Author: Towards an International Law of Co-progressiveness *** Editor-in-chief, Chinese Journal of International Law (an Oxford journal; SSCI)
Correspondence Address: Professor Sienho Yee, Law School Mailbox 136, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072, China
Email: sienhoATchinesejil.org; tel. and fax (China): (+ 86) 27 68753641
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Sienho Yee’s research interests are in public international law (PIL), especially the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the structural questions of the international legal system. His articles have appeared in fine journals (List of publications) such as American Journal of International Law, Columbia Law Review, European Journal of International Law, German Yearbook of International Law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ), and Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, and some have been used as reading materials in august universities and cited in good casebooks, and cited, reviewed, abstracted, debated in good journals and used in international litigation. His paper, “A Proposal to Reformulate Article 23 of the ILC Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court”, 19 Hastings International & Comparative Law Review (1996), 529 (on the relationship between the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court), has been considered by some to have contributed to “the origination of the principle employed in” an important provision, Article 16, of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Another paper, The Interpretation of “Treaties in Force” in Article 35(2) of the Statute of the ICJ, 47 ICLQ (1998), 884 was reproduced by Germany as Annex 31 to its Preliminary Objections filed in the Legality of Use of Force (Serbia and Montenegro v. Germany) case before the International Court of Justice and discussed in that filing (pp. iv; 28) and was described as an “excellent study” [sic] in Italy’s filing (pp. 11-12), and then was quoted in Judge Elaraby’s 8 separate opinions (Example 1; ICJ Reports 2004，pp. 262, 508, 653, 798, 944, 1093, 1240, 1385) in the related cases. His arguments were discussed several times in open court on 9 May 2006 in another related case at the ICJ (all references). He contributed two papers on Article 40 (how to start a case) and Article 45 (the President’s control over proceedings) of the ICJ Statute to the book The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (Oxford University Press 2006). In a paper published in April 2001 he proposed the concept of the “international law of co-progressiveness“ and coined this phrase to capture the spirit of the current stage of international law development following the law of co-existence and the law of co-operation. His paper on this concept has been used as teaching materials internationally, featured in Xinhua Digests and Renmin University Reprints. Innsbruck University invited him to give a on the concept. In 2004, Martinus Nijhoff published his “collected works”: Towards an International Law of Co-progressiveness, which is found in good company in fine syllabi. He has also been invited to participate in other world projects such as the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and International Law in Domestic Courts. In July 2012, he gave a special course of lectures on “jus cogens at the International Court of Justice” at The Hague Academy of International Law.
His educational and professional qualifications include his Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from Columbia Univ. Law School (Columbia Law Review student author) and membership in the Bar of New York State (1994) and the Bar of the US Supreme Court (2004). He was also a student in some other interesting places.
His experiences include being: (1) Editor-in-chief (founding co-editor-in-chief), Chinese Journal of International Law (Oxford; SSCI) & Advisory Board Member and formerly editor, International Law in Domestic Courts (Oxford); (2) University Professor and Chief Expert (full time since 08/2008), Wuhan University Institute of International Law, Wuhan, China; (3) Project Chief Expert, “State Major Research Project” on “China’s Constructive Role in the Settlement of International Disputes and Global Crisis-situations” (China Social Sciences Foundation), and occasional expert consultant to governmental authorities from different continents in international dispute settlement and in lawmaking; (4) ILA Headquarters Member and Member (with responsibility on ICJ matters) of the ILA Study Group on UN Reforms, member of the Study Group on the Practice and Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals and of the Committee on Baselines; and former Chair (2001-04), ILA American Branch Committee on International Dispute Settlement; (5) former judicial law clerk to (a) Judge Li Haopei, Appeals Chamber, UN Int’l Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and to (b) Judge Robert E. Cowen, US Court of Appeals, 3d Cir.; (6) former counsel, IMF Legal Dept; (7) associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York; (8) formerly, Professor of International Law and Director of the Silk Road Institute of International Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China; associate professor of law at the University of Colorado School of Law; also as teacher of international law in other interesting places.
He has given presentations/lectures at interesting places including the “Very Hot Palace” at St Petersburg, Russia during its 300th anniversary celebrations (Forum prorogatum returns to the International Court of Justice) and the Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford (on Opinio Juris).
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