POSTS BY Christian Djeffal

A Commentary on Commentaries: The Wissenschaftsrat on Legal Commentaries and Beyond

‘In the beginning was the word, the commentary followed swiftly…’ This wisecrack applies to many academic disciplines and it certainly applies to German legal academia. There are great many commentaries. As the Wissenschaftsrat very closely observed the practices of German legal academia, it also inquired into the genre of commentaries. What was there to say?

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Constitutional paths not taken: Germany vs. Italy before the ICJ

by CHRISTIAN DJEFFAL On 3 February 2012 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) gave the eagerly awaited judgment in the case Jurisdictional Immunities of the State. It held that Italy violated its international obligations towards Germany in three instances. Firstly, civil claims based on violations of humanitarian law during the Second World War were allowed […]

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