Two Weeks in Review, 28 March – 10 April 2022

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Russia’s use of force against Ukraine

and  write about the decision by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers to expel Russia from the organization with immediate effect. They argue that while the decision is politically and morally justifiable the decision raises legal and practical issues, including Russia’s non-participation in proceedings and non-execution of judgments. Read their analysis here.

 raises freedom of speech concerns about the decision by the EU to introduce sanctions against Russian state-owned media companies RT and Sputnik. Read Popović’s assessment of the scope of the sanctions, whether the aims are legitimate, and his assessment of proportionality. 

 reflects on the use of force against Ukraine and the challenge faced by international law in fulfilling its function of creating conditions for ‘peace, order, and good government.’ Read Allott’s post here.

 offers an assessment of the ECtHR’s interpretation of the Rule 39 interim measures it had issued against Russia regarding the war in Ukraine, in response to additional requests made by Ukraine. Read the analysis here.

 examines the decision by Twitter to ‘require the removal of any Tweets, regardless of who posts them, if there is PoW content shared with abusive intent’ ‘guided by international humanitarian law, specifically Article 13 of Geneva Convention III’. Read Milanovic’s analysis of Twitter’s decision here

 comments on the UNGA vote to suspend Russia’s membership of the UN Human Rights Council. Freedman notes:

It is easy to take a defeatist approach to diplomacy and diplomatic matters at the UN. These things take time, and yet for the Ukrainians on the ground time is of the essence. But it does matter. It may be one small step in the condemnation of Russia. One small step in isolating a country that is increasingly being seen as a pariah state despite its political and military power. One small step to legitimising the UN and its mandate to protect and promote human rights. And one small step to supporting smaller states to stand up against grave human rights abusers (whether by voting for or abstaining on the resolution). There will be repercussions from Russia, but the UN has stood up and shown that there are lines that cannot be crossed even if the country doing so is one of the ‘great powers’.

Other posts

 comments on the need for a special national prosecution mechanism that will prosecute serious crimes in response to the serious human rights violations and abuses committed in Ethiopia after armed conflict broke out in November 2020. Read more about the situation here

and  examine the recent landmark CEDAW Committee opinion in RFC v Sri Lanka which found that the state violated the Convention and its 11 recommendations to Sri Lanka, including that they ‘decriminalise consensual same-sex conduct between women having passed the age of consent’. Read more about the case here.

 offers insights on the EU’s draft Directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence, including its innovative proposals regarding cyber violence against women. Read De Vido’s analysis of the draft Directive here

All recent Events and Announcements can be found here.

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