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  • 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.

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  • July 24, 2014

    Insight on Conflict BLOG: Working Safely with Communities: How to Mitigate Risks?

    Organisations working on conflict prevention and peacebuilding increasingly understand the importance of making their programmes responsive to the communities with which they work. That means that they need to engage with those communities to understand their priorities and perceptions. But how can these organisations avoid inadvertently putting communities in danger in the process?

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  • July 24, 2014

    iLawyer BLOG: Increasing the Efficiency of the Criminal Process at the International Criminal Court, While Preserving Individual Rights

    In operation for more than a decade, the International Criminal Court is often the subject of criticism for its lengthy trials and inefficient procedures.  The Court has completed three trials in that time, all of which have taken more than six years from the point of arrest to conviction or acquittal.  International criminal justice does, of course, throw up numerous complex challenges not found in domestic proceedings.  But 12 years of practice at the Court have confirmed that unnecessary delays occur in a number of areas, which have the potential to interfere with the rights of the accused, and, more broadly, the perception of the trial process among victims and affected communities, and the public at large.  Finally, delays have financial, logistical as well as other legal implications.

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  • 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 on the Kabul airport — the feared Haqqani militant network has gone back on the offensive, Afghan intelligence and security officials said Thursday.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Southern Africa Litigation Centre BLOG: The Alien Tort Statute Lives - Corporate Complicity in Acts of Torture in Iraq Challenged in a US Court

    Aligning business practices with respect for human rights is a global challenge. On 26 June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) passed a resolution to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group tasked with developing a legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of corporations with regard to international human rights law. Although a majority of member states voted in favour of this resolution the United States of America (USA) was one of fourteen that did not.[1] Despite their unwillingness to address the issue of corporate respect for human rights at the UNHCR, a US court has recently handed down a judgment that has effectively put US companies on notice that they can be held accountable in the US for illegal conduct committed extraterritorially against foreign nationals.

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  • 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 child enters into marriage, the labour market, or is conscripted into the armed forces, before the legal age.

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  • July 22, 2014

    Reinventing the Rules BLOG: Selecting the Right Indicators to Improve Court Performance

    In May, The World Bank released a short paper titled ‘An Introduction to Selecting the Right Indicators to Improve Court Performance.’ The report provides an overview of three different models used to measure court performance and also looks at data collection, the type of data that can be relied on, and how to ensure data collected translates into court reform.

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  • 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 these tools are not only welcomed by citizens: police officers themselves are equally enthusiastic about the idea.

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  • July 21, 2014

    ISIS Europe BLOG: Europe’s House of Cards? Between Democratic Deficit and CSDP Legitimacy

    Is there a genuine prospective for a new supranational democracy model (Meny 2002), encompassing the EU’s complex institutional background and its convoluted governance practices? Recent discussions on the role played by the European Parliament as the key institution most inclined to address the EU’s democratic deficit are particularly disheartening, especially in light of the recent European elections from last May and their Euro-sceptic orientation.

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  • 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 systems that could ultimately rival nuclear weapons.

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