This week’s research guide Human Rights

Human Rights - Research Guide International Law

Human Rights are basic rights and freedoms that every human being is entitled to, irrespective of his or her nationality, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, language, sexual orientation, place of residence or any other status. Human Rights are often expressed and ensured by law in the form of national legislation, international treaties, customary international law, general principles and other sources of international law. Human Rights entail both rights and obligations. States assume obligations and duties under international law to respect, to protect and to fulfil human rights.

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Should Police Officers Wear Body Cameras?

Should Police Officers Wear Body Cameras? The Mike Brown Law

On 9 August the unarmed, afro-american 18-year-old boy, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a 28-year-old caucasian police officer, Darren Wilson, in a working-class neighborhood in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting happened after police officer Wilson stopped Brown because he was jaywalking.

Unfortunately both the police and the eyewitnesses tell a different story about what happened that evening. Eyewitnesses saw that Brown was shot while he trying to surrender but police officer Darren Wilson stated that Brown assaulted him just before the shooting. FBI has opened an investigation. 3 Autopsies have been performed. According to an independent autopsy, Brown was killed by at least 6 bullets which all came from Wilson’s gun.

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      De iure belli ac pacis (3rd state)

      De ivre belli ac pacis libri tres (3rd state) / Hugo Grotius, 1625

    • Neff, S.C. (ed.), Hugo Grotius on the Law of War and Peace, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
      Neff, S.C. (ed.), Hugo Grotius on the Law of War and Peace, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

      Neff, S.C. (ed.), Hugo Grotius on the Law of War and Peace, New York, NY, Cambridge University Press, 2012. [English translation De jure belli ac pacis, Parisiis, apud Nicolaum Buon, 1625]

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