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  • July 8, 2014

    Insight on Conflict BLOG: The Road to Peace in Mali - Political Roadblocks and Other Obstacles

    Mali is suffering from instability and political unrest because of rebellion, a coup d’état and the proliferation of non-state armed groups. The country has signed three major peace accords in its history, but none has led to peace. It is impossible to understand what is happening now without looking at the historical context.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Global Anticorruption BLOG: Corruption and Liberalization - Two Paradoxes

    Some aspects of a comprehensive anticorruption strategy are specifically targeted at corruption itself. But sometimes it makes sense to consider how broader political or economic reforms might ameliorate or exacerbate the corruption problem. Indeed, fighting corruption is often invoked – perhaps sincerely, perhaps strategically – as a justification for more general political and economic liberalization. But the relationship between political and economic liberalization, on the one hand, and corruption, on the other, is complicated, and beset by two seeming paradoxes.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Attorney Generals to Debate Role of Juries in Internet Age

    The annual conference of the most senior government lawyers from five nations will look at ways of improving the international fight against cybercrime and may consider the legal fallout from the Edward Snowden affair. Reviews of contempt of court procedures and the impact of social media are under way in several countries, including the UK.

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  • July 8, 2014

    Why is Statehood So Popular?

    A changing international environment has made statehood more attractive for aspiring nations. Membership in the club of sovereign states has always brought privileges, but these perks are increasing in number and improving in quality–and secessionists know it. The rise of a norm against territorial conquest and multilateral organizations that support this norm have provided a safe haven of sorts for newly independent states.

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  • July 7, 2014

    New International Federation of the Red Cross-UN Development Program Study Reveals Legal Gaps in Disaster Risk Management

    A number of countries from Asia Pacific feature in the report with Viet Nam, the Philippines and New Zealand being held up as positive examples of progress. These countries have strong disaster management laws and have made good progress in initiatives such as establishing effective early warning systems, promoting insurance to help people recover from disaster losses and pushing for greater Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) awareness and education for the public, particularly in schools. In Viet Nam, for example, legislation on early warning has contributed significantly to reducing risk and saving lives from floods and storms.

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  • July 7, 2014

    Case Watch: ECHR Says “Living Together” Justifies Ban on Full-Face Veils

    The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a challenge to France’s controversial ban on Muslim women wearing full-face veils in public, despite acknowledging the ban’s disproportionate negative impact on the individuals concerned.

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  • July 7, 2014

    Coalition for the ICC BLOG: A Step Towards Impunity for Grave Crimes: AU Approves Immunity for Those in Power

    With its latest step towards a regional court capable of prosecuting those suspected of atrocities, the African Union (AU) could have made clear its commitment to ending impunity. Instead, the free pass it proposes for those in positions of power makes a mockery of the ideal of no immunity enshrined in the Rome Statute.

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  • July 7, 2014

    UN Development Programme BLOG: Ten Thoughts on Innovation and Gender Equality

    Pushing innovation and working for gender equality are a natural fit. Both necessitate the combination of causing trouble, looking at internal mechanisms, and working with non-traditional partners. Moreover, both have transformational potential. Here are ten reasons why troublemakers should work together.

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  • July 7, 2014

    UN Security Council & Creating International Law

    Just like General Assembly resolutions can be indicative of state practice and opinio juris, I have always assumed that acts of the Security Council – an organ of the UN, composed of states – would be relevant as evidence and to the formation of customary international. Significantly, however, Security Council acts do not feature in the first report of the Special Rapporteur Sir Michael Wood, on the ILC’s current study on the formation of custom.  A word search reveals “zero” matches with Security Council, while the General Assembly comes up 13 times. There is no explanation in the report for why Security Council acts are not relevant to custom.

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  • July 7, 2014

    The National Security Blindspot in Colombias FOI Law

    A new transparancy law guarantees Colombian citizens greater access to information on public spending, but corruption in the defence sector and links to organised crime still remain obscured, and matters of 'national security' are exempt altogether. 

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