• Human trafficking and the ‘New Slavery’

    - janvier 8, 2015

    Few social-justice issues have generated more recent worldwide attention than human trafficking. A 2014 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) highlights just how pervasive the problem is, with victims found in 124 countries despite widespread criminalization of such acts.

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  • The ICC can improve its image by going after North Korea and Islamic State fighters

    - décembre 3, 2014

    The International Criminal Court (ICC) has not showered itself in glory of late. Long beset by accusations of bias and ineffectiveness, and with cases looking shaky, the front line of international justice could do with a decisive success to its name.

    But, for once, there’s hope. In a recent interview, ICC chief investigator Fatou Bensouda said her office is looking into ways of officially investigating crimes by foreign fighters who have joined Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

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  • 26/11: legal options

    - novembre 28, 2014

    In the aftermath of the Mumbai terrorist attack on 26 November 2008, several questions arose on what entity should be held legally responsible and the applicability of international instruments in prosecuting both state and non-state perpetrators. What were the options available to India? What instruments, under international law, could be applied by India? What was the precedent set by the U.S. intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11?

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  • British police freed to investigate Egyptian war crimes

    - novembre 28, 2014

    UK High Court order allows investigation of Egyptian cabinet members for international crimes even while they are still in office

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  • Book Launch: the Ultimate, Authoritative Biography on Hugo Grotius!

    Book Launch: the Ultimate, Authoritative Biography on Hugo Grotius!

    Nouvelle - novembre 27, 2014

    Interview with Prof. Dr. Henk Nellen on the occasion of the launch of his book Hugo Grotius. A Lifelong Struggle for Peace in Church and State, 1583-1645, Leiden, Brill, 2014. The event also marked the retirement of Professor Nellen as senior staff member of the Huygens Institute and as Professor of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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  • Secret war crimes indictments of Nazis released after seven-year fight

    - novembre 13, 2014

    Secret, internationally approved war crimes indictments of tens of thousands of Nazis have been released to researchers at Soas, University of London, after a seven-year fight, and will soon be made available to the public.

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  • Listen: When Reagan apologized to Thatcher for a U.S. invasion

    - novembre 11, 2014

    More than three decades ago, U.S. President Ronald Reagan authorized Operation Urgent Fury, which led to American troops briefly capturing the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada in the space of weeks. Political chaos on the island, spurred by the ousting and execution of its leftist leader by more radical elements, gave Washington a pretext to intervene in a country it feared was becoming a Cuban satellite and a new front in the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

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  • Firing of Foreign Judges in Timor-Leste Threatens Justice System

    - octobre 30, 2014

    In a dramatic challenge to the principles of democracy, on Friday night, the parliament of Timor-Leste decided in a closed session to fire all foreign judges and advisers in its justice system. The National Parliament passed Resolution No. 11/2014, calling on the government to audit the justice sector and immediately terminate all existing contracts of at least 11 international judges and prosecutors, as well as other international staff in the Courts, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Legal Training Center.

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  • Democracy in America, part 4: What’s wrong with the Supreme Court?

    - octobre 23, 2014

    Why the president and members of Congress are as fearful as they are now of criticizing a politicized Court which behaves as badly as this one does, is difficult to understand.

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  • Can the US Seize Would-Be Jihadis’ Passports?

    - octobre 16, 2014

    Can the U.S. government seize the passports of American citizens who it believes may travel abroad to join ISIS or other terror groups? Yep. The process is almost no-cost to the government, extra-judicial, can be made secret and requires a lengthy court process to even try to contest. No passport, no international travel, the ultimate no-fly tool against would-be jihadis. So why hasn’t this process been used more often?

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