Negotiation between the US and the EU aiming at liberalization of air traffic has been interrupted. The parties intended to move away from existing quotas for U.S. citizens on the corporate boards of air carriers, liberalize fare pricing schemes, and allow airlines from the US and the EU to take off and land at any airport on both sides of the Atlantic. The agreement faced Congressional opposition in the US. For more information see here.
The fifth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, the legislative body overseeing the administration of the ICC, opened on November 23 and will last until December 1. Since the Assemblyâ€™s fourth session in January 2006, four states (Chad, Comoros, Montenegro, and Saint Kitts and Nevis) have ratified or acceded to the Rome Statute. The Assembly now has 104 states parties. Issues on the Assemblyâ€™s agenda for this session include the 2007 budget, a consideration of crimes of aggression, and the election of the Board of Directors of the Trust Fund for Victims.
On November 28, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will hold hearings in Merck GenÃ©ricos Produtos FarmacÃªuticos addressing the issues of the ECJ’s competence to interpret Article 33 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and whether its interpretation will have direct effect on litigation pending in the national courts. More information available here.
On November 16, Advocate General Mengozzi delivered his opinion in the case Commission v. Netherlands, which will be decided by the European Court of Justice. The case involves the Netherlands’ conclusion of a bilateral agreement for â€œopen skiesâ€ with the United States of America. According to the advocate general, by concluding and applying this agreement, the Netherlands has violated several obligations under the law of the European Union. For more information see here.
In response to the strategic decision to expand the US-Indian partnership, both houses of Congress have been working to pass legislation that will facilitate the export of nuclear materials, equipment, and technology to India. Though the bill is now on the calendar several amendments are still pending.
House Bill H.R. 5682 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.R.+5682:
Senate Bill S.3709 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.+3709:
This Article outlines six distinct visions of just world order reflected in recent academic and political discourse in India. These perspectives may be designated as establishment, left, Dalit, subaltern, anti-modernist, and spiritual. Each of these perspectives offers a certain understanding of the state, society, globalization, and international institutions. These different perspectives, in the absence of any systematic and concerted “new thinking” in the literature on international law and institutions, are germane to understanding the response of the Indian state and people to issues relating to globalization, international law, and international institutions. It is also important to turn to these perspectives because both the globalization process and the growing role of international law and institutions have compelled political forces and social thinkers to engage in discussion on issues such as sovereignty, trade, use of force, human rights, and the meaning of a just world order in general. Since these perspectives now address themes central to international law and institutions, they provide rich critical resources not only to think through alternative strategies to establish a just world order, but also to conceptualize its contours and content.
While five of the six perspectives are contemporary, the spiritual perspective of Sri Aurobindo was articulated primarily in the colonial period but has been included because it was among the first to deal with world-order issues and the creation of a world state. It has also been discussed to emphasize the need for ethical practices in any strategy of “complex internationalism” to create a just world order.