International Human Rights Law

[Julie Fraser is a human rights lawyer and assistant professor with the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights and the Montaigne Centre at Utrecht University. Her monograph further exploring this topic is out this year with Cambridge University Press.] The ongoing protests in the US against racial inequality in response to the killing of George Floyd have triggered both solidarity protests around the world as well...

[Jennifer Trahan is Clinical Professor, NYU Center for Global Affairs and Megan Fairlie is Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law.] On June 11, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that exponentially intensifies the United States’ ongoing attack on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and its staff.  Disturbingly, the Order also targets foreign nationals and, seemingly, US nationals.  Regrettably (although predictably), the US is again using...

[Kaitlin Ball has a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, and a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She lives and works in The Netherlands.] On 8 June 2020, following over a week of global demonstrations, the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown and Philando Castile—all black Americans who lost their lives to police violence—put...

[Sarah Zarmsky is a researcher in international law with an interest in the impact of digital technologies on human rights. She received her LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University and her BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.] Though the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been around for years, it has recently reached an unprecedented level of visibility worldwide. While the accomplishments of...

[Radhika Kapoor is a Harvard Kaufman Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group, Washington, D.C.]. The notion of belligerent occupation is of fundamental importance to international humanitarian law in its role as a threshold requirement for relevant provisions of the Geneva Conventions of 1949, which contain the standards for humanitarian treatment during conflict. Traditionally, a territory was considered ‘occupied’ when a foreign power...

[Tamsin Phillipa Paige is a Lecturer with Deakin Law School and consults for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in relation to Maritime Crime.]  In 2018 I had the privilege of interviewing Seanan McGuire (in her Mira Grant persona) as part of my research project on understanding social perceptions and impacts of issues of law and justice through popular literature. We discussed her bestselling Newsflesh...

[Sarah Kay is a human rights lawyer specializing in counter-terrorism and national security.]  After seeing calls for the application of the 1949 Geneva Conventions in the current context of mass protests in the United States, it is time to return human rights law to where it belongs – that is, in situations of grave wartime injustice and disproportionate use of force. The GCs...

[Yassir Al-Khudayri is an Aryeh Neier Fellow with the Open Society Justice Initiative working on international criminal justice and anti-corruption. He also specializes in indigenous peoples’ rights and children’s rights with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.] On May 19, 2020, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared the end of all security coordination with Israel and the United States, including the landmark Oslo Accords...

[Stephen Arthur Lamony is an International Law specialist, ex-Senior Foreign Policy Advisor-Amnesty International and ex-Head of Advocacy and Policy at the global Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC).] Introduction: The World Health Organization (WHO), published its first situation report on COVID -19 on January 20,  2020. When it reported a case of “pneumonia of unknown cause” on December 31, 2019. A lot has transpired since then. News...

[Yusra Suedi is a PhD Candidate in Public International Law at the University of Geneva, where she teaches a course on United Nations diplomacy. Twitter: @Yusra_Suedi.] The killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis by the police while in custody, has triggered solidarity protests all over the world. While protesting, electing different leaders, and national measures...

[Andrea Trigoso is a qualified lawyer with an LLM and experience in International Criminal Justice. She is currently pursuing a MAS in Transitional Justice.] The notification of the Prosecutor of intent to initiate proceedings in February this year renewed hopes of the international community in the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC), mainly because after almost five years of the commencement of its work, very little progress has been...