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Human Rights Reparations and Fact-Finding Quandaries in the 2024 ICJ Judgments in Ukraine v. Russian Federation

Perhaps more than any other time in the history of the International Court of Justice, international human rights law has never been more ubiquitously and stridently deployed at the World Court by so many States, several of whom do not necessarily have the usual nationality linkages when it comes to the assertion of injuries and harms from asserted breaches of international human rights obligations of States. While there has rightly been much commentary accumulating (especially here at EJIL:Talk!) on live developments in the International Court of Justice's growing docket of post-Bosnia v. Serbia Genocide Convention contentious cases (The Gambia v. Myanmar, Ukraine v. Russian Federation, South Africa v. Israel, Nicaragua v. Germany) as well as the Court's parallel pending international human rights treaty cases (the Convention Against Torture in Canada and The Netherlands v. Syria, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in Armenia v. Azerbaijan), among others, it is especially significant to examine the Court's 31 January 2024 Judgment on the Merits in Ukraine v.

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Why education rights must finally be taken seriously: Exploring the perils of mnemonic indoctrination in Russia

The year 2023 in Russia can be descried as a new chapter in furthering control over the historical narratives being circulated in the public sphere. A new federal educational standard which prescribes the content of the history curriculum entered into force starting from 01 September 2023. Little it is known, than a widely discussed Russian history…

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Between “Measurability of Objectives” and “Meaningful End Points” on Affirmative Action Programs and Racial Discrimination: SCOTUS Decision in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its Decision striking down (6-3) the race-conscious admissions processes of both Harvard College and the University of North Carolina in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. While Chief Justice Roberts’ Opinion, penned on behalf of the majority of the…

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130 days and counting: A responsibility to end the blockade of the Lachin Corridor

Severe shortages in food and medical supplies are increasingly imposing great hardship on Nagorno-Karabakh’s 120,000 ethnic Armenian residents, with provisions depleting quickly and no alleviation anticipated so far. The question that arises is whether a responsibility to end the (current form of) protests and hence alleviate the situation may be uncovered. The Lachin Corridor – the…

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EU – New Zealand FTA: Towards a new approach in the enforcement of trade and sustainable development obligations

 On 30 June 2022, the President of the EU Commission and the New Zealand Prime Minister jointly announced the successful termination of the negotiations for the creation of a new free trade area (FTA) between the European Union and New Zealand. As for New Zealand, the commercial liberalization provided by the new FTA would determine a…

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