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The Cyprus Problem and EU Law: Ships Passing in the Night?

Louis Karaolis 11th November 2016

Stripped to its core, the Cyprus Problem pertains to the illegal invasion of the Republic of Cyprus by Turkish forces in 1974 and the displacement of 180,000 Greek Cypriots from their homes. The invasion was followed by the establishment of a Turkish-Pseudo State and the stationing of 43,000 Turkish troops.  To this day, 37 per […]

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Joint Committee on Human Rights Calls on UK Government to Justify ‘Presumption to Derogate’

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess 14th October 2016

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has written to the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, requesting details about the Government’s proposal to derogate from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in future armed conflicts. The proposal for a ‘presumption to derogate’ from the ECHR was announced on 4 October […]

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Analysing Proposals for a ‘Presumption to Derogate’ from Human Rights Laws in Armed Conflicts

Natasha Holcroft-Emmess 6th October 2016

On 4 October 2016, The Guardian reported that the UK Government will introduce plans to suspend the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to the UK’s armed forces acting in future conflicts. Prime Minister Theresa May has said that this would be implemented by applying a “presumption to derogate” from the ECHR in […]

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US Sanctions on North Korean Human Rights Violators: Exploring the Impact

Andrew Wolman 25th July 2016

On July 6, the US State Department released its report on North Korean human rights violations pursuant to its requirements under the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016. On the same day, the US Department of the Treasury placed economic sanctions on eleven individuals (including leader Kim Jong Un) and five governmental […]

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Prevention is Key to Ending State Conflict & Fragility

Mireille Kabasubabo and Peter van Sluijs 4th July 2016

Conflict, violence and instability are troubling yet familiar phrases that continue to dominate media headlines. At the recent World Humanitarian Summit held last month in Istanbul, the take-home message for all international humanitarian emergencies was clear: we are living in a world that presents unprecedented challenges, and prevention is key. If we are to reduce […]

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