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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 …

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Pressure Piled on the Garment Industry to Make a Change

Photo Source: Derek Blackadder via Wikimedia Commons.

Bangladeshi factory workers seldom seem to be out of the news; they have endured scandal after scandal. Most notably the Tazreen factory fire in which over 100 people were killed, the Rana Plaza factory collapse in which 1,210 people died and most recently where hundreds of workers were …

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Challenges to International Law

Palestine’s retreat from the ICC challenges the legitimacy of international law. Photo Source.

The recent Palestinian retreat from exploring the possibility of taking Israel to the Hague for crimes against humanity serves a blow to international law. The function of law, and of international law in particular, is in my view to aim for predictability. …

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Drone Strikes: Does Warfare by Remote Control Actually Work?

Each Reaper drone can carry up to 14 Hellfire missiles or four Hellfire missiles and two 500lb Paveway laser guided bombs. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson (Released)

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, as a platform to fix and kill suspected terrorists or insurgents, often operating in the airspace of another …

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The pop culture legitimisation of torture

Zero Dark Thirty has been criticised for showing torture as a useful tool in the hunt for Bin Laden.

International Law doesn’t care how many Death Eaters or terrorists you’re trying to stop: it forbids torture, full stop.

The 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture defines it as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, …

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Cyber Security: A Status Update

Cyber Attack. Photo source.

There are 2.4 billion global internet users.  This fact only hints at our increasing dependency upon cyberspace, which is proliferated across a number of daily utilised mediums: for example, from individual social media users, business networks and state scale critical infrastructure.  Undoubtedly, there is a requirement for cyberspace to be safe, …

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Foreign Policy Starts At Home

This article is by Adam Tyndall, the newest member of our Advisory Board.

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Charity may begin at home but it clearly has no place in Theresa May’s immigration policy. Her goal is simple: reduce net migration into the country. It is also simplistic as her cabinet colleagues have – thankfully – pointed out. As …

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The Responsibility to Prevent

Tony Blair’s infamous handshake with Gaddafi illustrated well the irony of Britain’s intervention in Libya in 2011. AP.

After two decades of military interventions, predicated on the idea of a ‘Responsibility to Protect’ (R2P) civilians in danger, it is already easy to forget how young this new orthodoxy is. As the eminent Thomas Weiss …