The anniversary volume of the Baltic Yearbook of International Law – titled “International Law from a Baltic Perspective” has been published by Brill publishing house.
The editors of the Yearbook together with Brill publishers have decided to take stock of the legal research published in the Yearbook since its first issue in 2001 and to publish the collected volume that best characterize the particular identity of the Yearbook.
Since 2001, the Yearbook had already published 17 volumes, first, under the auspices of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Lund University (Sweden), and starting 2018, under the auspices of Riga Graduate School of Law.
The official opening of the anniversary volume “International Law from a Baltic Perspective” was held at the annual Human Rights Conference on 27 November 2020.
Over the years the Yearbook has carried a variety of articles on a wide range of thematic issues. The following thematic issues have been published over the years: the International Legal Status of the Baltic States; Bioethics and Human Rights; State Responsibility; The Future of European Integration; Humanitarian Intervention and the Use of Force; International Law Scholarship in Central-Eastern and Eastern Europe; Arbitration in the Baltics; the August 2008 Russo-Georgian War; the Lithuanian School of International Law; International Law in Post-Soviet Space; Universal Jurisdiction as a Basis for limiting the Scope of Functional Immunity; Low Intensity Cyber Operation ‒ International Legal Regime; Approaches of Liberal and Illiberal Governments to International Law.
Altogether the Yearbook has published 157 articles by 171 authors. These have included examinations of legal issues within such areas as international humanitarian law, international human rights law, peaceful settlement of disputes, European Union law, history of international law and many others. The authors of the articles come from the world over ‒ all three Baltic States ‒ Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia ‒ as well as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, the UK, Ukraine, and the USA.
The contents of the collected volume:
Volume 1 (2001): James Crawford.
Volume 2 (2002): Pēteris Zilgalvis
Bioethics and Human RightsThe Regulation of Research on the New Biomedical Technologies: Standard Setting in Europe and its Baltic Region
Volume 3 (2003): Lauri Mälksoo
Reparations for Internationally Wrongful Acts of StatesState Responsibility and the Challenge of the Realist Paradigm: the Demand of Baltic Victims of Soviet Mass Repressions for Compensation from Russia
State Continuity, Succession and Responsibility: Reparations to the Baltic States and their Peoples?
Volume 7 (2007): Peter Holquist
Symposium on the History of International Law Scholarship in Central Eastern and Eastern EuropeThe Dilemmas of an “Official with Progressive Views” – Baron Boris Nolde
Volume 9 (2009): Erki Kodar
90th Anniversary of the Baltic States: Challenges Faced in International LawComputer Network Attacks in the Grey Areas of Jus ad Bellum and Jus in Bello
Volume 11 (2011): Dainius Žalimas
Lithuanian School of International Law. Traditions and Modern DevelopmentsLegal Status of Lithuania’s Armed Resistance to the Soviet Occupation in the Context of State Continuity
Volume 12 (2012): James A. Sweeney
Symposium “After the Empire. International Law and the Post-Soviet Space”Transitional Criminal Justice at the ECtHR: Implications for the Universality of Human Rights
Volume 13 (2014) Jolanta Apolevič
Implementation of the Sustainable Development Principle in Nuclear Law
Volume 14 (2015) Michael N. Schmitt and M. Christopher Pitts
Cyber Countermeasures and Effects on Third Parties: the International Legal Regime
Volume 15 (2016): José E. Alvarez
Approaches of Liberal and Illiberal Governments to International Law: a Conference Marking 25 Years since the Collapse of Communist Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe : Fifty Shades of Gray
Bioethics in the Jurisprudence of the Latvian Constitutional Court