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Iran, The Nuclear Issue & Countermeasures

Iran, The Nuclear Issue & Countermeasures Sahib Singh is a Visiting Lecturer of International Law at the University of Vienna, a Visiting Fellow at the British Institute of International & Comparative Law and a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. The legal principles and arguments put forward are addressed …

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New Discussions on UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Reform: Using the Momentum while Acknowledging Financial and Political Realities

New Discussions on UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Reform: Using the Momentum while Acknowledging Financial and Political Realities John Morijn, PhD (EUI (Law)) is senior human rights adviser, Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and assistant professor of human rights law, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Views expressed …

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Important Cases Against Russia before the European Court

Important Cases Against Russia before the European Court Just before the holidays the European Court of Human Rights rendered two important decisions in cases against the Russian Federation. First, a Chamber declared admissible the second interstate application filed by Georgia against Russia (Georgia v. Russia No. 2, App. No. 38263/08, …

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Uganda’s Julia Sebutinde Elected to the International Court of Justice

Uganda’s Julia Sebutinde Elected to the International Court of Justice Yesterday the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council elected Julia Sebutinde to be a Judge at the International Court of Justice (see UN press release). Readers may recall from an earlier post that the Security Council and General Assembly …

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U.S. Cutting Off UNESCO Funding After Palestine Vote

U.S. Cutting Off UNESCO Funding After Palestine Vote PARIS — Palestine became a full member of UNESCO on Monday in a highly divisive breakthrough that will cost the agency a fifth of its budget and that the U.S. and other opponents say could harm renewed Mideast peace efforts. Soon after …

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Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International Law

Bin Laden Sons Say U.S. Broke International LawThe adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama over their father’s death, accusing the United States of violating legal principles.By SCOTT SHANEWASHINGTON — The adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama in their …

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Was the Killing of Osama bin Laden Lawful?

Was the Killing of Osama bin Laden Lawful?Yes. I wouldn’t say beyond any doubt, but for practical purposes very nearly so. As I’ve argued before, there are three bodies of law (potentially) relevant for assessing the legality of a targeted killing: the jus ad bellum, IHL, and human rights law.As …

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The International Law Commission Embarks on the Second Reading of Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations

The International Law Commission Embarks on the Second Reading of Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International OrganizationsJean d’Aspremont and Christiane Ahlborn  are both at the Amsterdam Centre for International LawOn 26 April 2011 the UN International Law Commission (hereafter ILC) began its second reading of the draft Articles on the Responsibility …

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Syria Tries to Defend Its Record to United Nations

Syria Tries to Defend Its Record to United Nations The nation’s envoy repeated the government’s claim that the unrest was the work of as yet unidentified foreign agitators trying to undermine Syria’s stability. UNITED NATIONS — Syria, facing mounting global pressure over its decisions to move tanks into cities against …

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Full text of resolution 1970 (2011) – Libya

The full text of resolution 1970 (2011) reads as follows: “The Security Council, “Expressing grave concern at the situation in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and condemning the violence and use of force against civilians, “Deploring the gross and systematic violation of human rights, including the repression of peaceful demonstrators, expressing …

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In Swift, Decisive Action, Security Council Imposes Tough Measures on Libyan Regime, Adopting Resolution 1970 in Wake of Crackdown on Protesters

In Swift, Decisive Action, Security Council Imposes Tough Measures on Libyan Regime, Adopting Resolution 1970 in Wake of Crackdown on ProtestersSituation Referred to International Criminal Court;Secretary-General Expresses Hope Message ‘Heard and Heeded’ in LibyaDeploring what it called “the gross and systematic violation of human rights” in strife-torn Libya, the Security …

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