sacking of the Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice for a “bad case of judicial independence” and the subsequent imposition of emergency rule in Pakistan underscores the significant role lawyers play in promoting the rule of law. (Read More »)
IJA Docket

Upcoming International Judicial Academy Events
Announcing Day-Long Seminar Program for Embassy Officials. (

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Cases of Note

UK House of Lords: R (on the application of Al-Jedda) (FC) v. Secretary of State for Defence (December 12, 2007) »

Federal Court of Canada: Canadian Council for Refugees v. The Queen (November 29, 2007) »

United States Court of Appeals: Pielage v. McConnell (11th Cir. February 15, 2008) »

ECHR Grand Chamber: Advisory Opinion on certain legal questions concerning the lists of candidates submitted with a view to the election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights (February 12, 2008) »

(More Cases »)
Cases of note
Global Judicial Dialogue

Sister-court Relationships: Advancing the Rule of Law
by Charles R. Simpson III
United States District Judge
Western District of Kentucky

Judges in many foreign countries thirst for knowledge and information on how their own courts can be improved, especially those that have challenged justice systems.
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Charles R. Simpson III
General Principles of International Law

Subsidiary Sources and Evidence of International Law
The Statute of the International Court of Justice recognizes two subsidiary means of establishing evidence of what is and what is not a binding international legal obligation. (Read More »)

General Principles of International Law
Leading Figures in International Law
When Robert H. Jackson said “[it] was the supremely interesting and important work of my life,” he was not talking about his role in drafting the New Deal legislation that helped the United States rise out of the Great Depression, nor was he referring to his service as the Solicitor General or Attorney General of the United States, or even to his time as an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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  Robert H. Jackson
Justice Sector Assessment

New Courthouse in London is Blockbuster News
Building a new courthouse is not particularly significant news of interest to judges and lawyers, and building a new courthouse devoted exclusively for business cases may rank higher up the newsworthy ladder but not by much. (Read More »)

Her Majesty’s Courts Service
In Review: New Publications on
International and Comparative Law

The International Judge
by Daniel Terris, Cesare P.R. Romano and Leigh Swigart. Brandeis University Press. 2007

It is not often that writers and scholars have an opportunity to author a book devoted to an entirely new topic and to discuss a subject that has never been written about before. However, Daniel Terris, Cesare Romano and Leigh Swigart have admirably seized this opportunity. (Read More »)

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