R.P. Anand Scholarship 2014: Application Open

Just a plug: the R. P. Anand Memorial Committee invites applications for its 2014 annual scholarship for post-graduate students of international law from all parts of the world. The deadline for applications is 30 November, 2013. More details about the scholarship can be found here.

Prof. Anand was one of the greatest international lawyers from India, contributing most notably to the development of the modern law of the sea, as well as shedding new light on the history of international law and the role of Asian and African States in its development. The Scholarship is a wonderful way of celebrating his life and work. Readers may also be interested in the electronic collection of Prof. Anand’s works available on the website of the R.P. Anand Virtual Centre of International Law.


New Issue: Trade, Law and Development

The latest issue of Trade, Law and Development, a journal published by the students of National Law University, Jodhpur (India), has just been published. Contents include:


Human Rights and International Economic Law ABSTRACT PDF
– Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann 283-314
Investment Treaty Breach as Internationally Proscribed Conduct: Shifting Scope, Evolving Objectives, Recalibrated Remedies? ABSTRACT PDF
– Mavluda Sattorova 315-352
Doha Round Negotiations: Problems, Potential Outcomes and Possible Implications ABSTRACT PDF
– Surendra Bhandari 353-384
Notes and Comments
Challenges in Intellectual Property Governance: Providing the Right Incentives in the Quest for Global Innovation ABSTRACT PDF
– Daniel Gervais 385-399
A Note on the Appellate Body Report in the Chinese Minerals Export Restrictions Case ABSTRACT PDF
– Mitsuo Matsushita 400-420
A Balancing Act: Using WTO Dispute Settlement to Resolve Regional Trade Agreement Disputes ABSTRACT PDF
– Felicity Hammond 421-450
Book Review
A Review of Sonia E. Rolland, Development at the World Trade Organization (Oxford Univ. Press 2012) PDF
– Nicolas Lamp 451-471

As a consulting editor for TL&D, I would like to congratulate the Editors for putting together another wonderful Issue!

New Issue: TL&D on WTO Dispute Settlement

Trade, Law and Development, a scholarly journal published by National Law University Jodhpur, has published its latest issue on dispute settlement at the WTO. As Prof. Joel Trachtman rightly notes in his editorial, legitimacy and development are the two underlying themes of the special issue. On legitimacy, Gabrielle Marceau and Mikella Hurley discuss transparency and public participation in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. Particularly interesting is their attempt at comparing transparency at the WTO with other fora. Arthur Daemmrich writes about epistemic contests and the legitimacy of the WTO. Based upon a case study of the Brazil — Upland Cotton dispute, Daemmerich presents an expertise based account of the contemporary legitimacy of the WTO. On the theme of development, Jan Bohanes and Fernanda Garza present a comprehensive study on the participation of developing countries in WTO dispute settlement, arguing that the greatest constraints for developing country participation in WTO dispute settlement are at the domestic level. Sonia Rolland presents a developmental account of the implementation stage of WTO disputes. Also in the issue, Simon Lester discusses the development of standards of appellate review and Claus Zimmerman discusses the absence of retrospective remedies at the WTO — legal and institutional issues which remain relatively under-explored.

It’s a great issue, and you should head here to browse through the entire content.

I should perhaps also point out that TL&D has been ranked as the best law journal in India, as well as the fifteenth best in the world in the field of international trade, by the Washington & Lee Law Journal Rankings (the most comprehensive of this sort). Congratulations to the editors and staff of the journal — it is heartening to see such efforts towards improving legal scholarship in India.

R. P. Anand, International Law and India

I would highly recommend interested readers to visit the website of the R. P. Anand Virtual Centre for International Law (VCIL), a website dedicated to Prof. R. P. Anand – a brilliant and inspiring Indian scholar who dedicated his life to a systematic study of international law from a majority world and Indian perspective. Unfortunately, Prof. Anand passed away last year.

The website of the VCIL is dedicated to the life and writings of Prof. Anand, and seeks to preserve and further his legacy. Especially useful are Prof. Anand’s writings, most of which are available on the website in electronic format for free download. My favourites include the book New States and International Law and the monograph Development of Modern International Law and India (DMILI). True to Prof. Anand’s style, these works present highly accessible alternative narratives to the traditional Eurocentric conceptions of international law. Of course, they are “radical” and “critical”, but such academic labels aside, the works are quite original, well-reasoned, interesting and, perhaps most importantly, inspiring. I would especially recommend Development of Modern International Law and India as the starting point for the study of International law by Indian students and scholars.

Talking of Prof. Anand, I must also recommend a video recently posted on the UN Audiovisual Library on International Law (which has a nice collection of lectures on interesting topics by leading international lawyers and scholars). The video records a panel discussion dedicated to Prof. Anand at a recent conference in Beijing. The panel is moderated by Judge Xue Hanqin (ICJ), and the discussants are Profs. Surya Subedi, B.S. Chimni, Tony Anghie, Sornarajah and Usha Natarajan. Apart from an overview of Prof. Anand’s  contributions and the main themes of his scholarship, which remain the main focus of the discussion, the video helps paint a rare and interesting personal portrait of  Prof. Anand — the teacher and the master story-teller — which is especially useful for those of us who did not have the opportunity to meet or work with him, and those engaged in international law pedagogy in India.