Rule of Law News
November 14, 2016
Political and economic earthquakes are often sudden and unforeseeable, despite the false pundits who pop up later to claim they predicted them all along – take the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 2008 global financial crisis, or the Arab Spring (and ensuing winter). Even at a personal level, change is largely unpredictable: how many of us can say our lives have gone according to the plans we had...
November 9, 2016
Migrant Smuggling Data and Research: A Global Review of the Emerging Evidence Base presents a unique review of what is being collected and what can be done to further build the evidence base on migrant smuggling globally. The report is the result of a collaboration between the International Organization for Migration and researchers from a range of backgrounds and academic disciplines, and...
November 7, 2016
Women members of parliament (MPs) in all regions face sexism, harassment and violence from male lawmakers and are increasingly targeted by online humiliation campaigns, a report said on Wednesday, October 26. Learn more here.
November 3, 2016Gender-Responsive Security Sector Reform: What Does it Mean and What are the Challenges for its Implementation?
The integration of a gender perspective is widely recognised as one of the key principles of security sector reform (SSR). However, despite this, gender perspectives are often not strategically addressed or, worse yet, not considered at all during the practical implementation of SSR. The failure to ensure gender-responsive SSR prevents the reform process from contributing to an effective,...
November 2, 2016
Although it has not yet penetrated mainstream legal academia, the notion of legal pluralism is gaining momentum across a range of law-related fields. It has been a major topic in legal anthropology and legal sociology for about two decades, and is now getting attention in comparative law and international law. This recent convergence on the notion of legal pluralism is fueled by the apparent...
October 31, 2016
This paper presents a method of using the doctrine of legal pluralism as a tool for engaging in practical law reform in legally pluralist jurisdictions. To date, the theory of legal pluralism which, fundamentally, stresses the importance of recognising that non-state legal systems, such as customary or religious systems, may co-exist together with the state system, has been used primarily by...
October 27, 2016
If you are arrested and charged with a criminal offence in the European Union, your chances of having a lawyer paid for by the state depends not just on how much money you have, but on which of the EU’s 28 member states you happen to be in at the time...All this should start to change, now the EU has passed a new directive on the right to legal aid which should be incorporated into national...
October 24, 2016
The World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive index of its kind and the only to rely solely on primary data. The Index’s scores are built from the assessments of local residents (1,000 respondents per country) and local legal experts, ensuring that the findings reflect the conditions experienced by the population, including marginalized sectors of society. Find it via...
October 18, 2016"Paradise Lost: Sovereign State Interest, Global Resource Exploitation and the Politics of Human Rights," an Article by Daniel Augenstein, published in the European Journal of International Law
Taking its cue from the US Supreme Court judgment in Kiobel that restricted the extraterritorial reach of the Alien Tort Claims Act, this article explores how sovereignty structures the relationship between global resource exploitation and the localization of human rights in the international order of states. The argument situates international human rights law in an area of tension between...
October 13, 2016
In conflict-affected countries, significant opportunities arise for women to play a key role in the negotiation of new constitutions, the brokering of peace, and the reform of security services after peace is restored.
The point is not just that women’s political empowerment work can be usefully tailored to different political contexts. It is that a focus on women’s political...