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Black Lives Matter and International Law

We are today launching a symposium which will run over the next few weeks, with the aim of bringing together legal experts on various intersecting issues relating to the Black Lives Matter movement, police violence in America, and the historic racism and inequality that is demonstrated by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and many other Black Americans at the hands of the American police force. Our aim is to discuss a variety of global and international law issues related to these events, and to consider how international law could play a part in the movement for social justice. This symposium emerges out of lengthy debates among the EJIL:Talk! editors. As individuals, many international lawyers were horrified by the scenes in the United States, and further horrified as details emerged of the number of racialised attacks and deaths in Europe, including at the hands of law enforcement in European states. We wanted to understand what EJIL:Talk! as a blog could meaningfully contribute. In the present authors’ view, there is…

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Symposium on the Genocide Convention: Is the Duty to Prevent Genocide an Obligation of Result or an Obligation of Conduct according to the ICJ?

Editor's note: This is the final post in our blog symposium arising out of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention. Read the other posts in this symposium here and here. This post questions the findings of the International Court of Justice…

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Symposium on the Genocide Convention: Reflecting on the Genocide Convention at 70: How genocide became a crime subject to universal jurisdiction

Editor's note: This is the second post in our blog symposium arising out of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention. Read the first post here. The 9th of December 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Prevention…

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Symposium on the Genocide Convention: Codification of the Crime of Genocide – a Blessing or a Curse?

Editor's note: This is the first post in our blog symposium arising out of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention.  Codification of the crime of genocide A lot has been written about the origins of the crime of genocide that need…

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Introducing Upcoming Blog Symposium on the Genocide Convention

Editor's note: Starting this afternoon, the blog will host a symposium arising out of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre conference to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention. On 9 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in…

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