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Europe’s Debt to Greece

The past five years have shown a categorical disregard for the human rights of the people of Greece by international creditors. We have witnessed a disregard by states, including notably eurozone states, as well as by European institutions and the IMF, of their human rights obligations when crafting conditionalities. There is a long list of deplorable developments that this European catastrophe has exposed (the catastrophe is Europe’s even if the resulting harms at this point impact Greece) including coercion in the negotiation and conclusion of agreements, ongoing attempts at regime change, and the hollowing out of national democracy (among other examples, the statement of the Euro Summit of 12 July requires Greece ‘to consult and agree with the Institutions on all draft legislation in relevant areas … before submitting it … to Parliament ’). There are many other indefensible developments, including the enactment of extreme neoliberal policies relentlessly challenged by economists on their own terms, for taking the wrong approach to promoting growth and investment. Under the conditionalities set out in the Memorandum of Understanding…

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Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd.: The Global Reach of Creditor Execution on Sovereign Assets and The Case for an International Treaty on Sovereign Restructuring

 On June 16, the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) (Sculpture of Contemplation of Justice at the US Supreme Court, above left, credit) issued its judgment (penned by Justice Antonin Scalia) in Republic of Argentina v. NML Capital Ltd., affirming the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision holding that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act…

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Ukraine v. Russian Federation in Light of Ilaşcu: Two Short Points

In a post earlier this week, I considered the implications of the European Court of Human Right’s (ECtHR) recent just satisfaction judgment in Cyprus v. Turkey for the inter-state application filed by Ukraine against Russia (see press release announcing interim measures order here). In the present post, I would like to make two short points…

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The ‘other’ dialogue at the G20 Summit: International Responsibilities of Institutional Investors

The forthcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit on 5-6 September 2013 (pictured above left, credit) will expectedly focus on US President Barack Obama taking advantage of bilateral and multilateral talks at this forum to press the case for intervention in Syria to other world leaders.

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The Maastricht Principles and Extraterritorial Obligations in the Area of ESC Rights: A Response to Margot Salomon

Cedric Ryngaert is Associate Professor of International Law at Leuven University and Utrecht University. He is the author of, among other publications, Jurisdiction in International Law (OUP 2008). The Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the legal Commentary to…

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