International Human Rights Law

[Dr Lena Holzer (she/her) is a Lecturer in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London, and focuses in her research on gender justice, human rights and sports] The Caster Semenya case is undoubtedly the most famous international sports law case. It has attracted the attention of human rights lawyers, gender studies experts, activists and lay persons, next to sport lawyers. The case...

[Juana Acosta-López is an Associate Professor at Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia).] This post has been previously published in Spanish on the Agenda Estado de Derecho blog Recently, a press release titled "IACHR warns against regressive measures in the field of health that impact trans and intersex youth in the United States of America" was issued. This statement is published in a...

[Viola Santini is an MA student in International Law at the Geneva Graduate Institute. She has actively participated in multiple Human Rights Council sessions, working alongside the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to UNOG and the Advocacy team of Human Rights Watch. Currently, she is interning with the Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Security team at UNDP, and working as a research...

[Yaroslav Halieiev is a second-year Master's student at the University of Tartu and a legal researcher on the Platform for Peace and Humanity.] The Regulation of Same-Sex Marriages in Ukraine: General Remarks The Case of Maymulakhin and Markiv v. Ukraine has extreme significance for Ukranian legislature and most likely will spark more fruitful (hopefully) discussion in the nearest future. Meanwhile, it is essential to explore the frame...

[Dr Claire Lougarre is a Lecturer in Law at Ulster University, School of Law. Her primary research expertise lies at the intersection of human rights law and health, with a particular interest in the right to health, as well as in sexual and reproductive health & rights.] Introduction According to Article 3(5) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the European Union...

[Alejandra Ibarra Chaoul is a journalist and executive director of Defensores de la Democracia, a Mexican nonprofit focused on preventing violence against journalists via memory-building and new narratives for social change.] With 14 journalists killed in Mexico in 2022, the country sustained its place as the world’s deadliest for media workers, even surpassing countries at war, like Ukraine or Yemen, according...

A few days ago, the European Law Institute published its final report on ecocide. The report not only provides a definition of ecocide, it also contains Model Rules for an EU Directive and a Council Decision that ELI hopes will both "contribute to the inter-institutional negotiations in the EU on the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and...

[Nurlan Mustafayev is a counsel on international legal affairs at the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan, an instructor on public international law, and a pro bono advisor to Azerbaijani refugees on claims before the European Court of Human Rights.] Azerbaijan’s liberation of its territories from Armenia’s three-decade-long occupation in late 2020 created a new legal situation on the ground....

[Natasa Mavronicola is Professor of Human Rights Law at Birmingham Law School.] ‘it is the position of the State Party that, the acts complained of have neither the required level of intensity or cruelty nor the impermissible purpose to permit them to be defined as torture. Further, the acts complained of do not meet the standard so as to fall within...

[Máiréad Enright is Professor of Feminist Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School.] On October 31 2022, the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) published its decision in Elizabeth Coppin v. Ireland. Mrs. Coppin is 73 years old and spent her early life in State-funded, religious-run carceral institutions. She was born in a county home to a teenage single mother. Aged two, she...