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Blog / International Law

Is EU Aid in Palestine a Violation of International Law?

Jerusalem – Cycling Man via Flickr

 

In March 2015 Israel demolished 200 EU aid funded shelters in East Jerusalem, predominantly housing those from the Bedouin community. These shelters are built as a result of one of many EU humanitarian aid projects, funded by member states, designed for the benefit of victims of natural disasters or …

Local Justice and Reconciliation: Participation in mato oput ceremony in Acholi. Photo credit: Erin Baines/Justice and Reconciliation Project
Africa / Blog

Hunted for a decade for acts of ‘unimaginable brutality’: Dominic Ongwen’s trial by the ICC seems justified, but will it bring justice?

 

Justice through Reconciliation: Participation in mato oput ceremony in Acholi. Photo credit: Erin Baines/Justice and Reconciliation Project

LRA Commander Dominic Ongwen’s surrender in January was portrayed as a long awaited step towards ‘justice’. The Lord’s Resistance Army has terrorised vast swathes of the Great Lakes Region for over twenty years killing thousands, displacing millions and …

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Blog / International Law

Silence across the border: Sabeen Mahmud’s Murder

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When Sabeen Mahmud was gunned down outside the office of an initiative she founded, grief swept across the border and its ripples were felt in many quarters that knew and cherished friendships with Sabeen. Her murder was not just an assault on her person and existence, but also on the …

German KFOR troops patrol southern Kosovo in the Summer of 1999, Nick Macdonald via Wikimedia Commons
Blog / Europe

EU/NATO intervention in Yugoslavia: Lessons learned?

 

German KFOR troops patrol southern Kosovo in the Summer of 1999, Nick Macdonald via Wikimedia Commons

The Yugoslav crisis of the nineties is considered Europe’s bloodiest conflict since WW2. The region still very much bears the consequences of the years of bloodshed which claimed thousands of lives, as the Balkan states still present severe social …

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H, via wikicommons
Blog / International Development

What is needed to close Guantánamo Bay?

 

Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H via wikicommons

The United Nations and other international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross have stated repeatedly that indefinite detention is illegal under international law; still it is the determined bitter fate of 33 men in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. The …

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons
Americas / Americas

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement: Exposing the Facade

Protestors march in opposition to the Free Trade Agreement, b.wu via Flickr creative commons

Colombia is a country on the rise. Lauded by the West as an example of how a country can overcome internal strife and civil conflicts by embracing neo-liberalism and free-trade capitalism, welcoming multi-national corporations, collaborating with the US against drug gangs, …

Protesters denouncing the acts of the Charlie Hebdo attackers (Flickr Creative Commons)
Europe / International Law

Western and Islamic laws are not so different

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the attack on the French publishing house Charlie Hebdo a few weeks ago have added “credence” to the already present belief that Islam is an inherently violent religion. In light of this, I will compare Western laws of war, also known as international …