South Asian Journal of International Law

by Internationalism™

Volume 1, Issue 1 (2020)

The South Asian Journal of International Law is a biannual law journal covering international law in a combination of theoretical and practical approaches. It also provides coverage of the relationship between international law and public and private international legal developments in the South Asian region.


The team of Internationalism will open the Call for Articles for the biannual journal in the month of August.

The journal publishes 2 issues per year in due frequency.

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May 15, 2020, 2359 hours (GMT+5.30)

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Changing Dynamics of the Maritime Politics Concerning the Indian Ocean

Avishikta Chattopadhyay, Research Intern, Internationalism. India was inducted as an observer in the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in March 2020, which is supposed to be significantly influencing India’s strategic and diplomatic presence in the Indian Ocean and also affecting India’s maritime trade and diplomacy. A significant shift has been noticed in the Indian policies around the Indian Ocean in the recent past. On dividing the region around the Indian Ocean into four cardinal directions, different divisions show variant geopolitical situations and unique strategies to ensure cooperation, peace and tranquillity. The Western Indian Ocean Region consists of ten East African Countries and is

Annexe 13: Addressing the Contingencies of Modern Aviation

Prateek Singh, National Law University, Jodhpur. The Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944 (“Chicago Convention” or “ICAO”) describes an aircraft accident as an occurrence associated with an aircraft in which one may get fatally injured, or in which an aircraft sustains such damage that affects its strength and performance.[1] A similar incident took place recently, when a Pakistani airliner crashed into a residential area in Karachi, killing nearly 100 people.[2] Since no evident reason for the plane failure could be established, a thorough investigation based on the standards and practices as under Annex 13 of the Chicago Convention is expected to take place in the coming weeks

India-US Relations and the Democratic Party in the United States: Current Pretexts

Dhanya Visweswaran, Research Intern, Internationalism. Introduction “We have much in common. The US-India alliance is a defining partnership between the oldest democracy and the largest democracy.” – Barack Obama With Bernie Sanders officially withdrawing his candidature,[1] Joe Biden has become the Democrat forerunner and is now Republican forerunner Donald Trump’s main rival in the forthcoming U.S. presidential elections. However, Biden has a tough task ahead of him, since his individual ideologies do not particularly align with those of the party he is representing. This is especially relevant in the context of India, with the Democratic party potentially looking to call out the nation fo

Myanmar's Submission of First Report Before the International Court of Justice

Manohar Samal, Research Editor, Internationalism Myanmar has submitted its first report to the International Court of Justice in respect of the Rohingya minority and the report contains details of Myanmar’s efforts to protect the minority population from genocide (Aljazeera, 2020). The Rohingya Muslims had been facing systematic and targeted violence, discrimination and statelessness in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since the past few decades (UNOCHA, 2018). The friction between the Buddhists and the Rohingya Muslims had resulted in violent attacks in the years 1978, 1991, 1992 and 2016 by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) against the Buddhist population and the security forces of the

Algorithmic Pricing and International Trade Law

Akash Manwani, Research Intern, Internationalism. Introduction Coca Cola’s utility increases on a hot day compared to other days which was noticed as a profit maximization opportunity and in 1999, the company considered the implementation of temperature-sensitive vending machines that would alter the price of the product as per the intensity of heat in its surroundings[1]. This sums up the idea of dynamic pricing, which various corporations have been employing while retaining the demand-supply equilibrium in the nucleus. Algorithms, on the other hand, are just one of the extremely effective means to harness the concept of dynamic pricing which translates to Algorithmic Pricing. It is applied

Israel’s decision: A cause of dismay for the United Nations Security Council

Pratham Sharma, Research Intern, Internationalism. Over the years, the dispute between Israel and Palestine has escalated into a humanitarian and political catastrophe. The aftermath of the Six-Day War has revealed the problem to be a question of human rights, a question of the illegal settlements and most importantly a question of war crimes by involved parties. The discussion in the Security Council today is of preventing a humanitarian crisis and an armed conflict. The fact that the Security Council has essentially drifted away from the main question of statehood reflects the state of affairs when it comes to the Israel-Palestine dispute. On 20th May, the United Nations Security Council h

Belt Road Project and the Response of EU and EUEA in 2020

Akash Manwani, Research Intern, Internationalism. The Eurasian Economic Union (EUEA) The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was established in the year 2015, with the objective of promoting the free flow of goods, capital, services and labour among its member States, which currently comprise of Russia, Armenia, Belarus Kazakhstan and Kyrgyz. The EAEU seemed like a highly refurbished form of its predecessor Eurasian Customs Union (ECU) however for the West, it was seen as an apprehensive brainchild of Russia aiming to foster influence on a bloc of countries in order to monopolise trade competition with the European Union (EU)[1]. Though the EAEU had significant achievements to its credits, the re

India's Diplomatic and Legal Aptitude Towards the International Court of Justice

Pratham Sharma, Research Intern, Internationalism. Understanding the provisions regarding jurisdiction in the Statute It is commonly accepted that by virtue of signature and ratification of the Statute of the International Court of Justice, a country accepts the jurisdiction of the court. However, the Jurisdiction of the court as mentioned in the Article 36 of the statute comprises all cases which the parties refer to it and all matters specially provided for in the Charter of the United Nations or in treaties and conventions in force. In addition to this provision, the statute goes on to further state that declarations may be submitted by states to recognize the compulsory jurisdiction of t

The Saudi-Russia Oil Price War: COVID19 and its Impact on the Petroleum Industries

Digvijay Sahni, Maharashtra National Law University, India Introduction Saudi Arabia, a rich oil producer and exporter of the petroleum products in the Middle East, has recently been witnessed to enter into an oil price war with a superpower, Russia. The reason given by them is simple; the ongoing pandemic has slowed down the global economy bringing it to a standstill, thereby reducing the overall consumption of petroleum-related products. This resulted in the overall fall in the demand of petroleum resulting in the reduced oil prices, thereby causing a major setback to the cartel of OPEC. The members had agreed on some cuts in the last financial year and were desperate to continue with it i

The United States' Apprehensions to the International Criminal Court over Palestine: Context & Case

Vasu Sharma, Junior Research Member, Internationalism Akash Manwani, Research Intern, Internationalism The Israel Palestinian conflict The intractable conflict between Israel and Palestine spans to about half a century. The territory of both the states was distinctly demarcated in 1947 with an end to British rule over the States. Soon after bifurcation, Palestine declared war against Israel which was successfully suppressed by Israel. Thereafter, from 1947 onwards to date, several peace treaties were signed and major conflicts took place. Israel was successful in seizing most of the territory which had been conferred to Palestine by the 1947 Agreement. The result of conflicts and wars over t

India's Distancing from Foreign Direct Investment from China: Implications and Future

Vasu Sharma, Research Intern, Internationalism. Introduction Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a major tool for economic growth and development. Since the New Economic Policy in 1991 and the adoption of Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization FDI and economic growth go parallel with each other in India. Enhancing technology, creation of employment and jobs, inducing competitive market, providing stimulus to economic development, etc are a few handful advantages of FDI. Agriculture and animal husbandry, Airports (greenfield and brownfield), Automobiles, Pharmaceuticals (greenfield), construction of hospitals, ports and shipping, roads and highways, e-commerce, and Industrial Parks ar


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