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The Proposed Genocide Amendment to the UK Trade Bill: Paper Tiger or Self-Inflicted Wound?

Something is distinctly off with the UK’s engagement with public international law. Whether it be the Overseas Operations Bill, which last week passed its third reading in Parliament, in which the UK proposes to introduce a ‘triple lock’ designed to significantly curtail the circumstance in which members of the UK armed forces accused of committing war crimes will face prosecution, or it be the express intention of the government to violate international law, albeit in a limited and specific way, it seems that Parliament’s appetite for constructive engagement with the rules based international order appears to be at a low ebb. Against this backdrop, and alongside the news that the House of Lords has voted down (by a resounding 433-165) the much-criticised Internal Market Bill, it is worth taking a look at a widely overlooked amendment to the Trade Bill, currently before the House of Lords, which purports to express the UK’s commitment to accountability for genocide through the UK’s post-Brexit trade policy. However, as…

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Editorial: The UK Taken in Adultery. Who Will Cast the First Stone?

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,[t]hey say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? So…He lifted up himself and said…

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Episode 5 of EJIL: The Podcast! “Breaking Bad – in a Specific and Limited Way”

In this episode of the podcast, Marko Milanovic, Sarah Nouwen, Philippa Webb and I analyse the Internal Market Bill which is currently going through the UK Parliament. The Bill is a remarkable piece of proposed legislation in that UK ministers, including the governments most senior legal advisers, admit that the aim of…

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Will COVID-19 usher on another decade of austerity within the United Kingdom? What does this mean for the protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)?

A Brief Background As of April 28th 2020, there had been 21,678 COVID-19 related deaths within UK hospitals, bringing the scale of the UK pandemic on par with that of Italy, France, Spain and the US. The slow rate of decline has led to the government stating that lockdown will be imposed for an indefinite period…

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Brexit

  This, I think, is worth reposting tonight: I’ve seen you change the water into wine I’ve seen you change it back to water, too I sit at your table every night I try but I just don’t get high with you I wish there was a treaty…

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