• EU Legislation On Nagoya Protocol Becomes Effective; What Effect On Indigenous Peoples’ Rights?

    - octobre 15, 2014

    The entry into force of an international treaty facilitating access to genetic resources and ensuring the fair sharing of potential commercial benefits has prompted the applicability of a European Union regulation relating to the treaty. This led a researcher to call on the treaty members to ensure its implementation protects the rights of indigenous and local communities.

    Read more
  • WHO FCTC Throws out Public at Moscow Meeting: “What do They Have to Hide?”, asks JTI

    - octobre 14, 2014

    Today in Moscow the public was forced to leave the public gallery and prevented from observing the WHO FCTC’s Sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6). JTI’s (Japan Tobacco International) reaction:

    Read more
  • Law professor offers advice to Columbian officials

    - octobre 9, 2014

    University of Iowa law Professor Mark Osiel was recently invited to Colombia by the Republic of Colombia and the Organization of Ibero-American States, an inter-governmental organization dedicated to promoting human rights in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world.

    Read more
  • Hot pursuit in Syria and in history

    - septembre 29, 2014

    tary of State John Kerry justified the use of U.S. airpower in Syria in part on the shaky legal grounds of “hot pursuit.” Presumably this would entail the use of force to pursue militants who committed some crime in Territory X but fled into Territory Z and would allow X to temporarily violate Z’s sovereignty. The phrase has a long and storied history. In the 20th century, the idea of chasing bandits across borders conjures an image of Pancho Villa and the United States’ failed raid into Mexico to nab him — as anyone familiar with the Townes Van Zandt tune “Pancho and Lefty” will appreciate.

    Read more
  • Long-Term Damage Of US Court’s Argentine Debt Ruling – Analysis

    - juillet 25, 2014

    The US court ruling forcing Argentina to pay its hold-out creditors has big implications. This column argues that some of them are particularly worrying. The court ruling undermines the possibility of negotiated re-structuring of unsustainable debt burdens in future crises. In the future, it will not be not enough for the debtor and 92% of creditors to reach an agreement, if holdouts and a New York judge can block it. This will make both debtors and creditors worse-off.

    Read more
  • Iconography of Bertha von Suttner

    Iconography of Bertha von Suttner

    Blog - juin 20, 2014

    Baroness Bertha von Suttner, the Austrian 1905 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, has been an icon since the enormous success of her book “Lay down your arms”, published in 1889. As her fame grew internationally, she turned into a “modern day celebrity”. Stamps and coins bear her image, streets, schools and squares are named after her. Films and books about her life are mementos for her achievements. Here we present some images of Bertha von Suttner, showing her change from an Austrian countess, dressed for a ball in Viennese aristocratic circles to the formidable warrior for peace, the lady in the long black dress. Her face mirrors the struggles , the battles she fought to promote her ideals.

    Read more
  • Full text: The Practice of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Policy in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

    - juin 10, 2014

    The Information Office of the State Council issued a white paper on the practice of the “one country, two systems” policy in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

    Following is the full text:

    Read more
  • Why so many rulers are impervious to shame

    Nouvelles du droit international - mai 26, 2014

    The problem of impunity — the difficulty of punishing powerful wrongdoers — has given birth to a new and potentially graver menace, the scourge of imperviousness. By Suzanne Nossel Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Read more
  • Give Peace A Chance: It’s Time to Change How International Justice Works

    - mai 23, 2014

    Imperatives for peace and for justice often seem to collide in many conflict and post-conflict situations. The immediate inspiration for this article was the recent arrest in Northern Ireland of Sinn Fein politician Gerry Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Coming right before European and local elections the arrest had immediate political consequences for the stability of Northern Ireland and the success of the ongoing peace process in the province. It also highlighted the continued lack of agreement for how to handle the legacy of past killings despite sixteen years of relative calm.

    Read more
  • Mavi Marmara Case to be Defended by Top ICC Lawyer, Sir Nice

    - mai 23, 2014

    Steps are now being taken to establish and effective legal team in the International Criminal Court (ICC) case on the Mavi Marmara incident in May 2010. According to the press conference, organized in London the new team of legal experts representing Mavi Marmara victims will include Rodney Dixon, Paul Mylvaganam, Hakan Camuz and Cihat Gökdemir and be led by Sir Geoffrey Nice from London, England.

    Read more