Bill Bowring

Bill Bowring is Professor of Law in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. Barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray's Inn.

Bill Bowring Lecture: ‘A Marxist approach to state responsibility’, Amsterdam, 19 June 2014

Bill Bowring is Professor of Law at Birbeck, School of Law, at the University of London, and is a practising barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray’s Inn.

Marx and Engels had practically nothing to say about law, much less international law. They had strong principled positions on self-​determination, for example, for Ireland and Poland as oppressed nations; were in favour of the North in the American Civil War; and against British colonialism in India and French colonialism in Algeria. Lenin developed Marx’s and Engels’s…

Putin’s Dissertation and the Revenge of RuNet

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The spectre of academic plagiarism by high-​ranking officials is affecting much of Europe. Germany especially has been in the news: on 9 February 2013, the German Education Minister, Annette Schavan, resigned her position after the Heinrich Heine University in Duesseldorf voted the previous week to remove her doctorate following a review. The University decided to look into…

The Five Extraordinary Features of the Sochi Winter Olympics

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Introduction On 7 February 2014, the Sochi Winter Olympics will commence. It is estimated that these games will cost at least US$51 billion — the most expensive in history — costing Russia more than the $40 billion that China spent on the 2008 Summer Olympics. The UK spent some US$15 billion on the Summer Olympics in 2012. Sochi was selected…

Socialism and rights: A reply to David Renton’s ‘Do socialists still have an alternative concept of rights?’

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David Renton’s thoughtful and trenchant article in SL64 [Ed: republished 18 Nov 2013 on CLT] has done us all a great service, opening up questions of crucial importance to the Haldane Society. That is because we are socialists, committed to solidarity in resistance to the depredations of capital, and to fighting for its abolition. We are not simply…

ELDH Statement on Syria: An alleged crime against humanity should not be punishable by an illegal use of force

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The European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), with members in 18 European countries, is absolutely opposed to the proposed use of illegal force by Western powers against the Syrian regime. The US government is leading a call for military action against Syria which will of necessity kill civilians, with the ostensible purpose of showing…

Blustering over the European Convention on Human Rights

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One would think that it’s the Battle of Britain all over again. On 21 November 2012 the Daily Mail carried the headline “Defiant Chris Grayling says Britain can ignore Strasbourg fines if we ban prisoners from having the vote”. Cameron said that the idea of enfranchisement of any prisoners made him feel “physically ill”. Nonetheless,…

What is radical in ‘radical international law’?

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This article started life as a response to the call for papers for the international Workshop ‘Towards a Radical International Law’, held at the London School of Economics in April 2011. The call for papers started with a bold declaration: International law is a prominent site for the investiture of hope in the face of global insecurities. Yet, as…