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  • Keeping Your Head Above Water: The Pacific Islands & The Rising Tide Of International Climate Litigation

    Library blog - February 10, 2012

    On February 3rd, Johnson Toribiong, the President of the Pacific Island Nation Palau, announced that his country will seek an Advisory Opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague regarding the issue of climate change. This blog will briefly discuss the measures that states in these circumstances can invoke during a court procedure.

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  • Dag Hammarskjöld (1905 – 1961)

    Library blog - November 10, 2011

    Fifty years ago, the former United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld tragically passed away in a plane crash, on his way to cease-fire negotiations with the leaders of Katanga province of conflict-ridden Congo.

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  • Use of Force | Research Guide International law

    Use of Force

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    The UN-Charter prohibits the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconstistent with the purposes of the United Nations. In case of aggression by one nation-State against another, the United Nations Security Council is authorized under Chapter VII of the UN Charter to allow member states to take all necessary measures to maintain international peace and security.

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  • Refugees - Research Guide International Law

    Refugees

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    The UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees of 1951 defines a refugee as ‘owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable […] to avail himself of the protection of that country’. Later this was expanded by the Convention’s 1967 Protocol to include persons who had fled war or other violence.

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  • International Peace and Security - Research Guide International Law

    International Peace and Security

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    Many international or regional organizations are involved in peacemaking, peace-enforcing and peacekeeping activities. In fact, they send multinational forces to the various conflict areas. While the expression ‘collective security’ does not occur in the United Nations Charter, it is often used to refer to the system for the maintenance of international peace and security under the UN Charter.

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  • Intervention - Research Guide International Law

    Intervention

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    The principle of non-intervention is an important principle in international law. It is closely connected to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of States. Violation of this principle by means of coercion, military action or support of an support for subversive or terrorist armed activities within another State is prohibited in international law for it impairs a State to freely make its sovereign choices.

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  • Disarmament | Research Guide International Law

    Disarmament

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    Disarmament is the act of reducing, limiting, or abolishing weapons. The main focus nowadays is on three categories of weapons: weapons of an indiscriminate effect, such as cluster munitions and landmines, biological and chemical weapons and the (non-) proliferation of nuclear weapons. General and complete disarmament was defined by the United Nations General Assembly as the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, coupled with the “balanced reduction of armed forces and conventional armaments, based on the principle of undiminished security of the parties with a view to promoting or enhancing stability at a lower military level, taking into account the need of all States to protect their security”.

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  • South Sudan: Birth Of A Nation

    Library blog - July 18, 2011

    On 9th July 2011, South-Sudan finally gained independence from Sudan after 50 years of conflicts in Northeasteren Africa. This blog will briefly discuss the most important obstacles that will lie ahead for the people of South-Sudan.

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  • Libya and the International Criminal Court (ICC)

    Library blog - March 14, 2011

    On February 16th 2011- following a wave of uprisings throughout the Middle-East- Libya experienced a so-called Day of Rage which led to protests breaking out to challenge Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s 41 year old iron rule- the region’s longest. This blog will briefly discuss the actions taken by the United Nations Security Council and the ICC in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Libya.

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  • Latin American Amnesty Laws Annulled; the Struggle Against Impunity Continues

    Library blog - January 17, 2011

    Over the last two decades national courts all throughout Latin-America began to vigorously ‘attack’ Amnesty laws in order for investigations on human rights violations from the past to go forward. This Blog will briefly outline the causes that led to to these recent changes in Latin – American legal culture.

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