We are honoured to inform you that a new volume of Polish Yearbook of International Law (no. 37/2017) has been just published. The volume includes our three regular sections: General articles; Polish practice of international law; and Book reviews. In addition, there are four papers that are outcomes of the mini-symposium on the general principles of international law that was held in 2017.
The General articles section opens with a paper by the eminent scholar prof. Tomuschat. His contribution, which was originally presented as a lecture delivered on 18 October 2017 as a part of the series commemorating Krzysztof Skubiszewski, introduces us to the specific questions of identity of individuals and states in contemporary public international law. La Vaccara discusses in her paper why and how the legal frameworks of contemporary international humanitarian law and international human rights law offer tools to address the uncertainty, lack of information, and the consequences thereof in relation to missing persons and victims of enforced disappearances in the context of armed conflicts which predated the adoption the legal frameworks in place today. Rabinovich deals with the rule of law promotion exercised by the European Union (EU) through the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (based on examples of the DCFTAs with Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia), while Kuczyńska offers some interesting insights into the issue of international procedural criminal law. Szpunar discusses the relationship between the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice and other international dispute settlement bodies/processes. Varju addresses the problem of the engagement of EU law with the interests represented and pursued by the Member States within the EU framework, while Kociubiński deals with the problem of so-called ghost airports from the perspective of EU state aid law. Maliszewska–Nienartowicz analyses the updated legal framework for the EU’s counterterrorism policy, critically assessing various changes introduced by the new directive. The last article in this section, written by Myszke-Nowakowska provides an in-depth analysis of the jurisprudence of the ECJ and the US Supreme Court relating to insolvency proceedings, and in this context concentrates, on the problem of insolvency forum shopping.
The second section includes four texts that were presented at the mini-symposium on the general principles of international law, organized at the end of 2017 by the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, while the third section analyzes the recent amendments to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against Polish Nation.
Karolina Wierczyńska, Łukasz Gruszczyński