The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part II

Shreeppriya Gopalakrishnan - 11th May 2016

In Part I, we looked at how the UK’s “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia underpins its half-hearted approach to the kingdom’s dismal human rights record. The cornerstone of this relationship is the extremely lucrative arms trade, the sheer scale of which leaves us with lingering questions about where these acquisitions may be used, and to […]

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The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part I

Shreeppriya Gopalakrishnan - 9th May 2016

The Human Rights and Democracy Report (2015) recently released by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office carries a curiously worded statement by Prime Minister David Cameron: “We condemn and do not support the death penalty in any circumstances and that includes Saudi Arabia. We always make representations on the death penalty”. If the tone seems […]

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Human Rights Advisory Panel urges the UN to compensate Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian families for lead poisoning in IDP camps

Louise Arimatsu - 22nd April 2016

On 8 April 2016, the Human Rights Advisory Panel (HRAP) released its long-awaited opinion in the case of N.M & others against the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The 79-page opinion sets out a damning account of the UN’s part in housing hundreds of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian (RAE) families who had […]

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Geneva (III), Politicking and Possibility for Syria’s Invisible 43%

Sarah M. Field - 17th February 2016

2015 faded into the new year with a glimmer of hope for the people of Syria. A hope propelled by renewed international engagement, as expressed within the Vienna Statements of 30 October 2015 and 14 November 2015  and underwritten by Security Council Resolution 2254. On 25 January 2016, two years since the dissolution of Geneva […]

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Ebola and Understanding Health Crises as Threats to International Security

Richard Lappin - 28th January 2016

On 14 January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the two-year Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The epidemic claimed more than 11,300 lives and infected over 28,500 people, primarily in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. With the outbreak seemingly abated (albeit with a new case since reported in Sierra Leone), attention […]

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Resilience and Security in Cities: Lessons from Karachi and Medellín

Menaal Safi Munshey - 23rd January 2016

The recently adopted United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set the new global development agenda for the next 15 years. Significant among these are SDG 11 and SDG 16. SDG 11 purposes to “make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” and SDG 16 seeks to “promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies” with a focus on […]

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Including Water Security on the UN Security Council Agenda

Richard Lappin - 9th December 2015

Water is indispensable to human survival and economic production. The management of water access has thus become a focal point of tensions between and within states. With forecasts of increasing water scarcity, particularly within conflict-torn regions, there is significant potential for water management issues to trigger or exacerbate threats to international security. Against this backdrop, […]

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The Power of Perception: The ICC and Africa

Seham Areff - 20th November 2015

At a recent event organised by Oxford Transitional Justice Research and the ICC Student Network, Judge Cuno Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC) addressed a group of students and academics in Oxford on the strengths and weaknesses of the ICC. Predictably, he was asked about the claims by the African Union (AU) that the […]

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The Reach of the ECHR: A Reply to Eirik Bjorge

Richard Ekins - 17th April 2015

I thank Eirik Bjorge for reading our recent report Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving our Armed Forces from Defeat by Judicial Diktat and for posting his thoughts on it.  I am grateful to the editors of the OxHRH Blog for the opportunity to reply briefly.  Bjorge paraphrases the report as claiming that ‘the Convention is […]

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A Comment on the Report Clearing the Fog of Law

Eirik Bjorge - 15th April 2015

In the Policy Exchange report Clearing the Fog of Law: Saving Our Armed Forces from Defeat by Judicial Diktat, Richard Ekins, Jonathan Morgan, and Tom Tugendhat criticize the European Court of Human Rights for not disapplying the rights of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in cases where British troops act abroad. The authors […]

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Sri Lanka’s Second Chance to Achieve Lasting Peace

Alex Wilks - 23rd March 2015

History has given Sri Lanka a second chance. In 2009, as the conflict drew to its traumatic close, there was a window of opportunity to heal the wounds of Asia’s longest running civil wars. Instead, President Mahinda Rajapakse’s post-war regime was characterized by inflamed Sinhala-Buddhist relations and a breakdown of the rule of law. Following […]

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The Geography of International Law and the Cyber Domain

Louise Arimatsu - 25th February 2015

The geographical scope of the law of armed conflict (LOAC) has engaged the interest of IHL experts for some years dividing opinion as to whether the reach of the law is determined by the territorial border, the location of the parties to the conflict, or restricted to the site of the hostilities. This is more […]

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