The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo source: Vincent van Zeijst via Wikimedia Commons
Africa / Blog

Legitimate Justice or Institutional Bias: The International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo source: Vincent van Zeijst via Wikimedia Commons

The last couple of years have seen the first successful convictions by the International Criminal Court (ICC). But with that success has come quite a lot of criticism. Over the twelve years in which the court has operated …

Blog / International Law

Ukraine and Jus Ad Bellum: Past Application and Future Trajectory

Military base at Perevalne during the 2014 Crimean crisis. Photo Source: Anton Holoborodko via Wikimedia Commons.

Article 2(4) of the UN Charter prohibits states from using force in their international relations. Though the laws governing the use of force are convoluted, especially as a result of state practice in this arena, this starting point for …

Britain should leave the EU and form a Commonwealth Union. Image courtesy of Times of Malta
Blog / Europe

Commonwealth Union: An Alternative with Meaning

Britain should leave the EU and form a Commonwealth Union. Photo Source: Times of Malta.

Since the 1950s, but more so recently as the European Union has begun to federalise, a strengthening movement has arisen that proposes a Union of some kind comprised of Commonwealth of Nation countries as an alternative to the EU which …

Blog / Europe

Russia and the Netherlands: A Year of Discord

This year is a bilateral “Year of Friendship” between Russia and the Netherands, celebrating 400 years of diplomatic relations. Photo Source:

The year 2013 marks the “Year of friendship” between the Netherlands and Russia, a celebration of 400 years of relations between the two states. Furthermore, this marks the continuation in a trend of …

Blog / International Development

The Growing Problem of Slavery

Trafficking In Persons Report Map 2011. Photo Source: Wtmitchell via Wikimedia Commons.

To many, slavery is perceived as a problem of the past. Unfortunately this could not be further from the truth, as the Global Slavery Index estimates that there are 29.8 million people currently in modern slavery around the world, which amounts to the …

Blog / International Law

Justice to Syria: The Problem of Judging Evil

Bashar Assad’s incongruous image has been more closely scrutinised than most leaders before him. Photo source: Agência Brasil via Wikimedia Commons.

The war in Syria confronts us with seemingly impossible dilemmas, but almost everybody agrees that the man most in charge is ‘evil’ and that the regime dedicated to maintaining his rule should be …

Americas / Blog

US Spying Row: Decisions for Rousseff and Peña Nieto

Photo Source: Agência Brasil, under the Creative Commons License Attribution 3.0 Brazil, via Wikimedia Commons.

The decision by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to postpone her official state visit to Washington this October conveys that her country believes it is now able to stand shoulder to shoulder with the world’s most powerful nation. Brazilian pride has …

Blog / International Law

The Responsibility to Protect – Who can solve the puzzle?

Syrian refugee camp on the Turkish border. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons 

More than 100,000 thousand people have been killed in fierce fighting in Syria. One might ask how long will it take for the international community to solve the puzzle that according to many just might be impossible to solve.

The Syrian crisis is not a …

Blog / International Law

The State of Asylum

A Congolese woman receives her UNHCR identity card SOURCE: UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports a global refugee population at record levels. Beyond the tragedy that despite a proliferation of international treaties and agencies, the toll of conflict in the 21st century increasingly falls on civilians, it would at least seem …