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A dishonest attack on UN human rights mechanisms

On 1 May 2021, I received an email from Dr Grégor Puppinck of the European Centre for Law and Justice, requesting to interview me as former Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council. The purpose of the resulting report by the ECLJ was presented in a way that would appeal to many a Special Raporteur: As you may know, we are expecting  a debate on the Special procedures during the next June Session of the HRC. This could be a good occasion to ask for more support from the Member States. The ECLJ wishes to mobilize civil society to demand a stronger institutional support for Special Procedures. To this end, we are conducting a survey of all mandate holders since 2015 on the material conditions in which they have carried out their mandate. Having read and critiqued an earlier report by Puppinck and the ECLJ on the judges of the European Court of Human Rights, I decided to accept the invitation.  But I also…

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The ‘scandal’ of foundation support for UN human rights Special Procedures

In July 2021 the European Centre for Law and Justice published a report entitled The Financing of UN Experts in the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. It is based on anonymous interviews and anonymous quotations, said to reflect interviews with 28 past or present Special Procedures mandate-holders. It purports to expose the links…

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Vicky Hernández et al. v. Honduras: A Landmark Victory with a Bitter Aftertaste

On June 28, on International LGBT Pride Day, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) issued its ruling in Vicky Hernández et al. v. Honduras, the first case involving lethal violence against an LGBT person, specifically a trans woman, to reach the highest body of the Inter-American regional system. During the proceedings, Honduras denied that…

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The Proceedings Flow While Water Does Not: Russia’s Claims Concerning the North Crimean Canal in Strasbourg

On 23 July, Russia brought an interstate complaint against Ukraine to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). After endlessly being a respondent in cases arising out of alleged control over the territories of other states, the empire decided to strike back. Ukraine for the first time found itself as a defensive side in its…

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Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts and Human Rights Practice

How should we consider the relationship between the Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts (ARSIWA) and human rights practice over the past 20 years? Provocative positions have at times been expressed. At one end of the spectrum are assertions of the ‘irrelevance’ of ARSIWA to human rights treaties (Evans 2004), or the latter being…

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