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Robert Mugabe, new head of the African Union, the latest pun from Africa

On January 30th, 2015, Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe was elected as the new annual chairman of the African Union. The 90-year-old, seven times elected President of the former British colony seems an outrageous choice given that any other head of state from the Southern region of the African Union could have been elected in his stead, a region that …

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The Weekly Recap – November 24th to December 1st

Last week, a certain number of events took place and are worth paying special attention to. Reactions were quite mixed in Egypt after a court in Cairo dropped murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak over the killing of 239 protesters during the 2011 uprising. While channels supportive of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi and Mubarak supporters on social media celebrated …

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China’s LNG market : overview

The Chinese gas market knows a steadily increase since 2006. China was the third world gas consumer in 2013 with a natural gas consumption of approximately 160 billion cubic meters (about 6% of the global LNG trade). So as to reach its objective to develop a greener energy policy and to ensure its diversification of energy supplies, LNG is becoming …

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The Weekly Recap – November 10th to November 17th

Last week, a certain number of events took place and are worth paying special attention to. As the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine caused the death of more than 4,000 people, Ukraine’s President has ordered the withdrawal of all states services from rebel-held areas. State companies and institutions should therefore end their work in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The …

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The Weekly Recap – October 13th to October 20th

Last week, a certain number of events took place and are worth paying special attention to. The European Union-mediated gas talks between Russia and Ukraine could have led to an agreement. Last Friday, this meeting included French President Hollande, German Chancellor Merkel, UK Prime Minister Cameron, Italian Prime Minister Renzi as well as the main protagonists, Ukrainian President Poroshenko and …

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Why Nationality is a Contentious Principle of Public International Law. Part 1: The Nottebohm Case.

Nationality seems to be the most simple and uncontentious notion of Public International Law, and even one of the pillars of State sovereignty. Legally defined as the judicial link between a State – which is allowed by international custom to choose how and to whom it will grant nationality – and a person, nationality concedes rights and duties in both …

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