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  • October 30, 2014

    A Drone is not a Cop – UN Rights Expert Concerned about Technologies that Depersonalize the Use of Force

    The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, raised concern about the increasing use of technologies that depersonalize the use of force –including armed drones– not only on the battlefield, but also in domestic law enforcement.  According to the independent expert’s report, the protection...

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  • October 29, 2014

    Accountability, Transparency, Participation, and Inclusion: A New Development Consensus?

    Four key principles—accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion—have in recent years become nearly universal features of the policy statements and programs of international development organizations. Yet this apparently widespread new consensus is deceptive: behind the ringing declarations lie fundamental fissures over the value and...

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  • October 28, 2014

    New Database to Research Decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

    Loyola Law School Los Angeles has a new, student-run project on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  The website includes a database and journal to assist practitioners, journalists, students, and other scholars in understanding the Inter-American system of justice.  The website includes 74 summaries of decisions rendered by the Inter-...

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  • October 28, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Afghanistan: In a paper from Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, an argument is made for a comprehensive approach to replace the separate efforts of government agencies, international aid providers, and even neighbouring states to address distort...

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  • October 27, 2014

    Ensuring Early Access to Criminal Legal Aid for Suspects and Accused

    In this video, Mr. Clifford Msiska, National Director of the Paralegal Advisory Service Institute in Malawi, discusses early access at the International Conference on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems.

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  • October 27, 2014

    The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice

    Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury … could we help the brain re-...

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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...

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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

    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...

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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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