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US National Security Agency Surveillance: A Problem of “Allegality”

John Laprise 10th June 2013

The recent revelations about the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency are an excellent example of one of the most intractable challenges facing legal systems and human rights frameworks around the world: there is a fundamental difference between law-making, which tends to be a slow and deliberative process, and the speed of technological […]

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Drone Strikes and Domestic Crimes?

Ken Macdonald 8th June 2013

As Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, has recently pointed out, international human rights and humanitarian law would not necessarily seem to require the wholesale abolition of drone operations such as the ones presently being targeted by the Obama Administration in northwest Pakistan. A proper legal architecture, prompt investigations into catastrophic errors, […]

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A President in the Dock?

Lionel Nichols 7th June 2013

The ICC’s case against the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, is scheduled to commence on 9 July 2013.  Should this eventuate, Kenyatta will become the first sitting head of state in history to be tried by an international court.  Victims of the 2007/08 post-election violence, however, may be forgiven for doubting that the trial will […]

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Independent Review of Australian Anti-Terrorism Laws: An Effective Oversight Mechanism?

Jessie Blackbourn 6th June 2013

On Tuesday 14 May, the second report of Australia’s Independent National Security Legislation Monitor was tabled in the federal parliament. The report recommended sweeping reforms of a number of Australia’s most contentious anti-terrorism laws, including those providing for control orders, preventative detention orders and the questioning and detention of non-suspects by the Australian Security Intelligence […]

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UN Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature

Gilles Giacca 3rd June 2013

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013, was opened for signature today at the UN in New York in accordance with its Article 21. The ATT will enter into force 90 days after the day on which the 50th state deposits its instrument of ratification, acceptance, or […]

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