Jan Hessbruegge


Dr. Jan Arno Hessbruegge works for the New York Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and is also a visiting professor at the U.N.-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. His recent academic publications include “Human rights and personal self-defense in international law” (Oxford University Press, 2017). The author posts in a personal capacity and any views presented are not necessarily those of the United Nations.

Recently Published

Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Unlawful Death Gets a New Life

The Revised Minnesota Protocol on the Investigation of Potentially Unlawful Death has just been published. It sets out the international human rights and criminal justice standards applicable to national investigations into alleged summary executions and other suspicious deaths, while also providing detailed advice on crime scene investigation and forensic methodology. The document is highly relevant…

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ECtHR Armani Da Silva v UK: Unreasonable Police Killings in Putative Self-defence?

Two weeks after the London public transport bombings of 7 July 2005, British law enforcement mistook the Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes for another suicide bomber. As he entered a subway carriage, specialist firearms officers killed him with a series of head shots in the mistaken belief that he was about to set off a bomb. The…

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