Conflict and Human Rights

The Genocide Amendment: Why is the UK Government dragging its feet? (Part I)

The Genocide Amendment: Why is the UK Government dragging its feet? (Part I)

On 7 December 2020, the House of Lords debated the Trade Bill that defines the UK’s post-Brexit trade relationships and engaged with the question of what should happen if the...
The Genocide Amendment: Suitability of the High Court (Part II)

The Genocide Amendment: Suitability of the High Court (Part II)

In the previous post, I highlighted the UK Government’s reluctance to endorse the Genocide Amendment. A central objection raised by the Government was that the determination of genocide should be...
Art as Justice: Public Memory and Torture

Art as Justice: Public Memory and Torture

I teach human rights at a law school that will forever be associated with the Bush Administration’s torture policy. John Yoo, one of the principal authors of the Torture Memo...
The UK’s Overseas Operations Bill: licence to kill?

The UK’s Overseas Operations Bill: licence to kill?

The UK Government is seeking to pass a new legislation that would impede prosecutions against British troops for crimes committed whilst serving abroad. The Bill, currently at the committee stage...
Ten years of the Argentine inquiry into Franco-era crimes: what has been achieved?

Ten years of the Argentine inquiry into Franco-era crimes: what has been achieved?

On 14 April 2010, the Argentinean criminal courts began an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed during the Franco regime. The investigation was initiated under the principle of universal...
The US ‘Snapback Sanctions’ on Iran Tantamount to Crimes Against Humanity

The US ‘Snapback Sanctions’ on Iran Tantamount to Crimes Against Humanity

In 2015, Iran agreed a long-term Nuclear Deal on its nuclear programme with the world powers known as the P5+1 – the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. The...
The pandemic, insurgent birth certificates and conflict-affected children

The pandemic, insurgent birth certificates and conflict-affected children

When armed groups control territory, they not infrequently administer public services, and the pandemic is no exception. Non-state armed groups in the Philippines introduced a “shelter in place” order requiring...
The Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic: An Update

The Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic: An Update

For decades, political instability and human rights abuses have plagued the Central African Republic (CAR). The most recent conflict began in 2013, when an alliance of rebel militias known as...
International Criminal Investigation in Afghanistan

International Criminal Investigation in Afghanistan

On 5 March 2020, after more than a decade of preliminary examination, and the initial rejection by Pre-Trial Chamber-II (‘the Chamber’) of the International Criminal Court, the Appeals Chamber unanimously...
20 Years After Palermo Protocol: Towards a stronger East African regional anti-trafficking framework

20 Years After Palermo Protocol: Towards a stronger East African regional anti-trafficking framework

The year 2020 marks 20 years since the adoption of the year 2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations...
Proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act to disadvantage UK war crimes victims

Proposed amendments to the Human Rights Act to disadvantage UK war crimes victims

On 18 March 2020, the UK Minister for Defence introduced into the UK Parliament his promised package of new legislation designed to ‘protect veterans’. Entitled the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel...
Sexual Violence and Genocide: The International Court of Justice’s ruling on Rohingya

Sexual Violence and Genocide: The International Court of Justice’s ruling on Rohingya

Since August 2017, at least 10,000 Rohingya – a Muslim minority group in Myanmar’s Rakhine state – have been killed and 700,000 have fled to neighboring Bangladesh amidst a brutal...

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