International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Image by skeeze Dr Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, has published a paper titled ‘International law, the paradox of plenty and the making of resource-driven conflict’. This article intervenes in legal debates on the relationship between natural resource extraction and armed conflict. Since the 1990s there has been a proliferation of international/global … Continue reading International Law, the Paradox of Plenty and the Making of Resource-Driven Conflict

Is (More) Fairness Needed in the English Insolvency Framework?

Image by Sasin Tipchai Dr. Eugenio Vaccari, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex recently published an article in the Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation (Volume 35, Issue 4, pp. 135-147). The publication, titled ‘Broken companies or broken system? Charting the English insolvency valuation framework in search for fairness’, adopts a normative approach to … Continue reading Is (More) Fairness Needed in the English Insolvency Framework?

The Changing Landscape of Lockdown Law

Image by Tumisu from Pixabay Dr Samantha Davey, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex The original position can be summarised by the Government’s mantra ‘stay home, save lives’ which became ingrained in the minds of the general public. We were permitted to leave the house for one of the following reasons only: daily exercise, medical … Continue reading The Changing Landscape of Lockdown Law

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Urgent Principles for Leaving No One Behind through Technology

Photo by James Yarema Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex and Director of the multi-disciplinary Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project; and Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Chairperson of the URG’s Board of … Continue reading The COVID-19 Pandemic: Five Urgent Principles for Leaving No One Behind through Technology

Using Human Rights Law to Inform States’ Decisions to Deploy AI

Photo by fabio Dr. Daragh Murray, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, has a new publication in the American Journal of International Law (AJIL) Unbound (Vol. 14, pp. 158-162) as part of a special edition asking 'How Will Artificial Intelligence Affect International Law?'. The article, titled 'Using Human Rights Law to Inform States' Decisions to Deploy … Continue reading Using Human Rights Law to Inform States’ Decisions to Deploy AI

Discriminatory Torture of an LGBTI Person: Landmark Precedent Set by the Inter-American Court

Photo by Harry Quan Professor Clara Sandoval (University of Essex), Chris Esdaile (REDRESS) and Alejandra Vicente (REDRESS) Trigger warning: this report contains a description of sexual violence. In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) has issued a landmark judgment in the case of Azul Rojas Marín and Another v. Peru, enhancing the … Continue reading Discriminatory Torture of an LGBTI Person: Landmark Precedent Set by the Inter-American Court

Judging Inter-American Human Rights

Photo by Artem Beliaikin Dr Patricia Palacios Zuloaga, Lecturer in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex, published a new paper titled 'Inter-American Human Rights: The Riddle of Compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights'. The article argues that the use of compliance studies to evaluate the effectiveness of international human rights courts … Continue reading Judging Inter-American Human Rights

Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

Image by Gordon Johnson Dr. Eliana Cusato, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex There has been much discussion about the importance of frames on our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the existing legal, political and economic order. A number of interventions have already called attention to the possibilities and perils that come … Continue reading Beyond War Talk: Laying Bare the Structural Violence of the Pandemic

Essex Lawyer Plays Part in Landmark Legal Judgment in Latin America

Photo by Jose Pablo Garcia An Essex lawyer has helped win a landmark judgment at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, supporting the human rights of LGBTI people across the continent. Trigger warning: this report contains a description of sexual violence. Professor Clara Sandoval, from the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, has been litigating for over ten … Continue reading Essex Lawyer Plays Part in Landmark Legal Judgment in Latin America

Contact-tracing Apps and Human Rights

Photo by engin akyurt Lorna McGregor, Professor of International Human Rights Law and PI & Director of the ESRC Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project at the University of Essex The Covid-19 pandemic engages the full spectrum of states’ human rights obligations. In addressing the virus itself, states are required to protect the rights to … Continue reading Contact-tracing Apps and Human Rights