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The United Nations and the Third Geneva Convention

This post is part of a joint blog symposium with the Humanitarian Law and Policy Blog and Just Security exploring the new ICRC Commentary on the Third Geneva Convention. See below for other posts in the symposium. This post discusses the role of the United Nations in ensuring respect for the Third Geneva Convention. That Convention deals with the treatment of prisoners of war in times of international armed conflict (armed conflict between States), except that Article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions applies to non-international armed conflicts (armed conflict between State’s armed forces and armed groups or between armed groups). The relationship between the United Nations and the Third Convention may not be so obvious.  The United Nations participated as an observer in the Diplomatic Conference of 1949 at which the Geneva Conventions were adopted, but the Geneva Conventions themselves do not refer to the United Nations, except in an article common to the Geneva Conventions concerning the registration of the Conventions…

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The Failure to Pursue the Mandates of International Organizations in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This blogpost is a reaction to the last episode of EJIL: The Podcast!, in which the brilliant discussion on the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the pandemic ended up with the perennial question of accountability. As contended by Gian Luca Burci, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown once again that international organizations are ideal scapegoats.

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The Myth and Mayhem of ‘Build Back Better’: Human Rights Decision-Making and Human Dignity Imperatives in COVID-19

Human rights were already under siege everywhere around the world before COVID-19.  But there is also a dawning race now against reaching the ‘twilight of human rights law’, due to: 1) authoritarian regimes’ dismissal of the relevance of human rights while using this pandemic to expand and consolidate their power, such as to silence speech,…

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COVID-19, Consent and Coercion: New United Nations Guidance on Less Lethal Weapons in Law Enforcement in the context of the coronavirus

Thirty years have elapsed since the United Nations Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (Basic Principles) were first adopted. Yet, as UN Human Rights Experts express concern about police killings and violence in the context of COVID-19 emergency measures, and law enforcement officials  around the world are reported to…

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Do We Need an International Commission of Inquiry for COVID-19? Part I

As the COVID-19 pandemic dominates daily life, questions abound. How did the virus start and spread? How can the problem be managed and an effective treatment or vaccine be developed and made available? Have states and the World Health Organization (WHO) acted reasonably and appropriately? Much attention has focused on the alleged wrongdoing of China, as well…

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