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  • October 24, 2014

    Could Crowd-Sourced Policing Turn Us into Vigilantes – or Bedroom Super Sleuths?

    An increasingly popular weekend pastime among fans of Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Inspector Morse and others, are murder mystery parties at which participants pit their wits against secret killers. But are these murder mysteries – described by one organiser as “Cluedo for real” – simply just a bit of fun, or do they reveal important insights into the human condition in this information age that might help society fight crime in the future?

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  • October 24, 2014

    Brookings BLOG: Security Sector Reform and Ending Displacement: Important, but Neglected, Connections

    Most of the work on civ-mil relations has focused on how civilian and military actors can collaborate more effectively in responding to humanitarian emergencies. But there’s another connection which deserves greater attention: the role of the military and police in supporting durable solutions for those displaced by conflict.

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  • October 24, 2014

    Kenya’s Prison Paralegals at the Frontline of Justice

    Australia’s ABC News has captured the groundbreaking work of network member Kituo cha Sheria in the prison system in Kenya. The program, Foreign Correspondent, shows prisoner paralegals working to bring justice for those wrongly imprisoned – often without trial.

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  • October 23, 2014

    European Journal of International Law BLOG: We Need to Look at International Human Rights Law (Also) as a Whole

    The fragmentation of human rights law is accompanied by increasing specialization of human rights scholarship. As the field has grown, general human rights experts have largely been replaced by experts of ‘religious freedom’, ‘children’s rights’, ‘the European Convention on Human Rights’ and such. While this has brought the discipline to a higher level, it has also contributed to creating a fragmented, compartmentalized view of human rights law.

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  • October 23, 2014

    Folke Bernadotte Academy BLOG: The Importance of a Global Focal Point

    A key point in peace building is to make the UN deliver more coherent and effective support the areas of police, justice and corrections. Concretely, the UN can no longer afford having several different agencies working on the same issues, with the same national authorities, without coordinating their efforts better. But the point goes beyond just coordination.

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  • October 23, 2014

    The Needs of Victims

    It is a truism that terrorism is a communicative act that sends a political message to an audience (i.e. government, supporters and sympathisers) broader than the immediate recipients of the violence. However one of the problems associated with framing terrorism in those terms is that it reduces victims to mere conduits of a political communique. Within the field broadly known as terrorism studies, victims have rarely been the focus of any sustained research, often featuring only as tools for the measurement of lethality and the targeting strategies of the aggressor.

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  • October 23, 2014

    The Organized Crime-Peace Operations Nexus

    Wibke Hansen believes that it’s time to adopt a more ‘strategic’ approach towards the criminal activities that occur in peace operations zones. Such an approach will not only help contain the spread of criminality in fragile states, it will also help sustain peacebuilding and other post-conflict activities.

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  • October 22, 2014

    The International Security Sector Advisory Team BLOG: Top 10 Tips on Police Internal Oversight

    Given the central role of the police in service provision to the population, its direct interaction with the public and the powers that are typically conferred to the police, it is vital to ensure that police officers adhere to high standards of quality and behaviour in their work. Internal oversight can help ensure that these standards are met, thereby preventing inappropriate behaviour or practices, abuse of power and corruption.

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  • October 22, 2014

    Unprecedented Case Proposes Land Grabbing as a Crime Against Humanity

    A communication filed at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [October 7] alleges that widespread and systematic land grabbing conducted by the Cambodian ruling elite for over a decade amounts to a crime against humanity.

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  • October 22, 2014

    A Short Guide to General Comment No.1: Children of Incarcerated and Imprisoned Parents and Primary Caretakers

    This short guide provides an illustrated summary, section by section, of the first ever General Comment by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child on Children of incarcerated and imprisoned parents and primary caregivers (Article 30 of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child). It covers:

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