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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, quash dissent, dismantle media, or execute mass arrests, detentions, or shootings; 2) the growing prevalence of utilitarian reasoning that instrumentalizes human rights as just a set of ‘costs’ that can only be met by a privileged few; and 3) the resurgence of the age-old relativist attacks on ‘universal’ human rights, seeking to recast the latter as mere forms of ‘Western neo-imperialism’ against today’s new hegemonic powers such as China. The latter claims had long been debunked in Steve L.B. Jensen’s excellently researched historical and archival analysis rejecting the putative exclusivity or dominance of ‘Western’ authorship of international human rights instruments, stressing evidence of the crucial role in the 1960s of Asia, Africa,…

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Two Weeks in Review 11 May – 24 May 2020

COVID related posts Poonam Shokar considered whether COVID-19 will bring about another decade of austerity in the UK and what this might mean for economic, social, and cultural rights. Salvo Nicolosi addressed the impact COVID-19…

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Announcements: WILIG Scholarship Prize; UN Audiovisual Library of International Law; COVID-19 Crisis from a German, European and International Perspective; Research Assistant Vacancy, State Silence Project

1. WILIG Scholarship Prize. The Inaugural WILIG Scholarship Prize Committee (Lori Damrosch, Adrien Wing, Viviana Krsticevic, Nienke Grossman and Milena Sterio) is excited to announce the inaugural WILIG Scholarship Prize.  The WILIG Scholarship Prize aims to highlight and promote excellence in international law scholarship involving women and girls, gender, and feminist approaches. This prize, awarded every two years, recognizes…

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Pandemic Intrigue in Geneva: COVID-19 and the 73rd World Health Assembly

The 73rd World Health Assembly took place on 18 and 19 May, 2020. It is a yearly gathering of all 194 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) taking place in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. As established in Articles 18 to 23 of the Constitution of the WHO, the World Health Assembly is its maximum…

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A Very Quick Look at the Revised Draft Text of the new Agreement on Marine Biodiversity in Areas beyond National Jurisdiction

  On 27 November 2019 the President of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on the conservation of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) issued a revision of the Draft text of an agreement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea on…

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On the Occasion of the Five-year Anniversary of the Russian-Georgian War: Is Georgia Occupied?

Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller is a Lecturer in Humanitarian Law at Tbilisi State University, Institute of International Law, Faculty of Law, and a PhD Candidate at the University of Essex, School of Law.   Five years have passed since war broke out between Russia and Georgia. The Independent…

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The Same Thing? Negotiation and Articles 11-13 of the CERD Convention in Ukraine v Russian Federation

On 8 November 2019, the ICJ issued its preliminary objections judgment in Ukraine v. Russian Federation – see here for an excellent discussion of its importance. This piece focuses on one aspect of the decision, that the “preconditions” of Article 22 of the CERD Convention are alternative…

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Viral Misinformation and the Freedom of Expression: Part III

Editors' note: this post is part of a series - see here for Part I and Part II. In my third, and final post in this series I will provide a provisional evaluation of the responses to Covid-19-related misinformation by states and…

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International Court of Justice to Appoint 6 New Clerks

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has announced that it is seeking to appoint 6 new Law Clerks for its judges. The additional clerks will make it possible for each judge to have a full time law clerk. The decision by the General Assembly to allocate extra resources to…

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Human Rights and the Protection of the Environment: The Advisory Opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

On 7 February 2018, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (the Court, IACtHR) issued the much awaited advisory opinion (A/O) concerning the obligations of States Parties to the American Convention on Human Rights (American Convention, ACHR) in respect of infrastructural works creating a risk of significant environmental damage…

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