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Vol. 60 (2017) opens with an obituary for German diplomat and international law expert, Antonius “Tono” Eitel (1933-2017).

The Forum Section examines the relationship between African States and the International Criminal Court.

The Focus Section discusses new ways for international law to cope with the dehumanisation of activities.

A Special Section on the First Walther Schücking Lecture introduces papers presented at the ensuing workshop with Professor Philip Allott: “Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law”.

The General Articles Section deals with questions concerning international climate litigation and different modes of State involvement in serious violations of international law.

The German Practice Section addresses topics including same-sex marriage under the Basic Law and the European Convention on Human Rights, the Assad regime in German courts, and the application of the offence of insulting foreign heads of State in light of the proceedings brought against satirist Jan Böhmermann.


We thank all of our authors for making this volume possible.



Ingo Winkelmann

Antonius “Tono” Eitel

11- 14

Forum – The Relationship between African States and the International Criminal Court

Gerhard Werle & Moritz Vormbaum

African States, the African Union, and the International Criminal Court: A Continuing Story

17- 42

Dire Tladi

Of Heroes and Villains, Angels and Demons: The ICC-AU Tension Revisited

43- 68

Focus – International Law and the Dehumanisation of Activities

Helmut Philipp Aust

“The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness”: The Future of Human Rights Law in the Light of Algorithmic Authority

71- 90

Thomas Burri

International Law and Artificial Intelligence

91- 108

Aldo Chircop

Testing International Legal Regimes: The Advent of Automated Commercial Vessels

109- 142

Stephan Hobe & Benjamyn I. Scott

International Civil Aviation and the Dehumanisation of Activities

143- 171

Stefan A. Kaiser

Legal Challenges of Automated and Autonomous Systems

173- 201

Nicholas Tsagourias & Russell Buchan

Automatic Cyber Defence and the Laws of War

203- 237

Antje von Ungern-Sternberg

Artifical Agents and General Principles of Law

239- 266

Walther Schücking Lecture

Philip Allott

Beyond War and Diplomacy: A Giant Step for Mankind

269- 312

Special Section: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law

Jens T. Theilen, Isabelle Hassfurther & Wiebke Staff

Guest Editors’ Introduction: Towards Utopia – Rethinking International Law

315- 334

Jens T. Theilen

Of Wonder and Changing the World: Philip Allott’s Legal Utopianism

335- 364

Ka Lok Yip

What is Human? Reading Social Idealism against the Reality of Blackman and Azaria

365- 391

Radhika Jagtap

Resistance through Utopia: Reflections on the Niyamgiri Anti-Mining Movement and International Law

393- 421

Wiebke Staff

Customary International Law: A Vehicle on the Road from Istopia to Eutopia?

423- 449

Isabelle Hassfurther

Transforming the “International Unsociety”: Towards Eutopia by Means of International Recognition of Peoples’ Representatives

451- 480

Dorothy Makaza

Towards Afrotopia: The AU Withdrawal Strategy Document, the ICC, and the Possibility of Pluralistic Utopias

481- 513

Severin Meier

The Influence of Utopian Projects on the Interpretation of International Law and the Healthy Myth of Objectivity

515- 538

Marnie LLoydd

Persistent Tensions? International Legal Perspectives on ‘Other’ Foreign Fighters

539- 573

Michelle Staggs Kelsall

From a Stark Utopia to Everyday Utopias

575- 606

Rossana Deplano

Building Pragmatic Utopias: The “Other” Security Council, International Law, and the United Nations Dream

607- 636

General Articles

Peter Lawrence & Lukas Köhler

Representation of Future Generations through International Climate Litigation: A Normative Framework

639- 666

Anja Seibert-Fohr

From Complicity to Due Diligence: When Do States Incur Responsibility for Their Involvement in Serious International Wrongdoing?

667- 707

German Practice

Avril Rushe

Same-Sex Marriage under the Grundgesetz and the European Convention on Human Rights

711- 729

Isabelle Hassfurther

Will There Be “Justice for Syria”? The Assad Regime in German Courts

731- 750

Felix Würkert

The German Past between Collectives and Individuals

751- 761

Tobias Thienel

Application and Repeal of the Offence of Insulting Foreign Heads of State: The Böhmermann Affair

763- 772

Alena Kunstreich

Prohibition or Non-Proliferation? Germany’s Point of View concerning the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and Effective Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament

773- 783

Markus Gentzsch & Marc Becker

PSPP: Curtain Up for a New Act in the Drama “German Federal Constitutional Court versus European Court of Justice”

785- 797

Book Reviews

ONUMA Yasuaki, International Law in a Transcivilizational World (Tomuschat) 801
Andrzej Jakubowski/Karolina Wierczyńska (eds.), Fragmentation vs the Constitutionalisation of International Law: A Practical Inquiry (Krzan) 804
Rosalyn Higgins/Philippa Webb/Dapo Akande/Sandesh Sivakumaran/James Sloan, Oppenheim’s International Law: United Nations (Krzan) 806
Nobuo Hayashi/Cecilia M. Bailliet (eds.), The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals (O’Keefe) 808
Christine Chinkin/Mary Kaldor, International Law and New Wars (Kolb) 811
Marina Lostal, International Cultural Heritage Law in Armed Conflict: Case-Studies of Syria, Libya, Mali, the Invasion of Iraq, and the Buddhas of Bamiyan (Gavira Díaz) 816
Brian D. Lepard (ed.), Reexamining Customary International Law (Rushe) 820
Anne Peters, Beyond Human Rights: The Legal Status of the Individual in International Law (Roeder) 823
C. J. Jenner/Tran Truong Thuy (eds.), The South China Sea: A Crucible of Regional Cooperation or Conflict-making Sovereignty Claims? (Ye) 825
Daniel Bodansky/Jutta Brunnée/Lavanya Rajamani, International Climate Change Law (Schlacke and Huggins) 828
Andreas Kulick (ed.), Reassertion of Control over the Investment Treaty Regime (Hoppe) 830