Air Defense Identification Zones & China: What does International Law Say?

By Sarthak Malhotra

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Senkaku Islands. Credits: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

As the time for South China Sea arbitration ruling comes closer, the foreign policy circles, including those of countries like the United States of America, are witnessing increasing discussions on the issue of China using a negative ruling as a pretext to declare an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea.[1] Interestingly, the United States was the first country to set up an ADIZ in 1950 during the Cold War era.

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ECtHR Mozer c/Moldova & Russia : a final round?

By Jacques Bellezit

Yesterday, the Grand Chamber of the ECtHR has issued a judgement in the case Mozer c/Moldova &flag_moldova Russia.

The facts of the case are “unfortunately” common  (a detainee with precarious health, detained in poor conditions). The main issue was dealing with the jurisdiction of Moldovan and Russian governments in relation to a number of alleged violations of the applicant’s rights. Mr  Boris Mozer was arrested for fraud by police officers of ‘Moldovian Republic of Transniestria’ (MRT).Read More »

Enclave-tion: It’s official!

by Sujoy Sur

At the stroke of midnight, as the clock struck 12, on the 31st of July 2015, a few more people in the already independent countries of India and Bangladesh tasted the air of legal and political independence. In a post earlier, we had in detail discussed about the issue of India-Bangladesh land border dispute with respect to enclaves; an issue which culminated on the 31st of July with the agreement finally becoming official. 14,000 people who were de-jure a part of Bangladesh were not in all capacities a part of India, factually and legally. These 14,000 people are spread over 51 enclaves which belonged to Bangladesh earlier and have become a part of India now. With respect to Bangladesh, there are about 37000, spread over in 111, enclaves who have now become a part of Bangladesh, factually and legally.Read More »