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The Prohibition of Torture 70 years after the UDHR

Natasa Mavronicola 16th October 2018

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is 70 this December, provides in unequivocal terms that ‘No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’. There is a duality to the shall: it carries the stipulation, but also the hope, that no one shall again […]

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Why There is No Right of Return

Alon Harel 28th June 2018

Previously, on this blog, Ms. Loureen Sayej wrote an interesting article entitled Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return in International Law, arguing in favor of a right of return of Palestinians. I am of the view that this approach is misguided. In this post I will make two arguments. First I will argue that […]

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International Law Violations Underpin Tragedy in Gaza  

Ammy Singh 28th May 2018

The death of 60 Palestinians under Israeli fire at the Israel-Gaza border fence on May 14 has sent palpable shockwaves through the international community. It is the greatest loss of life on a single day in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza War, and has cast renewed international attention on the legality of Israel’s resort to […]

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Addressing Gender Violence: The Urgent Need for Introspection by the ICC

Chandni Ghatak 13th February 2018

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2018. While this torchbearer of hope has done much good, it has not quite fully achieved in addressing crimes involving ‘conflict related sexual violence’. Crimes such as rape, forced sterilisation etc; are already recognised as crimes against humanity by Article 7 of the Rome Statute. […]

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