Conflict and Human Rights

Could the UK Lead the Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Acts of Genocide?

Could the UK Lead the Efforts to Prevent and Prosecute Acts of Genocide?

In early July, leading researchers and scholars in the field of genocide met at the University of Queensland to ‘examine the growing crisis and revisit the two core components of...
What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

What Price Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland is figuring prominently in the news again. This time it is the discussions between the Conservative Party and the DUP on the formation of a workable new British...
The DUP’s Worrying Human Rights Record

The DUP’s Worrying Human Rights Record

As talks between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) continue in the UK, the DUP’s positions on human rights are of general interest. Although the Conservative Party...
After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

After Liberation From Daesh – Realising the Right to Return?

As the world focuses on the debates surrounding US President Trump’s foreign policy, especially the recently introduced travel ban, little attention has been paid to what it means in practical...
Post-Truth vs Law in Colombia: An Unstoppable Force and an Immoveable Object?

Post-Truth vs Law in Colombia: An Unstoppable Force and an Immoveable Object?

“Post-truth” politics has been a matter of political contention recently, but the discussion of the impact of post-truth politics on the rights of the voters and democracy as a whole...
After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

After Recognition of Genocide – How to Proceed?

On 20 April 2016, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion recognising the atrocities committed against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities by Daesh to be genocide....
A Gap opens for South Africa to do Right on the ICC

A Gap opens for South Africa to do Right on the ICC

The South African government deposited on 7 March 2017 with the UN Secretary General a document that is as embarrassing as it is telling. The document is headed: “South Africa:...
The Multiple Imperatives To Protect Schools As Safe Spaces Of Learning

The Multiple Imperatives To Protect Schools As Safe Spaces Of Learning

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...
Al Mahdi convicted of crimes against culture

Al Mahdi convicted of crimes against culture

In the first case to prosecute crimes against culture as war crimes, the Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) found Mr Al Mahdi — a member of Ansar...
The Cyprus Problem and EU Law: Ships Passing in the Night?

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

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...
Law of Peace(making) and the Promise of a New Beginning for Children

Law of Peace(making) and the Promise of a New Beginning for Children

The act of peacemaking may be viewed as the promise of a new beginning. It is latent within the sui generis legal form of the self-constituting process, and the often...
Joint Committee on Human Rights Calls on UK Government to Justify ‘Presumption to Derogate’

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

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...

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