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17 Int'l Comm. L. Rev. 1 (2015)

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                       INTERNATIONAL  COMMUNITY
                       LAW   REVIEW 17 (2015) 1-2              Iw Rmw
NIJHOFF                                                      brill.com/icr


In this issue of the International Community Law Review a wide variety of
topics are covered which are and remain pertinent to our understanding of
international law. In his article 'Policies and Influence - Tracing and Locating
the EU Seal Products Trade Regulation, Nikolas Sellheim examines the process
that led to the adoption of the European Union's ban on trade in seal products.
Through  a detailed analysis of the debates leading to the adoption of the ban,
the stakeholders involved and its legal context, Sellheim reveals a landscape
in which animal welfare concerns have been replaced by internal market har-
monisation, and future benefits to the socio-ecological systems in which seals,
other marine species and humans live, remain questionable.
   In the next contribution to this issue, 'Water Rights: Fragmented Rights?,
Monika  Ambrus explores the fragmented nature of water law. In particular, she
considers whether such fragmentation has led to divergent approaches to the
right to water within different legal regimes. Ambrus explores how the right
has been framed by the Committee  on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
where it appears as an inferred right derived from economic, social and cul-
tural rights, and how it has been addressed by the European Court of Human
Rights, a regional judicial institution focusing mainly on civil and political
rights. Comparison of the jurisprudence of these two bodies reveals a natural
tendency towards  substantive convergence, despite institutional fragmenta-
tion, a point Ambrus reflects on when concluding on the potential effects of
fragmentation in general international law.
   The focus of the issue then moves to the topic of the law of treaties. In
'Effective Application of the Rule on Fundamental Change of Circumstances to
Treaties Contravening the 1997 Polish Constitution, Karol Karski and Tomasz
Kamiiski  critically analyse one of the more controversial reasons for the ter-
mination of a treaty: a fundmental change in circumstances. Through analy-
sis of the particular case study of Poland with regard to a number of treaties
entered into during the Soviet period, the authors consider actions by states in
this area and their legal effects.
   In the last contribution to this issue Anthony Lucky reflects on the con-
cept and process of development of the regime of the continental shelf from
the 1930s through to the present day. Following a detailed examination of the
provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and

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