Conflict and Human Rights

Russian Aggression in Ukraine and The Right to Life at War

Russian Aggression in Ukraine and The Right to Life at War

Image description: Many soldiers with guns, and a Ukrainian flag in the background.   In times of war, especially distant war, human lives start being counted by the hundreds. People...
The Inter-American Human Rights System on Public Security and Police Violence in Brazil: In Defence of a Rights-Based Approach to Security Policies

The Inter-American Human Rights System on Public Security and Police Violence in Brazil: In Defence of a Rights-Based Approach to Security Policies

Three years after the “Favela Nova Brasília” case, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘IACtHR’) is hearing a second police violence case against Brazil, the “Castelinho”. The human rights violations...
Multinational Corporations Owe Responsibility Towards the Forced Labour of Uyghurs in China

Multinational Corporations Owe Responsibility Towards the Forced Labour of Uyghurs in China

US President Joe Biden recently signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act which will ban goods wholly or partially produced in China’s Xinjiang province because of the ongoing...
Towards Non-Punishment and Anti-Trafficking Law Reform in Asia

Towards Non-Punishment and Anti-Trafficking Law Reform in Asia

The non-punishment principle (‘NPP’) refers to protecting victims of trafficking from detention, prosecution, and conviction for crimes they commit as a consequence of being trafficked. In the recent case of...
Belarus’ Forced Landing and Crimes against Humanity: The Background Noise of an International Scandal?

Belarus’ Forced Landing and Crimes against Humanity: The Background Noise of an International Scandal?

On Sunday, May 23, the international community was left in shock as Belarusian authorities forced a Ryanair flight travelling to Vilnius to land in Minsk on the false pretext of...
Ukraine Adopts Law on War Crimes: Filling the Glaring Gaps in the Domestic Legislation

Ukraine Adopts Law on War Crimes: Filling the Glaring Gaps in the Domestic Legislation

The Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine’s Parliament) passed Bill No. 2689 “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts on the Enforcement of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law” on May 20, 2021, with 248...
The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka and UNHRC Resolution 46/1

The Human Rights Situation in Sri Lanka and UNHRC Resolution 46/1

On 23rd March 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council (‘UNHRC’) adopted Resolution 46/1 with 22 countries voting in favour, 11 against, and 14 abstaining. The Resolution criticised the Sri...
What is next for the atrocities against Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

What is next for the atrocities against Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

To prove genocide and other mass atrocity crimes, evidence is crucial. Documenting and preserving evidence at the time of the suspected atrocity is the only way to effectively ensure that...
The Risk of Genocide Requires Action, Not Denial

The Risk of Genocide Requires Action, Not Denial

As the world awakes to the atrocities against the Uyghurs, the question of genocide has arisen. As often happens, denial and obfuscation has begun to sow doubt over the facts...
Gender in Colombia’s Peace Transition (with Isabel Jaramillo Sierra)

Gender in Colombia’s Peace Transition (with Isabel Jaramillo Sierra)

In this episode, we speak with Dr Isabel Cristina Jaramillo from Los Andes University in Colombia about “Gender in Transition: Studies about the Role of the Law in the Distribution...
Universal Jurisdiction in Switzerland: Challenges for the War Crimes Trial of Alieu Kosiah

Universal Jurisdiction in Switzerland: Challenges for the War Crimes Trial of Alieu Kosiah

On 3 December 2020, the trial of the Liberian former militia commander, Alieu Kosiah, opened in Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court. It is a trial of many firsts, with Kosiah being...
President Biden and the War on Children

President Biden and the War on Children

On entering office last week, President Joe Biden was greeted by an in-tray unprecedented in US history: a global pandemic that has already claimed 400,000 American lives, the worst economic...

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