International Law

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

Sarah Ludford | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Politics
Sarah 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.

Obama is a 'Wretched Coward' and Israel is a 'Lunatic State,' but Norman Finkelstein is Still Optimistic....

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Political scientist, activist and author of the Holocaust Industry and Beyond Chutzpah, the famous Dr. Norman Finkelstein was in Belgium, to talk abou...

Out but Not Down: The Ongoing Consequences of Criminalising Identity in Jamaica

Jonathan Cooper | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK
Jonathan Cooper

On my recent trip to Jamaica I spent US election day with homeless gay kids who had been forced into sex work in Kingston, Jamaica. These were life changing moments. I didn't give them any money though, that wasn't the point; but should I have?

Israel Ignoring Principles of Distinction and Proportionality

Gary Spedding | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

Nothing can be gained through the use of judicial executions or the assassinating of people, even if they are guilty of crimes (terrorism) they have previously committed. The cost to human life should be the single biggest motivating factor toward finding a way to end all violence immediately.

Marijuana legalisation: Sometimes Violations of International Law Are Cause for Celebration

Damon Barrett | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

Ending the war on drugs, moreover, will be a victory for international human rights law. It will be a victory for international law itself - for environmental law, anti-corruption agreements, international security, for the achievement of international development agreements and improved health - all of which have been damaged by decades of prohibition. Colorado and Washington have taken us one step closer. For that we should all celebrate.

Indefinite Detention in America: Tyranny of the Few?

Sophie Rodger | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
Sophie Rodger

The debate over indefinite detention should not be one about scope - in fact, there shouldn't even be a debate. To deny any individual due process is a basic violation of human rights and is fundamentally wrong under all circumstances.

More Than Words Required to Make Responsibility to Protect a Reality

John Slinger | Posted 08.12.2012 | UK Politics
John Slinger

What is happening in Syria now shows the futility of the words we use to conduct international diplomacy...We in Labour must not hide behind a naïve belief that any western intervention is an imperialist plot.

Children in a Legal Vacuum: International Child Abduction

Natasha Kuilak Mellersh | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Kuilak Mellersh

Many of us take on work or studies in a foreign country, and some of us end up having a family with someone of a different nationality. But if the relationship breaks down, this type of globally mobile lifestyle brings new challenges for the family courts. Where do you file for a divorce? What about custody and visitation? What if the custody battle turns acrimonious?

The ICC: Is Africa on Trial?

Rachael Akidi | Posted 29.05.2012 | UK
Rachael Akidi

Is the International Criminal Court a valid court of last resort or another example of the West flexing its muscles in Africa?

London Courts Must Remain Open to Fighting Injustice Overseas

Joss Saunders | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Joss Saunders

As their Lordships debate the Bill, and lawyers thank Messrs Abramovich and Berezovsky for their fees, it is not too late for the government to propose a small change in the Bill that would enable the poor person at the gate to have entry as well as the billionaire.

Should Gaddafi Get a Trial?

Amin Elmubarak | Posted 30.11.2011 | UK Politics
Amin Elmubarak

If we learned anything from our modern-day tyrants, is that when the veil of fear that separate one from their oppressed subjects is lifted, it is onl...