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Iraq Needs Incisive Measures from the UN Security Council

Michele Porcelluzzi 30th August 2014

The current US military operations in Northern Iraq, resisting troops belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), may be evaluated as compatible with international law. However, despite this, UN Security Council measures are still needed. According to Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter and customary international law, the use of force […]

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Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

Richard Verber 19th August 2014

Well over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing violence in Ukraine. We have seen two waves: the first displacement from the south of Ukraine began before the March referendum in Crimea, and the second from the east due to ongoing fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists. The […]

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Anti-Terrorism Review Reform: Some Considerations

Jessie Blackbourn 8th August 2014

In mid-July, the UK government announced its intention to abolish the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation – the office tasked to review the UK’s anti-terrorism laws – and replace it with a new Privacy and Civil Liberties Board. There is some merit in this proposed reform. A panel of reviewers could mitigate some of the […]

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UN sanctions: possible changes?

Michele Porcelluzzi 24th July 2014

In the last 20 years, the UN Security Council has adopted numerous sanctions not involving the use of armed force. Originally, these sanctions only targeted States and aimed to prevent or punish cross-border attacks, civil wars and terrorism. They have since narrowed to target specific entities or individuals and the rationale for sanctions has expanded […]

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