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The United Kingdom’s Drone Programme: Secrecy and Accountability

Rosalind Comyn 20th September 2017

In what circumstances can the UK Government target and kill a British citizen abroad? Can the Government withhold its legal basis for doing so by invoking a blanket claim to secrecy with reference to the involvement of the security services? Has the UK been inching towards the US position on the use of force, while […]

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Preserving Evidence of ISIL Atrocities: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

Ewelina Ochab and Yousuf Syed Khan 18th August 2017

On 21 December 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 71/248, establishing an ‘International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011’. The International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) was tasked, in […]

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Could the UK Lead the Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Acts of Genocide?

Ewelina U. Ochab 3rd August 2017

In early July, leading researchers and scholars in the field of genocide met at the University of Queensland to ‘examine the growing crisis and revisit the two core components of the Convention: justice for acts of genocide, and prevention of future genocides.’ Almost seven decades later, the two core promises of the UN Convention on […]

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Human Rights and Counterterrorism

Liora Lazarus 19th June 2017

Last week Theresa May argued that human rights laws that impede effective counter-terrorism should be changed. Keir Starmer disagrees, arguing that human rights and effective counterterrorism are complementary. Who is right? Two preliminary points must be made. There is a lot of confusion in this debate between the existence of legal constraints, and the idea […]

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