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The Global Compact on Refugees: A Step Towards Mending a Broken System

The Global Compact on Refugees: A Step Towards Mending a Broken System

In September 2016, the General Assembly convened the first-ever high level summit on refugees and migrants. Heads ...
The Soviet Legacy and Current Human Rights Debates

The Soviet Legacy and Current Human Rights Debates

A recent post by Steven Jensen has suggested that a model of ‘generations of rights’ – civil and political rights; ...
Understanding Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Collective or Individual?

Understanding Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Collective or Individual?

Earlier this month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Mexico in an attempt to build upon the ...
Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Negotiating for Change in Climate Change

Last month, leaders from around the world gathered in New York for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General ...
CEDAW Committee General Recommendation on Violence against Women Updated

CEDAW Committee General Recommendation on Violence against Women Updated

In July 2017, the CEDAW Committee released a new General Recommendation (No. 35) on Violence Against Women (VAW), ...
The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30th marked the UN’s fourth annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which seeks to increase ...
Fact-Finding and the Rohingya Community

Fact-Finding and the Rohingya Community

In March of this year, the Human Rights Council (HRC) unanimously adopted a resolution concerning the Myanmar ...
Reframing the Agenda, Repurposing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights In Support Of Regime Change in Weak Governance Zones

Reframing the Agenda, Repurposing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights In Support Of Regime Change in Weak Governance Zones

The governance gap - the gap between where law extends compared to where business activity goes - was a driving ...
Preserving Evidence of ISIL Atrocities: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

Preserving Evidence of ISIL Atrocities: The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism

On 21 December 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 71/248, establishing an ‘International, Impartial ...
UN Committee Condemns Australia’s Punitive Asylum Policy

UN Committee Condemns Australia’s Punitive Asylum Policy

On 23 June 2017, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights adopted its concluding observations on ...
Utilising The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea To Resolve the Pacific Islands Predicament

Utilising The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea To Resolve the Pacific Islands Predicament

Island nations located in the midst of the Pacific Ocean unfortunately find themselves at the frontline in the ...
The New UN General Comment And Privatisation, Part 2: Can States Entirely Privatise The Delivery Of Essential Services?

The New UN General Comment And Privatisation, Part 2: Can States Entirely Privatise The Delivery Of Essential Services?

Two weeks ago, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) published the much-awaited new ...

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