International Law

High Court Rules Tony Blair Cannot Be Prosecuted Over Iraq War

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

While the High Court's decision is effectively the, somewhat perfunctory, end to the attempted prosecution of Mr. Blair for aggression, it does not necessarily eliminate the possibility of other legal action in respect of the invasion of Iraq or indeed in respect of future acts of aggression which may be committed by a British head of state.

International Human Rights Bodies Have Said It Loud And Clear: We Need Clear Targets To Reduce Child Poverty

Koldo Casla | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK
Koldo Casla

The UK needs clear targets to reduce and eventually put an end to child poverty. This is the purpose of a Private Members' Bill sponsored by Dan Jarvi...

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

Beyond Bureaucracy: The Aftermath of UNGASS

Amanda Feilding | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK
Amanda Feilding

The UNGASS was a disappointment to both progressives and hardliners alike. Whilst we may decry the small progress in the outcome document, we can find solace in the fact that an increasing number of countries seem intent on acting unilaterally outside the UN Drug Conventions. Principled non-compliance may start to become the norm.

An Army for the Future

Philippa Greer | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK
Philippa Greer

In the wake of a new climate of increasingly high-definition digital terror, we must question the use of propaganda and special influence methods in modern warfare. States are dangerously trespassing on the prohibition on propaganda for war. We must seek to avoid creating a mirror image of ISIS.

Fatal Attraction: Brownfield's Flexibility Doctrine and Global Drug Policy Reform

Damon Barrett | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

For governments, in an effort to avoid political controversy, the four pillars may seem attractive. For those who support drug policy reform they may seem progressive. But this is no win for drug policy reform or progress towards policies grounded in evidence and human rights.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Solving the Problem (Part Two)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

I think it is vital that we involve those directly at the centre of the issue - we must include women in discussions, and even in leadership roles, centred on the issue of sexual violence against women.

Sexual Violence Against Women - Understanding Sexual Violence (Part One)

Jessica Chan | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jessica Chan

Sexual violence is a specifically reprehensible form of violence, and includes rape and any other attack of a sexual nature perpetuated against both males and females. Its repercussions can be iniquitous, and may include acute and physical repercussions for survivors and witnesses. Human trafficking can also lead to sexual violence, and I will be discussing the issue of 'modern slavery' in this article. I will also highlight the brutal effects of sexual violence in conflict.

UK Should Not Hinder Palestine's Right to International Criminal Court

Alyn Smith | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.

Zeroing in on the Challenges Facing UK Companies Entering the US Market

Shana Ting Lipton | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Shana Ting Lipton

Clothing retailer Primark recently revealed that it would embark on a £200m bid to enter the notoriously merciless United States fashion market with plans to open a Boston store in late 2015.

Aid Workers Could Secure Better Protection Under the Protection of Civilians Mandate

Camilla Barker | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Barker

When two aid workers were shot dead in Afghanistan last month, the world's media focused its attention on the dangers of 21st century humanitarianism and the challenges that assistance agencies face in protecting their personnel.

Removing Military Bases From Yemen's Cities

Richard Cashman | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Cashman

On Tuesday 6 August, Reuters reported a military helicopter shot down by rebels thought also to have attacked Yemen's primary oil pipeline. Nine military personnel were killed.

'Killer Robots': A New Era of Warfare?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody... and a lot more frequent.

Citizen's Arrest - What Not To Do

Hannah Fisher | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Hannah Fisher

Last weekend, a former UK Prime Minister was ambushed and verbally berated by a brazen bar worker (Mr. Garcia). Whilst serving the former PM as he dined in an east London restaurant, Mr. Garcia believed it appropriate to perform "a citizen's arrest for a crime against peace...". A few days after this extraordinary episode took place, the UK national newspapers gave front page honour to the incident.

Goodbye to an Ominous Year

Marc DuBois | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Marc DuBois

I work for Médecins sans Frontières (aka Doctors Without Borders). Professional humanitarians are many things; rarely superstitious. And yet 2013 has proven a year to leave behind, and I find myself harbouring nothing morbid, yet nonetheless fairly shaken by the 13th year of the new millennium... As a director in MSF, the spectre of Somalia 2013 leaves me feeling apprehensive about Syria, CAR or Sudan in 2014. Or Myanmar and DRC. Or many others.

How the British Can Learn to Love Human Rights

Israel Butler | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Politics
Israel Butler

Human rights have become toxic in Britain. There is no genuine public debate over the issue - debates are supposed to be two sided, and progressive forces have not yet found a successful response to calls to scrap the Human Rights Act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights... However, research on public attitudes suggests that this is a debate that pro-human rights forces could win.

Policy Exchange Is Wrong: Human Rights Will Not Destroy Our Military Capability

Sam Fowles | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

To exempt the military is to suggest that the Second Estate somehow has a special status. This was the case in the past, when rulers could declare a state of war to enforce repressive policies. But society has advanced. When it comes to the rule of law, no one is special.

Why a US Attack on Syria Would Have Little to Do With Chemical Weapons or Saving Lives

James Elliott | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

In a desire to suppress 'fascism' or 'radical evil' in Syria, many liberals are willing to succumb to Obama's whims, even in the knowledge that the chemical weapons rhetoric is bogus.

A Letter to Ian Khama, President, Republic of Botswana

Noam Schimmel | Posted 27.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Noam Schimmel

Dear President Khama, In keeping with Botswana's commitment to democracy and human rights and respect for all its citizens predicated on equality be...

The EU Needs a United Front on Drones

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Politics
Hilary Stauffer

The EU needs to be an ethical, moral, and legal counterbalance to the United States regarding the use of armed drones, and to play a leading role in developing the international standards which are emerging to govern their use. When the International Committee of the Red Cross has finally gone on record to state that certain aspects of the drone wars are "problematic," it is obvious that the time is ripe for action.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of Halabja and Kurdish Genocide in Iraq Shows We Must Move From 'Never Again' to 'Always Prevent'

John Slinger | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Slinger

While many of the world's governments want to prevent genocide, they almost never act to achieve this aim. This despite most being signatories to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide which is explicitly designed to compel them to do just that.

Hands Off Our Islands! Debunking Argentine Claims to the Falklands

Mahmood Naji | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mahmood Naji

Argentine claims to the Falklands do not stand up to scrutiny when judged by the laws, rules and precedents set at the time.

US Drone Killings Pose a Threat to International Law

Baroness Ludford | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Baroness Ludford

We are extremely concerned about the legal basis, as well as the moral, ethical and human rights implications of the United States' targeted killing programme, which does not respect due process or the rule of law and instead addresses terrorism as an act of war rather than a crime allowing the US to engage in wartime conduct and forego the legal system and transparent justice.

Ned Simons

US Drone Strikes Putting 'Global Order At Risk', Warn European Politicians

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK Politics

The United States is putting "global stability and international order at risk" by pursuing a policy of targeted extrajudicial drone strikes against s...

Laying the Foundations for an Open, Secure and Prosperous Digital Europe: The New EU Cyber Security Strategy

Dr Marco Roscini | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Marco Roscini

The EU Strategy responds to debates over human rights and the internet, especially regarding censorship, by reaffirming fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law in cyberspace. What I find interesting is that, according to the Strategy, there is no human 'right' to access the internet.