March 27, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted four new resolutions, one of which creates a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interferences to privacy, ...[read more]
January 20, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday criticized China's proposed new counterterrorism legislation as a "recipe for abuses." The Chinese government maintains that their draft law conforms to UN resolutions and that it allows for human rights to be "respected and guaranteed." HRW, however, notes ...[read more]
December 25, 2014
by Brittany Felder
The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday adopted three draft resolutions to reinforce the UN's emergency humanitarian response. The drafts were adopted without a vote, and they concerned international cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, emphasizing the ...[read more]
November 9, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Over one million Catalans on Sunday participated in a non-binding vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain. The wealthy region's government decided to move ahead with the vote despite the Spanish Constitutional Court suspending the vote on Tuesday to hear arguments claiming that the vote ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The Spanish Constitutional Court on Tuesday suspended the Catalonia region's upcoming symbolic vote to gauge public sentiment for independence. The unanimous decision to hear the government's appeal effectively bans the vote until the parties present arguments and the court makes a ruling. This ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
JURIST Guest Columnist Morse Tan of Northern Illinois College of Law argues that the atrocities in Syria present a complex problem in international law that must be navigated so the people of the embattled nation may be protected ... Over 100,000 people have lost their lives in atrocities ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
The withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq was a complicated issue for both the Iraqi and US governments. The long, unpopular Iraq War drew sharp domestic criticism in the US — leading to legislative and legal efforts to force the end of the conflict. In Iraq, the new government was forced ...[read more]
March 22, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 22, 2006, British judge advocate John Bayliss ruled that Royal Air Force Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, who challenged the legality of the Iraq War, had to face a court martial on five charges of failing to comply with a lawful order. Kendall-Smith had served with the British forces in ...[read more]
March 5, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On March 5, 2010, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended the intelligence supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq before The Iraq Inquiry. Brown claimed that the decision to invade the county only came after the UN had passed fourteen ineffectual resolutions against Saddam Hussein's regime. Brown's ...[read more]
September 17, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 17, 2010, the UN Security Council issued a condemned mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), calling for justice for the victims. In the statement, issued by Security Council President Ertugrul Apakan, the council reiterated its support for past resolutions on the ...[read more]

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