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  • Sports and Russian Doping: Fairness vs. the Human Right to Sport

    Blog - juillet 29, 2016

    Devastating Wada reports documented systematic, state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics. It found widespread state action to hide cheating among Russian athletes in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics, as well as a comprehensive cover up of doping during the World Championships in Moscow and the Winter Olympics in Sochi a year later. The IOC decided not to impose a blanket ban on the Russian team competing in the Rio Olympic Games. What’s fair play? Which human rights are in play? What is the credibility of the Olympic Games?

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  • Brexit: Countdown to a Possible Withdrawal Procedure

    Blog - juin 16, 2016

    On June 23, the United Kingdom will vote “in” or “out” on its membership in the European Union. What is the procedure of withdrawal and the Treaty Article which governs it all if the U.K. does indeed vote for a “Brexit” from the EU? Article 50 of the Treaty on the functioning of the European Union outlines the procedural steps for a Member State wishing to withdraw from the EU. This provision was introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon (in force 1 December 2009). The treaty foresees two options in which withdrawal can occur. The first option is the conclusion of a withdrawal agreement. The second option is that no agreement is reached.

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  • Preventing Bioterrorism, Risk and Legal Instruments

    Blog - avril 28, 2016

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a bioterrorism attack is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, toxins or other harmful agents used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. In both the popular imagination and among lawmakers and national security experts, there exists the belief that with sufficient motivation and material resources, terrorist groups can produce bioweapons easily, cheaply, and successfully. Some scholars disagree. Legal measures offer no guarantee for preventing bioterrorism, but nonetheless affect bioterrorism. What are the legal instruments addressing prevention?

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  • Essequibo, the Territorial Dispute between Venezuela and Guyana

    Blog - janvier 8, 2016

    The Essequibo (in Spanish, Esequibo), is an undeveloped, sparsely populated but resource-rich jungle territory region, nearly sixty percent of modern Guyana, consisting of all its territory west of the Essequibo River (see map). Venezuela’s deeply rooted belief is that the Essequibo region was unjustly taken from them by meddling foreign powers. It is a matter of national integrity, made more alluring by the possible wealth of natural resources there. Guyana’s position is that they are trying to defend the land that has been part of their country for almost 200 years, land they need to help develop their country economically.

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  • Roma in Europe

    Blog - décembre 11, 2015

    Cor de Vos, former mayor of Nieuwegein, representative of the Netherlands in CAHROM, the Comittee of the Council of Europe for ROMA issues talks about the policies which are needed in Europe to address the living conditions of Roma. A very big effort of all authorities on European, national and local level is needed and should be directed at lifting the miserable conditions of the Roma people at the grassroots, first of all in Central and Eastern Europe, in order to prevent an even worse scenario of riot and violence.

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  • UN tribunal at The Hague to rule on rival claims to South China Sea islands

    - novembre 23, 2015

    Philippines disputes China claim to sovereignty over Spratly archipelago, where Beijing is building military bases on artificial islands. By: O. Bowcott Source: The Guardian

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  • Russia says plane in Egypt’s Sinai brought down by bomb

    - novembre 17, 2015

    The Russian intelligence service says that a Metrojet airliner that went down over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula in October was brought down by a bomb. Source: Al-Jazeera and agencies

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  • Biologists race to save fish from Brazil river contaminated by dam collapse

    - novembre 17, 2015

    Teams of biologists are rushing to rescue fish from a river that was contaminated after two dams at an iron ore mine in Brazil collapsed earlier this month, unleashing a deadly wave of mud. By AP in Rio. Source: The Guardian

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  • Libya conflict: breaches of international law by all sides, says UN

    - novembre 17, 2015

    All sides in Libya’s conflict are committing breaches of international law that may amount to war crimes, including abductions, torture and the killing of civilians, the United Nations has said. By Reuters Source: The Guardian

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  • L’Etat punit la participation des Algériens

    - novembre 17, 2015

    Un projet de loi incriminant la participation d’Algériens à des conflits à l’étranger sera examiné aujourd’hui par le conseil du gouvernement. L’Etat ne permettra plus que ses ressortissants soient recrutés par des groupes, organisations ou pays pour commettre des «actions militaires» à l’étranger. Source: El Watan

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