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  • War Crimes Investigations in the UK: All is Fair in Law and War?

    Blog - janvier 29, 2016

    While the last British troops left Iraq in 2011, national and international investigations into the UK military’s conduct in Iraq are still ongoing and continue to spark controversy. Civil lawsuits as well as criminal prosecutions could still be on the horizon for some British soldiers. Gerry Simpson described this continuous quest for justice and the backlash against its results as the human dilemma of “wanting justice and being ‘sick of giving it’”. This blog will examine the British involvement in Iraq and the alleged war crimes committed during their mission, and the efforts and initiatives undertaken to discover the truth and to seek justice.

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  • Mexico and the Drug Cartels: A History of Fascination

    Blog - janvier 29, 2016

    On January 9th, 2016, Rolling Stone published an interview between Sean Penn and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel. The fascination that Hollywood, and thus a large part of the western world, has for the Mexican drug cartels and the drug war they are engaging in is anything but recent. Mexico’s drug cartels, as well as widespread violence, money laundering and corruption, are elements which are as closely linked to Mexico’s image as its ancient civilizations. This article will explore the history of Mexico’s drug cartels and the close relationship between drugs and Mexico’s development.

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  • Documentary: From The Hague to Nuremberg

    Nouvelle - décembre 23, 2015

    In commemoration of the Nuremberg Trials, which were held exactly 70 years ago this November, our colleagues Candice Alihusain, Sophie Brinkel, Fé de Jonge and Anna Duszczyk, worked together on the documentary “From the Hague to Nuremberg.” Candice, Sophie and Fé worked on a screenplay for the documentary and travelled from The Hague to the city of Nuremberg to film relevant footage. This and other archival footage of the Nuremberg Trials and rare colour footage of the Nuremberg Rallies was used by Anna Duszczyk to complete the documentary during the post production of the film. The aim of the documentary is to provide viewers with the historical background of the International Military Tribunal of Nuremberg, and the context in which it was created. This Tribunal was set up in 1945, after the end of the Second World War, and it was the first international tribunal to prosecute individuals for crimes under international law. Multiple individuals who comprised the Nazi regime in Germany were brought before the Tribunal and convicted on the basis of international law. This unique Tribunal was located in the city of Nuremberg for reasons which are explained in the documentary. The documentary itself aims to give a chronological overview of the place, time and people and takes viewers back to the city of Nuremberg both before and after the Second World War.

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  • South-Africa and the Future of (Il)legal Trade in Rhino Horn

    Blog - novembre 27, 2015

    On Sunday 22 November, zookeepers of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park put a 41-year old northern white rhinoceros named Nola to sleep. With the death of Nola, there are only three northern white rhinos left on the planet – which are unlikely to reproduce. Widespread poaching, as well as armed conflict, caused the extinction of northern white rhinos in the wild. Last Thursday, the High Court of Pretoria, South Africa, overturned the government’s ban on the domestic trade in rhino horn which was put in place in 2009.

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  • Sepp Blatter & Michel Platini appeals against bans rejected

    - novembre 18, 2015

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter and vice-president Michel Platini have had their appeals against 90-day bans rejected by world football governing body’s appeal committee. They were suspended in October while Fifa’s ethics committee investigates corruption claims against them. Blatter, 79, is accused of signing a contract “unfavourable” to Fifa and making a “disloyal payment” to Uefa […]

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  • Putin sets up commission to combat terrorism financing

    - novembre 18, 2015

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday terrorism was a global challenge and required a a global response. Speaking on the sidelines of a summit of Asia-Pacific nations in Manila, Medvedev said: “The terror attacks that Russia and France have just faced affected the whole world. The terrorism expansion is indeed a global challenge. […]

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  • Without rule of law, conflict-affected areas will become poverty ghettoes

    - novembre 18, 2015

    You may not know it, but the world is winning the fight against poverty. In 1981, almost half the global population lived on $1.25 or less a day; today, the figure for those living in extreme poverty (on $1.90 or less) is only about 10%. This creates scope for even more ambitious plans on our […]

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  • Paris attacks: Police in deadly swoop on apartment in northern suburb

    - novembre 18, 2015

    Armed police have raided a flat in the north Paris suburb of Saint Denis in an operation linked to Friday’s attacks. A woman blew herself up with a suicide belt, a prosecutor says. Some reports suggested two suspects died. Several explosions and gunfire were heard. The operation is said to be ongoing. Five people have […]

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  • Obama focuses on South China Sea dispute ahead of Apec

    - novembre 18, 2015

    US President Barack Obama has put a firm focus on the South China Sea dispute, as an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations begins in Manila. Mr Obama said China must stop land reclamation in the disputed waters, a day after committing monetary and naval assistance to the Philippines, which has competing claims with China. […]

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  • Sweden checks trains for migrants in first border controls in 20 years

    - novembre 13, 2015

    Swedish police started checking trains for migrants on Thursday, imposing the first large-scale border controls in two decades, a move criticized by one opposition party as ending a tradition of openness and by others as being too little too late. Officers waited at Hyllie station south of the city of Malmo, the first stop in […]

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