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  • July 30, 2014

    The UN, Individual Privacy and the Surveillance State

    Do citizens of every country have a right to privacy in the digital age? Or, more to the point: how can UN human rights offices and treaties guarantee individuals’ rights to privacy?

    The UN General Assembly took a stab at this question last year when it passed a resolution that shifted national debates about states’ national security...

  • July 29, 2014

    World Needs a New International Court to Tackle Corruption, Says Judge

    Public anger at corruption helped to trigger uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and Ukraine in recent years. The cost of corruption equals more than 5 percent of global GDP, the World Economic Forum estimates. Just as war crimes and human rights abuses by senior public officials led to the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002, the...

  • July 28, 2014

    Good Governance -- A Sustainable Development Goal Too Essential To Be Side-lined

    The answer to corruption is good governance, at the national and local levels. But governance goes well beyond just stopping corruption. It is the cornerstone of individual freedom, political participation, secures the rights of the individual and the media, and makes politicians accountable to their constituencies.


  • July 24, 2014

    IN BRIEF: Rule of Law News from Around the World

    Afghanistan: With two high-profile attacks in the past three days — first on Tuesday, when a huge truck bomb killed at least 72 at a market in this remote eastern district, then on Thursday, when suicide attackers fired volleys of grenades...

  • July 23, 2014

    Statelessness = Invisibility in West Africa

    Statelessness can block people's ability to access health care, education or any form of social security. In the case of children who are separated from their families during emergencies, the lack of official documentation makes it much harder to reunite them, says the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). Lack of official identification documents can mean a...

  • July 22, 2014

    Cop Cams Go Global

    In a series of remarkable pilots from New York to Kingston and Cape Town to Nairobi, police are starting to come under intensive scrutiny. Specially developed technologies are being deployed to protect ordinary people from arbitrary arrest and extra-judicial violence. These are already showing results. But perhaps the most interesting one of all is that...

  • July 21, 2014

    Convergent Technologies, Dual-Use Weaponry and the Global Balance of Power

    We should examine what our courses of action would be if advanced technologies do open the door to powerful new weapons systems. It is unlikely that the UN system can stem global proliferation of these new technologies and adequately monitor such activities. Some states may see this as an opportunity to acquire a strategic upgrade – seeking newer weapons...

  • July 18, 2014

    The Everyday Politics of International Intervention

    Scholars and Practitioners regularly emphasize that one-size-fits-all peacebuilding templates are ineffective and that adapting peacebuilding programs to each individual context is crucial. Yet interveners often replicate programs from previous deployments on different continents as if they should have the same effect in their new posting. Local people...

  • July 18, 2014

    NGOs and the Shock of the New

    The big international aid agencies have been hugely successful. Organizations that were once small civil society operations - groups of friends with a passion to make the world a better place - now have thousands of staff members, multi-storey headquarters buildings and multi-million dollar budgets. But insiders fret that they have become too big and...

  • July 18, 2014

    Role of Media in Security Sector Reform in Africa

    Indeed there are many reasons to explain the heavy handedness of the security forces in most African states. The fact is that politicians in Africa have created situations that favor violence and civil disorder as means to seek redress for grievances intended to achieve their personal objectives, these same politicians have contributed to the weaknesses...