International Women’s Day: Four Women

Today is International Women’s Day. Australian bass player Linda May Han Oh has curated a jazz playlist to honour International Women’s Day – it is absolutely worth listening to. I am sharing one of my favorites tunes on that list: “Four Women” by Nina Simone. Here is the link to an early live performance, and here to some background reading.

Photo: RCA Victor, Nina Simone, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons

Towards a German Supply Chain Act? Conflict of Laws and Comparative Law Considerations; Lecture at MPI Hamburg, 1 September 2020

We have covered human rights litigation here before, in particular the case of the Pakistani textile workers against German textile retail chain Kik decided by the Court of Appeals (Oberlandesgericht) Hamm. So I thought I ought to alert readers to a lecture on a development that may impact the future development of the field in Germany, namely the planned Supply Chain Act (Lieferkettengesetz). Continue reading

What Else Happened in May 2020

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: Nomination of Arbitrators

On 13 May 2020, Germany nominated four new arbitrators and conciliators under Annex VII and Annex V of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, respectively.

All four are academics:

  • Rüdiger Wolfrum, Heidelberg University,  who served as a judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2017 and as president of the court from 2005 to 2008;
  • Silja Vöneky, Freiburg University, who obtained her doctoral and post-doc qualifiactions in Heidelberg under the supervision of Rüdiger Wolfrum;
  • Alexander Proelß, Hamburg University, who in addition to various academic positions, was a clerk  (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) to Judge Udo Di Fabio at the Federal Constututional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht).
  • Nele Matz-Lück, Kiel University, who also was Wolfrum’s doctoral student and worked with him a  post-doc. Like Alexander Proelß, she clerked for Udo di Fabio.