Blog Archive: 2015

Ruling on Philippines' arbitration claim against China may be a milestone

The UN Permanent Court of Arbitration decided on October 29th to hear The Philippines’ case against China regarding alleged violations of the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea in the Spratly Islands. The case will mark the first use of UNCLOS's dispute-resolution provisions in the South China Sea. Will it be a first step toward China's acceptance of arbitration to enforce international law?
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No Comments | Posted by Jason M. Frocht on Thu. December 17, 2015 1:33 AM
Categories: China, International Dispute Resolution, Natural resources, Philippines, Territorial disputes

U.S. civil confinement clashes with U.K. and E.U. human-rights laws

Extradition of criminal suspects is supposed to be expeditious and routine. But the possibility of civil confinement after criminal sentences has been a stumbling block when U.S. authorities request extradition from the United Kingdom.
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No Comments | Posted by Melodie Pellot-Hernandez on Tue. December 15, 2015 8:55 PM
Categories: European Union, Extradition, International Human Rights, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), United Kingdom, United States

Security Council resolutions fail to buttress common anti-ransom policy

Successive U.N. Security Council resolutions purport to ban ransom payments to terrorists. But a recent shift by the Obama administration has left the U.K. as the only major country with a strict no-negotiation policy.

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No Comments | Posted by Jennie L. Cunningham on Tue. November 24, 2015 9:36 AM
Categories: Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Terrorism, U.N. Security Council, United Kingdom, United States

ICC launches first-ever prosecution of former child soldier

Dominic Ongwen was kidnapped at age ten and turned into a child soldier. His prosecution for war crimes is a first for the ICC.
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No Comments | Posted by Samantha L. Heggum on Tue. November 17, 2015 7:15 PM
Categories: Africa, Independence movements, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Law of War, Uganda

Proposed GMO opt-outs would threaten EU's single market

A proposed EU law would allow individual member states to restrict sales of genetically-modified foods within their borders. The European Parliament recently put the proposal on ice, but EU leaders should instead put it in the compost bin. The law would create uncertainty for food processors and threaten Europe's "single market", one of the Union's most important institutions.


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda R. Dizon on Tue. November 10, 2015 10:05 PM
Categories: European Union, Food and agriculture, Free Trade, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts)

Why is the ICC hesitating in eastern Ukraine?

Whatever the practical difficulties, the Rome Statute compels the ICC to pursue a full investigation of apparent war crimes and crimes against humanity in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine.


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No Comments | Posted by Jennie L. Cunningham on Wed. November 4, 2015 12:00 PM
Categories: International Criminal Court, Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Russia, Ukraine

Convention on the Rights of the Child: Would Ratification Impact American Kids?

The United States is now the only U.N. member that has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. While this may be relevant on the world stage, it is far from clear that ratification would have any significant impact on the rights of U.S. children.


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No Comments | Posted by Ellenmai Korkoya on Tue. November 3, 2015 9:40 AM
Categories: Children's rights, International Human Rights, Somalia, United Nations, United States

Catalonia's independence movement creates uncertainty in E.U.

It seems likely -- but isn't fully certain -- that an independent Catalonia would remain in the European Union. Although several secession movements have gathered momentum in recent years, the EU still has not developed an effective policy for dealing with an actual secession.


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No Comments | Posted by Keturah T. Reed on Thu. October 29, 2015 11:04 AM
Categories: European Union, Independence movements, Spain
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