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What kind of extremist will you be?

Amy Shepherd - 4th February 2017

The UK Government’s procedure for identifying ‘dangerous extremists’ has come under legal scrutiny (at long last) in a High Court test case. The litigation was brought by Mr. Salman Butt, a British Muslim who had been regularly invited by universities to speak on Islam until identified in a September 2015 press release by the Government’s […]

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The Multiple Imperatives To Protect Schools As Safe Spaces Of Learning

Sarah M. Field - 2nd February 2017

As of January 10 2017, 57 states have endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration, setting out the importance of protecting schools during armed conflict. This post summarises a mini series probing the international legal protection of education, and the Declaration, in the context of non/international armed conflict. Each of the four postings (published here and here) begins […]

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Lifting the Veil on Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings in Kenya

Brian Machina - 4th January 2017

Kenya has experienced an upsurge in cases of enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings over the last five years, a situation that has not gone unnoticed in the international arena. The state has constantly been in the spotlight over allegations of a well-calculated policy to deal with suspects and perceived sympathizers of terrorist organizations through the […]

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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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The Missing Peace? Global-Regional Partnerships in Africa

Richard Lappin - 31st May 2016

UN peace operations have reached unprecedented levels of cost, complexity and risk – and its operational focus is clear. Nine of the 16 current UN peacekeeping missions are in Africa, almost 50 per cent of its 125,000 personnel come from African Union (AU) states, and more than 80 per cent of them are deployed in […]

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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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